Saturday, September 10, 2011

9 Free PDF Seforim for Free Download about Chodesh Elul

Please enjoy 9 Free PDF Seforim for Free Download about Chodesh Elul

1. Daas Chaim Sichos & Maamarim on Elul Yomim Noraim
דעת חיים - אלול ימים נוראים
2. Kovetz Pesakim and Teshuvos about Elul & Tishrei
Shelos & Teshuvos of Rav Mordechai Gross of Chanichei HaYeshivos
קובץ פסקים ותשובות - בעניני חודש אלול ותשרי
3. Kol MeHeichal Kodesh Elul Mussar Sichos
קול מהיכל - קדוש אלול
4. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch for Elul Tishrei
קיצור שלחן ערוך - אלול תשרי
5. Rimzei Elul
רמזי אלול
6. Siach Yisroel Sicos on Elul Yomim Noraim Sukkos
שיח ישראל - אלול, ימים נוראים וסוכות
7. Sichos of Rav Shimshon Dovid Pinkus on Elul & Yomim Noraim
שיחות רבי שמשון דוד פינקוס זצל אלול, ימים נוראים
8. Shaarei Hamoadim Chodosh Elul - Chabad
שערי המועדים חודש אלול
9. Kuntres Chai Elul - Chabad
קונטרס ח״י אלול ה׳תש״ג
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Over 40 Free Pesach Haggadahs

Here is a list of some of the interesting Pesach Haggadah available online for free enjoy! Chag Kasher veSamayach!
Haggadah Shel Pesach The Rebbes - Haggadah with Insights from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Haggadah Shel Pesach Annotated - Chabad
The Seder talks Haggada
Hagadah shel Pesach - Munkatsh
הגדה של פסח - ויזניץ - Vishnitz Haggadah
Ishei Yisroel - Modzitz Haggadah
Shaar Yissachar Munkatch Haggadah
8. and
Birkas HaShir Haggadah of Maharal Tzintz
Hallel Nirtzah Haggadah - Arugas HaBosem Greenwald
Chasdaei Dovid Haggadah - Greenwald brother of Arugas HaBosem
Hagadah shel Pesach Yismach Yisroel - Alexander
Haggadah for the time of Beis HaMikdash based on Rambam
Sod Kedoshim - Chabad Alter Rebbe/Streshaler on Haggadah
Sod Kedoshim - Chabad Alter Rebbe/Streshaler on Haggadah Clearer edition
Shaar HaShamayim Shelah HaKadosh on Haggadah
Kol Yehudah Haggadah Author  Deitch Chaim Yehudah Segal Makavah / Belzer Rebbes Maharash/Mahari/Maharid (Sar Shalom/Yehoshua/Yissachar Dov Rokeach)
Ten Commentaries incl Gra of Vilna Chasam Sofer Abarbanel Kol Bo Ritva Rashbam Rashi Maharal Kli Yakar others on Haggadah
Olas Reiyah - Rav Kook on Haggadah Shel Pesach
Simchas HaRegel Chid"a on Haggadah
20. &
Mar Dror Warsaw Rav on Haggadah
Mareh Yechezkel on Haggadah
Matzah Shemura Rav Shmishon of Ostropoli on Haggadah
Divrei Chaim of Tzanz on Haggadah
Lechem Oni Rav Hirtz on Haggadah
Haggadah with commentary of Maggid of Dubnow on Haggadah
Ramak Siddur Tefillah LeMoshe on Haggadah
27. and
Haggadah Shim MiShmuel on Haggadah
Tiferes Shlomo & Sefas Emes on Haggadah
Tiferes Ish Novominsk on Haggadah
Tiferes Banim Munkatsch on Haggadah
Maadanei Melech on Haggadah Cracow
Rav Yitzchak Isaac Chaver on Haggadah
Alshich Shelah Olelos Ephraim Haggadah Maaleh Beis Chorin on Haggadah
Lev Sameach Alesk on Haggadah
Pnei David Chid"a on Haggadah
Ovadas HaGefen on Haggadah
Pri Chaim Zlotshuv on Haggadah author of Orach LeChaim
38. and
Maaseh Yedai Yotzer Rav Shlomo Kluger on Haggadah
Neos Desha Nitra on Haggadah
40. and and
Maaseh Nissim R' Yakov miLisa on Haggadah
Haggadah with WoodCut Pictures
Midrash Haggadag Malbim
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Toldos Yaakov Yosef the First Chassidic Sefer Ever Published

The Ba'al Shem Tov Part 1

Let's begin with none other than the Ohr Shivas HaYamim Meshiach Hashem Rabbeinu Yisroel Ben Eliezer, the Holy Baal Shem Tov. A nice bio is here here and here

The Baal Shem Tov HaKadosh wrote no seforim of his own. Much like the AriZal, all we have are collected teachings recorded by his students.

The first collection of Toras HaBaal Shem Tov are actually found in the first Chassidic Sefer ever printed: The Toldos Yaakov Yosef, by the Baal Shem Tov's talmid, Rav Yaakov Yosef of Polnoya, or Polnoy printed in Koretz, Ukraine, in 1780.

To access a new printing of the Toldos Yaakov Yosef in two volumes:

To see excerpts of teachings I translated from the Toldos Yaakov Yosef you can download a copy from my website

The Toldos as he is referred to quotes his master hundreds of times. The sefer was off course banned and even burned by the misnagdim, however that did not stop the Toldos from writing other seforim and spreading Chassidus.

Though the Toldos did not succeed his master as the next leader of the Chassidic movement
(that was left to Rav Dov Ber the Maggid of Mezritch) and no dynasty was founded after him
he left several important seforim and several disciples as a spiritual inheritance to us.

Among his disciples we find Reb Leib of Shpole, Rav Gedaliah of Linitz author of Teshuos
on the Torah and the famous Rav Yaakov Shimshon of Shpitevka (see 40-45).

His sefer the Toldos Yaakov Yosef became the first Chassidic sefer ever published in 1780 in
Koretz. He authored three others, Ben Poras Yosef, Tzafnas Paaneach and Kesones Pasim. He
passed on, on 24th of Tishrei 1781.

You can download the Ben Poras Yosef 1781 Koretz here בן פורת יוסף

You can download the Tzafnas Pa'aneach 1782 Koretz here צפנת פענח Both editions are the first printings from Koretz.

You can read Ketones Pasim here

And download the Kesones Pasim Levov edition here

You can download a copy of the Sha'ar Blatt (the title page) to his works here

The Ben Poras Yosef is perhaps most well known for the famous letter that the Baal Shem Tov sent to his brother-in-law rav Gershon Kitover in Eretz Yisroel regarding the ascension of his soul on high and the vision of Moshiach that he saw. בסופו אגרת הבעש"ט לגיסו ה"ר גרשון קיטווער אודות עלית הנשמה שלו

You can see this letter here and it continues onto the next page

This letter forms the message and mission statement of my publishing house Be'er Mayim Chaim namely that "In a letter to his brother-in-law, Rabbi Gershon Kitover, the Baal Shem Tov relates: "On Rosh Hashanah of the year 5507 I made an 'ascent of soul'... I ascended level after level until I reached the chamber of the Moshiach... And I asked Moshiach: "When will the Master come?" And the Moshiach replied: "When your teachings will be disseminated and revealed in the world, and your wellsprings will spread outside..."

You can also read it in translation here

Please enjoy a Story about the Toldos which will appear G-d willing in my upcoming sefer MeOros Kedushas Levi on the Torah in English

Buying the Toldos to Save Berditchev

Rav Chaim Elazar Shapira of Munkascz author of Minchas Elazar told the following story:

When Rav Yaakov Yosef of Polnoya printed his holy sefer the Toldos Yaakov Yosef on the Torah he
traveled to Berditchev on the day of the trade fair. He brought with him two hundred copies to sell.
He rented a storefront and placed a copy or two of his book open in the window to display it to
passerby who might be interested in purchasing it. He was sure without a doubt that anyone who would
just read a few lines and see what he had written would run to snatch up a copy.

However when some interested potential buyers asked him the price of a volume and the Toldos
answered them that the price was a Rendil (a very valuable gold coin worth hundreds of dollars), they
laughed and went on their way saying: "For a whole Rendil we can buy a new wardrobe and shoes to
match!" Days passed with no sales and the fair was drawing to a close. The Toldos was despondent, he
began to feel very disappointed.

Somehow word got to the Berditchiver and the Kedushas Levi knew the entire story. He told his
faithful Rebbitzen the entire story, "Our dear friend Rav Yaakov Yosef has come here to Berditchev to
sell his new sefer at the fair. His asking price is too high and I am afraid that in his anger and
disappointment at his situation the entire city will be punished as a result."

Based on her husband's sage advice the Rebbitzen decided to sacrifice one of her prized possessions.
She quickly hurried off and went to pawn her shterntichel (a beautiful crown of silver or gold and
diamonds) for the sum of two hundred rendils. She handed the entire sum of money to the Berditchiver
so that he could purchase all the seforim and save the town from the impending tragedy.

The holy Berditchiver took a young man as his emissary and gave him the entire sum, a small fortune
and asked him to try and bargain with the Toldos. "Ask him to give you a discount if you buy forty or
fifty books," explained the Berditchiver. He hoped thereby to make the sale seem authentic and so that
the Toldos would not suspect a thing.

However when he approached the Toldos, the latter would not budge a cent from his asking price. No
matter how the young man haggled and tried to wheel and deal the Toldos stubbornly replied: "Even if
you were to take the entire lot of two hundred books, I will not lower the price by even a kopeck."
Finally the young man purchased all two hundred seforim for the entire sum. Afterwards the Toldos
having finished his business decided to visit the Rav of Berditchev before talking his leave of the city.

When he came to visit the Berditchiver he excused himself for not visiting yet since he was busy with
the mitzvah of selling his seforim.

The Toldos then recounted to him the entire story of and of how pained he was that at first no one
bought any of his seforim, "However," concluded the Toldos, "finally Hashem sent me a young man
with a good head on his shoulders who really appreciated my sefer and valued it so much that he
bought all two hundred copies for the price I asked!"

The Berditchiver listened and smiled, "really you don't say?!" was all he remarked at the wondrous tale.
(Otzar HaSippurim Vol. IV #15 p.29-31, Chodesh BeChodsho Munkacsz Nisan 5757 Vol 37 p52)

Hope you enjoy the new blog, questions and comments are welcome as well as special requests to have specific books and seforim reviewed.

To email or send a review request contact me below, I am happy to recieve by mail new chassidic seforim, publications, magazines, kuntresim and other material as well:

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