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Structure Of Sefer Mishlei
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Structure of Mishlei as three mini-seforim, each corresponding to Chochmah, Binah and Da’as.  Each mini-sefer itself has the same three elements within it; elaboration upon these three concepts.  Discussion of the challenge of remaining consistent without fail.  Importance of being energized to seek out talmidei chachomim from whom to learn, and opportunities to do chessed. Tefillah as a korban.  Discussion of the link of Torah to tefillah. Citations: This shiur […]
Using One’s Talents in Service of Hashem
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Mishlei 3:9 and 8:18-21.  Discussion of the causation that Chazalascribe to Navos HaYizraeli for his own demise. Severity of not using one’s talents to serve Hashem maximally.  Spiritual reward in Olam HaBa contrasted with the best this world has to offer.   Citations: In addition to the Biur Hagra, this shiur references Yalkut ShimoniMelachim Alef, remez 221, Melachim Alef 21st chapter, Pirkei D’Rebbe Eliezer 17thchapter.
Getting the Most Out of Torah
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Occasional leisure versus living a life of hevel.  Identification of yetzer hara (alone) versus actually waging war against it.  Discussion of the qualities and attributes that Torah learning gives you directly (such as chochmah and binah), versus that which Torah learning facilitates you to acquire if you invest effort in the derivative opportunity, such as middos-improvement.  Discussion of Torah as a man’s beloved, and its […]
Can It Be Good to Hate?
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Discussion of the vexation we feel when we encounter Torah sources that demand that we hate evil and act with force for Hashem’s honor.  Discussion of our propensity to compartmentalize and “forget” moments of inspiration and elevation, such that they don’t affect the rest of our lives.  Hashem’s lesson to Eliyahu HaNovi.  Contrast of Elisha HaNovi and Shmuel HaNovi in their connection to the people. […]
The Mishnah: Purposely Puzzling or Profoundly Precise?
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Rav Hutner’s explanation of how Torah she-bi-al peh was preserved;written code needing a verbal “password.” Contrasting explanation relayed by theson of the Vilna Gaon and others; Chazal can “darshen” the text of the Mishnah.Discussion of drashos.  In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur references theShlah HaKadosh, Klalei HaTalmud 10, klal 30.
Women and the Creation of a Torah Society
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Literature of the Acharonim regarding the questions about lighting candles erev Yom Tov asked Rav Yehoshua Falk’s wife. Stories of the Ludmirer Maid.  The role of the civilization of Torah.  Elaboration of Rashi on Tehillim Chapter 45.  Insights into the distinctions between morasha and yerusha. Citations: This shiur references Teshuvas Yichaveh Da’as, chelek alef, siman 28and Tehillim Chapter 45 with Rashi.
The Other Half of Klal Yisroel’s Relationship to Torah
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Observations regarding the license for a woman to learn Torah.  Derech eretz conduct versus the agenda of excellence in Torah. The support structure forTorah that Klal Yisroel is meant to provide.  The story of Bilam and its illumination of Hashem’s ongoing behind the scenes relationship with us.  The ideal of tsnius. Observations regarding the model of Devorah HaNeviah. Insights into the […]
Teaching the Oral Torah to Women
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Brief overview of the structure of the 8th chapter of Mishlei. The achievements of the Bais Yaakov movement. The parameters of the Chofetz Chaim’s license to teach Torah to girls.   Analysis of some sources which look down upon women’s Torah learning.  Learning the entire Torah and the importance of the Torah support system in Klal Yisroel.  Feminism layered upon the psak of the Chofetz […]
Little Foxes, Big Damage
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Contents: Discussion of the ill-equipped Talmid who poskens shailahs and the qualified Talmid Chochom who refrains from doing so. Citations: This shiur references the Rambam Hilchos Talmud Torah 5:4
The Yetzer Hara’s Calls
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Cultures create and define “ambience” to finesse the ta’avah they wish to express.  Reb Elazar Dordaya’s teshuvah came only when the ambience of the transgression was destroyed.   Definition of kedusha and its contrast with ambience.  Discussion of ‘acquiring Olom HaBa in one moment.’ The yetzer hara can absurdly seduce a person to act as he pleases, with thepromise that when he eventually repents, all the sins will be […]