Practices and Guidelines of HaRav Shach

Author: HaRav Gershon Eidelstein *Attending Torah Scholars in Yeshiva* Another most important facet leading to success in one’s Torah studies is /shimush talmidei chachomim/, the services one provides in attending to the needs of Torah scholars. Many young students make light of this, these days; they think

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Talmud Torah and Humility

“And God spoke to Moses in the Sinai desert”: Anyone who does not make himself hefker (ownerless) like the desert cannot acquire wisdom or Torah, and therefore it says, “…in the Sinai desert.” (Midrash – Bamidbar Rabba 1:7) A hefker object is one of such little value to its owner that he formally

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Whats ‘In The Beginning’?

“In the beginning of God’s creating the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Rebbe Yitzhak said: “It was not necessary to begin the Torah [here], but rather with “This month shall be to you” (Exodus 12:2), the first mitzvah commanded to the Jewish people. (Rashi to Genesis 1:1) Rashi begins

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Choose Life

An introduction to the Torah, the Jewish guide to living. “I call heaven and earth to witness on you this day, that I have set before you life and death… choose life that you may live…” (Deuteronomy 30:19) Where do you go to seek answers about life?

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Keser Torah

The Rambam says (Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:1):”With three crowns Israel was crowned – the crown of Torah (Kesser Torah), the crown of Priesthood, and the crown of Kingship… Keser Torah is resting, standing and prepared for all of us in Israel as it says, ‘Moses commanded us

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Tractates of the Mishnah & Talmud

Thanks go out to Rabbi Robert Scheinberg and Aaron Levy who compiled this list. A later edition was the number of Chapters in each Tractate. Credit for this goes out to Aryeh (Louis) Bernstein. B=Talmud Bavli (36 tractates) Y=Talmud Yerushalmi (39 tractates) Numbers indicate amount of Chapters

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Taste of Talmud – outline

History and roadmap of Talmud What it is: Superstructure: 6 orders (seeds, seasons, women, damages, holiness, purity) 63 tractates Mishna, 36 Talmud 2711 pages (7yrs+156 days) History Copied by hand until early 15th C Modern format early 16th C in Italy Public Burnings: 681 Toledo 1239 Pope

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