"I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and have a regular day job. Most of my learning is done on the bus or while walking. You have great resources to help keep me learning and participating in things. I have enjoyed the Mishnayos printouts for 9 Kislev and 13 Tishrei."

Michoel Dovid Leopold

"I have been to other communities and I can't express enough how fortunate we are to have an organization like Yagdil Torah where you can walk down the street and see, 'Oh, a shiur on this, another shiur on this,' always learning and you never have to worry."

Menachem Mendel Simon

"Here more than any other place in Crown Heights have I been able to really 'chap' more of the Torah and the Rebbe's Sichos and more of the inspiration that Chassidus has to offer."

Ari Pfeffer

“I heard about Yagdil Torah’s 20 hour open-door policy and decided I had to check it out for myself. I went there at about 12:45 AM and was amazed to find people learning. I sat down and before I knew it, an hour had passed as if it was only 5 minutes… The undisturbed, quiet atmosphere made it a pleasure.

I got hooked.

I guess my newfound pleasure was noticed by my friends and neighbors – they joined too. The secret is out: If anyone wants to learn in a quiet, heimishe place, this is it.”

Shlomo Ezagui

“To have a comfortable place in the Shechunah where everyone can sit and learn is great enough, but to have so many shiurim available on a regular basis, finding chavrusas, encouraging people - especially through your wonderful newsletter -on top of that? Incredible.

But what is most amazing for me is that all the shiurim are available for me to enjoy in Miami Beach! I’m a regular listener to your shiurim on Chassidus, Nigleh, and Halachoh L'Maaseh.

Keep up the amazing work, and have tremendous hatzlochah!”

Shmuel Mendelsohn - Mashpia of Yeshivah Torah Ohr in North Miami Beach

"One of the Yagdil Torah tactics I admire is the exposure of existing Torah learning as a means of inspiring others."

Rabbi Yoseph Paltiel - Mashpia United Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Chovevei Torah

"Yagdil Torah is breathing vital life into our community. The efforts of the organization are not only important, but crucial for our very existence.

So thank you Levi and the Yagdil Torah team, for bringing us life!"

Rabbi Yossi Pels - Co-Director Chayeinu Publications

"The study of Torah each day is critical for every member of our community. It will broaden our horizons, make us happier, healthier, more wholesome people, better humans, husbands and fathers. It will challenge us to grow and live our lives to the fullest. Yagdil Torah-the way to go!"

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Chof Beis Shvat Mishnayos and Learning - all new content!
Chof Shevat, 5777

In honor of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka's yahrtzeit, Yagdil Torah is putting out a publication. The pamphlet includes full mishnayos for those who wish to learn it, expanded quotations on women's part in Torah learning, and a short sicha from the Rebbe.

The publication will be available in local shuls, at the Heichal Halimmud, and at our office.

Click here for publication.


Yud Daled Shevat, 5777

It's a Rare Find

"Chaim come check this out. I was going through my attic and I think you'll want these old cups. They were found at the yam suf and traces back to when the Yidden left mitzrayim. They could go for thousands each on the open market! If you want, you can have them."

"Wow, thanks so much Zaidy. Let me just pack them up well so they don't get tarnished."

Chaim finishes packing it all up and is ready to leave.

"Here, just hold on a second Chaim. I forgot another thing that could go for more than ten grand!"

"Whatever. It's fine. I'm already checking whatsapp..."

Imagine you just finished an hour of involved learning, you are now proficient in the opinions of Rashi and Tosfos on the meaning of "meat that has left its borders". You notice the hour is up and close your sefer, but then you notice that the rain is still tapering down. Due to the lack of rain gear it would be best to stay indoors for just one more minute. You now have a painful choice to make; should you check to see if there are any new updates on your phone or should you reopen the highly valued Sefer in front of you?

Tov Li Toras Picha Mialfei Zahav Vochesef


Yud Daled Shevat, 5777

"Viyikarei shmo beyisroel, Yisro ben Moshe..."

The Gemara states (Yuma 38b) that one may not name his child after a rasha, citing the possuk, "Shem resha'im yirkav-The name of resha'im should rot" (Mishlei 10:7). As Rabbeinu Chananel (ad loc.) explains, "A person with such a name will not succeed."

What is the din of giving the name Yisro? Yisro was an idol worshiper who worshiped every single type of deity that existed (Rashi, Yisro 18:11). May someone name his child Yisro, after the father-in-law of Moshe Rabbeinu?

"Joy Over Words of Torah" Yud Daled Shevat, 5777

It is fitting for a person to demonstrate that he is joyous over the words of Torah, both due to his diligence within its portals and because he sometimes discovers that he has studied or understood something new.

All new content in this Kovetz Limmud Yud Shvat Vov Shevat, 5777

On Yud Shvat we mark the Yom Hillulah of the Frierdiker Rebbe. One of the Minhogim the Rebbe set for the day is to learn the Mishnayos of the Frierdiker Rebbe's name.

Yagdil Torah has produced a booklet containing the full Mishnayos (all new) for the Frierdiker Rebbe, along with a specially selected portion of the Frierdiker Rebbe's Torah (all new).

The booklet will be available in local shuls, on our website and in our office.

Click here for the pdf.
Click here for the Russian Version. .

Read an amazing story which shows the importance of learning in connection to a Yom Hilulah of our Rabbeim.


Alef Teves, 5777

Purim Saragossa

The Purim of Saragossa was established in the year 1440, fifty-two years before the Jews were exiled from Spain. In the city of Saragossa, Spain, the Jews were ordered to appear at a public reception honoring the king with all of the Torah scrolls of the community.

The rabbis of the community decided that it would be safer to remove the Torahs from their cases, and were sure that the king would never know the difference.

Unfortunately, there was a Jew in the community named Marcos who was a rebel and a troublemaker. He went to the authorities and betrayed the rabbis' plan, citing the Jews' disrespect for the king as the reason for not bringing the actual scrolls.

The king was furious at this slight and ordered the Jews to open the cases at once. A terror fell upon all the Jews, for the punishment for disobeying the king was the most severe, but they had no choice but to open the cases. They were completely amazed and dumbfounded when they saw that all of the cases contained Torah scrolls.

What they could not have known was that the previous night, the caretaker of the synagogue had a dream in which Eliyahu Hanavi appeared to him and ordered him to replace the scrolls in their cases. The dream was so vivid that the caretaker did as he was instructed, but he had no time to inform the rabbis of his action.

The king saw that the Jews were innocent; the accusation was baseless. To commemorate their redemption, the rabbis established a special Purim to be celebrated throughout the generations on the 17th and 18th of Shevat.

Adapted by L'chaim #359


Chof Tes Teves, 5777

Date: 2448-2488.
Place: In the midbar,
on the way to Eretz Yisrael

One of the many miracles that occurred with the mon was that one was able to enjoy the taste of whatever food he desired. This leads us to an interesting question. What would happen if one desired to taste milk and meat together? Since this seemingly involves an issur, would a miracle occur in such a case or not?

The Gemara records a machlokes between Rebbi Ami and Rebbi Asi. According to one opinion, it was only the taste of others foods that was felt in the mon, not their substance. The other opinion holds that the substance of these foods was present in the mon as well (Yuma 75a).

Perhaps the answer to our question depends on which opinion we follow. If the substance of the desired foods would be found in the mon, one would not be able to taste meat and milk together, as that would involve an issur. But if it was only the taste of the foods that was felt, one would be able to taste milk and meat together. Since only the taste of these two foods was present and not their substance, no issur would be involved.

(There is a halachic rule known as ta'am ke'ikar, that the taste of a substance has the same status as the food itself. Accordingly, even if we say that only the taste of the food was felt, an issur may still be involved. However, this is only true if the rule of ta'am ke'ikar is mede'orayasa [see Encyclopedia Talmudis, Vol. 20, pp. 556-559]. If it is med'rabanan [see ibid.], it would not apply to the Jews in the desert, who lived before this ruling was enacted.)

However, even if we assume that the substance of the food was felt as well, it can still be argued that one was able to taste milk and meat together if he so desired.

The Gemara relates that every Erev Shabbos, Rav Chanina and Rav Oshiya would study Sefer Yetzirah and create calves, which they would then proceed to eat (Sanhedrin 65b). The Shaloh (Parshas Vayeishev, Derech Chaim Tochachas Mussar) uses this concept to explain the behavior of the Shevatim, whom Yosef suspected of eating flesh of a living creature without shechting it first. What actually happened was that they would create calves using Sefer Yetzirah, which was transmitted to them from Avraham Avinu, the sefer's author (via Yitzchak and Yaakov). Since these animals were not born from physical parents, they did not require shechitah.

Now, if the laws of shechitah do not apply to such calves, the prohibition of basar bechalav presumably does not apply either. (Indeed, some say the calves served by Avraham to the angels were created through Sefer Yetzirah, and that is why the angels were allowed to eat them with milk-see Malbim, Vayeira 18:7-8.) That being the case, even if the substance of milk and meat was felt the mon, it would not pose a problem, since they were heavenly in nature and did not originate from physical animals.

In fact, there would actually be less of an issue of basar bechalav with the mon than with a calf created through Sefer Yetzirah. In the latter case, one can still argue that it is forbidden to eat the calf with milk due to maris ayin, the concern that onlookers will mistake it for genuine meat. In the case of the mon, however, no one was able to see the food his friend had chosen to taste, and the concern of maris ayin would not apply.

As far as reaching a decisive answer to our question, we will have to ask the dor hamidbar themselves when they arise for techiyas hameisim!

Based on Luach Erez on Tana Devei Eliyahu, Ch. 12. Shu"t Lev Chanun, 1:36

 

"How Sweet Are the Words of Torah!" Chof Tes Teves, 5777

This is the meaning of the verse, "For the light is sweet and good for the eyes" (Koheles 11:7) ....Rebbi Abba explained [the possuk as follows]: How sweet are the words of Torah that are compared to light, as the possuk says, "For a mitzvah is a candle and Torah is light" (Mishlei 6:23). Fortunate is the person who sees the Torah as white as snow [i.e., who understands Torah clearly], for there is no end to its reward.

When Hashem will come to give the Jews their reward for toiling in Torah, and in its merit, he will bestow them [with goodness] in the future, at that time they will say to the nations of the world: "We have merited for we have studied Torah. What did you tell us? [You told us,] 'You are toiling for no reason.' See its reward!"

Midrash Tehillim, Ch. 49. Cf. Rashi, Koheles ad loc.

Entirely Updated Compilation for Chof Daled Teives Chof Teves 5777

Following the Rebbe's horaos that one should learn from the teachings of the Alter Rebbe on Chof Daled Teves, and also that one should learn chapters of Mishnayos beginning with the letters of a Rebbe's name on his Yom Hilulah, Yagdil Torah has prepared an updated learning guide for this day. The compilation features specially selected portions of the Alter Rebbe's teachings, stories, and the full mishnayos. It will be distributed throughout the Shuls in Crown Heights, in the Heichal Halimmud and in our office. It is also available for download here.

Read an amazing story which shows the importance of learning in connection to a Yom Hilulah of our Rabbeim.


Tes Vov Teves, 5777

That's it?

Ever wonder what the holiest possible experience one can have?

Well, let's figure this out:

There are four holy entities that exist: Shabbos, Torah, Eretz Yisroel and the Jewish Neshama.

So, to combine these entities into one you would make your way over to Eretz Yisroel, find a Jew on Shabbos and learn Torah with him (or yourself the Jew).

If that's not so realistic the Kli Yakar has an idea for you. On the last pasuk of Vihaya Im shomea he explains that every Shul and Beis Midrash is essentially like Eretz Yisroel...


Tes Vov Teves, 5777

Date: 2448-2488.
Place: In the midbar,
on the way to Eretz Yisrael

One of the many miracles that occurred with the mon was that one was able to enjoy the taste of whatever food he desired. The only exceptions were the five foods listed in Parshas Behaaloscha (11:5)-cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic-which are unhealthy for nursing women.

The Midrash adds that this was a reward for Avraham Avinu's hachnosas orchim, when he prepared bread, butter, milk, and meat for the malochim. As a reward, the Jews were able to taste all of these foods in the mon (Tana Devei Eliyahu, Ch. 12).

This leads us to an interesting question. What happened if one desired to taste milk and meat together? Since this seemingly involves an issur, would a miracle occur in such a case or not?

 

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