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    46 min
    Ein Aya

    Why Should We Only Say "Yasher Ko'ach" in Israel?

    Ein Aya Shabbat 5,1

    What's the Difference Between Torah in Israel or in America?!

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 12 5782
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    Judaism: Approachable but Noble

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4,12

    The world is based upon evolution & constant improvement, learning from our mistakes. This central idea of Rav Kook's Orot HaTeshuva must be reconciled with the rabbinic teaching of "Hitkatnut HaDorot", or the 'Decline of Generations', how the more we are further removed from Sinai, the lower our level. Mankind is clearly advancing, having basically abolished slavery, & recognizing the wrong of chauvinism, racism, imperialism etc. so what do the rabbis mean? This class also deals with the apparent conflict between the direction today to make Judaism & rabbis approachable & relevant, with the importance of keeping their nobility & respect, & how (!) to keep the proper balance. The question of chumrot and leniencies is also addressed.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Av 21 5782
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    39 min
    Ein Aya

    Shabbat that Elevates Not Just the Secular but Even the Foreign

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 8

    It's common knowledge that Shabbat elevates the secular to be holy, but Rav Kook writes that the ideal Shabbat will elevate even concepts which are foreign to Judaism.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 14 5782
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    39 min
    Ein Aya

    When Should We Use Experience, Logic or Kabbala to Decide?

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 7

    Life is full of choices and decisions, and Rav Kook analyzes when we should utilize personal experience, logic and/or kabbalistic means, and in which order? Similarly, in learning Torah and deciding halacha, these factors interplay.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 7 5782
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    36 min
    Ein Aya

    Should Jews Be Proud of Einstein, Freud & Bob Dylan?

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 6

    Many Jews have played disproportionally central roles in western science and culture, having 0.2% of the world's population winning 22% (!) of the Nobel Prizes. Instinctively, many of us are proud of our famous brothers, despite the fact that often their contributions are clearly "non-Jewishly" influenced, and sometimes even the antithesis of Judaism. On the other hand, Jewish pride is a clearly positive issue. Rav Kook has an innovative way of balancing the two, aided by the rabbinic disagreement regarding Joseph and Potiphar's wife.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 23 5782
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    The Importance of Work & Secular Knowledge in Elevating the World

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 5

    The western world generally relates to work and secular knowledge as a means to make money, as opposed to Judaism who sees the spiritual and redeeming aspect of these "mundane" topics. Rav Kook, as always, has a surprising and innovative view, especially important for a polarized Judaism which sees just learning Torah as the goal and other issues as a nuisance, as well as today's high standard of living, which brings many to think that work is only a necessity for the lacking.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 21 5782
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    38 min
    The spiritual view

    A Deeper Take on Shabbat: Why is This Allowed & That Prohibited?

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 4

    This important lecture helps answer the classic question we all ask: Why are certain things allowed on Shabbat and others forbidden? Rav Kook, based on Kabbalistic sources, explains that the 6 days of creation and the Mishkan- the 2 classic "constrictions" (Tzimtzum) of God, are the anti-thesis of Shabbat. Accordingly only and precisely those 39 types of labor which were done to construct the mishkan correspond to the 6 days of creation, from which we want to rise above on Shabbat, to get a taste of the original Shabbat which preceded creation, and the final Shabbat, when all of creation will be like Shabbat. This basic and beautiful idea is clarified here in a very understandable way

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 17 5782
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    38 min
    Ein Aya

    The Significance of 'Coincidental' Associations and Meaning of Numbers & Letters

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 3

    Often in life we come across small and apparently "coincidental" associations which somehow connect with something else we are doing. Rav Kook explains that this is one of the venues, how God runs the world. An example is how the number 40 and letter Mem consistently refer to the same idea, whenever mentioned in the Tanach or halacha, including understanding even the details of mikveh and family purity.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Iyar 28 5782
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    How the Torah & MItzvot Protect Us

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 2

    The teaching of our sages, that the Torah and Mitzvot protect us, demands explanation, and Rav Kook writes how to understand this concept.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Iyar 21 5782
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    9 min
    IDF Memorial Day

    A Tale of Two Fathers

    After his first Shabbos ends with an unspeakable tragedy, Shimon Ilan’s resilience & faith paves the way for an unexpected friendship and inspires Yaakov Shwekey’s latest hit song Ein Davar Ra.

    Rabbi Yoel Gold | Iyar 8 5782
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    2 min
    Gemilut Chasadim

    Saving Life With One Word

    A drop of encouragement may seem like a drop in the ocean, but sometimes it can save a life from drowning in sadness.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Nissan 26 5782
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    38 min
    Ein Aya

    Self-Control with Smallest Body Functions Enables Spiritual & National Greatness

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4, 1

    Self-control and self-discipline are basically the Godly trait of "Gevura", to overcome, but Rav Kook explains that this good manner includes even regarding the smallest of body functions (e.g. burping, etc.). Having good manners and basic etiquette prepare us for higher levels of spirituality. Rav Kook explains here the story of Elisha, the "Master of the Wings" and the Romans who outlawed tefillin, and why we fold our tefillin with "wings" on 2 sides.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar II 10 5782
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    51 min
    Ein Aya

    "Opposites Not Only Attract but 'Prove' God"

    Ein Aya Shabbat 3, 7

    Some summarize the multi-faceted and complex ideology of Rav Kook as: "Uniting the Opposites". This class concisely explains this idea in a "down-to-earth" way, and its centrality to Rav Kook's thinking.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar II 19 5782
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    Food Glorious Food: Rav Kook on Eating & Bodily Waste

    Ein Aya Shabbat 3, 5

    Food is a basic part of our lives, but Rav Kook also relates to one's bodily wastes after eating.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar II 19 5782
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    41 min
    The Laws of Ben Adam LeChavero

    Politeness, Manners & Etiquette- the True Israeli Approach!

    Ein Aya Shabbat 3, 8

    Sometimes we find Torah scholars, Yeshiva boys, and sometimes Israeli's, who look down upon certain manners, politeness and etiquette as external or western nonsense. Rav Kook teaches here how to explain to children, as well as the young, idealistic & religiously motivated, that these seemingly technical and outward acts contain true Torah and Israeli importance & ideals.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar II 12 5782
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    36 min
    Ein Aya

    Cleanliness - Both External & Internal

    Ein Aya Shabbat 3, 6

    Cleanliness seems like a basic necessity but Rav Kook takes an innovative and deeper look.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar II 3 5782
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    3 min
    Additional Lessons

    Sticks And Stones - The Power of an Insult

    "...but words can never harm me." Why do words hurt so much, they're nothing more than puffs or air with a sound wave attached, aren't they?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Adar I 28 5782
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    2 min
    G-d's leadership in the world

    A Tapestry Of Diversity

    Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if we were all the same? We'd all get along so well! Right?

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Adar I 23 5782
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    46 min
    Ein Aya

    How to Acquire Enthusiasm and Fix Laziness

    Ein Aya Shabbat 3, 4

    Laziness is one of the most problematic traits of western society. Rav Kook suggests how to fix this and become enthusiastic & energetic.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar I 13 5782
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    31 min
    Ein Aya

    Motivating to Kiruv - Influencing Others is Essential for Me!

    Eyn Aya shabbat 3, 3

    Thank God, the concept of "Kiruv", bringing others close to Torah is clearly on the agenda & being discussed more and more, whether in the context of NCSY, Lubavitch, Bnei Akiva etc. Rav Kook shows here how to motivate people of this essential idea.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Adar I 6 5782
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