The Value of Torah versus Yichus

June 25, 2012, by

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.

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How does partnership in mitzvah performance relate to the reward allotment for that mitzvah?

May 19, 2012, by

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.

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The mechanics of how one receives reward for supporting Torah

March 12, 2012, by

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.

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Giving away the rewards for mitzvos. The Yissochor-Zevulun relationship

March 12, 2012, by

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.

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The greatness of Torah. Can you sell your reward for mitzvos?

March 12, 2012, by

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.

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On the scheduling of the tochachos in krias hatorah

March 12, 2012, by

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.

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Serving Hashem with everything you’ve got

November 7, 2011, by

Shiur #50 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Serving Hashem with all the resources and abilities He granted you. Honoring Hashem by how you conduct yourself, by being a perfect Jew. Insight into the ultimate value of that which you give away, for Hashem’s purposes. Qualities and role of a shaliach tzibbur.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Shibbolei HaLeket, Inyan Tefilah, siman 10, found in the source packets on page 1, and Toras HaMincha, drosho 73, found in the source packets on page 2, and Sefer Chassidim siman 129, 275, and 923, found in the source packets on page 3, and Mateh Ephraim 581:26, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.

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Honoring Hashem

November 7, 2011, by

Shiur #49 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Honoring Hashem by helping other Jews; creating peace between Hashem and His children. Insights into tsedakah, and contrasts with kol chelev l’Hashem, which prescribes that in mitzvos where you give away property, you are to give the best you have.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following source is also referenced in this shiur: Zohar Chodosh Megilas Ruth 26b, found in the source packets on page 2, and Rambam Hilchos Isurei Mizbayach 7:11, found in the source packets on page 2.

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Krias shema and the number 248

November 7, 2011, by

Shiur #48 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Krias shema and the correspondence to the 248 organs of the body. The significance of saying “Baruch sheym kvod malchuso.” The meaning behind various customs regarding reciting keyl melech ne’eman before krias shema, and Hashem Elokaychem emes afterwards.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: gemara Pesachim 56a, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, Bais Yosef, Orach Chaim 61, found in the source packets on pages 2-4, and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 61:3, found in the source packets on pages 4-5.

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Torah and your health

November 7, 2011, by

Shiur #47 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.

Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:8. Torah’s effects on one’s health. Discussion of rewards for overcoming nisyonos.

Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Teshuvos Divrei Yatziv chelek Yoreh De’ah #25, found in the source packets on pages 1-2. and gemara Beitzah 21a with Rashi, found on pages 1-2.

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