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.
With Tishah B’Av approaching, we want to help our readers prepare to have a meaningful fast. This week we are sharing two free downloads that will make your Tishah B’Av more meaningful.
Kinnos for the Six Million Kedoshim
The destruction of the Six Million is our own generation’s stark connection to the eternal Tishah B’Av. Two great and inspiring spiritual leaders of our time, The Bobover Rebbe and Rav Shimon Schwab composed Kinnos lamenting and memorializing the unspeakable tragedy. Adopted by many congregations worldwide, these painful laments are read on Tishah B’Av.
A Portion of the Talmud Related to the Destruction of the Temple
On Tishah B ’Av, it is customary to study the interpersonal conflicts which led to the ruin of the Second Temple. One well-known source comes from the Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli Tractate Gittin, pages 55b-56a.
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.
All parents want the best for their children — that they should be good and upright, that they have everything they need for a fruitful, joyous life.
The classic work, Shelah HaKadosh, contains a prayer that parents should recite for their children at any time of the year — but especially before Rosh Chodesh Sivan, for that is the month when G-d gave us the Torah, and when the Jewish people began to be called His Children.
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:
With Pesach just a week away, there’s a ton of preparation to be done. There’s a kitchen to kasher, food to cook, and of course, a Seder to prepare for. Here are the Official ArtScroll Blog, we’ve been helping you along with free dowloads and guides to assist in your Pesach preparation. To make sure you haven’t missed any, here’s a roundup of all of the Pesach resources we’ve shared.
Pesach is just a week away, which means that kosher kitchens around the world will be “turned-over” – cleaned, covered and prepared for Passover cooking. To help with this sometimes complicated process, we’ve prepared a free download with a practical halachic guide to Kashering your kitchen, excerpted from The Kosher Kitchen.
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!
Shop ArtScroll’s entire selection of over 60 Haggadahs:
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.