Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus – Rabbi Kalmus gives a class in a Yeshiva in Jerusalem which is mostly for a male audience. The class focuses on the requirement to be a tzaddik (righteous person) is centered on shomer habrit (keeping sexual purity).
Personal Thoughts – Enjoyed learning all the sources in Jewish history of where keep sexual purity is essential to fulfilling our purpose in life as Jews – both in our forefathers and our laws.
Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus – Shares with us how to use prayer to connect to Hashem and bring down from above what you are praying for into your physical being here. What we get and see here (in the physical) is a direct reflection of above (the spiritual).
Personal Thoughts – I like the Rabbi’s approach to explaining the relationship between physical and spiritual and the mirror between them.
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – Shares some really interesting insight and stories about the Pirkei Avot chapter we read this Shabbat. (Each week during the summer months our Rabbis instituted learning chapters of Mishna to fill the extra time we have during the long summer Shabbatot).
Personal Thoughts – Although this lecture took place several years ago the content really brings this Pirkei Avot chapter alive and relevant to everyday life. Sometimes learning these Mishnaot can be somewhat dry but Rabbi Mizrachi brings them alive with his concise explanations and colorful stories.
Rabbi Moshe Pinto – The 9 days are officially over and our focus turns to one of the most joyful parts of the year. The Talmud says that there are not better days in the whole year than the two days of Tu B’Av (the 15th of Av – which is on this coming Shabbat) and Yom Kippur. However, this particular video has so many interesting and uplifiting points that we can learn from and help us throughout the rest of the year I didn’t want to let it pass until next year to post. Hope you enjoy it.
Rabbi Avraham Meyer Zajac – Within the context of how to erase what has been written on parchment (Torah, Tefillin, and Mizuzot), the Rabbi tells us a life lesson as well – that (paraphrasing) “sometime we have to wait until our mistake has dried before doing teshuva on it”.
Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus – Shares how our prayers for our zivug (life partner) is intimately tied to our success in parnasa (sustenance) – daily focused prayer (Hibodidut) to Hashem is essential for both to be fruitful.
Tisha B’Av is observed Saturday night after Shabbat. It is a day of mourning for many tragedies in Jewish history including the destruction of both Temples. Many of the videos I posted recently explain some aspects. It is customary to recite/read/listen to the book of Eicha on Saturday night after the evening prayer (Maariv) after Shabbat is over.
Rabbi Trugman – Shares with us seven different meanings of just the first pasuk (sentence) of this week’s Torah portion. This starts the final book the the Five Books of Moses.
Personal Thoughts – I enjoy learning more about all the different aspects of the simple Torah text – the uncovered secrets so to speak. Our sages say that the Torah is as wide as the ocean – vast in scope and meaning.
Rabbi Fischel Shachter – Shares some unique perspectives on how to turn destruction (those negative challenges in our lives) to salvation (the positive results of those negative challenges). Helps answer the common question of “why is this happening to me?”
Personal Thoughts – This video taught me a lot about perspective (the big picture) when going through tough life challenges. Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle!