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    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    Tragedies

    We all know that tragedy eventually awaits us in one form or another, but we do not and cannot live our lives based on the fear of impending tragedies or inevitable troubles. Built into the human personality and character is the ability to withstand tragedy, and even, to a certain extent, overcome it.

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Iyar 22 5781
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    Kiddush Hashem

    Kiddush Hashem

    Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying God’s name, specifically before a gentile all too often is not even about the gentile at all.

    Rabbi Michael Linetsky | Shvat 7 5781
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    3 min
    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    Stress is Good For You!

    Inclined to Recline- "And Yaakov dwelled…."

    Researchers believe that some stress can help to fortify the immune system. For instance, stress can improve how your heart works and protect your body from infection. But on a deeper level, rising to challenges and overcoming them is the essence of life.

    Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Kislev 23 5781
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    34 min
    Ein Aya

    Sickness as a "Wake-Up Call"

    Ein Aya Shabbat 2, 242

    As a continuation of the class on "The Different Levels On Which G-d Runs the World", this class is on the different levels of sickness, whether ours or those around us. Just as fast-days are a self-induced weakness, which brings us to analyze our lives, priorities & actions, when God sends a sickness, it's not necessarily a punishment but rather a "wake-up call" to induce soul-searching. Life is comprised of such small incidents, some pleasant & others not, some direct & others less so, to keep us awake that we shouldn't live like robots, but rather utilize our Godly free-will to its utmost extent, keeping our lives meaningful & idealistic. Accordingly, even the "bad" messages are seen by Rav Kook as: The process of gradual good.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 21 5781
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    33 min
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    Rav Kook on: "It's Best to be Normal People"

    Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 239

    We find various rabbis in rabbinic literature who built their spirituality through fasting and depriving themselves of physical pleasure. Rav Kook explains that this is like "shock treatment" or bitter medicine, which healthy people don't need. In Torat Eretz Yisrael, the Living Torah most applicable to the modern world, the approach of unity is to reveal the harmony between the physical and spiritual worlds. In Israel, where even the physical is spiritual and the atmosphere is Jewish, it's much more conducive to living a life of modern orthodoxy without the dangers of losing our proportions, priorities or getting influenced by western society. Accordingly Rav Kook explains the machloket between Rava & Abaye in Masechet Shabbat.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 2 5781
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    33 min
    Subjects of Jewish Thougts

    So What’s the Goal of Life?!!

    We all know that if you don't have a goal, you can't score! We all have many goals, but is there one which encompasses and is the common denominator of them all? Such a definition will prevent us from feeling torn between the many goals and roles we have. One theory is that the goal of life is pleasure, which is the common denominator of all people. On the other hand, all those people also have an ideal for which they are willing to forego all of their pleasure, inferring that ideals supersede pleasure! The class suggests that these 2 theories are 1 and the same, for we all want pleasure, but ideals are not 3rd class (short-term) pleasure, nor 2nd class (long-term) pleasure, but rather 1st class, eternal pleasure.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 24 5780
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    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    Disappointment

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 5770
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    Life Always Interferes

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 5770
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    Hospitality

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 27 Shvat 5768
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    Subjects of Jewish Thougts

    Writing under influence of Shabbat

    What is the basic obligation and purpose of living? Why are we here and what are we supposed to do with our existence on earth?

    Rabbi Berel Wein | Kislev 5768
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    Do I Have to Tell the Truth?

    The great importance of speaking the truth and only the truth. There are a few cases when one may not tell the truth...

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Kislev 5768
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    Letting Emotions Flow

    Some believe that putting the intellect in charge means suffocating the emotions and limiting their flow. The opposite is true. The intellect's job is to allow emotions to flow freely, while at the same time directing them into the correct channels.

    Rabbi Moshe Berliner | 5765
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    To See Through Eyes of Sanctity

    Look at the world through “eyes of sanctity,” with a point of view which strives to see the Divinity therein. Only the openness of a Torah point of view allows for true openness. Any other kind of openness will spell a divorce of man from himself.

    Rabbi Ido Yaakovi | 5765
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    Choosing a Place of Prayer

    Abraham used to establish a fixed place for prayer. A fixed place of prayer creates a firm bond between the worshiper and his prayer. It transforms the supplicant's worship into a firm foundation and unchanging element in the structure of his life.

    Rabbi David Chai Hacohen | 5764
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    The Laws of Three Weeks

    "And Zion said, 'God Has Abandoned Me!'"

    It is forbidden to use arrogance in a contemptuous manner, placing oneself above others, yet there are certain situations in which one has to be bold, not reserved, and to know one's self-worth. Our sages teach that in the generation of the messiah chutzpah will abound.

    Rabbi Chaim Katz | tamuz 5755
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    Preperation for Shavuot

    In Order to Elevate You've got to Descend

    The task of the Torah is to repair all. To plunge to the depths in order to elevate even the lowest of the low

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | sivan 5753
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