Introduction to Yesod Week

Our facilitator this week is Rabanit Iris Odani Elyashiv.

Rabbanit Iris Odani Elyashiv was born and raised in Ramat Gan, Israel. She is the oldest of three siblings born to Eliyahu and Yona Odani. From her paternal side, four generation Israeli (originally from Yemen), she is a descendent of the Rashash: Harav Shalom Sharabi Zt''l , Zy''a. From her maternal side, she is a descendent of Rabbi Shalom Shabazy, Zt''l , Zy''a. Rabbanit Elyashiv got her academic education at the Israel Atomic Energy commission in 1982, and at Bar Ilan University, Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, where she got her B.A. in Chemistry in 1989, her M.A. in 1992, and her P.H.D. studies in Organic Chemistry 1992-1998. Rabbanit Elyashiv taught and researched at Bar Ilan University for 7 years, 1992-1999. She was an instructor in the Chemistry Department, teaching undergraduate students General and Analytical Chemistry. In 2002 she immigrated to the United States with her three children. The family settled in Brooklyn, along with her sister Rabbanit Sigal and her sister's husband Rabbi Chaim Yosef Sharabi. In 2005, Rav Chaim encouraged Rabbanit Elyashiv to stop teaching chemistry and teach Torah instead, because, as he said, ''she has it in her.'' Not really understanding, but out of respect for her brother-in-law, she followed his advice and began teaching Torah to women in Brooklyn and Queens. Her lessons have made and continue to make a huge impact on the lives of many women and their families.

Rabbanit Elyashiv’s first shiurim were on Parshat HaShavua (The Torah portion of the week), Halachot (Laws), Minhagim (customs), Chagim (High Holidays), Tzadikim , and Musar (Moral conduct). Her method of teaching is known as The Pardes, an approach to Torah study with emphasis in textual analysis. Her lectures are intellectually challenging, inspiring, stimulating and exciting. Many of her students- the ones present at her lectures and the ones watching online at are constantly growing through her spiritual guidance and leadership ,and have found fulfillment in a Torah lifestyle. The Rabbanit is currently teaching The Sefer (book) Tomer Dvorah, authored by The Ramak: Rabbi Moshe Cordovero , Zt''l, Zy''a. This Sefer is known to be a Segula for the prevention and cure of this generation’s dreaded disease. It is also considered the Shulchan Aruch of Tikun Hamidot, (the development and improvement of our moral character, personality, and temperament). Her goal is to teach and help everyone reach their potential in the perfection of their midot, thus, living a Torah-filled life, experience true happiness, and sincerely love and respect one another. This way we can hasten the coming of Moshiach, speedily in our days, Amen!

Intro to Yesod Week - Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller media clip - Click here

Here is a translation of the same tefilah given at an earlier timeFinal Prayer for the end of yesod week- click here

For a ,full shiur on hod week from Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Click HERE

Rabbi Ephraim Wachsman sings a song called "I believe and I trust in Hashem" that might fit well with the emunah we need to continue through the omer. Hear ithere

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