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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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Learning Torah Is Greater Yud Zayin Elul, 5774

"Great is the Torah, for it gives life to those who practice it" (Pirkei Avos 6:7) "Those who practice it" refers to individuals who observe the Mitzvos. By saying "great is the Torah," the Mishna emphasizes that learning Torah is greater than doing Mitzvos.

And it explains why: "for it gives life." It is possible that even a person who is meticulous in observing Mitzvos will do so without passion. By learning Torah we come to understand the bond with Hashem that is established through doing Mitzvos, and thus infuses them with energy and vitality.

Sichos Shabbos Parshas Bamidbar, 5729

Gimmel Elul, 5774

"Money or your life!!!"

"I'm thinking..."

The greatest jokes are funny because they represent life. The Rebbe once asked someone how his daily Torah learning was going. The man answered that he was busy making money to have a luxurious house. The Rebbe was astonished because this same person risked his life for yiddishkeit just a few years earlier in Russia. What was going on in that man's mind was that America is different and therefore there are different priorities. But if he would just think for a minute how he himself felt about yiddishkeit in the old country it would push him to value his Torah learning more. So, money or your life!! What's the question?!

Gimmel Elul, 5774

A shul is viewed by halachah as the focal point of the Jewish community. It is the place where young and old congregate on a daily basis to re-energize through prayer and Torah study. The shul's importance is manifest not only in its spiritual importance, but in its physical structure as well: it is to be constructed as the highest and most prominent building in town. As the Gemara states (Shabbos 11a), "Any city whose rooftops are higher than the shul will ultimately be destroyed."

A certain individual once built a new, spacious house to accommodate his growing family. Being that he was unaware of the above-mentioned directive, it was built higher than the height of the local shul. When he discovered the severe outcome of such conduct as described by the Gemara, he quickly hastened to do his best to solve the issue. Instead of breaking down his house and building it anew at a lower level, he thought of a novel solution: he would erect a flag on the roof of the shul, thus elevating its height so that it would be higher than his new residence.

Would such a method be effective to allow him to keep his house at its present height?

Serious Business Gimmel Elul, 5774

"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 constantly on his business - day and night, the Torah should always be the focus of our attention. To the extent that it becomes his very identity.

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

Chof Av Learning Guide With Additions Yud Tes Av, 5774

Chof Av DownloadIn honor of Chof Av, the Yohrtzeit of Reb Levi Yitzchak, the Rebbe's father, Yagdil Torah has compiled a publication with Mishnayos and selected pieces of his Torah, in keeping with the Rebbe's instructions for such occasions. The guide will be available in local shuls, at our office and on our website. The updated version contains stories of the Rebbe's father and the entire Mishnayos that corresponds to his name.

Click here to download the Kovetz Limmud for Chof Av.

For Russian version click here.

Yud Tes Av, 5774

Learning on the Battlefield of Life

19:00 After an exhausting night of intensive searching for the three kidnapped Yeshiva students in a hostile PA village, an IDF Combat Battalion Commander starts Meseches Taanis. He completes Maseches Taanis at the edge of Gaza just as his troops are preparing for a ground incursion.

Even with rockets flying overhead he was able to concentrate on a blat of Gemara;

If he can do it, we can too!

We all have things in the way of just sitting down and learning. Just like he was able to, even while not knowing if he will survive the next day, so can we!

Yud Tes Av, 5774

A certain Jew in London, an ardent collector of valuable items, participated frequently in the auctions that took place in the city's auction house. One particular auction was scheduled to take place on Shabbos, and the collector wanted to participate by submitting his maximum bids to the auctioneer in advance. Would doing so constitute a violation of Shabbos?

The collector posed his question to Rabbi Chanoch Dov Padwa, Av Beis Din of London's Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. Rabbi Padwa quoted the ruling in Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 307:4; Ta"z and Magen Avraham ad loc.) that one may not give money to a non-Jew with explicit instructions to purchase an item on Shabbos on his behalf. Even if no clear instructions are given, it is forbidden to do so if the market-day is on Shabbos, because it is certain that he will purchase the product on Shabbos. One can draw a parallel from this law to our case: being that the auction is scheduled to take place on Shabbos, it would perhaps be forbidden to participate in the above manner.

However, a distinction can be made between the two cases. The Shulchan Aruch is dealing with a case where the non-Jew was instructed to actually purchase the item on Shabbos; in our case, however, the auctioneer will not be selling the item to the Jew on Shabbos. Even if no one will outbid him and he will win the right to purchase a given item, the auctioneer will merely hold on to the item for him until he will come to claim and purchase it.

Furthermore, as far as the Jew is concerned, he would have acquired the item before Shabbos; the only reason he did not do so is because the auctioneer hopes that a higher bid will be given. It thus follows that any melachah performed by the non-Jewish auctioneer on Shabbos will be against the Jew's desires and will be done solely on behalf of the auctioneer.

In order to act in the most permissible manner, Rabbi Padwa instructed the collector to do as follows: he should inform the auctioneer that he (the auctioneer) should purchase the item (if no one offers a higher price), and then he (the collector) would reimburse him afterwards (see Shulchan Aruch ibid. 307:3). Doing so avoids any potential halachic issue and is completely permissible.

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

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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.