"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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Guard Your Eyes
Heichal Halimmud

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.

Things to Think About

Are the greeks behind your glasses?
Once upon a time Yidden would spin the dreidel when the Greek soldiers entered the room to enforce their "no Torah learning" policy.

Today the "Greek soldiers" are formed in our minds. Their innovative attacks are what the Rebbeim call "foolish" reasons to go yet another day without Torah learning.

Just as in the times of the Yevanim the Yidden would shield themselves with the dreidel, so too these days we need to be prepared to fend off those silly thoughts by preparing a firm system to ensure daily study.

Utilize the spirit of Chanuka to "spin the dreidel" and see how you can create a system for consistent study that will work for you.

Where did it land? Nun: Nes- It does not take a miracle!

Gimel: Gadol- 1) Internalize that Torah learning is a big priority, not a lofty goal. In fact, the same Torah that says you should go to work and to be careful with your money says to forego a large profit in order not to bypass a set time of learning.

Hey: Haya- 2) Make it happen by planning sensibly: schedule learning during the times you are least prone to cancelling, learn the subject you enjoy most, in the learning style you benefit from the most.

Shin: Shom- 3) Arrange a venue where you are comfortable and can concentrate uninterrupted. (May we suggest Heichal Halimmud Tiferes Yitzchok located at 574 Empire Blvd. {off Kingston Ave.} which is open from 6 AM to 2 AM)

Someone is Waiting For You

There is a wedding tonight. I know that you are busy, that your boss already let you leave work early twice this week for Simchos in the family, and that you still haven’t scheduled the plane ticket, and top that off with a concert tonight supporting your son’s school – but there’s no choice: you have to be at the wedding. After all, it’s your relative; they’re expecting to see you. Even if they weren’t, you have a responsibility: it’s just not right for you not to be there. And so, you somehow carve out time from your crazed schedule for the chasunah.

Just don’t forget that even more critical than the chasunah is not missing even one day of your Kvius Itim. You are being waited on by someone who won’t forget if you don’t come -- He (as it were) needs you to be there. "Kol Ha’osek... UBtorah K'Ilu Pda’ani Ulivni Mbein Umos Ha’olom" – not to mention the fact that it’s just not right for you not to be there.
This Mitzva that is Noga to the Yiras Shamoyim of your entire Houshold - dont miss a day!

Imagine the Scene
A missionary arrives in Crown Heights. Soon enough he is politely asked to leave. The missionary resists. Police are called, security patrols get a whiff and are there in moments. Police claim that he has the right to do his “thing”. Community activists immediately call the Mayor’s office, while others start an awareness campaign on how to deal with missionaries. The websites have 3 op-eds each on the subject, and that’s just the start.

Avoda Zara is a terrible thing – we hope to do our best in eradicating it from our midst. What’s interesting, though, is that the Alter Rebbe points out that the loss of Torah study due to petty optional activities is less forgivable than Avoda Zara. Eliminating that problem won’t be covered on the front page of a local newspaper– but for your own life it deserves some real introspection and action.

The War on the Dreidel
Learning from the mistakes of its predecessors today's society has effectively frozen the dreidel in its tracks. Thousands of years ago when the Ancient Greeks outlawed Torah study, the Jews steadfastly risked their lives to keep this precious mitzvah. They studied Torah in the cold, dark cellars and played with dreidels when the Greek soldiers came to investigate the gathering. Our society seems to have successfully implemented the same decree without rousing any resistance due to the subtlety of its methods. Our culture influences us to run after conveniences, pleasure, competition and materialism. Because of this we are in danger of the Torah becoming displaced from its central position in our lives. It has, to some, become a bother and a nuisance, given mere lip service so the activity can be quickly concluded. In this spirit the dreidel can no longer spin joyfully. There is a simple remedy for this. With Torah centrally repositioned in our lives the dreidel can come gleefully whirling back.

Nightly Battle
Overheard at a Shiur: "I can't stay longer, I need to go to a L'Chaim."

Overheard at a L'chaim "I need to leave, I have a shiur to go to".

Who is right? It depends. How often to you go to L'Chaims? Is your Shiur a Shiur Kovua? Do you do any other learning during the day? How close are you to the Choson or Kallah? And the list goes on.

Essentially, it depends on the importance of each of these events. It is vital to have an understanding of the importance of Torah learning, and the void it's absence leaves. It would also help to know the value of L'Chaims. This is a valid discussion to be had with a Rov or a Mashpia.