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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 […]
Chaggai #5 (Chapter 2)
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Chaggai’s chief mission was to get Bnei Yisrael to resume (and finish building) the second Bet HaMikdash. He also encourages them to do Teshuva so that the Beit HaMikdash they build becomes permanent. His third mission was to ensure the Kohanim are ready to do the avodah and well-versed in the laws of tumah/tahara. Delivered […]
Chaggai #4 (Chapter 1)
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Chaggai’s message is that the people are incorrect in saying that it’s not yet time to rebuild the Beit HaMikdash. The rebuilding had been stopped twice and therefore the people were hesitant to rebuild. Additionally, they hadn’t seen any signs that it was time to rebuild (e.g. the war of Gog uMagog). He shows them […]
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 […]
Chaggai #3 (Chapter 1)
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Chaggai’s mission was to get the people to resume building the Beit HaMikdash after the Persian authorities stopped it during the reign of Cyrus and Achashverosh. The Malbim’s view of the second Beit HaMikdash and it’s potential. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, March 4th, 2019, 27 Adar I 5779