Chazon Ish: The State is Nothing But a Gang

The Rosh Yeshiva of Chadera once spoke to the Chazon Ish about a certain problem which he thought would cause him persecution and asked, “What can we do, now they have kings and officers (the upper hand)?” The Chazon Ish answered him: “Don’t even use this expression again. The only difference is that before this, the secularists fought us with pens and now they do so with rifles.” (Reb Yaakov Galinsky)

The only actual difference with the formation of the Zionists State is, that before this they were hoodlums without arms, and now the hoodlums have arms. (Reb A. Y. Weintraub)

From Torah True Jews, here.

מי פסול ללמד גמרא

אמרי אינשי מבחן כדי לזהות מי אינו ראוי להיות מלמד תינוקות של בית רבן. וכך הוא אומר: תביא ליהודי לפרש כמה שורות בגמרא ישנה שנתלשו ממנה דפים. אם הלה כה מוכשר שהוא מסוגל לפרש את הגמרא כהמשך אחד מדף כ”א עמוד ב’ לדף כ”ה עמוד א’ בנשימה אחת, בלי לעצור ולהשתומם על המראה, הרי שאינו מסוגל להנחיל שימת לב אמיתית בשיטת לימוד הגמרא לצאן קדשים.

ובזאת אני ניגש למעשה שהיה בדידי. למדתי עם חברותא זמנית בספר פרי מגדים בהקדמה להלכות פסח חלק ב’ פרק א’. והנה, כתוב שם גבי אכל בכדי אכילת פרס “באין כא”פ”. מאי האי? אלא שהדפוס משובש, וצ”ל “בעין” תחת “באין”, עיין שם. אבל לחברותא לקח זמן רב בו הוא ניסה “לבאר” את הדברים כמו שהם נראו לפנינו. יהי רצון שנזכה לכוין לאמת שבתורה.

מדריך לפתיחת ראשי תיבות תורניים

ראשי תיבות תורניים

המדור בבניה!!!

במדור ראשי תיבות המצויים בספרות חכמי ישראל לכל ענפיה וספרות התורנית מדרש והלכה, שאלות ותשובות, מכתבים ואגרות, מסודרים ע”ס א”ב להקהל על המעיין למצוא פתרון מבוקשו.

יידע אותנו על עוד ראשי תיבות, לשליחת עידכון לחץ כאן , יישר כח!

From Shtaygen, here.

Don’t Waste a Moment!

The Vilna Gaon’s diligence in Torah study was legendary. His days were spent in his room, delving into the depths of the Torah with every ounce of strength that he possessed.
On one occasion, the Gaon’s sister arrived from a distant land in order to pay him a visit.  This was by no means a minor event, as the two had not seen each other for some fifty years !
The Gaon went out to greet his sister and, as the halachah dictates, recited the blessing that is said upon seeing an acquaintance that one has not seen for a long time – ”Blessed are You, Hashem… Who resuscitates the dead.”
After concluding the blessing, the Gaon said to his sister: ”My dear sister. I know that we have not seen one another for quite some time. However, when I leave this world and am called before the Heavenly Tribune, I will be asked to give an accounting for every single second of my life.  Each moment of time will be scrutinized and judged on whether or not it was utilized studying Torah and performing Hashem’s mitzvos.  How, then, can I waste away the precious time that I have been allotted, by engaging in trivial conversations?”
”I therefore beg your forgiveness, but I must return to my room and resume my Torah study.”

Demonstrating “Mosneichem Chagurim” on Pesach

How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide

If you’ve read the Bible, then you’ve probably come across the phrase “gird up your loins.” I’ve always thought it was a funny turn of phrase. Loins….heh.

Back in the days of the ancient Near East, both men and women wore flowing tunics. Around the tunic, they’d wear a belt or girdle. While tunics were comfortable and breezy, the hem of the tunic would often get in the way when a man was fighting or performing hard labor. So when ancient Hebrew men had to battle the Philistines, the men would lift the hem of their tunic up and tuck it into their girdle or tie it in a knot to keep it off the ground. The effect basically created a pair of shorts that provided more freedom of movement. Thus to tell someone to “gird up their loins” was to tell them to get ready for hard work or battle. It was the ancient way of saying “man up!”

While I’ve had a vague notion of what it meant to gird up your loins, I’ve always been curious how exactly you do it. So we did some sleuthing and found these instructions on the Historyzine Podcast and turned it into an illustrated guide for your enjoyment and edification. In case tunics ever come back in style, you’ll now know how to gird up your loins and get ready for action.

Yea, now go forth. Gird up your loins and fresh courage take, my brethren.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

From The Art of Manliness, here.