Torah 141: The best time to circumcise the heart is the month of Elul. Rabeinu teaches us that as long as the heart isn't circumcised, we can't begin to truly feel regret and anguish over our sins…Torah 142: Sometimes when one can't study in the book because of some unavoidable circumstance, the hearts desire and longing for G-d/to study is in itself learning from the book…Torah 143: Advice from the Tzadikim sweetens judgements…
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We repent in order to go back to the way that things were, to repair what has broken, and to retrieve what we have lost. We often think of teshuvah as a type of reset button that enables us to erase the past, emerging healed and forgiven. But what if this understanding is erroneous? What if teshuvah does not change what we hope it will change and fix what we need it to fix? This lecture was originally recorded in Elul 2021.
From the start of the month of Elul through the fall holidays, it is customary to say Psalm 27. This “psalm for the days of awe” is full of evocative imagery, poetry, and a seemingly unshakable protagonist. But in this week's episode, we are diving deep into just one line- verse 4, also known as “Achat Sha'alti.” What is this “one thing I ask?” Why is this line so popular, and how do different melodies shape our understanding? And speaking of song, we are blessed to be joined by musician and mindfulness teacher Chava Mirel, who shares her insights and takes us behind the music. Listen to her melody (and many more) on this week's praylist! Be sure to check out this week's Transcript Show notes And follow us on facebook and instagram @thelight.lab Support our show! Become a member here or give a tax-deductible donation here, and please rate, subscribe, and share around.
A few days into the new Jewish year, we connect to reflect on what we learned in our Elul offerings, and to offer some lessons about the practice of cheshbon hanefesh, or accounting of the soul. Taking cues from the English word accounting, we play with what it means to have an accurate assessment of our liabilities and our strengths. How can we counter the social conditioning that discourages celebrating progress (and why is it important?)? Share your insights or ask us a question at https://joyousjustice.com/jews-talk-racial-justice-questions.Join our mailing list at https://joyousjustice.com Check out our offerings and join one of our programs! https://joyousjustice.com/coursesFind April's TikTok videos here: https://www.tiktok.com/@aprilavivabaskin Follow us on Instagram (@joyous.justice), Twitter, (@JoyousJustice), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/joyousjustice365)Find April and Tracie's full bios and submit topic suggestions for the show at www.JewsTalkRacialJustice.comLearn more about Joyous Justice and join our mailing list: https://joyousjustice.com/Support the work our Jewish Black & Cherokee woman-led vision for collective liberation here: https://joyousjustice.com/support-our-workRead more about the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and their offerings: https://kohenet.org/Reflect with our Elul 5782 prompts:https://joyousjustice.com/elulDiscussion and reflection questions:What in this episode is new for you? What have you learned and how does it land?What is resonating? What is sticking with you and why?What feels hard? What is challenging or on the edge for you?What feelings and sensations are arising and where in your body do you feel them?
This month's learning is sponsored by Terri Krivosha for the refuah shleima of her husband Harav Hayim Yehuda Ben Faiga Rivah. "It was a zechut to be able to listen to Rabbanit Michelle’s live Daf zoom during the past three weeks while I was in Jerusalem." Today's daf is sponsored by Jason, Erica, and Raquel in honor of their mother, Patty Belkin's birthday. "Wishing a happy birthday to our amazing mother. Mom you renew and inspire us every day." Today's daf is sponsored for the shloshim of Howie Farkas, Shalom Tzvi ben Necha Dvora. If a woman dies while she is waiting to do yibum, does her yabam (the brother of her husband who is supposed to marry her) responsible to bury her? Abaye tries to prove that he does, as he inherits her ketuba from her first husband, and if he doesn't bury her, then he should be required to pay her ketuba to her heirs. Rava argues against this claim as the inheritance is from the brother, not from her, and he has no responsibility to pay the ketuba as a ketuba is not meant to be collected in the lifetime of the husband (when the wife is not free to marry as she pleases) and therefore, since the yabam was still alive and the wife was supposed to be married to him, the ketuba was not up for collection. This is derived from the wording of the ketuba "And when you get married to someone else, you will take what it written to you." Abaye rejects Rava's retort by pointing out that only Beit Shamai expounds the wording of the ketuba and he also holds (derived from laws of the Sotah) that a document that was meant to be collected is as if it's collected and since her ketuba was meant to be collected upon her husband's death, it is if it is hers already and that's why the yabam would be obligated to pay it in this case. In order to explain the fulfillment of the line in the ketuba "And when you get married to someone else, you will take what it written to you," according to Abaye, Rav Ashi explains that the "someone else" can be the yabam himself. Rava responds to Abaye by bringing a braita showing that one cannot claim a ketuba from a yabam. The proof is based on the fact that the braita suggests certain suggestions for a yabam who wants to access his brother's possessions. From the fact that the braita doesn't suggest to set aside money for her to get her ketuba payment, it is clear that the wife is not able to receive her ketuba in his lifetime, as Rava suggested earlier. Before answering the question, the Gemara questions why Rava didn't raise the same question from our Mishna. That question is answered by suggesting that our Mishna is just "good advice" and not the law. Then Abaye answers Rava's question by giving a different explanation as to why he can't put aside the ketuba money, as that would cause the wife to think that the husband dislikes her and wants to divorce her - and that is not good for a marriage!! What rights does a yabam have to his brother’s property in the event that he married his widow? Since the woman ketuba is liened to the property, he cannot sell it or promise it to anyone else. A case was brought in which he committed to his brother half the property, however, it was not his right to do that. However, even if he was not allowed to do it, it is valid anyway? There is a debate between Rav Yosef and Abaye about this. Rav Yosef tries to prove his position (that the sale is not valid) from a braita. Rav Manyumai, in support of Abaye says that the source he quoted is not a reliable source. Why?
A husband has rights to the proceeds of his wife’s usufruct property (nichsei melog). However, once the marriage ends, he has no rights at all. He can get back the money invested only if he was not able to benefit at all from the proceeds. How much does he need to benefit to have it considered that he did not benefit? In the event that he does get back his investment, he needs to swear about how much he spent. Rav Asi says only if the investment is equal to the gain. What did he mean by this? Abaye and Rava each have different explanations. If a husband brought in sharecroppers and then the marriage is dissolved, do they have the exact same rights as the husband or not? On what does it depend? Can a husband sell his rights to the proceeds? If land is inherited or gifted to a woman while she is waiting for yibum, both Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel agree that she can sell it. What happens to her possessions if she dies? On what does it depend? A yabam or husband cannot designate items for the woman for her ketuba collection to free up their land. Who is responsible to bury a woman waiting for yibum?
A woman gifted her property to her daughter in order that her husband not gain rights to the produce. When the marriage ended, she wanted her property back. Did the daughter need to return the property to the mother? Would the same hold true if she had gifted it to someone who wasn't her relative? On what does this depend? If the woman gets money or moveable items, she needs to sell them and buy land so that she retains the principle and the husband can have the produce from it. There is a debate regarding the status of produce attached to the ground at the time of the marriage - is it considered produce and given to the husband or is it considered the principle and they would need to evaluate its worth and purchase land with that amount. The Gemara raises issues with a number of different items - are they considered the principle or the produce? Who gets the double payment of a robber in a case where one robs the offspring of a melog animal? How does this correspond to a debate regarding the ownership of offspring of slaves and animals that are melog? There are proceeds that she can demand to get back when the marriage dissolves, as long as she pays for them, as they are important to her family. What happens with slaves that are old or trees/vines that are old? Do they need to be sold or can she claim that they are important to her family? Can the husband receive his investment expenditures back after the marriage if the profits didn't exceed the expenses? On what does it depend?
Allison Kaplan Sommer, Don Futterman and Noah Efron discuss three topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week. —Cutting to the Core— Benjamin Netanyahu promises ultra-Orthodox politicians, in exchange for their support, to fully-fund Haredi schools no matter what they do and do not teach. Is that unhinged and irresponsible? —A Woman's Place— It's the patriarchy, Stupid! —Curses & Blessings— Reflections on the year that was. All this and songs to take us from the end of the month of Elul through the Days of Awe!
Today's daf is sponsored by Malka Abraham. " Thank you to Rabbanit Michelle and the entire Hadran community. Shana Tova!" Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel both agree that if a woman received usufruct property before she was betrothed, she had the rights to sell it. But they disagree regarding the usufruct property of a woman that comes to her possession when she is betrothed. Can she sell it? And if the answer is no, if she does it anyway, is the sale a valid sale? According to Rabbi Yehuda, a discussion ensued between the rabbis and Rabban Gamliel debating whether the husband during the betrothal should or should not be able to prevent his wife from being able to sell her property. In the case where she receives usufruct property during the marriage, all agree that if she were to sell it, the sale is not valid. However, Rabban Gamliel holds that if she received the property during or before the betrothal and sold it after she was married, the sale is valid. Rabbi Chanina ben Akavia holds explained that a discussion ensued between the rabbis and Rabban Gamliel debating whether the husband during the marriage should have full rights to the property she inherited before or not. Rabbi Shimon distinguishes between property the husband knew of (sale is not valid) and property he did not know of (sale is valid, even though ideally, she should not sell it). Why do Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel agree in the case before the betrothal but disagree after the betrothal? Was Rabbi Yehuda's description of the discussion between Rabban Gamliel and the rabbis referring to her ability to sell the property ab initio (Beit Shamai) or post facto (where both Beit Shamai and Beit Hillel agree)? To answer the question they quote the Tosefta Ketubot 8:1. In that source Rabbi Chanina is quoted there with a different version of the line of argumentation of Rabban Gamliel against the rabbis. Also there, he has a different opinion regarding the sale of property received before the wedding but sold during the marriage - he says it can be done ab initio. This contradicts our Mishna that says the sale is valid only after the fact, but ideally, she can't sell it. The contradiction is resolved by explaining that Rabbi Yehuda (the Mishna) and Rabbi Chanina (the Tosefta) disagree about what Rabban Gamliel held in this case. Rav and Shmuel have a third approach that in this case, the sale would be invalid. As this corresponds with no opinion we have seen thus far, how can they say that? Once she is married and inherits property, all agree that the sale is not valid. Is this the same as the takana they instituted in Usha? What did Rabbi Shimon mean by "property he knew about" and "property he did not know about"? Two explanations are brought.
Chassidus: Likkutei Torah Haazinu Hashamayim #1: This class waspresented on Thursday, Parshas Nitzavim, 26 Elul, 5782, September 22, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.
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Today's episode features Rabbi Lizzi's sermon on the Hebrew month of Elul, as well as lovely singing by the Davening Team, a speech by Builder Jon Quinn, a eulogy to Rabbi Edward Feldheim, and a touching welcome to our 36 “new Jews.” This recording is from Mishkan's August 26th Friday Night Shabbat.Highlights:[01:57] R'Steven — Welcoming Message On Elul[06:00] Lechu Neranena[08:46] Mizmor l'David Havu Ladonai (Psalm 29)[11:55] R'Deena — So Many Mikvehs! [13:20] Jon Quinn — What Buildership Means To Me[16:12] Lecha Dodi[21:55] V'ahavta[24:18] Welcoming Exploring Judaism Grads To The Mishkan[28:19] R'Lizzi Drash — “Elul: May This Be A Month of Blessing,” including a Eulogy of R'Feldheim at 37:40[45:15] R'Deena — Elul Blessing[47:56] Closing GrooveSay, do you have your High Holiday tickets yet?https://www.mishkanchicago.org/high-holy-days/For upcoming Shabbat services and programs, check our event calendar, and see our Accessibility & Inclusion page for information about our venues. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook for more updates.Produced by Mishkan Chicago. Music composed, produced, and performed by Kalman Strauss.Transcript of R'Lizzi's Drash
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9/20/22: ELUL 24 - THE KING IS IN THE FIELD W/ ROBERT PHOENIX People online are predicting all kinds of bad things happening on September 24 that will cause the end of the world, whether it be from natural disasters, a zombie apocalypse, financial collapse, or World War III. Although there are a lot of spurious correlations being espoused, we do find some odd synchronicities with the date. The Jewish world is about to celebrate a new year, called ELUL, which begins at sundown on September 24th and it runs until sundown on September 25th. Could there be a relationship with the passing of Queen Elizabeth, King Charles, the Seventh Shemita, and the Great Reset of 2030? Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with astrologer, Robert Phoenix about ELUL 24 - THE KING IS IN THE FIELD. #GroundZero #ClydeLewis #Elul24 https://groundzeromedia.org/9-20-22-elul-24-the-king-is.../ Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis is live M-F from 7-10pm, pacific time, and streamed for free at groundzero.radio. There is a delayed broadcast on our local Portland affiliate station, KPAM 860, from 9pm-12am, pacific time. For radio affiliates near you, go to talkstreamlive.com. To listen by phone: 717-734-6922. To call into the show: 503-225-0860. The transcript of each episode will be posted after the show at groundzeromedia.org. In order to access Ground Zero's exclusive digital library which includes archived shows, research groups, videos, documents, and more, you must sign up at aftermath.media. Subscriptions start at $7/month. Check out the yearly specials!
If the man has a blemish can the woman demand that he divorce her? On what does it depend? In what cases can the court force a man to give a get to his wife - by Torah law and by rabbinic law? Can they use force? In the context of blemishes, they mention a severe one - ba'alei ra'atan. As it is highly contagious, people would keep far away from them. However, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi went close to them and would teach them Torah, assuming that the Torah would protect him. As a reward for his selfless behavior, he managed to get into heaven without actually dying. The elaborate story and the negotiations between him and the angel of death are told and also contrasted with a similar story with Rabbi Chanina bar Papa, who was not deemed as worthy as Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi.
Chassidus: Likkutei Torah Tiku Bachodesh #6: This class waspresented on Monday, Parshas Nitzavim, 23 Elul, 5782, September 19, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.