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Chof Beis Shvat 5774

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 65b) relates that Rava once created a man by forming combining letters of Hashem's name, a feat revealed to him by studying Sefer Yetzirah. He sent the man to Rebbi Zeira, who attempted to carry a conversation with him, but received no reply as the man lacked the power of speech. Realizing what type of person this was, he proclaimed, "Return to your dust!" and the man ceased to exist.

Such miraculous beings have been created in more recent centuries as well. As an example, Reb Eliyahu, the Baal Shem of Chelm (not to be confused with the Baal Shem of Worms), was reputed to have created a man using Sefer Yetzirah. At one point, seeing that he was acting in an overly destructive manner, he removed the name of Hashem that was affixed to his forehead and he returned to the dust (see Responsa She'ilas Yaavetz, vol. 2 section 82).

A query can be posed: can such a man be counted as the tenth participant in a minyan? The need for ten men for a davar shebikedushah is derived from the verse, "And I will be sanctified amongst the men of Israel" (see Berachos 21b). Seemingly, such a person cannot be considered a "man of Israel," as he was not born from Jewish parents. On the other hand, however, "the creations of the righteous are considered as their offspring," and one can perhaps argue that they can thus be considered as Jews and be counted as part of a minyan. What is the Halachic status of such a person?

Practical Chassidus Shiur (Note change) Chof Beis Shvat 5774

The best question to ask ourselves about the relevance of chassidus is: What would change in MY life if “it” ceased to exist? Why is Atzilus relevant in MY life? What would change practically if it closed shop? Anything?

In this weekly shiur we challenge ourselves to find personal relevance in every inyan in chassidus.
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Given by Rabbi Yitzchak Dubov in English for Men

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Text messages from the Rebbe Chof Beis Shvat 5774

There is an ongoing shiur at 481 Albany Shul every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:15-6:45AM followed by Shachris. Topics discussed will be in the kunterisim that the rebbe distributed. Hope to see you there!

Given and arranged by Rabbi Levi Kaplan

You Are More Important Than you Realize Chof Beis Shvat 5774

Volunteers add a tremendous amount of relief to the burdens of non-profits, and subtract a tremendous amount of expenses. If you find that you have time to spare, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask how you can help. We have a variety of available opportunities including but not limited to learning, design, and legal. Every single offer is greatly appreciated.

Book Review Chof Beis Shvat 5774

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Kovetz Limmud Chof Beis Shvat (Hebrew / English)
Chof Shvat 5774

On Chof Beis Shvat we mark the Yom Hillulah of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka. The Rebbe encouraged us to learn from her ways for she was a true paradigm of an "Eizer K'negdo." In accordance with the minhag of learning Mishnayos on the day of the yahrtzeit (Mishnah having the same Hebrew letters as Neshamah) for the benefit of the niftar's soul, Yagdil Torah has included chapters of Mishnayos that begin with the letters of the Rebbetzin's name.

The publication will be available in local shuls, at the Heichal Halimmud, and at our office.

Printable PDF

Torah in the AM, but is it too early or too late?
Chof Shvat 5774

Do you want to learn in the morning but the timing just doesn't work? Learning Torah in the AM is something not to be missed! If the timing does not work please respond with your suggestion and we will take it into consideration. Thank you

Torah in the AM

Did you do your quota of brick and mortar today?
Chof Shvat 5774

The pasuk says ‘I will show wonders [at the geulah] like the time you left Egypt’, thus equating the final geulah to the redemption from Egypt; because just as the entire purpose of the exile in Egypt and the 210 years of slavery was for receiving the Torah, similarly this lengthy exile is for the purpose of the revelation of pnimiyus ha’Torah which will occur at the geulah. The same goes for the slavery, so just as in Egypt “they embittered their lives with hard labor, mortar, bricks, and all work out at field”, it’s the same with the end of times, so “they embittered their lives” refers to [the study of] Torah which is our life, “hard labor (avoda kashah)” is in reference to the questions in Torah (kushya), “mortar (chomer)” refers to the logical deductions in Torah (kal va’chomer), “all work out at field” means the ‘outer teachings’ (braisos), and “bricks” (l’veinim) are halachic analysis (libun hilchesa), [which is necessary] since we don’t have clear halachos and laws, due to every Torah law being subject to dispute; so if through the enslavement in Egypt with mortar and bricks they received the Torah, similarly through engaging in halachic analysis in this era, we will merit the revelation of pnimiyus ha’Torah at the geulah when we’ll be “shown wonders”.

Torah Ohr, Shemos, 'V'eileh Shemos', 49a

Kovetz Limmud Yud Shvat Tes Shvat 5774

On Yud Shvat we mark the Yom Hillulah of the Frierdiker Rebbe. One of the Minhogim the Rebbe set for the day is to learn the Mishnayos of the Frierdiker Rebbe's name.

Yagdil Torah has produced a booklet containing the full Mishnayos for the Frierdiker Rebbe, along with a specially selected portion of the Frierdiker Rebbe's Torah.

The booklet will be available in local shuls, on our website and in our office.

Click here for the pdf.
Click here for the Russian Version. .

Read an amazing story which shows the importance of learning in connection to a Yom Hilulah of our Rabbeim.