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March 2, 2009 8:07 am at 8:07 am #1123862
That is what I assume asdfghjkl. I know I won’t touch it.
Looks like it has been updated thoughMarch 2, 2009 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm #1123863
mod39: thanx!!! i’m doing tuesday, not on both monday & tuesday!!! thanx!!!March 2, 2009 9:11 pm at 9:11 pm #1123864
just for you, i edited the 1st post. 72, don’t get any ideasMarch 2, 2009 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #1123865torahtzivaMember
how do I reserve a night for a d’var torah sponsored by me????????March 2, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm #1123866believerParticipant
Jay matt: that was a great dvar torah on the 6 perek.
Do u have any on perek hey??please???????????????????
your seriosly gonna save my life!!i need a dvar torah on perek hey for tomorrow and i really cant find any!!!!!March 2, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #1123867
I’ll see what I can do.
Sorry, for some reason, I thought you wanted Vav, obviously, the error was mine.March 2, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm #1123868
mod39: thanx buddy!!! btw do you ever sleep???????????March 2, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #1123869
torahtziva: we can have more than one person per night!!!! pick any night you would like buddy!!!March 2, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm #1123870
???? ??? ???? ????, ??? ???? ??
And Haman left on that day happy and content at heart. FIFTH perek, ninth passuk (sorry about before 😉
The passuk alredy states he was ???, happy, so what is being added by the words ???? ?? (and content at heart)?
The Alshlich answers this question. The Megilla is telling us how HaShem blinded Haman and caused him to act like a complete fool. When a person is “confident at heart” he is free of worry, complacent, and confident that his success is assured. Regarding Haman, however, Esther’s invitation should have made him think twice. After all, even the king was perplexed as to what was on her mind.
Any other person immediately would have started to worry, “Maybe I have done something wrong! Maybe I have slipped up somehow, and this is why the queen wants me at her banquet party with the king!” Even though such an invitation appears to be a great honor, a normal person would be troubled, and would persistently search his affairs for an explanation for this “honor”.
Haman, in fact, did have a black mark on him – his decree against the yidden. What’s more, if G-D forbid, the decree would be carried out, it would have sweeping consequences for the entire kingdom. Still, he was “content at heart”. It did not even cross his mind that Esther’s call was connected to the decree.
The Megilla wants us to realize that Haman’s reaction was far from natural. Again, as throughout the story of Purim, HaShem was intervening. he was blinding the wicked Haman, in order to lead him to destruction.
Sorry for the mix-up (oh, and by the way, you owe me). Recompense will be accepted in the form of 2 divrei torah given here (by you, something not googled!) over the course of the next three weeks. We are all looking forwardMarch 3, 2009 3:02 am at 3:02 am #1123871
JayMatt19: well done!!! thanx & shkoyach!!!!March 3, 2009 5:02 am at 5:02 am #1123872
my dvar torah’s coming soon.$March 3, 2009 5:26 am at 5:26 am #1123873
great vort R’ JayMatt!!$
****D’VAR TORAH FOR MONDAY****sorry it’s a little late
????? ???? ???
The second row: nophech
The fourth of the stones set into the face of the Choshen–Yehuda’s stone–was a nophech stone. What significance is there in the <nophech, as the stone that represents Yehuda? The ??? of Yehuda was chosen by Hash-m to be the source of the nation’s leadership. This ??? was suited for leadership roles because its leaders could humble themselves before the will Hash-m. At the Yam Suf, when no one was willing to venture into the water, it was Nachshon, the prince of Yehuda, who strode confidently into the sea, with total reliance on his faith in Hash-m. The letters of ???, also from the word ??? to humble oneself, for that was the true greatness of Yehuda. (R’ David Feinstein-Sefer Kol Dodi)
enjoy everybody!!$March 3, 2009 6:46 am at 6:46 am #1123874
JayMatt19: well done!!! thanx & shkoyach!!!!!!!!!!March 3, 2009 8:48 am at 8:48 am #1123875
**********TUESDAY’S D’VAR TORAH********* by: R’ Asdfghjkl Chairman of the CR Board
from the Shaarei Teshuvah:
Two men were in the royal prison!!! One day, one of the walls collapsed, allowing the prisoners to escape!!! One of the men immediately seized the opportunity to escape!!! He asked his friend if he was coming??!! The friend declined, not wanting to break the law again!!!
Later, the King’s Guard arrived and found that one man escaped while the other, who could have easily have escaped too, was still sitting there in his cell!!!
The guard began to furiously beat that man with his club!! The man asked the guard, “Why are you beating me??? It was my cellmate who escaped!!!
“Yes, but you had an opportunity and didn’t take it. For that I beat you!!!”
The prisoner by not escaping showed that in his mind, the prison was not such a terrible place to be!!!
??? traps us in a prison!! We become so set in our bad ways and so full of shame that it is difficult to do ?????!!! We have a golden opportunity to break out of that prison and do ?????!!! Hashem gives us this opportunity every day with ?????- and even more so with ?????-as I had said before- ????? ???? ????????. If we do not seize this opportunity to escape, we would be showing that in our minds, the prison of ??? is not such a terrible place to be!!! That would be the saddest shame of all!!!
Have a wonderful day everyone!!!!March 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am #1123876
What happened to qwerty? J-Matt to the rescue again!
Update: sorry qwerty, for some reason, it was deleted. I restored it
asdfg, well done as usual.
BTW, no, I do not sleep.March 4, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am #1123878
mod39: thank you, i now take a bow!!! do get some rest, your the hardest working mod here!!!
qwertyuiop: what happened to ya buddy????March 4, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am #1123879
mod39: none of my comments made it last nite, but thanx for restoring it.$March 4, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am #1123880
MODS: please let this through.$
asdfghjkl: i was here till 2am last nite, ask the mods.$March 4, 2009 1:00 am at 1:00 am #1123881
mod39: thank you, i now take a bow!!! do get some rest, your the hardest working mod here!!!
I think I’ll do that.
(Even though there are posts to be approved. I’ll need to leave them for another Moderator. Sorry)March 4, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am #1123884
This Shabbos being Parshas Zachor, I thought I’d give something on that.
?? ??? ???? ?? ??? ????
The last letters of ??? ???? ?? ???, have the same gematria (with a kollel!) as Torah. Since the only way to truly accomplish a ??? ????, is through learning Torah (Birchas Avraham)
The Vilna Gaon says there is a different remez in the words ??? ????, Every ??? will be through an “????.” Yitzias Mitzraim occurred due to ???? (Ahron, Moshe, Chur, and HaKadosh Baruch Hu). The Geulas Bavel also occured through an ???? (Esther, Mordechai, Charvona and HaKadosh Baruch Hu).
Additionally, the Geula HaAsida will be through an ???? (Eliyahu, Moshiach, ?’ ??????, and HaKadosh Baruch Hu)
[JayMatt19’s note: ?’ ?????? is found in the Gemarra Succah (42), Personally, and unfortunately, I have NOT seen it inside]March 5, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm #1123885
The Rambam says that every midda (with two exceptions) needs to be in the middle of the road. When it comes to middos, no extreme is good. (shvil hazahav)
In general, chutzpa is a negative trait when in its extreme. But like every other midda, there is a form of chutzpa that is positive and even necessary.March 5, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm #1123886
well done Moish!!
Please tell 72 which day you’d like as a permanent. It appears a few days are now openMarch 5, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm #1123887
thanks, anyway.March 5, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm #1123888areivimzehlazehParticipant
why are you depriving her of shlepping shmattis? 😉
I can relate to this d’var torah. Can you?March 5, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm #1123889
Mods, please change me from Wednesday, to Tuesday this week, as, being a Yerushalymi, it would probably be in everyone’s best interest that such a change be made.March 5, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1123890
she doesn’t always have to know everything. good and bad.
sure, i can relate. that’s why i put this up in the first place.March 6, 2009 7:50 am at 7:50 am #1123893YW Moderator-42Moderator
Here is a dvar Torah from asdfghjkl li’eloy neshmas Chana Shaina bas R’ Yitzchak Meir
Importance of a Mitzvah:
Rav Shlomo Kluger ztz”l accepted a new position as Rav. Shortly after,, there was bris to which he of course was invited. When he got there he saw that everybody was waiting around and the bris was not proceeding. He inquired about the delay and was told that the father of the baby was in the next room dying. In that place it was the minhag that if the father of the baby was on his deathbed on the day of a son’s bris, they would wait to see if the father was indeed going to expire that day so that they could then name the baby after the father.
Rabbi Kluger was aghast. He ordered the bris to take place immediately for two reasons:
First there is the concept of Zerizim makdimim l’mitzvos – One should always do a mitzvah as soon as possible. Naming a baby after a father does not justify a delay in performing a mitzvah.
Secondly, the merit of the mitzvah will serve as a zechus to heal the father. Particularly the mitzvah of bris milah, because when a bris in performed the malach Raphael comes down to heal the baby. Once Raphael is healing the baby he can also heal the father.
At the Rabbi’s urging the bris was performed immediately and that minhag was officially abandoned. Shortly thereafter the father made a miraculous recovery.March 6, 2009 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm #1123894
cool DT, mod.March 6, 2009 3:25 pm at 3:25 pm #1123895
very nice, moish. chutzpa is also what enables you to stand the attacks you get from all sides. The good part is that you don’t snub the worthwhile comments made at you, so you are in the golden mean.March 6, 2009 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #1123897
squeak, THAT is leitzanus. very apropos to this timing – purim and parshas zachor.
so squeak, will you honor us with a dvar torah about the midda of amaleik?March 6, 2009 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #1123898
My first thought was, what a lamdan this moish is, he even knows that the mussar sefarim connect the sin of leitzanus to Amalek’s actions! Then I realized that it is probably just something some rebbe or other told you when you cracked a joke. Nice.March 6, 2009 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm #1123899
Devarim 25, 17-19
Remember what Amaleik did to you on your way out of Egypt.
When they happened upon you on the way, and you were tired and exhausted, they cut off those lagging to your rear, and they did not fear God.
Therefore, when Hashem gives you peace from all the enemies around you in the land that Hashem your Hashem is giving you to occupy as a heritage, you must obliterate all reminders of Amaleik from under the heavens. You must not forget.
This notion that Purim explains the way to make a change permanent ties in with a thought on Parshas Pekkudei. There is a famous Aggadita that explains why Moshe Rabbeinu could not be the one to take us into Eretz Yisrael. Anything Moshe did is permanent. This is important, because if it were possible to abrogate one thing that he did, it brings into question the permanence of the Torah. However, Hashem knew that the time would come when the Jews would deserve punishment. By having Yehoshua bring us into Israel, it made the choice of exile a possible punishment.
The eighth day also parallels the Third Beis Hamikdosh, which will never be destroyed. Moshe was not merely participating in the consecration of the Mishkan, but also was demonstrating the permanence of the Messianic age. The Temple will not fall again; there will be no more exiles.
We find that Hashem uses two adjectives to describe Moshe. The first is anav, modest.
The second, is that Hashem calls him “Moses My servant”, Moshe Avdi. “Moshe avdi is not like that” (ibid 7). Rabbiner Hirsch finds a similarity between Eved, with an Ayin, and Avad, with an Aleph. Avad means lost. Eved, with the voiced ayin instead of the silent aleph, means one whose will, desires, and self-identity are occluded by another’s. Moshe Avdi, therefor, means, Moshe, who made his desires secondary to Mine.
Both adjectives, anav and eved, describe Moshe Rabbeinu as one who placed his own desires second. Everything Moshe did was l’sheim Shamayim (for the sake of heaven). His actions were an expression of Hashem’s will.
R. Yochanan HaSandler (Avos 4:14) describes what gives permanence to a congregation.
Any congregation which is l’sheim Shamayim will end up existing, and congregation which is not lesheim Shamayim will not end up existing.
And so, Esther too explains that road to real, permanent, change.March 6, 2009 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm #1123900Will HillParticipant
Shkoyach M42 for posting that Dvar Torah on behalf of asdf, li’eloy neshmas Chana Shaina bas R’ Yitzchak Meir.
**edited**March 7, 2009 6:00 pm at 6:00 pm #1123901amichaiParticipant
shavua tov, moish and asdf- nice one.March 7, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm #1123902
What happened on the front page? Why am I up for Sunday and Wednesday? Motzei Shabbos (perm) and this week (Tuesday)
More from the megilla:
??? ?????, ??? ????? ?????; ???? ?????, ?? ???? ?? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?????
Why does the megilla only choose these three predecessors of Mordechai?
The gemarra in Megilla states that the name ???? is a verb to mean “to give light”, and Mordechai, his son, “gave light to the eyes of Bnei Yisroel through t’filla”.
The name ???? is based on the verb ??? which means to hear, and Mordechai was one whose prayers were heard.
The name ??? is like the verb ?????, or “to knock”, so that when Mordechai “knocked at the Heaven’s gates of mercy, they opened for him”.
The sifsay tzaddik tells us that the Admor of Piltz once expressed astonishment about this gemarra. He remarked to the Sfas Emes that the order of events are seemingly reversed. That is, Mordechai’s “knocking” at the gates of Heaven (???) should be mentioned first, since this is what occurred first. Only after the gates had opened, could the t’fillos enter and “be heard” (????). In turn, only after Mordechai’s t’fillos were heard, could those of the rest of Klal Yisroel be heard and be answered, so that only in the end was Mordechai responsible for bringing light to the eyes of Klal Yisroel (????)
The Sfas Emes completely agreed. After all, IN TERMS OF WHEN THESE PREDECESSORS LIVED, ???(knocking) did come first! Then came ???? (the hearing), and only after those two, did we have Yair(light), the father of Mordechai.March 8, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am #1123903
squeak, put it this way: i know enough mussar in my sleep that i could be a mashgiach.
oh and you call it the “sin” on leitzanus. it’s a midda, isn’t it? accoring to the rambam’s shvil hazahav there is some room for leitzanus. the only things that have to be extreme are kaas and gaava.March 8, 2009 3:46 am at 3:46 am #1123904
sorry, squeak, i meant “sin of leitzanus.”
by the way, JayMatt, i really always thought migillas esther was really cool so thanks for all your divrei torah on it. even though i knew that last one 🙂
(i think i get too proud when i actually know something – it’s not good)March 8, 2009 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm #1123905
ALIYOS REFOEL ZEV – Divrei Torah and Mussar on the Yomim Tovim
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Purim 5769 Issue 19
FULFILLING THE WILL OF HASHEM
The Megilah tells us (2,11) that each day Mordechai would go in front of the courtyard of the Beis Hanushim, to find out how Esther was doing, and what would be done with her. Rashi explains that Mordechai was one of the Tzadikim to whom Hashem hinted about a redemption. Mordechai said that it could not be that this Tzadekes was taken to marry Achashverosh, unless it is that through her redemption will be brought to Klal Yisroel. Therefore, Mordechai kept coming to see what was happening to Esther.
In the Posuk right before, (2.10) the Megilah tells us that Esther would not reveal her identity to anyone because Mordechai commanded her not to. Rashi explains that Mordechai hoped that Achashverosh would think she was from a despised nation and he would send her away. If it was known that she was from the family of Shaul, Achashverosh would want to hold onto her.
The question is, if Mordechai understood that the redemption is coming through Esther being in the palace, why did he want her to leave? If she would be sent away, the redemption would not be able to come through her? The answer is, that even though the salvation of Klal Yisroel was dependent upon her remaining there, Halacha dictated that he must do all that is in his power to have her leave, so that she need not marry Achasverosh. Although he received a hint from heaven, it is not enough to put aside a Halacha in Shulchan Aruch.
The principle that we learn from here is vital to know and internalize: The happenings in this world are all in the hands of Hashem, our Avodah is only to fulfill the will of Hashem. We must leave the events of life to be run by Hashem, and do our part in that which Hashem asks of us to do.
When Esther reached the palace she was shown great honor. She was chosen as Queen, and the king only showed respect for her. It was therefore apparent that Achashverosh would not harm her or her nation. Why, then, did Esther refuse to disclose her nationality, despite that fact that Achashverosh repeatedly pleaded with her to reveal it? The Gra explains that since Mordechai commanded her not to reveal her identity she refused to disclose it, even though she knew that the reason behind the command was no longer applicable.
The Gra’s explanation of this pasuk seems perplexing. If Esther knew that the reason behind Mordechai’s command was no longer applicable, why then didn’t Esther reveal her background? Furthermore, if Mordechai himself would have been able to communicate with Esther he would surely have rescinded his command? This question is strengthened in light of the following chazal which portrays the utmost respect that one must have for a king even if the king is a gentile and a rasha.
The pasuk in Shemos (10:11) tells us that Moshe and Aaron were forcibly removed from Paroh’s presence after they informed him about the maca of arba.The Da’as Zekainim explains that the reason they didn’t just leave, when they saw Paroh getting agitated, is because since initially Paroh had asked them to come to his palace, they didn’t want to leave until he gave them permission.
Let us reexamine our situation with Achashverosh and Esther. King Achashverosh repeatedly begged Esther to disclose her identity, yet Esther refused. Is this not a great lack of respect to the king? Why did Esther consistently refuse the king, if the reason for her refusal (Mordechai’s command) no longer applied? If Mordechai himself would be able to communicate with Esther wouldn’t he advise Esther to acquiesce to the kings incessant requests?
- It seems that there are two approaches to answer this question.
- Our gedolim are the key to our mesorah and it is imperative to adhere to and guard their every command. Esther listened to Mordechai’s command despite the fact that the reason no longer applied, as a geder (a fence) lest she weaken slightly in her adherence to the gedolim when the reason would apply. (shamati mechacham echad).
Our rebeim and gedolim are the conduits through which we can have a clearer picture as to what the proper avodas Hashem is. Let us honor them and heed their advice. A freilachen Purim.March 8, 2009 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #1123906
I think nobody is on for tonight, so why not? I’ll give it a shot (By the way, any information leading to the whereabouts of Moderator 72 would be appreciated)
What is Ta’anis Esther about? Why do we fast? Since we could have been killed (but were saved) we fast? NO, WE CELEBRATE! (the same question also applies to ta’anis bechoros, but we won’t be discussing that)
Also, whenever the calendar conflicts with a ta’anis, the ta’anis gets pushed off. The lone exception being ta’anis esther. I remember hearing from Rebbeim that this was since it was a “happy fast” (I thought it was so Purim would stay the same).
So, what gives? I saw the following answer (sorry, forgot who). The reason we fast is a remembrance for the 3 day fast that they did during the megilla. It is a day to remind us of the power of fasting, and the power of our tfillos. This is why we fast, even though there was no actual harm done to us. This is also why we move it up, as it is unlike any other fast.March 8, 2009 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #1123907
mod, but those three days of fasting were in nissan.
i once saw that the fast is because klal yisroel fasted whenever they went to war. yud gimmel adar they fought against the goyim so the fast is in remembrance of the war. the name taanis “esther” is to remember esther’s fast (which took place in nissan)March 8, 2009 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm #1123908
granted they were in nissan. But what are we going to do? Fast during pesach? Since it was directly related to the Purim story it occurs just before purim.
Nice pshat thoughMarch 8, 2009 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #1123909
don’t worry, i didn’t make it up 😉
and yeah, like i said, the name of it is because of the three day fast. but the actual fasting is because of the war. look it up if you really care for an answer 😉March 8, 2009 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #1123911
I have (just don’t remember where). The reason I saw is the reason I mentioned. I am giving you credit for offering ANOTHER nice reason moish, why are you arguing that yours it the ONLY one?March 8, 2009 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm #1123912amichaiParticipant
nice work! mod 39. have a good fast.March 8, 2009 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #1123913
I read somewhere that one of the reasons for the fast is so we don’t start drinking early and miss the megilaMarch 8, 2009 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm #1123914
oh i’m not. trust me, i don’t care about anything THAT much…March 8, 2009 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #1123915
14 Adar, 5769 Vol. 10, No. 20 Purim
The Midrash is teaching us the delicate sensitivity of the human personality. Even the greatest and most righteous among us can be challenged when confronted with criticism and correction. No one is immune from having some degree of hurt and insult when we are rebuked. Together with our noble essence, as beings created in the image of Hashem, we carry a sensitivity to any lowering of that dignity. Mordechai, the leader of his generation, was acutely aware of this delicate aspect of human nature. Had he not ended on that positive note, Esther might not have been able to fully absorb his message, and perhaps her actions might have reflected that difference.March 8, 2009 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #1123917
>>I read somewhere that one of the reasons for the fast is so we don’t start drinking early and miss the megila <<
Unless it is a mishulash, I usually don’t hear the megilla on an empty stomachMarch 8, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm #1123918
JayMatt, you don’t hear megilla right after mincha/maariv?March 8, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm #1123919
I do, On Shushan Purim!
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