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Guard Your Eyes
Heichal Halimmud



Drop some coins each morning into the Yagdil Torah פושקא located in 770.
Pushka location: Walk down the main aisle toward the doors, it is on your  on the right side at shoulder height.

Chalukas Hashas 5775   You can help

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Why Do Business? Chof Alef Cheshvan, 5778

Every Jew is expected to infuse his daily activities with spirituality and holiness. For example, when a person has a job or business, his goal is to make a living. However, he must also have a more spiritual objective: to give tzedakah; to have a clear head to study Torah; and to pay for someone to teach his children Torah.

When he is indeed permeated with these spiritual objectives, his work will obviously not disturb him from learning Torah and doing mitzvos, and he will give tzedakah from his very best.

Letter of 18 Elul, 5732 (Igros Kodesh vol. 27, pp. 502-503)

Zayin Cheshvan, 5778

No Longer Open

Dear Diary,

The times of Moshiach, they are amazing! It's unbelievable how powerful our actions were, that caused all these revelations that we are now experiencing. Actually, I feel like I should really do more of those actions; another word of Torah, another coin of Tzedakah, as much as I can. They are just so unbelievably potent.

I see a sign on the door over there, it says Torah and Mitzvos. I guess that is where I want to go.

Wait there is also some small text underneath let me see what it says. "This door no longer opens, as it says in Tanya Chapter 37 -The utopia in the times of Moshiach... depends on our actions and work throughout the time of Golus...


Zayin Cheshvan, 5778

In Halacha

Although kefitzas haderech is a miraculous phenomenon, there are actually a few times where halachah takes this feat into account.

The Gemara (Yevamos 116a) records an incident where a get was found in the city of Sura. In the get was written as follows: "On this-and-this date, I, Anan bar Chiya of Naharda'a, divorced my wife, Mrs. So-and-So, in the city of Sura." The women whose name appeared in the get claimed it had been given to her by her husband. After a thorough search of the city of Naharda'a, only one other person named Anan bar Chiya was discovered; however, he was not in Sura on the date mentioned in the get. Must we be concerned that this document was written (not by the woman's husband, but) by the other person with the same name?

Abaye says this is of no concern. After all, he was not in Sura at that time; he could not have been the one to write the get, and it must have been written by the woman's husband. Rava, however, disagrees, stating we must be concerned that it was written by the other Anan bar Chiya. As to the fact that he was not in Sura, Rava offers several alternatives, one of them being that perhaps he traversed that great distance with kefitzas haderech, using one of Hashem's names to accomplish this feat.

Another area where kefitzas haderech plays a role in halachah is in the sugya of techumin. The halachah is that one may not travel beyond 2000 amos outside a city on Shabbos or Yom Tov. However, this restriction does not apply above ten tefachim. One of the ways this is possible is by traveling via kefitzas haderech using Hashem's name (see Eiruvin 43b). (Apparently, when traveling with kefitzas haderech, the traveler is not quite on the ground!)

Interestingly, some use this halachah to explain why Eliezer merited to travel with kefitzas haderech when journeying to Charan to find a wife for Rivkah. That day happened to be the Yom Tov of Sukkos (as it was three days after Rivkah's third birthday, which was on 13 Tishrei). The only way to travel the great distance between Chevron and Charan on Yom Tov without transgressing the issur of techumin was by traveling above ten tefachim, via kefitzas haderech (Yedei Moshe to Bereishis Rabbah 59:11).

Next issue bl"n: How exactly does it work? The physics of kefitzas haderech

Occupy Zayin Cheshvan, 5778

"Whoever occupies himself with Torah" (Pirkei Avos 6:1) A person's study of Torah should be like a businessman. Just as his attention is never totally diverted from his business, the Torah should always be the focus of our attention [we should be "occupied" with it].

Based on Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 17, p. 402-403
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