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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

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

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Chof Zayin Tammuz, 5777

Pointed Out

During the Middle Ages, there was a thriving Jewish community in the city of Bodenheim, in Alsace. One of the great treasures of this community was a silver pointer in the shape of a hand which was used to point to the correct place being read in the Torah scroll. The pointer was believed to have been fashioned during the time of the Roman Empire, and the Jews of Bodenheim were quite proud of this antique.

It happened that a gentile carpenter's apprentice began spreading a vicious story about the Jews, as was common in those days. He claimed that he overheard two Jewish merchants discussing a meeting of all the Jewish leaders of Alsace that had taken place in Colmar. At this meeting, the Jewish leaders supposedly planned to poison the wells of Bodenheim, Colmar, and the neighboring town of Schlettstadt. The apprentice's story was, unfortunately, readily accepted because there was a strange sickness spreading throughout the region.

The Jewish leaders of Alsace were immediately brought to court and questioned. They admitted to having met in Colmar, but the meeting was strictly for the purpose of strengthening Judaism in the region as they felt that it was beginning to weaken in certain areas of faith. The chief of police refused to accept their explanation, and threatened to torture them unless they confessed. One of the leaders, Rabbi Wolf, declared, "G-d is our witness that no evil has been plotted by us against anyone."


Chof Zayin Tammuz, 5777

Which Head Does Mitzvos? 

Installment 5 of 5

In this final installment, we will explore, with Hashem's help, some of the halachic questions that have been raised regarding a person with two heads.

As mentioned in the last installment, the Gemara (Menachos 37a) records a case where a father came to the chachomim with a halachic question. "My wife just gave birth to a two-headed firstborn boy," he asked. "How many shekalim must I give the Kohen, five or ten?"

The Gemara continues by citing a beraysa that says he must give the Kohen ten shekalim. In a regular case of twins, Rashi explains, the father gives the Kohen just five shekalim, because only one of the twins is the true firstborn; it is impossible that they were both born at the exact same moment. However, in this case, since the twins possess a single body, they were both born at the same moment and are both the true firstborn.

A Day Devoted to Torah Chof Zayin Tammuz, 5777

Hashem said to the Jewish nation: "My children! Didn't I write in my Torah that your mouths should never cease from studying Torah? Although during the week you are involved in work [and you are unable to devote all your time to Torah study], Shabbos should be dedicated entirely to Torah."

Our Sages deduced from here that one should always get up early on Shabbos to study. He should then go to the shul and beis midrash, read from the Torah, and learn Navi [i.e., hear krias hatorah and the haftorah]. Only then should he return home to eat and drink, fulfilling the verse, "Go and eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a glad heart."

Tana Devei Eliyahu, ch. 1
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