Thursday, March 20

No Time For Complacency

Dear All,

Long time no speak, I was meant to send you an update of what's happening in
the world of Torah. Due to an extremely busy schedule, this was impossible.

Until now; due to the recent happenings I feel compelled to write,
there's no place for complacency and I sincerely hope that you will share this view.

The Sheloshim (lit. 30, meaning 30 days) of the eight Kedoshimh
(martyrs) from Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav falls on Sunday, 1 Nissan 5768
(6 April 2008).

However as the Halacha (Jewish Law) prohibits holding eulogies in that
month, in addition of it being Rosh Chodesh (lit. the Head of the Month),
the only alternative is to hold a Yom Kippur Koton (lit. mini Day of Atonement -
as is done in many Jewish communities on each and every Erev Rosh
Chodesh, before the beginning of the new month) on the previous Thursday.

It is worthwhile to point out that in a leap year - as in this year - we are in need
of more Tefillos, being that there is one more month than a regular year.

Furthermore it is the onset of the Bein haZemanim (lit. in between the terms),
when youngsters - and sometimes adults - are prone to expose themselves
to danger more than any other times during the year.

In light of all the above, I would like to ask you to approach your Rabbi,
community leader or other person with influence (i.e. editor, community
activist etc.) and propose to have a special session in Shul. Yeshiva and
School to reflect on this grave happening.

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see instructions at the end of this message.

It would be ideal to combine the Yom Kippur Koton service combined with a
sermon to join in the collective mourning that we, as a people are going through
- especially when we need so many more Yeshuos (lit. salvation), amongst
others in the following areas:
- Help for the displaced Gush Katif residents
- Encouragement for Sderot's citizens - wherever they are
- Yemenite Jewish Community
- Syrian Jewish Community
- Other problems prevalent in our own communities

Let's all join in Tefillah (lit. prayer), without any walls that are dividing our
beautiful global community, it is about time we take down the barriers that
run along political or tribal lines. When every part of the Jewish world
aches for those unfortunate families of the murdered Bachurim (lit.
youngsters), the hurt and the anguish transcends petty divisive
considerations. This goes to show that in essence we're all ONE,
hailing from the same source, aiming for the same goals and hoping
for the same good - for all of the people of Israel.

It is a Segula (lit. charm) to recite Chapter 22 of Tehilim (lit. Psalms) on
Ta'anit Esther (lit. the Fast of Esther) - well over the fast.

See the attached Tehllim Diary for Adar II - very handy.

See: - just a thought...

The updated directory of Shi'urim on Kol HaLoshon is now available

Wishing you a Happy Purim,

Menasche Scharf

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Thursday, February 7

January - Local and other news round up

21/01/2008, Dear all,

1. It's still not too late to say Parshas HaMon - An auspicious time to recite this is on Tuesday, the week of Parshas Beshalach

2. A Special Message from Project Awareness: VeAtem Tachrishun Week
The Shabbos of Parshas B’Shalach, Shabbos Shira, January 18/19, has once again been designated as an international Shabbos focusing on Kedushas Bais Haknesses and on spiritual awareness.
Parshas B’Shalach has been chosen based on the text in the Parsha, where Moshe Rabbeinu proclaims:
“Hashem Yilachem Lachem V’Atem Tacharishun” – you will be silent. Many Shuls and Batei Medrashim participate in this event. The idea is ever so simple – at least one Shabbos per year - Parshas Beshalach - participating Shuls make an all out effort to see that silence replaces chatter and davening replaces socializing.
The Rabbanim explain the purpose of this exercise and the Gabaim publicize it with posters and handouts.
Once a person has tasted the flavor of genuine Tefilah, there is every chance that he will be inspired to continue.
Surely Tefillah and respect for Tefillah as well as the House of Tefillah, can ensure that our Tefillos and those of our bretheren in Israel are accepted. Our best weapon is the mouth, the Kol of Yaakov.
Awareness has a message available in a poster form, as well as other ‘Awareness’ publications, inspirational videos, bookmarks & audio material, as well as a ‘Change The Way You Daven - Evening of Inspiration’ pack to enhance Tefillos and improve
synagogue decorum.
Contact us at: ‘AWARENESS’, POB 753, Monsey, NY 10952 845-362-8000 ext. 106, Fax 845-362-8008; email:

3. Start Your Day the Torah Way, North London - For full listing of past Shiurim or a weekly update of forthcoming ones, please reply to this eMail with: "SYDTTW List"

4. TBT news - Join us in wishing TBT a mazal tov on their first anniversary - For the latest Shiurim, visit

5. Mobile in Shuls news - look out for information in the local and international press: "How to manage your mobile in Shul"

6. Calculu training news - We will soon be launching our training catalog and programs - watch this space...

7. New Kol HaLoshon directory - you can now download it from:

8. Tehillim for Shevat PDF - if you want this month's Thellim calendar on PDF, reply with "Tehillim"

9. Kosher web news, if you haven't signed up for Jnet, KosherWeb or
other filters, try this:, which lets you filter out unwanted Internet sites like indecency, online gambling, violence, and other content. It's K9 Web Protection, from Blue Coat Systems and it's free for personal use. The program downloads quickly (less than a minute) and is easy to install.

10. A step in the right direction - if you want to prevent indecent content from your workplace, try the following: visit and choose the Radio Button next to:
Use strict filtering (Filter both explicit text and explicit images)

11. The Mincha Guide is now out - if you live in the UK, reply with "Mincha Guide". For the rest of the world, visit:

Menasche Scharf
Torah Way - North London
Calculu Business Centre

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Thursday, January 3

Start Your Day The Torah Way

02 February 2007

The following list of Shiurim is for next week, 04/02/2007 to 10/02/2007 (British Date Format...) at Start Your Day the Torah Way - North London - enjoy!

Monday Rabbi Betzalel Weiss
Tuesday Rabbi Nachman Sudak
Wednesday Rabbi Moshe Margulies
Thursday Rabbi Ben Zion Stempel
Friday Rabbi Aharon Flohr

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By Kriendy Scharf

Call it a helter skelter or a roller coaster. Whatever it is you know the feeling, Your stomach drops with every twist and turn. You stare ahead at the enormous rails you are about to climb and your heart leaps to your throat as you contemplate the plunge you are about to take.
It might surprise some of you to know that those very same sensations are not exclusive to roller coaster rides at an amusement park. There are students who experience great feelings of trepidation on their first day of returning to school after the summer vacation. Students have shared their fears, mixed with excitement to such an extent that they toss and turn in their beds the night before the great day BACK TO SCHOOL.
In case you’re thinking “Oh not to be a student and cease having to go through
At least Mrs Jacobs is doing something positive to help ease those BACK TO SCHOOL jitters. Better than bashing about in your bed worrying and looking worn out on a day when you really wan to look your best and make a good impression. After all, as the saying goes “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”
I have spoken to several teachers and asked them how they like
You might the following information handy.
Teachers like their students to be well prepared and organised. Have your relevant equipment ready. Have your items neatly name labelled. That will show that you look after your belongings. Your books wrapped - it does not have to have the latest Winnie the Pooh pictures or Smiley Face theme in order to IMPRESS. Clearly written names and subject title on durable stickers are more important. Will you be able to identify quickly and easily which book is Kodesh and whichep the teacher waiting whilst you rummage about in your desk, locker or rucksack? Don’t forget those dreaded words “okay students which row will be ready first this time?”
Have your hair neatly tied back. If you are due to have your haircut have it done before the first day BACK TO SCHOOL. Above all make sure not to miss that first day by having some appointment scheduled because “anyway not much learning is done on that day”. Esty A from London shared her experience of an entire school year that went “bad” because she missed the crucial first day rules and expectations given by her form teacher. When she did something out of context on the second day of school she felt immediately in her teacher’s bad books and was too embarrassed to explai
What do I advise students to do to make a good impression on that first day BACK TO SCHOOL?
Mrs G a headteacher of a secondary school for many years shared the following with me.
New students who come back after the holidays and enter the school boisterously as though they own the building put up a very bad front. She likes to see students subdued and serious and prepared to accept authority. In her orientation assembly she confided, she notices immediately the students who in their way are privately making mental decisions on which rules they agree with and which ones they would not implement if they were running the school. If you wan to make that first impression of yourself a good one s
So, you’ve prepared every thing including snack and sandwiches and had your shower the night before.Your hair is fresh and tidy and you’ve said extra Tehilim. You are full of good resolutions. Your books and briefcase will be neat and tidy the entire year. You will leave early every day. This time your report card will display only A’s and your behaviour will make your parents and grandparents glow with pleasure.
It won’t work says Mrs V a teacher of many years (and former student). Decide upon one weakness you wish to work on. Make that your year’s resolution. write it on several
After all as as a student your obligations are many. You would like to do well in your studies. You want to become a better person. You also wish to be accepted socially. No wonder you had to have an eight week vacation. The English students have had to cram all their resolutions within a mere five weeks. Perhaps they are just quicker thinkers....