Friday, 19 December 2014

Mussar: Parshat Mikketz, Ka'asher Patar Lanu

See Torah Temimah Mikkets 41:13

A person should always interpret a dream in a positive [good] way.

Similarly: a person should interpret actions and events in a Positive way, whenever possible to do so

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Monday, 15 December 2014

Must the Shul Menorah Burn for 30 Minutes?

Questions:
Is the Shul Menorah, that has been lit before Ma'ariv with a B'rachah, required to burn the entire 30 minutes?

What if no one can stay there, does safety permit extinguishing it before the 30 minutes are over?

Answer:
It may be extinguished.
Source: Rivevot Ephraim 5:29.

Courtesy of -
Rabbi Ari N. Enkin

Addendum see:
http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=46444&st=&pgnum=236
nitei gavriel

rav harpenes
http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9663&st=&pgnum=147


Kol Tuv,
RRW

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Mussar Kitzur SA 12:2 - Ahavat Yisrael and Achdut

טוב לתן צדקה קדם התפלה, שנאמר אני בצדק אחזה פניך. גם יקבל עליו קדם כל תפלה מצות ואהבת לרעך כמוך,

* ויכון לאהב את כל אחד מישראל כנפשו,
כי אם חס ושלום יש פרוד לבבות ישראל למטה אזי גם למעלה אין התאחדות אבל התאחדות בגופיהם שלמטה גורם התאחדות ודבקות נפשותיהם למעלה,
ועל ידי זה גם תפלותיהם מתאחדות. ואז בהיות תפלותיהם כלולות יחד, היא רצויה לפניו יתברך שמו ...*

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Friday, 12 December 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Will Neo-Chassidus Revive Modern Orthdoxy?

Rekindling the Flame: Neo-Chassidus Brings the Inner Light of Torah to Modern Orthodoxy

by JA Mag | December 1, 2014 in Jewish Culture
 
http://www.ou.org/jewish_action/12/2014/rekindling-flame-neo-chassidus-brings-inner-light-torah-modern-orthodoxy/
«There are many out there who may have been shown or taught a version of Yiddishkeit that is dry, that is cold," agrees Josh Weinberg, a YU musmach who considers himself a neo-Chassid, and is one of many who look to Rabbi Weinberger for inspiration. "They may practice Judaism in their communities [due to societal pressure], but inside, there's a lot of apathy and [it's done by] rote. Chances are they were never exposed to this deeper and joyous side of religious observance," says Josh, who lives in Riverdale, New York, and works as a photographer and videographer for NCSY.»

Kol Tuv,
RRW