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Science proves nothing concrete re: creation because no scientist was there to observe, repeat, falsify. If you examine fossils you find that there is not a strict order of their appearance worldwide. It appears a lot of water was instrumental in drowning a lot of living things including plants - not strictly in accordance with text books. Suggest each one ...


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Midos is a great mesechta to learn for the aliyas neshama on the Shloshim, or, for anytime. It is not just a blink of an eye mesechta, and the Rambam wrote about learning the measurements of the Bais Hamikdash and its importance, implying that those who learn it have a part in the future building of it (the Third Bais Hamikdash, based on Yechezkel's ...


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I do not agree with the blanket statement "the Torah does not mince words". The dictionary defines this as to say what you mean clearly and directly, even if you upset people by doing this. The Torah often does not talk clearly and directly - examples that come to mind are: The Torah is often careful to protect people's identity. Take the cases of: ...


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The last Maharsha on Sha"s explains that the reason the statement of "כל השונה הלכות בכל יום וכו" is cited at the end of Niddah (and after quoting the chumra of Rebbi Zeira in Megillah 27b) is because the chumra of Rebbi Zeira made much of hilchos Niddah obsolete. A person might think that, therefore, there is no more reason to learn maseches Niddah. ...


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I've just started writing such an English work on Tosfos. My first Sefer is on Sukka 2a-11a available on tosfos.ecwid.com for only $2.49. If I have some success I'll continue. I currently have the rest of the first Perek and Elu Metzios almost ready to come out, but needs to be edited. I write the Gemara in regular font and Tosfos in bold so one can read ...


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Chovos HaLevovos – Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paquda (Early 11th Century). Arguably the most important mussar work of all time, the Chovos HaLevovos is divided into ten Shearim (“Gates”). For Ellul perhapes Shaar HaTeshuva (“Gate of Repentance”) – on repentance. Shaar Cheshbon HaNefesh (“Gate of Self-Accounting”) – on the importance of introspection and ...


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I am learning Nesiv HaTeshuva, by the Maharal. Nesivos Olam is the Maharal's "mussar sefer" according to his introduction, and Nesiv HaTeshuva is the section about teshuva. It talks about the nature of Teshuva, and is therefore helpful in appreciating the significance of Teshuva.


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One year in high school, my rebbi taught our class Hilchos Teshuva from the Rambam during the month of Elul.


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Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes (O.C. 429): חכמים הראשונים תקנו בזמן שבית המקדש היה קיים שיתחילו הדרשנים לדרוש ברבים הלכות הרגל שלשים יום לפני הרגל דהיינו ... ומי"ד באלול ואילך ידרשו הלכות החג ... ותקנה זו לא נתבטלה מישראל אף לאחר שחרב בית המקדש ... והעיקר לדרוש ולהורות להם דרכי ה' וללמד להם המעשה אשר יעשון ולא כמו שנוהגין עכשיו ובדורות הללו שאין החכם ...


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I know many Yeshivas where the Rosh Yeshiva interrupts his regularly scheduled programming of a vaad or whatever public mussar seder he has to go through Shaarei Teshuva of Rabbeinu Yona during Elul. I know the Rosh Yeshiva of Passaic (R' Meir Stern) used to do this for his machshava chabura, but I don't know if he still does. In Ner Israel, the Rosh ...


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Rabbi Yosef Ber Soleveitchik would teach Likkutei Torah from the Ba'al HaTanya during Elul in preparation for Rosh Hashana. The relevant Ma'amarim start in Parshas Reih and continue from there. I haven't been able to find someone who reports specifically what from there he would learn with his students.


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I forget who told me this, but I heard that Tomer Devorah is traditionally studied in the month of Elul. I've been told that the Bobover Rebbe told his chassidim to learn Tomer Devorah this year, and that Rav Moshe Wolfson told his Kehilla the same a few years back. This practice makes sense, because the first chapter of Tomer Devorah is about Hashem's 13 ...


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Masheches Makos 10a brings this idea מאי דכתיב חרב אל הבדים ונואלו חרב על צוארי שונאיהם של ת"ח שיושבין ועוסקין בתורה בד בבד ולא עוד אלא שמטפשין כתיב הכא ונואלו וכתיב התם אשר נואלנו ולא עוד אלא שחוטאין שנאמר ואשר חטאנו ואיבעית אימא מהכא נואלו שרי צוען The gemara learns that one should not learn alone and even,calls it a sin and one will become foolish. The ...


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In Hilchos Talmud Torah by the author of the Shulchan Aruch HaRav 1:1 (and brought again in 2:2) the Rav quotes based off the Zohar (Part 1 page 12b) the Taz (O.C. 545 s.q. 13 regarding writing Chiddushei Torah on Chol Hamoed) and others "and after you acquired in Torah each person according to his skill... to be Michadeish Halachos rabos - innovate a lot of ...


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Wikipedia writes Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's opinion, that a wide knowledge of halacha is dominant over studying useless portions of gemara. He emphasizes that the Sephardic system of learning, which emphasizes Bkiut (extensive familiarity with the Talmud, Mishna and Poskim), is superior to the Ashkenazi system which relies on deep analysis employing pilpul. ...


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There are cases where you can use a sefer for not learning for example you can use another sefer (of equal or less kedusha) to raise the height of the sefer one is learning from. However I couldn't find anything that said specifically that you can't take out a sefer and not learn from it. In general we should be sure to show great honor and reverence to ...


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I didnt see anyone who say that taking a book out is a disrespectful behavior. BUT in Shabat it maybe a Borer Problem- if you use it then there is no problem at all. But when you just take it out- I saw some Achronim that says it a Borer. Rav Neuwirth in Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah says its a problem only if thay stands one up on another but if they stands ...



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