The Torah is in the Hands of the Jewish Nation

Our Sages teach us in the Gemara (Berachot 5a) that Hashem does not conduct himself like human beings, for when a human being sells an object to another, the seller is upset about the loss of the object he was forced to sell and the buyer is happy about the acquisition of his new purchase. On the other hand, when Hashem gave His Torah to … Continue reading The Torah is in the Hands of the Jewish Nation

Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

naso Portion Commentary   Messiah the Avenger Thought for the Week: Messiah is our redeemer. He has redeemed us from slavery, from sin, from condemnation and from death. He is our kinsmen redeemer, our brother in the house of God, who has ransomed us from the debt we could not pay. Therefore, we speak of Him as redeemer. He is also the national redeemer of Israel. … Continue reading Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

LESSON ELEVEN: EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS

”For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Messiah Yeshua for you Gentiles if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of G-d which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Messiah), … Continue reading LESSON ELEVEN: EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS

TO LOVE THE TORAH CHAPTER 6

TO THOSE WHO COMPLAIN THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TOUNDERSTAND GEMARA IT WILL BE EXPLAINED THATTHE PERSEVERANCE ITSELF A VERY IMPORTANT GOALSINCE IT MAKES YOUR HOLIER Young people often find learning Gemara too much of achallenge because they think it is very difficult to understand.There are two fundamental rules they ought to be aware of.Firstly, experience shows, more than any number of theoreticalproofs, that as one … Continue reading TO LOVE THE TORAH CHAPTER 6

Listening to the Constant Prayer of the Soul

Listening to the Constant Prayer of the SoulHow to integrate meditation into Jewish prayer. BY HILLEL BRODER My Jewish Learning is a not-for-profit and relies on your helpThe mishnah in Brachot 5:1 states that the original pietists, the chasidim harishonim, would wait an hour before they began prayer. The Talmud in Berakhot 30b expands on this to say that while the duration of each of … Continue reading Listening to the Constant Prayer of the Soul

Praying Repeatedly-A Spark of Ruach Ha’Kodesh

Question: Is it correct for one to plead and beseech Hashem for the same thing every single day or is it more proper to pray for a certain matter only several times and if one sees that one has not been answered, one should cease praying for that specific matter? Answer: The Gemara (Berachot 32b) states: “Rabbi Chanin said in the name of Rabbi Chanina: … Continue reading Praying Repeatedly-A Spark of Ruach Ha’Kodesh

The Bedtime Keri’at Shema

Question: Is it obligatory to read the bedtime Keri’at Shema? Similarly, should the blessing of “Hamapil” printed in Siddurim be recited before Keri’at Shema including Hashem’s name? Answer: The Gemara (Berachot 60b) states: “One who goes into bed to sleep recites the blessing ‘Hamapil Chevlei Shena Al Einai.’” The Tosafot and Mordechi write that all of the blessings quoted in the final chapter of Masechet Berachot must … Continue reading The Bedtime Keri’at Shema

ADV Parsha BAMIDBAR

בס”ד במדבר   The Torah doesn’t say what exact date שבועות falls, implying that Shavuos- מתן תורה, being the 50th day of Sefira, is למעלה מן הזמן. It could fall on the fifth, sixth or seventh of Sivan, depending on whether Nisan and Iyar are מלא or חסר. Shavuos is called weeks since the great achievement one could accomplish, depends on the weeks that proceed. … Continue reading ADV Parsha BAMIDBAR

Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת בְּמִדְבַּר

This week we begin the book of Bamidbar, which means “in the desert” – which is where it all takes place. In English it’s called Numbers, as it begins with and contains a number of censuses of the Israelites. The Sforno comments on this divinely ordered counting of the Jewish people, and compares it to the one that takes place later, towards the end of … Continue reading Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת בְּמִדְבַּר

ADV Parsha Behar/Bechukosa

The מזל of the month of Iyar is שור, whereas the מזל of סיון is תאומים, twins -Gemini, which represents the שתי הלוחות or the תורה שבעל פה ותורה שבכתב, and the שתי הלחם. Behar is the 32nd Parsha, where בחוקתי is the 33rd . Parsha usually falling in the Shabbos after לג בעומר. There are thirty two teeth connected to the לב נתיבות החכמה, … Continue reading ADV Parsha Behar/Bechukosa

TO LOVE THE TORAH 5

TO LOVE THE TORAHCHAPTER 5THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF PRAYER IN LEARNINGTORAH Another key to success in learning Torah is to ask Hashem forit – you can ask him that you should be able to learn, whether itis the time or the natural inclination you think you are lacking.You can also ask Him to help you understand a particularGemara that you are trying to learn. In … Continue reading TO LOVE THE TORAH 5