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Talilei Orot: Mizmor L’Todah



The 28th of Nissan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yissochor Dov (ben Shaul) Rubin, author of Tallelei Oros (1962-2008). After learning at Yeshiva L’tze’irim Ruzhin in Bnei Brak, he joined the Ponevezh Yeshiva and later

continued his studies in the Kollel Avreichim of Yeshivas Ponevezh. He was hired as a maggid shiur in Yeshiva Karlin Stolin L’tze’irim and later as mashgiach in Yeshivas Beis Chilkiya. In 1988, he began writing his divrei Torah on the parsha which was printed weekly in Yated Neeman. Thus began the seeds for his sefer, Tallelei Oros on the Parsha. Thereafter came volumes on Sukkos, Pesach, Purim, Tisha B’av, and the Yomim Noraim. In the last few years, Rav Yissochor Dov invested much effort in publishing the Tallelei Oros on tefilla-prayer. He produced five volumes. In addition the these seforim, Rav Yissochor Dov also published Sefer Oros HaGra, as well as the popular version of Sefer Nefesh Hachaim with his elucidations, footnotes, and references. He also (anonymously) printed two volumes of Sefas Emes al Hatefilla.

I selected something the Talilei Orot quotes from Rav Chaim Vital as his Yahrtzeit also falls out during this week:

“A Song of Thanksgiving.” The Thanksgiving Offering is not brought because of a sin. It is possible that someone bringing such an offering to express his gratitude for a great miracle in his life, will look at the other people standing in line in the Temple to bring their sin offerings with a certain arrogance. He is coming to express gratitude and not because of a sin!

Therefore the verse says, “The entire earth shall call out to God!” “Hari’u,” which we translated as “call out,” should be read as it is used in another verse, “Tiro’eim bishevet barzel,” “You will smash them with an iron rod.” (Psalms 2:9) It is as if King David is instructing us that as part of our Thank You offering we must smash our arrogance. (Eitz HaDa’at Tov)

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