Brief Introductory Note to the Limuda Acts 15:25-29, is called the “Limuda”, commonly referred to in the West as the Didache, translated from the Aramaic manuscripts of the Assembly of Jerusalem. This is the Apostolic Letter that was composed by the First Apostolic Council around 50 CE under the direction of Mar Ya’aqub ha’Tzadik (St. James the Righteous). It was sent through Mar Shaul (St. … Continue reading Limuda

Establish Many Students

The first Mishnah in Pirkei Avot states: “Moshe received the Torah at Sinai and transferred it to Yehoshua. Yehoshua then transferred it to the Elders and the Elders transferred it to the Prophets. The Prophets transferred it to the members of the Great Assembly. They (the members of the Great Assembly) said three things: Be patient in judgment, establish many students, and make a fence … Continue reading Establish Many Students


Our Sages teach us in Pirkei Avot (Chapter 4): “Rabbi Levitas of Yavneh says: Be exceedingly low of spirit.” This means that every person must try to excel in humility which is the greatest character trait of all. Even a king of Israel who must act firmly and with sovereignty is commanded by the Torah to likewise act humbly, as the verse states (Devarim 17), … Continue reading Humility

Who is a Wealthy Person?

Approximately six years ago in the midst of a Torah discussion with Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l, he instructed us that although our main focus at “Halacha Yomit” must be the dissemination of Halacha in order for all to know how to conduct a Torah lifestyle, we must nevertheless insert some words of Mussar (ethical teachings), for Mussar is the fundamental basis for every Jewish person as our Sages teach us in several … Continue reading Who is a Wealthy Person?

Parashat Emor / פרשת אמור

Next read in the Diaspora on 03 May 2014. Parashat Emor is the 31st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 Full Kriyah 1: 21:1-15 (15 p’sukim) 2: 21:16-22:16 (25 p’sukim) 3: 22:17-33 (17 p’sukim) 4: 23:1-22 (22 p’sukim) 5: 23:23-32 (10 p’sukim) 6: 23:33-44 (12 p’sukim) 7: 24:1-23 (23 p’sukim) maf: 24:21-23 (3 p’sukim) Triennial Year 1 03 May 2014 1: 21:1-6 2: 21:7-12 3: 21:13-15 4: 21:16-24 5: 22:1-9 6: 22:10-12 7: 22:13-16 maf: 22:13-16 Triennial Year 2 09 May 2015 1: 22:17-20 2: 22:21-25 3: 22:26-33 4: 23:1-3 5: 23:4-8 … Continue reading Parashat Emor / פרשת אמור

A Fiery Torah

The Gemara states that HaShem gave the Jewish People the Torah because they are strong-willed and by studying the Torah, they will become subdued and their hearts will be humbled. The Gemara in Kiddushin states that HaShem said, “I created the Evil Inclination, and I created the Torah as its antidote.” These statements in the Gemara indicate that HaShem only gave the Jewish People the … Continue reading A Fiery Torah

Morid Ha’Tal” and “Barechenu”

Mentioning “Morid Ha’Tal” and “Barechenu” The Amida Prayer during the Summer Months The first day of Pesach marks the end of the rainy season and as such, beginning from the Mussaf prayer of this day, “Mashiv Ha’Ruach U’Morid Ha’Geshem” is no longer mentioned in the Amida prayer. Instead, we say: “Ata Gibor Le’Olam Hashem Mechaye Metim Ata Rav Le’Hoshia Morid Ha’Tal.” There are some Ashkenazi … Continue reading Morid Ha’Tal” and “Barechenu”

Deception is the Worst

The Gemara states that we are more concerned about one who employs a ruse than one who violates a rabbinical prohibition intentionally. The reason for this logic is because one who violates a rabbinic ordinance will most likely not cause others to act similar to him, as he is not justified for violating the rabbinic ordinance. Furthermore, the one who violated the ordinance will eventually repent, … Continue reading Deception is the Worst