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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.
More on Bitachon and Hishtadlus
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Shiur #42 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 3:3 and 3:5. More on bitachon. Balance in parnassa endeavors. Supporting Torah financially. The bracha of “al ha-tsadikim” is a request that Hashem should provide for the botayach. Insights into the structure of Hallel, and its reflection of various levels of bitachon. Har Tzvi’s novel interpretation of “retzon yeray-av ya’aseh... ." Discussion of the coexistence of chesed and emess in the 13 middos ha-rachamim. Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Ksav Sofer al Breishis 27:28, found in the source packets on page 1, and Teshuvas Maharil #14, found in the source packets on pages 1-2, and Teshuvas Har Tzvi Orach Chaim I, #1, found in the source packets on page 3, and gemara Rosh HaShana 17b, found in the source packets on page 4.
Bitachon and Hishtadlus
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Shiur #41 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:5. Brisker Rov on the appropriate reward for bitachon, and the Kotzker Rebbe on the punishment of the nachash. The botayach is rewarded with a greater need for Hashem, and the opportunity for strengthening his bond with Hashem. The Chazon Ish on Chazal's critique of Yosef for a lack of bitachon. Hishtadlus for shidduchim and for parnassah. Contrasting statements of the Rambam regarding relying on Hashem versus working for sustenance. Insights into the verse of "ratzon yeray-av ya'aseh..." Citations: Besides the commentaries related to Mishlei, the following sources are also referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:9,10, found in the source packets on page 2, and Rambam Hilchos Shemittah vi-Yovel 13:13, found in the source packets on page 2, and Mishlei Yaakov - Parshas Yisro, found in the source packets on pages 2-3, and Chiddushei haGriz, siman 186, found in the source packets on pages 3-4.
Rambam’s Presentation of Mitzvas Tzedakah
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Shiur #40 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The spiritual heritage of Abraham is a lineage of compassion -that is the yichus of his true descendants. The importance of tzedakah for the whole enterprise of Torah and mitzvos. Brief discussion of a'yin hara and its potential effects. What of those who perform mitzvas tzedakah and thereby expose themselves to a'yin hara? The ability of the brotherhood of Jews to force Hashem, kiva'yachol, to view Jews as His children. The importance of self when working for the community. Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Rambam Hilchos Matnos Ani'im 10:1-3, found in the source packet on pages 1-2, and Gemara Baba Basra 10a, found in the source packet on page 1.