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The Effect of a Wife on Her Husband’s Talmud Torah
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Discussion of the common denominator of an “isha ra’ah” and an “isha tovah” and their ability to foster their husband’s learning. Discussion of the interplay of some Gemara statements regarding the burden of supporting a wife, the benefit of a wife in running the household affairs, and the effect of each factor on learning. Discussion […]
The Importance of a Rebbe and a Wife for Success in Torah
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Combinations of wealth, honor and middos – and their absence. Discussion of the nature of a Rebbe’s obligation to show honor to his talmidim. The importance of having a Rebbe for life decisions. Analysis of the Gemara in Yevamos’ explanation of the way in which a wife is critical to her husband’s success in learning […]
When Another’s Failures are Attributable to Me
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The moral responsibility of a Rebbe and Dayan for the consequences of their failures.  Enjoying wielding power versus hating to wield power.  Discussion of the gemara’s warnings to refrain from certain activities, including becoming a loan guarantor or accepting converts. Citations: In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur references Gemara Yevamos 109b with […]
Does Hashem Prevent Tzadikim from Sinning?
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Discussion of flattery and falsehood.  The importance of having advisors who are willing to set you straight even when it is unpleasant. Analysis of the principle of Hashem protecting tzadikim from failing. Discussion of when the gemara invokes lo yi’uneh li-tzadik kol avven, versus the principle of “Behem tam shel tzadikim.” The importance of, and […]
Decision-Making and Groups of Deciders
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Brief discussion of some biographic points in the Vilna Gaon’s life. Insights into group decision-making. Discussion of the Bar Kamtza episode and the blame which the Gemara lays at the feet of Zecharia ben Avukulos. The components necessary to get a true da’as Torah answer to a question.  Discussion of the common phenomenon of people […]
Rejoicing Over the Fall of the Wicked (Part 2)
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Different factors in the determination of whether or not rejoicing is appropriate upon the downfall of the wicked. Discussion of whether or not a Kohen may become tamei for the burial of a relative who was not observant. Discussion of kavod haTorah in Israel versus in America and why so many people don’t give honor […]
Rejoicing Over the Fall of the Wicked (Part 1)
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Discussion of two ways to interpret the Biur HaGra about the apparent attractiveness of the [a] middos, or [b] personality – of heretics. The reasons for Hashem’s brinksmanship in delaying the salvation at Yam Suf. -the transformative value (for the nation) of Nachshon jumping into the waters. -our needs bring us to reach out to […]
Surviving While Staying on the Straight and Narrow
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What is real temimus, and how does the tam survive in the world?  Practical differences between yesharim and temimim. Discussion of the notion of being fully ethical without religion. Discussion of the basic desire to want to be mechadesh in Torah and in life. Negative manifestations in society at large and in Jewish society. Brief […]
The Middah of Temimus
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Two perspectives within “na’aseh vi-nishma: “We might not get another chance like this!”  and “We trust Hashem that whatever is coming, is good.” Temimus is the result of the successful removal of orlas ha-peh just as taming of physical desire is the result of the successful (physical and conceptual) removal of orlas ha-guf. Discussion of […]
The Ways of the Righteous, the Ways of the Wicked
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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.