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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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Yud Aleph Teves, 5775

The members of an early-twentieth-century shul once decided to renovate the ezras nashim, which was located in a small, cramped room adjacent to the ezras anashim. The proposed plan entailed elevating the roof of the ezras nashim, thus providing the women with much-needed light and air.

The projected renovations aroused a halachic question by the rabbi of the community, centering on the affects these renovations would have on the shul. Until now, the windows of the ezras anashim were located above the roof of the ezras nashim, enabling sunlight to enter the shul. (Needless to say, the Polish shtetl had yet to experience the convenience of electrical lights.) But by raising of the roof of the ezras nashim, two-thirds of the height of the windows would be obscured, significantly decreasing the illumination of the shul.

Big and Revealed Miracles Yud Aleph Teves, 5775

The Torah too has both revealed and hidden parts to it... there are many miracles that Hashem performs in a hidden manner... and then there are miracles that are revealed to us. This comes about by virtue of our studying the Torah: Through study of the hidden parts of Torah, a hidden miracle comes about, while through study of the revealed parts, a revealed miracle comes about. A single cruse of oil-that is to say, the Torah learned in the days of Chashmonaim-was so scant because they applied little intellect to their studies. However, the Kohen Gadol brought much intellect to his worship of Hashem. Therefore a great miracle came about through him.

Meor Einayim (Hatzadik Reb Nochum of Cherbonyl) Mikeitz, 26B

Fourth Annual Melava Malka: Highlights #1 Tes Teves, 5775


Fourth Annual Melava Malka: Highlights #2 Tes Teves, 5775


Fourth Annual Melava Malka: Highlights #3 Tes Teves, 5775


Fourth Annual Melava Malka: Report Chof Zayin Kislev, 5775

The fourth annual Melava Malka for the Yagdil Torah organization celebrated growing learning in the Crown Heights community.

Photos: Mendy Moscowitz, S. Junik. Click on images to view full gallery.

A full crowd of men and women gathered this past Motzei Shabbos for the fourth annual Melava Malka of Yagdil Torah held at the Razag Ballroom in Crown Heights.

The guest speaker was Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg of Israel, and the evening's honorees were Mr. Yerachmiel Jacobson and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Wolf who saluted the organization driven to spread Torah learning throughout the Crown Heights community through shiurim, publications and other projects.

Chief among their activities is the Heichal Halimud Tiferes Yitzchok, the study center on Empire Blvd, which BE"H has not been closed for even a single day since its opening in Elul, 5770. They have also recently opened a second stunning Beis Medrash.

Rabbi Levi Browd founded Yagdil Torah along with his wife, Batsheva, to perpetuate the memory of their first born son, Menachem Mendel.

"The event served to inspire participants and to thank the honorees for what they have done for the Crown Heights community," remarked Browd.

"Thank you to all the supporters who enabled us to achieve this success in the past eight years, and thank you to the thousands who participated by learning; whether at a shiur, in the Heichal Halimud or with one of our print or online publications," he said.

A beautiful selection of rare and unique niggunim was presented by Mendy J and Shimmy Brod, as guests enjoyed a delicious meal and entertainment by Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner. He was a hit with the crowd laughing over and over. "The elegant ambiance was the perfect setting for the evening which ran seamlessly and kept everyone captivated," said one attendee.

Download the journal at yagdiltorah.org/journal5775 


Chof Zayin Kislev, 5775

Training My Train Time

You are coming home after a hard day's work. The train ride is a time for you to rest albeit a bumpy one. But then your phone vibrates. You want to ignore it and continue snoozing but something inside tells you it might be an important text or maybe even a funny picture your friend sent you. A few seconds later you're laughing out loud and then you forward the message to all your friends, and there goes your sleep...

Even though this doesn't happen to all of us all the time, we sure can learn a valuable lesson from this. Having enough time for things is all in the head. Studies show that the average commute to (and back) work for the zip code 11213 is 39.5 minutes. That is 1.3 hours a day we can use for what we hold most dear to us.

If someone wants to add in learning, here is a great place to start. Instead of bits and pieces of social media, you can pick up on bits and pieces of Torah. You'll be surprised what it adds up to.


Chof Zayin Kislev, 5775

An individual with undeveloped arms supported his family by writing sifrei Torah, tefillin, and mezuzos with his mouth. His competitors protested that his work was disqualified, as halachah dictates that they must be written by hand. Is it true that Torah does not allow tefillin and mezuzos to be written with the mouth instead of with the hand? At the very least, could an exception be made because of his handicap?

This question was addressed to R. Dovid Oppenheim (1664-1736), the Rabbi of Moravia. R. Dovid cites an earlier teshuvah written by R. Menachem Azariah of Fano (1548-1620), in which he writes, "I have heard that there is a sofer in Egypt with undeveloped hands who writes sifrei Torah, tefillin, and mezuzos and no one has raised a complaint." According to R. Menachem Azariah, they are unquestionably posul. He cites two sources as proof for his decision, both of which R. Dovid proceeds to refute:

Nail It Down! Chof Zayin Kislev, 5775

The tefilla of modim anachnu lach expresses self effacement ... Therefore it is said quietly and discreetly. Yet one would have to find ways for this principle and this greatness to be firmly planted in one's heart forever and never recede. For indeed we see that following the Shemoneh Esreh prayer, one resumes being as he previously was. It is therefore wise to engage in Torah and its halachos; which because they are clothed in things physical (such as matters pertaining to agriculture, the calendar, etc.) constitute the pinnacle of union and adherence to Hashem, and one must nullify himself and become united with Hashem, thus becoming a bastion of His oneness, while nullifying and clearing himself of all his desires and thoughts... And thus, in this sense, engagement with the Torah is the equivalent to Shemoneh Esreh, and one can see to it that the effect of this expression of self nullification contained within Shemoneh Esreh is firmly planted, nailed down and never receding forever through his engagement with the Torah.

Free Translation-Likkutei Torah 79:3, Devarim