The Ultimate Mitzvo

“And you shall teach them thoroughly to your children and speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on your way, when you retire and when you rise.[1]” This passuk is the source of the mitzvo of Talmud Torah, the mitzvo that is

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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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Outlooks & Insights – Va’eira

“The Nile will swarm with frogs, and when they emerge, they will be in your palace, in your bedroom, and [even] in your bed. [They will also be in] the homes of your officials and people, even in your ovens and kneading bowls.” (Exodus 7:28)  The second

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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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Menashe Ephraim – Birchas Yissachar

Yaakov chooses to give the prominent bracha to Efraim over Menashe, although Menashe was the bechor. Rashi says that from Menashe would come Gidon who would perform miracles but from Efraim would come Yehoshua who would teach Torah to Klal Yisrael as well (besides performimg miracles). The

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Learning Inside The Text

R’ Shlomo Aiger said of R’ Akiva Aiger. RA”E had to stay once at an Inn at night. Inns were run almost all by Jews. RA”E asked for some seforim but the Innkeeper said he was in the process of moving and moved most of his seforim.

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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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SIMPSON’S TALMUDIC PARODY

At Rabbi’s Office: Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: You I told to go away. Bart: But, but but, but Rabbi – does it not say in the Babylonian Talmud and I quote, “A Child should pushed aside with the left hand and drawn closer with the right.” Rabbi: Yes

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A Taste of Talmud – source sheet

  1. Leviticus 19 13. You shall not defraud your neighbor, nor rob him; the wages of he who is hired shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14. You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but

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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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