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Teshuvah Insights from Dovid HaMelech
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The confession of Dovid HaMelech when confronted by Noson HaNovi. When saying vidui, why don’t we use just the language that matches the severity of our violation, and not include the other terms for sin which imply some other, currently irrelevant level of transgression?  Discussion of the intentional quality of shogeg. A failure of morality, […]
Sefer Micha #9 (Chapter 7)
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Micha bemoans the state of the nation in a format similar to our kinot. He sees that the nation is not going to change despite his admonitions. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 16th, 2018, 4 Av 5778
The Hidden Blessings of Failure (Mishlei 24:16)
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A wicked person tries to make this world difficult for the righteous but also tries to take away his Olam Haba. In addition to the Yetzer Hara to sin, there is a yetzer hara that is a consequence of the sin and tries to prevent a person from repenting. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, […]
Silence and Action, Planning and Doing
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The power of a person’s thoughts and being totally committed to an idea.  The danger of articulating one’s intentions to do good things.  Rational and supernatural barriers between planning and doing.  Differences between the machinations of the internal yetzer hara and the external ma’aseh Soton. Citations: In addition to the Biur HaGra, this shiur references […]
Sefer Micha #8 (Chapter 6)
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What does Hashem want from us? To build a society with justice and kindness and to be modest in our relationship with Hashem. Honest weights and measures. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 9th, 2018, 26 Tammuz 5778
Sefer Micha #7 (Chapter 5)
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Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben David. The former will be a warrior and the latter will usher in the time of peace. The seven shepherds. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, July 2nd, 2018, 19 Tammuz 5778
An Obligation to Curse and Bless
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The concept of uttering a curse or blessing after mentioning the name of a rasha or tzadik, respectively.  Consequences in Hilchos Krias Megillah.  Prohibition of using a rasha’s name for one’s children.  Using the term “zichrono livracha” for live people. Citations:  This shiur references Mishnah Yoma 3:11, Tosefta Ta’anis 3:8, Maseches Sofrim 14:3, Esther Rabbah […]
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Mishlei 9:1)
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Mishlei calls the seven (sic) books of the Torah the seven pillars of wisdom. Bamidbar is really three books, the second of which is two verses. Rav Tzadok HaKohen on the three Books of Numbers. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 24th, 2018 (11 Tammuz 5778) This shiur is sponsored by Mel and Pessy […]