Monday, April 16, 2012

Rav Yoel Schwartz on 5761

Updated

Hebrewbooks.org just recently added a 52-page book by Rav Yoel Schwartz on the year 5761, which can be found here.  It appears to have been written before 9/11, so it doesn't reference that monumental event, but it nevertheless has very interesting information.

First, he expands on the idea of the obligation to contemplate world events starting on p. 5

He then summarizes the statements from various rabbis about the year 5760 and why they didn't pan out.

Next, he goes through various events that occurred in 5760 and 5761 and analyzes each one.

Finally, there is an appendix which compares the Oslo Accords with the Sin of the Golden Calf.

Great reading!

Update:  There is another great book by Rav Schwartz also recently added that was written in 1980 - התקופה ומשמעותה - that talks about End of Days issues back then.  The last half of the book (starting on p. 21) talks about 37 practical things we can do to help bring the Geula closer.

9 Comments:

At Mon Apr 16, 09:23:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

Hashem gave us 613 mitsvot in order that at least one we do Leshem Shammaim in order to get Olam Haba. Everybody should pick at least ONE MITSVA and do it LIHATHILA in the best possible way(No matter what, you have to do it constantly). Everybody has his/her beloved Mitsva and this is the one of my beloved Mitsva. Baruch Hashem.
THE FIRST TO ARRIVE AT THE SYNAGOUGUE
Whoever comes first to the Shul should recite the following verse(Proverbs ch.8verse 17):"I love those who love Me". (ANI OHAVAI EHAV UMSHACHARAI IMTSAUNENI). The esoteric significance behind this is found in the Zohar on Parashat Terumah(page 131 side a). "Come and see, that first one in the synagogue is fortunate, for he is on the level of righteous individual with the Divine Presence. And this is the secret of 'those who seek Me will find Me.'"It is the one who ascends the highest level."
The Zohar discusses this issue further at great length. It is possible that this is the secret of the extra letter "nun" in the spelling of the Hebrew word for 'will find Me', which is known to allude to the fifty Gates of Wisdom from which righteous individual is influenced.
Also, I learned from my Rabbi that this Mitsva is also the Tikun for pagum a brit, not necessary in this world it might be the tikkun for the previos lives.
We should all complete all Mitsvot Lihathila and Besimha.

 
At Tue Apr 17, 08:11:00 AM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

I've heard a story from my Rabbi.
Once a simple Jew came to a Rav of that city and said to him: "I know that we have 613 Mitsvot and I only agree to keep 1 Mitsva. Whci one should I keep. The Rebbe thought about it and said:"Keep Kashrut".
When this simple Jew left him, his talmidem ask Rabbi, why Kashrut? There are so many other important Mitsvot like Shabbat, Yom Kippur etc.
The Rabbi said: "Because the kosher food is so holly that one who constantly eat it only kosher, at the end will do all the mtsvot".

 
At Tue Apr 17, 12:39:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

You can listen Parashat Shmini about importance of being KOSHER
http://www.learntorah.com/lt-shiur-details.aspx?id=348

 
At Tue Apr 17, 12:44:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Moshe, while all your comments are interesting, worthwhile reading, and always enjoyable, they are unrelated to the post.

You seem to have a lot to say, so why not start a blog of your own? Meanwhile, let's try to keep the comments here close to the topic at hand. Thanks.

 
At Tue Apr 17, 01:10:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

I thought saying words of Torah and saying about Mitsvot is the prioritet for Moshiah blogs to bring people closer to Hakadosh Baruhu.
If you wish not to post it, no problem, I will not.

 
At Tue Apr 17, 02:37:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

I agree with your statement, but there is a time and place.

I probably need to periodically make an open thread where you can post on whatever topic you want. However, blogging protocol dictates that comments should stay on topic.

Thanks for understanding.

 
At Tue Apr 17, 02:43:00 PM 2012, Blogger Moshe said...

No, you don't have to. I will not post unrelated topics anymore.
Thank you for great topics, it is pleasure to read them.

 
At Tue Apr 17, 06:13:00 PM 2012, Anonymous r.n.o said...

hi, I think Moshe wrote what he did because you ended the post with "37 practical things we can do to help bring the geula closer" so he wanted to add extra thoughts on what he thinks are good suggestions for people to do to help bring the geula. And also thanks for all the interesting updates!

 
At Mon Apr 23, 12:01:00 PM 2012, Anonymous someguy said...

Well Rabbi Scwatz's joy that Moshe Katzav was elected turned out to be a bust! From pride in a shome shabbos president, to a huge chillul Hashem and watching him go to jail.

 

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