December 30, 2015

Shabbos for study

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:58 pm

For those that work hard all week long and don’t have as much time to study Torah. During shabbos alone, you can accomplish a weeks worth of Torah study, but you must study every moment an with all your heart. I discovered this when I was a CEO of a company and worked 70 hours a week. When it came to shabbos, I would study every second and he Torah was open for me… So close up the magazines, limit the shmuzzing and study Torah! It’s your gift to take!

Life is a candlestick chart

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:57 pm

Life is a candlestick chart, you have to build resistance and watch for the turning points. You have to go with the momentum to your advantage. Ride the Fibonacci waves with patience expecting for every up in life there might be a 30% relapse but soon you will go back up if you hold on tightly. When your down, that is when you buy into life as how you serve Hashem when your down, in simple and joyous ways is more important then how you serve Him when your up. When your up, that is when you need to sell, giving to others life. Don’t be greedy but give to others when you feel well and are in a good position in your life. (I traded stocks and forex for years. I hope you like the analogy) We also learn in graphing that you should never rely totally on the charts. There are other factors that come into play and you have to be ready for anything. Never let your emotions completely dictate your decisions and do your research. Learn from others & see how other traders are currently finding success. The same is true in living a Torah lifestyle and investing in yourself. This is your winning stock play, live life smart.

The morning blessing

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:54 pm

The morning blessings all made sense to me this morning but one, “Raka Haretz Al Hamayim.” What does it matter to me the first thing in the morning that Hashem makes a separation of the earth and water? So I was thinking on this and I realized that we can relate to this blessing in the following way. Without having a foundation and schedual, our life could literally be in shambles. So I am asking Hashem, please let my life make sense today. Let me be organized, let me separate like the earth and water, that my life should be in its place. That everything should go smoothly and be successful today. Blessings….

December 17, 2015

New Torah thoughts

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 4:26 pm

Our Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) wants us to think that we are stagnant in our spiritual growth because we see our daily challenges becoming stronger and we thereby overlook our constant spiritual improvements. Every day bares a new set of challenges that we grow from.The greater the person, the stronger his Yetzer Hara becomes. This causes our good deeds to become overlooked. We believe we are stuck in the same place yet we are far from that place. We only seem to notice the stronger Yetzer Hara but we don’t see our stronger Yetzer HaTov. My friends, don’t compare your soul to another, be the best that you can be. Only joy will help you realize how far you have come and grown. Your really not stuck like you think, your free. Now live your life as a free man. Why do we say the daily passages about going out of Egypt in the prayer service? It is to remind us that Hashem is taking us out every day from the grips of negativity. We are free men to grow and prosper. The Yetzer Hara wants us to think we are in constant captivity but Torah study frees us from his grips. So no, your not stagnant at all. It is only his allusion. A free man is above his Yeter Hara, he is above his imagination & thereby doesn’t fear the angels. Through Torah study and prayer, he is never stagnant but is mastering his soul every day. So don’t look backwards and see only the challenges, take hold of your good points and bask into the light of the Shechinah.

October 11, 2015

A page of Talmud is alive

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 3:51 pm

A page of Talmud is alive, in it contains all elements, fire, water, air and earth. Inside it is debates, peace, holiness, bible, mishnah, stories and all wisdom. If a person puts their mind and heart into the Talmud, instead of experiencing many difficult trials in life, they instead pass these tests through study of Talmud alone. Since I started learning 4 Hours of Talmud a day, I feel much less suffering in my life, days and weeks feel more complete. I suffer in comprehending a sugya instead of being out and about on the streets of the world. I found a home. A place to run too when all else is kayos. My holy friends, you too can return home and begin your Talmud study today.

June 22, 2015

Bais Shami, Bais Hillel

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:27 pm

In the old days, we used to be able to pick who we wanted to paskin by, Bais Shemai or Bais Hillel. The gemarah says that someone should just pick one way or the other and hold by everything that Rabbi does and not pick and choose. Someone who would take all the leniency from both would be called wicked, while one who picked one Rabbi and added the stringency of the other would be considered a fool. Then a Bas Kol came down & said we paskin by Bais Hillel. Why Bais Hillel, because he was humble. This gemarah in Erivin got me thinking about how many of us pick and choose what we like in Judaism and from different Rabbis and how it sometimes confuses us. Then again, it isn’t so simple as we don’t have Rabbis the caliber of Bais Shimai and Hillel. The purpose of gemarahs in Bavli is to make us think so I leave this open to you as well to think over after-all, the Bas Kol came down to tell us to go with the humblest opinion until the times of the Moshiach.

May 14, 2015

Importance of studying in order

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 4:43 pm

A friend who is a Talmud Chachaim said to me yesterday… I wish i could do it all over, I would learn Tanach, Mishnah, then Talmud… the system messed me up. I can’t tell you how important it is to learn Torah in order. It builds structure to your learning. When i was around 23 I finished Zohar and my Rabbi (Hornotyple Rebbe) told me, your doing it all wrong, First Tanach, Then Mishnah, Then Talmuld and then Kabbalah. He saved me by telling me this… But now if you attend a kollel, they don’t let you just learn what you want so you can’t start over and fix what you missed as you have no time… but for us not stuck in the system… we can do it right! So if you can, study in order and build yourself a base. You won’t regret it!

May 8, 2015

The Secret Ketoris

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 12:09 am

The Malas Ashan was the secret ingredient in the Ketoris, spice offered to Hashem in the Temple every morning & afternoon. It was a secret ingredient that one family kept private between them. It allowed the smoke arising from the offering to go straight up to Heaven in a perfect vertical line & made the offering pleasing to Hashem. It says in Talmud Jerushalmi, Yoma, that if sweet honey were to be added to the Ketoris, the world would not be able to tolerate the sweetness of the Ketoris. Twice daily we have the opportunity to offer this very same offering to Hashem in our heart felt prayers before Pesukay Dezimra and before Ashrai at Mincha prayers. We may not have the secret Malas Ashan but we have the sincerity of our heartfelt prayers to Hashem which replace this special spice. The Ketoris was the first offering every morning… it opened the gates for the Tamid & the lighting of the menorah that followed. It too can open up gates of Heaven for you so do not take this prayer lightly. It’s power is to sweeten your entire life, the same as its aroma once filled the Hillsides of Jerusalem for miles and miles every morning. If you close your eyes, you too can smell it even today as the Malas Ashan because Chazal has taught us that the Karbonos, offerings on the holy Alter have now been replaced by our heartfelt prayers… so if you don’t know what to do, recite the holy Ketoris with all the love in your heart and the gates shall open to you.

January 1, 2015

Talmud Yerushalmi

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 3:00 am

Having finished Shas Bavli, I now started learning Brachos Yerushalmi…

Learning Talmud Yerushalmi is like drinking old aged wine. You can’t really describe it to someone else, they have to taste it themselves to believe it…

December 30, 2014

Finishing Shas

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 3:56 pm

I am happy to have finished the learning of Shas, the entire Talmud. I’m now starting the Jerusalem Talmud. I am so excited to start this new project… The Jerusalem talmud was compiled a before the Bavli… they say that the Bavli is more complete but to study the first and most original compilation of the Talmud is amazing. It reminds me of the study of the Bahir and the Zohar… Even though the zohar is the main body of Kabbalah study, the smaller bahir came first and its simpleness is full of the holiest light.

June 11, 2014

Holy Tzizzis

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 12:13 am

In my meditation tonight, I looked down from outside myself and observed my Tzizzis. As we learn, the Tzizzis are connected to the 613 Commandments of the Torah and are there to protect us. I observed that not only were they protecting me but the wool was shining on white fire along with the strings and the black strips, which were in black fire. They were glowing with the Shechinah which was surrounding me because of this important mitzvah. It helped me realize when we do any mitzvah that uses a physical object that we are commanded to perform, it truly surrounds us with blessings and light. We should appreciate these moments and realize how important they are for our souls.

May 29, 2014

Sefer is finished

Filed under: Blog Torah,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 6:54 pm

The sefer, book Yom Leyom is now finished today on Shmuel HaNavi’s memorial.

Boruch Hashem!

Sefer Yom Leyom, Spreading Kindness

Filed under: Blog Torah,Sefer Yom Lyom — Reb Moshe @ 6:53 pm

Sefer Yom Leyom, Spreading Kindness

1. If people had more respect for one another through kind deeds, the redemption would take place immediately.
2. Some people find it easier to spread their kindness among people they relate too or who are family. The real test is being kind to truly others who are different then yourself.
3. People who know how to look upon others with a good eye are doing themselves and this person a great favor.
4. When your kind to others, you feel good and complete inside.
5. Giving your energy to another helps you to take your mind off your own problems.
6. The more you give of yourself to others, the more you share in the midos of Hashem and unite with Him.
7. Kindness to another is everlasting.
8. As long as you have you basic needs, it is more important to give to others then to yourself.
9. Sweet and caring words to another person have the ability to give them life.
10. Most people need more favors in their life but are too embarrassed to ask someone to help them.
11. Don’t wait for someone to ask for assistance, look for the opportunity and volunteer.
12. A person is sometimes stuck in a loop of life’s pressures and only another person with a kind heart get top the cycle for them.
13. Giving money to another person is a great kindness and Hashem will always return to you the favor.
14. We learn how to be kind to others from Hashem. If you appreciate the kindness Hashem does for you, you too will then seek out methods to follow in His footsteps.
15. Sometimes taking better care of yourself is also being kind to those who depend on you.
16. Your family always need more love and compassion. Increase the quality of time you spend with them and kind deeds you do for them. Sometimes they feel ignored and hurt that they are neglected while you do kindness to others.
17. There are some people that simply don’t know how to be nice to others. They carry around so much pain that they just act out of survival mode.
18. The people receiving your kind act are able to tell if its with your heart or through forceful circumstances. Therefore, if you going to do an act of chesed, do it with all your heart.

Sefer Yom Leyom, Calming Passions

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Sefer Yom Leyom, Calming Passions

1. The more you feed your passions, the stronger the cravings become.
2. If a person would just wait a few minutes, a few hours, maybe even a few days before following their erges, they would slowly dissipate on their own.
3. Decisions made out of passion and love don’t always work out the way you expected them too.
4. Should you not be able to control your thoughts, simply switch them to another direction and eventually they will go away. This is because a person can only have one clear thought at a time.
5. Trying to control ones passions without the study of the torah is similar to trying to put out a fire without any water.
6. Say Shema with concentration and it will help you that moment to subdue your desires.
7. People go after passions sometimes just from habit without any true craving. This is because the sin has become second nature to you. These are the most difficult sins to rid yourself of and the only remedy is more Torah study, mikvah and keeping yourself busy with other things.
8. The Tzaddik is able to help you calm your passions but you must be willing to lower your pride to talk to him about it.
9. Often people crave things which are not good for them because their imagination is lacking holiness and the knowledge of what is truly important. Your soul and health.
10. Elevate your passion by finding some comparison in the midah in Hashem.
11. When you have a strong desire for something physical, teach yourself to wait and take a step back to evaluate if its truly important.
12. There is nothing greater then true passion for Torah and mitzvos.
13. Learn to become a balanced person so that you never act completely on emotion.
14. Passions change over time and you find new items to have desires for.
15. Ask a friend if your desire is practical or not.
16. Passion can overwhelm the mind so much that you forget about the Torah and Hashem.
17. If your happy, you can control your passions and desires better.
18. Think about the Sefirah of Chesed, Love and direct your thoughts there so that you elevate the passions of love to return to their source in holiness instead of the mundane.

Sefer Yom Leyom, Introduction / Index

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Sefer Yom Leyom, Day by Day

Index

Part 1.

50 Chapters of Binah, Understanding

1………………………………………………… Wisdom
2………………………………………………… Repentance
3………………………………………………….Healing
4………………………………………………….Soul
5………………………………………………….Natures Beauty
6………………………………………………….Laziness
7………………………………………………….Land of Israel
8………………………………………………….Moshiach
9………………………………………………….Worldly Pleasures
10………………………………………………..Miracles
11…………………………………………………Peace
12…………………………………………………Grace
13…………………………………………………Marriage
14…………………………………………………Memory
15…………………………………………………Success
16…………………………………………………Evil Thoughts
17…………………………………………………Seclusion
18…………………………………………………Segulos
19…………………………………………………Judgment
20…………………………………………………Traveling
21…………………………………………………Modesty
22…………………………………………………Wealth
23…………………………………………………A Persons Home
24…………………………………………………Hospitality
25…………………………………………………Truth
26…………………………………………………Torah Study
27…………………………………………………Tzaddikim, Sages
28…………………………………………………Yom Tov
29…………………………………………………Sleep
30…………………………………………………Work
31………………………………………………….Chatzos / Midnight
32………………………………………………….Prayer 1
33………………………………………………….Prayer 2
34………………………………………………….Fear of Hashem
35………………………………………………….Friendships
36………………………………………………….Wake up
37………………………………………………….Happiness
38………………………………………………….Pride / Humility
39………………………………………………….Shabbos
40………………………………………………….Anger
41………………………………………………….Music
42………………………………………………….Speech
43………………………………………………….Advice
44…………………………………………………..Spiritual Visions
45…………………………………………………..Eating Properly
46…………………………………………………..Children
47…………………………………………………..Daily Practices Part 1
48…………………………………………………..Daily Practices Part 2
49…………………………………………………..Calming Passions?
50…………………………………………………..Spreading Kindness

Part 2.
Various Torah’s throughout the years
(excerpts from blog and Torah’s from ilovetorah website)

Overview:

With the help of Hashem, I am pleased to complete my forth work in the writings of Torah. This sefer was written on my blog throughout the years as I was spreading the light of Torah to the masses. It was started while I lived in the holy city of Tzfat and it has been completed in the holy city Jerusalem.

Inspired by simplicity and covering many aspects of ones life, Sefer Yom Leyom which is the first part of this work is divided into 50 chapters comprising of advice on various topics. Some of the teachings and thoughts were purposely not completed in order that the person reach deeper within themselves to think how the concept mentioned could be applied in practical ways. Other teachings come right to the point and can hit a person like an arrow to the heart.

King Solomon pointed out, “There is nothing new under the sun”. (Proverbs) Therefore as much as these were original chiddushim, their sources come from the Torah and Sages. Every concept is therefore emes, truth and meant to help you find practical answers that you can apply to your every day life. Sometimes it takes a simple proverb and concept to enlighten your path.

Introduction:

The soul of a Jew is from the highest levels of purity, having sparks of G-Dliness reaching higher then the purest of angels on high. When we comprehend our own strength, then we will connect to the higher levels of our soul root and perfect our souls as intended. It is for this reason that we have been created and it is the test of each of us to strive for this perfection.

It is the confusions of this world that seem to get the better of us and separate us from our soul root. We are constantly seeking practical advise and words of comfort to get us through each day. Yom Leyom, day by day we have to take one step at a time and make a new beginning in our service of Hashem.

The wisdom of our sages are here to guide us as they have trodden the same paths we are currently following, yet they seem to have overcome all the obstacles they were faced with. So too, we have the inner strength and guidance from the Torah to do the same.

We shouldn’t need the Rabbis to hold our hands and to think for us. Our souls already are completely attached to the Creator on high. It is just that we are filled with too many confusions to listen to the inner messages our soul sends us.

Through humility we are able to start to listen to the calls of our soul and to open the channels of Binah. Each sage with precision has attempted to climb these 50 gates of Binah seeking perfect understanding. Some fell down after a few gates and then preserved climbing even greater hits. Others fell and never returned. A few of our great Rabbis reached the 49th and 50th gates through constant effort.

As you get closer to true understanding and the emes, the battlefield gets more gruesome. Sparks are flying in all directions, some from points of good and others from bad places trying to knock you off course. It takes Chochmah, wisdom to duck these negative sparks and go around them to reach the next higher level. Only through the study of the Torah will a person have the wisdom to know right from wrong, truth from falsehood at these horizons and thereby make the right choices.

My holy friends, you must persevere and fight the storms that confuse you, trying to take you off course. The sages are there to help you but only you can fight this inner battle between the yetzer hara and yetzer hatov. It is within your power to knock down each obstacle with grace and courageousness like a lion seeking its prey.

Should you overcome the tests in life you are faced with, there is endless reward in this world and the world to come. Even though each of us are faced with different tasks, we are still one and the same. The ladder might be a different color but it has the same amount of steps on it. Steps which may appear slippery at first but are climbable using the tools given to us from the Torah.

You could take the easy way out and stay on the same level. That is what most people do. They are comfortable with where they are holding in life and some have accepted with peace their sins, continuing to act upon them daily.

To rise above the status quo and be a light unto the nations, you can never be satisfied with your current state of being. You have to understand where you are truly holding in madrega and yet strive to accomplish much more. The light of Hashem and pureness has to thirst within your very bones and sinews. It must do so to such an extent that your willing to do anything for Hashem, even to cast away the pleasures of this world.

Yom Leyom, day by day, you must crave Hashem and give all your very being to His service. A day that you didn’t give 100% effort is a day lost forever. Not only this but it will effect the next days service and you will feel as if you need to catch up to your previous level instead of climbing the next step where you truly belonged.

Do not worry though, this is to be expected from time to time as we are not angels living in a completely pure world. We are human and we will fall often. These falls are painful to our souls and sometimes leave us in the state of feeling completely alone. During these periods, may Sefer Yom Leyom, be a comfort to you and help you make a fresh start with the daat from our holy sages. To reach a completeness of self and to bring about rectifications to all mankind.