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Jealousy, Zealotry, and Kiddush HaShem
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Shiur #96 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The positive value and role of middos which seem to be negative. The link between jealousy and zealotry: critical awareness of disparity in one’s environment. Explanation of the episode of Avraham sending away Lot. The essence of Avraham’s message […]
Yiras shomayim and its effect on learning Torah and on relationships
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Shiur #95 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:5-9. Insights into proper chavrusa relationships. Insights into the verse “Oz nidberu yirei Hashem…” Explanation of the gemara which states that “there is no kesubah without argument.” Channeling one’s visceral desires towards Torah and thereby exercising them. […]
The interplay of birth, death, Torah and middos
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Shiur #93 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1-4. Insight into the bracha of asher yatzar, a model of the way to show gratitude for that which we can’t properly appreciate. Discussion of the disintegration of pride at the moment of death. Various explanations of […]
The Rebbe-Talmid Relationship
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Shiur #92 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1-4. Discussion of the Rebbe-Talmid relationship. Hashem’s pain, kivyachol, in saying “Torasi al ta’azovu.” The importance of accepting the Torah thought process and methodology of Rebbeim. Understanding one’s position and not assuming the role of arbiter of […]
Receiving Torah Each Day
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Shiur #91 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1,2. Clarifying a possible misunderstanding about Hashem’s need for our service. The Tzlach‘s discussion of how we are constantly receiving the Torah afresh.   Freshness of Torah is not just an attitude, but a reality of Torah.   Keeping […]
The Mission Statement of The Jewish People: Torah
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Shiur #90 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verses 4:1,2. The relationship between Torah and mitzvos, in terms of one’s time investment. Torah as a 24-hour per day enterprise, regardless of my other necessary time-consuming activities. The agenda of the Jewish people, men and women – […]
More on Honor
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Shiur #89 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Continuation of discussion of honor. The role of the righteous in justifying Creation. Various ways of granting honor to Torah, and thereby connecting to Hashem. Kavod HaTorah created by a layman entails ensuring that Yeshivahs and […]
True Honor
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Shiur #88 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: Mishlei verse 3:35. Insights into the honor due one’s Torah teacher. Insights into various forms of honor. Deserved honor versus honor bestowed for invalid reasons. Discussion of the circumstances surrounding the appearance of Yisro. Citations: The following sources are […]
The Insidious Power of Ridicule
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Shiur #87 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The danger of ridicule. Rebelliousness has no natural brake, and it therefore leads to rebellion against Hashem. Leitsanus is the starting point for spiritual decline. Cynicism and satire cause one to gradually lose one’s ability to relate to Hashem […]