YWN Coffee Room Nightly D’Var Torah
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January 2, 2009 3:13 am at 3:13 am #589040
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?
Sunday: JayMatt19 (tentative)
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.
Note: On Fridays I will clear out the ending week and start accepting names for the upcoming week.January 2, 2009 3:15 am at 3:15 am #1123207
il do m’shabbos or monday bli neder you chooseJanuary 2, 2009 3:17 am at 3:17 am #1123208
yes sirJanuary 2, 2009 3:21 am at 3:21 am #1123209
Where am I supposed to get a dvar torah from?January 2, 2009 3:32 am at 3:32 am #1123210
google one take a sefer or make oneJanuary 2, 2009 3:36 am at 3:36 am #1123211
i’ll do sunday night!!!!!January 2, 2009 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1123212
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?January 2, 2009 3:59 am at 3:59 am #1123213
you type in dvar torah stuff will come upJanuary 2, 2009 3:59 am at 3:59 am #1123214
beacon – that’s kinda sad. you don’t enjoy using your brain once in a while? you never go to any classes?January 2, 2009 4:06 am at 4:06 am #1123215
LOL, sounds like I’m back in high school. But regardless, it’s a great idea.January 2, 2009 4:12 am at 4:12 am #1123216
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?January 2, 2009 4:18 am at 4:18 am #1123217
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.January 2, 2009 4:32 am at 4:32 am #1123218
Good for you! But that ain’t for me..January 2, 2009 4:33 am at 4:33 am #1123219
pretty soon I’ll have to start assigning nights :o)January 2, 2009 4:33 am at 4:33 am #1123220
brook give beacon mussarJanuary 2, 2009 4:34 am at 4:34 am #1123221
mod, asdf said he would do sundayJanuary 2, 2009 4:35 am at 4:35 am #1123222
Yeah don’t all answer at once people!January 2, 2009 4:50 am at 4:50 am #1123224
not really my place to give anyone mussar. you wanna try?January 2, 2009 4:51 am at 4:51 am #1123225
mod72 please assign brooklyn19 a night!!! she’s a teacher!!!January 2, 2009 5:01 am at 5:01 am #1123226shkoyachMember
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…January 2, 2009 5:05 am at 5:05 am #1123227RoshYeshivahMember
I volunteer to review everyday’s Drar torah.Isn’t that the job of a RoshYeshivah?January 2, 2009 5:50 am at 5:50 am #1123228
RY – you compose it and I’ll “say” it!!January 2, 2009 5:58 am at 5:58 am #1123229Bais Yaakov maydelParticipant
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. 🙂January 2, 2009 6:06 am at 6:06 am #1123230
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.January 2, 2009 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #1123232
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-72January 2, 2009 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #1123233
By Rabbi Label Lam
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?January 4, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am #1123234
A D’Var Torah by R’Label Lam has been posted by qwertyuiop tonight.January 4, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am #1123235
thanks, reb qwertyuiop :}January 4, 2009 4:17 am at 4:17 am #1123236
your welcome brook and thanx mod for posting it toniteJanuary 4, 2009 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #1123237
qwertyuiop: thank you!!! nice vort there!!! i’m up next!!!!January 4, 2009 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #1123238
who is signing up for Monday?January 4, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm #1123241
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 CAJanuary 5, 2009 1:35 am at 1:35 am #1123242Bais Yaakov maydelParticipant
thanks…i now have something to use for my mishlei report on zahav and kesef! lolJanuary 5, 2009 1:39 am at 1:39 am #1123243
very nice asdfghjkl THANXJanuary 5, 2009 2:02 am at 2:02 am #1123244
your welcome everyone!!! who’s up for monday night????January 5, 2009 2:14 am at 2:14 am #1123246
Joseph: pal you ain’t the only joseph out there!!! lol i was thinking of changing the text to yosef-just for you here!!!!January 5, 2009 2:15 am at 2:15 am #1123247
no volunteers… so, I assigned someone for Monday night.January 5, 2009 2:18 am at 2:18 am #1123248
reb joseph i can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!January 5, 2009 2:24 am at 2:24 am #1123249
so don’t wait.January 5, 2009 2:25 am at 2:25 am #1123250
🙂January 5, 2009 2:49 am at 2:49 am #1123251
i’m excited joe!!! come up with something good!!!!January 5, 2009 3:27 am at 3:27 am #1123252
im not garanteeing it but mod i might be able to do tuesday alsoJanuary 5, 2009 3:37 am at 3:37 am #1123253
qwertyuiop: lets give others a chance!!!January 5, 2009 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1123254
qwerty – too much of a good thing…, you know the rest.January 5, 2009 3:38 am at 3:38 am #1123255
tell me if you need me toJanuary 5, 2009 3:59 am at 3:59 am #1123256
i meant i would do it if there was nobody else that wouldJanuary 5, 2009 4:12 am at 4:12 am #1123257
qwertyuiop: ok that’s very nice you you!!!!! thank you!!!!!January 5, 2009 5:10 am at 5:10 am #1123258
It’s no problem for me.January 5, 2009 5:59 am at 5:59 am #1123259
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 PliskinJanuary 5, 2009 2:59 pm at 2:59 pm #1123260
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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