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    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    A Tale of Two Mothers

    When Dalya and Shiri 'randomly' bump into each other at a concert they could never imagine how deeply connected they really are.

    Rabbi Yoel Gold | Cheshvan 26 5782
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    5 min
    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    In a Heartbeat

    Mordechai Sultan woke up with chest pains. Hatzolah was at his door in less than 30 seconds. How did they get there so fast at 3:30 in the morning? And why were they carrying the specialized equipment that saved his life?

    Rabbi Yoel Gold | Cheshvan 26 5782
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    The Month of Elul

    Fear of Elul

    Right now, faced with the prospect of having to turn my life and my emotions upside down, I go into a panic that results in total spiritual paralysis. Fear of Elul.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Elul 15 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.

    Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair | Kislev 23 5781
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    3 min
    The Coronavirus Pandemic

    A Giant Win

    How can you learn Betachon from a football game, and how can we learn from it the correct attitude towards the coronavirus?

    Michael Rothschild | Nissan 8 5780
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    7 min
    Yom Kippur Prayers

    The Side Door

    An uplifting, true story about a jew who missed the "Kol Nidrei" but did not give up, and found the "side door".

    Rabbi Yoel Gold | Tishrei 7 5780
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    4 min
    Trial and Difficulties in Life

    Ha'inu Ke'cholmim motivation video

    A motivation video for handling difficulties in daily life, production: Ha'inu Ke'cholmim

    Various Rabbis | Av 18 5777
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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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    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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    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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    34 min
    Ein Aya

    The Advantages of Obligations and Volunteerism

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 27 (p2)

    The delicate details of the many social and economic mitzvot simultaneously include obligations and educating to volunteerism.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Shvat 19 5774
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    42 min
    Ein Aya

    Every Generation Understands and Benefits Differently from Each Mitzva

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 26 (p2)

    Learning a mitzva leads to identification and motivation, but realize it's just partial.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tevet 26 5774
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    39 min
    Ein Aya

    The Importance of the Meaning, but Also Details, of Mitzvot

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 22

    "Uniting the Whole"- the Meaning of Brachot on Mitzvot

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 9 5774
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    36 min
    Ein Aya

    "Stick to Your Specialty"- Poets as Analysts

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 21

    One should differentiate between the expertise of specialists, and fields where they express undeserved respect.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 2 5774
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    40 min
    Ein Aya

    What is the Goal of the Mitzvot?

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 15 (p2)

    Mitzvot are such a central part of our lives, but we sometimes forget what's their goal.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 29 5773
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    37 min
    Ein Aya

    The Difference Between Mitzva and Kdusha (Holiness)

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 15 (p1)

    People often confuse the different aspects of spirituality, but the contrast between the means and the goal must be clear.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Tamuz 22 5773
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    34 min
    Ein Aya

    "Everyone Has a Little Kohen in Him"

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 12

    There are many different topics- sometimes we can learn from western culture, and sometimes not.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Sivan 10 5773
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    41 min
    Ein Aya

    5 Steps How to Enjoy Wealth

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter B Paragraph 2

    Through not gaining on the account of others, not over-investing time, remembering it's a means-not the goal, sharing and donating to others and Israel.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Cheshvan 27 5773
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    46 min
    Ein Aya

    Don't Let "Self-Improvement" Ruin Your G-dly Nature

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter A Paragraph 84

    The positive conscious examination and improvement must not come at the expense of the G-dly nature and instinct with which we were all created. Listen to your inner-self.

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Elul 9 5772
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    44 min
    Ein Aya

    The Time and Place for Understanding Mitzvot and Not

    Ein Aya Shabat Chapter A Paragraph 60

    The Mitzvot include both Mishpatim (understandable) and Chukim (non-understandable). Rav Kook posits that the differentiation between the two is consciously unclear, because study turns the Chukim into rational, and society sometimes interchanges what was thought as rational into a chok (e.g. homosexuality may be seen differently, but it's always wrong).

    Rabbi Ari Shvat | Kislev 16 5772
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