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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Mishpatim 1982 - Untitled Mishpatim 66 min
Mishpatim-(1 of 6*) The mitzvahs which are directly or indirectly related to loshen horah (slander)-*see comment for next Part Mishpatim 74 min
Trumah - "And you shall make the Ark out of Cedar wood ....." Terumah 67 min
Trumah - "Be from the disciples of Aaron..." and "A person must always use great wisdom and cunningness in the fear of the A-mighty." Terumah 72 min
Trumah - "He shall dwell in the shadow made by Bezalel." Terumah 71 min
Trumah - "I have been for them a small sanctuary." These are the houses of prayer and study of the exile Terumah 76 min
Trumah - "Make for me a sanctuary so that I may dwell amongst you" - shechinah, the joining of two worlds Terumah 73 min
Trumah - "Make for Me a sanctuary that I may dwell amongst you." Why did the A-mighty desire to dwell in the lower world? Terumah 56 min
Trumah - (1 of 2*)The beauty, perfection, and wisdoms of the physical world- (*see comment for next Part) Terumah 62 min
Trumah - (1 of 2*)The Copper Altar (Mizbayach)- *see comment for next Part Terumah 58 min
Trumah - And they shall make for Me an ark - the light of Torah (PQ poor audio quality) Terumah 75 min
Trumah - And you shall make for Me a sanctuary Terumah 54 min
Trumah - Ten miracles were performed for our fathers in the Beis Hamikdash Terumah 60 min
Trumah - The Aron HaKodesh Terumah 68 min
Trumah - The Beis Hamikdash and its relevance today Terumah 81 min
Trumah - The different approaches to man's life in this world Terumah 76 min
Trumah - The mishkan (tabernacle) and the aron (ark) Terumah 62 min
Trumah - The qualities of Aron HaKohen - to be cunning in pursuing peace and in bringing people close to Torah Terumah 71 min
Trumah - The three crowns Terumah 62 min
Trumah - The three crowns: Torah, Priesthood, and Kingship Terumah 73 min
Trumah - What we can learn from the mizbayach (the altar) Terumah 64 min
Trumah - Why did the A-mighty wish to dwell in this world? Terumah 69 min
Trumah - Why was the giving of the Torah both preceded by 'civil laws' and followed by 'civil laws' - then by the command to build the Sanctuary? Terumah 61 min
Trumah 1981 - Untitled Terumah 61 min
Trumah 1982 - Untitled Terumah 68 min