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Core identity and behavior choices
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Content Description: Just as a person’s biology determines many of his needs, so too does the neshomah define the fundamental needs of a Jew. When our behavior confounds our neshomah, we feel guilty and lost to our very core.  Application of this idea to learning Torah and the transmission of the Masorah. Discussion of the […]
The mechanism of how a person “agrees” to sin.
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Shiur #97 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra. Content Description: The value of using a parable when offering criticism is that it allows the listener to draw conclusions and judge himself. Discussion of the arrest of IMF head Dominique Straus-Kahn and his brutish pursuit of fulfilling his desires. Discussion […]
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 […]