Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rav Mottel Zilber Speaking in Kew Gardens Hills This Sunday!

The Stuchiner Rav, Rav Mottel Zilber shlita will be speaking in English this Sunday in Kew Gardens Hills!

When: Sunday, May 30th at 8pm

Where: Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim 141-61 71st Ave, Kew Gardens Hills NY

For any additional information please call (818) 430-4342.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

I Graduated!

Three and a half years and 1,463 posts ago, when I put up my first couple of posts, I was in the middle of the winter break after my first semester of (evening) law school.

And now I'm happy to say that this past Sunday, I graduated! It has been a long four years, and I am very grateful to Hashem and my whole family for making this project a successful one.

The next step is starting my BarBri bar exam preparation beginning Monday morning, followed by the bar exam, and the rest of the process for getting admitted to the Bar as an attorney.

May Hashem grant me the wisdom to use this path to fulfill His will.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

The "Yedidus" of Shavuos and Our Every Day- Audio/Video Shiur

In preparartion for Shvuos, below is the link to the video and audio of this week's shiur by Reb Yerachmiel Goldman on the topic of Yedidus, titled: The "Yedidus" of Shavuos and Our Every Day.

Video Link

CLICK HERE
to get the audio by either left clicking to listen right away or right clicking and selecting "Save Target As" to download.

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Resolving the Conflict Between Jewish and Secular Estate Law


The Wills, Trusts, and Estates Law Professor blog just posted an law student's article on the topic of how to do an estate plan which does not violate halacha.

There are seforim, rabbinic websites, and journal articles in the Jewish world that discuss this topic and offer the solution presented in this article. But there are no secular legal sources that can be used as a resource for lawyers to assist their observant Jewish clients with this matter. There are also no articles which extensively address the issue of how the various solutions to the conflict between Jewish and secular estate law interface with secular law.

The Wills, Trusts, & Estates Prof blog post is HERE.

The pdf of the journal article, in the Hofstra Law Review, is HERE.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Just in Time for Shavuos - All of the Bilvavi Mechaber's U.S. Drashos on Preparing for Shavuos

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This just in. Thanks to Tuvia for putting these 19 shiurim up that Rav Itamar Shwartz, the author of the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh and Da Es Atzmecha seforim. Click on the link below to listen to or download all of the Rav's U.S. shiurim given this week on topics relating to how to prepare ones self for Kabblas Hatorah.

Please note that the audio hasn't been edited yet so there are a few seconds that go by at the beginning of each shiur after the recorder is put down but before the Rav begins to speak. The site will be updated next week with the edited audio but for the meantime, here you go in time for Shavuos! CLICK HERE Picture of the Rav speaking in Boro Park last night courtesy of me. Click here to get Dixie Yid in your e-mail Inbox or here to subscribe in Google Reader.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Color Video From Eretz Yisroel - 1947-1950 - Wow!



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Radiating, Not Just Requesting, Peace: Berchas "Sim Shalom" in Shemoneh Esrei- Audio/Video Shiur

Here is the next tefillah chaburah from Reb Yerachmiel Goldman, given at the Baltimore Community Kollel.

Below is the link to the video and audio of last week's shiur by Reb Yerachmiel Goldman on the topic of berchas "Sim Shalom" in Shemoneh Esrei.

Specifically, in this shiur Reb Yerachmiel condenses a number of vaadim from Rav Wolbe's "Alei Shor" on the topic of Patience, in an effort to inspire us to work on radiating and generating shalom, tovah, bracha, etc. toward others, even as we request it from Hashem for ourselves.

Video Link

CLICK HERE to get the wav audio file by either left clicking to listen now or right clicking and selecting "Save Target As" to download. Kol tuv!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nice Video on Seeing the Good That Comes From the "Bad" Things

Zach's Story

HT Raisin' Soul & Zachariamusic.com

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Three Levels of Hurting Another - Reb Itchie Mayer Morgenstern on Behar-Bechukosai

Here is Reb Itchie Mayer Morgenstern's Torah on Parshas Bahar-Bechukosai, with English excerpt and full text in Hebrew in pdf form from Reb Itchie Mayer's Torah given in 5766. You can send an e-mail to this address to subscribe to receive Rav Morgenstern's Torah in your e-mail box every week.

“And you shall not wrong one another, and you shall fear your G-d; for I am Hashem your G-d.”[1]

Three Levels of Ona’ah

We need to understand the relationship between the “wronging” of ona’ah—cheating, in other words—and avodas Hashem. In this world there are numerous levels of cheating oneself and others in spiritual matters. For example, there are those who persist in such cheating for many years and it never even occurs to them that they are only fooling themselves. A person can even live out his entire life and never realize that he is living a lie. This is why the verse tells us, “Do not wrong one another, and you shall fear your G-d...” Being truly G-dfearing means always asking myself the question, “Am I really living in accordance with Hashem’s will or am I just fooling myself?”

This concept of ona’ah is also relevant to one’s connection with the true tzaddik. Even after a person has sought out and drawn close to the tzaddik, nevertheless he might still be fooling himself because he is not really searching for the ultimate truth. [In other words, he is close but he is not really exerting himself to follow all of the advice of the tzaddik.] However, since the amount of the “cheating” is, “less than a sixth of the value of the item,” the transaction is valid. This halachic principle has a spiritual application: the aspect of klippas nogah that affects this pseudo-chassid is nullified because the predominant closeness to the tzaddik far outweighs the degree of falseness within himself. (Although such a person often falls into the trap of his yetzer, nevertheless his constant efforts to keep a connection with the tzaddik protects him from falling into nogah completely.)

If a person is not close to the tzaddik but still refrains from engaging in controversy against him, it is as though the false part in him is exactly a “sixth of his total value.” He is caught up in the klippas nogah still; he is far from the truth and remains in great spiritual danger. In the halachic parallel, even though he must restore the extra that he hoodwinked from his customer, the sale is still valid. Although he will have to go through a great deal [of painful re-education] to rid himself of the falseness and draw close to the truth, nevertheless the good that he did, his Torah and mitzvos, have eternal value. Yet there is a third person who actively engages in conflict with the tzaddik, and his “cheating” is “more than a sixth of the total value.” When a person makes machlokes on the true tzaddik, the falseness inside of him overwhelms the good, and he will have to go through as many reincarnations as it takes until he attains his tikkun. He does not have true ownership over his Torah and mitzvos [since all kinyanim are from the tzaddik], and his “sale is invalid.”[2]

The tzaddik is the “son who searches through the King’s treasuries.” There are those who can give lectures on the Torah’s secrets and Kabbalistic meditations on the Divine Names, yet nevertheless remain immersed in crass materialism. If, at the very least, they don’t fool themselves completely and still want the truth—that the light of the Torah and the light of the tzaddik should purify them—they are like the cheater whose ona’ah is less than a sixth of the total value. The tzaddik can still uplift them until they find their atonement. And even if such people speak a great deal about Kabbalah but are completely dishonest with themselves and others, as long as they do not engage in controversy against the tzaddik they can still find their tikkun.

If, however, a person argues against the power of kedushah altogether—as though he does not need the inner dimension of Torah or any connection with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, or even dveikus itself—and imagines that life in this world is altogether better without focusing on avodah at all, then his “transaction” is invalid, G-d forbid. In truth, there aren’t really people like this, because the Torah tells us clearly, “You are children to Hashem, your G-d.”[3] Every single Jew longs to nullify himself before Hashem, every single Jew wants to search through the King’s treasuries, to “see the countenance of the Master, Hashem.” “What does the verse mean when it refers to the ‘countenance of the Master, Hashem?’—this is Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.”[4] Every single Jewish soul longs to be a part of the holy path of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the path of “seeing the countenance of the Master, Hashem.” It is the path of only wanting to achieve closeness to Hashem, and forgetting the pursuit of money and all of worldly desires. “My soul longs for G-d; when will I come and see the face of Hashem?”

“Blessed is our G-d who created us for His glory and gave us a Torah of truth.” ברוך אלקינו שבראנו—“Blessed is our G-d who created us”—has the initials באש—“in fire.” This is the fire of the holy Tanna, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who descended to this earth like a fiery angel from heaven to rescue the entire world from judgment and help us prepare ourselves to receive the Torah with fiery enthusiasm. The Mittler Rebbe of Lubavitch taught that Lag B’Omer is the main time to draw down chassadim for the entire year. The Chessed-conduct of the Shem HaVaYaH that is required to overcome the Din-conduct of nature and the Name Elokim is brought down by learning the Torah’s secrets. This was the path of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai—that the inner essence of reality should shine through its external covering so that we can see Hashem in everything. “Uncover [גל = ל"ג] my eyes and I will see wonders of Your Torah.” I will see נפלאות—wonders—which are נ' פלאות—the wondrous joining of Chochmah and Binah that happens when the fiftieth gate opens. These two paths parallel the two redeemers, Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid, and they are revealed when the light of the future world is made to shine.

[1] Vayikra 25:17
[2] Likutei Halachos, Hilchos Ona’ah 5:39
[3] Devarim 11:1
[4] Zohar II:38a

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aish Kodesh Lag BaOmer Music With Eitan Katz, Nochi Krohn, & Rav Moshe Weinberger

Somehow, Rabbeinu Raisin' Soul got a'hold of the audio of the musical portion of the Lag B'Omer Hillula for Rabi Shimon Bar Yochai at Aish Kodesh this past Motzoi Shabbos (which was awesome!). Eitan Katz, Nochi Krohn, and Avi Feinberg made the music and Rav Weinberger gave the Torah. Enjoy!

Take a listen.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bilvavi Author's U.S. Schedule: Pre-Shavuos 2010

Rav Itamar Shwartz, the author of the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh seforim, will be in the New York area in the week and a half leading up to Shavuos. He will be speaking in different communities on the topic of how to prepare for Kabbalas Hatorah.

See below for the full speaking schedule of public drashas. As changes happen, this post will be updated...

Sunday, May 9th - One Day Seminar - Flatbush

The seminar with the Rav will be at Rabbi Mayer Fund's Shul, Cong. Sheves Achim in Flatbush, Brooklyn (1517 Ave. H, off corner of East 16th [across from Q Train]). The shiurim will be at 12, 3, & 6 PM. All proceeds are going to publish more seforim by Rav Shwartz. $20 admission $200 sponsorship (includes private meeting with the Rav). CLICK HERE or call 516-668-6397 to register.

Monday, May 10th - Monsey, NY
6:30: Private Meetings: Please call 718-249-6047 for an appointment

8:30 Drasha: Toshnad Hall (2 Howard Dr., Spring Valley)

Tue. and Wed., May 11-12th - Lakewood, NJ

For information on the time and location of the drasha, please call 732-363-6821. Leave a message and he will call you back with the information.

Thursday, May 13th - Boro Park

6:00-8:30 Private Meetings with the Rav: Please call 718-249-6047 for an appointment.

8:30 PM: Drasha -Talmud Torah Toldos Yaakov Yosef Skver– 1373 43rd St. (at 13th Ave.)

Shabbos May 14-15th in Far Rockaway and Woodmere

Oneg starting at 9:30 @ home of Dov & Allyson Perkal @ 858 Fiske St in Woodmere with Rav Shwartz

8 AM Shabbos Morning: Kahal Nesiv Hatorah (Rav Binyomin Forst's shul) 45 minute drasha after davening - 444 Beach 6th Street

Shabbos afternoon 6:35 Drasha at Cong. Aish Kodesh @ 894
Woodmere Pl. )near corner of W. Broadway & Woodmere Blvd. - 7:35: Mincha,
Seuda Shlishis, & Maariv

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Shiur on Wednesday by R' Green of Bircas HaTorah in Kew Gardens Hills

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Rabbi Shimon Green

Rabbi Green is Rosh Yeshiva of Bircas Hatorah in Jerusalem which he co-founded in 1989. In addition to teaching at the Yeshiva, Rabbi Green travels widely in Israel and abroad, giving seminars, lectures and shabbatonim to audiences that range from the totally secular to very observant. His exciting presentations are famous for their depth, clarity, humor, and inspiration. Rabbi Green strives to help every Jew achieve the ecstatic Torah experience that he believes is their birthright.

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Wednesday – May 5th, 2010

8:30 PM

Congregation Ahavas Yisroel
147-02 73rd Avenue

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