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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.

Publications

Here are some of our most recent publications.
You can view a full list for download here.

"Super Food" for Yud Gimmel Nissan - All New Content
Yud Nissan, 5777

The Rebbe encourages us to learn the works of a Rebbe in Nigleh and Chassidus on his Yom Hilula, and to learn (at least one perek) Mishnayos beginning with the letters of his name. Yagdil Torah compiled a publication with Mishnayos and selected pieces of the Tzemach Tzedek's Torah. The publication will be available in local shuls, at our office and on our website.

The publication marking Yud Gimmel Nissan (the Yom Hilula of the Tzemach Tzedek) includes the full Mishnayos and easily accessible learning material and sections in English. It also includes stories of the Tzemach Tzedek.

Click here to download the Yud Gimmel Nissan Publication.

קובץ לימוד לב' ניסן, חדשנו כל התוכן, הקובץ שיאיר לך יום ב' ניסן ר"ח ניסן תשע"ז

על פי הוראת רבינו ללמוד מתורת אדמו"ר הרש"ב בעל יום ההילולא של ב' ניסן, יחד עם (עכ"פ פרק אחד) משניות של שמו הק', יגדיל תורה הוציא לאור חוברת עם ליקוט מובחר מתורת אדמו"ר הרש"ב כדי לסייע לקיים כיאה את הוראת רבינו. כמו כן נכללו בחוברת מעודכנת זו המשניות המלא המתאימות לשמו הק', וגם סיפורים אודות בעל ההילולא.

הננו בטוחים שחוברת זו תתן ליום זה משמעות מיוחדת.

להורדה לחץ כאן

All new content! This publication will bring Beis Nissan to life
Rosh Chodesh Nissan, 5777

The Rebbe encourages us to learn the works of a Rebbe in Nigleh and Chassidus on his Yom Hilula, and to learn (at least one perek) Mishnayos beginning with the letters of his name. Yagdil Torah compiled a publication with Mishnayos and selected pieces of the Rebbe Rashab's Torah. The publication will be available in local shuls, at our office and on our website.

The publication marking Beis Nissan (the Yom Hilula of the Rebbe Rashab) includes the full Mishnayos. Keep an eye out for easily accessible learning material and sections in English. It also includes stories of the Rebbe Rashab.

Click here to download the Beis Nissan Publication.


Yud Alef Nissan, 5777

The Rebbe's View

In the last issue, we quoted a number of proofs cited in various sefarim that other worlds exist other than our own. However, all these proofs can be refuted if we say that these worlds are spiritual worlds. Perhaps this is why, when the Rebbe addressed the topic of extraterrestrial life, he did not cite any of these proofs, instead referencing to a Gemara that proves that actual beings dwell somewhere in outer space.

On the Shabbos following the first successful landing of man on the moon, the Rebbe held a special farbrengen to discuss the lessons that can be learned from this historic event. Among other topics, the Rebbe addressed the Torah view on extraterrestrial life.

The Rebbe prefaced his discussion by saying that lichorah there is no reason to discuss this topic, as it has no relevance to Torah and mitzvos. However, since if someone knows what to answer on this topic he may find it easier to influence another Jew to put on tefillin, keep Shabbos, or eat kosher, he will therefore address the issue.

The Rebbe brings a proof from a possuk in Shoftim, in the song of Devorah (Shoftim 5:23). Devorah says: "Cursed is Meroz, says the angel of Hashem; cursed are its inhabitants, for they did not come to the assistance of Hashem [to fight against Sisra's army]." The Gemara (Moed Katan 16a) offers two interpretations for the word Meroz: "Some say it is the name of an important individual, and others say it is the name of a star." (The very stars fought with Sisra-see Shoftim 5:20).

Now, the possuk continues, "cursed are its inhabitants." If Meroz is the name of a star, this means that this star is inhabited!


Chof Vov Adar, 5777

She Surpassed Them All

Rabbi Yehuda Lowe of Prague, known as the Maharal, was born in 1512 and was the descendant of famous scholars. He could trace his lineage back to King David. Recognized as a genius from early childhood, he was engaged at the age of 10 to an equally remarkable woman named Pearl. A scholar in her own right, she was a loyal partner of her husband and epitomized the Jewish ideal of a "woman of valor."

It was customary in those times for matches to be arranged while the couple was still very young, the marriage itself taking place sometimes only years later.

And so, the Maharal, at the age of ten, was engaged to Pearl, the daughter of the wealthy and influential Shmuel Reich. She was only six at the time. According to the marriage agreement, the Maharal continued his studies, illuminating one of the outstanding yeshivot of his day. After the agreed upon years of study expired, he requested permission to continue, since his fiancee was still only fourteen.

Pearl was a girl of exceptional intellectual capacity. At the age of six she was sufficiently mature enough to appreciate the great genius of the Maharal, and she, desirous of being a worthy partner, embarked on an intensive program of study. She learned secretly all the years of their engagement, until, when he returned, the Maharal was delighted and amazed to discover the extent of her accomplishment. He returned with her permission, to his yeshiva studies, but before leaving, he prepared a syllabus for her to follow in his absence.

During the period of the Maharal's absence, financial disaster struck Shmuel Reich, leaving him impoverished. The Maharal received a letter from his future father-in-law explaining the situation and releasing him from his promise to marry Pearl. In his immediate reply, the Maharal, while expressing his sympathy, reiterated his intention to marry Pearl regardless of financial considerations, unless, she was unwilling to wait for him.

More time passed, until the year 1543 arrived, bringing with it a war in Bohemia. The Maharal returned home to his fiancee who was now supporting herself and her parents by running a food store. Pearl, who had been studying Torah during the twenty-two years of their separation, had become an extraordinarily accomplished scholar. She was now twenty-eight years old, and the Maharal thirty-two. Finally, they began their married life. To enable her husband to pursue his studies, Pearl continued to work in her store, learning Torah after her work was done.

The Bohemian war continued unabated until it reached Prague. One day, an armed soldier entered Pearl's store and demanded that she furnish him with a large amount of food which he loaded into his carriage. However, when she asked for payment, he refused, saying he had no money.

Pearl, whose very livelihood was at stake, explained to him that this store was the only source of support for her family, and he was moved by her words.

He gave her a beautiful embroidered garment as a pledge, promising to return in a few days to redeem it. If unable to come, he said, the garment would be hers to keep.


Chof Vov Adar, 5777

Other Worlds in Chazal

As mentioned in the last issue, R. Chisdai Crescas, a Rishon who lived in Barcelona, Spain, during the fourteenth century, cites a proof for the existence of additional worlds.

The Gemara (Avodah Zarah 3b) describes what Hashem does during the twelve hours of the day: "During the first three hours, He sits and studies Torah. During the second three hours, He judges the world's inhabitants. During the third three hours, He provides sustenance to all the world's creatures. During the final three hours, He plays with the livyasan."

The Gemara continues: "What does Hashem do during the night? He rides His light angel and flies through 18,000 worlds." This Gemara, says R. Chisdai, is clear proof for the existence of other worlds other than our own.

(Although the Gemara offers two alternative answers to its question, the difference between them is merely regarding what Hashem does at night. However, all agree that these worlds exist.)

Of course, this doesn't mean that Hashem actually flies through these worlds. It simply means that Hashem watches over them and tends to their needs. The "flight" on a "light angel" is a mashal, referring to the speed with which Hashem oversees these worlds.

This proof was also cited by R. Yehudah ben Barzilai, a Rishon who also lived in Barcelona, some two hundred years before R. Chisdai. R. Yehudah elaborates on this Gemara, and he asks: Why doesn't Hashem provide for the needs of these worlds by day as well, at the same time when He provides for our needs?

כ"ו אדר תשע"ז

עולמות אחרים בחז"ל

כפי שהזכרנו בגליון הקודם, לדעת ר' חסדאי קרשקש (תושב העיר ברצלונה שבספרד במאה הארבע-עשרה) יש להוכיח על קיומם של עולמות נוספים מגמרא מפורשת.

הגמרא (עבודה זרה ג, ב) מפרטת מה עושה הקב"ה במשך שעות היום: "שתים עשרה שעות הוי היום, שלש הראשונות הקב"ה יושב ועוסק בתורה, שניות יושב ודן את כל העולם כולו . . שלישיות יושב וזן את כל העולם כולו מקרני ראמים עד ביצי כנים, רביעיות יושב ומשחק עם לויתן".

אח"כ שואלת הגמרא: "ובליליא מאי עביד"? מה עושה הקב"ה בלילה? ומתרצת: "רוכב על כרוב [=מלאך] קל שלו ושט בשמונה עשר אלף עולמות". מגמרא זו יש להוכיח שישנם עוד אלפי עולמות, בנוסף על העולם שלנו.

(הגם שהגמרא נותנת עוד שני תירוצים על שאלתה, השינוי בין התירוצים הוא רק לגבי מה עושה הקב"ה בלילה, אבל לגבי עצם קיומם של עולמות אלו אין חולק.)

כמובן, אין הכוונה שהקב"ה שט בפועל ממש בעולמות אלו. הכוונה הוא שהקב"ה משגיח עליהם ומספק כל צרכיהם, ומה ש"שט" על "כרוב קל" הוא משל על המהירות בה הקב"ה מספק צרכיהם.

הוכחה זו הובאה כבר מאתיים שנה לפני ר' חסדאי, על ידי ר' יהודה בן ברזילי, גם הוא תושב העיר ברצלונה. ר' יהודה מבאר גמרא זו באריכות, ומקשה: לאיזה צורך דואג הקב"ה לעולמות אלו בנפרד מהעולם שלנו? האומנם אינו יכול לספק צרכיהם באותו זמן שמספק צרכינו?!


Yud Beis Adar, 5777

Throughout the ages, humans have always been fascinated by the notion that there might be other worlds out there somewhere, populated by unknown civilizations and strange creatures. In the past these ideas were mere figments of imagination, but with the advent of the Space Age, advanced technology allows us to probe the distant corners of the universe, searching for the elusive sign of life on another planet. Although science has yet to find proof of any such existence-even in the form of a miniscule microbe or bacteria-the search is still on, and humans everywhere are eager to see what findings lie ahead of us.

What is the Torah view of extraterrestrial life? Can it be that life exists elsewhere, aside from on our planet? If yes, what type of creatures inhabit these other worlds? And what does all this have to do with us and our mission in serving Hashem?

One of the first to discuss this topic was R. Chisdai Crescas, a Rishon who lived in Barcelona, Spain, during the fourteenth century. In his sefer Or Hashem (4:2), he devotes an entire chapter to the possibility of the existence of numerous worlds. After discussing at length the philosophical pros and cons of both sides, he concludes that there is no logical argument that rules out the existence of more than one world. Therefore, if we can prove from Chazal that additional worlds do exist, there is no reason to believe otherwise. And R. Chisdai proceeds to cite a proof from Maseches Avodah Zarah.


Yud Beis Adar, 5777

Arrange a Checking Today

One of the first things we do if a medical issue comes up chas veshalam is to check our mezuzos. The Rebbe ingrained in us the oneness between ruchniyos and gashmiyos, and for that reason if there is a physical issue there might be a spiritual issue that must be rectified.

Besides checking our tefillin and mezuzos we can also check our Torah learning. For the Rebbe tells us that increasing in our daily torah learning greatly increases Hashem's blessings for all of one's personal needs, both for the life of the body as well as for the life of the neshama (Igros Kodesh, Vol. XVII, p. 129 and other places).

Contact your Mashpia or Rov to arrange a checking today!


י"ב אדר תשע"ז

בדיקה עוד היום!

אחד הדברים הראשונים שאנו עושים כאשר חס ושלום מתעוררת בעיה רפואית, הוא לבדוק את המזוזות. הרבי החדיר בנו את הקשר המופלא שבין הרוחניות לגשמיות, ומסיבה זו, כאשר ישנה בעיה גשמית, ייתכן מאוד שישנה בעיה רוחנית אותה יש לתקן.

חוץ מלבדוק את התפילין והמזוזות שלנו, ניתן גם לבדוק את לימוד התורה. הרבי אומר שלימוד תורה הינו כלי לברכות ה' עבור הצרכים האישיים של כל אחד, הן על חיי הגוף והן על חיי הנשמה (אגרות קודש, חלק ט"ז עמוד קכ"ט, אינו שם, ובמקומות אחרים).

גש עוד היום למשפיע או ל"עשה לך רב" שלך בכדי לבדוק את הנושא!