Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life

Monday, August 28, 2017 · Posted in , ,

"Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life" 
by the ROSH - acronym for Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel

"Orchot Chayim," is divided into thirty sections, which many have the practice of studying on the thirty days of Elul. These are "pathways" to sincere piety and virtuousness, the path to holiness, and the road to G-d. The ROSH tells us not just how we should act, but how to think and what are the proper attitudes of life the committed Jew just have - absolute prerequisites for proper Torah observance and practice.

“Great matters are written herein. Take them to heart”. (Harashaz of Kelm)


Perek 1


Do not speak when handling a Cup of Blessing, such as one used during the Grace after Meals (Birkat Hamazon), until you drink from it.

Do not talk between Baruch She’amar and the end of the silent, Shemoneh Esrei Prayer, and including Tachanun, nor when the Chazan is reciting his Repetition, unless it is a matter of Torah, determining a Halacha or performing a pressing Mitzvah, or to greet someone with or respond to Shalom.

Do not talk neither when Hallel is recited nor when the Torah is being read in public.


Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life

Sunday, August 27, 2017 · Posted in , ,

"Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life" 
by the ROSH - acronym for Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel

"Orchot Chayim," is divided into thirty sections, which many have the practice of studying on the thirty days of Elul. These are "pathways" to sincere piety and virtuousness, the path to holiness, and the road to G-d. The ROSH tells us not just how we should act, but how to think and what are the proper attitudes of life the committed Jew just have - absolute prerequisites for proper Torah observance and practice.

“Great matters are written herein. Take them to heart”. (Harashaz of Kelm)


Perek 1


Do not associate with loiterers and loafers, nor frequent the synagogues of the ignorant masses.

Do not look at a woman whom you are forbidden to marry.

Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 · Posted in ,

"Orchot Chayim - Pathways of Life" 
by the ROSH - acronym for Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel

"Orchot Chayim," is divided into thirty sections, which many have the practice of studying on the thirty days of Elul. These are "pathways" to sincere piety and virtuousness, the path to holiness, and the road to G-d. The ROSH tells us not just how we should act, but how to think and what are the proper attitudes of life the committed Jew just have - absolute prerequisites for proper Torah observance and practice.

“Great matters are written herein. Take them to heart”. (Harashaz of Kelm)

Never call anyone by a derogatory or offensive nickname; 
and don’t invent one for someone. 
For the one who does so has no place in the World to Come. 
Do not tell defamatory tales about other people nor listen to or even believe the veracity of gossip.

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