An amazing shiur from Oros HaTorah was just made available here, titled “Derech Eretz-A Peaceful Solution. Well worth the listen!
RavMosheWeinberger.com recently posted a free download of a shiur given on Feburary 17th in Brooklyn, titled “The Message of Purim-Appreciating the Little Good Deeds of Life“. Click on the title in the previous sentence to go to the link.
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Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner posted an amazing translation of a beautiful poem by Rav Kook zt’l a few weeks ago. The poem was part of great shiur titled, “A groundbreaking approach to Geulah”, available to stream or download here.
One of the sources Rabbi Torczyner shared in the shiur is a Netziv that I found quite meaningful. It appearss below, courtesy of the source sheet (available at the link above):
R’ Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin to Bamidbar 24
That which grows in a garden is not like that which grows in a field; a field is planted with only one or two varieties, as opposed to gardens which have many kinds of seeds. Still, each garden has one central variety, and it’s only that small quantities of other varieties are planted around it. So, too, each Jew is filled with the mitzvot of Gd, but each has one special mitzvah in which he is extra careful, as is seen in the Mechilta, “One who performs a single mitzvah, faithfully, is worthy of Divine inspiration.” Regarding the mishnah that states, ”One who performs a single mitzvah receives goodness,” the Talmud Yerushalmi explains, “This refers to performing a mitzvah with exceptional care.”
We can spend years searching within ourselves to find that one mitzvah, but as explained in both Chassidus and Mussar, the mitzvah that is usually the most difficult for you, is the one that is the “centeral variety” within your garden.
After much searching, I did find this gem online. The niggun can be downloaded here.
The lyrics come from Tehillim 86:11
הוֹרֵנִי יְהֹוָה דַּרְכֶּךָ אֲהַלֵּךְ בַּֽאֲמִתֶּךָ יַחֵד לְבָבִי לְיִרְאָה שְׁמֶֽךָ
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I shall walk in Your truth. Unify my heart to fear Your name.
For a great post and video about the Aish Kodesh’s technique of quieting the mind, check out this.
Rav Moshe Weinberger in this shiur, available for free, said the following:
RavMosheWeinberger.com has is offering a free shiur for a limited time. I have heard half of it alreay and it’s amazing and, even more than usual, Rav Weinberger cuts to the heart of the matter on several topics in a clear and emesdik way. The following was sent in an email:
Rav Weinberger – Almost Completely “Unfiltered!”
The sparks were flying (literally, if you consider the nitzotzos of our neshamos) this past erev Shabbos during the Rav Kook shiur The Short Long Way and The Long Short Way, Especially In A Filtered World. Rav Weinberger used a Rav Kook essay that was not included in Oros HaTorah, to teach that there is a “short long” way and a “long short” way to reach a goal.
The “short long” way consists of shortcuts and superficial methodologies to quickly deal with the issue at hand. For example – I have been diagnosed with tennis elbow. It hurts and prevents me from lifting heavy objects due to the pain. The “short long” path (which I have taken for the past two months) is to take pain killers. This reduces the pain and allows my arm to function almost completely normally. However, the pain killers, while addressing the symptom, don’t solve the underlying problem.
The “long short” way (started last week) means adjusting the way I grip my power tools and bicycle handle bars, wearing an arm strap, some physical therapy and icing the muscle and elbow area frequently. While this path will likely take longer, it addresses the cause of the symptom.
Back to the shiur…after a only a few minutes Rebbi began talking (“talking” is really much too tame a term, but I was not able to find a nice synonym for “yelling”) about filtering the Internet, filtering girls, in fact, filtering out the entire world; he mentioned the events of a few months ago in Ramat Beit Shemesh, addressed teenager inter-gender relationships and trying to maintain shalom bayis by merely buying your spouse some flowers on erev Shabbos.
This is not how we become Jews who “know” Hashem and each other. We will not become closer to Him if our teachers, parents [and leaders] intimidate us and threaten us with gehinnom. Rebbi advocates that we must teach our children, beginning with first grade in the right, loving way and connect them by example to the Ribbonoh shel Olam. That is the path.
A very close friend commented about the shiur: “I love Rebbi the way he is now, but this is the Rebbi I fell in love with.”
OK. I got it off my chest – but really… this is a MUST HEAR shiur. Tell your friends, and family members… remember, it’s free!
Have a good Shabbos.
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I have read that a common motto in exercise is, “Feel the pain”. After Sunday’s bike ride with Chai Lifeline, I totally understand what this means. “Biking the forest” pushed me to the limit. Biking 54 miles last year on Lake Shore Drive was a piece of fat-free cake compared with Sunday’s 34 mile bike ride at Linne Woods. I found the hills to be much more challenging than I expected and to say that I pushed myself, is not an exaggeration. Of course, it was for a great cause and if I am a little sore and sunburned, then so be it. It was TOTALLY worth it!
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Are you living a religious routine or a religious life?
Keep in mind that in the sefer זריעה ובניין בחינוך by Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt’l (translated and published as Planting & Building), the Mashgiach mentions that those children who don’t, “possess any internal vitality” or “individual initiative” will become “human robots”. I ask you to think about the question above and how it relates to your own avodah.
I recently switched jobs and my former 18 minute (each way) is now a drive of, no less, than 40 minutes each way daily. It’s taken some getting use to, but I happen to enjoy listening to shiurim and also music (90% Jewish music and 10% non-Jewish).
Just last week, on RavMosheWeinberger.com, they reduced the price of shiurim credit to 99 cepts per credit and also started offering 50 downloads per month for only $6.99. That’s right, you can download 50 shiurim a month for the low price of about 14 cents a shiur. You can even roll-over unused credit to the next month. This is incredible and for me, means I can actually learn more Torah from Rav Weinberger and also catch up on a bunch of shiurim series that I’ve been hold off on purchasing.
I even figured out that if I drive on the non-toll roads about 10 days out of the month, I will have actually saved the same money as I’m spending on the the monthly download fees. Of course, this means that it will take a little longer to get to work those days, but that’s more time to listen to shiurim!!
Please spread the word about this great offer and go check out RavMosheWeinberger.com.
Last Monday, February 13th, the Rebbetzin’s Husband posted about an interesting panel discussion that Toronto’s YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron ran in conjuction with the Aish Thornhill Community Shul. The program, titled, “On, of, and after the Derech”. The event featured Dr. Rabbi Nosson Westreich, Rabbi Avram Rothman, and was moderated by Rabbi Morechai Torczyner.
The video can be seen here and the audio and is available here.