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Shabbat Parashat Rosh Hashana 5781

Ask the Rabbi: Behind the Scenes with the Vebbe Rebbe

Rav Daniel Mann

“Behind the Scenes with the Vebbe Rebbe”

Dear friends,

Baruch Hashem, we, at Eretz Hemdah, have been zocheh that our piskei halacha find their way to thousands of people, including weekly through our parasha sheet, Hemdat Yamim, the OU’s Torah Tidbits, and other publications throughout the world. We have always had a double focus in sharing these responses to questions sent to us – to teach the actual topics at hand to the tzibbur; and to demonstrate how Halacha, its sources and logical underpinning, work to create balanced answers to practical questions. Baruch Hashem, we have received very good feedback over the (20) years we have been sharing, through our Ask the Rabbi/ Vebbe Rebbe column, approximately 1,000 she’eilot u’teshuvot out of the tens of thousands that we have sent out to people throughout the world.

We have recently come to the conclusion that in addition to spreading the written word with the masses, it would be worthwhile to broaden the experience for smaller, more select groups. We are launching a program, offering our readership and friends of Eretz Hemdah to form and/or join groups of up to approximately 10 people for Zoom group, focusing on exploring together the topics, skills, sensitivities, etc. of what goes into the “Vebbe Rebbe” p’sakim.

We envision there being different groups with different styles and levels, but let us present the basic idea around which we will work. A week before each session, a question of an upcoming (not yet published) article will be presented, giving participants time to think about the topic and/or research it as they like. A day before the “chabura,” I will share with you some of the basic sources (primarily in their original language) which will be at the basis of our answer. At the appointed time, I will lead a one-hour discussion taking us through the basic questions and sources toward the practical answer. Our hope is that, to the extent they so desire, participants will express their opinions and ask questions, making this an experience not merely of understanding the answer as presented, but working through the process together. In more advanced groups, participants may be asked to prepare sections of and sometimes even the whole topic to present to the group.

If you have possible interest in taking part in this venture, please contact us at info@eretzhemdah.org with the message that you wish to sign up for more information on the “Behind the Scenes with the Vebbe Rebbe” project. We will then send you a questionnaire to help us figure out what group (level, time, style) to put you into. We encourage our more “entrepreneurial” friends to organize the nucleus of a group from among friends with whom they would enjoy learning and discussing. Feel free to send any questions you have about the idea.

The presumed starting time for the first groups will be, iy"H, soon after the chagim of Tishrei 5781 haba’im aleinu l’tovah.

 

With wishes for good health and happiness, with Torah helping fuel the happiness,

Daniel Mann

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We daven for a complete and speedy refuah for:

Nir Rephael ben Rachel Bracha
Refael Yitchak ben Chana

Netanel Ilan ben Sheina Tzipora

Netanel ben Sarah Zehava

Meira bat Esther

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Lillian bat Fortune

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Ro'i Moshe Elchanan ben Gina Devra

Esther Michal bat Gitel

Yehudit Sarah bat Rachel

 

Together with all cholei Yisrael

 

Hemdat Yamim is dedicated

to the memory of:

those who fell in wars

for our homeland

 

Eretz Hemdah's beloved friends

and Members of

Eretz Hemdah's Amutah

 

Rav Shlomo Merzel z”l
Iyar 10 5771

 

Rav Reuven Aberman z"l

Tishrei 9     5776

 

Mr. Shmuel Shemesh  z"l
Sivan 17 5774

 

R' Eliyahu Carmel z"l

Rav Carmel's father

Iyar 8    5776

 

Mrs. Sara Wengrowsky

bat RMoshe Zev a”h.

Tamuz 10       5774

 

Rav Asher Wasserteil z"l

Kislev 9   5769

 

R'  Meir ben

Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld z"l

&

Mrs. Sara Brachfeld z"l

Tevet 16 5780

 

R'  Yaakov ben Abraham & Aisha

and

Chana bat Yaish & Simcha

Sebbag, z"l

 

Rav Yisrael Rozen z"l
Cheshvan 13 5778

 

Rav Benzion Grossman z"l
Tamuz 23    5777

 

(Rav Moshe Zvi (Milton

Polin z"l

5778 Tamuz 19

 

R' Abraham Klein z"l

Iyar 18 5779

&

Mrs. Gita Klein z"l

4 Av

 

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is endowed by Les & Ethel Sutker
of Chicago, Illinois
in loving memory of
Max and Mary Sutker


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