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June 2, 2012
June 6, 2012 8:16 AM
daily learning laws of lashon hara
You suggested studying the laws of lashon hara. There's a free daily email I get from Mishmeret HaShalom, a terrific organization that's dedicated to promoting the daily study of these laws and peaceful interpersonal relationships. The cycle is four months and the daily lessons take about a minute to read so it's easy to complete. The newest cycle began about two weeks ago so it's still early on and not to late to join. It ends the day before Rosh Hashana - great preparation for the New Year! To sign up, email email@example.com.
June 5, 2012 4:34 PM
Important things left out
I am a fan of Mrs. Palatnik's videos but I think she neglected some important info. The Rabbi who proposed the idea of Daf Yomi was Rav Meir Shapira and an important part of the idea is that Jews al over the world would be studying the same thing at the same time. A jew could travel to another city and as long as he could find a Daf Yomi shiur he could sit in on that shiur and be at the same point in his learning.
Another important point is that it isn't really a page per day but a folio per day. Both sides of of the page are learned per day.
Another important point is that Rav Shapira wanted parts of the Talmud that were less frequently studied in Yeshivot to get more attention. The idea of studying something is great but perhaps studying as book in Tanaakh that one hasn't studied at all before would be even better.
Finally, it takes almost 7 and a half years to finish a cycle, not 7. This cycle began on March 2, 2005. IY"H I'll be completing my first cycle this August with friends from the shiur of which I am a participant.
June 4, 2012 6:11 PM
Great message that any of us can pick something to learn and grow and celebrate together. May we continue to spread the light .
It's interesting that this celebration takes place during the olympics. So we have a choice and can show where our priorities are :)
June 4, 2012 12:22 AM
Then and Now
In times past, we didn’t ask our womenfolk to engage in study and complete a work of learning. We taught them to pick up a Tehilim (Book of Psalms) and recite from it. All day long, using every spare moment at their disposal, they would hold the Tehilim in their hand and read fervently and longingly from its pages. Often times, they were tear-soaked pages, bearing witness to the cries and exasperations emanating from the hearts of their faith-saturated readers. Today, though, it’s different, because a lot of us are first learning about our Jewish heritage. We have to get to where we can begin to experience the aura of our Jewish faith and mode of existence. So taking in as much information from the extant literature as possible is definitely a fruitful way of going about it. Considered in this context, Mrs. Palatnik’s point is very well taken.
June 3, 2012 8:21 PM
Live! in the moment
Lori,you are so right!Lately I have been going round asking people what does it mean to live in the moment
I hadnt really got a satisfactory answer until I came across your dvar Torah.Living in the moment means learning Torah,being engaged in the journey and a constant dveikut to Hashem in all situations.Thank you and Shavua Tov!
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