November 7, 2019 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm #1798495
Chasam Sofer says that if tzohar is a window or a precious stone is dependent whether we judge Noach for praise or shame. Only a truly pious person saved on his own zechusim can see the destruction of the wicked. Lot and his wife were not allowed to look back. If he judged for praise, it was a window, otherwise it was a precious stone, so he could not see through.November 7, 2019 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #1798500
דע מה למעלה ממך – You can conclude from the fact that you can walk that there is a Universal Mover, as the Rambam says that if something moves, someone had to put it in motion. (Sefer Amudeho Shivo)November 7, 2019 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #1798512
There is a Midrash peliah, אמרי נא אחותי את – מכאן ששוחטים לחולה בשבת, the Rav Chezkuni asks how do we know that Avraham Avinu will be killed. maybe they will commit adultary? Then they wil sin at every beila, but when they kill him will be one sin. Similarly, the Ran asks why do we slaughter for the sick on shabbos and don’t give him nevelah? Then he would sin with eating every kezayis. Therefore, it is better to do one sin then multiple and since Avraham Avinu was afraid they will kill him, we slaughter on shabbos rather than give nevalah.November 13, 2019 1:49 pm at 1:49 pm #1800420
Maybe through the above that we can come to the recognition of Hashem from our walking, we can explain the midrash on it which asks whether we can do kabolas ol malchus shomayim when walking, the midrash says that we cannot, we must stay still but the rest from veohavto we can either stand or walk. We can’t have the proper kavono when we walk even though it brings us to come to realize the existence of Hashem.December 16, 2019 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #1811254
Rashi says that Yaakov Avinu wanted to live in peace. HKBH said. isn’t it enough for tzadikim to have the world to come, they also want this world, so the worry about Josef fell on him. The question is, why does Hashem not want tzadikim to have both worlds?
Explains the Ksav Sofer and the Chanukas Hatorah (Rebbe R’ Heshel) comparing a tzadk and a rasha. For the tzadik, his whole life is a worry that maybe he does not have olam habo, so he constantly improves himself to gain olam habo and the same time since his life is a worry, he loses his olam hazeh. The rasha either he is sure he has olam habo or doesn’r believe in it, so he does nothing improve and thereby he loses it, but he gains olam hazeh as he has no worries. Yaakov Avinu wanted to live now worry free by being sure that he has olam habo, so he had to worry about Josef thereby worrying about his olam habo as he can only have olam habo if all his children stay alive.January 16, 2020 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #1823648chulentinmymouthParticipant
but is it muchruch?January 20, 2020 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm #1824613
According to the Ohr Hachaim Hakadash in Paraahas Breishis any one is free to explain simething in the Torah as long it doesn’t affect halacha, so this certainly comes from gedolim and it doesn’t have to be muchruch.February 19, 2020 11:41 am at 11:41 am #1833129babujaParticipant
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Can you continue Dvar Torahs again?April 20, 2020 9:34 am at 9:34 am #1850893DeenafParticipant
I have a d’var Torah ready to be posted. How do I do that?
DeenafApril 20, 2020 1:58 pm at 1:58 pm #1851019yldParticipant
i don’t understand the question.April 22, 2020 10:37 am at 10:37 am #1851774DeenafParticipant
I want to post a dvar torah today. How do I do that?February 14, 2021 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm #1948184Anan SahadiParticipant
YUMM! THE TORAH HAKDOSHA IS SWEETER THAN HONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!February 14, 2021 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm #1948185Anan SahadiParticipant
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but on a serious note BEUTIFUL DVAR TORAH!October 6, 2021 7:43 pm at 7:43 pm #2013046ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤParticipant
hey noo what haened to this thread where are the dvar torahs?October 6, 2021 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #2013049ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤParticipant
in the teiva noach spent the whole time focusing on avoida and ruchnius after the mabul hahsem tells noach to leave the teivah i.e. leave the ideal life, the life of just serving hashem and enter into the real world. the Be’sht taught that teivah can also mean world enter into the ‘word’ the words of torah and davening. we enter the teivah in the month of tishrei and envelop ourselves in words of davening and torah. now that tishrei is over we must go out of the teivah and enter the real world.December 13, 2021 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm #2041267
For the Siyum of Tanis.
The Jews are sitting in a circle and Hashem is the middle and they are pointing to Him recognizing that He is the only One who can redeem us.
Why a circle?
It says Hear o’ Israel Hashem our God is Hashem, One. It also says who is like your nation Yisrael one nation.
We will show that they are both the same one.
The kedusha through the center has a magnetic affect by pulling the circle towards the center making the circle smaller and smaller, uniting the points and eventually coinciding with the center. Also, the holy Zohar says that Yisrael and the Torah with Hashem kavayachel is one. Through the observance of the Torah we become united, making the circle smaller and coinciding with the center.December 15, 2021 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #2042154BaalSechelParticipant
Hi! Long time since anyone posted. I am willing to bli”n post a weekly dvar Torah, if others are interested in reviving this thread.December 16, 2021 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm #2042641
The difference between Yaakov and Yisrael the Rabbenu Bachaya explains that life of Yaakov refers to the physical and coming of death of Yisrael to the spiritual.December 16, 2021 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #2042657
המטה is gematria 59 indicating when a sick person is visited 1/60 is taken away. The gemora in Nedorim 30, asks then 60 people will take away the whole illness. The gemora answers 1/60 of what is left over. Tosfas explains that it only applies to ben gilo, his mazel.December 27, 2021 6:18 pm at 6:18 pm #2045284
Vaera is gematria Yitzchak indicating that the time of the geula, redemption will be calculated from him and the difference between Yitzchak and Yischak is 210, the time actually spent in Mitzraim. Moshe Rabbenu was told, remember your name gematria, א-ל שד-י.December 28, 2021 11:37 am at 11:37 am #2045639
Rashi says on vaera, אל האבות, to the ancestors, being concise. Maybe, the Baal Haturim explains that האבות has the same letters ואהבת, like Avraham Avinu who בכל לבבך loved Hashem with his whoie heart. בכל נםשך, Yitzchak Avinu, who sacrificed himself with his whole soul and ובכל מאדך, what is the most precious to you, your wealth, where Yaakov said that everything Hashem gives him he will give maaser, tithe by showing how they each loved Hashem.December 29, 2021 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm #2046383
דצ’ך עד’ש באח’ב according to the Maasei Hashem the makos are broken down in each division by starting further away from the mitzrym and getting closer to them. Hashem gave them a chance to do teshuva. Kinim, shechin and chashech effected their body whereas dam, arov and borod effected their money. Dam if they paid to the Jews, they could buy water.March 31, 2022 9:24 pm at 9:24 pm #2074631bob hample1Participant
do we do dvar toras anymore??July 5, 2022 1:29 am at 1:29 am #2103284🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
Thanks Reb E for all your contributionsJuly 18, 2022 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm #2107052GISH MAKParticipant
so wake up!!! help mashiach come!July 20, 2022 10:46 am at 10:46 am #2107539
As people don’t read other topics, I will repeat what I wrote on Parashas Pinchos:
Rashi says that he deserves his just rewards. The Dubner Magid gives a mashel to a wholesaler who hires a young man agreeing that he gets no salary but only room and board. In the middle of a Purim seuda a retail person arrives asking to be served. As the wholesaler refuses to serve him for being in the middle of the seuda, the young man volunteers to serve him. Later. the boss asks him what do I owe you? So he says, I don’t understand, didn’t we agree that I don’t get a salary? He says to the young man, until now I thought that the food I pay you means something to you but you are willing to sacrifice it for me showing that my business is more important to you, so you deserve a payment which is more valuable to you.
Similarly, one cannot be greatful enough with appreciation to Hashem for having a happy healthy life without any worries, but Pinchos sacrificed his life for His will, so he deserves to be paid something valuable to him.
Thank youJuly 20, 2022 11:50 am at 11:50 am #2107558
The Targum Yanoson says that Shemini Atzeres we are happy to go back to the house from the sukkah. How can we be happy? I heard from Rav Moshe Meir Weiss Shlita that if sukkah commemorates being in the desert then the house represents EY, so we are happy for getting into EY. Maybe, the sukkah, in the beginning of the year, is a lesson how to behave the whole year as the ishpizun reflect, so Shemini Atzeres will be graduation day where we have learned to realize that Hashem provides everything and we can live in less comfort and be satisfied with what He is giving us.July 20, 2022 11:52 am at 11:52 am #2107563
The Midrash Tanchuma says that we don’t seat in a sukkah on Shmini Atzeres because we will not daven with a full heart for rain.July 20, 2022 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #2107601
On Shmini Atzeres, Hashem says to the Jews make me a small meal to spend time with you. The Binah Leitim explains that when there is a big meal, people are busy with the food and practically there is no communication and comradery, friendship shown to each other. However, by a small meal, people find time to communicate with each other which generates friendship and love. For the goyim we sacrifice many oxen, so kavayachel, Hashem is busy consuming their korban rather than spending time with them. It gets diminished each day as the more I get, the less I like it and the goyim sacrificing it. However, we the Jews sacrifice a small korban because Hashem wants to spend time with us to show his friendship and love.August 8, 2022 5:30 pm at 5:30 pm #2113232KernelCeTeParticipant
Can it be a halachic sugya about anything? How do I sign up?January 21, 2023 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm #2158347Shlomo_123Participant
YesApril 19, 2023 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm #2182423
It seems there is an argument between the Torah and science who determines gender. The Torah says the women whereas science says the man. A woman has two X chromosomes whereas the man has an
X and Y chromosomes. He can either contribute an X or Y. Maybe the woman creates an environment which determines what kind of chromosomes he gives. The Harav Ksav Sofer explains the pasuk that as they were afflicted the more males were born. The woman had more desire in the relationship which had more males being born.April 19, 2023 9:21 pm at 9:21 pm #2182430
Why was the human being created after the animals? First the inanimate,water and the sun was created. Then the grass, plantations and animals. Finally the human being. Everything that is required by a higher being was created before it like a prepared table. According to this the woman should have been created before the man. Maybe, in order he should appreciate her and not take her for granted, she was separated after him.April 20, 2023 9:26 am at 9:26 am #2182524
The woman (Chava) above should have been created before Adam as she was created to serve him. She makes a bracha שעשני כרצונו Hashem created her according to His will. Her existence is His will.May 9, 2023 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm #2188938
The Yismach Moshe says that shemita is related to Shabbos. In 7 years there is a year of shabbosim which one must rest to make up for any shabbos violations. 7 x 52 = 364 plus one day left over each year being another 7 days generating an extra shabbos and adding one more. 364 + 1 = 365June 7, 2023 6:17 am at 6:17 am #2196949MoneyHalacha.comParticipant
May One Play Monopoly (i.e. Fake Money Games) on Shabbos? [+ Scrabble Regular & Deluxe Editions]
https://www. moneyhalacha .com/monopoly-scrabble-shabbos/
Today’s question is regarding playing certain board games on Shabbos. We’re in the summer months, where Shabbos day is longer, and people are trying to find ways to occupy themselves through the end of Shabbos. The question has come up of whether playing certain games are halachically permissible or not on Shabbos.
Mainly, we are speaking about the game of Monopoly, or other similar games, where people are using fake money. The question is, we know you’re not allowed to do business on Shabbos, so are you allowed to play Monopoly, which mimics business transactions, with buying and selling houses and stuff like that, and fake money is transferred? Is that allowed on Shabbos?
As well, we are going to speak about another well-known and played board game, Scrabble, and Scrabble Deluxe edition, once we’re on the topic of board games.
Before we bring the answer, there are two additional concerns with playing board games which must be addressed:
The first thing is that there’s an aspect of borer, separating pieces, of which a person has to be very careful. Even for games which are permissible, a person must be aware that, when they start the game, they’re allowed to take the pieces that they need, if they’re going to play right away; however, when the game is over, you’re not allowed to separate the pieces because that’s not for immediate use. So, at the end of the game, a person has to just put all the pieces away and be done with it until after Shabbos.
The point that must be made, is that we’re talking about games being played where there’s no prizes awarded. If these games are attached to an actual prize of money, or food, or something like that, then it would be forbiddento be done on Shabbos (even if the actual game itself is permissible on its own [without the prizes]).
Getting to Monopoly, the halacha is, according to Rav Scheinberg, even though the game mimics business practices and business transactions, it is technically permitted and it would be allowed. He did add that it is not in the spirit of Shabbos to be playing Monopoly on Shabbos. The same was said by the Ohr Le’Tzion, Chacham Ben Zion Abba Shaul as well as Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen. They all say that it’s allowed, though it’s not in the spirit of Shabbos, and should therefore be limited, especially by adults. If children want to play these games, you should not force them to stop.
That is the halacha for Monopoly. Once we are already speaking about board games, there is another board game, Scrabble, which is also discussed by the Poskim if it is a problem of kesiva, writing on Shabbos. There are two parts to the question. One is about actually forming letters and words. There is also a separate problem of keeping track of scores, which may cause a person to write on Shabbos.
The halacha is as follows: Regarding the first issue of being considered that you are writing on Shabbos, the Poskim say that it’s not applicable by Scrabble and is not considered writing on Shabbos. However, when it comes to the 2nd aspect above (that people may come to write (their score) on Shabbos, some Poskim say that it is indeed a problem and therefore do not allow the play of Scrabble (all editions) on Shabbos.
The question about Scrabble regular edition, with a completely flat un-grooved board, was brought to Rav Scheinberg who said that even though there are those Poskim who say Scrabble is not allowed to be played, still, it is okay to play Scrabble on Shabbos. However, a person should be extra careful and vigilant to not come to write down anything on Shabbos.
Many people use a book with a napkin to keep track of their scores according to page number.
The question was also asked about the Deluxe Scrabble or “travel” Scrabble editions, where each piece is set in position by a border. Putting the pieces into these settings could be more of a problem of kesiva. Rav Yisroel Pinchos Bodner, the author of the Sefer Halachos of Muktza, (who is also the author of Halachos of Other People’s Money which we have quoted from in many other MoneyHalacha videos, actually showed a Deluxe Scrabble board to Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Moshe Feinstein said that the Deluxe edition of Scrabble would not be allowed to be played with on Shabbos because of the locking pieces.
In summary, Monopoly, would be allowed to be played on Shabbos but the Gedolim have noted that it’s not in the spirit of Shabbos to be doing so, especially for those over Bar/Bat Mitzva. With regards to Scrabble, Rav Scheinberg said that the regular edition game (with flat board) may be played, but with regards to Deluxe Scrabble, or Travel Scrabble, where the pieces are set in place, R’ Moshe Feinstein said that it would not be allowed to be played on Shabbos.***
***Please note that these halachos are intended to inform and educate the reader/listener in general. For any specific questions which arise, it is recommended to speak over the exact case with a competent halachic authority in order to assess the halacha accordingly as any small change will greatly affect the final halacha. You can send your questions in to us as well by replying via WhatsApp to our halacha Q & A number on the group, sending an email, or via our contact page at https://www.MoneyHalacha .com/contact-us
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