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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 5773   Giving has never been easier

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The Torah Arouses Compassion Yud Tes Av, 5774

When a person arrives home in the evening, when he is exhausted from the day's work - burned from the sun, or frozen from cold - yet he keeps his Shiurim, the Torah itself arouses compassion for him and for all the members of his household.

Likkutei Dibburim I, pg 126

Want to help out but just don't have the funds? Hei Av, 5774

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Thank you for being a part of spreading Limmud Torah.


Hei Av, 5774

Why learn Torah?

I know what you are thinking; why is Yagdil Torah asking such a question?

Well, the truth is, if we know why then why wouldn't we?

Let's take cooking as an example. There is a family sitting around a table eating dessert. All are eating but only one actually baked the chocolate cake. Now, when the baker eats a piece she/he revels in every bite, whereas everyone else just gobbles it up and vyter gefuren. The reason is obviously because only one of them knows every detail that brought this delicacy. All the ingredients, the changes at the last second before it was put in the oven. All of that contributed to the cook's added appreciation for the cake's texture and taste.

So too we can say about doing mitzvos. Yes, a Jew can do every single mitzva perfectly without learning a vast amount of Torah. But, just picture after learning the halachos and or chasidus about the month of Elul what type of Elul that person would have. It pales in comparison to a month of Elul that goes by rote.

Why learn torah? It makes a person appreciate what he is doing already and helps him strive for higher.


Hei Av, 5774

Many auction houses allow potential buyers to place bids before the date of the actual auction (a method known as pre-bidding), enabling individuals who are unable to attend in person to participate in the affair. A buyer can contact the auctioneer in advance and give him a list of items which he is interested in buying, with his maximum bid of each item. If he is not outbid on the day of the actual auction, the item(s) is designated to the pre-bidder.

A certain Jew in London, an ardent collector of valuable items, participated frequently in the auctions that took place from time to time in the city's auction house. One particular auction was scheduled to take place on Shabbos, and as an observant Jew, he knew he would be unable to attend the auction itself. However, there were certain items that he desired to purchase, and he considered taking advantage of the pre-bidding option to place his bids before Shabbos. He wouldn't be actually purchasing or paying any money before or on Shabbos; all he would be doing was stating his maximum bids of certain items. Was he allowed to participate in the auction in such a manner?

Community Protection Hei Av, 5774

The Posuk in Dvarim 28;6 states "You will be blessed at your arrival and blessed at your departure". The Ohr Hachayim explains that the implication of "and blessed at your departure" is that a person's departure from this world will be without sin, and this will be through the intermediary of learning Torah, and the Torah will protect him [from sin]. The [next] verse which states "G-d will set your enemies [who rise against you smitten before you"] has a similar meaning to the following verse "As soon as they began their exuberant song and praise, Hashem set up ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab and Mont Seir who were attacking Yehudah, and they were struck down". Chazal comment on this [regarding the meaning of "As soon as they began their exuberant song" and "the enemies were struck down"]: that the word, Rina (exuberant song) can only refer to Torah. [Implying that through Torah they were protected from the ambushes of their enemies.]

Ohr HaChaim Al HaPosuk, Ki Savo 28,6

Learn the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch Chof Tammuz, 5774

Join the weekly shiur on the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch.

Given by R' Zalman Goldberg in English.

Shain's Shul -390 Kingston Ave.

Mincha (Daily) -1:45 PM

Shiur: Mondays, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Chof Tammuz, 5774

The Battle Within

We are inclined to follow our emotions but often try to follow our intellect. Depending on the balance of strength between the two, the outcome of the "battle" can usually be predicted.

The need for Kvius Itim tends to be in line with the intellect, and it competes with our emotions when they disagree with the intellect, causing a real struggle. If we take the time, however, we can train our emotions to follow the direction of our intellect, and thereby help us feel things in the right way, for the right reasons, at the right times.

What's your balance?


Chof Tammuz, 5774

In 5589, R' Yisochor Ber Horowitz, the Rov of Bichov Chadash (and later the Rov in Lubavitch), raised the question of a Jew who bought a cow from a non-Jew, along with a calf that felt attached to the cow and was nursing from it and that, strangely, had four non-cloven hooves - was it possible to permit such an animal for consumption? He first sent the question to R' Dovid Luria (the Radal), the Rov of Bichov Yoshon. The Radal initially ruled the calf forbidden, considering it an unusual mutation that could have been born from any animal and that was therefore assumed to have been born from one of the majority of the animals in the world, a non-kosher animal. However, in a follow-up letter, the Radal mentioned he was still a bit unsure as to whether the calf could be permitted.

The Tzemach Tzedek was later consulted and permitted the calf. However, due to the severity of eating non-kosher food, the Tzemach Tzedek felt it necessary to combine multiple permitting factors: (a) The extremely close resemblance to a calf makes it more likely to be the child of a cow, than of a non-kosher animal; especially since it was possible that even the calf's non-cloven hooves were not round like horse hooves, but rather shaped like cow hooves. (b) Though the Gemara in Bechoros (24a-b) questions whether nursing and a relationship between two such animals is proof of motherhood (and accordingly Shulchan Oruch (Yor"d 79:2) disregards such proof), nonetheless, in our case the fact that she is tending to it is partial proof of motherhood. (c) It's likely that the non-Jewish seller mentioned in passing that the cow gave birth to this calf, and in our case this can be combined with the other reasons to permit the calf.

(Sources: Tzemach Tzedek Piskei Dinim Yor"d 79; Yagdil Torah (NY) 9:41, 13:8, 13:12)

Hard but worth it Chof Tammuz, 5774

When he does not want to study, and he studies because the will of G-D is that he shall study, then it will be revealed the will of G-D in a revealed way. For it is apparent and felt that he is compelling himself unwillingly, and is engaged with the study of Torah, because that is the will of G-D. This in actuality is the revelation of the supernal will.

Likutei Torah 69, 4