August 4, 2008

Keep Torah exciting for ones family

Filed under: Blog Torah,My childhood, What went wrong, What went right? — Reb Moshe @ 1:12 am

It is important when doing mitzvos in front of our families and children to do so with extra enthusiasm. The kids should see us getting into the shabbos suidos, singing with gusto and taste our love for Hashem. This really is the way to give over our Jewish tradition. My father always made sure to wake up extra early before I got up so that when I came downstairs in the morning, he was already studying Torah. When I returned from school in the afternoon, he also made sure his books were open and he greeted me with Torah thoughts he learned that day. Also, even though I caught him sometimes turning off the news radio and grabbing his book really fast, his heart was in what he was doing. Giving me over the Torah in such a way that I would continue it. His love for Torah was unquestionable. So we must follow this way, showing our kids and family that Torah is apart of us so they can continue this when they grow up. Another thing overlooked by many, this point was brought up to me by Rabbi Mann, it is important ones wife sees her husband learning. If he is always studying at yeshiva or at shirim, the Torah doesn’t feel real enough to her in her own home. You have to make some noise at home as well for every ones sake, including your own.
People ask me often what to do about their unaffiliated Jewish families and I tell them, show them how Torah has changed you for the better. Nobody can overlook and deny your devotion to Judaism when they see right before them a better person. Study is to bring us to action and better character traits otherwise, one is missing the point.

5 Comments

  1. How do you feel about women learning Gemara? I hear some people have problems when women learn certain things, that tanach is for women, and Shaas is for men.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 4, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  2. You trying to get me in trouble here?

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 4, 2008 @ 1:55 am

  3. heehee

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 4, 2008 @ 5:50 am

  4. Well I am pretty right on this, I mean, leaning towards the write. Well if you think I am wright. I think most men learn gemarah, talmud before then can walk. People think you can just hand a guy a talmud who has never learned Torah before and suddenly his life will suddenly be in order. Most of these people will never learn a real blot of gemarah in their life because they haven’t learned the prelimanary study, Tanach and Mishna. Now you want to ask me about women? First find me men who I think are ready to learn talmud. (Recent generations of Rabbis have really felt Talmud study by unlearned men is important since most will not have time to learn the required daily study men need and Talmud includes all within itself. Therefore, I do encorage Daf Yomi & Talmud but the point of the previous Rabbis on this subject has been forgotten and it is nessesary to answer with a heavy hammer to remind the world the neccesary preperation any true scholar would make before ever learning Talmud in previous generations.

    I have yet to find many women who knew basic halachos which apply to them to live as a Torah Jew. Years of Bais Yaakov is waisted teaching subjects and study which neither applies nor is helpful to them to live. Young ladies are like gormet shefs who are never taught to make a simple penut butter sandwitch. I would venture to say that 70% of kosher homes you can’t eat in do to a lack of educating women kosherous laws while instead they are geneouses in midrashim and other studies. 1 out of 100 religious Jewish homes are aware of the extensive search and cleaning of vegatables one must do before serving them do to the increase of bug problems )

    Since Asa made me bite my tougue, he will respond to the rest of the posts here on this subject so I can still have visitors & friends.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — August 4, 2008 @ 7:03 am

  5. Well, the point of women knowing halochos of Kashrus you said, well this can also be what you said in the original post when a man should learn infront of his wife. I aldo heard that it is good for a husband and wife to learn Torah together. So maybe they should be learning Halachos of Kashres! 😛

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — August 4, 2008 @ 9:20 am

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