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Rav Aharon Kahn

Rav Aharon Kahn

Rav Aharon Kahn is the Joel Jablonski Professor of Talmud and Codes at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Rabbi Kahn was ordained at RIETS in 1969 and later earned Semicha Yadin Yadin from the Rabbi Mendel Zaks ztz”l and Rabbi Moshe Dovber Rivkin ztz”l. He studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for 20 years and acted as Rabbi Soloveitchik's assistant for ten years. Rabbi Kahn served as spiritual leader of the Downtown Talmud Torah Synagogue in Manhattan's Lower East Side for 18 years. He is currently rabbi of Congregation Bais Keneses Avigdor in the Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Yiras Shomayim and the various yetzer haras of life

November 7, 2011, by

Shiur #46 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:7. Rav Amram Chasida’s destruction of his own reputation to avoid sin. Discussion of a person’s reflexive self-justification. The effect of money or success on one’s values. Connection between yiras shomayim and middos. The need for si’yata dish’ma-ya in spiritual matters.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Medrash Breishis Rabbah, parshah 44, found in the source packets on page 1, and Tehillim 5:12,13 with Rashi, found in the source packets on page 1.

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Learning esoteric Torah, and yiras shomayim

September 8, 2011, by

Shiur #45 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:7. The nature of the failure of Rebbe Akiva’s 24,000 students. The danger inherent in learning esoteric Torah. Discussion of the protective ability of yiras shomayim before, and during, transgression. The correct understanding of the Gemara’s embarrassing account of Rav Amram Chasida.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following source is also referenced in this shiur: Sefer Toras Moshe al Vaykira (Alshich) 9:23,24, found in the source packets on pages 1-2.

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The spiritual levels to which a person can aspire

September 8, 2011, by

Shiur #44 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Discussion of the machlokess Bais Shammai and Bais Hillel over how to properly honor Shabbos. Discussion of the spiritual level of Klal Yisroel before the Chet HaEgel and its connection to the debate of whether or not it was worthwhile for mankind to have been created. The existence of parallels in the heavenly sphere to what exists on earth, and the task of linking them together. More on “bi-chol drachechah da-eyhu.” The importance of yashrus in everyday conduct – aside from any concerns of making a chillul HaShem.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Chasam Sofer, Beitzah 16a, found in the source packets on page 1, gemara Avodah Zarah 5a with Rashi and Tosfos s.v she-ilmalay, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, Sfas Emes Breishis parshas Chaye Sarah, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and gemara Shabbos 119a, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.

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Discussion of bichol drachechah da’eyhu

September 8, 2011, by

Shiur #43 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei 3:6. The bond between Toras haNigleh and Toras haNistar. Rambam on the goal of all our physical activities; the pursuit of optimum health is in order to be the best eved Hashem possible. Insight into the purpose of ‘ambience.’ Discussion of ‘dreaming big.’

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Peirush HaMishnayos – Shemoneh Prakim, Perek Chamishi – found in the source packets on pages 1-3, Rambam Hilchos De’os (3:3), found in the source packets on pages 3-4, and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 231:1, found in the source packets on page 4.

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More on Bitachon and Hishtadlus

September 8, 2011, by

Shiur #42 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:3 and 3:5. More on bitachon. Balance in parnassa endeavors. Supporting Torah financially. The bracha of “al ha-tsadikim” is a request that Hashem should provide for the botayach. Insights into the structure of Hallel, and its reflection of various levels of bitachon. Har Tzvi’s novel interpretation of “retzon yeray-av ya’aseh… .” Discussion of the coexistence of chesed and emess in the 13 middos ha-rachamim.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Ksav Sofer al Breishis 27:28, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvas Maharil #14, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Teshuvas Har Tzvi Orach Chaim I, #1, found in the source packets on page 3, and gemara Rosh HaShana 17b, found in the source packets on page 4.

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Bitachon and Hishtadlus

September 8, 2011, by

Shiur #41 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:5. Brisker Rov on the appropriate reward for bitachon, and the Kotzker Rebbe on the punishment of the nachash. The botayach is rewarded with a greater need for Hashem, and the opportunity for strengthening his bond with Hashem. The Chazon Ish on Chazal’s critique of Yosef for a lack of bitachon. Hishtadlus for shidduchim and for parnassah. Contrasting statements of the Rambam regarding relying on Hashem versus working for sustenance. Insights into the verse of “ratzon yeray-av ya’aseh…”

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:9,10, found in the source packets on page 2, and Rambam Hilchos Shemittah vi-Yovel 13:13, found in the source packets on page 2, and Mishlei Yaakov – Parshas Yisro, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Chiddushei haGriz, siman 186, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.

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Rambam’s Presentation of Mitzvas Tzedakah

August 2, 2011, by

Shiur #40 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: The spiritual heritage of Abraham is a lineage of compassion -that is the yichus of his true descendants. The importance of tzedakah for the whole enterprise of Torah and mitzvos. Brief discussion of a’yin hara and its potential effects. What of those who perform mitzvas tzedakah and thereby expose themselves to a’yin hara? The ability of the brotherhood of Jews to force Hashem, kiva’yachol, to view Jews as His children. The importance of self when working for the community.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur:
Rambam Hilchos Matnos Ani’im 10:1-3, found in the source packet on pages 1-2, and Gemara Baba Basra 10a, found in the source packet on page 1.

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Lo Sachmod and Lo Sis’aveh

August 2, 2011, by

Shiur #39 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verses 2:12, 16 and 27:13. Distinction between chemdah and ta’avah. Analysis of the Torah’s use of these terms in the Aseres HaDibros, contrasting their appearance in the Luchos Rishonos and the Luchos Shniyos. Corruption of the personality and loss of positive middos via engaging in forbidden pleasures. Advice to newly married couples with respect to ‘couples’ socializing.

Citations: Besides the commentaries on Mishlei presented in the source packet, the following source is referenced in this shiur: Gemara Makos 23b, found in the source packet on pages 2-3.

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Sleeping while learning, and sleeping in a Bais Medrash

August 2, 2011, by

Shiur #38 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 20:13. Discussion of the consequences of sleeping while learning or sleeping in a Bais Medrash. Discussion of making oneself ‘at home’ in a shul or bais medrash.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Bais Yosef Yoreh De’ah 246:16, found in the source packet on page 2, and Tanna d’Bei Eliyahu Rabbah (14th parshah), found in the source packet on page 3.

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Becoming a chosid, and insights into tochachah

August 2, 2011, by

Shiur #37 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Conclusion of the discussion of what it means to be a chosid (in the gemara’s terminology.) Mishlei 2:9. Tochachah, and how the Gra sees this in the verse. Personality requirements in order to be a proper mikabel tochachah. Factors which inhibit your ability or willingness to give tochachah. The need for a relationship between the mochiach and the moochach.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Aruch HaShulchan Orach Chaim 202: 2,3 and Yeshayahu 11:4 with the Radak and Biur HaGra, and Rambam Hilchos De’os 6:8, found in the source packet.

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