Mussar

Shenei Luchot HaBerit, Torah Shebikhtav, Sefer Vayikra, Torah Ohr, Kedoshim 97 Instead, the land should enjoy a Sabbath “on which one could eat” (25,5-6). This is an allusion to the statement of our sages that he who toils on Sabbath eve will have what to eat on the Sabbath (Avodah Zarah 3a). The words: לך…

Lashon Hara

Lashon Hara I would like to bring attention to the issue of our speech. It seems there are cases where we openly attack other believers in the Messiah. Be they called Christians, Messianic Jews, Messianic Believers, Believers, we should not make disparaging comments about what they are called, we should not take pot shots as…

Ezekiel 37

Dry Bones from alegator21 on GodTube. The passage comes from an Old Testament prophecy, taken from Ezekiel 37. Not only is the text extremely descriptive and visual, lending itself to beautiful imagery, but show that where there is death and exile, hope and life can be found.  

The Letter of Ramban

The Letter of Ramban A Letter For The Ages/Iggeret HaRamban/The Letter of Ramban This letter was written by Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman, more widely referred to by his acronym Ramban and known in English as Nachmanides. The Iggeret HaRamban was printed for the first time in Mantua, Italy, in 1623 as part of the book…

Laws of De’os – Chapter 2, Law 4(b)

Maimonides on Life   Laws of De’os – Chapter 2, Law 4(b) Silence and the Road to Self-Discovery “A person should always accustom himself to keeping silent (lit., ‘should increase his silence’). He should speak only of matters of wisdom or matters pertaining to his living needs. It was said regarding [the Talmudic scholar] Rav,…

HEBRAYA / Hebrews 1:3

HEBRAYA 1: 3 — he, the effulgence of his glory, 481 hu pro he, it, she 1516 semha nn effulgence 1718a subha nn glory and the icon of his essence 1514 salma nn icon 71b ’ituta nn essence and holder of all by the power of his word 49c ’ahid ’kul idi holder of all,…

Rabbinic literature

Rabbinic literature Talmudic literature Mishnah • Tosefta Gemara Jerusalem Talmud • Babylonian TalmudMinor tractates Halakhic Midrash Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishmael on Exodus Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai on Exodus Sifra on Leviticus Sifre on Numbers & Deuteronomy Sifre Zutta on Numbers Mekhilta on DeuteronomyBaraita of Rabbi Ishmael Aggadic Midrash —— Tannaitic —— Seder Olam Rabbah Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph…

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar / ראש חודש אייר

Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar. Iyyar (somtimes transliterated Iyar) is the 2nd month of the Hebrew year. Corresponds to April or May on the Gregorian calendar. Read more from ou.org → List of Dates Rosh Chodesh Iyyar begins in the Diaspora on: Tue, 29 April 2014 at sundown (30th of Nisan, 5774)

Humility

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…

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…