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Producing and Preserving Divrei Torah
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The importance of bringing into reality the potential for Torah creativitywhich exists within you.   Writing divrei Torah.  Writing chiddushim withoutknowing Shas, or without heavy investment of effort.   Forgetting divrei Torah.Working at learning and self-refinement as preparation for Torah.  Digitalrecording of Divrei Torah. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur also referencesSefer Chassidim #530 with Bris Olam, […]
Correcting Attitudes, Overcoming Ta’avah
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It is easier to repent the action-based sins of a life spent far from Torah,than to identify and correct the erroneous attitudes absorbed during that sameperiod.  The concepts of ‘cistern’ and ‘well-springs’ in processing the worldaround you, and in learning Torah.  Torah-learning as the prescription for oneovercome by lustful thoughts; Torah’s ability to satisfy the ta’avah instinct.Importance […]
My Role in Keeping You From Slandering Me
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The relative severity of sinning knowingly to fulfill a desire versus sinning out of willful ignorance.  The roots of the concerns of “Ch’shad” and“Maris ayin.” The requirement to help avoid people erroneously besmirching us. Remarrying based on testimony whose strength is not well known among common people. Conversion with obviously impure motivations.   Citations: Aside from […]
Criticism and Giving Rebuke Passively
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The secret of the success of Aharon HaKohain’s pursuit of peace.Discussion of ineffective criticism. Aharon HaKohain’s role as a loving itinerantteacher of Torah.  Touching the infinite all the while remaining finite in Torahlearning and in marriage.   The error in attitude which can lead to sleeping in theBais Medrash. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, this […]
Never Satisfied
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Distinctions between desires for wealth and honor, versus those for the fulfillment of bodily appetites. Putting self-improvement on the agenda.   Discussion of serving Hashem with both the yetzer hatov and yetzer hara. Citations: In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur also references Aruch LaNer, Makkos 24a, Gemara Shabbos 114a, and Shulchan Aruch Choshen […]
Overview of the End of Mishlei Chapter 6
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Review of the end of Mishlei chapter 6.  Discussion of the multiple intentions and mindsets of people pursuing their lust.  Camouflaging ta’avah through polish and sophistication.  Historical obscuration of the animal nature of lust, contrasted with contemporary culture’s movement in the opposite direction, such that the gross is now the ambience. CITATIONS: This shiur references […]
Do Tsitsis Protect Us?
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Mitzvas tsitsis demands that we use our imagination. Mitzvah structure is always meant to carry the heart along, not to substitute for it.  Uniquely Jewish clothing is supposed to reflect our connection to Hashem, but it can deteriorate into a social matter.  Observing the structure of a mitzvah without any emotional investment can itself be […]
Finite Mitzvos, Infinite Torah
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Some comments about learning Kabbalah in general, and how it relates to nigleh.  The world as a dwelling place for Shechinah, and the effects of people’s sins.  Shechinah identified as the sefirah of Malchus.  A discussion of Tikkun Olam.   Individuality and creativity within mitzvah-observance and Torah learning.  The unbounded nature of Torah. Citations: This shiur […]
The Purview of a Dayan
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Discussion of two types of arvus – that of Torah teachers, in the abstract, and that of Dayanim, in the sphere of the practical and immediately applicable. Dayanim must be expert not just in Torah, but in world matters too, in order to apply the Torah correctly.   A Dayan must be savvy. Aside from the […]