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YWN Coffee Room Nightly D'Var Torah

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  • Started 5 years ago by YW Moderator-72
  • Latest reply from zappy
  1. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    People can sign up for a night and present their D'Var Torah. Starting with M'Shabbos and going though Thursday night.

    It can be on Parsha, Hilchos Yom Tov, Shmiras HaLoshon, Hashkafa...

    Who is the first to sign up for this upcoming week?

    M'Shabbos: JayMatt19(permanent)

    Sunday: JayMatt19 (tentative)

    Monday:

    Tuesday:

    Wednesday:

    Thursday: nooseisko (permanent)

    E'Shabbos: chofetzchaim (tentative)

    If you want to dedicate the D'var Torah either as a zchus for someone or a zechar nishmas or... please put that on the first line.

    EDITED: Each D'var Torah will be as a Zchus for our Brothers and Sisters in Eretz Yisroel as well as for the Soldiers. If you want to do an additional dedication, please indicate in the top line of your post.

    http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/General+News/28597/Rav+Chaim+Kanievsky+Tells+Naaleh+Organization:+War+is+Related+to+Bittul+Torah.html

    Note: On Fridays I will clear out the ending week and start accepting names for the upcoming week.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. qwertyuiop
    Member

    il do m'shabbos or monday bli neder you choose

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. qwertyuiop
    Member

    yes sir

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  4. beacon
    Member

    Where am I supposed to get a dvar torah from?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. qwertyuiop
    Member

    google one take a sefer or make one

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  6. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    i'll do sunday night!!!!!

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  7. beacon
    Member

    The last time I opened a sefer was for a 12th grade chumash report. Not planning on doing that again anytime in this lifetime...
    And how do you "google" a dvar torah?

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  8. qwertyuiop
    Member

    you type in dvar torah stuff will come up

    Posted 5 years ago #
  9. brooklyn19
    Member

    beacon - that's kinda sad. you don't enjoy using your brain once in a while? you never go to any classes?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  10. Curious
    Member

    LOL, sounds like I'm back in high school. But regardless, it's a great idea.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  11. beacon
    Member

    I actually do enjoy using my brain but not by learning gemara..

    And what does going to shiurim have to do with opening a sefer?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  12. brooklyn19
    Member

    i don't learn gemara! but it feels good to at least review the parsha with rashi. and i don't mean hashkafa classes (which are great) but i go to a class once a week (on thursday nights!) that really makes you use your head. i wouldn't give it up for anything.

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  13. beacon
    Member

    Good for you! But that ain't for me..

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  14. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    pretty soon I'll have to start assigning nights :o)

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  15. qwertyuiop
    Member

    brook give beacon mussar

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  16. qwertyuiop
    Member

    mod, asdf said he would do sunday

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  17. beacon
    Member

    Yeah don't all answer at once people!

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  18. brooklyn19
    Member

    qwertyuiop
    not really my place to give anyone mussar. you wanna try?

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  19. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    mod72 please assign brooklyn19 a night!!! she's a teacher!!!

    Posted 5 years ago #
  20. shkoyach
    Member

    Mods... thanks for this thread! Maybe make it a sticky! I really like this idea! I'll even offer to add when I have a chance but Monday is not gonna work...

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  21. RoshYeshivah
    Joseph?

    I volunteer to review everyday's Drar torah.Isn't that the job of a RoshYeshivah?

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  22. Curious
    Member

    RY - you compose it and I'll "say" it!!

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  23. i can do NEXT week motzei shabbos. maybe sometime this week, but itll be last minute!
    Rosh Yehsiva, from what i know, Rosh Yeshivas dont question about their jobs and what they're supposed to do. they just do it. :)

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  24. brooklyn19
    Member

    asdfghjkl
    i'd have to translate a lesson into english. my mind works in hebrew cuz i teach ivrit be'ivrit. besides, i hope you're all passed elementary-school level.

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  25. qwertyuiop
    Member

    mod i was wondering if i could send it today and you could post it on M'Shabbos

    That is fine by me. put a note on top "Please Post M'Shabbos Kodesh" - thanks and have a good Shabbos. YW Moderator-72

    Posted 5 years ago #
  26. qwertyuiop
    Member

    Parshas Vayechi
    Shhhhhh… The Secret of Immortality

    By Rabbi Label Lam
    A lion cub is Judah… He crouches, lies down like a lion, and like an awesome lion, who dares rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah till Shiloh (Moshiach) arrives… (Breishis 49:9-10)

    Judah, from amongst all the tribes, was forecasted to make it till the end of times. What quality did he and does he yet possess, that has granted him that kind of longevity? Perhaps in the very blessing of Jacob we have a clue. Why is Judah both a mature lion and a whelp, a baby cub?

    Mark Twain wrote an article in 1899 for Harper Magazine entitled, “Concerning the Jews”. Here is an excerpt I’m sure many are already familiar with: “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of; has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people…He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it…The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to the dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but burned it out, and they sit in twilight now or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, be at them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

    An archeologist in Israel came upon something rather surprising while digging one day. He was certain that he had just unearthed the next Dead Sea Scrolls. No doubt fame and fortune awaited him. There were a number of tiny scrolls tucked ever so carefully into small compartments and he couldn’t wait to return to the lab to analyze and publicize what he had found. He carefully placed the delicate parts into a plastic bag to preserve them and then into a paper bag to disguise their value. He sat on a bus now cradling his find with a parent’s devotion. Sitting next to him was a man with a black hat and a beard who was also clutching a bag.

    The archeologist could not contain his excitement. He asked his neighbor if he wished to peak at his discovery. The fellow looked into the bag and shook his head affirmatively. The archeologist was a little disturbed by the lack of shared enthusiasm and so he told him that that these items might be thousands of years old. Still unimpressed, the man opened for the archeologist the bag he had been holding and showed him the same thing, Tefillin, black boxes with parchments. “We wear them every day.” He told him exactly what was written on those scrolls and so it was and has been for 3319 years. They may have been very old but it was nothing new.

    A psychologist friend who became observant was being chided by colleagues and friends in a public forum as to how he could have become involved with such medieval practices. He cleverly retorted, “It’s not medieval! It’s ancient!”

    Judah, the source of the title “Jew”, is like a valuable coin in that he is both extremely old and still in mint condition. He is ancient but not a relic ready for the British Museum. He’s also current- on the cutting edge and yet connected to his ancient roots. Rabbi Yisrael Salanter ztl. compared the young generation to an energetic train and the elders to tracks. It’s only together that either has any practical function.

    Like a lion- cub that is simultaneously old and vibrant, the Jewish People who find in the ancient the very new and the new in the most ancient hold the key to what could be shhhhh… the secret of immortality.

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  27. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    A D'Var Torah by R'Label Lam has been posted by qwertyuiop tonight.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  28. brooklyn19
    Member

    thanks, reb qwertyuiop :}

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  29. qwertyuiop
    Member

    your welcome brook and thanx mod for posting it tonite

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  30. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    qwertyuiop: thank you!!! nice vort there!!! i'm up next!!!!

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  31. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    who is signing up for Monday?

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  32. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    Tonights dvar torah!!!
    There are many words in the Hebrew language which sound and are spelled alike but have different meanings. One such word is etzev. Etzev normally means "sorrow" but it can also mean "idol," as in Psalms 115:4: "Their idols (atzabeihem) are silver and gold made by human hands."

    When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers in Egypt, he reassured them that he did not wish to seek revenge. He told them: "Now, do not be distressed (ta-atzvu) or reproach yourselves because you sold me hither; it was to save life that God sent me ahead of you." (Gen. 45:6)

    Rabbi Schenur Zalman of LiadiWhen the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi's son was a little boy, he wandered into the room where three of his father's chassidim were waiting to meet with the Rebbe: Rabbi Shmuel Monkis, Rabbi Shlomo Raflis from Vilna, and Rabbi Joseph of Soklov. All three of these men were not only great scholars, but wealthy and generous businessmen as well.

    Rabbi Monkis loved to play with the Rebbe's son, so as soon as the little boy saw him he ran over and sat on his lap. He noticed that the other two men were engaged in quiet and tense conversation and looked exhausted and weary.

    "Why are you so sad?" Rabbi Monkis finally asked them.
    Chassidim"It is because," they replied as one, "we are living in difficult times and our businesses are suffering."

    The Rebbe's son looked at Rabbi Monkis and said: "You didn't need to ask them why they are so sad. After all, you could have learned it from a verse from the Bible: "Atzabeihem -their sadness-is because of silver and gold made from human hands." (Sippur Chasidim)

    Worshipping MoneyIn quoting this verse the Rebbe's son was showing great wit as well as wisdom. Not only was he playing with the meaning of the word etzev in the Bible, noting that the two rabbis' monetary problems were due to money, he was also reminding them of the primary meaning of etzev, that is, perhaps they were so troubled and distressed because they had allowed their gold and silver to become their gods and take over their lives.

    Many people are also troubled and distressed today because of our country's financial woes. Our sadness and fears are real, but let us not allow them to consume our lives. Let us remember that the most important things in life, faith and love, are still free!

    FROM: Rabbi L. Rosenthal CA

    Posted 5 years ago #
  33. thanks...i now have something to use for my mishlei report on zahav and kesef! lol

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  34. qwertyuiop
    Member

    very nice asdfghjkl THANX

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  35. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    your welcome everyone!!! who's up for monday night????

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  36. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    Joseph: pal you ain't the only joseph out there!!! lol i was thinking of changing the text to yosef-just for you here!!!!

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  37. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    no volunteers... so, I assigned someone for Monday night.

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  38. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    reb joseph i can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Joseph
    the first

    so don't wait.

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  40. Joseph
    the first

    :-)

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  41. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    i'm excited joe!!! come up with something good!!!!

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  42. qwertyuiop
    Member

    im not garanteeing it but mod i might be able to do tuesday also

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  43. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    qwertyuiop: lets give others a chance!!!

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  44. Curious
    Member

    qwerty - too much of a good thing..., you know the rest.

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  45. qwertyuiop
    Member

    tell me if you need me to

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  46. qwertyuiop
    Member

    i meant i would do it if there was nobody else that would

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  47. asdfghjkl
    Jax

    qwertyuiop: ok that's very nice you you!!!!! thank you!!!!!

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  48. qwertyuiop
    Member

    It's no problem for me.

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  49. Joseph
    the first

    ***********
    DAILY DVAR TORAH FOR MONDAY
    ***********

    A rabbi in Dallas receives a phone call from a man wishing to make a contribution to his synagogue. They meet. The rabbi gives the man a tour of the synagogue and tells him of the educational programs for the community. The man gives the rabbi a check for $2,000.

    The rabbi is puzzled why the man -- Jewish, but clearly not Jewishly well-educated nor observant --wanted to make a contribution to his synagogue. The man replies in a thick Texas drawl, "Rabbi, recently I was in Jerusalem at the Western Wall. There I saw a man praying with such fervor, such concentration ... I was moved to the depths of my soul. I wanted to express how moved I was, but I didn't want to insult the man by giving him money, so I decided that when I got back to Dallas I would make a contribution to a synagogue where that man would feel comfortable praying."

    The donor continues, "When I returned to Dallas I went to the kosher bakery and described the man I saw at the Wall --- the long black coat, the broad black hat, the sidelocks -- and asked where a man like that would feel comfortable praying; Rabbi, they told me your synagogue! So here I am."

    The man and the rabbi become good friends, they study together from time to time, and they share in each other's family's Simchas, joyous occasions. Over the years the man and his extended family become major supporters of the synagogue and its efforts for Jewish educational outreach.

    Here comes the interesting part! The Jerusalemite returns from praying at the Wall. His wife asks him, "So, nu, Berel, how was your day?" And Berel replies, "Nothing unusual." Now imagine, after the proverbial 120 years, Berel passes on to the next world. He's greeted in Heaven with the spiritual counterpart of a brass band and a ticker-tape parade and is ushered into the presence of the Almighty! The Almighty says to Berel, "Berel, I heartily commend you on what you did for educating the Jewish people in Dallas!" Berel, who never in his life ever left the Holy Land, stands in bewilderment and replies... "What is Dallas?"

    Like all good stories there is a lesson here for us! Each and every one of our actions has ramifications and impact far beyond our limited ability to know in this world. Therefore, we should always think twice if we are about to forego an opportunity to help someone or about to do something which would best be left undone. On a deeper level, even those actions which we do not even think others notice or care about, can have significant consequences -- in this world and for the next.

    No wonder our Sages tell us in Pirkei Avos: "Pay attention to three things and you will not transgress. Know what is above you -- the Eye that sees, the Ear that hears and all your actions are recorded in a Book." The battle for life is the battle for awareness!

    ***********

    The Torah states that in giving Judah (Yehuda) his blessing, Jacob said, "Yehuda is a lion's whelp. From the prey, my son, you have gone up." (Genesis 49:4) Rashi, the premier commentator, tells us that Yehuda elevated himself by two actions -- (1) he stopped his brothers from killing Joseph and (2) he publicly embarrassed himself to save the life of his former daughter-in-law, Tamar. Why is it important for us to know how Yehuda behaved in a praiseworthy manner?

    Yehuda is the progenitor of the tribe from which came the future kings of Israel. It was precisely because of these exhibitions of character that Yehuda merited this honor and responsibility. In Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, the question is asked, "Who is the mighty person?" and answered, "He who rules over his own desires." Such a person is worthy to rule over others because he will rule over them with the same righteousness as he rules over himself.

    In saving Joseph, he ruled over himself not to be influenced by the other brothers who wanted to kill Joseph. In saving Tamar, he did not let personal pride stand in the way of doing the right thing. The ability to rule over one's own passions makes any person a true king.

    by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

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  50. YW Moderator-72
    Retired Moderator

    Joseph - I will post tonight - Thanks!

    qwertyuiop - re:Tuesday Go for it.

    Everyone else: Who wants Wednesday, Thursday? Do I need to assign days? :o)

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