No Results Found.

The Ways of the Righteous, the Ways of the Wicked
by in
Relationship of temimus to yashrus. The interplay of intellect and partiality, for both the Tzaddik and theRasha.  Analysis of aGemara which implies that Hashem favors the rich with riches because of their righteousness. Citations: In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur references Gemara Bava Metziah 35a with Rashi.
Tznius: The Condition for Growing in Torah
by in
The importance of silently listening to one’s Rebbe teach. Drush on the meaning of the imagery of people having one mouth in contrast to two ears.  Wisdom is required to properly ask for guidance.  A warning about the value of answers and advice from gedolim when very terse “life advice” questions are posed to them. […]
Integrity Defines a Jew
by in
Callousness towards others’ feelings is a frequent cause of chillul Hashem. Rashiand Rebbeinu Yonah’s commentaries on zechiras Amalek. Analysis of the differences between lacking yiras shomayim in private, versus being a fraud in one’s essence: an emunah problem versus amiddos problem. Discussion of the blindness to monetary dishonesty amongst some “frum” Jews. The corruption of […]
Tzadik as Teacher and Peace Maker
by in
Focused observation is impossible when there is too much light; night is for perceiving. Insights into the themes of shacharis, mincha and maariv. The nature of the failure of a tsaddik versus that of a rasha. The fruit of a tzadik‘s production is Torah and that which stems therefrom, whereas the fruit of the rasha […]
The Wicked Man’s Perspectives: Short and Long Term
by in
Paradox in the general society of many children having adult knowledge and experiences, while many adults have the maturity and basic life goals of a child. Discussion of the responsibility of parents in the chinuch of their child beyond bar mitzvah age. Short term and long term perspectives of the wicked. The error and arrogance […]
The Right Kind of Worries
by in
Anxiety due to worldly events versus anxiety over the proper fulfillment of one’s spiritual responsibilities. Psychological obsession contrasted with a preoccupation with doing mitzvos correctly. Rambam’s perspective on those who cling to Hashem and are willing to forego working towards a natural means of sustenance.   Relation to the brachos of Barech Aleinu and Al HaTzadikim. […]
Fear of Hashem vs. All Other Fears
by in
Insights into our experience of Yiras Hashem versus other types of fear. Channeling earthly enjoyments towards spiritual ends, for oneg Shabbos, simchas Purim and the like. That, contrasted with the requirements for “simcha.” Self-actualization through becoming similar to Hashem. The pathway of Yiras Hashem leading to bitachon which leads to simcha. Discussion of making monetary calculations before deciding to have […]
The Many Traps of Laziness
by in
A contrast of people’s alacrity in pursuing their livelihood with the energy expended pursuing Torah and mitzvos. Zerizus is a characteristic that you generate, which leads to excitement and appetite for Torah and mitzvos.  In a state of laziness, there is no burning desire for ruchnius.  Laziness and depression go hand in hand.  Zerizus as […]
The Sinner’s Perspective on his Sins
by in
Sefer Bais HaLevi on the levels of learning and the amount of siyata dishmaya required to attain each one.  Understanding Torah contrasted with the ability to organize, navigate, and remember the Torah. Discussion of the desensitizing that has occurred to frum people and their views of issurei arayos.  The infinite reward for mitzvos, versus the […]
Requirements for Success in Learning
by in
A talmid chochom never concludes that he understands enough, and never tires of getting guidance.  Evilim are the opposite.   The severity of poskining shailahs when unfit, even if the unfitness is only for that particularly high level of shailah. Insight into the first and second letters in Megillas Esther and the relationship between wealthy […]