DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 9

CHAPTER NINETHE WORDS OF THE BACH (OHR HACHAIM 47) ON THEMITZVAH OF TORAH STUDY In massechet Nedarim, R’ Yehuda and R’ Mai say, “Who is theman who is wise and will understand this? And (with whom will)the word of Hashem will speak to him and tell him why the landwas destroyed? This matter was asked…

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 8

Closeness to HashemC h a p t e r E ig h tT h e N o t En t ir e l y Err o n e o u s D e s p an ir ofD e v o t in g O n esel f to T o r a h St…

DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON 5

CHAPTER FIVETHE GIVING OF TORAH AT MT. SINAI.THE RESULTS OF EVERY HOUR A JEW LEARNS THEHOLY TORAH, AND FEELINGS OF CLOSENESS TOHASHEM RESULTING FROM TORAH STUDY[INCLUDING SOME ASPECTS OF BELIEF IN HASHEM] The giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai is described at length inthe Torah in parshat Yitro – see the text inside for…

DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON FOUR

THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF TORAH STUDY AND MITZVOTIN THE UPPER WORLDS, THE BENEFITS FOR THE JEWISHNATION AND HOW A PERSON MUST AWAKENHIMSELF TO SERVE HASHEM, THEREBY HELPING THEJEWISH PEOPLE It is clear from the holy Zohar and other Kabbalistic booksthat apart from our world, Hashem created many countlessmultitudes of worlds and higher spiritual energies. Through themitzvot…

Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith

The Days of Chanukah- Days of Faith As opposed to the other holidays and festivals which were already existent since Hashem gave the Torah to the Jewish nation, the holidays of Purim and Chanukah were brought about through two wicked men, Haman and Antiochus. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l writes that Purim and Chanukah have…

CLOSENESS TO HASHEM Class 3

CLOSENESS TO HASHEM CHAPTER THREEHOW HASHEM CONSTANTLY PERPETUATES THEWHOLE WORLD AND INTEGRATING THIS KNOWLEDGEINTO ONE’S SERVICE OF HASHEM “In the beginning the Lord created the heavens and theearth”. There are many fundamental differences betweenHashem creating the world and a person forming an item. Oneof these differences is that Hashem created the entire worldfrom absolutely nothing,…