Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Toras Purim 5775 Part 3: A Couple of Random Remazim Noticed During Mikrah Megillah


Mishloach Manos means to send one maneh and other maneh. HaMelech and Haman - the adversaries of the Megillah - are each 95 in gematria. So is maneh. Two manos are the two 95. Ish l'rayaihu. Mordechai is the Ish Yehudi and Rayaihu - Haman ha'Ra ha'zeh.


Lech kenos es kol ha'Yehudim. See what we wrote at about kiso, ka'aso, koso. Kenos is also a breaking of the concealment. What breaks it? Well kenos is 136 in gematria - tzom, kol, mammom, as in teshuva tefilla u'tzedaka. The nun-vav that actually break apart the kisui are 56 - 4 times yad (14). If we stretch out our hands to Heaven, middah k'neged middah, kivyachol Hashem extends His hands towards us.

For the record: My shittah on Ta'aniyos D'Rabbanan

On the off-chance that someone cares :-) ...

According to my best understandings of the issues,

if you go to you will find many zmanim.

A Rabbinic fast, I believe, should be commenced at the zman of 72 minutes as 16.1 degrees (not 72 fixed minutes) and may be concluded at the zman identified as that of Rabbi [Yechiel Michel] Tukaccinsky (27 minutes as degrees), or for one having difficulties, at the zman identified as that of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadai, the Ba'al HaTanya (24 minutes as degrees - which, according to Rabbi Dr. Yehuda (Leo) Levi is 5.95 degrees).

Toras Purim 5775 Part 2: Kayin, Agag, Haman

The Torah Sheleimah brings down a medrash on Kidmas Eden - where Kayin was banished - that Hayah Kayin Rosh La'Mis'adnim b'Olam Hazeh - the head of those who luxuriate in this world. But what kind of luxury?

The Izhbitzer on Vayeilech Elav Agag Ma'adonos (Mei Ha'Shilo'ach vol. 2) says that Ma'adanos indicates that Agag on the surface seemed naki b'middos (of a pure character) and possessed of yishuv ha'da'as - tranquillity and equanimity. It is in this respect that Amalek is like a pig (the Gemara at the beginning of Bava Kamma says this with reference to Esav) - as he extends his hooves and says he is tahor.

Rav Hutner (Pachad Yitzchok, Purim 29) extends the ma'adonos idea to Haman's ostensible kavod malchus shomayim (honoring Hashem) in offering the 10,000 talents of silver in lieu of the 600,000 half-shelkels.

I once asked HG"R Simcha Zissel Broide zt"l about the Slabodka perspective on Esav - and confirmed that it is that if he were to walk into a Beis Medrash he would walk in (figuratively) in a frock and homburg and we would perceive him as someone to put on the Mizrach.

The yetzer ho'ra of ta'avah - Achashverosh - is apparent. The yetzer ho'ra of kinah - Kayin, Agag, Haman - is not.

There is no kelipah of Yishmael identified by the Mekkubalim that has seeped into Am Yisroel. There is kelipah of Amalek.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The fuller First Knessia Gedola video with ID's

The full video. I recently met someone who said he strives to live in the 1920's. I recently was asked myself when I wish I would have lived. I said either at the beginning of the 20th century or between the wars. Those were heroic times! 


מיי ומי ההולכים בצילום הנ"ל:

 הג"ר אברהם צבי פרלמוטר אב"ד ורשא ונציג אגו"י בסיים 0:27
האדמו"ר ר' ישראל פרידמן מצ'ורטקוב 0:47
רשכבה"ג נשיא הדורות החפץ חיים זי"ע 0:57
מלווה בבנו מצד אחד ומצד שני נכדו הגר"א קפלן הי"ד 0:57
האדמו"ר מסוקולוב ר' יצחק זליג מורגנשטרן הי"ד 1:47
הג"ר אשר מיכאל [דר. ארתור] כהן אב"ד באזל 1:57
הג"ר יהודא ליב צירלסון אב"ד קישנב הי"ד 2:05
הג"ר אלנן וסרמן הי"ד 2:22
ר' אשר מנדלסון מראשי אגו"י בפולין ונציג בסיים 2:28
הג"ר פנחס דר. קאהן אב"ד אנסבך 2:56
הג"ר טוביה הורויץ אב"ד סנוק 3:02
מורנו רבי יעקב רוזנהיים נשיא אגו"י 3:16
הג"ר אליהו [דר. ליאו] יונג רב ג'ואיש סנטר ניו יורק 3:55
הג"ר מאיר דר. הילדסהיימר מברלין 3:16
הרב שפיצר נציג אגו"י מהונגריה 3:58
הג"ר יחזקאל סרנא אח"כ ראש ישיבת חברון 4:13
רבי משה בלוי מירושלים 4:28
הג"ר טוביה דר. לוונשטיין אב"ד ציריך 4:34

 Kikar HaShabbat has a slightly different list: 

 אלו גדולי ישראל שתועדו עם "החפץ חיים" • מיוחד - כיכר השבת