"I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and have a regular day job. Most of my learning is done on the bus or while walking. You have great resources to help keep me learning and participating in things. I have enjoyed the Mishnayos printouts for 9 Kislev and 13 Tishrei."

Michoel Dovid Leopold

"I have been to other communities and I can't express enough how fortunate we are to have an organization like Yagdil Torah where you can walk down the street and see, 'Oh, a shiur on this, another shiur on this,' always learning and you never have to worry."

Menachem Mendel Simon

"Here more than any other place in Crown Heights have I been able to really 'chap' more of the Torah and the Rebbe's Sichos and more of the inspiration that Chassidus has to offer."

Ari Pfeffer

“I heard about Yagdil Torah’s 20 hour open-door policy and decided I had to check it out for myself. I went there at about 12:45 AM and was amazed to find people learning. I sat down and before I knew it, an hour had passed as if it was only 5 minutes… The undisturbed, quiet atmosphere made it a pleasure.

I got hooked.

I guess my newfound pleasure was noticed by my friends and neighbors – they joined too. The secret is out: If anyone wants to learn in a quiet, heimishe place, this is it.”

Shlomo Ezagui

“To have a comfortable place in the Shechunah where everyone can sit and learn is great enough, but to have so many shiurim available on a regular basis, finding chavrusas, encouraging people - especially through your wonderful newsletter -on top of that? Incredible.

But what is most amazing for me is that all the shiurim are available for me to enjoy in Miami Beach! I’m a regular listener to your shiurim on Chassidus, Nigleh, and Halachoh L'Maaseh.

Keep up the amazing work, and have tremendous hatzlochah!”

Shmuel Mendelsohn - Mashpia of Yeshivah Torah Ohr in North Miami Beach

"One of the Yagdil Torah tactics I admire is the exposure of existing Torah learning as a means of inspiring others."

Rabbi Yoseph Paltiel - Mashpia United Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Chovevei Torah

"Yagdil Torah is breathing vital life into our community. The efforts of the organization are not only important, but crucial for our very existence.

So thank you Levi and the Yagdil Torah team, for bringing us life!"

Rabbi Yossi Pels - Co-Director Chayeinu Publications

"The study of Torah each day is critical for every member of our community. It will broaden our horizons, make us happier, healthier, more wholesome people, better humans, husbands and fathers. It will challenge us to grow and live our lives to the fullest. Yagdil Torah-the way to go!"

Rabbi Yoseph Jacobson - Dean TheYeshivah.net

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The Pisgam

A Day Devoted to Torah Chof Zayin Tammuz, 5777

Hashem said to the Jewish nation: "My children! Didn't I write in my Torah that your mouths should never cease from studying Torah? Although during the week you are involved in work [and you are unable to devote all your time to Torah study], Shabbos should be dedicated entirely to Torah."

Our Sages deduced from here that one should always get up early on Shabbos to study. He should then go to the shul and beis midrash, read from the Torah, and learn Navi [i.e., hear krias hatorah and the haftorah]. Only then should he return home to eat and drink, fulfilling the verse, "Go and eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a glad heart."

Tana Devei Eliyahu, ch. 1

יום שכולו תורה כ"ז תמוז תשע"ז

אמר להן הקדוש ברוך הוא לישראל: בניי, לא כך כתבתי לכם בתורתי, לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך (יהושע א, ח)? אף על פי שאתם עושים מלאכה כל ששה ימים, יום השבת יעשה כולו תורה. מכאן אמרו, לעולם ישכים אדם וישנה בשבת, וילך לבית הכנסת ולבית המדרש, יקרא בתורה וישנה בנביאים, ואחר כך ילך לביתו ויאכל וישתה, לקיים מה שנאמר, לך אכל בשמחה לחמך ושתה בלב טוב יינך (קהלת ט, ז).

תנא דבי אליהו רבה פ"א


Torah Study 24/7 Yud Gimmel Tammuz, 5777

The berachah on certain mitzvos is said using the word על, while on others we use a למ"ד. One of the rules is that if the berachah is being said after the mitzvah was performed, we say על.

This is why the berachah for Torah study is  על  דברי תורה. When someone is about to study, the obligation to study precedes him, because we are commanded to learn every day and moment. For this reason, we use the word על.

Kesef Mishneh, Rambam Hilchos Berachos 11:11

"בכל יום ובכל שעה אנו מצווין ללמוד" י"ג תמוז תשע"ז

קצת מצוות אנו מברכין עליהן ב'על', וקצתן אנו מברכין עליהן בלמ"ד . . אם מברך אחר עשייתה . . מברך 'על' . . וכן ברכת על דברי תורה, לפי שבכל יום ובכל שעה אנו מצווים ללמוד, וא"כ קודם שעה זו נצטוו ללמוד, תקנוה ב'על'.
כסף משנה על הרמב"ם, הלכות ברכות פי"א הי"א

Hashem's Tremendous Kindness Chof Tes Sivan, 5777

We are enjoined to express gratitude to Hashem whenever we learn Torah, thanking Him for the tremendous kindness He has done to us by giving us His Torah and teaching us the proper way to act so we will inherit the World to Come. Just as we are commanded to bless Hashem after eating [to thank Him for giving us sustenance], we are similarly commanded to bless Him before learning Torah [to thank Him for the Torah we are about to learn].

Hasagos of the Ramban on the Rambam's Sefer Hamitzvos, Shich'chas Ha'asin, Asei 15

"הטובה הגדולה שעשה לנו" כ"ט סיון תשע"ז

שנצטוינו להודות לשמו ית' בכל עת שנקרא בתורה על הטובה הגדולה שעשה לנו בתתו תורתו אלינו והודיענו המעשים הרצויים לפניו שבהם ננחל חיי העולם הבא. וכאשר נצטוינו בברכה אחר כל האכילה כן נצטוינו בזו.

השגות הרמב"ן לספר המצוות להרמב"ם, שכחת העשין עשה טו


Legal issues Tes Vov Sivan, 5777

Why is it that one who gets up in the morning must recite a berachah before [reciting select portions of Torah] but not afterward, while one who receives an aliyah must recite a berachah before and after?

Because with an aliyah, each oleh concludes his mitzvah, and he can therefore make a concluding berachah. But when someone gets up to study, there are no limits to how much he should be studying.

Shibolei Haleket, §5


למאי הלכתא ט"ו סיון תשע"ז

כתב הר"ר ישעיה זצ"ל, זה שאמרנו שהמשכים צריך לברך דוקא לפניה, אבל לאחריה אינו מברך, ואינו דומה לברכת התורה שבכנסת שמברך לפניה ולאחריה, דהתם כל אחד ואחד גומר מצוותו, אבל הכא אין קצבה לעוסק בתורה שיברך לאחריה.
שבלי הלקט סי' ה'

Vital for Survival Rosh Chodesh Sivan, 5777

If a student is exiled to a city of refuge, his teacher is exiled along with him. We learn this from the possuk, "[He shall escape to one of these cities, and] he shall live." This possuk teaches us that we should do whatever it takes so that the escapee can live in the city of refuge. Without the study of Torah, the life of those who possess wisdom and search it is equal to death.

Rambam, Hilchos Rotzeiach, 7:1


"חיי בעלי חכמה ומבקשיה" ר"ח סיון תשע"ז

תלמיד שגלה לעיר מקלט מגלין רבו עמו, שנאמר וחי, עשה לו כדי שיחיה, וחיי בעלי חכמה ומבקשיה בלא תלמוד תורה כמיתה חשובין.

רמב"ם הלכות רוצח ושמירת נפש פ"ז ה"א