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,…

Lighting the Chanukah Candles

The Mitzvah of Lighting Chanukah CandlesThere is a Mitzvah to light Chanukah candles throughout all eight nights of Chanukah (beginning from next Thursday night). The Sephardic custom is to light one set of Chanukah candles per house. The Ashkenazi custom, however, is that every member of the household lights his own Chanukah candles. The Amount…

Life-Threatening Situation

Uncertainty About a Life-Threatening Situation Question: If one desecrates Shabbat on behalf of an ill person and it turns out that the action one performed that desecrated the Shabbat was actually unnecessary, does one require atonement for this transgression? Answer: If one desecrated Shabbat for no good reason, such as driving on Shabbat under non-life-threatening circumstances, certainly…

ADV Parsha Vayishlach

וישלח בס”ד In וישלח which is the eighth Parsha, the end of the Parsha speaks of the eight kings of אדום. After the reign of these eight kings, כלל ישראל had their eight kings כשזה קם זה נופל from the prophesy to Rivka ולאם מלאם יאמץ. Yaakov is working on a diplomatic solution to abate…

Parashat Vayetze

[Loving Me, Loving You! Two Types of Love] From HaGaon Rav Zevadia HaCohen Shlit”a, The Head of the Batei Din in Tel Aviv (translated by our dear friend Rav Daniel Levy Shlit”a, Leeds UK) We read in the Parasha Yaakov’s exit from Be’er Sheva to travel to Charan and his labour by Lavan for 20…

Muktzeh Due to Monetary Loss

“Muktzeh Due to Monetary Loss” In the previous Halachot, we have discussed several laws regarding Muktzeh which are certain objects that our Sages prohibited moving on Shabbat. As of yet, we have discussed three types of Muktzeh: “Utensils used for work permitted on Shabbat”, such as forks, knives, and the like, which may be moved on…

The Aliya in Torah

The Aliya in Torah  by the Chazon Ish zt’l The Chazon Ish, Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz (1878-1953), one of the greatest Torah luminaries of recent times, lived in Israel from 1933 until his passing. His views, actions, halachic rulings and writings continue to have a major influence on the fabric of Torah life everywhere.from “Maase Ish…

Method of Learning Torah

Method of Learning Torahby Rabbi Simcha Wasserman zt”lGuidance from one of the greatest sages of our time on how to learn Torah properly. (He was also the son of Rav Elchanan Wasserman, Hy”d a most profound talmud scholar and one of the main disciples of the Chafetz Chaim)Transcripted, with permission from the audio tape: Maimonide’s…

Parashat Vayetzei

Rashi on Genesis 28:10:2ויצא [AND JACOB] WENT OUT—It need have written simply “And Jacob went to Haran’’; why then does it mention his departure from Beersheba? But it intends to tell us that the departure of a righteous person from his city makes an impression. As long as a righteous man is in his city…

Text of Elohai Netzor

This meditation recited at the close of the Amidah comes from the Talmud. BY MJL Elohai Netzor is a meditation added after the conclusion of the formal Amidah. The Talmud records several meditations that the ancient rabbis would recite after the conclusion of the communal prayer. This one is attributed to the fourth-century sage Mar bar…