Informal talks on various topics classes

This section has random discussions on relevant topics.


Shmues # 12 One lives when he learns to pause in life.
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ופנה לסובב take a look around. An excerpt from a Siddur class about the powerful energy and the gentle precision needed to get through life. And that the bridge between them is the ability to pause and hesitate.
Shmues # 11 Action.
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A religion of ritual. [A class on a Ma'amar that has a broader ramification] The class involved a Mashal amd a Nimshal. The Mashal: The idea that Yiddishkiet is (called) a religion of ritual. hat bothers people about that and why is it right? The Nimshal: Although creation is based on divine concealment, but there is an aspect of revelation in the finished and end product which we call שטח. התחלקות והתכללות.
Shmues # 10 Mikra and Kabalah
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Mikra and Kabbalah (a thought). Why the TaNaCh doesn't get the attention it deserves, and how this is different it Pnimiyus HaTorah.
Shmues # 9 Holiness
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Holiness What makes something holy and something else is not holy? Purity and Holiness.
Shmues # 8 Vegetarianism
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Vegetarianism A thought on the Jewish perspective to this very modern question. The world keeps changing (what it considers important) Torah doesn't change at all.
Shmues # 7 the Tanya's secret.
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Tanya, a holy book written by a holy man that embraces the Yezter Hara. This class given at Beth Rivkah Seminary on 24 teves 5775, In this class it is underscores that the Tanya is a most encouraging (rather than discouraging) book, as it accepts the struggle of the ordinary person. Ideally it empowers one to 'never sin again', but one who cannot, learns from the Tanya never to give up!
Shmues # 6 A thought on the reasons for Mitzvos.
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Class. 1) To improve character, 2) to elevate one's thoughts and values, 3) Leshaim Yichud (Kabbalah).
Shmues # 5 A Jewish Beard.
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This class is a discussion of beards including halacha, brachas brought by a beard, the mystical interpretation of the prohibition against shaving, and stories of how communities and individuals have dealt with wearing a Jewish beard in the "modern" world.
Kashrus
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In the first class of our new Kashrus series, Rabbi Paltiel addresses the question, "Why do we eat kosher food?". He draws on Rashi, Sforno, Rasag, and Rambam and clearly lays out the stark contrasts between these great commentators. This class is packed with information and presents a substantial taste of the original language from these sources. A truly motivational class both in terms of the avoda of kashrus as well as the avoda of Torah study. We will prepare study guides with all the texts to go along with this series - with Hashem's help. Great listening for the long hours of cleaning, kashering and kosher cooking ahead!
Shmues # 3.
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The Chassidus of Learning Torah The 2nd shiur in a 2-part series on the Chassidus of Tefillah (Prayer) and Learning Torah Each shiur is self-standing
Shmues #2 -
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Fruits of Yeshiva Study
Shmues #1.
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what does Avodah mean?

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