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One of my rabbeim, who was a student of R' Elya Svei explained this to me as follows: The yeshiva curriculum includes masechtos from nashim and nezikin, such as Yevamos, Kesuvos, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Bava Basra etc. for two main reasons: There are classic commentaries on Talmud Bavli, and these masechtos include more of the ...


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http://halachafortoday.com/QandA4.aspx A: The Chazon Ish ruled that one who made up his mind to give Tzedaka to a certain poor person who was collecting, and then the poor person disappeared (similar to your case of the organization closing down) you can give the money to a different poor person (or in your case a similar institution) The best ...


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My father, who grew up orthodox in Brooklyn during the depression era, went to public school for High School. He told me that although there were a few Yeshivas, and most of the children went to Public School in that period. He had a Hebrew tutor in the afternoon, yet he told me that many did not. Although there were some Yeshivos (Chaim Berlin, Torah ...


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It depends what you mean by semicha -- there is a basic level of "being a rabbi" that is summarized here: There is a new form of semicha which is circulating today, known as the "Rav Umanhig" semicha. This is essentially a semicha which does not necessarily vouch for the recipient's knowledge or competency in halacha, but rather, testifies that the ...


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My understanding is that until that point, if you wanted to study you'd have to pay your own way and find someplace to study. The Volozhin yeshiva raised funds, and didn't charge tuition. So it decoupled the education from paying for it. It was also more officially organized and centralized; usually you'd have to wander from town to town and unofficially ...


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I asked my Rav this question once. He answered that they would learn theology such as belief in God and the mitzvot Ben Adam Lechavero that are obvious (such as גזל). I guess it would be best comparable to ibn Pequda's Chovot HalLevavot, parts of which he derives from what he calls "sekhel". He also pointed out that they must have had some form of mesorah in ...


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I went to a Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva and here are the basic Hashkafot (to my understanding): Gadlus HaAdom- meaning that the person has a lot of potential and should have self respect for themselves by dressing nicely. The high school system has a very long day to prepare the students for the long day of Bet Midrash (the Yeshiva expects kids to go to Bet ...


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I assume you're referring to post-World War Two yeshivos? Most others are gone (though some, like the Mir, remain, most of them displaced). If you include them, you've got quite a list: ones that come immediately to mind were in Bavel (Sura, Pumbedisa, ...), pre-Nazi continental Europe, and pre-First-Crusade Rhineland (Mainz, Speyer, Worms, ...). As far as ...


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Those that were helped were included in the booklet (Pinkas). http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9B%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%9C_%D7%90%D7%91%D7%A8%D7%9B%D7%99%D7%9D ביישוב הישן, המונח כולל שימש לציין ארגוני חסד ובעיקר 'חברה' (או כיום מעין עמותה) שאליה השתייכה קבוצה מאורגנת, בדרך כלל מעיר או ארץ מוגדרת. יהודי חוץ לארץ תרמו להחזקת הכוללים, כדי לממן את ישיבתם של ...


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In the 50's, Rav Simcha Wasserman established Ohr Elchonon high schoolin Los Angeles. It was located on Kings Road and Willoughby. The yeshiva closed in the 70's when Rav Simcha made aliya. Rav Simcha wished that the building always remain a yeshiva and named after his father. Chabad agreed to this stipulation and bought the yeshiva and its surrounding ...


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Rav Moshe Shternbuch writes in Teshuvot VeHanhagot 2:457 that even though the gemara implies one should learn tanach first, this is no longer true as learning tanach can be dangerous for learning it simply (without appropriate commentaries and guidance) can lead one to heresy. As such, one should first learn lots of gemara and only then dabble in tanach with ...


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It is important to understand that the Semicha of today is not "Traditional Semicha" which was only given in an unbroken chain from Moshe Rabbeinu down, from each teacher to their (worthy) students. That Semicha was lost long ago. (Although it is possible to bring back according to the Rambam, and was attempted by Rav Yaakov Beirav in 1538). What, then, is ...


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I don't have any documented sources for this, but as my family has been involved in Chinuch for generations, in Lita, the US, and Eretz Yisrael, I do have an oral tradition of how our system evolved. Until the enlightenment, most of gentile Europe was fairly unschooled and ignorant. However, with the enlightenment came this idea that the one people that ...


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There are several good and renowned Kabbalistic Yeshivot in Jerusalem. Many of those offer shiurim in Zohar(as well as other subjects) provided one is qualified for them. Nahar Shalom offers two one hour shiurim each day, one under the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Benayahu Shmueli and one under Rav David HaKohen.


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In the Hilchos Talmud Torah of R' Shneiur Zalman of Liadi is written that the custom is not to teach children Tanach since they can learn it on their own (in the time of the Mishna, one would not be able to do that as the Nekudos and Trop are a Halacha Lemoshe MiSinai which was not written down). However, he says that one must learn Chumash, as it's the ...


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The first real Lithuanian mussar style Yeshivah in America was started by HaGaon Rav Yehudah Levenberg and HaGaon Rav Sheftel Kramer in New Haven in the 20's. Eventually it moved to Cleveland along with Rav Levenberg's new Rabbanus position and became known as "Yeshivah D'New Haven, Ka'ays B'Cleveland". During this period Rav Ruderman (Rav Sheftel's ...


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The Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship Fund has been around for a while. They award a handful of scholarships competetively. The school[s] you're interested in may have a financial aid program.


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Being a follower of Chabad Lubavitch, I will approach this question from my perspective. It appears from your question that your primary concern with the Chabad philosophy is what you term "Chabad Messianism", and how that is perceived by other Orthodox groups. I am assuming you are referring to the belief that the Rebbe is Moshiach. I wish clarify from the ...


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With regard to your first question, tosfos (Kidushin 30a ד"ה לא) quote the shita of Rabeinu Tam who explains that the Talmud Bavli is a mixture of mikra, mishnah, and gemara. Therefore, the requirement to learn all 3 every day is fulfilled by learning Talmud Bavli (he bases this on the gemara which says that the bavli is a mixture playing on the word bavli). ...


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Rabbi Gedalia Anemer,zt'l, used to bristle when a day school principal would have all male Jewish subject teachers referred to as "rabbi" whether or not they had earned the credential. There have been impressive yeshiva instructrs at institutions such as Ner Israel who (20 years ago) might just be "mister" so and so. Those days are disappearing, though and ...


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His father is Rabbi Naftali Kaplan big tzadik. he used to give a shiur at ohr somayach in jerusalem. lives in bayit vegan. teaches somewhere else now. very busy and difficult to speak to. he has a fax. dont have the number though you can try to contact Rabbi Kaplan through the email at the site. although he does not use email nor read english!. his ...


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Just one source - but I like it! The Rebbetzin's Husband blog comments on the importance of a relationship with the Rebbe I am not among those who want the junior high Rebbe to stick to the curriculum. Sure, I will be frustrated when the curriculum is not completed, and I will want the kids to know much more tochen (content) than they will ...


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In another post, someone referenced Rav Binyamin Zilber in Az Nidberu Volume XII, Ch. 23 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=885&pgnum=43, so I'll use him as a "not very pleased poseik" source. In this quote, he first talks about how he used to unabashedly fight the custom, but now [that it's been over 40 years since he saw this done by his ...


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I have heard Poskim grumble about this one. (No, I won't provide a source for that without getting the permission of one or two of them.) They consider this as defining Sha'at haDechak too broadly. Also without a source in writing since I have none, though I've heard variations of this from students of American Yeshivot that have their roots in Slabodka ...


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Gemara Berachos 28b: Rabbi Eliezer said how to merit Olam Habah, ומנעו בניכם מן ההגיון והושיבום בין ברכי תלמידי חכמים וכשאתם מתפללים דעו לפני מי אתם עומדים ובשביל כך תזכו לחיי העולם הבא : Rashi:מההגיון. לא תרגילום במקרא יותר מדאי משום דמשכא. לשון אחר משיחת ילדים Basically,do not learn(or teach your children) Tanach too much either because it will take you ...


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They also taught Torah which was outside of Olam Hazeh opposite to what Avraham taught a Torah that was connected to this world. That is why Yaakov needed to spend 14 years there before spending 14 years at the House of lavan. When Yaakov had his dream, he dreamt of the ladder which as the posuk says was rooted on earth and touched the heavens, i.e. it tied ...



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