Let us ascend

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Approaching time of the Tishrei and the period of High  Holidays with it, is the time for reflection and memory. It is the time of remembering of everything we’ve done in the year which is coming to an end and reflection on whether everything has been done wisely. It is also the time to make decisions about changes. It is the time to seek for a Divine spark in our souls, hearts and in our minds.

After all it is the time to rethink the way we learn from Hasiddic sages, to remind ourselves that there is no place, there is no thing in which we couldn’t see the Divine presence.

There are many ways of preparing for the approaching holidays. Some contact long ago seen family members, some buy clothes or prepare menu for special holiday meals in advance. Others learn more and by studying halachot remind themselves the customs of the period to be exercised. We check mezuzot, we increase the money amounts dedicated to tzedakah. This way or the other, with all our action we try to earn G-d’s favors so G-d in his strictness treat us more lenient at the time of a yearly trial.

At Jewish iPhone Community it is our pre-holiday pledge to facilitate the access to valuable educational materials, so that all the services a mobile device offers could be used, in our revved up lives,  for a short brake for shiur in any given place.

The charm of the magical device as iPhone is not only constraint to the software capabilities or the famous little things commonly called apps. Virtually unrestricted Internet access, the excellent reception quality of audio files and the smoothness of video files transfers add even more to the wide scope of the device’s abilities.

The “iRabbi” section of our website was originally constructed to publish Divrei Torah by our rabbi, Rav Zalman Lent.  Some time ago we extended the section by cooperation with Salant Foundation and its basis Rabbi Zvi Miller who’s wise lessons make the ideas of  Mussar more approachable. For some time now, thanks to Kol Menachem, once a week we have been ale to listen to an excellent Dvar Tora from the series by Rabbi Chaim Miller. The everyday essential portion of  halachot is provided by Danny Schoemann.

Just before chagim we managed to convince  Naaleh Torah Online – Jewish educational giant – to cooperate with us.

Na’aleh Torah Online is a US Non-profit, designed by experienced Yeshiva and Seminary professionals from Israel, under international Rabbinic guidance.

Na’aleh means “let us ascend.” This name was chosen because the creators of the service believe that the  Jewish learning is the key to continuous spiritual growth and elevation. Na’aleh‘s  goal is to provide free online continuing Jewish education to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shiurim presented by Na’aleh are given as part of a series, not isolated lectures, so students have the opportunity to cover a topic in depth. Classes are available in streaming video (just for some time it is only available on your computer) as well as mp3 and iPhone/iPod/iPad video download – so you can download to your hearts desire and take with you wherever you go classes of your own choice.

The staff consists of noted teachers such as Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller,  Rabbi Avishai David,  Mrs. Shira Smiles,  Rabbi Hanoch Teller,  Rabbi Hershel Reichman,  Rabbi Shimon Isaacson,  Rabbi Moshe Weinberger,  Rabbi Michael Taubes and many others.

Everyday in the “Torah-to-Go” section of our website you will find constantly updated lessons or the series of  lessons which are carefully chosen by us from an abundant (hundreds and hundreds of hours) archive on Na’aleh.  In the nearest future the lessons will also be available in streaming vide/audio directly on your iPhone (to stay updated about Jewish iPhone Community actions become one of our  subscribers –  join our community now).

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The first lesson from the series Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Davening: Open the Gates! today

Themes of Rosh HaShanah – In the first shiur of the series, Rabbi Taubes discusses the obligation for prayer.  He points out that Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as times of great need, and are therefore specifically designated as days of prayer.  However, these days are also deemed as days of joy.

Rabbi Taubes discusses the conflicting and complementary themes of Rosh Hashanah.  These themes can be learned from delving into the meaning of the names of Rosh Hashanah.  Rabbi Taubes then goes into the actual davening of Rosh Hashanah, and explains the changes at the beginning of the Rosh Hashana davening.  The class explicates the addition of ‘zachrenu l’chaim‘ to the first bracha of  Shemoneh Esrei and  the expanded bracha of  Hamelech Hakadosh.  Rabbi Taubes continues the shiur with a discussion of the middle bracha of the Rosh Hashana davening, which summarizes the theme of the day.  The shiur ends with the explanation of  Rav Soloveitchik for why Psalm 24 is recited after the Rosh Hashanah Amida, and the message of Psalm 27, ‘l’Dovid Hashem Ori’, which is recited from Rosh Chodesh Elul through Yom Kippur.

Time: 68:36

For download audio mp3 format or iPod/iPhone/iPad video go to Naaleh to sign up for a FREE account and access thousands of classes.

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