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When Tochachah Seems to Bounce Right Off
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Different types of tzadikim: those who strive to make talmidei chachomim and those who strive to make Yerei Shomayim.  Types of tochachah-givers. Insight into why some people’s real teshuvah is very short-lived.    A positive view of being an “Am k’shei oref.”  Differing interpretations of why Klal Yisroel is so reluctant to accept correction.  Analysis […]
Too Much Chatter?
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Talking too much, even positive speech, can get one into trouble.  The capacity to speak is much greater than the capacity to think through the consequences and logic of what we say.   Differences between men’s and women’s relationship to speech.   Importance of writing seforim. Citations: In addition to the commentary of the Biur […]
Nachum #4
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Yeshayahu’s prophecy about Sancheirev’s arrogance sheds light on the reason why Nachum prophesied that Ashur (Assyria) would be utterly destroyed. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, September 3rd, 2018, 16 Elul 5778
Celebrating the Life Hashem Gave You (Mishlei 16:4 and 22:2)
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(Proverbs 16:4) כל פעל ה’ למענהו” – משלי ט”ז:ד” (Proverbs 22:2) עשיר ורש נפגשו עשה כלם ה'” – משלי כב:ב” (Proverbs 29:13) רש ואיש תככים נפגשו מאיר עיני שניהם ה'” – משלי כט:יג” Nothing in the world is intrinsically useless. To the Conductor of the orchestra every sound is significant. All, rich and poor, are […]
Nachum #3
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Yona, the previous sefer is an unfinished story, we never find out what happens afterwards until we read Nachum who explains why Ashur was saved in Yonah’s time and destroyed later on. Nachum spends a lot of time discussing how G-d will react. The concepts of חרון אף (anger) and נקמה (revenge). Delivered at the […]
Sharing Bad News
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Sharing general bad news versus mentioning someone’s passing.  Our inability to reckon the tragic loss of the niftar (from our perspective) with the true gain to the neshama of being closer to Hashem, can lead to a “dibah ra’ah”.  Contrast with non-death suffering. Discussion of telling a patient the full scope of his terminal illness.  […]
Life is Growth, There is No Standing Still (Mishlei 15:24)
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The difference between “חכמה” and “מוסר” and between שופטים and שוטרים as it applies to our personal spiritual level. Even though a person may know what’s right (שופט) doesn’t mean he is able to enforce it and exercise self-control (שוטר) Delivered at the OU Israel Center, August 19th, 2018 (8 Elul 5778) This shiur is […]
Nachum #2
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A continuation of an introduction to Nachum plus the beginning of the first chapter. Nachum, Chavakuk, and Tzefaniah prophesied at the same time, during the time of Menasheh and focuses on the fate of Ashur/Nineveh. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, August 13th, 2018, 2 Elul 5778