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This daily class, streamed live from Encino, California, studies the day’s section of the weekly Torah portion. The class is followed by the study of a brief section of Tanya, the foundational text of chassidic philosophy.

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Rambam Lesson for Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 24 Nissan, 5774

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Discussion (621)
February 27, 2013
knot????
in the last verse the comment was made that, when the l_rd passed by the cave that Moses was in ,,Moses saw the "back" of G-d....this is the knot of the tefillin
I knoe this not..what does this mean????
Eugene
kent, ohio
southsidechabad.com
February 26, 2013
moshe was a brillant torah scholar and kaballist.he knew that he and the people were essentially the same.destroy them is in essence destroying moshe. we all come from the same source and upon our death return to the same source, we are all one person from god via the master soul adam. do harm to another you areactually doing harm t yourself. help someone else you are actually helping yourself. get rid of your ego.hashem only .
malcolm
irvine, ca
chabadofthevalley.com
December 23, 2012
Goshen & Israel
Baruch Hashem and thank you for your teaching.

Why is the word Goshen written so many times in 46:28-29?

Is there a special meaning when the name "Israel" is used instead of Jacob and "Jacob" used instead of Israel? Va-Yehi verses 28 thru 31. First its Jacob then Israel
Tamra Mast
Houston, TX
chabadtexas.org
November 23, 2012
Part II of my questions from Brooklyn, NY
Please may I have sources which I can flesh out with further study; however, the sources, for my sake, need to be extant in English translations. Thank you,
Anonymous
Brooklyn, New York
November 23, 2012
Posting a comment and Esav's head
Had to switch to the old Chabad version, in order to post a comment. Where is it on the newer version? In an earlier shiur, you said that Esav was a Jew. His head, luz bone, is in the Cave of Machpela. What about Techias ha Maisim, and the significance of head, the resting place of his head, and the Tanya perspective?
Anonymous
Brooklyn, New York
October 30, 2012
Definition
Both words are derived from the same source. Kadosh. Meaning set aside, designated. Something might be designated for "holiness (like Chevra Kadisha - the Holy Society in charge of burial) or something can be set apart for harlotry. The words harlot Kedesha) and the word for marriage (Kidushin) are of the same root.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
October 28, 2012
Overall reaction to your work
Your chumash lectures are very much worth listening to since you have such a genuine and innocent sense of humor. Thank you.
Mr. Jose Luna
October 23, 2012
Definition of a word
You mentioned Kah-day-shah, as woman who is a harlot. How does this word differ from the word used to describe Chevra Kadesha, the burial society? Are these words related or totally different? Please clarifty.
Anonymous
Brooklyn, New York
October 18, 2012
Todah
Saw wonderful rainbows this week here in Finland, so delightful- Thank you for your inspiring speech.
Ome rainbow was nearly full had both sides, another was jhalf and there was a slight third one like a promise of more rainbows, it was there but only transparent and light halfway one.
H
October 16, 2012
Today's Lesson
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for the lesson. I watch when I can and enjoy it each time. I hope that the page that you were holding will be uploaded to the website so that I can get a good look at it.

Shalom,
Regina
Regina
Belton, TX/USA
September 30, 2012
good program,my question is if jeremiah (yirmeyahu) was from the levite tribe?
monserrate amaral(sarah)
chicago, il
September 25, 2012
What is the Balaturin?
Dear Rabbi,

1)Please inform what is the Balaturin?
2) Why alway half way through the teaching you alway said " good morning" to somebody?
Anonymous
Singapore, Singapore
September 24, 2012
Rashi Shiur - wonderful
Just started to learn rashi each day and was wondering how to tackle this. I have today listened to Rabbi Gordon's shiur with amazement at the superb clarity and style. Deeply grateful and look forward to joining the shiur from the UK via this site on a dail basis. Many thanks
Anonymous
Manchester, UK
September 9, 2012
Purgatory
Shalom Rabbi Gordon,
I don't know very much about this subject .What i do know it is a place of purification. I would appricate it if you could give some answers on the subject and text from the Tanch.
Shalom
Sandra

I so enjoy your program.
Sandra Vincent
Kingman, AZ
August 30, 2012
Portion behind the portion...
Shalom Rabbi,

Thank-you for sharing your sense of humor thoughout your lesson. Trust me, I'm not offended by your jokes, however, as the great comedians say, "there seems to be a pattern here". As a loving devoted widow, of my late beloved husband Leonard and favorite comedian might have said, "You gotta' pick your audience". Although the majority of your jokes were biased against "the wife", hmmm ? Looking forward to the Rebbitsen's website.
Sahrah Pock
Calgary, Canada
chabadalberta.org
August 30, 2012
ki teitzei
your comment about a soldier bringing home a captive and announcing to his other wife: honey , i'm home, and guess what i brought home - was hilarious.
keep up the good work - i really enjoy the parsha of the week, and when i have time i also click on the rambam shiur
thank you
Yechiel
queens, n.y.
August 30, 2012
thank you
B"H
just wanted to say thank you for your great classes--I'm learning Tanya with you every day and finally understanding and appreciating it after saying it for so long by rote...Yasher koach, you're a great teacher!
regards from my husband Michoel Green (used to live in Agoura many years ago)
Dvora Green
Westborough, MA
August 29, 2012
Torah Lessons
I am a parapeligic shut in with an extreme medical situations. You do not possibly know how wonderous it is to be able to study with you in these days. i had spent years with seeing a Rabbi only once a month. Now i can both see and hear Torah .Tanya ,etc. from Chabad and the delight is great. Boruch Hashem! I hope to live to be 120 just so I might study each day.
Kenneth/ Kasriel Gaddy/ Gaddi
kingston, N.Y. 12401
August 29, 2012
Women Judges
I believe that Deborah was a "leader" (who were called "Judges" at the time). Not a judge in the "judge" sense of the word.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino, ca
August 28, 2012
Deuteronomy 22:22
Dear Rabbi Gordon, Shalom!
Every morning I read and listen to understand what you are saying in your video and in the section you are covering. Today's message confused me. In Deuteronomy 22:22 the commentary was: "To include the fetus. [I.e.,] if she was pregnant, they do not wait for her until she gives birth [but put her to death immediately, while still pregnant]. — [Arachin 7a]". The fetus is an innocent person. How can the Torah say to murder an innocent person?
Libby
west melbourne, florida
August 28, 2012
thank you rabbi
i live in saipan and there is no rabbi here. thank you for being my rabbi today. i enjoy and appreciate your lessons and watch them regularly. thank you again.
Mr. barry wicksman
August 26, 2012
Taryag Mitzvos
I love your teachings and am very grateful for what I am learning. Todah Rabbah. My question is why aren't the mitvoth concerning the inheritance and the ben sorare in sidrah Ki Teitzei not mentioned in Taryag Mitzvos? Mitzvoth 532-534 deal with the captive woman in war are and Mitzvah 535 jumps ahead in the sidrah to capital punishment and hanging a body on a tree and it appears that the inheritance and rebellious son commandments are overlooked but I know this can not be the case.

Shavuah Tov v'Shalom,
Jason
Mr. Jason Yeung
August 24, 2012
Women Judges
What about Deborah? She was a judge.
Anonymous
Edgewood, NM
August 23, 2012
Question
Thanks for these informative shiurim, but in today's shiur you quoted the Bal Haturim that תשמעון is only mentioned twice, what about עקב תשמעון?
Hadassa
Melbourne, Australia
August 17, 2012
Thank you for your on-line lessons
It is the best way to spread Hashem's word to all Jews disregarding their whereabouts.
Moshe
Hauppauge, NY/Suffolk
August 15, 2012
A wonderful way to start the day!
Rabbi should know that there must be many like me who take comfort and inspiration from sitting with him each day or as often as possible. As today, his guidance through the majestic Torah portion of Re'eh Chapter 14, it is an anchor in the sea of confusion that laps at us. (I am at the US Canadian border with no other Jew to talk to.) Thank you for throwing us a lifeline, Rabbi Gordon and Chabad.org, wherever we are.
Diana Henry
Newport, VT
August 14, 2012
GRATEFUL THANKS FOR THE ONLIVE SHIURIM
The shiurim are so interesting and alive that I actually enjoy doing chitas (whenever possible) We are really fortunate to have such a service, and I offer my humblr thaks for enabling me to study in my own time and with such a great teacher.
Tzipporah Sufrin
LONDON, uk
August 12, 2012
Thanks
I really enjoy the way in which you teach and I can follow alone easily. You are a great teacher.
OMEDAUR ADAMS
ATLANTA, GA.USA
August 9, 2012
Grateful convert
Thank you Rabbi, this is my first morning with you. I am looking forward to many more with you. Have a blessed day.
Akiva
Virginia Beach, Virginia
August 7, 2012
Thank you
Love your teaching can you sometime touch on the prophets.

Lev Tahor
C. Sam
Los Angeles , Ca
July 16, 2012
Chareidim and the Army
This week's parsha is a perfect argument why chareidim SHOULD join the IDF.
Moses asks: 'Acheichem yovohu lamilchama, v'atem yeshvu po?"
I wish they would all read the parsha of the week (Matos) and take to heart!
Yechiel
flushing, ny
July 13, 2012
Christian studying Torah
I was born and raised Christian, but have always been confused that most questions I asked about the Jewish Bible, which is called the Old Testament in the Christian community, I would be told that we really don't know the answer or there is no further mention of a topic . I continued searching for the answers to my questions and my search led me to this website. For three years now I have been studying Torah by these daily lessons. So many questions have been answered and so many new questions arise! My limited understanding has been deepened and enriched by these studies. Thank you so much for all you do and I will keep coming back, because I not only learn, but I feel good. May Hashem bless you, protect you, and continue to enlighten you that you may teach others.
Shalom,
Don
Don
Baltimore, MD
July 1, 2012
Relation between Midyan and todays media
Is there a relation or prophesy between Midyan's prostitutes leading Yisroel to immorality and today's "Media" (movies, TV, etc) leading Yisroel, the US, and all western nations to imorality with the intent of destroying us by causing us to lose favor with Hashem? Have there ever been any Rabinical commentaries to this effect?
Y'HOnassan Daneel
Mass
June 26, 2012
Rambam - Prohibition on Shabbos
a. I understand that it is wrong to break the shell in order to eat roasted peanuts.

b. Is it really better to leave a hole uprooted by a tree in a storm and let someone get hurt, instead of filling in the hole to prevent accidents?
Anonymous
Bangkok, Thaiand
June 23, 2012
Thank you and question
Thank you. So if something is in less demand, the price goes down. That makes sense. Could I ask a question just for the sake of gaining more knowledge? But if something is in less of a demand, does that mean that the people who produce it will make less, and perhaps there will only be a few people who make it, or perhaps even only one person who makes it. Does that mean that that person can set the price at whatever they want?
Mahlon
Seattle, WA
chabaduw.org
June 23, 2012
VERSE 30 TODAYS LESSON
IN VERSE 30 PAGE 192 YOU USED THE WORD MUNDANE , in the Rashi i am using it has the word PROFANE. Will you please explain for me? I love your lessons. thank you for your faithfullness, In sharing g-ds word.
Dean Roark
Abingdon, Virginia
June 7, 2012
Computer Graphic graven image
What is the definition in Jewish law that constitutes what a graven image is? Can this be done by computer ?
Mr. Richard Raff
June 6, 2012
Thank You!
I'm a homebound woman in CA and I watch your teachings every day. I can't tell you what a blessing they've been to me as I've been spending the past few years learning my Hebrew roots. Thank you for being such an awesome teacher and thank you for your wonderful sense of humor which makes me smile every day! Many blessings!
Ms. Lisa Baker
June 6, 2012
Be'Ha'Alotekha, 6/6/12
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for this wonderful teaching! It was a lot slower so that I can follow the Hebrew. It taught me a lot today. One, most important, that I most stay where I am because this is where Hashem wants me to be until the Cloud of His Shekinah tells me otherwise. I will hear the trumpets in my heart and soul of His Precious calling. And I will wait patiently for this coming time. Baruch Hashem!!!
Anonymous
mesa
June 6, 2012
Order of comments
It would be helpful if there was some way of listing the most recent comment on the top and the oldest on the bottowm. Doing our chitat with you is very special
Menashe and Alizah Hochstead
Efrat, Israel
June 4, 2012
SHIUR
I am a homebound man living in NY.

I immensely enjoy your knowledge, wisdom and wit. May Hashem bless you and yours with fruitful and healthy days until Moshiach's revelation.
Anonymous
brooklyn, ny
June 4, 2012
YOU are the best!
As always, you are the best! BH
Miriam Reinsdorf
Northridge, CA
June 4, 2012
Chumash and Rambam
To: Chumash and Rambam.

Please come visit us one day.

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino, CA
May 31, 2012
Chumash & Rambam
THANK YOU, Rabbi Gordon - without your video classes I'd be waaaaaay behind on my studies! You keep me studying daily. I love your classes - they're very well done. I just wish I could relocate you closer to me so I could attend a live class :) BH
J.C.
Laguna Niguel
May 22, 2012
3rd Portion of B'midbar
Would be helpful if you could have a printable copy of the maps of the tribes you used.
Menashe and Alizah Hochstead
Efrat, Israel
May 20, 2012
Version of Chumash
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY
zrabbi Yehoshua B Gordoon
Encino, CA
May 20, 2012
munkash
bh

Dear Rabbi Gordon:

Both my parents were born in munkash. I heard you comment about tallis-count in munkash and was wondering if you know anyone from that very holy city. Thank you for the beautiful lessons that you teach us everyday. Biz 120
Anonymous
sdiego, ca
May 14, 2012
Which verson of Chumash?
Which Chumash are you using for your lessons? I always enjoy your lessons on Chumash, Tanya and Rambam..

Thank you for your instruction and humor.
Anonymous
Phoenix, AZ
May 9, 2012
Shabbos after Pesach
How did asking the priest 3 times identify him as accepting the Oral Law and not a Sadducee?
LARRY BALDWIN
COARSEGOLD, CA
May 7, 2012
Thank you Rabbi. I look forward to the teaching everyday. I am a Jewish convert and I am hooked on these daily reading and teaching. Thank you
Anonymous
encinitas, CA
May 6, 2012
Women Kohanim?
Rabbi Gordon, I'm a little confused about the idea of women Kohanim. I always thought the only men were allowed to serve in the Beis Hamigdish because women become tameh once they get their first periods (and once they're married it's embarrassing to have such things public knowledge)? So a bas kohain has the status of a kohain in that she can eat from the Korban but in no other way?
Yocheved
New Haven, CT
May 6, 2012
Emor
Dear Rabbi Gordon,
Today you really made me laugh. Hashem has definitely given you a great gift, making people laugh. It was a great teaching. I was able to read with you the Hebrew, while you read I pronounse it and then write the transliteration. Great!! You are a good teacher. I am looking forward for the next teaching.
Anonymous
mesa
May 2, 2012
thank you
Hi Rabbi,
i wanted to say thank you for all your videos...such a wealth of information on the internet today..We certainly have the tools to bring the Moshiach with one click!
Mordechai Harroch
Brampton, ONTARIO
May 2, 2012
missing shiurim
Rabbi Gordon I have just started learning my Tanya with your online shiur- it is just what I was waiting for and I have just discovered it. I am sure you are aware that some shiurim are missing - eg today's Tanya Chapter 46 Part 2. 10th of Iyar. Or is it just that I can't find it???
Very disappointing! Oh well I shall have to do ti on my own!
Sora Feldman
London, England
May 1, 2012
thanks
a lot
yaakov
brooklyn , ny
April 29, 2012
re: electric shavers (Emor)
I remember hearing that some of today's electric shavers shave so close that they are considered razors and forbidden for use - is this true?
rg
israel
April 25, 2012
Tazria 13:55, April 25, 2012
Dear Rabbi Gordon,
What is the spiritual meaning of the contaminated garments? If it is a physical garment one can just throw it away or burn it, but it most have a different meaning in spiritual matters. And what does the cohanim do today for those who sin with bad mouthing others?
Anonymous
mesa
April 25, 2012
The cleansing ritual outside the camp? 14 v 4
Does the cleansing ritual happen outside the camp,? Including the slaughtering of the birds? I was under the understanding that all sacrifices had to be performed in the area of the Mishkan?
Jonathan
ORPINGTON, KENT
April 16, 2012
Nullafication of Idols
B'H'

Thank you so much for clarifying the method to nullify. The class made think of sphinxes found by Napoleon and his army had missing noses. Possibly, the were found in that condition or nullified before they were transported to Europe.

As always, your classes are very relevant and appreciated.

Thank you so much for bringing more light to this world,
Anonymous
Montreal, Canada
April 6, 2012
women cohanim
I imagine the women have many responsibilities including two major ones:
a. They have to cook and prepare all of the Holy food their husbands bring home from the Holy Temple and assure that they maintain ritual purity while doing so.
b. They have to raise their (children, especailly their) sons -- the next generation of Cohanim.
Rabbi yehohsua B Gordon
Encino, CA
April 6, 2012
very interesting compliment!
Anonymous
milano, italia
April 4, 2012
woman cohanim
what do the women cohanim do at home do hey only tke care of children or did they do more
Anonymous
March 28, 2012
Korban
I believe there were facilitites to cook the meat. No problem.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino, ca
March 26, 2012
korban
With the most holy sacrifices -- kodshei kodoshim -- you can only eat them in the courtyard so would the Cohanim eat it raw or was there a grill there or something?
Anonymous
March 23, 2012
Animal designated for idol worship
If a particular cow is designated as an idol by "its owner" we are forbidden to use "that" cow. It does not apply to the entire species as it is something we use on a day-to-day basis.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino , CA
March 23, 2012
Sacraficing Animals as Worship
@ Irving: Good Question... look at exodus, the Jews sacrafice the sheep Becuase the Egyptians worshiped it!
Anonymous
March 18, 2012
Animal designated as an object of worship
Hi Rabbi,

It is well known that cows are worshiped in India. Does that mean that we may not sacrifice cows?
Irving Federman
Granada Hills, CALIFORNIA
March 18, 2012
chaper 4
Thank you for your time and willingness to share. Chapter 4 Note 27 - I would like to have heard your elucidation of Rambans intro to Chap10 Tractate ofSanhedrin etc. I have Sefer Hamada and am following you;
I assume time is an issue, but my mother always told me; if you do a mitzva do it all the way. Please find a way to further explain his concepts. Thank you,
Anonymous
Tsfat, Israel
March 13, 2012
Rambam
I watch your class Rabbi Gordon with the Rambam at night before I go to sleep, it helps for better dreams.
Anonymous
March 13, 2012
Absolutely brilliant!
A great yasher koach! The lecture is clear and interesting.
Anonymous
london, uk
March 10, 2012
Oral law
Where in the Torah do we find the Oral law distinctly referenced?How can we believe it has been accurately preserved when people debate the preservation of the words specifically written by Moshe himself?
Jeffrery
fletcher, n.c.
March 9, 2012
to Malcolm, Irvine,CA
May Hashem give you comfort and peace in your heart at this time and always.
Uri Yitzhak
Orlando, Fl
March 9, 2012
Megillah Shuir
I am a Sofer in JHB South Africa and I have written 8 Megillahs.I thought I new the Megillah until I heard Rabbi Gordons shuir on the Megilla.It is brilliant and I learned things that I never learned before.A big Yosher Koach, only regret is that he did not have time to complete the whole Megillah.
Regards and thank you for a great service , I do Chitas and Rambam with Rabbi Gordon every day.
Mr. Yisroel Drutman
March 8, 2012
Chumash and Tanya
I follow the knowledge and spiritual growth you share.
I wish this light could be on to my people where I come from in south and southeastern Nigeria. Judaism is the true religion.
orjiakor Eric Ofordile
vienna, Austria
March 8, 2012
Mitzvah and idol worship
As a follower of Muhammad implying also Moses and all the Prophets, i find no controversy between the Qur'an and what you are saying. I read that the Jews stopped going to the Ka'ba in Makka after the introduction of Idols. If that is true, then why do the Jews help those people worshipping idols?
Please can you elaborate on interest charging?
Anonymous
Kaduna, Nigeria
March 7, 2012
To Malcom, Irving, CA
May Hashem give you, and your family, peace in the lost of your companion. May you not feel alone, with G-d's presence.
Anonymous
Mesa, Arizona, USA
March 7, 2012
death
Dear Malcolm:

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife. May G-d grant you strength, comfort and condloences. Hashem will surely look after her soul.

Many blessings

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehohsua B Gordon
encino, CA
March 7, 2012
Exodus 33
This chapter is very difficult. Between kabbalah, zohar, Rashii, Rambam, mishna and gemara I am feeling theogically paralyzed...especially the last few verses of this chapter. I'm feeling like it was ME who took a forbidden 'peek' as Hashem passed by and now I'm suffering the consequences: left only to ponder the dalet on the back of His tefillin.
Tom
Holland, Michigan
March 6, 2012
death
my wife passed away today,may hashem look after her soul
malcolm
irvine, cal
chabadofthevalley.com
March 4, 2012
Tabernacle
Text used during Mishkan season: The Tabernacle by Moshe Levine, for Soncino Press ltd., by Melechet Hamishkan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon,
Encino, CA
March 3, 2012
The book with Tabernacle pictures?
Can anyone please tell me what the book Rabbi Gordon was using that displayed the pictures of the Tabernacle?

With thanks and blessings.
Cory Abraham Holmesby
Sydney, New South Wales
February 29, 2012
Block type?
Was the apleh beis developed as Hebrew letter type in this time period of the head band Kohn Gadel?
Mr. Richard Raff
February 24, 2012
Adar 24, 2012
Thank you so much Rabbi Gordon for this great teaching. I am looking forward for the Rambam class with you. I am grateful.
Anonymous
Mesa, Arizona, USA
February 19, 2012
Chumash and Tanya- Moshe Rabeinu's birthday, Yahez
Dear Rabbi Gordon,
As I passed on to read all the comments, found the subject portion, where you give the explanation of Moshe Rabeinu been erased from the book. Is there a posibility where we can learnt more about this subject? I have read the Torah portion so many times but never realized, nor knew, about what he said to Hashem, on behalf of his Jewish brethren, was taken literally. I wish to learn more about it. Thank you so much for your teachings. This is such a blessing!!
Anonymous
Mesa, Arizona, USA
February 19, 2012
Chumash and Tanya
My husband and I do our chitat together with you. He sometimes has to explain your jokes to me (its ok I have no sense of humor). He became frum at your father's (obm) shul and your father married us. when you visit Israel we would love to have you give a shiur here in Efrat.
Mrs. Alizah Hochstead
February 17, 2012
Thanks
Hi Rabbi,
I am lucky enough to live near where you teach in person so I get to study Talmud Mondays, and Tanya many Wednesdays, but i cannot always come to class, so this provides me with much more opportunity to enjoy and learn from you. i appreciate your focused presentation, as well as an undertone of humor that you sprinkle in. It gives me a chance to learn, and enjoy the process. Thanks so very much.
..Irv Federman
Granada Hills, CA/USA
February 13, 2012
personal note
dear rabbi gordon,
i am the mother of 4 baruch hashem and im going through some very trying times at the moment. i always had a hard time with tanya (understanding). i thank hashem for guiding me to your wonderful clear classes that really make even the ''dumb'' folk like me really understand the pearls of wisdom called tanya. may hashem continue to give you the best health and koach (strength) so that you can continue your wonderful way of teaching. your classes have become crucial for my mental health during these times. it is more powerful than any ''mental'' medicine.
thank you for agreeing to do your classes online. your classes are what are enabling for mashiach to become revealed
Anonymous
bet-shemesh, israel
February 12, 2012
Tanya and Chumash
Your daily elaboration on the Torah and Tanya has deepened my love and appreciation of Hashem. It has fanned a flickering spark into a burning desire to study Torah and live a joyful life based on the teachings of the almighty. Bless you for your patience and devotion.
Steven Goldman
Quakertown, PA - Pennsylvania
February 12, 2012
Chumash Yitro Ist
Dear Rabi Gordon

Thank you very much for having, by drawing the analogy between Avraham and Yitro,, focused on the issue that is central to Judaism: The very daily life ethics that command us to build a dwelling place for G'd here on earth - not so much by means of a transcendental order, rather by means of concrete action that aims to bring up what is here and now towards Hachem.
TH. A. Gilead Gilly
February 12, 2012
Rambam
Hi, is the text for Rambam the Mishnah Torah that is posted on Chabad.org. That one is only English.
Please, what will be the best text to learn with Rabbi Gordon beginning March 2nd. Is it available on line and/or can it be purchased through the Chabad.org Judaica link.
I completed a full year of Rashi. I started and have kept up the Tanya since this past December and I believe I would like to add the Rambam. Thank you
Rich Levin
Rochester, New York
chabadrochester.com
February 12, 2012
Sium-Completeion
Rabbi Gordon, my Chavrusa told me that I should let you know that with Va'eira I completed my full year's cycle of Rashi. I did it with you nearly every day. I began to be Shomer Shabbos on Nov. 21, 2010. During this year I have made a kipah part of my normal garb and tzitzit, davening 3 times a day (four with Bedtime). I am grateful to Hashem and many people for this. You among them and perhaps near the top of the list. There is so much more to share that I expect would make you kvel. Suffice it to say, Thank you, you do the Rebbe proud.
Rich Levin
Rochester , New York
chabadrochester.com
February 11, 2012
Yisro
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for your teachings. I like the fact that you also read it in Hebrew which is great for me so that I can hear the words in Hebrew pronounciation. Great teaching!
Anonymous
m, Arizona, USA
February 10, 2012
soul of a convert to Judaism
From what source is this teaching brought down that a converts soul was at Mt Sinai at the giving of the Torah This was in the chamishi portion of Yitro

Todah Rabah for any help you can give me

Shalom Uv'Racah
Barry Ellington
Levelland, Texaas
February 7, 2012
Yisro´s conversion
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for your illuminating presentation of the Chumash with Rashi, spreading the light of the Torah all over the wideworldweb.

Concerning Yisro´s conversion you mentioned at the end of today´s portion that some commentators hold the opinon that Yisro converted to monotheism (and not to Judaism).

Who are these commentators and how do they argue?

Thank you,

best wishes from Norway!
Ole Mads Ben Noach
Bergen
February 6, 2012
fred gold, union nj
Thank you very much for your warm regards from my parents... Thank you for learning with me.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 6, 2012
Thank you for the thank yous
I would like to express appreciation to all those who post thank yous to me for my classes. It is a privilege for me to have you learn with me. I am grateful for every thank you.

With blessings,

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, ca
February 1, 2012
Rabbi Gordon:

I view you each day from Union, New Jersey:
I was a member of your father's shul, in Maplewood for many years.

I had Shabbos meal at your house with your father and mother.
fred gold
union, new jersey
February 1, 2012
Texts
Thanks again for the daily classic presentation of Tanya. Would you please send the particular text that I would need to order to study along with both Tanya and Rambam? Thank you so much!
Anonymous
Bay City, Mi
January 30, 2012
Very much interested
I enjoy very much these lectures. I've just started watching them and my hope is that G-d allows me to keep on attending.
Jorge Munuzuri
Queretaro , Qro. MEXICO
January 29, 2012
prisoner mentality and the Exodus
I once worked with a man who spent 15 years in the state prison. At night he would go to his room, like clock work, and stay there with the door open. He was on the same schedule outside as he had been inside.
Mr. mike perkins
January 29, 2012
Online Conversion
Are you set up for online conversion? If so, I would like to convert. You are so inspiring, I watch daily and I am learning so much from you. The Chabad .org website is wonderful and I would like to be a member of you online congregation or is there such a thing?
Lois Bryant
Houston, Tx
January 27, 2012
Rambam class upcoming on March 2nd
Thank you for your beautiful comment. The class will be offering one chapter per day, following the upcoming new Rambam 3 year cycle which begins in early March. However, in time, people will be able to use it to study 3 chapters a day, as well.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encio, CA
January 27, 2012
13 attributes of interpretation of Torah
You can find it in the Chabad Annotated Siddur on Page 25, (and in almost every Siddur) just prior to the Hodu prayer
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encio, CA
January 26, 2012
Rabbi Gordon's Class
Gold and Diamonds! You bring understanding of Chumash and Tanya to new levels (for me at least!). I saw a news flash that from March 2 you will be giving daily Rambam classes as well ( I hope 3 sections a day). This would be incredible and I am sure that you would have many subscribers for this class. Yishar Koach on all the great work. may g'd grant you many good and healthy years on your kingdom.
Gershon Schwartz
Thornhill, Ontario
January 25, 2012
Thank you
for your Chumash and Tanya classes. I enjoy them very much as you speak clearly and in a way that I can understand and remember. I try to listen every day.
Chana Plotke
Seattle, WA
chabadofseattle.org
January 25, 2012
question on 13 attributes of interpretation of Tor
Dear Rabbi Gordon,
Thank you for your teaching. You mentioned that 13 attributes shoud be used to interpret the study of Torah. Can you tell me what they are or where I can find this information?

Shaloam,
M. Goldstein
Goldstein
Anonymous
Palatine, IL
January 18, 2012
Chumash Teaching for January 18th
Rabbi Gordon -

I am in the process of conversion and I thoroughly enjoyed your Chumash teaching. Although I am converting under Reform, your teachings definitely help me to learn more.
Carol
jackson, MS
jewishlakeview.com
January 15, 2012
Yesher Koach!!!
Orit Cohen
Natick, MA
January 12, 2012
tanya
can a saddik get angry, and if so in that moment of anger how is he different than a benoni or even a rasha. isn't anger a result of letting in a angry thought which would mean that he sinned with the garment of thought, and if he acted out of that anger with harsh words then he also would have sinned with the garment of speech.
melissa cohen
brooklyn, ny/usa
January 12, 2012
Purim
There should be "four" Purim lectures posted on Chabad.org. That's what there is for now. Thank you.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino , CA
January 12, 2012
Help
יִשְׂרָאֵל
הַבָּאִים

The first and last letters of these two words make up the word milah, with a hey, not an aleph. Mem, Yud, Lamed, Hey
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino , CA
January 11, 2012
purim
will there be more purim chapters this year. Last year there were only 3. If so when will they be available? I enjoyed them very much
Dr. Solomon m fuhrman
January 10, 2012
New viewer
I am new to this but thoroughly enjoyed.
Barbara Fouquet
Lebanon, Tn/USA
January 9, 2012
Torah classes
Rabbi Gordon:

You are a great teacher and your classes are wonderful. Why is it that Bnai Yisrael generally chooses to ignore the weekly Sedrah, and that includes the Orthodox?
Yehoshua Frankel
Planet Geula, Geula galaxy
January 9, 2012
a good comment!!!
¡¡¡Absolutamente genial escuchar de nuevo!!
Anonymous
kansas city, Ks,Usa
January 8, 2012
Help!
How do I find Circumcision in וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים. I am looking for מילא, right?
Anonymous
chabadnorthampton.com
January 6, 2012
busy,busy
I do not know where all the teachers are,
But Encino is working hard!
As In,In all work their is profit!
James
Kansas city, Ks,Usa
January 6, 2012
The brothers in Egypt
Yaakov sent Yehuda to set up the Yeshiva in Egypt, but Levi seems to be the tribe of the Torah scholars and priests next week. Please explain to me what happened.
Menashe Hochstead
Efrat, Israel
January 5, 2012
thank you!!!
thankyou so much! u make my chitas be greater and i enjoy it so much! now i really love to study chumash! shkoiach!
Anonymous
panama, paitilla
January 4, 2012
birthday
Is your birthday in KISLEV?
james
kansas city, Mo,usa
January 3, 2012
Shalom,This is very interesting. A bit fast and advanced for me but would love to follow in the book and learn more ! Thank you so much! Sincerely, Yona
Jacquie
Walkerton, in
chabadsouthbroward.com
January 3, 2012
Your Classes
I am sure you hear this all the time, but Rabbi Gordans Shuirim on chumush and Tanya are apsolutely brilliant!!

I look forward doing chitas with him every day.
Yisroel Drutman
Johannesburg, South Africa
January 1, 2012
Torah portion for 01/02/2012
I have not heard a Torah lecture since I was in high school (27 years ago). I have been in and out of institutions since I was 25 years old. I am now in a nursing home in East Orange New Jersey. I have been given this time to return to my faith and when I actually heard a Torah lesson, I feel myself drinking it up like a kitten to milk. Thank you.
Susan Rich
East Orange, New Jersey
December 28, 2011
Torah Portion
Thank you for the wonderful Torah Portion
lesson. This was the first time heard your lessons and am and will be so looking foward to hearing your lessons on a regular basis. Thank you Rabbi.
Liora Jacobs
Tucson, AZ
December 22, 2011
A light to the gentiles
Thank you for bringing Torah to the world. I am a gentile and I hope other gentiles find their way to Chabad.org. A light to the gentiles - what a wonderful light it is. Thank you for your efforts.
BrianBond
Amarillo, TX
December 22, 2011
diagrams or glossary?
I think it would be very helpful if there were diagrams/charts of the concepts, and teachings, in the Tanya or perhaps even a dictionary of terms. Visuals would be tremendous. Does anyone know of any sources like that?
mike
columbia, mo
December 20, 2011
Torah
Thank you and your staff for all the wonder Torah and Tanya lessons. Daily Chumash lessons inspire my wife while I myself enjoy and learn from Chumash and Tanya study.
Anonymous
Bay City, Mi
December 20, 2011
Wow
That was good. I am doing the Torah portion and the Tanya section daily with you. Just to say, that it is quality learning like this which is the hallmark of Chabad.
mike
December 19, 2011
@mendee H
As best as you can, dress the kids like princes and princesses, Act like you own half of lower Manhattan, never show any sign of feelings of inferiority..because you're not.
Anonymous
December 18, 2011
Lesson of 18 dec: Joseph and dreaming and pharoah
I loved the teaching and especially your dry humour!
liela
pretoria, gauteng
December 18, 2011
Praying and reading the torah
I loved the sermon of today but not being jewish I want to know why jews sway when reading the torah and praying.Any rule about swaying back and forth or sideways?
liela pretorius
pretoria, south africa
December 17, 2011
Joseph and Einstein
I think this is was an original thought of mine, but perhaps I heard it from some rabbi....not sure.
Anyway, the question is - in what ways were Joseph and Einstein similar?
Answer: both were involved in Time. Einstein, of course, dealt with space and time and the 4th dimension - while all of Joseph's dreams involved time - the 3 clusters of grapes meant 3 days, the 7 cows meant 7 years and so on.
It's a fascinatinig idea - hope it was mine (lol)
Anonymous
flushing, ny
December 16, 2011
An Answer to Prayer
Thank you for these lessons; Hashem has answered my prayer for a teacher to guide me each day.
Tammy Rudolf-Greene
Reading, PA
chabadic.com
December 8, 2011
Thank you Rabbi for this incredible elucidation of the daily chumash. I recently found your shiur and have been watching every day for the past two weeks. It adds such light and understanding to my learning. Hashem should bless you with all that is needed b'gashmiyus (physically) and b'ruchniyus (spiritually) to continue and strengthen your shlichus. Moshiach now.
Toby
Miami Beach , FL
December 1, 2011
class
Thank you for helping me understand the Parsha .You literally bring life to the weekly portion.
LP
Jerusalem, Israel
November 26, 2011
Text used in class
Thank you for your kind words.

Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY

Text used for Tanya Class: Likutei Amarim Tanya, Bi- Lingual Edition, Kehot Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY

There is a Chumash and a Tanya available online while you are watching the class, although not necessarily the above texts. Please check your screen.

Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon,
Encino , CA
November 25, 2011
Toldos
Thank you Rabbi Gordon.

Geula Hayom
Yehoshua Frankel
Planet Geula, GeulaHayom
November 16, 2011
Torah studies
I am awed by your teaching, and I thank you so much for making it available. I would like to know the names of the books you are teaching from? Also if they are in english, as I may be able to get them. Again thank you very much, May G-d continue to Bless His Word through you.
Dean Roark
Abingdon, Virginia
November 17, 2011
Rabbi Gordon"s class
Thank you so much/ Your class is excellent for me. It made me cry as i felt the Kedusha actually springing out of the Torah text. May you be continually blessed from our Creator in your Holy work.
Anonymous
Jerusalem, Israel
November 15, 2011
in ref 2 leagel note.that eliezer had in hand
Rabbi -- what message does this send to us when we as parents who want to marry off our children...? only if we have money can we get a good shiduch?

what about a family that has good kids and no money?
mendee H.
November 14, 2011
cave of machpalo
Today we do not go into the cave but into the structure that was built on top of the cave.
Anonymous
Brooklyn, NY - USA
November 14, 2011
I can read it, I can pray!
Chet, Samech,Dalent spells chessed and equals 72. Just did this today and now that the corner stone is set I can build on more reading.The Torah can tells us the truth and we must try to understand this truth,Mazel Tov,Baruch Hashem.
Mr. Richard Raff
November 14, 2011
let us pray
Let us pray for Rabbi Yehoshau B,Gordon our teacher and all of Chabad may HASHEM bless them hundred fold: [Amen]
Paul garcia
san antonio, texas
November 11, 2011
Miracles
Dear Rabbi,
G-d answered prayers of many in the Torah time. Issac is one of the greatest examples. How is it today? Does G-d still answers prayers today? Could we pray to G-d for healing? Will He answer?
This is very important to me. Please, let me know.
Thank you
Martina
Anonymous
Wawa, Ontario, Canada
November 7, 2011
The Mixed Multitude
Please expand and explain on "the 'Mixed Multitude.'" Who is the Alter Rebbe referring to when he says, "the 'Mixed Multitude.'" You made reference to them as the "Egyptians" who left Mitzraim" with B'nai Yisrael. Are you then saying that the "Mixed Multitude" are the gentiles who left Egypt with the Israelites? And if so, who are the "Mixed Multitude" in the Days of Mashiach?
Cathy
Niagara Falls, NY
November 7, 2011
word from Paris
Rav Gordon, Shlita, It gives me great pleasure to tell you,that I follow your weekly sedra,with great enthusiam and joy.
Your very clear explanations and humour,brings life and light to the sedras ,may Hashem, give you koyach to continue your wonderful teachings biz 120 .Could you please tell me who was the wife of Levi,,theson of Yaacov Avinoo?
Alex. Rosin
paris, france
November 1, 2011
chumash
I am just learning of my jewish heritage and am really enjoying your lecture. You bring modern day things into the lecture to make it more understandable and entertaining. thanks for your contribution it means a lot to me. Hannah Strauss
Hannah Strauss
Salinas, CA
chabadofmonterey.com
October 29, 2011
lashon ha-ra
The stories that are being retold about the people in the Bible reveal many of their negative qualities and behaviors. Why isn't this conversation considered lashon ha-ra ?
Lori Lawrence
Hampstead, NC
October 29, 2011
10 test of Abraham
I am teaching from the reading on Oct. 30, Paraahas Lech Lecha. Do you have a lesson for this question about the 10 test of Abraham?
John
Princeton, MN./U.S.
chabadminneapolis.com
October 29, 2011
Love Between man and woman
I am currently reading a book titled "The Jewish Home" As illuminated by the teachings of Kabbalah and Chassidus. My question is one that I asked my stepfather when I was 25 (which was many years ago). "Is love real?" After hearing my viewpoint at 25 (which was very simular to the "jewish Home" he laughed at me and said "I fear you have many disappointments ahead you". Unfortunately his words have proven to be true. After looking high and low for this ellusive quality called love between man and woman I find myself in the winter of life life asking the same question and the answer somehow saddens me. I can only assume that love is love and the same is true regardless of whether a physical relationship is thrown into the deal or not. I am interested in your viewpoint on the matter.
Patsy MacLeod
Lubbock, TX
October 28, 2011
Thanks For the Widom
I have been listening to the Rabbi for little over a year now. It has been a true Blessing and an Honor every time I tune into His show. I also enjoy his sense of humor that allow one to get their cake and eat it too :-) ... It always brings a smile to my face when he talks about the 7 layer chocolate cake. May Hashem continues to bless the Rabbi, His wife and Chabad.org for being a light to this World.
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Patrick ( David Zev )
Prescott Valley, Arizona
October 27, 2011
Laughter
I laughed out loud at your image of dancing on the White House lawn.

You have posed the best explanation on the briss (especially as a treaty) that I've heard, which is also the argument against the Replacement Theology that many Christians subscribe to, to their great shame.

Thank you for today's lesson.
Sylvia
Brampton, Canada
October 25, 2011
with much thanks
dear jb
thank u so much 4 the class
esp, yr humor which u have inherted from yr grandfather reb yoicana obm , i hear a few lines
from the old timers. like yr uncle may live a long life , reb yisroal ,
yr humor is gr8 for people like my self who r A_D_D. and we need yr humor to stay focus
may u live a long life...
mendee H.
mendee H
BROOKLYN, NY
October 24, 2011
Daily Chumash
I just started following your Daily Chumash here on ChabadTV. Yasher Koach!!! I am going to follow each parshah daily here on in. You keep my attention consistently and you bring esoteric concepts down such that anyone can understand them. I enjoy your "left of center field" humor! You are an amazing teacher. I was introduced to this series because I started watching your archived Tanya classes and, honestly, they had the same affect on me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)
Catherine
Niagara Falls, NY
October 24, 2011
the first Teshuvah
It appears to me that the first Teshuvah was performed by G-d. Genesis 6:5-8. Is that right?
Anonymous
Hampstead, NC
October 24, 2011
Question - who taught Noach Torah
Two great Tzddikim who lived at the time were "Chanoch" and "Mesushelach." Perhaps they taught him Torah?
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino, ca
October 24, 2011
question
Rabbi can you please tell me who it was that taught Noach Torah I have fought to understand this for so time now Some say that he was taught by Adam
shlomo
cleveland, ohio
October 24, 2011
Mikveh
" the world needed a mikveh to be purified".... so interesting, I really enjoy ur shiur Rabbi Gordon
noahide in baku
Baku, AZ
October 23, 2011
rabbi Gordobn's parsha class
Really enjoy and get more out of it when you add hasidic insights and comments from the Rebbe etc.
Anonymous
simsbury, ct
October 23, 2011
such a lovely shiur
Amazing, one finds answers to the questions just listening to Rabbi. I truly enjoyed the class.
noahide in Baku
Baku, Az
October 19, 2011
Chapter and verse
I usually announce the chapter and verse at the beginning of the lesson. For example, today I announced Chapter 33 verse 18. We are now concluding Deut and are about to begin Genesis.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino , ca
October 19, 2011
Torah lesson
Being a Gentile, I've not idea where you are reading from. I know the general location but the chapter and vs is different-I cannot keep up with you, and I would love to be able to study along w/ your lessons.

Thanks, Shalom, Michele
Michele Craven
Tarpon Springs, FL
October 17, 2011
CHabad in Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
45-3316-1850
Fax: 45-3379-3386
www.chabadenmark.com
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
encino, ca
October 10, 2011
Thank you all so much !
Shalom to all of you. Yes I will contact a Rabbi in Great Britain. As I live in Denmark, I was wondering if there is a Rabbi in Copenhagen that can help me? I have been very busy and I still am, as Im moving to another part of Denmark shortly. I will continue my study of the Torah(in English)with the help of Chabad.org and Im also keeping the Noahide laws and even more also like keeping the Sabbath and not eating eating unclean things according to Leviticus 11: 1-47), Im celibate and use hours every day reading the Bible. I need a lot of study and dedication and even more commitment to the study and devotion of Judaism. I stand firm: I truely most of all belong within Judaism. May HaShem bless this new week for all of you and especially this new year. Shalom from Johnny in Denmark
Anonymous
October 8, 2011
Thank you!
I have a lot of questions about Jewish study. I enjoyed being in a Jewish classroom for the first time.
Regina
Belton, TX/USA
October 5, 2011
from Eretz Yisroel
BS"D
I very much enjoy my daily Chumash learning with your shiur while I sit on my mirpeset (porch) in Eretz Yisroel!
I like that you also bring in some Baal Haturim and your own personal stories.
Thank you and gmar chasima tova!
Elisheva Bronstein
October 5, 2011
your chomash Shir
Rabbi Gordon, I love your Chumash and Rashi Shir, its exactly what I need, my hectic work schedule changed and I was no longer able to attend my amud yomi shir, and was always looking for a chavrusah to learn chumash, which is difficult to find in my community, Highland Park, NJ. I do have a Yeshiva background, most of my learning has been from what I got on my own with chavrusas. My family originates from Newark NJ, (Schulman), By any chance are you related to the Rabbi Gordon of Newark, who was the Rov of the Small Shul on Boyden Ave in Maplewood,NJ. ? Wishing you a G'mar Chasimah Tova, Lazer Fisch.
Lazer Fisch
Highland Park, NJ
October 4, 2011
Let us pray for Moses
You are absolutely correct. The Zohar teaches that the soul of Moses is invested in the Tzadik of each generation. The soul of Moses will (also) be invested within the soul of Moshiach who will usher in the Messianic era.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
October 4, 2011
Let us pray for Moses
Hi Rabbi,
In one of your lectures you said that what is happening in scripture daily is reflected in what is happening in the world at the same time. This week Moses is going to die according to scripture. The commentaries say that Moses wanted the Jewish people to pray that he wouldn't die.
It seems to me that since G-d isn't affected by time or space that if we pray to G-d now for Moses to live and lead us, perhaps we would help bring on the Messianic era. I believe that G-d is waiting for the Jewish people to appreciate what Moses did for them by giving them the Torah. The rules are hard to live by and I believe Moses had to absorb that resentment from the Jewish people for G-d. The rules are G-d's rules. Until we appreciate the beauty of his gift to us G-d will not lead us anywhere.
It is a mitzva to pray for someone who did something good for you. Let us pray for Moses to live. He shielded us from G-d's wrath and he shielded G-d from our hate.
Lori Lawrence
Hampstead, NC
October 2, 2011
i love it
rabbi gordon without you i wouldn't have the zchut to learn chumash. this is great
shlomi
October 1, 2011
What happened to the seed of Moses? Aaron's children became the high priest. What role did Moses' kids play?
malcolm
irvine, cal
chabadofthevalley.com
September 30, 2011
reply to
Sh´lom to Denmark,

For us who are gentiles, sons of Noah, there already is a path that we can follow, that will grant us a portion in "the world to come", this is referred to as the "seven laws of Noah" and we are so fortunate that the knowledge of this path is embedded in the Torah, for a starter you should check out asknoah.org, and also do a search for "the seven noahide laws" on chabad.org, they have both audio and lectures on this most fascinating and highly relevant topic, which really is the world's best kept secret, until now!!

All the best and l´shana tuvah from a Noahide living in Norway.
Ole Mads ben Noah
Bergen, Norway
September 28, 2011
Thank you!
Chabad.org has been a HUGE asset in our lives. We use the Halachot Times schedule daily and turn to these Torah portions near daily. I have spent time looking for a way of making a financial contribution, but have not seen a link anywhere on the page. Today, we signed up as a monthly High Holiday Appeal Chabad.org partner. Thank you SO much for your lessons!
Anonymous
diaspora
September 25, 2011
This is just amazing !
Regarding the comment with the title "This is just amazing," above, I would recommend that you contact a Chabad Rabbi in Great Britain and request their guidance. I would also recommend that you continue to study with me. I am privileged to be your teacher.

With blessings,

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
September 22, 2011
Aflame
Shalom Rabbi Gordon. Blessing to you and Chabad. Through Torah. prayer, Mitzvah: a flood of spiritual awakening, no longer a spark but aflame .
Paul Garcia
San antonio, Texas
chabadsa.com
September 21, 2011
ty
yeshar koach for making chumash exciting for me again.
rg
September 20, 2011
This is just amazing !
Shalom, Im have been a Christian for 31 years now and have studied a lot in my time. But never ever have I learned such deep things before. Is there somewhere in the U.K. where I as a gentile that is strongly drawn by Judaism can study? Im not wealthy by material standard, but this spiritual wealth you are teaching is so irrisistable that Im beginning to think I have act on it. Johnny, Denmark.
Anonymous
Vodskov, Denmark
September 16, 2011
wearing of tefillin and women
since this is a positive mitzvah and is mostly and done by men only, then where in this commandment the women who prefer to wear tefillin fall in? This is a discussion we had in class which i suggest to all those women to consult with their preference rabbi.
where it says that is a mitzvah only for men not for women?
Chesed Yocheved Avraham
Seattle, WA/USA
September 12, 2011
ty
tizkeh l'mitzvot
barry samet
glenview, ill./usa
September 8, 2011
SEFER HAMITZVOS .....
to the anonymous writer "from your mouth to G-d's ears". Rabbi Gordon is wonderful each and every day. Thank you to Chabad.org for their bringing our Jewish Heritage, Prayer's, Mitzvah's and most important our Torah back into our lives. I have learned so much and I am so greatful that you are here.
Anonymous
Seattle, WA
September 7, 2011
infinite combinations
in response to the question of infinite combinations- the idea as I understand is that you are beginning with the premise that you can repeat any of the letters an infinite number of times, hence infinite combinations
Anonymous
oakland, CA USA
August 31, 2011
Chumash and Other Books
Great shiruim. Which Chumash and books are you using and often cite during this classes?
James (Menachem]
Perry, GA
August 24, 2011
Re'eh 4th portian
At the end of todays lesson You talk about eating meat and cheese. Isnt this actually about humain treatment of our animals ? and why would this include chicken and cheese(thats not in the Torah)
Thankyou for these classes. I really find them helpfl, interesting and fun.
Mr. vin campano
August 24, 2011
poultry
Can poultry be eaten with dairy?
Dixie
Kennewick, WA
August 17, 2011
Rhema
Thank you Rabbi Gordon. For the Torah and Tanya classes .I was very happy to see your classes online.
Yosef Naharit
Santa Ana, El Salvador
chabadofthevalley.com
August 17, 2011
I still don't understand....
If different combinations of seven gives you 5,040 combinations, then different combinations of 22 would be a very large number but still finite! the only way to have an infinite number of combinations would be to have an infinite number of "stones" or "words" which we do not see in the hebrew language.
Anonymous
Wilmette, IL
August 16, 2011
All "souls" were present at Mt Sinai
In response to the comment titled -- "Presence of all Jews when the commandments were given" -- yes, the soul of each and every Jew ever to be born to a Jewish mother or ever to convert to Judaism by Halacha (Jewish Law) were present at Mt Sinai and experienced revelation. The souls were created even before "the world" was created.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
August 15, 2011
SEFER HAMITZVOS
May I request, suggest, in name of all the admirers and students of Rabbi Gordon, that as the year concludes, and the live Chumash and Tanya classes will be replaced with recordings, that we continue to have Rabbi Gordon give us LIVE classes daily, ON SEFER HAMITZVOS?

That would be wonderful.

Thank you!
Anonymous
mdeo
August 14, 2011
Daily Portion in Torah with Rabbi Gordon
These classes are priceless! Studying the weekly Torah portion, then giving the commentary of Rashi just brings the Torah to such a greater understanding. Thank you Rabbi Gordon for your wisdom, and your wit.

And, thank you again Chabad.org for your excellent programming.
Anonymous
Seattle, WA
chabadbellevue.org
August 13, 2011
Bloodshed, land of Israel
I still, after years, don't understand why G-d would order us to go to war with swords and other weapons of the time. Two alternatives come to mind, A. G-d clears the land of the unrighteous, driving them to distant lands, offering them time and challenges to turn them and their future generations against their yetzer hara. B. even better, we go to war with tefillin as our offense and defense, as we drop to our knees on the frontlines and pray for the turning of the enemy against their yetzer hara, taking the sword to our own deaths if necessary. War is hard thing on those who take the blows and possibly even more so on the one who delves them.
Michael Harshberger
Logan, utah
August 12, 2011
Yasher Koach!
May Hashem bless Rabbi Gordon and his family and his online producer Danny Aharonoff and his family.

Together, they have endeavored to share wisdom and light with the world.

In so many ways, I am blessed and privileged to know and love them both.
Anonymous
Encino, CA
August 11, 2011
shiur
where does he give this shiur? Can we see it in the morning?
Anonymous
los angeles, CA
August 10, 2011
Presence of all Jews when the commandments were given
Does this imply all souls born into or converted to Judaism past, present, or future were already created prior to the giving of the commandments? I did not quite understand what you said regarding this point. Thank you.
Hilda Zeigler
August 10, 2011
I listen to you on a dalily basis.
The Torah portion as well as Tanya.
Thank you.
Marina Steinberg
HB, CA,92649
August 9, 2011
Blessing to Rabbi Gordon i have gain so much by way of TORAH study .First to see how my own negative faults. May HASHEM give me the strenght and wisdom to correct myself. May I continue to draw near. AMEN.
Paul C. Garcia
San Antonio, Texas
chabadsa.com
July 31, 2011
Free choice and the evil inclination...
Being free to choose, one chooses the Best thing, meaning: Safety, Sanity, Mitzvot and Happiness. Cursed is whenever one chooses whatever is crazy to choose...
didier raymond
July 28, 2011
imagine
imagine, I could be watching a livestream movie on Netflix yet I'd rather watch your presentations. Why would I do that? A. You are entertaining. B. I want to be entertained by something I can walk away from and gain some kind of elevation from the experience. Granted, there are Hollywood movies now and then that aspire positive outcomes, but they seem far and few between.
Elul205770
Logan, Utah
July 23, 2011
31:15 numbers
why are the sages silent on vs 15 (in my stome edition Chumash) with the killing of the male children. this is very difficult to understand. my head knows the answer but my heart hurts.
Ms. marjorie simonton
July 21, 2011
y'sh'koyach
Rabbi David Gurevich rocks!
reb zishe
Berkeley, CA
July 16, 2011
Happy Belated Birthday Rabbi
Be blessed exceeding abundantly above and beyond what you can ask or think. Shalom
Anonymous
Newport News, VA
July 14, 2011
Baruch Hashem
You have helped me in ways that no words used could describe. When you think there is no light out there (Earth). Then comes Rabbi Gordon holding the torch so Jews of all kinds may find their way Home. There are still souls out there needing help to make it back home. i hope you have taught your children well for the Torah will bring them the truth .Jewish law is here to help keep us safe but that does not help those Jews that are still needing help everywhere in the world. Like your father taught you, i would pray that your children have that extra spark to help spread out and help Jews everywhere. The story does not end here it is just the beginning of the blessings that are well merited through hard work and service. Remember Hashem has your back and the back of all of creation because G-d don't make no junk!
Richard Raff
WA
July 12, 2011
Blessings on your birthday
Thank you for your blessings to us on your birthday. It's been 40+ years since we first met you in MD. May you be able to continue to teach us online until the time we can learn directly from Moshiach.
Anonymous
Formerly from College Park, MD
July 12, 2011
Happy Birthday
Rabbi Gordon; have a happy birthday until 120 with health and blessings. Thank you so much once again for bringing the teachings and the beauty of Torah to so many of us all over the world. May G-d give you always nachas
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
July 12, 2011
Tanya text

Text used for Tanya Class: Likutei Amarim Tanya, Bi- Lingual Edition, Kehot Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY

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Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon,
Encino , , CA
July 11, 2011
Tanya
What single book are you using reading Tanya?
Mr. Ned (Nachum) Zoller
July 5, 2011
thanx
your shiurim are very meaningful and it helps the whole family with chitas
thank you
mendel shapiro
melbourne, Australia
July 4, 2011
July 4 message-joke
The Moabites were not from Jamaica. They had to go back to Moab not JAMAICA! Some one may not get the joke.
Celeste Weston
Gainesville, Florida
July 2, 2011
OG
I tell you what...That story of what happened to Og by way of Moshe's ability to jump 45 ft
was "killing me,Larry"...And when you said the axe hit Og in the ankle I just rolled. Jackie Mason could not have done better.
Was that suppose to be funny? Sorry. I couldn't help but laugh.
Celeste Weston
Gainesville , Florida
June 29, 2011
Rabbi Gordon
Your classes are great. You help me do CHITAS every day!
Menachem Mendel Cohen
June 28, 2011
Mazel Tov on your recent honor....your inspiration knowledge and warmth have ripple effects that flow outwards even from our Chabad House's kitchen here in Columbia S.C.
Chavi Epstein
Columbia, South Carolina
June 28, 2011
pantheism
Does chabad believe in pantheism (G-d and nature are the same)?
malcolm
irvine, cal
chabadofthevalley.com
June 24, 2011
Pentateuch
I got the books, and have started following you with them. It is much simpler to follow you and being able to read where you are, especially since I dont know Hebrew yet.
Thank You.....
Ned....
Mr. Ned (Nachum) Zoller
June 21, 2011
OMAYN
Thank G`D for bringing me close to Hassidic/Kabbalistic thought.
Anonymous
Montreal, QC
June 16, 2011
rabbi gordon
do you know why the whole parshas vayikroh isn't mentioned here?
if here is when they actually strated bringing the karbonos.
Anonymous
oak park, MI
June 16, 2011
Study material
Thank You for the information. I have found and ordered the Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary volumes. I should get them in a week or two, then I can totally follow your teachings with the written also.
Thank You again.......Ned....
Ned Zoller
Foresthill, California
June 10, 2011
Metsudah and SS&R Chumash
They are different
Rabbi Gordon
Encino, CA
June 8, 2011
Is Metsudah Chumash/Rashi the same or is it totally different than the one you use? Im trying to look to buy one, but everywhere I look it is unavailable. Except this Metsudah edition.
Thank You.
Mr. Ned (Nachum) Zoller
June 6, 2011
Chumash and Rashi text
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
June 5, 2011
Material
Which chumash with rashi comments are you using, So I can follow along. Please list me the materials and authors you are using for these classes, so I can follow you with the book.
Thank You...Ned..
Mr. Ned (Nachum) Zoller
May 27, 2011
Chazak Chazak Vnishchazek
Today I finished the entire Book of Vayikra with the Rashi for the first time in my life. Thank you, Rabbi Gordon.
Anonymous
Spring Valley, NY
May 26, 2011
Levites Priesthood
Moses,Aaron,Miriam- The Levites were all married men.Did the wives work in this ministry with there husband?
Anonymous
Boulder City, Nevada
May 17, 2011
Thank you
Hi Rabbi,

Thank you for posting your daily Torah and Tanya classes. I have listened to them daily for the past month, and they are the highlight of every evening. Thank you so much.
Anonymous
Pasadena, CA
May 17, 2011
Thank you for making it so easy ( I literally look forward to it each day ) for me to learn the Torah and Tanya portions. You know the story with the three bears?- your delivery is always "just right "!!!!

P.S.What happened to last week's lovely water pitcher......amethyst?
Anonymous
Bklyn, N.Y.
April 21, 2011
The breaking of the commandments
When Moshe our spiritual leader of blessed memory broke the tablets of the 613 commandments, i see stones from those remains. Is this why stoning was a accepted form of punishment when breaking the rules in Jewish law?
Anonymous
April 13, 2011
Good Merit
Dear Rabbi Gordon

If you keep up with this pace of teaching, it might have gained enough good merit for every Jew in the world. Then G-d will merit you with a nice 401k plan and much blessings.
Anonymous
April 13, 2011
today's lesson.....
Just wanted to let you know I got back safely. Enjoyed your breakfast and talks when I was there and wanted you to know I am still listening and watching!
Dennis
Dennis Weinberg
Minnetonka, MN
April 12, 2011
tanya
happy to hear of upcoming classea
i am very interested in learning deeply about the 10 sperot. i am working on integrating these conceps in health, especially in movement.
thank you
ruti












oncepts in health and especially movement
ruti abramowitz
brooklyn, ny
April 11, 2011
Love your style
Dear Rabbi Gordon thank you for making my every morning brighter. May G-d bless you.
David ben Moshe
Chicago
March 31, 2011
Yasher koach for doing these classes. I have been asking Zalman to do this, especially the CHUMASH for a long time. MANY people I know participate almost every day. It has made a huge difference to them.
Menachem Schmidt
menachem schmidt
March 30, 2011
Suggestion/request
Can the good Rabbi please begin a daily Sefer Hamitzvos class? That would be wonderful! Thank you for considering :)
Anonymous
Montevideo, Uruguay
March 29, 2011
megillot esther
I enjoyed this series and hope next year continues from this point
Dr. Solomon m fuhrman
March 22, 2011
This is my first time through the entire Chumash. So, of course it is my first real exposure to Rashi. It is an amazing gift to have Rabbi Gordon bring both the word of G-d in the Chumash and the words of Rashi to life for us.
Thank you
Mr. Rich Levin
chabadrochester.com
March 14, 2011
The 24 families serving in temple
The families served for 2 weeks at a time and there were 24 families.What about the
other 4 weeks of the year?
Mr. Quentin Otis
March 12, 2011
repayment
Does the money owed for mistrust in a business matter superimposed money owed for teithing. Example, I was trusted with $1000 sometime ago i broke trust with the other party in this business deal. I know realize my sin and want to make atonement. All I have is $1200 which I owe for teith who do I pay Hashem or the person I owe the money to?
Josh
phila, pa
March 11, 2011
Thank You
As someone reclaiming her Jewish roots this was invaluable. Thank you so much for posting this!
Ashley Sharkey
Yorktown, IN
March 11, 2011
Thank you
Rabbi Gordon is a pleasure to listen to. I just discovered this class and it's good for someone such as myself whose grasp of the original texts as not as strong due to coming to yiddishkeit relatively later in life. He makes everything make sense! Great sense of humor makes it all come alive - thank you, Rabbi Gordon!
Tziviah Goldberg
Seattle, WA
March 10, 2011
sacrifices
brilliant thanks
Judith Chesney
IOW
March 7, 2011
many thanks
As a person with low vision, learning was very difficulot for me. Thanks to you, Rabbli I am able to learn Chitas once again!
Anonymous
Brooklun, NY
March 2, 2011
Thank you
I, too, would like to thank Rabbi Gordon for the Chumash and Tanya classes. I just started saying chitas again recently because I found these classes online. As anonymous wrote below - you also make me laugh :) I can do chitas on my own in a lot shorter time but you bring the daily chumash and tanya alive for me. I love how you show us pictures from that book to explain the mishkan and how you bring in other commentaries.
Thank you very much!
Chana
London, England
March 1, 2011
daily chumash
Rabbi Gordon.. like many others I am so grateful to you and your supporters for producing this.. but also importantly you make me laugh.. it lightens up my day. May Hashem bless you and yours and give you strength and fortitude to continue in your wonderful work.
Anonymous
london, u.k.
February 27, 2011
Helpful
I find this particular talk helpful. Made me realise that not 'everybody is out to get me' if I see things from a spiritual perspective and not from an animalistic perspective.
Bleh
Blehtown, Blehville
February 25, 2011
Tabernacle
Text used during Mishkan season: The Tabernacle by Moshe Levine, for Soncino Press ltd., by Melechet Hamishkan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 25, 2011
Moshe's face
I thought it was covered over with a veil of some sort because people couldn't look at him. I don't know the source for that.

Thank you for the wonderful classes.
Esther Asna Cohen
Montreal, QC
February 24, 2011
sh' koyach! Daniel!!
unsung hero, "take a bow".
Zish
Berkeley, CA
February 23, 2011
tabernacle
hi rabbi,
what is the book you use showing photos of the tabernacle?
thank you for this and for all of your classes.
steve smith
las vegas, nv
February 21, 2011
Moshe's face
Your point is very interesting. I haven't run into anything like that but I will need to check further.

Speaking of being from New Jersey:

Do you know why the people from New York are always depressed? Because the light at the end of their Tunnel is New Jersey!
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 19, 2011
Moshe's face
Is there a teaching anywhere that perhaps Moshe didn't face Israel when he was teaching them? How could they endure the radiance while he was teaching? Did Israel maybe bow their heads, or something? So many questions! On a side note, it doesn't seem to matter if the parsha is an hour or eleven minutes, it seems to take the same amount of time and I can't belive that it's already over when it's over! But what do I know? I'm from New Jersey, too.
Christine
Barto, USA
jewishenrichment.com
February 18, 2011
to seth pachino
The Tanya also says elsewhere that we are higher than the angels! Because, as you say, they don't have a choice and we do.

Shabbat Shalom!
natan
Brooklyn, NY
February 17, 2011
Hashem
G-d is here, G-d is there, G-d is truly everywhere, every second.
Anonymous
February 17, 2011
Enjoy the discourse
I thoroughly enjoy the discourse!
Anonymous
flushing, ny
February 17, 2011
Adar 12
How can Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi say we are lower than the bugs, because we do what we are not created to do. And as you pointed out, we have a choice and while we might make the wrong choice it is still a choice. the bug or worm has no choice, it is a worm. If given a choice maybe it would also choose wrong making the worm just as bad as us. if that is the case how can Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi say what he said?
seth pachino
baltimore, md
February 17, 2011
The 3rd & 4th Generation
When I used to live in the U.S., I noticed that the first generation immmigrants -my grandparents' generation, kept the commandments and personified Jewish values. The second generation wanted to be American, and abandoned many of the commandments, but still maintained Jewish ethical values. The third generation no longer knew those values unless they returned to the ways of their grandparents. By the forth generation...
David A. Fairman
Kiryat Gat, Israel
February 16, 2011
Ki Tisa
G-d created time. Perhaps that is why Hebrew has no present tense of the word "to be" - since there is no now. The moment I say now it is already past. We live in time. The present tense is only in the Name of G-d is the eternal now.
Therefore we cannot ask what was before, for before creation there was no before.
David A Fairman
February 14, 2011
Thanks
Enjoyed your reading.
Anonymous
Bardstown, Kentucky
February 14, 2011
English Translation
Dear Rabbi Gordon, i am enjoying your Chumash class everyday. Thank you. I follow the daily Torah Reading portion. But the English translation on Rashi have been missing for a while. I am just wondering when will it be available again. I really miss it!!!!
Anonymous
Fountain Valley, CA
February 12, 2011
rabbi grdon
thanks for your answer!
Anonymous
op, mi
February 11, 2011
Moshe Rabeinu's birthday, Yahrzeit & Tezaveh
Today, the 7th of Adar, is the birthday as well as the Yahrzeit (day of passing) of Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses.) ob'm.

When Moshe Rabbeinu was petitioning G-d Al-Mighty to forgive the Jewish people for the sin of the Golden Calf (next week's Torah portion) he said, "...and if you do not agree to forgive them, please erase my name from the book which you authored." This argument in fact prevailed and G-d Al-Mighty forgave the Jewish people and allowed them to live.

However, our Sages taught that the words of a great Tzaddik, though uttered conditionally, carry tremendous weight. It is for this reason that Moshe Rabbeinu's name is "erased" in the portion of Tzetaveh. Throughout the entire portion, Moshe's name is not mentioned even once! The significance of choosing this portion is because it is the portion which is usually read around the day of Adar 7, the birthday as well as the Yahrzeit (day of passing) of Moshe Rabbeinu.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 10, 2011
:)
Thank you Rabbi 4 Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Mr. Bashar Lahdo
July 30, 2010
thank you for reorganizing this page
It is much easier to use now! And thank you for the wonderful classes as always.
Esther Asna Cohen
Montreal, Canada
February 9, 2011
Toda Raba
Thank you Rabbi for the parasha class. It literally gives me life!
Anonymous
santa ana, el salvador
chabadofthevalley.com
February 8, 2011
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
.i don't need the visual class for Tanya now i just read it on my own. Before i would wait to watch the class. Now it has more meaning for me when i can read on my own, thus to internalizing the message . Now the Chumash class, i still need help with understanding the info and plus i could merit the Mitzvah for doing so. Your a good man don't let anyone tell you any different
Richard Raff
February 8, 2011
Archives
There was a technical issue on Sunday and Monday for Tanya. All three classes should be G-d willing uploaded today. Thank you for learning with me.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 8, 2011
Text used in class
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY

Text used for Tanya Class: Likutei Amarim Tanya, Bi- Lingual Edition, Kehot Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY

There is a Chumash and a Tanya available online while you are watching the class, although not necessarily the above texts. Please check your screen.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino , CA
February 8, 2011
Brass and Copper
I have seen both terms used. I use them randomly
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino , CA
February 8, 2011
archives
Realy wish the Tanya archives were up to date!!!!. I am trying to keep up with my resolution of learning chitas daily but... tanya isnot being said daily... Haven't done tanya since Shabbos.
Anonymous
February 7, 2011
Calling out the verses
Rabbi J.B. Thanks for calling out the verses when you go to the Rashi, I am ADD.. Its very hard for me to follow, but I am with you every day, Thanks so much for the Chitas Class.
Mendel
Boyberik, NY
February 6, 2011
rabbi gordon
i want to know what is cunnection between moshe rabainus birthday and yartzait, and his name not not being in this weeks torah porshin?
Anonymous
op, mi
February 6, 2011
Parshas Terumah - Seventh Portion
I was recently introduced to Rabbi Josh Gordon's Chumash lessons online by a dear friend, Mrs. KP (Oak Park, MI). I listen to the video every morning. On Fridays I learn both the sixth portion, and the seventh portion in advance for Shabbos. I was disappointed that you do not have Terumah, Shevi'i online. Is this an oversight? BTW I really enjoy listening to your classes and look forward to starting my day learning Chumash through your website. Thanks so much for this public service.
Anonymous
Oak Park, MI
February 4, 2011
Is נחשת brass as stated by the Rav or copper, as translated in your text translation? I always understood it to be copper.
David A. Fairman
Kiryat Gat, Israel
February 3, 2011
Tanya Lesson for Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 29 S
Time Management for the Torah Observant Jew- not found on any New York Times best sellers list, because they are all too busy performing mitzvot to read it!
Thank you for today's lesson.
Christine
Barto, USA
jewishenrichment.com
February 3, 2011
rabbi gordon
started this week listening to tanya chumash love your show keep smiling!
gilli
mtl, canada
February 3, 2011
thank you
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for your daily classes. Even though it is sometimes difficult to relate to my daily struggles, it somehow helps to settle me down.
Anonymous
Winnipeg
February 3, 2011
Chumush
could you please tell me what version of Chumush you use in teaching your daily class? Thank you
Anonymous
Atlanta, GA
February 2, 2011
Thanks
I am a priest in the mormon church .I started the study withj Rabbi Gordon 1 year ago . I am so happy to be apart of your class and have found an real friend in my fellow jew in the Torah in my day to day life and in Kabbalah as we study in our church i am glad to be able to teach the lesssons i learn with you thanks hawk
Anonymous
Gastonia, N.C.
February 2, 2011
details of the mishkan
Everything in the Torah is considered holy. But why are the technical details of the Mishkan considered thus?
Anonymous
queens, ny
February 1, 2011
Chumash Lessons
The Chumash lessons are great!
Anonymous
January 31, 2011
Chumash Lesson for Monday, January 31, 2011 - 26 S
Thank you for the added effort of showing the pictures today. It was quite helpful and appreciated.
Christine
Barto, USA
jewishenrichment.com
January 31, 2011
still connected
U R looking good and sounding good to me, my Rabbi.
Zishe
Boyklee, CA
January 28, 2011
I am so joyful to the Creator for bringing you to the new age of computor Torah classes. Today's lesson is once again perfect.

Thank You. Rabbi Gordon
Anonymous
January 27, 2011
Thank you all for your comments
To all who write comments of thanks and appreciation:

It is your comments that keep me going day after day. Thank you.

To all who I meet in my travels and you tell me you study with me. Your comments and thanks are very much appreciated. I am grateful to Hashem for giving me the opportunity to spread forth the fountains of teachings of Torah and Chassidus to the outer extremes....

Many blessings to all of you….
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
January 27, 2011
Witch
Re: your request to define "Witch" and give an example:

Maimonides in Laws of Idolatry and their Statutes, Chapter 11 paragraph 1 states:

"We may not follow the statutes of the idolaters or resemble them in their style..."

Paragraph 15 states: "A sorcerer must be condemned to execution..." the note states an example, "such as someone who picks a field of cucumbers magically."

For our purposes, all of these laws are an outgrowth of the Torah prohibition of "idolatry and idolatrous practices."
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
January 27, 2011
parshas Bo 12:35 "Smalos" (garments)
Good question. Perhaps we speak purely of financial (investment and trade) value of the Egyptian garments (like that of gold and silver) and not the practical use of wearing them?
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
January 27, 2011
woman becoming impure from semen
In short:

There are two types of "purity" and "impurity." One is in relationship to intimacy. That is the Mikvah observance of today and the one you refer to.

The other is in connection with entering into the Bais Hamikdahs, the "Holy Temple." The laws are different and the observances are different. That is what this refers to. The revelation at Mt. Sinai required this higher form of purity which is not observed today.
Rabbi Yehohua B Gordon
Encino, CA
January 27, 2011
I love this lesson... Thank You for honoring the Shabbat...
Anonymous
January 25, 2011
witch
Please define "witch". Can you provide an example?
Thank you.
Steve Smith
Las Vegas, NV
January 25, 2011
parshas meshpotiem
Reb J,B when we were learning, just now posuk 24, when you leand money, i was thinking of your grandfathers loan association, may he be remembered for blessing.

I used to borrow from your uncle Reb shimon, and offcourse i paid back on time, may he live a long healthy life
mendel
BROOKLYN, NY
January 20, 2011
Absolutely Perfect. May G-d continue to bless you and all the Jewish Families.
asunshinegirl79akakarinarose
Petaluma, ca
January 20, 2011
woman becoming impure from semen
Rabbi. I'm confused. A woman goes to the mikvah after 7 clean days. Then she has relations with her husband. Does this mean that she is impure again?!?! I know that this does not apply so now I am wondering how semen can make a woman impure. Blood from the womb makes a woman impure.
Could you clarify this for me.
Thanks and Happy Tu B'Av.
Chana Malka
Cliffside Park, New Jersey
January 20, 2011
Rabbi Gordon's classes
Everyone at home sit down and get something to eat. You are just such a blessing Rabbi Gordon. You can't know how much comfort and inspiration you provide.
Yehoshua Frankel
Geula Hayom, Planet Geula
January 19, 2011
Everything you say brings many blessings to your Master's Ears. Now go out and make it happen.

Everyone is waiting ...

I can say I love you but you know my words fail compare to your lesson.

Everyword you speak is true!!
Keren
Petaluma
January 19, 2011
thanks!
Thank you so much! you changed my days!
Anonymous
Brooklyn, NY
January 18, 2011
Speech, Thought and Deed
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for your fantastic classes. Yes I've got finally around writing this, now the idea has entered my thought, resulting in this action. I think that all these ideas on speech, thought and action also see to be well explained and applied to education by famous Jewish -( 1920s Russian ) psychologist, namely Lev Vygotsky in his book ' Speech and Thought;. When it comes to children's learning the opposite is true, their mind and thought develop through speech and instruction as you explained before, starting with a simple idea, a spark, then development of plans ( speech before action or acompaning action) and actualisation of plans.
Vygotsky wrote many books when young as he had TB and such a limited time. As he was Jewish he was at first refused a university place despite his brilliance, but later got one due to random, arbitrary throw of a dice. He was interested in arbitrary probability of casting lots- another Jewish topic.
Thank you so very much.
Anonymous
Ware, U.K
January 18, 2011
Thank You
I have been watching now almost everyday for the past couple of weeks. I have not read the Torah in years and am at a point in my life where I am really looking inwards and embracing my being a Jew, and this class is a big part of helping me embrace that and understanding more of who I am... So thank you..
Mr. scott fox
January 14, 2011
thank you
You have helped me remember the greatness of the Torah.
Anonymous
January 13, 2011
Omer
Did HaShem equalize their appetites? My husband and teenage son can eat 2-3 times the amount of food that I can, so I'm wondering if appetites were equalized or if sharing was allowed.
Christine
Barto, PA
jewishenrichment.com
January 12, 2011
the egyptian persute
why did the egyptians persue the Jews?
to kill them or to bring them back to egypt for more slave labor ?
martin getz
miami, florida
January 10, 2011
Daily Chumash class
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

My daily dose of sanity.

Thank you very much.
Yehoshua Frankel
Geula Hayom, Planet Geula
January 7, 2011
parshas Bo 12:35
If the jew didn't change their dress when in Miztrayim then why were the 'simlaos' more important than the silver and gold?

I realy enjoy the classes. My kids go to school and then I go to my school...
Elisheva
Beitar, Israel
January 6, 2011
The
Dear Reb Avi, I must apologize for not having your correct name. I have been following your presentations of Tanya, which are excellent, and in today's Chumash portion you were even better.

I thank you for your personal elucidations which to me were very interesting and informative, and new subjects for my meditations. It was a blessing to see and hear you today!

Shalom.
Mr. Robert Burdman
January 5, 2011
Mitzvot?
It was stated that there were no mitzvot to adhere to in order to qualify for redemption. What of the Noahide Laws? Surely they were applicable and practiced. Right?
Michael Harshberger
Logan, utah
January 5, 2011
Just turned 40 and decided to try to do Chitas daily. Thanks for helping to make this doable despite being an over-scheduled, working full time mother of 4 young kids. Thanks to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Kalmanson for recommending it.
Anonymous
Cincinnati, OH
January 4, 2011
I have to tell you that I've really been struggling with saying the Rashis along with the Chumash which I read every day as part of my daily Chitas, and it's such a pleasure and so easy now! Thank you so much!
CMN
January 3, 2011
Daily Chumash
Just taking the opportunity to say thank you again Rabbi Gordon.

What a gift you have given to all of the Jewish people.
Yehoshua Frankel
Geula Hayom, Planet Geula
January 3, 2011
Chitas with Rabbi Gordon
I love to follow along with Rabbi Gordon, his tone, humor and explanations are brilliant. Thank you Chabad.org, thank you Rabbi Gordon.
Anonymous
Melbourne, Australia
January 1, 2011
Speed
Dear Reb Gordon, have enjoed your Chumash and Tanya elucdatons for three years and I must tell you that, to me, the tempo under which the lessons are being read and elucidated is exedeengly fast and the content difficult to follow. Maybe somebody else has given you a comment along these lines? Of course, it may just be me getting old. I much appreciate the time and effort invested on this very important project. Your personality and the way in which pepper your commentary with stories and asides makes viewing the lessons come alive.
Shalom
Mr. Robert Burdman
January 1, 2011
Thank you
We have just discovered the truth about Christianity several weeks ago, and have left it behind for the one Truth. These videos are a very important part of our lives now. Thank you for your time and effort.
Christine
Barto, PA
jewishenrichment.com
December 30, 2010
Leap year Tanya archives?
If you have printed Tanya, you can then see where the the Tanya is
for example friday december 31, 2010
is Tevet 24, 5771
the Tanya will be the first part of Chapter 13
you can go to the archives and find chapter 13 and watch until 9:50
Mendy Stock
Oak Park, MI
December 28, 2010
Leap year Tanya archives?
How do I get to this year's, the leap year's Tanya lessons? Since Tanya is usually not available for the day, I go to archives, but I'm hearing the "wrong" day's lesson ( a non-leap year day). I don't mind listening to Tanya whichever "wrong" day it is; and I don't mind listening to this year's lesson a few days later when maybe it is available, but how do I get to it? Thank you.
Anonymous
Cleveland
December 22, 2010
Milk and Meat etc.
1) Rabbis spend so much time studying the laws of milk and meat.
According to Naturopathic Medicine both are not good for you. (Meat in moderation just once a week is ok, dairy is better to avoid altogher). Why wasting your time with spending so much time studying the laws of milk and meat, if its better (healthier) to become indifferent to both ?

2) I thought the opposite of Love is Indifference. With Hate (against evil) you are still emotionally involved with it and only damage, pollute and weaken yourself. Isn't it wiser to become indifferent towards evil (unless the evil challenges you directly and you have no choice, but to fight it direclty like policemen, soldiers, firefigthters etc.) ?

Thanks for the great teaching and your answer
Adam Waldhorn
Tarzana, CA
December 21, 2010
Jochebed nursing Moshe
G-d's 'trick' was to show Pharo (and us!) that the savior of the Jews, grew up in his palace!
This child was the King's daughter's adopted child and had special privileges.
Before he was suspected (and escaped), he was even in charge of managing various departments in the palace.
natan
Brooklyn, NY
December 20, 2010
body verse limbs
in the begin of chapter 9 the abbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi describes the animal soul that it starts in the heart and spreads to the body. then he describes the divine soul that it starts in the brain and spreads to the limbs. is there any reason why he says one place the body and the other place the limbs?
Seth
Baltimore, MD
December 21, 2010
Jochebed nursing Moshe
I assume that she nursed them in her own home and no one knew about it
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
December 20, 2010
Jochebed nursing Moshe
How come that the Egyptains did not become suspicious about the child that Jochebed was nursing?
Ole Mads ben Noah
December 19, 2010
Today's Tanya
These are very awesome things that our G-d needs from us.
Lisa
Morro Bay, Ca.
December 21, 2010
Parashas Vayechi line 50:23
I imagine that it is pointed out regarding Yosef beacuse these were children and grandchildren born and raised in EGYPT of all places in the home of a King and yet they remained staunch observant Jews.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
December 19, 2010
Parashas Vayechi line 50:23
Shalom Rabbi Gordon. Thank you for your joyous classes and the integration of todays issues and laws in relationship with your teachings. Extremely inspiring and bringing the class in todays world.
Vayechi line 50:23 "Jospeph saw three generations through Ephraim .....of Manesseh were raised on Joseph's knees"
During Kiddish on Shabbat a fellow congregant and I were talking about how each year we read / study the Chumash / Torah we learn something new. He brough up this question to me nad mentioned the Rabbi at the other Synagogue he attends after years of study had only picked up on this line the question? How come we do not read about the same comment in reference to the three Patriachs? His Rabbi did not have the answer. Thus Rabbi Gordon we hope you can answer why only in this instance do we read this more detailed information?
Anonymous
Deerfield Beach, FL
December 21, 2010
Daily Chumash Shiur, 4th portion 15.12.10
I like your observation
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
December 17, 2010
obedience
dear rabbi
it is through your obedience that i and the many are blessed. i live in an isolated area but through your efforts and the gifts and sacrifices of other obedient souls, i am brought into community.
thank you
marjorie simonton
grady, new mexico
December 15, 2010
Hi Rabbi, I want to say I love You and have great respect for You, I enjoy the gamara and Tanya classes very much, I love the community as well and just wanted to let You know , My love for You and I am grateful for having You as My teacher. Thank You.
Abraham Goldstein
encino, ca
December 15, 2010
Daily Chumash Shiur, 4th portion 15.12.10
Rabbi Gordon,

I would like to ask you a question that I have had since some time. Issochor is so to speak the spiritual banner of the Shevotim. Yet he is compared to the chamor, who is as I understand it a most material creation (chamor/chomer). This seems to me difficult to reconcile but I came up with following answer: the complete achieving of spirituality can only be fulfilled when it comes from the most far away point from it. Is this an answer that explains "chamor gorem"?

Respectfully
Michoel Dovid Cohen
Zurich, Switzerland
December 13, 2010
Holy Temple/Tanya
The Holy Temple should be designed like a diamond shape. In comparison of what was said in class is that, we have weaker points and then we have stronger points. We have positive mitzvahs and negative mitzvahs, and also we have lower worlds and upper worlds. With this in mind somehow we all must come together as ONE. . To draw G-d's presents down we must first have an understanding how to connect to Him personally and all together. When the Temple is built we should be like energy showing we belong to G-d and Him only. If G-d made Adam and Eve He surely meant to make their children to prove a point. The point is that we can make this work and even make it in the upright and loving fashion. As long as we can control our positive and negative energy's we can show Him we are ready for Him now.
Anonymous
December 12, 2010
Thank you!
For the past 8 months I have made a point to learn parsha with you each day. Although I have been in Israel over the month on a "working" vacation I have made sure to study with you on a daily basis. A matter of fact as I am learning with you online, I have my laptop with me at the Kotel.

Thank you for being such a great source that I am motivated to sit here (during a horrible storm) @ the kotel & learn with you.

(We met back in October when I was in Tarzana for a Wedding and davined at ur Shul that Friday AM and was invited to watch you give ur online class for the last alyah of Noach)
Lewis R. Robbie" Friedner
Cherry Hill, NJ
December 9, 2010
Chumash Rashi shiur
Rabbi Gordon shlita

I would like to thank you for this shiur, that I (try to) follow since 19 Kislev last..


Brocho veHatzlocho
Michael Dovid Cohen
Zurich, Switzerland
December 9, 2010
Tanya
What kind of problems?
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
December 8, 2010
tanya
I am having problems with the tanya shiur yesterday and today.
Anonymous
Beitar, Israel
December 7, 2010
Benjamin
Little Benjie was to young to be out herding at that time.
Yaakov Shwecky
December 7, 2010
Benjamin
Where was Benjamin when the brothers sold Josef?
Ole Mads Ben Noach
Bergen, Norway
December 3, 2010
David Hamelech
You are absolutely correct. Dovid HaMelech had that special gift. He was a Neshamah Klalis and a "Roeh" -- a "General Soul and a Shephard."

However, the Tzadik needs to take advantage of the potential gift and make it happen by his hard work.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
December 2, 2010
David HaMelach
I think we learned yesterday that to be a complete tzadik G-d has to help him, ie give him a gift.
But today we learned that Dovid HaMelach became a complete tzadik on his own. he said he "killed the evil within him" how is both of these positions possible?
Seth
Baltimore, MD
December 2, 2010
Siddur
The Tanya is the writen law of chasidus and may be placed on the Siddur just as a Chumash may.

I love Rabbi gordon's classes, and I tell all whom I know that they should learn CHITas with rabbi gordon.

keep it up especially the good humor.
Mendy Stock
Oak Park, MI
December 1, 2010
Jackie Mason
I enjoy your shiur. The humor you inject is great. I see you quote Jackie Mason every once in a while. We once went to see his show. The curtain opened onto a bare stage - not a single prop. He comes out, looks at the stage, looks at the audience and says: "Foiniture? you want foiniture? Go to a foiniture store!" I stayed rolled on the floor the rest of the evening.
You may want to throw this in, somehow, in one of your lectures
Anonymous
queens, ny
December 1, 2010
Where can i buy
That siddur Rabbi Gordon had ... I have seen that somewhere before. Rabbi Gordon where can i buy one of those siddur books? Great work your doing by the way and have a Happy Chanukah.
Richard Raff
December 1, 2010
Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Gordon has a G-d's gift teaching Torah to people, to people who was deprived of Torah in ex-Soviet Union. His unbelievable knowledge and great sense of humor makes you run to read and study Torah.
Thank You so much !
Mr. Leon Klein
November 30, 2010
sidder
i love your classes, but i with all respect, i am not sure if as you did today, someone is able to lean a Tanya on a Siddur. If i am wrong as i frequently am please let me know.
thank you
Seth
Baltimore, MD
November 28, 2010
Reply to Rabbi's reply
Thank you for your guidance. I will try to be more religious.
Kayo
Tokyo, Japan
November 27, 2010
Question on mourners
Of course, when we lose someone close to us we are obligated to cry and mourn and observe all of the Torah practices outlined in the Code of Jewish Law. However, at the same time, we utter a blessing stating, "Boruch Dayan Emet." We declare "Blessed be the True Judge," etc.

The most important point to bear in mind perhaps is another one: When something happens to someone else, we must cry and object and demand from G-d that He do only good. When G-d Forbid something happens to US, we should try very hard not to become a "victim" and somehow find the faith deep within us to say and feel. "Gan Zu LeTova" -- "this too is for the best."

Needless to say, all of this is very complex and should never be over simplified.

May we merit only visible good for us all. Amen!
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
November 25, 2010
Question on mourners
You say, "G-d forbid, saying 'poor me'" and we should all have to act as "Gan Zu LeTova" attitude.Gemara tells "every thing is from HaShem. Since HaShem is good, evey thing happens to us is good." But when someone close to us passes away, we do not say, G-D FORBID, "Gan Zu LeTova", and it is natural for close kins to cry for Shiva. Nobody says they should not act like "Poor me" attitude. Then what is wrong for one to cry and been depressed for a while when a tragedy strikes him or her?
Kayo
Tokyo, Japan
November 25, 2010
from Adelaide
Hello Rabbi
what a wonderful surprise this first Tanya lesson from you
It was so appropriate for our community prayer.
mark Cohen
Adelaide, S Au
November 25, 2010
Rabbi Gordon Tanya Class
What a blessing Rabbi Gordon. I am new at studying Tanya, I bought the Likkutei Amarim Tanya, Hebrew/English and now I am learning from this book, and while listening to you Rabbi, I am thankful for such a great teaching. You are so right that prayers should be with good intent a always honoring G-d in all we do. I love G-d so much and I do not deserve all these wonderful things He has given me. Thank you all at Chabad for your teachings!
Anonymous
Mesa, Arizona, USA
November 25, 2010
Last day in Tanya cycle
Referring to Shabbas, if G-d rested from saying the 10 utterances, yet creation is continuous constantly, what am I missing here? Thank you.
Anonymous
Cleveland, OH
November 25, 2010
Tanya
Extrenmely interesting but why can you not sit still ? Why do you have to rock back and forth ?
Anonymous
great neck, nassau
November 25, 2010
tefila
this lecture should be a mandatory watch by many chabad rabbis. 2 common problems in chabad centers one they pray too fast which takes all the meaning and the concentration/intention right out the window and the average person is lost. the second problem is good portion of the prayer is done silently by the cantor which is a disservice to the congregation especially for those who cant read well and are required to hear the prayers to meet their obligation.
there should be refreshment courses instituted for chabad rabbis who forget at times what is the real meaning of pray is.
shimon
atlanta, usa
November 25, 2010
613 hidden attributes of G-d
Where can I find a list of these attributes
Bernard Rosenberg
Brewster, New York
November 25, 2010
Judah or Joseph
On a pshat (simple meaning) level - Yosef is a great tzadik (righteous man) and even resists the woman's advances, while Judah turns aside and gives in to the temptation of the harlot. Then why is Moshiach tfrom Judah and not Joseph? Is it because Judah did tshuva (repentance) and owned up to his sins??
In general - leadership in Israel comes from lowly places, often from acts that the Torah later forbids (Even Moshe son of a man who married his aunt)!
David Alan Fairman
Kiryat Gat, Israel
November 24, 2010
Ott
As they say in Yiddish, Ott is a shiur (this is a class)!
Sh'koiach (thanks) to you. I watch it every day!
Anonymous
queens, ny
November 22, 2010
Question
You told us that for women it is OK to spend time in front of mirror, but not proper for men. Why? Is there Kabalistic implicaiton?
Kayo
Tokyo, Japan
November 20, 2010
Dear Rabbi Gordon
You are simply great!
Anonymous
November 15, 2010
The purpose of life
Dear Rabbi Gordon

I understand what you said about how we were placed in this world to bring down holiness, and that the point of life is not to get to heaven. But doesn't that contradict the teaching in Pirkei Avos: "העולם הזה דומה לפרוזדור בפני העולם הבא"? (This world is a corridor to the world to come)
Yisroel Gurvich
November 11, 2010
Way to go Rabbi Gordon!
I have been searching for daily Torah study groups to assist me in my journey from Conservative Judaism into Orthodox Judaism. This is a huge help.
Way to go Rabbi Gordon!
Shelly
Houston, Texas
November 10, 2010
Daily Chumash
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

I am trying to learn the Ivrit (Hebrew language) of the Chumash.
I find your daily Torah class a perfect opportunity to do so given the way that you say the Hebrew and then the translation.

Thank you. I note also that the transmission has now improved dramatically so that it works great.

Thank you very much,
Yehoshua Frankel
Planet Geula, Goodness
November 8, 2010
The Well
i have been to a park that has a very interesting spring that just flows from the ground. So if i wait there long enough i will find my wife?
Anonymous
November 7, 2010
I enjoyed your lecture
I enjoyed your lecture. It was very informative.
I also enjoyed the humor.
Anonymous
amherst, ny
November 7, 2010
Spotted in Crown Heights
My kids were so excited to see Rabbi Gordon in Crown Heights. They ran into the house shouting, "Mommy! We saw your Tanya Rabbi across the street!"
Dina W.
Brooklyn, Ny
November 7, 2010
I like your jokes, thanks!
SHLOMO
DELMAR, NY
November 6, 2010
Todays Tanya
Such a beautiful Tanya!
Lisa Hatfield
November 4, 2010
Ages in Torah
I am sure that there are many opinions. However, the traditional view is that it is literal. The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote and spoke on this issue and he underscored the fact that (in addition to the many esoteric interpretations) the Torah must (also) be taken literally..
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
November 4, 2010
Ages in Torah
Rabbi,
I was recently told that when Torah states that a person lived so many years (ex. 127) that it is not literal. I was told that for every season, a person turned a year older. I have never heard this, so can you tell me if this is correct?
Rivkah
Herkimer, NY
October 25, 2010
Thank you from Noahide
Thank you very much Rabbi and Chabad. Look foward to learning and growing with truth ! Have benefitted tremendously.
Anonymous
October 22, 2010
Be'er Sheva
I believe all of the above.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
October 22, 2010
Why was Zoar saved
An excellent question.

A simple answer quoted by some commentaries (Ramban, Rashbam) is that ultimately (the very next day) Zoar was destroyed as G-d wanted. That explains why Lot ran to the mountain.

Lot's request was merely requesting a short stay until he was able to go to the mountains.

There are other views which I am not going into here and now.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
October 22, 2010
"Be'er sheva" - does it mean "seven wells" or "the well of the seven (sheep)" - or "the well of the oath"?

Thank you for a most interesting class.
David A. Fairman
October 22, 2010
tanya shiur
I came to this site because i was looking for something about "timtum halev." This is such an inspiring class, really clear and well explained.
avi schryber
givat zeev, israel
October 20, 2010
Soar?
Why was Soar saved in Lot's merit, but when Abraham tried , he wasnt able to plea on their behalf?
A
LA
October 17, 2010
Vayeira, first portion
Thank you. It is most helpful to me that you translate every phrase, both here and when you teach Tanya. I am attempting to learn to read and understand without nekudot (vowelization marks).
If it was Pesach, Why is "lechem" translated as "bread" and not "matzoh"? As you stated, the forefathers kept the mitzvos.
Vayeira, first portion
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 9, 2010
live shiur
I agree to what Natan says, i really miss the daily live shiur. It just feels different.
If possible, can we please go back to the old system? Thanks in advance!
Anonymous
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October 5, 2010
Date of Shiur
Please allow the real live shiur again. (had meant to write this for a while.) It is a different experience if the shiur was really said today or a while ago. For a variety of reasons.
natan
Brooklyn, NY
September 28, 2010
Lessons on Breishis
You can access them in the "archive"
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
September 28, 2010
Mishna 3:7
The Alter Rebbe points out that when there are "ten" the expression used in the Mishna is "dwelling" meaning an internalized overt presence of G-dliness. A lesser number would have "blessing" but not that same revelation of Shechinah reserved for 10 or more..
Rabbi Yehsoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
September 28, 2010
Thank you
What a great service..appreciate it so very very much !! Thank you Thank you Thank you
Devorah Channah
St Paul Park, mn
September 28, 2010
Mishna 3.7
Great class as normal. However I don't understand this section of Tanya as the Mishna says (3.7) that there Shechinah Dwells wih ten people and then goes onto say, how do we know this for five people, for two and then for one. how does this makes sense according to at least the simple reading of the mishna. thanks
Anonymous
London, England
September 26, 2010
Bereshit (Genesis)
Rabbi Gordon hope you are having a wonderful Sucot. Would like to know also when are you going to start the lessons on parashat Bereshit, since next Shabbat we read that section-looking forward to it-Thank you
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
September 23, 2010
I enjoyed your lesson very much,
Lucy Teboul
Visalia, CA
chabadofbakersfield.com
September 19, 2010
i feel that i have been deeply blessed by your classes they have inspired me so much and taught me a great deal.i thank you so much for helping me return to judaism.i recantly purchased likutei amarim tanya.may god bless you and chabad in all your efforts.
tamica covington
middlesex, n.c.
September 17, 2010
Gratitude
90 miles away is the closest Chabad center, from this university. I greatly miss daily Torah portion studies with the rabbis and fellow Jews. Via these broadcasts, I feel 100% reconnected every morning. Thank you! BTW, I laugh at all your jokes, in the event the shul is quiet, heheh.
Michael Harshberger
Logan, Utah
September 14, 2010
As I am home with 2 young children I really appreciate the chance to participate fully in your online class.
May you be sealed for a good year and thank you.
Miriam Cohen
Melbourne, Vic/ Australia
September 13, 2010
Tanya
Sure, here is a link to where you can purchase the Tanya being used during Rabbi Gordon's classes.
An Editor
September 10, 2010
Tanya book question?
Could you send me the link from where I can buy the Tanya book that you use for your Tanya Class?
Rudolfo Garcia
New York , NY
September 7, 2010
Tanya Portion
Beautifully taught. Happy 5771. Am Yiisrael Chi (the Jewish nation lives)!!
Steve
Rochester, NY
September 7, 2010
English Bible version
Please scroll up and see note posted on May 21, 2010
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
September 7, 2010
English bible version
Hi Rabbi Gordon, I would like to know what version of the English Bible is used in your daily Torah portion class. Will I be able to purchase that particular English Bible? Thank you kindly, I treasure the teaching everyday, help me understand the Torah more.
Anonymous
Fountain Valley, Ca
September 2, 2010
Comments & Commentary
Thanks to all of your for your beautiful comments. Please accept my best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

For the purpose of this class, I use Rashi because that is the most basic commentary as well as Baal Haturim to make it interesting. I also add teachings and explanations which I have been privileged to learn from my teacher, The Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Rabbi yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
September 2, 2010
Commentary
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon i have certain options of what commentary i choose when it come to the Chumash. There is the Ramban commentary and the Baal Haturim commentary and also Rashi commentary? What would help me understand more in the long run or what would you use?
Richard Raff
September 2, 2010
amazing!
so well taught !! very enjoyable for even at home moms like myself!
Brachie clapman/friedman
brooklyn, ny
August 31, 2010
Sefer Torah
Shalom Rabbi,

I understand the difference between "ze" and "zot" (masculine and feminine) in sefer haTorah Haze/hazot, but what is the real significance between the two? i.e. with the stress on "sefer" or "torah"?
Faith
Bnei Brak, Israel
August 31, 2010
Beautiful
What a powerful Torah portion today! Your knowledge and passion is inspiring, thank you for these videos, they truly help me with my chitas!
Rose
Melbourne, Australia
August 23, 2010
Thank you, Rabbi Gordon!
I need to personally thank you for your staying committed to teaching Torah and showing me a clearer understanding of D'var HaShem as I put these mitzvot in practice. Baruch attah HaShem! May HaShem continue to bring favor in your life!
Dr. Derrick Whitt
August 19, 2010
Rabbi Gordon's Daily Torah and Tanya
I have been watching Rabbi Gordon's daily lessons most days for the past couple months and i am really inspired by it. There is nothing else like it anywhere that one can learn Torah every day. I especially like Rabbi Gordon's humor and relating to our current life in this day. I do however wish you would go back to the previous format where the daily Torah and Tanya was included in one continuous presentation. The new separate format is a bit cumbersome and lately doesn't work well.
Thank you and please keep it going.
Dan V
Peabody, Ma
August 18, 2010
Tanya Class
As long as blood still pumps through my heart i will still show up for Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon online class room, bottom line.
Mr. Richard Raff
August 18, 2010
Rabbi Gordon I really appreciate your classes. I

I try to listen to your Tanya shiur before davening every morning (changes the whole davening for me) and afterwards during the day at some point I attempt to listen to the Chumash shiur.

However a few times it has said that the shiur is unavailable and it is messing up the routine! What is the issue? Is there any way of avoiding this occurring?
Jordan Jay
London
August 16, 2010
Sanctity
From the Alter Rebbe's Epistle 11, I can sense Chabad's deep sense of sanctity for life.
Kayo Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan
August 16, 2010
suffering
Regarding your shiur on letter 11, it was very helpful. I did not find it difficult as you introduced it, on the contrary you conveyed the message very well and anyone listening to it woul be benefited. The rabbis of chabad and their efforts is what is keeping the world together.
Aharon Hakohen
los angeles, ca
chabadcenturycity.com
August 16, 2010
ki tetzei
when the opportunity arises, I tune in to your daily classes on rashi and tanya. It was my good fortune to be taught by your beloved and revered father rabbi shalom beir gordon of blessed memory. I am having the same merit by listening and learning from you. Thank you.
Abe Himelstein
palmbeachgardens, FL
August 16, 2010
PARASHA KITETSE
toda G-d bless you and your family
Mrs. gleitzer élisabeth
August 16, 2010
When a camel falls on you you should sing to Hashem - אשירה ל'ה כי גמל עלי!

WWelcome back - we missed you.
David A Fairman
Kiryat Gat, Israel
August 3, 2010
Sefer Hamitzvos
Dear Rabbi Gordon, can we please have a class on the Daily Mitzva of Maimonides' Sefer Hamitzvot? :)
ms
Brooklyn
July 30, 2010
parasha ekave
rabbi, i tried very hard for my children to be observant in Judaism and torah but it did not happen. why in this matter did g-d not make it easier for me? they do lots of mitzvah and good deeds, but not because the torah said. no tefilin, no synagogue, no shabat. why is that?
Anonymous
July 29, 2010
Todays lesson on the importance of charity and spe
Dear Rabbi Gordon,

Thank you so much for your daily lessons. They bring so much insight in explaining life and give advice on how one may live well.

Todays Tanya lesson was on the importance of charity and speech in helping to bring down the light and G-dly energy. It is important to know how to combine both charity and speech.

I was in Oxford, last week. (Oxford- the famous English university town). I noticed that there were many homeless young people there sitting on the pavement and asking for money. I tried to help them with some money but found it hard to speak to them. They looked so young and vulnerable. Everybody was just passing by these people. Then I heard a young homeless girl say 'bless you' to me and realised that words are gifts too.

Rabbi Gordon's lessons are always there to help me interpret things that happen to me in my daily life. Thank you again!
Anonymous
London, England
July 25, 2010
Humbled
I listened to Eikev 2. I was humbled.
Miss Kayo Kaneko
July 24, 2010
Thank You
Thank-You for your blessing of dispensing true wisdom and knowledge. As a diospira Jew of Eastern Europe I did not have access to this teachings. Thank you again.
Anonymous
BK, NY
July 18, 2010
I would like to thank G-d for providing the daily Parshah and Tanya class who would have thought a poor man from the east side of San Antonio, Texas would be learning the Chumash and Tanya. To Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon may he be blessed with a full 120 years of life. Bless G-d.
Paul C. Garcia
San Antonio, TX
chabadsa.com
July 16, 2010
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

It is as delightful to listen to your class online, the best part is I can follow it from Marseille, France. Thank you, best wishes to you and your family.
Yves Benhamou
Marseille, France
chabadofthevalley.com
July 16, 2010
Great teaching
Thank you for translating the great teaching of the Alter Rebbe.
Kayo
tokyo, Japan
July 15, 2010
Women serving as judges
Many women are cited for their wise counsel in Torah, yet Devorah is the only one who appears in a judicial position. We have an essay that deals with this peculiarity: Why Are There No Female Judges in Torah?
Editor
July 12, 2010
I am interested to understand why women cannot be judges. How is Devorah, the judge, handled? Is wisdom limited to male-only? Are is it understood that females have no ability to distinguish between two points of dispute?
Anonymous
Pleasantville, NY/USA
July 9, 2010
Still good
I do like the jokes but that does not mean I treat the class or Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon with any more disrespect. The jokes make this class calming and refreshing. I have been attending everyday for a year and I will always move forward. Keep teaching as long as you want, we appreciate you.
Anonymous
July 1, 2010
Karbanos (Sacrifices)
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

In your discussion on Thursday for Pinchas, you talked about how we no longer have the Beis Hamikdash (Holy Temple). That may sound to the viewer as though that is permanent and tefillos (prayer) is somehow a reasonable substitute for the Beis Hamikdash.

The permanent Beis Hamikdash is coming and each day is the right day for that. G-d chooses the timing but every day is here for the transformation from golus (exile) to Geula (Redemption).

Best regards,
Yehoshua Frankel
Goodness, Planet Geula
June 30, 2010
Tanya
This was very interesting and very relevant to what is happening to today's youth and the shift changes taking place in our society. I'm so glad we have angels. I didn't know that Jews believed in angels until I heard this.
Anonymous
Boynton Beach, Florida/USA
chabadboynton.com
June 29, 2010
Whats your secret?
Where do you Rabbis get those multiple dimensional ties? Someone is doing their homework on these ties. Great class Rabbi Gordon and i wish you a late birthday and long life to come.
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
June 28, 2010
Birthday Wish from Zish
May you enjoy a year of "blessing and success", realizing all your heart's desires for good. Congrats on reaching so many Jewish souls with your teaching. Warmly, Reb Zish P.S. Please give Daniel A. an extra piece of gefilte fish for his contribution to these broadcasts ;-)
Reb Zish
Berkeley, CA
June 23, 2010
Happy Birthday!
Dear Rabbi Gordon - It is a blessing to the world that on your birthday G-d gave your soul a form through which you could share His light and blessings!

May G-d grant you long life, peace, health, love, happiness and prosperity.

You have enriched our lives in so many ways through your daily teaching - may G-d bless you a thousand times over for each soul you have touched!
Anonymous
Toronto, Canada
June 22, 2010
Happy Birthday Rabbi Gordon
May G-d grant you more spiritual and material blessings ,120 years full of health and joy; and the merit of teaching us Torah for many years to come, Amen!
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
June 22, 2010
L'Chaim
Happy Birthday!
Avraham Rosenblum
Baltimore, MD
June 21, 2010
daily classes
I have just started listening to the daily chumash. It's quite challenging ! It makes me feel good to hear it . I hope eventually to understand it better. Thank you for your work to make this available.
Anonymous
London, U.K.
June 18, 2010
Daily Classes
Thank you for making these available to all of us...it's reaching the farthest places on earth from Israel... I absolutely love the teaching.... It's been like I've never heard these stories before in my life...even though I've read them several times before...but now with you teaching us the Truth of it all makes me realize how much I do not know.... We have missed out on so much Truth... so horrible for the world to not know the Truth... Thank you, Israel, for teaching us the Truth. G-d is giving the world the Truth, in spite of people suppressing it and changing it and trying to hide it....He's bring Truth to all of us... Thank you, G-d, for loving the world and bringing us Truth also from the Jewish People.... Please thank all of your Rabbis for their dedication and sacrifices made in order to bring us all the Truth.... we appreciate it more than words can say...
Anonymous
**, WA
June 18, 2010
Daily Classes
Thank you for making these available to all of us...it's reaching the farthest places on earth from Israel...
Anonymous
**, WA
June 18, 2010
Substitute Rabbi
I enjoyed very much Thursday's substitute Rabbi's class. Thank you.
Kayo
Tokyo, Japan
June 17, 2010
Thank you Natan from Brooklyn. I have to consciously "pause my mouth" as I inhale during prayer; I often forget to. Where is my "head" during prayer? Rabbi Gordon, is this correct - to form words only on exhalation, and not on inhalation? G-d please help me connect with You; please bring Moshiach now!
Anonymous
June 16, 2010
To anonymous, Cleveland, Ohio.
Since no one has yet answered your question, and I observed the same, I will try.
It says that one shall not 'swallow words' when praying. It seems that letting the mouth 'automatically' say the words while inhaling, means 'swallowing words'. It's like cheating and trying to gain time. At least that's what I concluded in my case. The mind and heart are not injected into the meaning of the words as when thinking then reciting while exhaling. Again, this is my personal experience. But I suspect that if people were aware of this, most would agree.
natan
Brooklyn, NY
June 13, 2010
Thank You!!
Rabbi Gordon, what a great merit for you to teach Torah to so many people all over the world; and likewise for all of us to have such a great teacher like you. Mazal Tov on this first anniversary, and may we all go from strength to strength.
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
June 13, 2010
One Year Anniversary
I give thanks to G-d for allowing this Rabbi to offer the information to us for free, even. The Torah makes better sense to me now than a year ago. I have a foundation thanks to Chabad.org TV to let everyone know i have chosen to be a Jew because i can feel it inside of me. Thank You, thank you so much.
Anonymous
June 13, 2010
Todah Rabah
I make sure that I watched every class of this program. Your classes made my chumash and Tanya study richer, deeper, more interesting, and easier. Thank you very much for your effort to make the classes interesting.

Shalom,
Kayo Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan
June 11, 2010
Yasher Koach (more strength to you) Rabbi Gordon, and everyone that Rabbi Gordon mentioned. Mazel tov Mazel tov Mazel tov!
Aaron Friedman
Waukegan, Illinois
June 11, 2010
One Year Anniversary
Congratulations and here's to many more. I look forward to partaking every day.
Ms. Bathsheva Gladstone
June 10, 2010
Wine in the Wilderness
In response to the question posted (from Russia): “where did they get wine in the wilderness?”

I quote here from Rashi in Exodus 17:18 explaining how they got “weapons and arms” in the Desert. Rashi’s interpretation can also be applied to the wine question as well:

"...He caused them to go up armed, for if He had led them around through civilization, they would not have [had to] provide for themselves with everything that they needed, but only [part], like a person who travels from place to place and intends to purchase there whatever he will need. But if he travels a long distance into a desert, he must prepare all his necessities for himself. This verse was written only to clarify the matter, so you should not wonder where they got weapons in the war with Amalek..."

The same might apply to the wine question. The Children of Israel had 210 years to prepare everything they would need in the desert, as outlined in the traditions passed on to them by their ancestor Jacob.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino , CA
June 10, 2010
Parshas Korach
Dear Rabbi!
Thank you so much for your interesting classes. May I ask you a question? Where did Children of Israel get wine in the wilderness? The question has been initiated by the story of Mrs. Peles.
alex
Saratov, Russia
June 10, 2010
The Live Chumash
Fantastic useful resource, thank you!
Anonymous
London
June 10, 2010
Rabbi Gordon's classes
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

I come to the daily Chumash webcast exhausted and barely able to click the mouse to the proper place to get the program. Then your program begins. "Good morning, welcome..." Finally, I have a place for my soul to rest.

Thank you again Rabbi.

Best regards,
Yehoshua Frankel
Goodness, Planet Geula
June 9, 2010
Daily Study
I can't believe that I have waited my whole life to learn from daily torah study. While never orthodox or even conservative, I have been a member of a reform temple for over 38 years. In an effort to answer some very basic questions about G-d I began attending Rabbi Gordon's daily torah study, both in person and virtually when I am traveling. My life in just a few short months has become noticebly better. The simple, yet profound lessons that this gifted teacher passes along have created a bright line with which to guide my interactions with family, friends, and business associates. I find myself remembering and practicing the spiritual principles with clarity and purpose.
Like a thirsty man, I can't wait to hear the next portion each day. Thank you, and may you and your entire (that's talking about alot of people) family be richly blessed for the example you all portray.
David S. Meshulam
Encino, California
chabadofthevalley.com
June 8, 2010
Maimonidies
Maimonides: 1135--1204. Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, scholar, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader. Also know as the Rambam, he is one of the most important figures in the history of Torah scholarship. His philosophical statement concerning the knowledge of G-d is quoted repeatedly by the author of the Tanya.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
June 8, 2010
Maimonides
What does this word mean or maybe who is (Maimonides)?
Anonymous
June 4, 2010
Lamed
I believe that the different Lameds you refer to do not mean anything at all.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
June 4, 2010
Lamed
In the Tanya in the Hebrew there is an odd looking Lamed 1 goes up and the other is bent down.What does this Lamed that is bent mean?
Anonymous
June 3, 2010
Measures in Torah
The Eipha is: (dry volume) 24.768 liter = 65.43 gallon
The Hin is: (liquid volume) (4.128 liter = 1.09 gallon

(source: The Torah published by Kehot)
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
June 3, 2010
Grain Offerings
I have a question about how did they measure the offerings, ephah and hin? Was it Kosher to get it exactly right for everyone?
Richard Raff
Bonneylake, WA
May 31, 2010
In regard to spoken letters and the air hitting the organs of speech, spoken of in the Tanya class of the 14th of Sivan, I have a question. I notice that when I daven or say Tehillim, some of the time I inhale while my mouth goes on formng the words. Should all davening/reciting Tehillim be done on "exhale" breaths?
Anonymous
Cleveland, OH
May 31, 2010
Daily Chumash and Tanya Classes
Thank you for these classes. I wish my internet were not so interruptive... it cuts out all the time, and I find it hard to watch you Live...online... but I am able to get the recorded classes...

Thank you...
Annie
**, WA, USA
May 25, 2010
class for 12 sivan
Facinating class today, Rabbi. Thank you very much.
steve smith
las vegas, nv
May 25, 2010
Rabbi Gordon's Monday Chumash class
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

First, thank you again for your Chumash and Tanya classes. They are a gift from G-d to Bnai Yisrael. Second, if I am not mistaken, you were defining the Hebrew terms more on Monday than I recall you doing in past classes. I can only say that for me and others like me who never had the privilege of attending Yeshiva, it was a wonderful addition to an already awesome class structure.

When you find that this approach is appropriate, please know that it is being noticed and learned from your devoted students.

May G-d bless you and may G-d bring the redemption immediately.
Yehoshua Frankel
Goodness, Planet Geula
May 21, 2010
Text of Chumash and Tanya used in Class
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashis Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY

Text used for Tanya Class: Likutei Amarim Tanya, Bi- Lingual Edition, Kehot Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY

There is a Chumash and a Tanya available online while you are watching the class, although not necessarily the above texts. Please check your screen.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino , CA
May 20, 2010
Questions
i have no Tanya book and i would like to follow in on your material. What Tanya book are you coming from?
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
May 12, 2010
excellent class
im a first timer to your class. excellent. interesting, insightful, funny (at the right points!), and educational. will be a regular. thank you!
Darren Cooper
London, UK
May 11, 2010
tribes' map and chumash teacher's edition
Shalom from Israel,
how can we download the tribes' map you prepared and presented in Tue class? or may you email it to me? also, which Chumash is this teacher's edition you mentioned? thank you and blessings.
happy Shavuot.
ch
tel-aviv, Israel
May 11, 2010
wonderful
excellent class today. very entertaining and informative. i laughed out loud when you were talking about the worksheet and you said, "it's in Hebrew, that's a language they speak in the middle east...in a country called Israel", and when you were explaining Asher's flag you say bertolli. pretty funny stuff, keep up the great work!
Leead
Dallas, TX
May 7, 2010
Name of Chumash
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashi’s Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
May 5, 2010
thank you so much Rabbi Gordon. Words can't express how much I appreciate this learning on a daily basis...
Anonymous
themtc.com
May 5, 2010
what is the name of the chumash book you read off of
richard quintero
Murrieta, riverside
April 29, 2010
cutting off the soul
Now you're getting serious...
cutting off the soul, death at 50 or 60, destruction... and teshuvah ... punishment ...etc.
there has been enough ''karet,'' enough destruction ..enough punishment ..and we remain in exile... how much is needed?
joseoh zuker
broooklyn , n.y
April 28, 2010
Torah Studies
Thank you all for making the Torah studies, and now my also much looked forward to Tanya studies an everyday blessing.

My Rabbi said he visited with you a few months ago, and I look forward to "Going to breakfast" if that is something that is open to the public, I look forward to being there when "Good morning" is announced! :)

Thank you for the personal stories too!

I look forward to listening ever day for the past year, thanks very much!
Mr. Tony Kerr
April 27, 2010
teacher
dear rabbi,
you are a most talented instructor, with one great sense of humor.
did you ever consider ''moonlighting'' as a comedian? you'd be great.
joseph zuker
brooklyn , n.y.
April 27, 2010
Cutting off of the soul
Thank you very much to ALL of you for your wonderful comments. They are very encouraging and very meaningful to me.

Cutting off of the soul is a condition stated in the Torah. The Hebrew, Biblical term for it is Karet, which means, cutting off of the soul. During the time in which the Holy Temple stood, in all of its splendor, a person punished with Karet would actually die at the age of 50 or 60 without children. Once the Holy Temple was destroyed, this no longer occurred in the physical sense, only in the spiritual sense. Therefore, there is an advantage today, that the process of Teshuvah, repentance is still possible and the process can be reversed! (Please see Tanya, Igeret HaTeshuvah, Chapter 4)

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
April 26, 2010
Cutting off of the soul
Dear Rabbi Gordon,

Thank you for these awesome classes - I have been learning with you for 2 months and never miss a day! I have learned more from you in 2 months than in several decades ...I tell every Jewish person I know about your classes!

Re: "cutting off of the soul", could you please explain further - what exactly does this mean and is it a permanent condition?

Thank you!
Anonymous
Toronto, Canada
April 26, 2010
Dayly Live Chumash & Tanyia Class
Thank you Rabbi Gordon!
The class teaches something very important.
That the simple Jew and the Tzadik who is inspired are the same by doing a mitsvah.
It is a lesson of Judaism - which is an ethics of action, rather than a morals of inspiration.
Gilly
April 26, 2010
Thank you
Dear rabbi, thank you for teaching.
You brought light into my profane world.
G-d bless you
Anonymous
Cheb, Czech Republic
April 23, 2010
Beginning Prayer
I have a drink of water after my Chumash Class before my Tanya class. The prayer I say is the blessing a Jew recites before he drinks water. I have a short drink, then I ususally extend a blessing of L'Chaim, "To Life."

Blessing below:

Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-o-lam,
she-ha-kol ni-h'yeh bid-va-ro.

Blessed are You, HaShem, our God, King of the Universe,
by whose word everything comes to be.

This is a "catch-all" blessing. Any snack item not covered by one of the special blessings is covered by this one.

Rabbi Gordon
Rabbi Yehsoshua B. Gordon
Encino, Ca
April 23, 2010
Beginning Prayer
would you please translate the prayer you start the lesson with? Thank You
Anonymous
Kansas City, MO
April 20, 2010
Sefer Hamitzvos
Dear Rabbi Gordon,

I just wanted to tell you how amazing this class is, and thank you for that. I would also like to share with you how i wish you would include the daily Sefer Hamitzvos into it. The way you give over the lessons, with such clarity and enthusiasm, just makes me look forward to the next day's, and the next..

Looking forward,
Staunch Admirer
Brooklyn, NY
April 20, 2010
4th Noahide law
4.Do not eat a limb taken from a living animal. Respect the life and fuction of all that you consume.
Anonymous
April 18, 2010
Just in case
If the Rabbi in my area was to ask me if i am following along with the Torah study on a daily parshah,i would say yes. If the Rabbi were to ask me what section or Mitzvot i was studying for that day i would say, " No slacking on my part i am online". Just being prepared have a nice day.
Anonymous
April 16, 2010
Need to Know
One should never rely on one's sixth sense to determine the permissible and/or the forbidden. Our Sages taught us "Provide (or appoint) for yourself a teacher." (Ethics of Our Father 1:6)
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
April 16, 2010
Postive Mitzvot
i would have never found this Mitzvah if it wasn't for the help of Rabbi Gordon. Postive Mitzvot 74, 75, was the one i was looking for and we found the right one.
Anonymous
April 15, 2010
Need to know
Dear Rabbi,

How will I know if an action I am about to take is permissible by the Tora if I don’t have a Rabbi or a Tora scholar by my side to direct me or instruct me. Should I rely on my sixth sense?
Anonymous
Los Angeles, USA
chabadofthevalley.com
April 6, 2010
UCLA
This Rabbi has a very level attitude and can also give you a smile. I give two thumbs up on delivery with a clear and real perspective teaching style. We all need to learn to respect the point of all our Rabbi's in message and on their lesson points. Chabad of UCLA is in good hands and does very well helping out Rabbi Gordon, GREAT JOB.
Mr. Richard Raff
April 4, 2010
Well done!
Good Job Dovid!
Anonymous
Brooklyn, NY
March 29, 2010
set
Rabbi Gordon

Wherever I find myself /be it Italy/England/Spain/etc I try not to miss any your shiurim which have opened a new dimension in my understanding of the Tanye.
I thank you.
Your magnificent .
However ..considering you are broadcasting from the media center of the world..
I noticed the display of 2 coffee cups .
Are the manufactures your sponsers ?If so ,
Who r they?
joseph zuker
Rome, Italy
March 28, 2010
Torah Study
I have a question about your Tanya class today. How do I know if I study Torah for the right reasons?
Mr. Kinyan Boschwitz
March 28, 2010
Right way to learn
We are wrong to put a human being of great Torah knowledge above the average of those who have none? The Rebbe is not to be on higher or maybe Holier than those who need his inspiration?Do we not wait in line even if we are at the back of the line to refine our questions about G-d? Just a few question I have, I would like to be as honest to you as I can for our sake. Thank you Rabbi and many Blessings to you .
Anonymous
March 27, 2010
Great!, one step at a time
Shin, Vov, Mem, Nun pronounced is Shuman. Shin=300, Vav=6, Mem=40, Nun= 50 altogether the numeral value is 396. I have to start from the beginning I have been working to hard on learning how to pronounce Hebrew from the middle. Thank you Rabbi Gordon I am old but not that old to learn.
Anonymous
March 24, 2010
Parsha Tzav
The Hebrew word for "Kosher" fat would be "Shuman" spelled "Shin, Vov, Mem, Nun." My guess is that it comes from the root word "Shemen" -- "Shin, Mem, Nun." which means "oil."

As for the rest of your question, your guess is as good as mine.

I extend my blessing to all of our viewers and listeners for a very Kosher and Joyous Pesach.
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
March 24, 2010
Some interesting facts
Dear Rabbi Gordon.
Thank you for illuminating the laws of sacrifices in a way I hadn't grasped before.
Some interesting points, if I may:
1. The Kohanim (priests) ate in the Beth Hamikdash (Holy Temple) while STANDING due to intense kedusha (holiness), like shemone esrei (the standing prayer).

2. One reason why the Todah (thanksgiving offering) had to be eaten within the day (with all those breads!), because G-d wanted the person who brought the thanksgiving offering to invite as many people as possible to his happy event (throw a party!), and share his story and happiness.

3. In Sefer Eser Kedushot it mentions a big tzadik (righteous man), a shochet (ritual slaughterer), who told the bulls "I will slaughter you with the same kavana (intention) like the Kohanim in the Beth Hamikdash", and the bull would lay himself down under the knife!
Hopefully these pointers will add some more light to this wonderful class.
A happy Passover!
natan
March 23, 2010
parsha tzav
Is permissible fat called "schuman"? what is the proper spelling of this concept? As an aside, would someone with the name schuman possibly have something to do with this concept in olden times?

Thank you for any information you can give.
Jan
los Angeles, CA
March 18, 2010
What if you're studing Torah?
If you light incense while studying Torah and a candle is that considered a wrong commandment?
Anonymous
March 17, 2010
Thank you
Thank You Rabbi for much more than your teaching. I think your personality means you tell the truth.
Richard Raff
March 17, 2010
Sacrifices
Regarding your posted question:

Please listen to or watch the first 15 minutes of my Sunday class of Vayikra.

Thank you.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
March 17, 2010
Torah Study or Mitzvos?
Yes, Torah study is also a Mitzvah. However, it also has an additional component which places it far above other all other Mitzvos.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
March 17, 2010
How Loud?
We should recite blessings and prayers loud enough for us to hear ourselves. The Amidah (the Silent Prayer) is recited in an audible whisper, audible nonetheless.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
March 17, 2010
sacrifices
Dear Rabbi,
Please comment, perhaps I have missed a teaching here about the earlier sacrifices on the alter. Why did we need to sacrifice animal lives to our beloved G-d? Why did we not offer up blossoms, vines, fruit, etc.?
I thank you for a teaching very close to my heart.
Anonymous
vancouver, canada
March 17, 2010
How loud
Rabbi Gordon, how loud do we have recite the prayer?
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
March 17, 2010
torah study or mitzvos
question for rabbi gordon: regarding tuesdays tanya, don't mitzvot include torah study by their very nature?
dan Kosman
van Nuys, cA
chabadofthevalley.com
March 15, 2010
Life Chumash & Tanya Class
The comments about the class demonstrate in a true and eloquent manner the knowledge and wisdom of our Rabbi Gordon.

Our duty, then, is to all together share his wisdom and bring ourselves to the point of applying his lessons.
Gilly
March 15, 2010
Baal Haturim
To the question posted on March 11th:

I often inject commentary from the Baal Haturim into my Chumash and Rashi class.

Rabbi Yaakov Baal Haturim, born 1269 in Germany, was one of the greatest codifiers of Jewish law. He wrote a brilliant commentary on the Torah which is filled with numerical values, cross references of word usages, etc. I chose to insert it into my class because it is absolutely fascinating.
Rabbi Yehsoshua B, Gordon
Encino, CA
March 14, 2010
Living vicariously through you
I never connected Vayikra and Vicarious before. Great stuff.
Jacob
tustin, ca/usa
chabadirvine.org
March 13, 2010
Tanya Class
Thank You!
I loved very much opportunity as a central pillar of Judaism.
You are excellent - I appreciated the passage concerning the opportunity you took with the Russian.
Best
Gilly
March 12, 2010
Look at this Rabbi Gordon singing
Wow great singing and at the right frequency. Now that is something the soul can feel with joy and happiness.
Anonymous
March 12, 2010
Concealment
I mentioned my question about this and in the last few Tanya classes it is becoming clearer. This is my first class and it is most wonderful. Often my questions and misunderstandings are clarified as you review and elaborate in the succeeding lectures. It is so much fun (never thought I would be saying that!) and even if I need to stay up very late I love to come to this class. You are an inspired and incredible teacher.
Tsipporah Weinstein
San Antonio, TX
March 11, 2010
Shoulder piece and breastplate stones
What is the significance in the onyx stones on the shoulder piece (having the names of all 12 tribes engraved on them) in relation to the 11th stone on the breastpalte also being onyx?

Also, would you enlighten me regarding the Balachudin (sp?) that you often use? What is it?

I bless G-d because of you and this class.
Tom
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
March 9, 2010
concealment
if i understand correctly, we all have a "divine spark" within, the divine spark of the fire of G-d.
Like a cob of corn that is completely concealed by its "husk" (sorry for such a crude comparison), we can conceal this "spark of life" with negative thought, speech, and deeds. Blocking it, concealing it, so that it cannot affect others in a positive way.
If our Thought, Speech, and Deeds are "positive" the "Light of G-d" can flow in and through us to others thus making Israel a "Light unto the Nations" which is our ultimate purpose and goal. This allows the entire world to recognize that G-d, Blessed be He, is the Master of the Universe.
Jacob Cohen
Gulfport, Ms. usa
March 9, 2010
To Anonymous, San Antonio, Texas
Please explain what you are confused about.

With blessings,
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
March 7, 2010
I started the class at the beginning and never miss it. But Sunday I suddenly got a bit confused about the concept of G-d and "concealment." Please help.
Anonymous
San Antonio, Texas
February 26, 2010
Chumash and Tanya class
Dear Rabbi Gordon; wanted to express once again my heartfelt thanks for such an incredible and much needed shiur. Now, I am looking forward to learn "Chitas" everyday I can- love the way you teach your classes; and when you "push that pause button",as you say, and give us so much advice mixed with good humor-gives me the strenght to learn more and more. You always put a smile on my face. Thank You!!. May G-d always bless you in all your endevours. Shabbat Shalom and Purim Sameach
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
February 26, 2010
live Shiur
Rabbi Gordon,

Once again I feel the necessity to thank you for a truly wonderful shiur!!!.
Your anecdotes and humor adds to it's richness.

To top it off your warm and sincere words of encouragement and direction are truly "icing on the cake".

I am certain that your Dear Father A"H has nachas when you repeat lessons you learnt from him.

Keep up your great work!!
Dovid K.
Booklyn, New York
February 26, 2010
Chumash and Tanya Classes
Dear Rabbi Gordon:

My name is Yehoshua Frankel. I presently
reside in Fairlawn, New Jersey. I have
maintained for many years that there is
a great need for additional Torah study
in the Jewish Community. We seem to
be skipping the weekly Sedrah too much of the time.

Your class is a gift from G-d. Thank
you and more strength to you. I adore
the class. Many thanks and may G-d give
you strength to continue in this Holy mission for a long time.

Wishing you and your family and the Jewish people total redemption in a redeemed world. Moshiach Now!
Yehoshua Frankel
Fairlawn, NJ
February 23, 2010
Purim recorded classses
Here is a link to that class: The Megillah
Rabbi Yehsohus B Gordon
Encino, CA
February 22, 2010
Megilah Classes
The Rabbi spoke about some recorded classes on the Megilah on Chabad.org. Could I recieve more specific directions?
Aaron Rivkin
Agour Hills, CA
February 17, 2010
Books used in Class
Text used for Chumash Class: The Pentateuch and Rashi’s Commentary, A Linear Translation, Published by S S & R Publishing Co., Brooklyn, NY

Text used for Tanya Class: Likutei Amarim Tanya, Bi- Lingual Edition, Kehot Publishing Company, Brooklyn, NY

Text used during Mishkan season: The Tabernacle by Moshe Levine, for Soncino Press ltd., by Melechet Hamishkan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
February 17, 2010
Boards of the Ark lecture.
Per the picture/photo of the boards. I think I saw screws per the sockets attachment points. How could this be?
Shaul Saulisbury
Whittier, California, U.S.A.
February 17, 2010
Thank You
Rabbi Gordon,

I just recently found the link for your classes on Tanya and Chumash and wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed them very much.
I look forward to listening on a regular basis
Thank You Again
Anonymous
Atlanta, Ga
chabadga.com
February 17, 2010
Students including me
We all must be able to allow Rabbi Gordon to do his job. Please lets make his tasks easier to do and that includes me.
Anonymous
February 17, 2010
Books
If possible, I would like also the list of the books Rabbi is using; specially the one of the Tabernacle.
Christopher Rivero
Laredo, TX
February 16, 2010
How wonderful to see 122 comments on Rabbi Gordons class. I listen everyday and sometimes 3 or three times... these classes have made a huge impact on my spiritual essence... Thank you and yes I would love see a chapter of Ramban a day also! Shabbot Shalom!
Karin
Yountville, USA
February 16, 2010
His Reading List
Would it be possible to get a reading list of all of the books that Rabbi Gordon is using?
Little Gator
Maiden, NC
February 15, 2010
third verse
In the 10 commandments we are clearly prohibitted to make a image of anything of the earth or the heavens. Then, in making the mishkan we are given detailed instructions on how to make a statue of a heavenly concept with human like characteristics.
Is there a third verse that clarifies this?
Michael Friedman
Charleston, SC
February 14, 2010
Rambam pereck echad a day
I have just started to get the weekly Chayenu I will learn it together with the class with Rav Gordon, G-d willing. any chance of adding a chapter of Rambam a day too?
Chaim Leib Hacohen
Manchester, UK
February 13, 2010
To Chana Malka:
First, I would like to thank you for your beautiful comment.

As far as your suggestion is concerned, I (usually) do record two portions on Friday. The Shabbos portion usually goes on Friday afternoon or sometimes right after Shabbos. In fact, please check, it is on now.

With blessings,
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encno, CA
February 12, 2010
Portion 7 and Shabbos Tanya
Rabbi Gordon. I am soaking up your chumash and tanya online classes. I do miss learning the Chumash and Tanya for Shabbos. Just like Hashem gave us 2 portions of Manna on Friday, maybe you could give us 2 portions on Friday as well, or even retroactively on Sunday.

Have a Gut Shabbos.
Chana Malka Shulman
Tenafly, NJ
February 11, 2010
happy
I am happy to learn Torah with you Rabbi!
Melanie
kamloops
February 10, 2010
Tanya chapter 28
Rabbi Gordon,

you seemed to transalate machshava zara during prayer as - a foreign thought- as a thought of sin.

when I learned this chapter in high school, I recall the teacher describing it as any thought that is foreign to the service, it could be thoughts of folding laundry, emailing an old buddy, or paying the gas bill, not necessarily a thought of sin, but any thought that is preventing you from focusing on your service of G-d.
Esther
Brooklyn, NY
February 9, 2010
Laughter is (supposedly) the best medicine
...behind your actual meds that is. (just kidding -- even before that).

Hi R'YBG,

I hope you are having a pretty wonderful day. I just wanted to share a quick story that happened today:
I was in clinic seeing a patient who was not taking her meds, and I said something like 'forgetting to take your anti-hypertensive medications can lead to serious heart and kidney conditions...and that could really ruin your day.' That is what I like to call having a "Gordon moment."
The point of that story was not to highlight your vital role in the healthcare system, but rather to show you that if your humorous sayings are getting through, how much more so the Torah and Chassidut you teach. BH (in my lingo BH stands for Blessed be Hashem [G-d], not Beverly Hills), suffice it to say there are much more stories of the latter than the former that I would like to share, but are not appropriate for the limited and public nature of this forum.

mjg
Anonymous
Los Angeles, CA
February 8, 2010
tanya 24 shvat
i was a talmid of Rav Gafni and he told the same story about the Chosid that had a problem with machshavah zoros (foreign thoughts) and he made him wait outside to show him who is the Ba'al Habayis (master of the home). This is the real macoy Tanya I am sure Rav Gordon learnt by Shlomo Chaim Kessleman and Yosef Brook.
Chaim Leib Hacohen Hymanson
February 4, 2010
Delighting Myself in the Torah
Thank You so much for making it a delight to study the Torah. I truly see that G_d's Word is alive and breathes life to us as we heard it.
Gabriela
Bs. As, Argentina
February 4, 2010
FEB 3 comment re: Mitzvos bringing forth love
The Alter Rebbe does "not" write that "Miztvos" bring forth love of G-d. Rather, he writes that 1) meditation about G-d, 2) accessing the "hidden love" which exists within all of us is what allows us to do Mitzvos.

In coming chapters, the Alter Rebbe will underscore the paramount importance of "accompanying" every Mitzvah with love and fear of G-d.

The coming chapters deal with various forms of Timtum Halev which prevent the above approaches from working.

There is a lot more to say, but let's learn.
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
February 3, 2010
Thank you
I am finally understanding the Chitas that I've been giving lip service to all my life.
Dina W.
brooklyn
February 3, 2010
We're learning in Tanya that mitzvahs reveal the hidden love of G-d that every Jew has. To me love of G-d still seems hidden as I do mitzvahs. I'm guessing that that is because of timtum halev (dullness in heart). So does the Alter Rebbe "anticipate my" problem and thats why he shortly teaches us about timtum halev?
Anonymous
Cleveland Hts, OH
February 2, 2010
Playback
Hi. Each class is usually uploaded within hours of the live feed, except for the week-end classes which are uploaded slightly later. Have you tried refreshing your page?
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
February 1, 2010
playback vs live
next to the on air button is an on demand button. that will bring you to a menu that allows you to pick whatever day you want. I'm always in class when the shiur is taking place, and just watch it later that day.
Michael
Charleston, SC
February 1, 2010
playback
I used to listen to the class later on in the day, and for a while now it seems that you can only hear it live or you have to wait till the next day. but then i am learning the previous days chumash .

is there any way to hear a play back of the class later in the day, and not having to wait until the following day?thanks
esther
brooklyn, ny
January 27, 2010
Thank You from Toronto
To Rabbay Gordon,
Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity ( זכות )to learn from you and that you share your wisdom and sense of humor on line. It makes the Torah and every word within it to be so meaningful and so precious.
And I don’t have the appropriate words to describe how closer I do feel to Hashem and To the understanding the meaning of life and us as Jewish while you are teaching, so big Thank You from Toronto Yshar Koach(ישר כח)!!!
Anonymous
Thornhill, canada
January 24, 2010
Fulfilling my promise to learning of the Torah
I made a promise to learn the Torah here and now and my spiritual world as well. I will have many great Rabbis like Rabbi J. Gordon to help me. I also have many spiritual helpers to help move my knowledge to why I made this promise in the first place. I can be like a donkey, but I will be told to act like a proud Jew and listen.
Anonymous
January 24, 2010
Thank You
Thank you for clarifying that subject for me.
Anonymous
January 22, 2010
Thank you
Thanks for filling in. You did a great job and I was able to keep my seder!
Anonymous
Cleveland Hts, OH
January 21, 2010
Great Job
They called from the bullpen the sure thing. thanks!
Anonymous
January 21, 2010
Great fill in
Yosher Koach on replacing Rabbi J. Gordon today. You pitched great in relief!!
Yoni
Washington Heights, Ny
January 17, 2010
King David
I know why King David was so passionate when he would pray to his Master and King of our universe. He would rather die than lose commutation with G-d the flame of the soul.
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
January 15, 2010
7 layer cake
I think if we would look deeper ther is more to 7 layer cake then we think. 7 is the number of emotions that we posess. So ether they are involved in the 7 layers of cake or you can tern them around to be absessed with G-d. And by the way there are no coincedences.
lieba
S/Francisco, CA
January 14, 2010
The Feminine Energy and Seven Layer Cake
Today I was making three-layer cake, something like a chocolate truffle bombe, because there was a need to put feminine energies, the creative force, into the service of the masculine energies ... in plain English this little act was needed to bolster unity and security us for a very challenging journey ahead - we just got the news that we're moving to Alaska, land of a mixture of wild animals, and believe me they're not unicorns, we're moving to a city with 500 roaming bears! - and this news, along with a child's math homework of fifty problems and two essays, prompted the idea of a seven layer cake - but we have three cake pans only. I loved thinking about the Rabbi's metaphor for the dynamics he describes: temptation, pleasure, earthly delight, and the metpahor of the seven-layer cake hits the nail on the head - men and women have the feminine energy of expansiven, creative energy and receptiveness - what one enacts in making a layer cake, as well as in accepting a slice
Anonymous in Brunswick, Maine
Brunswick, Maine
January 14, 2010
7 layer cake
I love this metaphor of 7 layer cake that Rabbi Gordon uses to represent materialistic and decadent world that serves as a magnet to animal soul. Such a world is multilayered indeed.
So please keep the metaphor as by now it has become shared knowledge between the audience of this class.
Thank you so much Rabbi Gordon for your wonderful and very warm lectures.
Anonymous
Ware, U.K
January 14, 2010
Thank you
Dear Rabbi;
Thank you for bringing the Chumash alive and for making the Tanya accessible and meaningful to me. May G-d give you many blessings.
Chaim Aaron Levin
S Monica, CA
January 13, 2010
thank you
Thank you Rabbi Gordon and Chabad.org for this amazing opotunity to study. I am stuck home with a newborn and do not have an oportunity to go to classes so you are saving me every day. And even being in such place as CA I feel that I grow as a Jew.
Lieba
S.Francisco, CA
January 10, 2010
very helpful classes
Dear rabbi thank you for teaching.
i wish i knew why understanding of all torah depends on different interpretation.
leah
la
January 9, 2010
Daily Chumash & Tanya Class / Rabbi Gordon on Shab
Dear rabbi

Thank You for your teaching.
I mostly appreciate the way you provide relevant linkages from Torah to actual life and history.
You contribute, in a substantial manner and a highly pedagogical way, to the demonstration of Torah's eternernal actuality.
I mostly appreciate the way you analyze the relationship between the Egyptian taskmasters, the Jewish officers and the enslaved Jews.
Also, I thank you very much for that highly instructive and eloquent lesson about the difference between the bookworm who has no compassion and has never felt the need to fight the fight, and the the other one who comes to G-d by fighting.

I really appreciate!
TH. albert Gilly
January 4, 2010
Sleep learning
I was still sleeping when I got to classes at 8:45am. I am trying to get to Tanya class to learning ealier everyday.
Gavreil
January 4, 2010
great classes
We are so grateful to have this opportunity to learn Torah from you here. Now I get a chance to keep up with the parasha each week and learn Tanya which has so many incredible insights and you explain it so well.
Raphael and Aimee Cohen
Montreal, Canada
January 1, 2010
Hello from Minneapolis
My Rabbi and his wife (Rabbi and Mrs. Gershon Grossbaum) of St Paul told me to listen to your classes. It was great advice! I am trying to read the Parsha each week in the Stone. I am also pleased you teach Tanya too. I have never studied it, and I am looking forward to learning more from you.
Ken (Kinyan) Boschwitz
Minneapolis, MN
January 1, 2010
chumash, tanya also
R' Gordon,

I love your classes!

Especially the tough long Rashi's that for years have stumped me & bogged down my whole day (since I try to finish Chitas 1st thing) - you make them easy!

May G-d give you & your family health and life etc. etc.
avraham plotkin
December 31, 2009
Thanks!
Dear Rabbi Gordon,

Thank you so much for your video class. You sure are nice and I really like to be in this class. I think that you are awfully funny and I think that this is nice.
Susan Kristofferson
Hamilton, Canada
December 29, 2009
Tanya
I am able to appreciate the Tanya and understand its applications so much more with your wonderful delivery and folksy comparisons. Thank You R. Gordon,
Ruth Fingerhut
Cleveland, Oh
December 27, 2009
Priceless
I live a 90 minute drive from the closest CHaBaD house. I really enjoy being able to daven (pray) in the morning and then tune in to these well done Chumash and Tanya presentations. It makes me relaxed and feel I am again in good company.
michael Harshberger
logan, utah
December 26, 2009
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
I have surely forgotten how important your job here is in these troubling times. I just got a chance to watch the Tanya Celebration - Montreal, Canada - December 6, 2009 this reminds me how important your Tanya classes are. Please understand I try to get as many classes in as I can, but do not catch them all. Kabbalah is very interesting to me and I grow fond of its secrets so in tell your very important to all who need you.
Gavriel
December 20, 2009
Why Yosef tormented his brothers...
In answer to the above question posed by one of our viewers, the simple answer is that only Yosef could get his brothers to feel true remorse for their sin, thereby enabling them to receive forgivness from G-d Al-Mighty and removing the blemish caused by the transgression.

Source: Kli Yakar and others
Rabbi Yehoshua B Gordon
Encino, CA
December 20, 2009
Happy Belated Birthday Rabbi.. enjoying your class....thank you!
Karin
Napa, CA
December 19, 2009
chumesh and tania
i appreciate your teaching, and i learn. thank you.
I do not understand, yosef was a tzadik. why could he not let go and made his brothers miserable?
Anonymous
la, ca
December 18, 2009
Thank you
Thank you for this very interesting class. I learn so much!
Sarah
Toronto
December 17, 2009
tanya lessons
happy holidays and thank you for the lesson
Anonymous
france
December 16, 2009
Happy Chanukah Rabbi Gordon
I just could not get the Blessing song of Chanukah out of my mind to day at work. Along watching Rabbi Gordon I also tuned into the events on JewishTv.org for the Menorah lightings and sang all day.Everyone have a Happy Chanukah!!!!!!
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
December 16, 2009
Classes
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for these daily classes. I watch them in the evening. Your teaching style and comments make me feel like I'm going to the movies every night, and watching the Ten Commandments movie with Ch.Heston; only you are better looking!
I am also understanding how much I have not understood Tanya until now; and I appreciate it.
C A LEVIN CPA
Simcha Monica, CA
December 16, 2009
I appreciate and value your feedback and comments
To all of our viewers and listeners:

I appreciate and value your comments and feedback very much. They help me realize that my efforts are truly worthwhile and appreciated and accomplish their purpose.

Please keep the feedback coming. All meaningful comments, new and creative ideas and constructive criticism are very welcome.

With blessings of a very Happy Chanukah and -- once again -- thank you.

Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, California
Chanukah 5770
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
December 16, 2009
Thank you Rabbi Gordon for following the Alte Rebbe's instruction for teachers of Tanya to not hold back but to teach. By going online you've changed my life. Think of all the lives you're changing. Sometimes a quote of yours comes to me like "if you watch movies you'll be a movie critic". That reminds me to be more diligent in learning Torah. Look at all the good you are doing. Thank you.
Anonymous
Cleveland, OH
December 13, 2009
Thank you Rabbi for a successful Chanuka Event
Thank you Rabbi Gordon and the entire Chabad of the valley crew, who participated in pulling off such a great Chanukah event. God bless the Chabad organization and all the supporters invloved

May we all be able to light the Chanukah Menorah next year in Jerusalem with mashiah Tzidkenu

Chag Sameah
Anava and German
Encino, Ca
chabadofthevalley.com
December 10, 2009
May you go from strenght to strenght!
...Simply love these classes . They are so insightful; and rabbi Gordon makes them all the more interesting and fun to learn with his lively sense of humor. Thank you so much!
Uri Yitchak
Orlando, FL/USA
December 9, 2009
Excellent!
Anonymous
Brooklyn, NY
December 6, 2009
happy new year to you too
it was fantastic tania class . thank you very much
Anonymous
torrance
December 5, 2009
This is the most amazing class ever!!!!!!!! It makes me excited to learn torah everyday I cant wait to see what tomorrow brings!!!!! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are so brilliant!
Anonymous
December 4, 2009
Class
Absolutely fantastic! Thank you much.
Mira Mayer
Turlock, CA
December 2, 2009
Showing up
Love these classes Rabbi Gordon just keep teaching us empty minds.
Richard Raff
BonneyLake, WA
December 2, 2009
Re: Archives
Yes, the classes are archived, you can find them here.
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
December 1, 2009
Bump
Yes, there is the Colbert bump, and it is an observable effect, but that's nothing compared to Rabbi Gordon's Tanya bump!
Anonymous in Maine
Brunswick, ME
December 1, 2009
Thanks again
Last four days have been so powerful - Kislev 10 and 12 astonishingly rich. Are these broadcasts archived online? I want to send fellow students to the link. I really look forward to commencing Tanya anew in a few days.
Anonymous in Maine
Brunswick, ME
December 1, 2009
tanya
Dear Rabbi Gordon I have been involved with lubavitch since i was a small boy i have learnt tanya for many years daily however i now listen to you ,i must say you make it very interesting and enjoyable.
Anthony Cohen
London, england
November 30, 2009
613 Commandments
It was not until Moshe received the Torah at Mt. Sinai that we were commanded to keep the 613 Mitzvos.

However, the Talmud teaches us that (all of) our Patriarchs (including Yaakov) knew the commandments prophetically and observed all of the commandments 'voluntarily" well before they were given.

This then would be the meaning of Yaakov saying "I kept all of the 613 commandments."
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
November 29, 2009
Daily Live
Thank you so much for your class-I'm learning so much--
Anonymous
Spokane Valley , Wa.
November 29, 2009
How did Jacob keep 613 Commandments?
The Rabbi said that Jacob kept 613 commandments and therefore that made him look tough to Esau. However I thought that all commandments were not given at this time. Am I wrong? I understand there was still God's law but weren't they give explicitly to Moses first?
David
Brooklyn, NY
November 29, 2009
RE: Wonderful online teaching
From our room we watched and learned the Torah portion and started our day and week with the Torah before our eyes.
Anonymous
Milford, MA
November 25, 2009
Thank you for the wonderful class today
What a great class today. So much exegesis and wisdom in chumash and tanya - we listened with joy and did the lessons twice. Many, many thanks always, Rabbi Gordon
Anonymous in Maine
Brunswick, Maine
November 24, 2009
THANKYOU for one specific lesson
we all need to have Chumash to teach us lessons of parenting, its SO IMPORTANT.
What better way to learn about our important job as parents, than to hear it from someone giving it over from Chumash.
More, more please, we need this!!
Anonymous
bklyn, ny
November 16, 2009
I think....
I go to shul with this man's son! Wow, cool!
Anonymous
LA, CA
November 15, 2009
love your program so much
would you consider putting the Chumash and Tanya titles or pages so that we could follow you better? toda
Anonymous
San Antonio, tx
November 15, 2009
Rabbi Gordon is a class act!
I would like to thank you for being tough and broadcasting for all of us that can not show up to class. I would think this kind of teaching is not easy to do. I pray that G-d has granted your portion of the Torah for your great teaching efforts,Todah to you Rabbi Gordon.
Mr. Richard Raff
November 13, 2009
Adding to the numerous comments...
Absolutely enlightening- am unable to describe with more words; its much more than "absolutely enlightening", changing my life, my Torah study, can understand more, and with spice of humor enlivening/like simcha (joy) in our study to smile and vitalize.
Anonymous
November 12, 2009
tania
Rabbi, thank you for the parasha and Tania lessons. Also i appreciated your response to my questions. thank G-d. as you said we have a very knowledgeable Rabbi in our community and G-d willing i will get help for better understanding of tania. thank you.
Anonymous
torrance, ca
November 12, 2009
Your Web Cast
Hello! I just watched your web cast during my lunch from my office. I just wanted to say thank you for doing this... The tanya lesson was very good and gave fantastic perspective on why Jews treat other jews differently.

Looking forward to tuning in again tomorrow.
Leon Benezrah
Toronto, Canada
November 11, 2009
To Anonymous, torrance, ca
Thank you for your kind comments re: my class. As far as your question is concerned, you have brilliant and very knowlegable Chabad Rabbis in the Torrance area -- Rabbi Eli Hect and Rabbi Pinson, who are more than qualified to answer your Tanya questions. The Alter Rebbe in his introduction to Tanya speaks about the importance of people turning to the loacl scholars in their community to resolve questions on the subject.

With blessings,

Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino, CA
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon
Encino , CA
November 11, 2009
Questions
You can feel free to write your questions to our experienced rabbis and rebbetzins of the Ask the Rabbi team, via chabad.org/asktherabbi.
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
November 10, 2009
tania
wow i listen to Rabbi Gordon's parsha class. Despite of how fast he teaches, i benefit and like it so much. but today's tanya lesson was so hard for me to understand. How can i get the answers of all my everyday questions?
Anonymous
torrance, cA
October 25, 2009
we miss rabbi gordon
we hope rabbi gordon is o.k.
we miss his class.
there is nothing like the genuine article!
Anonymous
October 21, 2009
Be right there
Hope Rabbi Gordon is doing fine and I will keep trying to show up for class see everyone at 9:45.
Richard Raff
Bonney Lake, WA
October 20, 2009
For Lida
Thank you very much! The archives can be downloaded via these links:

Chumash
Tanya
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
October 18, 2009
Tanya class
Good material, nice words and clarifiations. All in all good work, keep working.
Rudolph Garcia
NY , NY
October 18, 2009
Teaching
By the look of the comments you have done very well for all of us, Great Job!
Mr. Richard Raff
October 17, 2009
Thank you this is wonderful!
Chava Shalom
Buffalo, NY
October 15, 2009
chumesh and tania
this is excellent . the problem is i do not know how to copy it and listen in my car or in the kitchen in my house. please let me now.
Anonymous
torrance, ca
October 15, 2009
Bendicion
A wonderful beginning for all Jews, especially for those who think that Mamma, Ma, Momi or Mai would forget any of her brood.
CarmenZoraida
Belleville, NJ
chabadhoboken.com
October 15, 2009
Daily Live Chumash and Tanya
Thank G-d for Chabad and R' Yehoshua helping teach any that G-d has brought to this time and place.
Shimshone Mosheh
Salisbury, NC
October 15, 2009
live chumash and tanya class
b"h a truly special learning experience.
benyamin tzeon
beersheva, israel
October 15, 2009
Daily Live Chumash and Tanya
This is just superior. I'm going to make sure all my friends know about this sit. THANK YOU!!!!
Anonymous
Dallas, Texas
October 14, 2009
I am very interested in this offer
I feel very blessed indeed for such an opportunity to learn, however I am not a Jew, I hope this is still also available to the non Jew.

Thank you
Anonymous
Rosenort, Canada
October 14, 2009
lessons
B"H
Thank you so much! Food for the soul!
Anonymous
Israel
October 9, 2009
tuning in to Chumash and Tanya from Berkeley
It feels like home - (away from home). y'shar ko'ach! --Zish
Reb Zushe
encino, CA
October 7, 2009
chumash & tanya class
I can't thank you enough. This is truly G-d's work. I have learned and grown so very, very much, Thank you.
Anon
NY, NY
September 28, 2009
jewish.tv
Thank you,thank you,thank you,thank you,thank you!
David Cohen
cherryhill, nj
September 11, 2009
Rabbi i love you
rabbi you're a breath of fresh air, may god bless you with health and happiness and long life.
david
chabadgn.com
September 9, 2009
Todah
This might answer some questions I have about Asiyah. For this direction has opened several doors that were shut to me before.
Richrad Raff
Bonney Lake, WA
August 28, 2009
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.....
What a great resource! I have just found these videos and am now watching every day.
Richard A. Stefani
Valencia, California
chabadofthevalley.com
August 20, 2009
GREAT CLASS
The rabbi from August 20 gave a great class! So interesting to listen to.
Anonymous
brooklyn, ny
August 19, 2009
The best became even better
The shiurim from Rabbi Gordon are wonderful.
But the latest shiurim (8/18, 8/19) from the young Rabbi are extra ordinary! What a wonderful delivery explaining deep concepts.
May Hashem grant both of you htzlacha!
Nat
Brooklyn, NY
August 12, 2009
Yasher Koach!
Love to join your class daily here in Bklyn. I look forward to your very clear and interesting explanations and I am thrilled to do my Chitas this way! Thank you!
Anonymous
Bklyn., NY
August 6, 2009
Chumash and Tanya Class
I've been waiting for a class like this. It is amazing and has changed my life. Thank you.
Anonymous
Silver Spring, MD
August 6, 2009
Thank You!
We LOVE Rabbi Gordon's style. He makes learning fun and interesting. My husband and I enjoy and look forward to watching each day.

Thank you Rabbi Gordon, keep up the GREAT work! We are grateful for the Internet broadcasts.
Gavi Arnold
Milwaukee, WI
August 4, 2009
thank you
I just found this and am loving the learning!
Thank you
Donna Rosenberry
Framingham, MA/ USA
July 19, 2009
online glossary
There is one on chabad.org. www.chabad.org/glossary

But instead of looking through the glossary, sometimes I find it quicker to just search for a term in the search box if I can figure out how to spell it.
Tina
July 18, 2009
Rabbi Gordon's class
This is in response to the person from MN who has trouble understanding the Hebrew references R. Gordon makes during his Chumash/Tanya class. What can be very helpful to me is a online Chassidut Glossary and a Kabbalah Terms resource also on line.
Jan
LA, CA
July 9, 2009
finally
i use to live in tarzana and attend the week study with rabbi gordon, when i left the state the hardest thing for me was not to participate at the morning class with rabbi gordon. thank g-d now i get my learning back every day that i've missed so much.
we love you dearly and miss you very much.
Anonymous
toronto, ontario
chabadofthevalley.com
July 7, 2009
Chumash & Tanya class
I attended Rabbi Gordon's class late this morning. There was unusual traffic on the streets of Los Angeles due to the thousands of people driving to Michael Jackson's funeral. This caused me to be tardy for shuir.
In the past it was very difficult to join Rabbi Gordon's class while in session as one missed moments and minutes of Chumash and Tanya.and Rabbi Gordon's brilliant explanation.
Baruch Hashem, I am now able to return home and listen to the daily class on computer. I was able to listen to the beginning of the class that I missed....and continued to listen until the end causing me to learn even more.
May all who cannot physically attend a class by Rabbi Gordon have the opportunity to sign in on line.
May all hospitals have this available for patients.
May all homes for the aged have this available.
May the Department of Corrections have this available for prison inmates.
May schools have this incorporated into their curricula.
And the list goes on.....Baruch Hashem
Anonymous
Beverly Hills, Ca.
chabadofthevalley.com
July 7, 2009
Understanding the lecture
Sometimes if I concentrate I can understand Rabbi Gordon - however, since I do not know Hebrew his frequent reference to the Hebrew words makes is hard for me to comprehend.

My favorite teachings right now are Psychology of the Soul...by Rabbi Ben Tzion Krasnianski. I have watched Studying Torah two times and will do that with the subject Arrogance, and all the lectures. ...amazing... Outstanding and easier to follow.
Anonymous
Inver Grove Heights, MN
July 6, 2009
Just saying thank you
Thank you so much Rabbi Gordon for your invested time and efforts. May G-d continue to give you many blessings for doing such a good work and teaching Torah.
James Berry
Chapel Hill, TN
July 6, 2009
Happy Bithday rabbi Gordon
From a Gentile in South Africa. I listen to you almost daily (finance permitting). You are really great and bring so much alive to me.

May G-d bless you and keep you with us for a long time.
Tim
Cape Town, South Africa
July 3, 2009
Thank you Rabbi Gordon!
Wonderful to see and hear you live on chabadofthevalley.com. You teach great Chumash and Tanya. You are the best!!!
We wish you a very Happy Birthday with many happy, healthy and blessed returns of the day for you, Rabbi Gordon.
Miriam Reinsdorf
Northridge, CA
July 3, 2009
Thank you for this teaching
Happy Birthday Rabbi Gordon.
Thank you very much for this on line Chumash and Tany study. It is a great beginning to the day.
Roland Miller
San Antonio, Texas
July 3, 2009
Live Class
What a great commentaries and excellent quality of class. I enjoy everyday this broadcast and G-d continue fulfilling your life and your beloved ones. Shalom Aleichem
Christopher Rivero
NLD, MX
July 3, 2009
Thank You
Happy Birthday Rabbi Gordon, may Hashem give you much nachas and health and congratulations for such a great and needed project you just started. Keep up the good work...
Uri Yitzchak
Orlando, FL
July 2, 2009
the chumash & Tanya class on line
Happy birthday Rabbi Gordon, this was a wonderful idea to have the class on line.
Thank you so much. It is great. We will always love you and enjoy your classes.
Valintin Rashtizadeh
Encino, ca
chabadofthevalley.com
July 2, 2009
live shuir
Rabbi, I am enjoying the shuir lessons that you are teaching. Today was my first Chumash lesson. I listened to it three times! Wishing you many blessings for continued health, and joy.
Shoshana-edut Fry
Brooklyn, N.Y.
July 2, 2009
Happy birthday, dear Rabbi~
We love your classes and are glad they are accessible online throughout the week. We are privileged to be a part of your congregation. May G-d bless you with long and healthy life so more of the Jewish people can benefit from your teachings. Thank you so much~
Anava and German
Encino, CA
chabadofthevalley.com
July 1, 2009
Why only live
I'm really excited about this shuir, it was great yesterday! But today I couldn't make it and was surprised that it was only live! I'm sure many are like me that want to be able to listen to it throughout the day. Keep it up Chabad.org, keep it coming!
Anonymous
Chicago, il
July 1, 2009
is there any doubt that miracles continue in our day. thank you, from those who cannot get out
Anonymous
hou, tx
July 1, 2009
Classes
I am very happy to be able to listen to this Rabbi give classes! I feel he has a great speaking ability and is very passionate and knowledgeable!
Paul Gainer
La Plata, MD
July 1, 2009
Daily studies
Thank you Rabbi, this is a great idea, looking forward tomorrows class
Israel Hartman
Arlington, Texas
June 29, 2009
Amazing... Thank you :)
neomi gniwisch
June 28, 2009
Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon's Chumash & Tanya Class
As important as putting on tefilin each morning. I enjoy the Rabbi's class very much.
Philip Friedland
Budd Lake, NJ
June 26, 2009
Chumash and Tanya Class
Excellent. This is just what is needed. Done with knowledge, interest, humor. Simply wonderful learning experience.
Anonymous
June 25, 2009
Tanya and Parasha
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! Today I discovered and forwarded the link of this virtual class to 7 persons located in Minnesota, California, England, France and Israel.
Anonymous
Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 18, 2009
Chumash and Tanya class
This is the second day that I have listened to, learned from and absorbed Rabbi Gordon's Chumash and Tanya class and I am absolutely thrilled to have found it! This class will become a highlight of my daily routine! Thank you so very much!!!
Yehudis Benharris
Warwick, Rhode Island
June 11, 2009
Rabbi Josh Gordon
I attend classes with Rabbi Gordon. He has a gift of teaching. He has taught me so much and in a way that brings one closer to the Torah and Judaism.
He also is gifted with a wonderful sense of humor.
Jayne Shapiro
beverly hills, ca
chabadofthevalley.com
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