Maintenance of the world, post-churban

July 12, 2013, by

Shiur #76 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Discussion of what keeps the world intact after the destruction of the Bais HaMikdosh. The importance of understanding that we are missing something central to our lives. Missing the Mikdash and Moshiach means missing our proper relationship with Torah and Hashem. Insight into “lishu-as’chah kivinu kol ha-yom.” Parallel of din, emes and shalom to chochmah, binah and da’as, and the physical manifestations caused by their deterioration. Further parallel to Torah, avodah and gemilus chasodim. The multitudes of Jews together must create the merit to sustain the world, and the achievements of spectacular individuals do not suffice.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Gemara Sotah 49a with Rashi, found in the source packets on page 1, and Keren Orah Sotah 49a, found in the source packets on pages 1-3, and Rabbeinu BaChaye Parshas Terumah, found in the source packets on page 4.

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Marrying a woman for her money or looks

July 5, 2013, by

Shiur #75 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Insight into the importance of attaining a high valuation of Torah from a young age. The vision of Klal Yisroel, that the ideal occupation of males is to be learning Torah, must be shared by both men and women in order for the males to succeed. The problem of marrying a woman purely for her money or looks. Discussion of hybrid intent.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Issurei Biah 21:32, found in the source packets on page 1, and Aruch HaShulchan Even HaEzer 2:1, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvas Yabia Omer 6th chelek, Even HaEzer, 14th siman, 8th os, found in the source packets on pages 1-4.

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The Rambam’s position on learning in Kollel

June 7, 2013, by

Shiur #74 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: The importance of earning ‘kosher’ money. Discussion of accepting financial support in order to learn Torah if the alternative is a life of ignorance of Torah. Distinguishing between taking from charity funds versus taking from volunteer kollel supporters. The ramifications for Torah life of insisting on everybody having their own self-supporting jobs today.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Be’ur Halacha, Orach Chaim siman 231, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De’ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 1-3.

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Responses to those who criticize others who accept money to be able to learn Torah

May 23, 2013, by

Shiur #73 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Further clarification of the Rambam’s position regarding the importance of working for a living. Discussion of sources which support or contradict the requirement to supply Talmiday Chachomim with financial support. Mussar against those who criticize Kollel students for threatening their own and others’ financial future.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following source is also referenced in this shiur: Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De’ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 2-3.

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The able-bodied accepting tsedakah and the concept of kollel

May 10, 2013, by

Shiur #72 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:18. Properly understanding the Rambam’s statement which is critical of taking money to learn Torah. The mismatch of the pursuit of money and honor, with the pursuit of Torah excellence. The all-encompassing value of “darkah shel Torah.” The definition of ‘the poor,’ for tsedakah collection purposes. Description of the situations to which the Rambam’s critique does not apply.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:1,6,9,10, found in the source packets on page 6, and Chayei Adam 1st chelek, 10th klal, 14th se’if, found in the source packets on page 7.

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“…v’chol nesivosehah shalom” in halachah

April 30, 2013, by

Shiur #71 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Debate among the Rishonim regarding the purpose of the institution of eruv chatzeros. The consideration of enhancing peace as a reason to encourage construction of contemporary eruvin.

Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Semag, essen – asay d’rabbonon #1, found in the source packets on page 1, and Maharsha Chidushei Halachos to Eruvin 105a, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Teshuvas Igros Moshe Orach Chaim, 5th chelek, siman 28 and 29, found in the source packets on pages 3-5.

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Dracheha Darchei Noam – part 2

March 14, 2013, by

Shiur #70 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Further discussion of when dracheha darchei noam applies, and when it does not. The Bais Yosef extends this principle from just being a tool of technical darshening, to explaining a prevalent minhag. Teshuvas HaRosh defines a crime based on an act violating darchei noam, aside from considerations of honesty and strict halachah. Invoking darchei noam as a way to address a doubt regarding how a last will is meant to be understood. Darchei noam as being equivalent to proper, upright conduct.

Citations: This shiur references the following sources: Teshuvas Radbaz III #627, found in the source packets on page 1, and Tur Choshen Mishpat, siman 99, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Teshuvas Noda BiYehuda Mahadura Tinyana Even HaEzer, siman 79, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.

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Darchei Noam as used in halachah

March 8, 2013, by

Shiur #69 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Dracheha darchei noam is used to clarify which of several possible explanations of a verse is correct. It does not mean that every halachah in Torah is going to be pleasant. Discussion of the machlokess Amoraim over which verse to quote to make this point.

Citations: This shiur references the following sources: Rashi in Gemara Yevamos, found in the source packets on page 1, and Gemara Sukkah 32a with Rashi, found in the source packets on page 1, and Sfas Emes to Gemara Sukkah 32b, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Gemara Sukkah 32b with Rashi, Tosfos and Aruch LaNer, found in the source packets on pages 2-3.

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Mitzvos Meant To Make Us Merry?

February 21, 2013, by

Shiur #66 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Maharal’s opinion that even though the Torah is good and pleasant, the mitzvos were not commanded in order to grant us, or instill in us, goodness and pleasantness. They are simply decrees of our Master. The Rambam’s opinion regarding our ability to discern the reasons for mitzvos but not the reasons for the details of each mitzvah. The Ramban’s opinion: mitzvos are for our benefit, but Hashem does not need our mitzvos. Ramban believes that mitzvos are to transform us into elevated and refined people. Maharal disagrees with both positions and holds that mitzvos serve supernaturally to free our souls from their being stuck in our physical state, and mitzvos allow the soul to cleave to Hashem. We have a very specific role in Hashem’s Creation, which is accomplished through mitzvah performance, and that mechanism is unfathomable to us.

Citations: The following source is referenced in this shiur: Sefer Tiferes Yisroel of the Maharal of Prague, chapters 6-8 found in the source packets on pages 1-5.

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Insights into Modim D’Rabbonon

January 25, 2013, by

Shiur #67 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: The difference between “hoda’ah al” and “hoda’ah sheh… .” Discussion of how Modim dRabbnon serves the role of kabbolos ol malchus shomayim. The significance of chazaras haShatz. Sensing the presence of Hashem.

Citations: There is no source packet for this shiur.

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