The Way of the Nazir

During the Aseres Yemei Teshuva this year, Rabbi Haber Shlit”a advised me to read the writings of Rav Tzaddok HaCohen, particularly Takanas HaShovin. Generally speaking, I read the Hasidic mystics the way the Rivash advises one read the Kabbalists – even if it’s from a known Mekubal – it’s still only a maybe. As I read through it, some of his ideas stuck, some of them…

דער פאלטאווער עילוי

Rabbi Yoel Shurin – the Poltava Illui – was a talmid of the Netziv and the Rosh Yeshiva of yeshivas Ohr Torah. I found this article about the Poltaver Illui in the Yiddishe Licht. And here in the publication Beis Yaakov. Also, a קשה he asked in בבא קמא is brought in אבן האזל. Some historical documentation here, here and here. I have previously posted about…

Who Is This Rabbi?

Many have asked me to explain who the Rabbi in this picture is and why I use his likeness in my blog sometimes. His name is Rabbi Yoel Shorin zt”l but he was more widely known as the Poltava Illui (The Prodigy from Poltava). He was a student of Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin zt”l (the Netziv) and was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Torah…

Influences: Rabbi Aaron Moshe Shechter Shlit”a

During the holiday season, I have been giving a lot of thought to the people who influenced my life and way of thinking. I have been fortunate to meet some interesting people over the years. I decided that I would share some of these experiences with my readers. Some of these people are too private to write about, others had influences that are too specific…