Shiur #34 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.
Content Description: The moral/middos definitions of osher, gevurah. Pirkei Avos discusses those possessions where you truly worked on yourself to achieve them. Regular osher and gevurah are not mine, they are straight from Hashem. The gemara of “Hillel michayev ani’yim” informs us of what is humanly possible, removing such circumstances from oness rachmana patrei.
Citations: The following sources are referenced in this shiur: Gemara Yuma 35b, found in the source packet on page 1, and Rambam Hilchos Teshuva (4:4,5 and 5:2,3) found in the source packet on pages 2-3.Download Audio File Download PDF