Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rabbi Hanoch Teller Rabbi Yisrael Miller told me that he once attended a Torah U’Mesorah course on public speaking. The audience was a group of erudite Rabbis. Everyone in the course had to deliver a speech and the job of the audience was to try and distract the speaker. […]
Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Mrs. Shira Smiles It appears that the greatest darkness is failing to recognize the inherent greatness and tremendous power contained within each of us. This mindset cripples us and doesn’t allow us to develop to our true potential. In Al Hanissim we say, “Rabim be’yad me’atim – The many […]
Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller The Grecian exile was not a physical exile but rather galut hadaat-an estrangement from our own ability to draw conclusions. Getting out of our spiritual exile means changing the way we think. During the Second Temple period, the Jews were separated from each other and from […]
On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the famous violinist, appeared on stage in New York to give a concert. Pearlman wears braces and walks with crutches, remnants of his bout with polio as a child. The audience waited quietly as he laboriously trekked across the stage, settled his crutches on the floor, and undid the […]
In October 1940, Rabbi Chaim Stein z’tzl led a group of students from Telshe on a daring escape from war ravaged Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The train moved excruciating slow, stopping at every town and village along the way. But the students absorbed in Torah and prayer hardly noticed the days slipping away. One […]
A group of chassidim once set out on a journey to the Chozeh of Lublin. Yankele, the wagon driver listened closely as the chassidim sitting in his wagon, told wondrous stories of the Chozeh and the miracles he had wrought. When they reached Lublin, Yankele asked the chassidim to take a kvitl (request for prayer) […]
About a century ago, a poor wandering Rabbi traveled to Milan, Italy on a fundraising mission. As he walked along the city streets he met a wealthy Jew who invited him to his home for Shabbos. That evening as the Rabbi sat enjoying the meal his interest was piqued by a small broken glass flask […]
Travel Candles It was Zot Chanukah, the zenith of the holiday when all eight flames are kindled to affirm the wonder of Jewish endurance. Judah and Regina Geier, along with their two children Arnold and Ruth, sat silently on a train traveling from Berlin to Holland. They were one of the lucky few who had […]
In this Torah shiur (class), Rebbetzin Heller explores the relationship between Rosh Chodesh and women. We learn in the Torah, that the women’s faith was greater than the men’s, since they did not take part in the sin of the Golden Calf. Because of this, the women were rewarded with a “partial holiday” of Rosh Chodesh.
In this Torah class (shiur) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson reviews the halachot relating to building with tools.
In this Torah class (shiur) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson completes his overview of the prohibition of planting (zoreia) on Shabbat, and introduces the next melacha, the prohibition of harvesting (kotzer).
In this Torah lecture (shiur) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson discusses the practical areas where the melacha of zoreia comes up on Shabbos.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson differentiates between the primary prohibition (av melacha) of zoreia and its toldot (subsidiaries).
In this Torah class (shiur) on Melechet Zoreia, planting, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson introduces the melacha, prohibited action, with a halachic definition of planting. According to some, zoreia is defined by merely placing seeds in the ground, while others posit that the seeds must take root for zoreia to take place.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shion Isaacson teaches the practical applications of the melacha of Tofer, sewing and attaching, and introduces the related melacha of korei’a, tearing.
In this Torah class (shiur) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson introduces the halachic basis for the melacha, prohibited activity of tofer, sewing.
In this shiur (Torah class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson completes his survey of the prohibition of trapping any living thing of Shabbat, and its practical applications.
In this Torah class (shiur) on the laws of Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson presents both the theoretical principles and the practical applications of the prohibition of trapping on Shabbat.
In this Torah shiur on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson begins teaching Hilchot Tzad, trapping or hunting, and its contemporary applications.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson discusses the eight issues relating to brushing teeth on Shabbos.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson introduces the Av Melacha (primary prohibited activity) of Memachek (smoothing), and its toldah (sub-category) of Memarei’ach (spreading or scraping). The class included a discussion of using ointments on Shabbos.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Issacson discusses the prohibition of hanging up wet clothing to dry on Shabbat, as part of the prohibition of marit ayin (giving the impression that one has transgressed a Torah law), as hanging up wet clothes can give the impression that one has recently laundered them.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson reviews the prohibition of sechita, wringing out a wet garment or fabric, as this act is an integral part of the laundering process.
In this Torah shiur (class) on the laws of Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson discusses whether one can clean a garment without using a liquid medium.
In this Torah shiur (class) on the laws of Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson begins explaining the Shabbos prohibition of cleaning and laundering clothes and fabrics.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson analyzes the prohibition of erasing on Shabbat, focusing on the issue of cutting cakes with writing.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Hilchot Shabbat, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson continues his discussion of the prohibition of writing on Shabbat, focusing on the halachic definition of writing in languages other than Hebrew.
In this Torah shiur (class) on the Melacha of Kotev (writing), Rabbi Shimon Isaacson reviews the practical applications of Hilchot Shabbat, including the halachot of making puzzles on Shabbat, writing on cakes, and using a magnet board.
In this Torah shiur (class) on the Melacha (Shabbat prohibition) of Kotev, Rabbi SHimon Isaacson explains the need for the writing to be lasting, (kayama) in order for it to be considered a complete Torah transgression. In addition, Rabbi Isaacson examines the issue of writing in other languages.