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- Stoicism and Serving god with passion – Rabbi Leib Tropper -Written by David Gold
- Daas Torah: the words of the Chazon Ish,zt’l – Rav Leib Tropper-recorded by David Gold
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- The Following Topics will be Discussed on Youtube over the Next few months with Rabbi Leib Tropper
- What is not happiness?
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About.Me – Leib Tropper
2013 Rabbi Leib Tropper to give interview on process of ordination
Last week a group of Rabbonim from the Tri-state area had a meeting and an interview on the Process of Rabbinic ordination.
Rabbi Leib Tropper who has earned 4 ordinations from Leading Rabbonim including the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem ,Rav Zolty, ob’m has had a variety of internalized experience as to the expectation and meaning of Rabbinic ordination.
Most of the interview revolves around the past experience of Rabbi LeibTropper.
A story of a personal Ordination
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper:Who was the first Rav you approached for ordination?
Rabbi Leib Tropper :The first Rav I approached is a well known Gadol in Torah an Halacha who lives in bnei brak. He grew up in the home of the
Chazon ish,zt’l. He questioned me on 3 volumes of Shulchan Oruch Yoreh Deah and most parts of shulchan aruch Orach Chaim as he acknowledges in his ordination certificate.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper: How Long was the test ?
Rabbi Leib Tropper : It went for 2 days. The first day and 5hrs the second day.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper:Who was the next Rav you went to for ordination?
Rabbi Leib Tropper:The Great gaon ,the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rav Harav Betzalel Zolty,ob’m.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper: What kind of Test Did he give?
Rabbi Leib Tropper:Rav Zolty,ob’m was what we call a “no nonsense” Rav. He had this imperious look and stentorian voice. I was asked questions for for 6 & 1/2 hrs.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper:Who was the next Rav you went to?
Rabbi Leib Tropper: A friend of mine was able to set up an appointment with Maran Harav ovadia,shlita. He was encouraged by the ordination I received from Rav Zolty,zt’l. He asked me Ten questions at a time then another ten…this went on until I answered 65 questions, albeit not everyone correctly.
Next: The semicha of Maran Harav Shach,zt’l
Rabbi Leib Tropper Reminisces About the lower east side in the Early 60's.
Rabbi Leib Tropper begins:
In the Lower East
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A very confusing word to say the least. Daas Torah as a concept has been uncontested for the most part until relatively recently. Daas Torah which is the
Word used to express the view of the Torah in an authoritative sense, highlights
Those views that are not treated as if they are in the “domain״ of Torah although
They ought to.
One is not considered to have “Daas Torah” unless they have earned the title
“Talmid Chochom”. This statement would probably be contested,as it is quite
Difficult to achieve the status of a Talmid Chochom. In the maelstrom of our
Turbulent times there isn’t an abundance of people who are considered to be talmeidei chachomim. It is our diluted perspective that allows us to believe
That one can be involved in prime rib ‘loshon hora’ , learn Torah and be called a
Talmid Chochom. It is our “small mindedness” that allows us to merge a full time scientist and a part time learner who uses a computer search for Torah information,
To be categorized as a Torah Scholar.
That is by all standards an illusion. It is actually a dangerous illusion. Professional
Stand up comedians who learn for 3 hours per day are not Daas Torah though
They may act as if………
Sitting and studying everything but the depths of Talmud cannot qualify as a
Torah Scholar in the traditional sense of the word.
Rabbonim who tell tear jerking stories to their congregants may have the gift of
Articulation and power of inspiration . That has no influence on being a Torah
Scholar. (To be continued)
1-The Chazon Ish advised Men Seeking to marry to stay away From Stubborn women. (Maran Harav Sternbuch,shlita in the name of the Chazon ish)
2-A Teacher in a yeshiva is not only required to be a competent Teacher and a good communicator ,a Teacher is required to be one with SUPERIOR character. (Emunah Ubetachon)
3-Choosing the right words to say captures the virtue of silence More than complete silence.
4-it is spiritually unhealthy and Dangerous to postpone talking with someone who seeks help and inspiration. (Letters of the Chazon ish)
5- it is quite doubtful that someone who lacks in his character could achieve torah Scholarship.
1-Prayers with Tears
2-What and who is a Rabbi?
3-Strict and Halachic Leniency
4-Is there a hebrew word for ‘fun’?
5-The qualities of a friend
6-A Comparative study of Truth
7-Living in Exile and its consequences
8-Respect for government
There is much written about the one of the ineffable emotions called happiness.
Even a writer unknown to most of the population at large but familiar to many
In the Orthodox Community , Rabbi Zelig Pliskin ,attempts to press a position
Rabbi Leib Tropper,shlita does not suggest to invite himself into the Happiness
Topic. When I asked Rabbi Leib Tropper for an explanation he responded that
Happiness is דברים שבלב as it says in תהילים Which is recited in Davening
Every shabbos ישמח לב מבקשי ה׳. Happiness is a cardiac rooted feeling . It does
Not need an expression. Undoubtedly , Maran Harav Y.D. Halevi Soloveitchik, zt’l
Was a very happy man. Perhaps not fitting the juvenile profile described by Rabbi
Zelig Pliskin,shlita. A member of the Family of Maran Harav Soloveitchik,zt’l
Made it quite clear to me that the Rav’s position regarding happiness is that it
Does not require an external expression. A stoic can enjoy happiness of and in life.
Rabbi Pliskin , shlita quotes pieces of Alfred Adler. I can suggest that Rabbi Pliskin
Read Paul Johnson’s book ‘intellectuals’ where he has less than flattering biographical sketch of Adler’s unhealthy life.
Bertrand Russell ,a British philosopher and Victor Frankl who was a philosopher and a practicing psychologist disagrees with Rabbi Pliskin. They both maintain that the
Pursuit of happiness is the only impediment to happiness. Rabbi Leib Tropper
Uses the description ‘the taking of one’s happiness temperature ‘ is the nemesis for
Growing the experience of happiness
My assertion is that Rabbi Pliskin’s position on happiness is empty of any emotional
Depth and is inaccurate from a Torah perspective and a Secular perspective.
Based on a recent lecture in Syracuse, New York- recorded by Avi Bluming
An unresolved topic is the issue of a Judaism based on “rationalism”.Though the Rambam AKA Maimonides is considered one of the most important thinkers of Jewish philosophy, he Suffered Much undesired controversy. The critics of his rationalistic project were great thinkers such as Hasdai Crescas and R’Don Yitzchok Abarvanel. Another important alternative to Maimonidean Rationalism was jewish mysticism AKA Kabbalah . R’ Don Issac Abarvanel is Particularly critical of the Rambam’s understanding of miracles which downplays their supernatural qualities. In Abarvanels books, Mifalot Elokim and Rosh Amana he asserts that Miracles are supernatural events performed by Hashem directly as the creator of the Universe.
During the 11th century jews were blessed with a unique scholar known as Rabbenu Yehuda Halevi. He authored a book that the Gaon of Vilna encouraged jews to study. The book was Called the ‘Kuzari’.
The Kuzari expected religion to be based in a subjective and personal experience not rational Explanation (that is how he explains the episode of Moshe Rabbenu and the sneh aka burning Bush).
However in contrast to R’ Don Y Abarvanel, the Kuzari was not anti Rationalist.
(To be continued)
Rabbi Leib Tropper, what do you think triggers so much emotional angst amongst People today?
Response- If surveys count for anything , I guess the feeling of meaninglessness pushes People into an emotional maelstrom. Recent surveys tell that 70 percent of people suffer The feeling of absence of meaning in life. It is profound sardonic humor in a world abundant with Material distraction. The “God shaped vacuum” has yet to find a spiritual or emotional Utopia.
Rav Moshe Chaim Lutzato in the opening of his most celebrated work called ” Mesilas Yeshorim” talks about the ultimate meaning for a Jew . To constantly strive to master The art of servitude to God is the only true meaning of a jew’s life. The dynamic and static Pleasure and contentment experienced by striving for the above is most fulfilling.
Q-Rabbi Leib Tropper, does that imply that non Jews have no meaning in life?
Response- of course they can have real meaning. There however is one caveat to discovering Meaning. One will never find meaning if Maslow’s “self actualization” is the focus of their life.
Meaning is only felt in transcendence . Rav Yitzchok of Volozin writes in the introduction to His sacred book Nefesh Hachaim that he heard from his father (Rav Chaim of Volozin) that Man’s life purpose is to help others.
(To be continued)