Beit Midrash

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3 Lessons
    42 min

    Why Ba'alei T'shuva Davka Shouldn't Become Anti-Zionists!

    Rav Kook's Letter on Teshuva to Rav Charlap

    There's a common scenario, where someone becomes a Ba'al Teshuva, strengthening himself religiously, & indirectly, davka becomes less Zionist! Rav Kook ironically deals with this issue way before it was common, as part of his overall & innovative understanding of Teshuva, in this classic letter to his student, R. Charlap. Explaining that the concept of Evolution is the basis of Creation, & that constant improvement is the most natural process for the individual & mankind. This central drive is what's behind most of Torah, life and goals. Zionism is the easiest way to see God today, thru how He runs processes of advancement in history, fulfills prophecies, returns Altruism and Nationalism to their proper place, reviving the "Or LaGoyim" etc.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 26 6780
    52 min
    Exile and Redemption

    Can We Be Sure that Zionism Isn't Just Another False Messiah?

    Most shuls declare weekly in the prayer for the welfare of the State of Israel, that it is the "Atchalta DeGe'ula", the beginning of the national redemption, but the obvious question is: "Can we be sure?!" Could Zionism simply be another "false messiah"? Or in other words, can we be sure that there won't be another exile? This she'ur convincingly proves in 3 concise points gleaned from many classic sources, that in fact, we are in "Y'mot HaMashiach", the historic period of national redemption, and that "Children of Israel, our Father wants us Home".

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Nissan 29 5780
    Exile and Redemption

    Prayer for Redemption and Blessings for Mashiach

    Special prayer to hasten our final redemption attributed to the Ramchal. Which blessings will we say when the Messiah comes?

    Rabbi Avraham (Abe) Abrahami
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