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The effect of bias and indulgence on Torah learning
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Shiur #60 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Review of the main parts of the Teshuvas Meishiv Davar studied last shiur. Discussion of biases and conflicts of interest and their affect on one's ability to judge objectively. Quoting Torah versus interpreting Torah, both with ulterior motives. Warped values can cause the most gross errors in conduct. Discussion of the special level of 'keser Torah.' The danger that indulgence presents to the attainment and maintenance of Torah knowledge. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Kli Yakar, Shemos 25:31, found in the source packets on page 1, Akeidas Yitzchak, sha'ar 67, found in the source packets on page 1-2, and Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:6,12, found in the source packets on page 2.
The Torah View of Wealth and Honor
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Shiur #59 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:16. The consequences of learning Torah lishmah, versus not lishmah. The existence and size of reward for an action is one of the measures by which we value things. Insights into da'as Torah and how we should view advice gleaned from very brief interactions with gedolei Yisroel. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: gemara Shabbos 63a, found in the source packets on page 1, and Chasam Sofer, Shabbos 63a, found in the source packets on page 2, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar, 1st chelek, siman 46, found in the source packets on pages 2-3.
Are Rabbis’ Jobs Protected?
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Shiur #58 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Sources addressing 'owning' one's position of authority. Discussion of maintaining one's health. Impinging upon someone's authority in general, versus impinging upon a Torah scholar's 'territory.' Discussion as to when trespassing into another Rabbi's territory will ruin his livelihood. Citations: This shiur references the Teshuvas Tsits Eliezer, 3rd chelek, 29th siman, chapter 5, found on pages 1-10.
Wisdom and Lineage
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Shiur #57 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:15. Further discussion of the prioritizing of a scholarly mamzer over an ignorant Kohen Gadol. Hierarchy and limitations are needed to permit entering the kodesh kodashim, whereas Torah is accessible to everyone. Comparison of the start and end of Parshas Va-yetse; transitions in Yaakov's understanding of where kedushah is to be found. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Sfas Emes Badmibar Parshas Naso 5641 and 5647, found in the source packets on pages 1-2.
The Value of Torah versus Yichus
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Shiur #56 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:15. The elevated lineage of a Kohen Gadol still leaves him secondary to a mamzer if the mamzer is a talmid chochom. Halachic consequences of this prioritization. Insights into the mechanics of this prioritization. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Horios 13a, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Talmud Yerushalmi, (end of) Horios, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar 2nd chelek, siman 47, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
How does partnership in mitzvah performance relate to the reward allotment for that mitzvah?
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Shiur #55 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Discussion of how reward gets apportioned among partners. Further sources regarding whether or not a person can make stipulations regarding the rewards he has earned. Citations: Teshuvas Afraksa di-anya, 1st chelek, siman 58, found in the source packets on pages 1-3, and Teshuvas Tsits Eliezer, fifteenth chelek, siman 3, found in the source packets on pages 3-5.
The mechanics of how one receives reward for supporting Torah
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Shiur #54 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Description of how Hashem makes the ignoramus comfortable among scholars in Olam Haba; the supporter of Torah is rewarded with Torah knowledge in Olam Haba, if he learned a little while alive. Supporting mitzvah performance versus supporting Torah learning. Further discussion of selling the rewards of Torah learning and other mitzvahs. Citations: This shiur refers to the Teshuvas Meishiv Davar, 3rd chelek, siman 14, found in the source packets on pages 1-6.
Giving away the rewards for mitzvos. The Yissochor-Zevulun relationship
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Shiur #53 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Further discussion of giving away the rewards for one's mitzvos. Earning reward for the mitzvas chessed of supporting Torah learners, versus sharing or splitting reward for the actual learning, on account of supporting the learner. Insights into the mechanics of the Yissochor-Zevulun contract. Contrasting that relationship with selling a share in one's Olam HaBa, for material gain. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De'ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 1-3, and Teshuvas Meishiv Davar, 3rd chelek, siman 14, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
The greatness of Torah. Can you sell your reward for mitzvos?
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Shiur #52 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:13-15. Contrast of the value of received Torah knowledge, and of the increment one adds to that knowledge. The importance of yiras shomayim and anavah for learning. Can I give somebody the reward for my mitzvos - does it work? Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Kli Yakar (Breishis 24:22), found in the source packets on page 2, and Teshuvas Yabia Omer, 7th chelek, Yoreh De'ah siman 17, found in the source packets on pages 3-5.
On the scheduling of the tochachos in krias hatorah
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Shiur #51 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The prohibition of interrupting the reading of the tochachos through making additional aliyahs within their reading. The scheduling of the tochachos in the yearly cycle of Yomim Tovim. Discussion of the meaning of Shema Yisrael. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: gemara Megilah 31b with Rashi and Tosfos, found on pages 1-3, and Turei Even Megilah 31b, found on pages 2-3, and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 428:4 with Mishnah Berurah, found on pages 4-5.