Tishrei Yom Tov (Holiday) Series classes

A wonderful series on the Yomim Tovim (holidays) in the month of Tishrei. This series explains how Tishrei fits into the Jewish calendar. It includes material on the build-up to Tishrei, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and carries through to the joyous conclusion of the season with Succos and Simchas Torah. These classes are full of warm Chassidic stories and thought provoking insights that will provide inspiration for the intense process of self-evaluation and rededication to avodas Hashem (service of G-d).

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Everything Changes And Everything Remains The SameThe Hebrew word for year "shana" means both repetition and change. This class focuses on the cycle of the Jewish year and the opportunities for personal growth it offers us. The qualities of Elul and Tishrei are highlighted through a comparison with the other seasons of the year. Easy to follow - some intermediate concepts.
The Real Work Begins In ElulThe gift of redemption at Pesach must be internalized and earned through personal spiritual growth during the rest of the year - especially during the period of Elul, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Easy to follow - some intermediate concepts.
A Special Time For TeshuvahThe Jewish calendar includes days infused with a particular energy. It is up to us to tap into the unique potential of these days every year - whether we are ready or not. The class begins with several Chassidic stories leading into a deep discussion of the inner meaning of time. Highlights are insights into the personal connections between early Chassidic giants and stories about the Helige (Holy) Rizhiner Rebbe. Easy to follow.
A Second Passes And Shabbos Is GoneEye-opening examples of the uniqueness of each day are presented: Chanuka and the Building of the Mishkan, Pesach and Avraham's battle with the 4 Kings, and the dark history of Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks. Stories of the great Rogatchaver give insight into the way a Jew interacts with time. Easy to follow.
The King Is In The FieldRabbi Paltiel tells a deep and inspiring story that expands the mashal (metaphor) of "The King is in the Field" to cover the main elements of Elul, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Succos. The rest of the classes in this series will build on this story. Easy to follow.
Be Jewish In Your Ordinary LifeThe mashal (example) presented in the previous class is opened up. The moments of inspiration in the Yom Tovim of Tishrei make it possible for us to be extraordinary for the rest of the year. The real measure of "success" as a Jew is how much of our holiness in shul do we bring into our homes? Easy to follow overall - some intermediate level concepts but all Hebrew phrases are translated clearly into English.
Gemara Versus Kabbala: Free Will In The FieldThe Holy AriZal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria) taught that the month of Elul is a time of the revelation of the 13 Attributes of Mercy (the 13 Middos HaRachamim). However, it is known from "convention" (e.g., Mishnah, Gemara, and Midrashim) that the 10 Days of Teshuvah (between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) are a time of the revelation of the 13 Attributes of Mercy. In this class, Rabbi Paltiel explains how the "King in the Field" analogy resolves this seeming contradiction. Intermediate level material.
When The Prayer Of One Has The Power Of Ten"Search for Hashem when He is close. Call Him when He is near." (a pasuk [line] from Yeshiyahu [Isaiah]). The Gemara explains that this refers to the 10 days "between" Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. This class examines the Ten Days of Teshuvah in depth drawing on sources in Navi, Gemara, Shulchan Aruch, Tanya and more. Intermediate Level Material but all Hebrew and Yiddish is translated clearly into English.
"i Am Pouring Out My Soul Before G-d"The Rambam calls the period between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur the "time of teshuvah". During this period, Jews are inspired without premeditation. A person driving in the car or jogging in the park can be so overcome by a feeling of emptiness and distance from Hashem (G-d) that he or she breaks down and cries from the pain. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encourages us to use this time with intention. We should not just let teshuvah happen. When a Jew does teshuvah during the days leading up to Yom Kippur, he or she feels a power from the inner yechidah - as the inner source of the individual draws closer to the Source on High. Note: The word teshuva in Hebrew means return and refers to a "return" to Hashem. Accessible to everyone.
Three Levels In Rosh HashanaThree Levels of Rosh Hashana Please excuse the sound quality - this was recorded on our old equipment. We are in the process of selecting sound cleaning software and we will clean this file in the near future (B'zras Hashem).
Crowning Hashem As King
Yom Kippur : 1Yom Kippur as it fits into the overall avoda (work or service) of the Elul/Tishrei period in the Jewish year. The super mitzvah of teshuvah.
Yom Kippur : 2An intense class on preparing for Yom Kippur which addresses some of the difficult problems associated with teshuvah.
Yom Kippur : 3The last of three classes on teshuvah for Yom Kippur preparation.
Yaakov Goes On His WayInsight into the 4-day period between the end of Yom Kippur and the beginning of Succos. This class ends with a personal story about davening with the Lubavitcher Rebbe as Yom Kippur draws to a close. Easy to follow.
One Nation Under The SukkahYom Kippur is the peak of the Tishrei process of ascending towards Hashem and away from our ordinary lives. At the peak point of Neilah, each person has the opportunity to experience a level of attachment to Hashem that has no limit. As we move ahead into Tishrei our avodah (task) is to translate the awe of the mountain peak of Neilah into the joy of Succos and Simchas Torah. The two themes of Succos are joy and unity. The unity of Succos is complex. Without all four species one cannot make a bracha - each unique person is needed to make a Jewish nation. Easy to follow with some intermediate concepts. 21.32 min.
A Cloud Of Awe And JoyA brief review of the concept of unity draws a comparison between the journey of the Jews prior to Matan Torah (the Giving of the Torah) and being in the sukkah. The class then shifts focus to joy. Rambam's laws of Succos state that serving Hashem with joy is an "avoda gadola" (a great service). To spend our lives serving Hashem in face of tremendous difficulty requires joy. Joy is an energy we create with humility and trust. Joy is motivating but it must be accompanied by personal growth and struggle which is represented by the lulav. 33.52 min.
Draw Close To The King, Pause And AbsorbA powerful class brings the Machon Chana Tishrei series to a close. Succos is connected to Shemini Atzeres. The theme of lulav is the beginning of the process of internalizing Tishrei. To be motivated by an inspirational Jewish environment is good but not enough. It is necessary to personalize the experience of being with Hashem in His Palace during Tishrei. Which is why, according to Kabbala, it is important to bless the lulav in the sukkah in order to bring the makif (surrounding) "vapor of the cloud" from all directions into our hearts. Then at Shemini Atzeres, we pause, do nothing, and make it real. Don't miss the wonderful stories of the Rebbe related to Sukkos and Shemini Atzeres. Easy to follow with some intermediate concepts. Note: "velt" means world in Yiddish. 36.22 min.


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