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YaffeRabbiShlomo at podiumDid you miss Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe's fascinating class on Sunday March 20th?  Well, not any more; we make it into a movie! Watch it below. 

Rabbi Yaffe's shiur is based on the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and uses that book as a springboard for a discussion of medical ethics and the requirement in Jewish Law to go beyond the requirements of Jewish Law.  

And here is a link to view or print the handout of source-texts that accompanied this presentation,

Watch it below:

WallersteinRabbiZecharia cropWe are pleased to add a new video to our website this week: 

Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein presents an analysis of how we can get past ourselves to see the world as it is and others as they are.  Using Rabbi Wallerstein's three mental exercises when faced with an emotional situation can help us develop this positive trait, repair personal relationships, and even enhance much of the world.

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Rabbi Wallerstein's presentation was shown at The Adams Street Shul on the Fast of Av, Sunday July 26th of 2015, as part of The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's 2015 worldwide Tisha B'av video event, entitled The Power to Yield.  

The Adams Street Shul presents this video online by the kind permission of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

WallersteinZechariah Ohr NaavaRabbi Wallerstein is the founder of Ohr Yitzchak, Ateres Naava Seminary for Girls, and Ohr Naava Women's Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Ohr Naava is a unique program designed for women ages seventeen through 120 who are interested in furthering their Torah experience. 

The program started out as a Wednesday evening class in a small classroom.  It brought together girls who had just returned from studying in Israel, college students who needed a weekly moment of inspiration, and Jews of different backgrounds but with one common goal, to grow and change.  The signature of Ohr Naava is to provide a multitude of programs, absolutely free of charge, for women wishing to make the time to grow, change, and further their Torah knowledge.

Although the original occasion for this shiur was Tisha B'Av, its inspiration is relevant and welcome at any time.  Here is the video: 

Mansoor Rabbi EliWe have a new online video for you! 

Rabbi Mansour's shiur is a powerful explanation of the middah (character trait) of vatranut, including fascinating examples, an analysis of its rationale, and consideration of its value as an antidote to some unfortunate modern secular values. 

Have you ever wondered why HaShem chose the particular letters in his Name to write his Name?  Rabbi Mansour does, and shares his insights.   Through vatranus we each have a power to bring our strife-ridden world back into the Divine Presence.

Rabbi Mansour is the Sephardic Rabbi of Congregation Bet Yaakob in Brooklyn, New York.  He is an eminent Torah scholar, internationally renowned and a highly sought after speaker.

Chofetz Chaim - Rav Meir Israel KaginRabbi Eli Joseph Mansoor's presentation, The Power of Vatranut,  was shown at Adams Street as part of the The Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's 2015 worldwide Tisha B'av video event, entitled The Power to Yield.  

The Adams Street Shul now presents this video on our website by the kind permission of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

After absorbing Rabbi Mansoor's vigorous and original presentation, you'll be empowered by improved relationships with family, friends, and business associates. 

Although the original occasion for this shiur was Tisha B'Av, its inspiration is relevant and welcome at any time.   Here is the video:

Doesn't the Torah itself engage in Lashon Hara?  Consider the case of Miriam!  This entertaining and inspiring analysis by Rabbi Zev Leff relates to both Tisha B'Av and to the Torah portions of Metzora and Ki Tetze. 

Rabbi Zev Leff's presentation was part of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation's 2014 worldwide Tisha B'Av event, entitled The Last Tisha B'Av.  The Adams Street Shul presents this video by the kind permission of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

Rabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular English-speaking Torah educators.  Rabbi Leff has authored books and countless articles.  For more than twenty years, he has served as the rav of Moshav Matityahu, a small religious community located in central Israel just outside Modiin.  

Rabbi Leff was born in the Bronx, New York, where he grew up in a non-observant home.  After his family moved to the Miami area, he began attending the Hebrew school at a local Conservative temple.  For a full description of Rabbi Leff's amazing path, see http://adamsstreet.org/2679-rabbi-zev-leff .  He eventually became one of the most gifted students and then a leader at the Telshe yeshiva in Cleveland, before leaving the world of Kollel to give back to the community.   
 
Rabbi Leff has the rare ability to bring across a subtle point of Torah learning with wit, humor and analytical brilliance.  As a much sought-after lecturer and teacher, Rabbi Leff is constantly traveling to speak throughout Israel and often in England, South Africa, the United States, and other countries.

Today, in addition to his communal duties, Rabbi Leff is also rosh yeshivah of Yeshiva Gedolah Matityahu, and oversees the 20-member kollel on the Moshav.  Additionally, he teaches a group of unaffiliated Israelis who live near Moshav Matityahu and lectures at several leading Israeli yeshivot, seminaries and institutions, including the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center.  He is a featured speaker at the conventions of the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel, and Torah Umesorah.

"The lesson I learned more than thirty years ago at NCSY conventions is that Judaism is not monolithic and that there are many legitimate approaches to Yiddishkeit," says Rabbi Leff. "This has been the guiding philosophy of my life."

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