The home of the wicked, the home of the righteous

June 12, 2014, by

Shiur #86 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:33. Discussion of the happiness and aspirations of the wicked, versus those of the righteous. The nature and source of simchah. Hashkafah insight into the use of the words bayis and ohel in chumash Devarim.   The responsibility […]

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Deceit in relationships

April 4, 2014, by

Shiur #85 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description:  Mishlei verses 3:29, 30.  The spiritual danger of engaging in deceit even for the most noble, legitimate purposes.  Discussion of mar’is ayin and choshed bi’ksheirim.  Two modes of operation of the yetzer hara.  Brief discussion of Hashem’s view of […]

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More on procrastination in hashkafah

March 18, 2014, by

Shiur #84 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:28.  The danger of pushing off obligations and opportunities that only arise infrequently.   If it was possible to learn today, but you put it off till tomorrow, tomorrow’s extra learning does not make up for it, since […]

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Procrastination in Halacha and Hashkafah

January 31, 2014, by

Shiur #83 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:28. Taking advantage of moments of inspiration and making sure they become materialized. Requirement to pay a worker, and a lender, on time. Discussion of the relationship of the prohibition MiDivrei Sofrim of “Lech VaShuv”, to the Biblical prohibition of “Lo Salin Pe’ulas Sachir.” Lo Salin is a halacha of paying in a prompt manner. Lech VaShuv is a halacha of oshek – you are illegally holding the other’s money, it is a violation of theft. Lo Salin is not yet a halacha of theft – you fully intend to pay later. The danger of a worldview whose structure is based upon delaying learning Torah.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Sefer Magen Avos leHaRashbatz 2:4, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Pele Yo’etz, erech d’chiah, found in the source packets on pages 2-3.

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Continuation of the discussion of preventing another from enjoying good.

January 6, 2014, by

Shiur #82 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:27. Further examples of the halachic application of “al timna tov” – the prohibition of needlessly withholding kindness from others. Discussion of the importance of having lofty goals, of having great aspirations, and the dangers of putting mental mechitzos between myself and the more righteous Jew. Discussion of the meaning of a siyum masechta. The episode of Shlomo HaMelech ruling on the identity of the mother of the disputed child and its connection to this verse of “al timna tov.”

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos S’chirus 5:5, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar, 2nd chelek, 92nd siman, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Ha’amek Sha’alah, she’iltah 171, found in the source packets on pages 3-4 (beginning at the bottom left of page 3, at VeYesh LiHavi Ra’ayah.)

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Those Who Prevent the “Good” from Others

December 12, 2013, by

Shiur #81 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:27. Holding back good from others – whether its Torah, or other merits. The importance of paying attention to the recitation of the misheberach for the ill. The importance of being open-handed when sharing or giving costs you nothing and the other will benefit.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Medrash Shmuel al Avos, 5th chapter, 16th Mishnah, found in the source packets on page 1, and Pele Yoetz, erech m’niah, found in the source packets on page 1, and Gemara Baba Kama 81b, found in the source packets on page 2.

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The Rabbeinu Yonah on Bitachon

November 20, 2013, by

Shiur #80 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Bitachon is feeling connected to Hashem. Knowledge of Hashem’s presence gives us strength and inspiration to pursue greater yiras Hashem, emunah and avodas Hashem. Bitachon of Klal Yisroel that Hashem can do anything, and that Moshiach and geulah will indeed arrive. Insights into the haftarah of Nachamu, and why it focuses on Hashem’s capacity. Living life with Hashem, versus just “keeping mitzvos.”

Citations: The following source is referenced in this shiur: Rabbeinu Yonah Mishlei 3:26, found in the source packets on pages 1-5.

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Continuation of the Ramban’s presentation of emunah and bitachon

October 25, 2013, by

Shiur #79 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Bitachon as trust in Hashem that He will assist you to perform mitzvos. The spiritual danger of assuming that one’s prayers must be answered in the affirmative, in the short term. The importance of the existence of forgiveness for ensuring yiras Hashem. Discussion of the importance of hishtadlus for livelihood.

Citations: The following source is referenced in this shiur: The Ramban’s Sefer HaEmunah viHaBitachon, found in the source packets on pages 1-3.

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The Ramban’s presentation of emunah and bitachon

September 18, 2013, by

Shiur #78 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: The Ramban’s sefer HaEmunah viHaBitachon. Definition of emunah and bitachon, and the relationship between the two. Bitachon and having sullied one’s record with sin. Bitachon and possible exhaustion of merits. Analysis of Yaakov Avinu’s concerns about his ability to enjoy Hashem’s promise made earlier to him. The nature of Yaakov’s fear and preparations when Esav approached with his armed men.

Citations: The following source is referenced in this shiur: The Ramban’s Sefer HaEmunah viHaBitachon, 1st chapter, which is found in the source packets on pages 1-3.

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The two-faced yetzer hara, and what’s needed to vanquish it

August 20, 2013, by

Shiur #77 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:21-26. Brief discussion of valuable chein and useless chein. Importance of taking into account how people view your conduct. The yetzer hara’s co-opting of mitzvah-performance in order to further the agenda of aveirah. Torah gives both strength and protection. Insights into Yaakov Avinu’s efforts to overcome his yetzer hara through learning Torah, and his impression of his degree of success, as evidenced in his confrontation with Eliphaz.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following source is also referenced in this shiur: Pri Tzaddik, Bereishis Parshas VaYeytse, 2nd os, found in the source packets on pages 2-5.

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