Dec 30, 2018

Raize Guttman 12-30-18 (22 Tevet 5779)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 22 – Verse 2

A Jew must constantly be moving forward, he is not supposed to stand still. We believe in moving upward in holiness. The greatest pride for Jewish parents should be when their children surpass them in Torah and yirat shemayim. Our children, our students, whoever that we have an effect on, they are all considered your children. Being an example and transmitting Torah to future generations.

This is what we learn from the Akedah Yitzhak. It is not just about Avraham passing a test and becoming great. It's about Avraham passing a test and then passing on that great ability to serve Hashem with such great self-sacrifice that Yitzhak could pass the test too. And then they pass it to the tribes and onto the entire Jewish people.

Dec 23, 2018

Raize Guttman 12-23-18 (15 Tevet 5779)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 22 – Verse 1

In this shiur we begin the story of the Akeidah Yitzchak (the binding of Isaac). It is one of the best known stories in Torah. In it, Hashem orders Avraham to bind his son, Yitzchak, on Mount Moriah in preparation for sacrificing Yitzchak.

It came to pass that Hashem tested Avraham, He said to him, “Avraham.”
Hineni (הנני) "Here I am.” Avraham responded, not knowing what Hashem was about to ask.

This shiur will help you with everything you need to know to fulfill your mission in this world.

Thank you to Yachet Leah Geller for sponsoring this shiur in full for an elevation of the soul of her sweet sister and our cherished GEM alumna, Rachel (Roz/Roslyn) Croog, Rachel Tzipora bas Chaim Dov Ber ע״ה (GEM 9 Israel Trip). We miss her!     It is also in the merit of an elevation of the soul of their dear father, Rav Chaim Dov Ber ben Eliezer, ז״ל , who passed away a year and ten months ago, just shy of the age of 100. 
May they both have an elevation of their soul in the merit of our Torah learning.

May our learning also be a merit for:
A Refuah Schlema Perel bas Chana. 

 A l'ilui neshama to Sara bas Frank Adelman ZT"L

Dec 16, 2018

Raize Guttman 12-16-18 (8 Tevet 5779)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 21 – Verses 32 - 34

Avraham’s chesed came from his ability to see GDliness in everyone and he wanted to bring it out in them. Avraham proclaimed Hashem’s glory with all the chesed he did.

We too need to not just do kindness for others, but to do kindness for others for the right reason and with the right intentions. And that is to sanctify Hashem’s name and to bring him nachas and make him proud.

Our learning today is in the merit of our dear Gem sister Perel bat Chana, may Hashem grant her a refuah schlema.