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Producing and Preserving Divrei Torah
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The importance of bringing into reality the potential for Torah creativitywhich exists within you.   Writing divrei Torah.  Writing chiddushim withoutknowing Shas, or without heavy investment of effort.   Forgetting divrei Torah.Working at learning and self-refinement as preparation for Torah.  Digitalrecording of Divrei Torah. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, this shiur also referencesSefer Chassidim #530 with Bris Olam, […]
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 sameperiod.  The concepts of ‘cistern’ and ‘well-springs’ in processing the worldaround you, and in learning Torah.  Torah-learning as the prescription for oneovercome by lustful thoughts; Torah’s ability to satisfy the ta’avah instinct.Importance […]
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 itinerantteacher of Torah.  Touching the infinite all the while remaining finite in Torahlearning and in marriage.   The error in attitude which can lead to sleeping in theBais Medrash. Citations: Aside from the commentaries on Mishlei, this […]
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 […]