The Torah provides that outstanding loans between two Jews are automatically nullified atthe very end of the Shemittah [Sabbatical] year (Deuteronomy 15:2). Hillel the Elder observed that the wealthy, fearing their money would not be repaid, refused to lend to the poor prior to Shemittah. This not only caused a hardship for the poor, but was also a direct transgression of the Torah’s exhortation not to refrain from lending (ibid. 15:9-10).
To remedy this situation, Hillel enacted the prozbul, a legal document by means of which a creditor transfers his loans to a court. [Three knowledgeable laymen may constitute a court for this purpose.] Once the debts have been transferred to the court for collection, they are not nullified by Shemittah (Sheviis 10:2), as implied by Scripture.
Since Shemittah nullifies loans at the end of the year, it is advisable to delay writing the prozbul until Erev Rosh Hashanah, so that it will cover all loans made up to Rosh Hashanah. A prozbul should be made before Rosh Hashanah this year.
Rav Noach Weinberg, a pioneer in Jewish outreach and the legendary founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Aish HaTorah, was a man whose very essence was love – love for Hashem, His Torah, and His people. Rav Noach’s entire being radiated wisdom and joy, and no wonder: he was profoundly and deeply connected to the Torah, the source of all wisdom and true happiness.
And how he loved to give over that wisdom. His Thursday night Torah lectures were legendary. The newest arrival to Aish HaTorah and seasoned kollel students — everyone wanted to hear what Rav Noach had to say about the weekly parashah, and how we could take Toras Chaim, the Torah’s wisdom for living, into our own lives and challenges.
In Wisdom for Living, Rav Noach speaks to us with all the brilliance, passion, and fervor that he brought to those unforgettable Thursday night sessions. His devoted students, Rabbis Nechemia and Yitzchak Coopersmith, have adapted those lessons for print, scrupulously maintaining Rav Noach’s unique and beloved voice. In every parashah Rav Noach uncovered a piercing insight for our lives. Sometimes he discovered a truth to help us break down our barriers to greatness, other times he shared an unexpected insight into the workings of the cosmos – or our own daily lives. This remarkable book shares some of Rav Noach’s revolutionary approaches to understanding the wisdom of the Torah in today’s world.
Over the years, the name Mordechai Weinberger has become synonymous with practical advice on living a better and more vibrant life. With a radio program streamed on multiple platforms and listened to by thousands of people, he was deluged by appeals that his lessons be available in written form. Finally, by popular request, Weinberger’s phenomenal new book, Alive!is now available for order.
Try it free! This week’s free download offers you chapter 1 – the section on self esteem:
For Jewish cooks all over the world, the search for Passover recipes usually means shelving your favorite cookbooks for a week or two. But we have good news for all of you fans of our latest hit cookbook, Secret Restaurant Recipes. Authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek have compiled a handy list of 39 favorite recipes from this fantastic book – so you can keep cooking those favorites all through Pesach!
Dont’ forget to prepare for the seder with the Haggadah that’s the best fit for every person at your table. You’ll definitely going to find the one you’re looking for with ArtScroll’s selection of over 60 Haggadahs!
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With Pesach around the corner, ArtScroll is here to help with your menu planning!
ArtScroll’s selection of Passover cookbooks have sold nearly 100,000 copies, so you know they’re great, that their recipes work, and people turn to them again and again. Here are five great sample recipes to enjoy over the holiday. Even though these recipes are Kosher for Pesach, you’ll probably turn to them all-year-round! Make sure to pick up a copy of Passover by Design, Passover Made Easy and A Taste of Pesach for hundreds more delicious menu options.
Lifelines: Ordinary people…facing extraordinary challenges. Their stories – an the stories behind their stories.
By C. Saphir
Pick up a copy of Lifelines and you’ll immediately be hooked. This is a book of incredible stories about real people, facing real challenges. It’s a book of hope and inspiration. The stories that have captivated thousands of readers in Mishpacha magazine are now printed in a beautiful, hard-covered book – making a great great gift for anyone who enjoys a good story – and a healthy dose of inspiration. Best of all, every story includes a postscript composed of brand-new material that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of the story and adds an exciting new layer of meaning.
For this week’s free download, we’re giving you the chance to enjoy a couple of sample stories from our new release, Lifelines.
When you think of purim, you might think of fun – parties, costumes and shalach manos. But it’s important to understand the laws and customs of purim as well. Enter The Halachic Handbook: Laws of Purim, . by Rabbi Yitzchok Rosedale. In this handy, pocket-sized volum, the laws of Purim are clearly laid out and explained in a concise and understandable manner.
This week is Parashas Zachor, the shabbos in which we read the Torah portion recounting the war with Amalek. To help you understand the complex laws surrounding this special mitzvah, this week’s free download gives you the chapter on Parashas Zochar. Download it and share it with your friends so they can learn too.
Classic works of Jewish thought teach that each of the twelve lunar months corresponds to one of the twelve tribes. What do the months and the respective tribes have in common? … The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months opens the door to a new dimension of understanding. Drawing upon the full breadth of Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic literature, this work sheds new light on the months of the year, the tribes of Israel, and the ways that Hashem relates to His people. It is engrossing, interesting, stimulating, and provocative.
One of our best-selling Purim titles is Let My Nation Liveby Yosef Deutch. Presenting the miracle of Purim in story form, Let My Nation Live is an excellent way to gain an understanding and appreciation for the thrilling story, the struggles and triumphs, and the miracles portrayed in Megillas Esther. Based on sources from the Talmud, the Medrash and classic commentaries, this fascinating book will give you an appreciation for the purim story like never before.
Get ready for rosh chodesh adar by reading the first chapter of this great book – for free!