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Receiving Torah Each Day
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Shiur #91 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1,2. Clarifying a possible misunderstanding about Hashem’s need for our service. The Tzlach‘s discussion of how we are constantly receiving the Torah afresh.   Freshness of Torah is not just an attitude, but a reality of Torah.   Keeping […]
The Mission Statement of The Jewish People: Torah
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Shiur #90 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1,2. The relationship between Torah and mitzvos, in terms of one’s time investment. Torah as a 24-hour per day enterprise, regardless of my other necessary time-consuming activities. The agenda of the Jewish people, men and women – […]
More on Honor
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Shiur #89 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Continuation of discussion of honor. The role of the righteous in justifying Creation. Various ways of granting honor to Torah, and thereby connecting to Hashem. Kavod HaTorah created by a layman entails ensuring that Yeshivahs and […]
True Honor
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Shiur #88 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Insights into the honor due one’s Torah teacher. Insights into various forms of honor. Deserved honor versus honor bestowed for invalid reasons. Discussion of the circumstances surrounding the appearance of Yisro. Citations: The following sources are […]
The Insidious Power of Ridicule
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Shiur #87 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The danger of ridicule. Rebelliousness has no natural brake, and it therefore leads to rebellion against Hashem. Leitsanus is the starting point for spiritual decline. Cynicism and satire cause one to gradually lose one’s ability to relate to Hashem […]
The home of the wicked, the home of the righteous
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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 […]
Deceit in relationships
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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 […]
More on procrastination in hashkafah
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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 […]
Procrastination in Halacha and Hashkafah
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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.
Continuation of the discussion of preventing another from enjoying good.
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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.)