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Introduction to the Book of Job
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Job is a very unusual Book, unique in many ways. For starters, there is no consensus as to when Job lived – or even if he ever actually lived at all! The Talmud, in tractate Baba Basra (15a-b) relates a number of opinions. R. Yehoshua b. Levi says Job lived in Moses’ day; R. Yochanan […]
Outmaneuvering the yetzer hara for effective Teshuvah
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Mishlei 4:12 Only declaring “I am not going to do to that again” with steeling oneself against temptation will not achieve lasting teshuvah. You need a novel approach in order to stay away. Also, you need siyata dishmaya. Discussion of Darkei Hateshuvah and sidestepping the yetzer hara. Importance of knowing one’s level of service of […]
Core identity and behavior choices
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Content Description: Just as a person’s biology determines many of his needs, so too does the neshomah define the fundamental needs of a Jew. When our behavior confounds our neshomah, we feel guilty and lost to our very core.  Application of this idea to learning Torah and the transmission of the Masorah. Discussion of the […]