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    35 min
    G-d's leadership in the world

    The Different Levels On Which G-d Runs the World & Transmits to Us

    Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 241

    Anyone who believes that G-d runs the world knows that he does so via various ways & on many different levels. Rav Kook deals with these many venues how He transmits messages to us & analyzes the extent of the direct & indirect levels, including dreams (mine & those around me) sickness (mine & those around me), accidents, challenges etc. The question of "why bad things happen to good people" is based upon the mistaken & even childish thought that life is supposed to be smooth, as opposed to Judaism which sees life as challenges, some pleasant & others not, which are sent us as G-d's way of helping us grow, be independent & Godly. Many aspects of life have nothing to do with "reward & punishment", but are "wake-up calls" to analyze ourselves.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 17 5781
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    37 min
    Ein Aya

    Bad Turns to Good Through Perspective

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 55 (p1)

    Rav Kook's optimism explains that what seems "bad" is just the "developing good", and takes issue with neo-paganism, Schoppenhauer and the school of pessimism.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 22 5775
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    44 min
    Ein Aya

    Complete G-dliness Doesn't Weaken But Enhances Natural Drives

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 50

    Marital relations are an expression of the desirous G-dly love and is not only for procreation.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 15 5775
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    44 min
    Ein Aya

    A Natural Process is Preferable to Miracles

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 42-43

    Don't be disappointed that the present redemption is coming through natural means for this is better for "where we are" spiritually.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 23 5775
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    26 min
    Ein Aya

    If the Main World is in Heaven- Why is There Such a Strong Instinct to Survive?

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 35

    We should be pre-occupied with fixing this world, and not with Heaven.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 3 5774
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    38 min
    Ein Aya

    Yes- It "Would Spoil Some Vast Eternal Plan if I were a Wealthy Man"

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 27 (p1)

    In G-d"s complex world, there is a collective need for Economical Upper, Middle and Lower Class for many reasons.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 11 5774
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    One Light Harmonizing the Necessary Variant Colors

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 24

    Harmony is one of the keys to understanding G-d's world, where the differences aren't contradicting but embellishing, and exprss true unity (=G-d).

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 16 5774
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    46 min
    Ein Aya

    The Interrelationship Between Reward and Punishment of the Jew and His Nation

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter A Paragraph 64

    Reward and punishment of the individual and nation in Israel and has pre-occupied many Jewish philosophers and Rav Kook suggests an innovative solution.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tevet 21 5772
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