Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

6

I'm not a rabbi in any sense of the word, but I have given a few divrei Torah that I was proud of, and that were well-received. Here are some steps/tips I can think of: This week's Torah reading (or holiday Torah reading or perhaps haftara) is always a good place to start. It's always appropriate, people have it in mind already, and it contains a bunch of ...


5

My advice is to keep an eye open for dvar torahs/chidushim you find really interesting. when this happens, write it down. it will become basis for your next drasha. when you're excited about something it makes the drasha much more interesting to hear and will make a deeper impression. it will also be more intersting for you, since you can research and ...


4

Just as different commentators have different styles and approaches, so to with those giving divrei torah. While no one is locked into one approach, in my experience people tend to have "favorite" approaches. In my minyan, where this duty rotates, I know that Person A is probably going to jump off from some problem in the pshat, Person B is probably going ...


4

I once posted this here: Story with the Lubavitcher Rebbe: A man once asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe if it is true that folding your tallis right after shabbos is a segulah for shalom bayis. The Rebbe answered, "I don't know about that, but rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes after shabbos is a segulah for shalom bayis".


4

Yes, in the noble prize site: Shai Agnon's banquet speech (that's in Hebrew, and there's also a translation to English)


4

Although the Taz (S.A. O.C 55:3) only requires a minyan at the time of kadish, the Magen Avraham (69:4, 234:1) and others say that there needs to be a minyan at the time of pesukim/learning for the kadish to go on. I assume that the shuls don't want to leave the Torahs out and don't want to change the order of davening (and say ashrei after the Torahs are ...


3

Agudath Israel of America has an annual convention Thanksgiving weekend. It has big-name rabbis and a good number of other speakers, loosely (and sometimes not so loosely) on one theme. The main speeches are Thursday night and Saturday night; a number of people go only for one or both of those nights. It serves also as an official membership meeting for ...


3

Literally stumbled upon this source last week: http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=4199&st=&pgnum=454 and the following page 455 where the author [Rav Gedalia Felder, zt"l; Posek from Toronto, Ontario, Niftar in 1992] posits that the Drasha is not a Hefsek prior to Kaddish right before Musaf.


2

The Maharal (in his introduction to Tiferes Yisrael) writes that teaching Torah is hard for two reasons: 1. He has to intend to instruct his student in the truth. 2. The student has to accept what he is saying. Therefore, the way to be saved from either of these pitfalls is to align his actions with G-d's desire, because G-d is the one who gives a person ...


2

Or this story from here It is important not to fall prey to the danger of forfeiting Shalom Bayit in the very process of pursuing the ideal of a blissful Jewish home. The story is told that one Friday night the Chafetz Chaim visited the home of a man who berated his wife for not remembering to cover the challot before the recitation of Kiddush, ...


2

I wonder whether you might find the concept of an Ethical Will helpful. The linked article says: Content of an Ethical Will The content may not differ from writers of spiritual autobiographies or memoirs, but the intent makes an ethical will unique. “The generic purpose of the ethical will is to pass on wisdom and love to future generations.” ...


1

We already see from Tanach that there's a serious [collective] punishment for not eulogizing somebody properly. In King David's time they were punished for not eulogizing King Shaul and his sons. The Halachot of Hesped are codified at the end of Yoreh Deah - and include the following: - One may not exaggerate at a hesped; though some allow a little ...


1

In short, to answer the question, I personally do not believe that there is any special halakhic status for sermons. Morever... If you get the rabbi's permission to avoid the sermon, then it is my hunch that it is in fact Halachically permissible to avoid it. However, if people notice that you are missing, I recommend telling them that the rabbi explicitly ...


1

When one puts on Rabbeinu Tams before musaf on Rosh Chodesh, the custom is for the Chazan to say a pasuk quietly before Musaf because the donning of Tfillin is a Hefsek (though those not wearing Rabbeinu Tam Tfilin don't because just taking of tfillin is not). Perhaps that is what one should do (see LOR!). Though many say it is also disrespectful to speak ...


1

The Official position of the Agudas Yisroel is not to have Internet site hence you will not find the information online. Secondly there is one CONVENTION in the Midwest versus the New York one first I suggest you decide which ou want to attend then for general information about the Agudah see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agudath_Israel_of_America and ...


1

Some information about the upcoming convention is here: https://www.5tjt.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5580:87th-national-agudah-convention-to-grapple-with-%22formidable-challenges%22-november-26-29



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible