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The Mother’s Chinuch Influence
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Analysis of the nature of the educational influences a child experiences from his father and mother.  Acute Torah lessons versus osmosis and experience. Importance of a positive environment in terms of the opportunity to hear guidance and critique.  Rebellion against being told what to do by Hashem reflects the presence of an element of apikorus. […]
Insights into the Structure of Sefer Mishlei
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Structure of the verses in the 2nd section of Mishlei. Chochmah helps us identify the hevel of the world as a foreign value.  But it doesn’t address inertia and the yetzer to do wrong.  Waging war to overcome our lower selves is the realm of mussar. The third section of Mishlei is having the correct […]
The Religious Psychology of Sin
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Women’s relationship to ‘she-ti-hiyu ameilim baTorah’ and the life-orientation of the nation.  Selflessness and self-actualization. The dangers of personal or national veering from the straight path, even when permitted.  The perils of paying homage to our human side by showing unwillingness to remain on high plateaus of kedushah. Identification and evaluation of the nature of the […]
Degrees of Connection with Torah
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Increasing levels of connectedness with Torah.   The centrality of the wife in the definition of a Jewish home, irrespective of child-bearing.  Discussion of why true drush is always interesting.  The prerequisite for intimacy with Torah.Satiable and insatiable desires. Citations: This shiur cites the Biur HaGra on Mishlei.
The Growth of a Talmid
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Struggle is necessary to properly understand and remember Torah.Sometimes, the more clear the Rebbe, the less the talmid invests in struggling to understand, and the more he forgets. Discussion of the stages in a Talmid’s growth.  Yehoshua as the ideal talmid, redefining himself as a leader when called upon to do so.   We never know […]
Producing and Preserving Divrei Torah
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The importance of bringing into reality the potential for Torah creativity which exists within you.   Writing divrei Torah.  Writing chiddushim without knowing Shas, or without heavy investment of effort.   Forgetting divrei Torah. Working at learning and self-refinement as preparation for Torah.  Digital recording of Divrei Torah. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur also […]
Correcting Attitudes, Overcoming Ta’avah
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It is easier to repent the action-based sins of a life spent far from Torah,than to identify and correct the erroneous attitudes absorbed during that same period.  The concepts of ‘cistern’ and ‘well-springs’ in processing the world around you, and in learning Torah.  Torah-learning as the prescription for one overcome by lustful thoughts; Torah’s ability […]
My Role in Keeping You From Slandering Me
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The relative severity of sinning knowingly to fulfill a desire versus sinning out of willful ignorance.  The roots of the concerns of “Ch’shad” and“Maris ayin.” The requirement to help avoid people erroneously besmirching us. Remarrying based on testimony whose strength is not well known among common people. Conversion with obviously impure motivations.   Citations: Aside from […]
Criticism and Giving Rebuke Passively
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The secret of the success of Aharon HaKohain’s pursuit of peace. Discussion of ineffective criticism. Aharon HaKohain’s role as a loving itinerant teacher of Torah.  Touching the infinite all the while remaining finite in Torah learning and in marriage.   The error in attitude which can lead to sleeping in the Bais Medrash. Citations: Aside from the […]
Never Satisfied
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Distinctions between desires for wealth and honor, versus those for the fulfillment of bodily appetites. Putting self-improvement on the agenda.   Discussion of serving Hashem with both the yetzer hatov and yetzer hara. Citations: In addition to the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur also references Aruch LaNer, Makkos 24a, Gemara Shabbos 114a, and Shulchan Aruch Choshen […]