DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON’S 19-21

Closeness to HashemChapter NineteenT he Prohibition of Anger The gemarah and the Zohar deal very severely with theprohibition of becoming angry – see Nedarim 22 and Pesachim66, and that which is brought in sha’arei Kedusha, part 2:sha’ar4, in the name of the Zohar – there is no place here to elaboratefurther. It is written in the book ‘Sha’ar Ruach Hakodesh’ of HaravChaim Vital in the … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON’S 19-21

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 18

C loseness to H ashemC hapter E ighteenT he P rohibition of H aughtiness In the Nefesh Hachaim in the additional chapters betweensha’ar 3 and sha’ar 4, he writes [adapted], “You the reader, hereis your guidance, with Hashem’s help, in the ways of truth, toshow you the way that you should safely go. You will then beable to slowly rise through the aforementioned levels, accordingto … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 18

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 17

C h a p t e r S e v e n t e e nThe Great Benefits for the Entire JewishNation Resulting from every Individual’sCautiousness in Areas of Sanctity andModesty (Tzniut )Part 1 In areas of sanctity and modesty, halachic detail is broughtat length in halachic and ethical works, as well as the greatobligation to take care for every pitfall in transgressions in theseareas. … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 17

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 16

C hapter S ixteenMesillat Yesharim ‫־‬ C hapter 25 In Mesillat Yesharim chapter 25, he writes how to acquire ahigh level of fear of Hashem. The way to acquire this awe is tocontemplate two very true things. The first is that the Presenceof Hashem exists in every place in the world and He himselfwatches over everything, small or big. Nothing is hidden fromHis eyes, neither … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 16

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 15

CHAPTER FIFTEENTHE GREAT OBLIGATION TO BE AS BUSY AS POSSIBLEWITH THE HOLY T ORAH The Nefesh Hachaim writes in sha’ar 4: chapter 15 how wehave been commanded from the mouth of Hashem Himself withan awesome warning, “This Torah scroll must never leave yourmouth and you must toil in it day and night.” [Joshua 1:8]. TheZohar writes in his introduction [the translated version], “Comeand see just … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 15

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14

CHAPTER F OURTEENPRAYERPart one: Awakening to the importance of prayerand it’s details. In the gemarah in Brachot (6b) it says, “One of the Rabbissaid to R’ Bayvo Bar Abaye, and some say that it was R’ Bayvo toR’ Nachman Bar Yitzchok, ‘What thing is very elevated and yetdegraded by people?’ [Meaning that it says this in Tehillim (12)and they asked how to understand the verse]. … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 13

CHAPTER THIRTEENSACRIFICE FOR TORAH STUDY AND SURRENDER OFTHINGS WHICH PREVENTS VIGILANCE IN TORAHSTUDY The gemarah in massechet Brachot (71b) says, “Once thewicked ruling kingdom decreed that Yisrael may not involvethemselves with Torah. Rebi Akiva came, gathered groups ofpeople and publicly taught them Torah… it was but a few dayslater that they caught Rebi Akiva and imprisoned him. Whenthey brought out Rebi Akiva to kill him … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 13

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson12

CLOSENESS TO HASHEM CHAPTER TWELVETHE GREATNESS ACQUIRED THROUGH TORAH STUDYPart 1: A major feature of Torah study is that everyword one studies, one fulfils a positive mitzvah andmerits awesome reward. In the book ‘Shenot Eliyahu’ of the Vilna Gaon [which is anexplanation to the mishnayot, printed in at the back of someeditions] on massechet Peah (81:41) Chazal write, “A personmust love the Torah very much, … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson12

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 11

CHAPTER ELEVENMITZVOT BETWEEN MAN AND HIS FELLOW Mitzvot between man and his fellow are of the basics ofJudaism. This means to endeavor to benefit another, and to takecare not to cause suffering to one’s fellow, as it says in thegemarah in massechet Yevamot that mercilessness and lovingkindnesses are the purpose of Yisreal – see inside for furtherdetail. Although it is obvious that every Jew wants … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 11

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 10

CHAPTER TENANY TORAH STUDY AND MITZVAH PERFORMANCEJOINS THE SOUL WITH HIS CREATOR AND BRINGS ASPIRITUAL AND HOLY BOUNTY FROM HASHEMAN ANSWER FOR THOSE WHO CLAIM THEY DON’TFEEL THIS It is written in numerous places in this work how for bit ofTorah that a person learns, and through every mitzvah that aperson performs, a spiritual bounty is created and pours fromHashem to the person’s soul, sanctifying … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 10