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    34 min
    Ein Aya

    Rav Kook on: The Danger of and Solution to the 'Psychology of the Masses'

    Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 231

    Ein Aya, Shabbat 2, 231

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 9 5780
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    35 min
    The Giving of the Torah

    When Should We Use Facts, Logic or Kabbala in Learning Torah?

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4 7

    Ein Aya Shabbat 4 7

    Rabbi Ari Shvat
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    23 min
    Ein Aya

    How Will the Gentiles Actually Like Us?!

    Ein Aya, Shabbat ch. 2, 221

    Ein Aya, Shabbat ch. 2, 221

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 2 5780
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    35 min
    Ein Aya

    Prime Ministers are People Too!

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 54

    Public figures tend to forget that they are also private individuals and responsible for even the smallest of their actions.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 26 5775
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    35 min
    Ein Aya

    Lack of Knowledge Often Facilitates the Goal

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 53 (p2)

    Although we strive for wisdom, much of the knowledge hidden from man enables us to focus on the goals rather than the means.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 5 5775
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    37 min
    Ein Aya

    The Many Advantages in Not Knowing When We Will Die

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 53 (p1)

    G-d reveals what knowledge is detrimental morally, practically, psychologically, socially and economically.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tevet 27 5775
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    37 min
    Ein Aya

    Why Judaism Respects the Corpse and the Dead- Eternity, Not Superstition

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 52

    Death is less frightening when viewed intellectually through the eyes of eternity, not imagination.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tevet 20 5775
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    Aveirah Lishma- The Concept of Sinning as Sometimes Helpful

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 51 (p2)

    This dangerous concept must be understood in the context of the individual's role in the larger picture.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tevat 6 5775
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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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    35 min
    Ein Aya

    Serving Israel is Serving G-d and the Universe

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 45

    Zionism doesn't infringe at all on our total allegiance to G-d and our responsibility to mankind, but expresses them.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 8 5775
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    Two Ways of Influencing the Gentile Nations

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 44

    The redemption is not just for Israel but universal, and there are several ways to influence. Rav Kook greatness as a commentator on Tanach is seen in this paragraph.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 1 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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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    Kohanim also combine intellect and emotion

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 40 (p2)

    The harmony between the mind and the heart is essential to many aspects of Judaism.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 6 5775
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    Uniting Intellect and Emotion in the Beit HaMikdash and Religious Zionism

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 40 (p1)

    Intellectuals tend to be more universal and less patriotic, but Jewish nationalism, aiming to raise morality, combines the two and speaks to the rational and emotional.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tishrei 25 5775
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    39 min
    Ein Aya

    The Proper Perspective How to View People that Died

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 39

    Time and objectivity help relate, review and learn from people after their death.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 26 5774
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    32 min
    Ein Aya

    Is there Evolution or Are the Generations Diminishing?

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 38

    The difference of general direction between the masses who are improving and the scholars who are not.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 19 5774
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    36 min
    Ein Aya

    Life is Valuable- Even of the Unconscious

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 36 (p2)

    The fact that life supercedes mitzvot helps us analyze priorities and what life, faith and mitzvot are really about.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 13 5774
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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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    36 min
    Ein Aya

    The Necessity of Questions, Chutzpah and Rebellion

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 34

    The G-d of History doesn't make mistakes, so today, these questionable qualities must be utilized as beneficial.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Iyar 11 5774
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