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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

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Rabbi Yoseph Paltiel - Mashpia United Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Chovevei Torah

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

Rabbi Yossi Pels - Co-Director Chayeinu Publications

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All About Golems


Tes Zayin Teves, 5778

A Golem-Making Guide

So how do you go about making a golem?

Regarding the calves Rav Chanina and Rav Oshaya would create every Erev Shabbos (as mentioned in a previous installment), the Gemara states that they would create them with Sefer Yetzirah (Sanhedrin 65b and 67b). How exactly does that work?

We know that the world is created with Divine letters (as the Alter Rebbe explains at length in Shaar Hayichud VeHaEmunah). Sefer Yetzirah, a sefer attributed to Avraham Avinu, discusses these letters and their special power. When the Gemara says that Rav Chanina and Rav Oshaya would study Sefer Yetzirah, it means that they would combine these letters and use them to create animals, just as Hashem creates the world with these letters (see Rashi to Sanhedrin 67b).

Let's ask the opposite question: How do you dismantle a golem?

According to one account, Ben Sira created a person with Sefer Yetzirah, and Yirmiyahu Hanavi reprimanded him for doing so. "The person is already created," said Ben Sira. "What should I do now?"

"Combine the same letters you did to create him," replied Yirmiyahu, "but this time combine them backwards." Ben Sira did so, and the golem returned to dust (Shevet Mi'Yisrael to Tehillim 28:1, quoting Yalkut Reuveni).

We can now understand the story mentioned in the previous installment, in which Rava created a golem and sent him to Rebbi Zeira, who caused the man to return to dust (Sanhedrin 65b). How exactly did he do so? By combining the specific letters used to create a human in a backwards order (Ben Yehoyada to Sanhedrin ibid.).

Next issue bl"n: Halachos of man-made animals-in our times!