Rabbi Azriel Chaim Goldfein

Rabbi Azriel Chaim Goldfein established and headed the first Yeshiva in South Africa, the Yeshivah Gedolah of Johannesburg. Rabbi Goldfein studied in Telz Yeshiva, under great rabbonim who survived the Holocaust, and was a lifelong talmid muvhak of Rabbi Mordechai Gifter. During this time, he developed a "love of and profound knowledge of" the writings of the Maharal of Prague. With his wife Clarice Goldfein, he came to South Africa from the United States in 1972, "with a mission to establish an authentic, world-class yeshiva... for the training of South African rabbis for South Africa", and "Yeshivah Gedolah" was established the next year, originally based at the Yeshiva College of South Africa. The Yeshivah's derech is built on "Telshe derech", stressing Mussar and Derech eretz alongside Talmud study. In a complementary fashion, the derech of the Maharal influences the Yeshivah's approach to learning, and more particularly, its Hashkafa.
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Yisro 1981 - Untitled Yisro 70 min
Yisro 1982 - Untitled Yisro 74 min
Mishpatim - "And these are the laws (of justice between man and his fellow man) that you shall place before them." How important is it to study these laws? Mishpatim 82 min
Mishpatim - "And these are the laws...." The essence of Jewish civil law Mishpatim 73 min
Mishpatim - "In the path of generosity I shall walk - between the paths of justice." Mishpatim 60 min
Mishpatim - "These are the judgements you shall place before them" - like a prepared and set table for all to eat from. Mishpatim 76 min
Mishpatim - "When you lend money to my nation..." Mishpatim 66 min
Mishpatim - "You shall not listen to loshen harah." Mishpatim 79 min
Mishpatim - And to Moshe He said, go up to Hashem Mishpatim 69 min
Mishpatim - Law and justice - one of the three pillars the world stands upon Mishpatim 75 min
Mishpatim - Mishpatim - Mitzvahs with rational explanations: "Were we not commanded in these, we would have decreed them for ourselves." Mishpatim 79 min
Mishpatim - Responsibility and accountability Mishpatim 84 min
Mishpatim - Slavery Mishpatim 76 min
Mishpatim - Slavery Mishpatim 56 min
Mishpatim - The depth of Torah law - and the upright and the wicked Mishpatim 66 min
Mishpatim - The distinction between the so-called "religious" law and "civil" law. Fact or myth. Mishpatim 72 min
Mishpatim - The Ear - The power of hearing Mishpatim 76 min
Mishpatim - The first question one is asked in the next world is: "Did you conduct your business affairs with integrity?" Mishpatim 71 min
Mishpatim - The Ger Tzedek - the righteous convert Mishpatim 65 min
Mishpatim - The mitzvah to lend money to your fellow Jew Mishpatim 77 min
Mishpatim - The mitzvahs between man and his fellow man Mishpatim 64 min
Mishpatim - The Torah's forceful and hard-line attitude towards he who afflicts the stranger, orphan, or widow. (more elaborate than PH89) Mishpatim 61 min
Mishpatim - To be compassionate to the downtrodden, the ger (convert), the orphan, and the widow Mishpatim 76 min
Mishpatim - Why do we find the judgments both proceeding and following the giving of the Torah Mishpatim 50 min
Mishpatim 1981 - Untitled (VPQ very poor audio quality) Mishpatim 59 min