No Results Found.

Women and the Creation of a Torah Society
by in
Literature of the Acharonim regarding the questions about lighting candles erev Yom Tov asked Rav Yehoshua Falk’s wife. Stories of the Ludmirer Maid.  The role of the civilization of Torah.  Elaboration of Rashi on Tehillim Chapter 45.  Insights into the distinctions between morasha and yerusha. Citations: This shiur references Teshuvas Yichaveh Da’as, chelek alef, siman 28and Tehillim Chapter 45 with Rashi.
The Other Half of Klal Yisroel’s Relationship to Torah
by in
Observations regarding the license for a woman to learn Torah.  Derech eretz conduct versus the agenda of excellence in Torah. The support structure forTorah that Klal Yisroel is meant to provide.  The story of Bilam and its illumination of Hashem’s ongoing behind the scenes relationship with us.  The ideal of tsnius. Observations regarding the model of Devorah HaNeviah. Insights into the […]
Teaching the Oral Torah to Women
by in
Brief overview of the structure of the 8th chapter of Mishlei. The achievements of the Bais Yaakov movement. The parameters of the Chofetz Chaim’s license to teach Torah to girls.   Analysis of some sources which look down upon women’s Torah learning.  Learning the entire Torah and the importance of the Torah support system in Klal Yisroel.  Feminism layered upon the psak of the Chofetz […]
Little Foxes, Big Damage
by in
Contents: Discussion of the ill-equipped Talmid who poskens shailahs and the qualified Talmid Chochom who refrains from doing so. Citations: This shiur references the Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 5:4
The Yetzer Hara’s Calls
by in
Cultures create and define “ambience” to finesse the ta’avah they wish to express.  Reb Elazar Dordaya’s teshuvah came only when the ambience of the transgression was destroyed.   Definition of kedusha and its contrast with ambience.  Discussion of ‘acquiring Olom HaBa in one moment.’ The yetzer hara can absurdly seduce a person to act as he pleases, with thepromise that when he eventually repents, all the sins will be […]
Using Torah as a Medication or Segulah
by in
Shiur #9 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Using scientific versus non-scientific natural medicines. Using divrei Torah as a means to attaining refuah. Discussion of darkei ha-emori. Chillul Shabbos and other transgressions violated by using (effective) non-scientific segulahs, in order to attain refuah. Brief discussion of some of the halachos of using kamayos. Citations: Teshuvos Igros Moshe (Orach Chaim 5th chelek, siman 43, found in the source packet on page 1, and Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (3rd chelek, 37th chapter), found in the source packet on page 1, and Mishnah Shabbos 67a, found in the source packet on pages 1-2 , and Teshuvos Tsits Eliezer (4th chelek, siman 4, 17), found in the source packet on pages 2-3, and Aruch HaShulchan (Orach Chaim, siman 301, #75-80), found in the source packet on pages 3-5.
All Men are Created Equal? Creating Chiddushim and Learning Kabbalah
by in
The importance of learning lots of Torah data in one’s childhood, before binah develops.  Caveats on the imperative to plumb the depths of mitzvos to understand their intent.  Danger of learning kabbalah when not properly prepared to do so. The strategy of the yetzer hara to seek out situations which have a spectrum of both good and bad potential, and to co-opt them […]
Religion Leading To No Religion
by in
Insights into how the Yetzer HaRa tries to use religious values to doom a person.  Discussions of self-doubt and the yetzer hara, forgiveness and yiras shomayim. In transgressions involving physical pleasure, one’s whole ability to discern and choose properly is slowly corrupted – that is “aveirah goreres aveirah.” Insight into the nature of the pain of judgment in Olam Haba. Citations: This shiur references the Biur […]
Insight into Tranquility
by in
Why was Torah given in the mid bar, in an atmosphere of brinksmanship, and with feelings of being harassed, and not in a calm environment?  A new definition of repose and tranquility.  Discussion of how “machovaso bi-olamo” is the path to true tranquility.  Misguided psychological definitions of tranquility can condemn one to never achieve it.  Two interpretations of “Kach he […]
When Evil is Camouflaged as Good
by in
Discussion of the meaning of making a siyum.  Each achievement is a launching pad for new striving in controlling the yetzer hara, and in critical self-review and improvement.  Strategies of the yetzer hara to use good for evil and the elevated dangers involved. Vilna Gaon’s understanding of the episode of Naomi trying to convince Rus to return to Mo’av.  The conflicting and hard-to-identify […]