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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.
Serving Hashem with everything you’ve got
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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.
Honoring Hashem
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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.
Krias shema and the number 248
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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.
Torah and your health
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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.
Yiras Shomayim and the various yetzer haras of life
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Shiur #46 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:7. Rav Amram Chasida's destruction of his own reputation to avoid sin. Discussion of a person's reflexive self-justification. The effect of money or success on one's values. Connection between yiras shomayim and middos. The need for si'yata dish'ma-ya in spiritual matters. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Medrash Breishis Rabbah, parshah 44, found in the source packets on page 1, and Tehillim 5:12,13 with Rashi, found in the source packets on page 1.
Learning esoteric Torah, and yiras shomayim
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Shiur #45 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:7. The nature of the failure of Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students. The danger inherent in learning esoteric Torah. Discussion of the protective ability of yiras shomayim before, and during, transgression. The correct understanding of the Gemara's embarrassing account of Rav Amram Chasida. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following source is also referenced in this shiur: Sefer Toras Moshe al Vaykira (Alshich) 9:23,24, found in the source packets on pages 1-2.
The spiritual levels to which a person can aspire
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Shiur #44 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Discussion of the machlokess Bais Shammai and Bais Hillel over how to properly honor Shabbos. Discussion of the spiritual level of Klal Yisroel before the Chet HaEgel and its connection to the debate of whether or not it was worthwhile for mankind to have been created. The existence of parallels in the heavenly sphere to what exists on earth, and the task of linking them together. More on "bi-chol drachechah da-eyhu." The importance of yashrus in everyday conduct - aside from any concerns of making a chillul HaShem. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Chasam Sofer, Beitzah 16a, found in the source packets on page 1, gemara Avodah Zarah 5a with Rashi and Tosfos s.v she-ilmalay, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, Sfas Emes Breishis parshas Chaye Sarah, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and gemara Shabbos 119a, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
Discussion of bichol drachechah da’eyhu
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Shiur #43 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei 3:6. The bond between Toras haNigleh and Toras haNistar. Rambam on the goal of all our physical activities; the pursuit of optimum health is in order to be the best eved Hashem possible. Insight into the purpose of 'ambience.' Discussion of 'dreaming big.' Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Peirush HaMishnayos - Shemoneh Prakim, Perek Chamishi - found in the source packets on pages 1-3, Rambam Hilchos De'os (3:3), found in the source packets on pages 3-4, and Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 231:1, found in the source packets on page 4.