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Teshuvah Insights from Dovid HaMelech
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The confession of Dovid HaMelech when confronted by Noson HaNovi. When saying vidui, why don’t we use just the language that matches the severity of our violation, and not include the other terms for sin which imply some other, currently irrelevant level of transgression?  Discussion of the intentional quality of shogeg. A failure of morality, […]
Silence and Action, Planning and Doing
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The power of a person’s thoughts and being totally committed to an idea.  The danger of articulating one’s intentions to do good things.  Rational and supernatural barriers between planning and doing.  Differences between the machinations of the internal yetzer hara and the external ma’aseh Soton. Citations: In addition to the Biur HaGra, this shiur references […]
An Obligation to Curse and Bless
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The concept of uttering a curse or blessing after mentioning the name of a rasha or tzadik, respectively.  Consequences in Hilchos Krias Megillah.  Prohibition of using a rasha’s name for one’s children.  Using the term “zichrono livracha” for live people. Citations:  This shiur references Mishnah Yoma 3:11, Tosefta Ta’anis 3:8, Maseches Sofrim 14:3, Esther Rabbah […]
Clinging to Hashem When All is Well
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Discussion of the difficulty of having a strong relationship with Hashem when everything is going well.  Hashem’s brinksmanship in bringing the salvation at Yam Suf. Discussion of the appropriate reward due a ba’al bitachon. Importance while learning of showing childish curiosity and stubbornness to insist on understanding without superficiality.  Discussion the Daf Yomi.  Medrashim regarding […]
Kabbalah, Free Choice
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The pre-requisites for proper understanding of Kabbalah are nearly impossible to achieve.  Our desire to gain this profound knowledge often leads to inaccurate notions.  Chassidic sefarim often blend together nigleh and nistar without any demarcation.  Kabalistic terms and references are always used without explaining them!  A mesorah is required. The enduring legacy of a tzadik, […]
Helping a Parent in Olam Ha-Emes
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Importance of a child not fumbling through things that ostensibly bring honor but actually bring shame to deceased parents. Did Avraham’s zechus apply towards Terach, a father who educated Avram in a manner diametrically opposite to the one that Avraham chose for himself as the beloved of HaShem? The Chofetz Chaim on not wasting money […]
Yetzias Mitrzyim and the Eternality of Torah
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Analysis of the psukim in Chumash for the Ben HaChacham versus those which appears in the Haggadah. Discussing halachos is the purpose of Yetzias Mitzrayim.  Analysis of the requirement for a grandfather to teach hisgrandson Torah. The problem of golus mitsrayim was all of Klal Yisroel’s, and it was relevant to all Jewish generations, so too the solution and meaning of YetziasMitzrayim and Kabbolas HaTorah is relevant to all generations. Citations:  This shiur […]
Jewish Time and Sweet Waters
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Significance of time demarcations in Torah.  The Pesach Seder, the Haggadah and Judaism’s radical concept of time.  Parallels within mourning forthe churban Bais HaMikdash: Living the ancient experience right now.  Discussionof becoming reborn in one’s conceptions and appreciations for life and Torah.  Insight into teshuva based on Hashem’s perspective of time. Insight intoAvshalom’s rebellion against Dovid HaMelech through the prism of […]
Yiras Shomayim and Ezer Ki-Negdo
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The goal of Torah remains always yiras shomayim.  Discussion of the Rambam’s statement that ahavas Hashem (not Torah) leads to yiras Hashem. Discussion of the arba’ah bonim of the Pesach Seder.  Nusach habrachos shifting from 2nd to 3rd person.  Looking for yiras shomayim in a potential shidduch;discussion of ezer ki-negdo.   The difficulties inherent in giving good advice.Warping of the ezer kinegdo concept in Korach’s marriage.   Explanation of casesw here Chazal talk of Hashem intending […]