Limud yomi, 28th Elul, 5770


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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 24
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 23
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 2:1
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 538:6
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 9
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Ha’azinu

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DIARY
25 Elul 5770-4 Tishri 5771
3-12 September 2010

Sunday 5 September / 26 Elul
First day of Selichot (Ashkenazim)

Today the Ashkenazi communities begin to rise every weekday before the dawn until the eve of Yom Kippur for Selichot (penitential prayers), thereby joining their Sephardi brethren, who began rising for Selichot immediately after Rosh Chodesh Elul. Some communities have the practice of reciting the Selichot on Saturday night starting about an hour before midnight, i.e. near the beginning of the middle “watch” of the night. Those who did not rise for Selichot at night or before dawn may recite them after daybreak prior to the daily Shacharit morning prayer. “A few supplications with kavanah (proper intention) are better than many without” (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, 1:4). Many have the custom of fasting on the first day of the Selichot. Those who are unable to fast from food may choose to observe a “fast from speaking”, Ta’anit Dibbur.

Monday night-Tuesday 6-7 September / 28 Elul
Anniversary of the death of King Saul and his three sons at the battle of Mt Gilboa.

Tuesday night-Wednesday 7-8 September / 29 Elul
Eve of Rosh Hashanah

It is customary to rise in the small hours of the night for the lengthy pre-dawn Selichot, known as Brit Yitzhak (“the Covenant of Isaac”), the last service of supplicatory prayers before the Day of Judgment. At the conclusion of the morning service, the Shofar is not blown. It is customary to formally annul any vows one may have made: this is done before a Beit Din of three adult males (not necessarily rabbis) according to the formula printed in the Selichot and Rosh Hashanah Machzor. Many fast today until after midday. It is customary to pray at the graves of the Tzaddikim and to give a sum of money to a righteous person for Pidyon Nefesh, “redemption of the soul”. There is an ancient custom of purchasing a knife on the eve of Rosh Hashanah as a propitious segulah for livelihood. Where possible males should immerse in a mikveh in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

Eiruv Tavshilin: Since the two days of Yom Tov of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday-Friday 9-10 September) are followed immediately by Shabbat, in order to cook on Yom Tov day for the coming Shabbat, it is necessary to prepare Eiruv Tavshilin on Thursday afternoon prior to the commencement of Yom Tov. For further information on the mitzva of Eiruv Tavshilin click here.

“Finished are the old year and its curses!
Let the New Year and its blessings begin!”

Leshanah Tova Tikatevu Vetichatemu — May you be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year!

The Molad of Tishri is on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 36 minutes and 1 halakim after 7 p.m.

Attributes of the month of Tishri: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: VAV KEH YOD KEH, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse vayir’U otaH sareY par’oH, “and the ministers of Pharaoh saw her” (Genesis 11:29). The month’s corresponding letter is: LAMED; Human attribute: COITION; Body Part: GALL BLADDER; Tribe: JOSEPH; Constellation: MOZNA’IM (Libra, the Scales).

Wednesday night-Thursday 8-9 September / 1 Tishri 5771
First day of Rosh Hashanah, New Year
Information about the customs of Rosh Hashanah is widely available in the festival prayer books and online (e.g. at torah.org and chabad.org) and details have therefore not been included in this diary.

Today was the sixth day of the Six Days of Creation. The waters of the flood dried and Noah removed the cover from the ark. Sarah, Rachel and Hannah mother of Samuel were all granted children on this day, and Isaac‘s prayer for Rebecca to give birth was accepted. Sarah was born and died on this day. Isaac blessed Jacob, and Joseph was released from prison. Today is the anniversary of the death from mutilation of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz (author of the Rosh Hashanah prayer Unetanneh Tokef). In 1554 the Talmud and its commentaries were burned in Rome on orders from the pope.

Thursday night-Friday 9-10 September / 2 Tishri
Second day of Rosh Hashanah
Even though all the other Torah-ordained festivals are celebrated for only one day in Israel while Diaspora communities celebrate them for two days, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days even in Israel.

Friday night-Saturday 10-11 September / 3 Tishri
Shabbat SHUVAH, Parshat HA’AZINU
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 32: 1-52. Special Haftara for Shabbat Shuvah: Hosea 14, 2-10; Michah 7, 18-20; Joel 2, 11-27.

At the Shabbat meals many have the custom of dipping the Challah in honey as on Rosh Hashanah, and do the same at the festive meals before and after Yom Kippur, on Succot, Hoshana Rabbah and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.
It is customary for the rabbi of the community to deliver a special address this Shabbat on the theme of Teshuvah (Repentance) and other timely subjects.
Today is the anniversary of the start of the seven-day Festival of Inauguration of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. It is appropriate to read King Solomon’s prayer (I Kings ch 8).

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham Abele Gombiner, the Magen Avraham (c. 1633-83), author of one of the most important commentaries on Shulchan Aruch, and of Rabbi Yisrael Lipshitz (1782-1860), author of the Tiferet Yisrael commentary on the Mishnah.

* On Saturday night at 02:00 a.m. Israel changes *
from the summertime to wintertime clock

Sunday 12 September / 4 Tishri
Fast of Gedaliah (deferred from Shabbat)
Today’s fast is in memory of Gedaliah son of Achikam, Babylonian-appointed governor of Judaea after the destruction of the First Temple. His assassination (Jeremiah ch. 41) brought the last vestiges of Jewish self-rule in Israel to an end. The fast commences at dawn on Sunday and is observed until nightfall. Selichot are recited today and every weekday until Yom Kippur.

SOURCE:    Kaluach – Easy to use Hebrew/civil calendars
SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

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Limud yomi, 27th Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 23
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 22
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 1:3
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 538:3
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 8
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Ha’azinu

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DIARY
25 Elul 5770-4 Tishri 5771
3-12 September 2010

Sunday 5 September / 26 Elul
First day of Selichot (Ashkenazim)

Today the Ashkenazi communities begin to rise every weekday before the dawn until the eve of Yom Kippur for Selichot (penitential prayers), thereby joining their Sephardi brethren, who began rising for Selichot immediately after Rosh Chodesh Elul. Some communities have the practice of reciting the Selichot on Saturday night starting about an hour before midnight, i.e. near the beginning of the middle “watch” of the night. Those who did not rise for Selichot at night or before dawn may recite them after daybreak prior to the daily Shacharit morning prayer. “A few supplications with kavanah (proper intention) are better than many without” (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim, 1:4). Many have the custom of fasting on the first day of the Selichot. Those who are unable to fast from food may choose to observe a “fast from speaking”, Ta’anit Dibbur.

Monday night-Tuesday 6-7 September / 28 Elul
Anniversary of the death of King Saul and his three sons at the battle of Mt Gilboa.

Tuesday night-Wednesday 7-8 September / 29 Elul
Eve of Rosh Hashanah

It is customary to rise in the small hours of the night for the lengthy pre-dawn Selichot, known as Brit Yitzhak (“the Covenant of Isaac”), the last service of supplicatory prayers before the Day of Judgment. At the conclusion of the morning service, the Shofar is not blown. It is customary to formally annul any vows one may have made: this is done before a Beit Din of three adult males (not necessarily rabbis) according to the formula printed in the Selichot and Rosh Hashanah Machzor. Many fast today until after midday. It is customary to pray at the graves of the Tzaddikim and to give a sum of money to a righteous person for Pidyon Nefesh, “redemption of the soul”. There is an ancient custom of purchasing a knife on the eve of Rosh Hashanah as a propitious segulah for livelihood. Where possible males should immerse in a mikveh in preparation for Rosh Hashanah.

Eiruv Tavshilin: Since the two days of Yom Tov of Rosh HaShanah (Thursday-Friday 9-10 September) are followed immediately by Shabbat, in order to cook on Yom Tov day for the coming Shabbat, it is necessary to prepare Eiruv Tavshilin on Thursday afternoon prior to the commencement of Yom Tov. For further information on the mitzva of Eiruv Tavshilin click here.

“Finished are the old year and its curses!
Let the New Year and its blessings begin!”

Leshanah Tova Tikatevu Vetichatemu — May you be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year!

The Molad of Tishri is on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 36 minutes and 1 halakim after 7 p.m.

Attributes of the month of Tishri: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: VAV KEH YOD KEH, contained in the final Hebrew letters of the words of the verse vayir’U otaH sareY par’oH, “and the ministers of Pharaoh saw her” (Genesis 11:29). The month’s corresponding letter is: LAMED; Human attribute: COITION; Body Part: GALL BLADDER; Tribe: JOSEPH; Constellation: MOZNA’IM (Libra, the Scales).

Wednesday night-Thursday 8-9 September / 1 Tishri 5771
First day of Rosh Hashanah, New Year
Information about the customs of Rosh Hashanah is widely available in the festival prayer books and online (e.g. at torah.org and chabad.org) and details have therefore not been included in this diary.

Today was the sixth day of the Six Days of Creation. The waters of the flood dried and Noah removed the cover from the ark. Sarah, Rachel and Hannah mother of Samuel were all granted children on this day, and Isaac‘s prayer for Rebecca to give birth was accepted. Sarah was born and died on this day. Isaac blessed Jacob, and Joseph was released from prison. Today is the anniversary of the death from mutilation of Rabbi Amnon of Mainz (author of the Rosh Hashanah prayer Unetanneh Tokef). In 1554 the Talmud and its commentaries were burned in Rome on orders from the pope.

Thursday night-Friday 9-10 September / 2 Tishri
Second day of Rosh Hashanah
Even though all the other Torah-ordained festivals are celebrated for only one day in Israel while Diaspora communities celebrate them for two days, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days even in Israel.

Friday night-Saturday 10-11 September / 3 Tishri
Shabbat SHUVAH, Parshat HA’AZINU
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 32: 1-52. Special Haftara for Shabbat Shuvah: Hosea 14, 2-10; Michah 7, 18-20; Joel 2, 11-27.

At the Shabbat meals many have the custom of dipping the Challah in honey as on Rosh Hashanah, and do the same at the festive meals before and after Yom Kippur, on Succot, Hoshana Rabbah and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah.
It is customary for the rabbi of the community to deliver a special address this Shabbat on the theme of Teshuvah (Repentance) and other timely subjects.
Today is the anniversary of the start of the seven-day Festival of Inauguration of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. It is appropriate to read King Solomon’s prayer (I Kings ch 8).

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham Abele Gombiner, the Magen Avraham (c. 1633-83), author of one of the most important commentaries on Shulchan Aruch, and of Rabbi Yisrael Lipshitz (1782-1860), author of the Tiferet Yisrael commentary on the Mishnah.

* On Saturday night at 02:00 a.m. Israel changes *
from the summertime to wintertime clock

Sunday 12 September / 4 Tishri
Fast of Gedaliah (deferred from Shabbat)
Today’s fast is in memory of Gedaliah son of Achikam, Babylonian-appointed governor of Judaea after the destruction of the First Temple. His assassination (Jeremiah ch. 41) brought the last vestiges of Jewish self-rule in Israel to an end. The fast commences at dawn on Sunday and is observed until nightfall. Selichot are recited today and every weekday until Yom Kippur.

SOURCE:    Kaluach – Easy to use Hebrew/civil calendars
SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

Limud yomi, 26th Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 22
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 21
  • Mishna yomit: Demai 1:1
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 537:16
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 7
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Ha’azinu

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SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

Limud yomi, Shabbat 25th Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 21
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 20
  • Mishna yomit: Peah 8:8
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 537:13
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Nitzavim – Vayelech

Nitzavim – Vayelech
Selichot Ashkenazim
Yishayahu 61:10 – 63:9
Knissat Shabbat: 6:21p
Tzeit Shabbat: 7:37p

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AZAMRA’S DIARY
18-25 Elul 5770
27 August-4 September 2010

During the Elul season of repentance, Israel are like the inhabitants of a city who go out to greet the King in the fields prior to His entry into the city (on Rosh Hashanah), and now each individual has the opportunity to approach the King in person in advance of the coming Day of Judgment.

 

In his old age, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter (1810-83), founder of the Mussar movement, said that he still rememberd how as a small child playing outside in the sand, delaying going home, his sister called him saying: "Yisroel! What are you still playing for? This is the month of Elul! Even the very fish in the sea are trembling in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah!" [We learn that the fish tremble from Psalms 98:6-7: "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar (= Rosh Hashanah), sound the blast before HaShem. Let the sea and all its fullness (= the fish) thunder…"]

Sunday night-Monday 29-30 August / 20 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham ben Naftali Hertz Shternhertz "Kochav Lev" (d. 1955), grandson of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov and leading Breslover elder in Uman and Jerusalem, Israel.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Cahanman (1886-1969), the Ponevitcher Rav and founder of the prestigious Ponevitch Yeshiva, Bnay Brak, Israel, and of Rabbi Mosheh Aryeh Freund (d. 1996), Chief Rabbi of the Eda Charedis of Jerusalem. Both were holocaust survivors who were instrumental in rebuilding Torah institutions after the war.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler (1872-1970), outstanding Tzaddik, Mussar teacher and author of Michtav MiEliyahu.

Thursday night-Friday 2-3 September / 24 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radzin (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim, author of works on the prohibition of evil speech and of Mishneh Berurah on the laws of daily prayer and blessings, Shabbat and festivals.

Friday night-Saturday 3-4 September / 25 Elul

Shabbat Parshat NITZAVIM-VAYELECH
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 and 31:1-30
Haftara: Isaiah 61:10-63:9, seventh and last of the Haftarot of Comfort read between the Fast of Tisha B’Av and Rosh HaShanah.
This is the last Shabbat of the year, and we should make every effort to receive this Shabbat with the greatest joy and devotion.

It is customary NOT to bless the coming month in the Synagogue after the Shabbat Torah reading. This is "in order to outwit the satan" (i.e. not to alert his attention to the coming Day of Judgment in order to avoid his accusations), and in any case, the month of Tishri is so holy that it is "blessed in heaven" instead. However those who have the custom of reciting the entire book of Psalms on Shabbat Mevorchin also do so on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.

According to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, today is the Anniversary of the first of the “Six Days of Creation”, which culminate on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the sixth day of Creation, when Adam was created. On each of these six days the unique light of the associated Sefirah shines in all the worlds.
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Elazar son of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

The Holy Zohar states that at the end of days an awesome event will take place on this date (Balak 212b).

"Everyone who recites Psalm 27, "HaShem is my light", morning and evening from the beginning of Elul until the end of Succot is assured he will live out his years in goodness and pleasantness, and he removes from himself all the accusing forces and nullifies all harsh and evil decrees, and he will win his case in the Judgment" (ARI).

 

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SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

Limud yomi, 24th Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 20
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 19
  • Mishna yomit: Peah 8:6
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 537:10
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 6
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Nitzavim – Vayelech

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AZAMRA’S DIARY
18-25 Elul 5770
27 August-4 September 2010

During the Elul season of repentance, Israel are like the inhabitants of a city who go out to greet the King in the fields prior to His entry into the city (on Rosh Hashanah), and now each individual has the opportunity to approach the King in person in advance of the coming Day of Judgment.

 

In his old age, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter (1810-83), founder of the Mussar movement, said that he still rememberd how as a small child playing outside in the sand, delaying going home, his sister called him saying: "Yisroel! What are you still playing for? This is the month of Elul! Even the very fish in the sea are trembling in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah!" [We learn that the fish tremble from Psalms 98:6-7: "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar (= Rosh Hashanah), sound the blast before HaShem. Let the sea and all its fullness (= the fish) thunder…"]

Sunday night-Monday 29-30 August / 20 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham ben Naftali Hertz Shternhertz "Kochav Lev" (d. 1955), grandson of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov and leading Breslover elder in Uman and Jerusalem, Israel.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Cahanman (1886-1969), the Ponevitcher Rav and founder of the prestigious Ponevitch Yeshiva, Bnay Brak, Israel, and of Rabbi Mosheh Aryeh Freund (d. 1996), Chief Rabbi of the Eda Charedis of Jerusalem. Both were holocaust survivors who were instrumental in rebuilding Torah institutions after the war.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler (1872-1970), outstanding Tzaddik, Mussar teacher and author of Michtav MiEliyahu.

Thursday night-Friday 2-3 September / 24 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radzin (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim, author of works on the prohibition of evil speech and of Mishneh Berurah on the laws of daily prayer and blessings, Shabbat and festivals.

Friday night-Saturday 3-4 September / 25 Elul

Shabbat Parshat NITZAVIM-VAYELECH
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 and 31:1-30
Haftara: Isaiah 61:10-63:9, seventh and last of the Haftarot of Comfort read between the Fast of Tisha B’Av and Rosh HaShanah.
This is the last Shabbat of the year, and we should make every effort to receive this Shabbat with the greatest joy and devotion.

It is customary NOT to bless the coming month in the Synagogue after the Shabbat Torah reading. This is "in order to outwit the satan" (i.e. not to alert his attention to the coming Day of Judgment in order to avoid his accusations), and in any case, the month of Tishri is so holy that it is "blessed in heaven" instead. However those who have the custom of reciting the entire book of Psalms on Shabbat Mevorchin also do so on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.

According to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, today is the Anniversary of the first of the “Six Days of Creation”, which culminate on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the sixth day of Creation, when Adam was created. On each of these six days the unique light of the associated Sefirah shines in all the worlds.
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Elazar son of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

The Holy Zohar states that at the end of days an awesome event will take place on this date (Balak 212b).

"Everyone who recites Psalm 27, "HaShem is my light", morning and evening from the beginning of Elul until the end of Succot is assured he will live out his years in goodness and pleasantness, and he removes from himself all the accusing forces and nullifies all harsh and evil decrees, and he will win his case in the Judgment" (ARI).

 

SOURCE:    Kaluach – Easy to use Hebrew/civil calendars
SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

Limud yomi, 23rd Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 19
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 18
  • Mishna yomit: Peah 8:4
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 537:7
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 5
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Nitzavim – Vayelech

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AZAMRA’S DIARY
18-25 Elul 5770
27 August-4 September 2010

During the Elul season of repentance, Israel are like the inhabitants of a city who go out to greet the King in the fields prior to His entry into the city (on Rosh Hashanah), and now each individual has the opportunity to approach the King in person in advance of the coming Day of Judgment.

 

In his old age, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter (1810-83), founder of the Mussar movement, said that he still rememberd how as a small child playing outside in the sand, delaying going home, his sister called him saying: "Yisroel! What are you still playing for? This is the month of Elul! Even the very fish in the sea are trembling in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah!" [We learn that the fish tremble from Psalms 98:6-7: "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar (= Rosh Hashanah), sound the blast before HaShem. Let the sea and all its fullness (= the fish) thunder…"]

Sunday night-Monday 29-30 August / 20 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham ben Naftali Hertz Shternhertz "Kochav Lev" (d. 1955), grandson of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov and leading Breslover elder in Uman and Jerusalem, Israel.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Cahanman (1886-1969), the Ponevitcher Rav and founder of the prestigious Ponevitch Yeshiva, Bnay Brak, Israel, and of Rabbi Mosheh Aryeh Freund (d. 1996), Chief Rabbi of the Eda Charedis of Jerusalem. Both were holocaust survivors who were instrumental in rebuilding Torah institutions after the war.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler (1872-1970), outstanding Tzaddik, Mussar teacher and author of Michtav MiEliyahu.

Thursday night-Friday 2-3 September / 24 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radzin (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim, author of works on the prohibition of evil speech and of Mishneh Berurah on the laws of daily prayer and blessings, Shabbat and festivals.

Friday night-Saturday 3-4 September / 25 Elul

Shabbat Parshat NITZAVIM-VAYELECH
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 and 31:1-30
Haftara: Isaiah 61:10-63:9, seventh and last of the Haftarot of Comfort read between the Fast of Tisha B’Av and Rosh HaShanah.
This is the last Shabbat of the year, and we should make every effort to receive this Shabbat with the greatest joy and devotion.

It is customary NOT to bless the coming month in the Synagogue after the Shabbat Torah reading. This is "in order to outwit the satan" (i.e. not to alert his attention to the coming Day of Judgment in order to avoid his accusations), and in any case, the month of Tishri is so holy that it is "blessed in heaven" instead. However those who have the custom of reciting the entire book of Psalms on Shabbat Mevorchin also do so on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.

According to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, today is the Anniversary of the first of the “Six Days of Creation”, which culminate on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the sixth day of Creation, when Adam was created. On each of these six days the unique light of the associated Sefirah shines in all the worlds.
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Elazar son of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

The Holy Zohar states that at the end of days an awesome event will take place on this date (Balak 212b).

"Everyone who recites Psalm 27, "HaShem is my light", morning and evening from the beginning of Elul until the end of Succot is assured he will live out his years in goodness and pleasantness, and he removes from himself all the accusing forces and nullifies all harsh and evil decrees, and he will win his case in the Judgment" (ARI).

 

SOURCE:    Kaluach – Easy to use Hebrew/civil calendars
SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel

Limud yomi, 22nd Elul, 5770

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  • Daf yomi: Avodah Zarah 18
  • Yerushalmi yomi: Terumot 17
  • Mishna yomit: Peah 8:2
  • Halacha yomit: Orach Chaim 537:4
  • Tanach yomi: Divrei Hayamim Seder 4
  • Shabbat Parshiot: Nitzavim – Vayelech

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AZAMRA’S DIARY
18-25 Elul 5770
27 August-4 September 2010

During the Elul season of repentance, Israel are like the inhabitants of a city who go out to greet the King in the fields prior to His entry into the city (on Rosh Hashanah), and now each individual has the opportunity to approach the King in person in advance of the coming Day of Judgment.

 

In his old age, Rabbi Yisroel Salanter (1810-83), founder of the Mussar movement, said that he still rememberd how as a small child playing outside in the sand, delaying going home, his sister called him saying: "Yisroel! What are you still playing for? This is the month of Elul! Even the very fish in the sea are trembling in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah!" [We learn that the fish tremble from Psalms 98:6-7: "With trumpets and the sound of the shofar (= Rosh Hashanah), sound the blast before HaShem. Let the sea and all its fullness (= the fish) thunder…"]

Sunday night-Monday 29-30 August / 20 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avraham ben Naftali Hertz Shternhertz "Kochav Lev" (d. 1955), grandson of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov and leading Breslover elder in Uman and Jerusalem, Israel.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Cahanman (1886-1969), the Ponevitcher Rav and founder of the prestigious Ponevitch Yeshiva, Bnay Brak, Israel, and of Rabbi Mosheh Aryeh Freund (d. 1996), Chief Rabbi of the Eda Charedis of Jerusalem. Both were holocaust survivors who were instrumental in rebuilding Torah institutions after the war.

Today is also the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler (1872-1970), outstanding Tzaddik, Mussar teacher and author of Michtav MiEliyahu.

Thursday night-Friday 2-3 September / 24 Elul

Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radzin (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Chaim, author of works on the prohibition of evil speech and of Mishneh Berurah on the laws of daily prayer and blessings, Shabbat and festivals.

Friday night-Saturday 3-4 September / 25 Elul

Shabbat Parshat NITZAVIM-VAYELECH
Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 and 31:1-30
Haftara: Isaiah 61:10-63:9, seventh and last of the Haftarot of Comfort read between the Fast of Tisha B’Av and Rosh HaShanah.
This is the last Shabbat of the year, and we should make every effort to receive this Shabbat with the greatest joy and devotion.

It is customary NOT to bless the coming month in the Synagogue after the Shabbat Torah reading. This is "in order to outwit the satan" (i.e. not to alert his attention to the coming Day of Judgment in order to avoid his accusations), and in any case, the month of Tishri is so holy that it is "blessed in heaven" instead. However those who have the custom of reciting the entire book of Psalms on Shabbat Mevorchin also do so on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah.

According to the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer HaGadol, today is the Anniversary of the first of the “Six Days of Creation”, which culminate on the first day of Rosh HaShanah, the sixth day of Creation, when Adam was created. On each of these six days the unique light of the associated Sefirah shines in all the worlds.
Today is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Elazar son of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

The Holy Zohar states that at the end of days an awesome event will take place on this date (Balak 212b).

"Everyone who recites Psalm 27, "HaShem is my light", morning and evening from the beginning of Elul until the end of Succot is assured he will live out his years in goodness and pleasantness, and he removes from himself all the accusing forces and nullifies all harsh and evil decrees, and he will win his case in the Judgment" (ARI).

 

SOURCE:    Kaluach – Easy to use Hebrew/civil calendars
SOURCE: Azamra Institute – Jerusalem, Israel