Tuesday, 28 August 2012

How to Tie Your Own Tzitzit - An Instructional Video Guide

This week's Parsha Ki Teitzei includes the Mitzvah of wearing Tzitzit on a four cornered garment (Deuteronomy 22:12) - though it's not the verse we recite on a daily basis. Each day - morning and evening, we recite the Kriat Shema which includes a fuller description of the Mitzvah (Numbers 15:37-41.) Many wear Tzitzit, but have no idea how to make them. Others may not even be aware of the Mitzvah. This post is here to share how one can take part in making one's own Tzitzit!!! Enjoy, make your own, and wear them knowing that every moment you have them on you are performing one of the 613 Mitzvot of the Torah! 

For more information, check out the Wikipedia entry for Tzitzit!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Special Interview: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

For those able to start the new cycle of Day Yomi learning today - BeHatzlacha! Every word is an achievement. Out Sages teach us this is why the first word of every Masechet (tractate) is written in a beautiful box - adorned all on its own! Each word is a jewel in itself. There may be 2711 Dapim (double sided pages) to go through or 5422 single pages filled with hundreds of words on each - but this does not detract from the value of the achievement of understanding every single word. Seeing it as a world to itself!

Rabbi Steinsaltz has just begun his latest project of translating the entire Talmud into English. It's much more than that though, with the pages being beautifully adorned with insights, commentaries, biographies, colour photos, practical Halacha and much more! If you're looking for an ultimate learning partner - when you can't learn in person - you'll find it in his latest work. You can find out more about his English Talmud by visiting Artscroll or Koren Talmud Bavli - or both?

Enjoy the interview below as Rabbi Steinsaltz tells us more about all his projects and the specialness of learning the entire Talmud:


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