Home Subscribe Services Support Us

by Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff

The Sfas Emes (aka the Gerre Rebbe (1871-1905 )) is well known for his innovative, mind-stretching Diverei Torah . Unfortunately , his writing style is sometimes hard to understand. As a result, many people who would enjoy learning the Sfas Emes--and grow in their Avoda if they had access to his thought-- lose out. Hence, the all-too--frequent cases of "burn out '' with rebbeim and "off the derech '' with talmidim . Many of those sad stories could be avoided if people would open their intellectual windows to let in the fresh air of exciting, new ideas like those offered by the Sfas Emes.

In its own very small way, my Sefer ( Emes Ve'emunah : A Sfas Emes Companion ), attempts to deal with this situation. It does so by presenting a ma'amar of the Sfas Emes for every Shabbos and Yom Tov of the year. The presentations are done in clear, concise English. And to show why I interpret the Sfas Emes' ma'amarim the way I do, the Sefer also includes the text of the Sfas Emes' own words in leshon hakodesh.

The availability of the ma'amarim in both Hebrew an English has two favorable consequences. First, it gives people who know only English access to the Sfas Emes' Diveri Torah. Second, the fact that the same substantive message comes in both languages ( and also appears in close proximity to each other) makes it easier for novices to learn the language of the Sfas Emes, and thus to gain more direct access to his thought.

This account of the Sefer may make it sound too good to be true. I suggest that you relax and enjoy the Sefer . Note that the Sefer comes with letters of approbation from all sides : R.Mordechai Willig ; R. Reuvain Feinstein ; and R. Zev Leff (no relation ), shelita.


Subscribe to Sfas Emes and receive this class via e- mail.

Copyright © 2003 by Dr. Nosson Chayim Leff and Project Genesis



View Complete List

It Takes Two To Fight
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Shadowy Existence
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768


The Meaning of Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

This Land Is My Land”
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Rabbi Label Lam - 5776

> Our Brother, Eisav
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Shlomo Katz - 5768

Landmark Decision
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Counter-Intuitive Reading of A Difficult Pasuk
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

A Huge Goal!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Holy Eyes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Chanukah Oil: A Real No-Know
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Devising Strategies
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Conquering the Land
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Shabbat Shalom
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information