Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Yerushalmi RH 8a states unambiguously that Hashem knows the future...

...statement of R' Levi at the top of the amud. Would seem clearly against the Ralbag that Hashem does not know the future definitively.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Urban Eruvin: TorahWay 4518 Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechofer 16 Feb 03

A shiur I gave in Manchester, UK on Feb. 3, 2016 for http://www.torahway.co.uk/

Audio Files of Two of My Shiurim in Ner Yisrael of Hendon (London)

Shiurim given as part of a scholar of residence program at Ner Yisrael of Hendon:

The first file is the complete file of my shiur on Moshiach:


The second file is the first half (approximately) of my shiur on the Rambam's view of the purpose of humanity (the second half inadvertently did not record).


HaRav Chaim Shmuel Niman ZTL

(I believe the chosson in the picture is ylct"a Rabbi Boruch Lederman shlita, who was with me in Rabbi Niman's shiur. While other pictures in the accompanying links show Rabbi Niman older, this is the way I remember him.)

I was in Rabbi Niman zt"l's shiur for a little over two months in 1980. It was a unique and wonderful experience. His Ahavas Torah, his Simchah in Torah, his Sever Panim Yafos and his affection for his talmidim were outstanding and inspirational.

The time spent in his shiur was an intense experience of the "Chofetz Chaim Derech."  The sugya I remember most vividly is the sugya of bsar mei'ikara/bsar sof at the beginning of Eizehu Neshech. It was an exhilarating experience that has stayed alive in my mind all these years.

Years later, when I occasioned to meet Rabbi Niman, he was as warm and welcoming as if I had spent much more time in his shiur.

He was a role model of a quintessential Maggid Shiur.