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The Daily Torah Study to Energize Your Day

May 18, 2022 10:07 PM

For many, it’s become as much a part of their daily routine as their morning coffee or the daily Wordle: Jews around the world study the daily mitzvah from MaimonidesSefer Hamitzvot as a way to infuse meaning and Torah in their day.

The daily mitzvah is part of a comprehensive study program of the works of Maimonides launched by the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—in 1984. This year, the annual cycle begins again on Lag BaOmer, Thursday, March 19th.

With Chabad.org’s Daily Study app, it’s possible to follow the mitzvah in Hebrew and English and with a daily podcast elucidating its meaning and message. And now, as we embark on a new cycle, is an excellent time to get involved.

Have you been studying the daily mitzvah? Let us know what it’s been like in the comments.

Tractate Sotah Now Available in Daily Study App

May 11, 2022 7:33 PM

People on the go have long enjoyed the Chabad.org Daily Torah Study App, which allows them to easily access text, commentary and audio classes for the building blocks of the daily Torah study cycle: The weekly Torah portion, the monthly Tehillim (Psalms) cycle, the yearly Tanya review, as well as the various tracks for studying Mishneh Torah (Rambam) and Hayom Yom.

Now, they are also able to use the app to access the day’s page of Talmud Tractate Sotah, which is customarily studied during the Omer period, which runs from the second day of Passover to the day before Shavuot.

Each day, they can tap to enjoy the lucid and accessible class offered by master teacher Rabbi Avraham Meyer Zajac, who recently celebrated the momentous achievement of delivering recorded classes on every page of the Talmud.

And now, they can also access the actual text of the Talmud—the original Hebrew/Aramaic, and an excellent English translation and commentary from the acclaimed Steinsaltz Talmud—enabling students to follow in the original and benefit from the additional elucidation.

Dubbed “the most accessible Talmud,” the Koren Talmud Bavli fuses the innovative design of Koren Publishers with the unrivaled scholarship of the late Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz).

Click here to get the Daily Study app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

Classic Treatise on Faith Now Online

April 11, 2022 12:41 PM
Written in the 11th century, Rabbeinu Bachya’s classic work, The Gate of Trust, is being studied anew worldwide in the 21st century, thanks to a new edition with Chassidic insights from the publishers of the weekly Torah study companion, Chayenu, and Kehot Publication Society.
Written in the 11th century, Rabbeinu Bachya’s classic work, The Gate of Trust, is being studied anew worldwide in the 21st century, thanks to a new edition with Chassidic insights from the publishers of the weekly Torah study companion, Chayenu, and Kehot Publication Society.

Faith, or more accurately, trust. It’s so central to Judaism. But what is trust? Is it something some people are blessed with, or can anyone attain it?

These are among the many issues addressed by Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Pekuda in Shaar Habitachon (“Gate of Trust”), a chapter of his Judeo-Arabic Al Hidayah ila Faraid al-Qulub, known in Hebrew as Chovot Halevavot, (“Duties of the Heart”).

The original text, translated into Hebrew by the famed translator Rabbi Judah ibn Tibbon around 1180, can be difficult reading. Yet, the Rebbe would often advise those who turned to him with their struggles to carefully study the book and internalize its lessons.

In 2019, the team at Chayenu, a nonprofit organization that publishes a weekly Hebrew-English Torah study companion, began serializing the text along with classic and chassidic commentaries.

Teaming up with Kehot Publication Society, they turned the weekly installments into one cohesive work, with Kehot adding a crisp, clear new English translation by Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Klein with commentary compiled and translated by Rabbi Itzick Yarmush and “bottom line” takeaways to help guide the reader. The result was the aesthetically beautiful and spiritually satisfying Fellig Edition of Shaar HaBitachon (read a book review here and purchase the book here).

The Chabad.org team is now proud to announce that, in close partnership with Chayenu and Kehot Publication Society, the entire text (with a selection of notes and commentaries) is now available online in an easy-to-study format.

The text was released in advance of 11 Nissan, which marks 120 years since the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

“On behalf of our readership, we thank our partners at Chayenu and Kehot Publication Society for sharing this treasure with our readers,” says Rabbi Meir Simcha Kogan, Chabad.org’s director. “They have literally opened up the gates of trust and faith to people all over the world.”

Begin learning Gate of Trust online here.

Purchase the full book here.

Busy Week Ahead!

April 11, 2022

Tuesday, 11 Nissan on the Jewish calendar, marks 120 years since the birth of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Hundreds of nations, states, and municipalities around the world have declared this day Education and Sharing Day, and thousands of individuals will heed the Rebbe’s call for positive action.

With Passover coming at the end of the week, this is the perfect time to invite another person to your Seder, share shmurah matzah with someone who may not have, or otherwise make sure that every Jew has a place at a Seder table.

And if you, for whatever reason, do not yet have Seder plans, please be our guest!

With wishes for a kosher, joyous and deeply meaningful Passover,

Your Friends @ Chabad.org

Passover Is Coming, Let's Get Ready...

April 5, 2022 1:22 PM

Dear Friend,

Passover eve is just over a week away! As you shop, scrub, stir and study, we’re right here, glad to help make this holiday smooth, inspiring, and wonderful.

For your reference, here are some of the Chabad.org resources many need this time of year:

Did we miss anything you might need? Please reply to this email and someone from our Ask the Rabbi Team will be glad to help!

With blessings for a kosher, joyous, and inspiring Passover,

Your Friends @ Chabad.org

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