Informal talks on various topics classes

This section has random discussions on relevant topics.


Chitas and Rambam a Pitch to learn them
Some history



what does Avodah mean?



Fruits of Yeshiva Study



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



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!



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.



Class. 1) To improve character, 2) to elevate one's thoughts and values, 3) Leshaim Yichud (Kabbalah).



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 underscored 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!



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.



Holiness What makes something holy and something else is not holy? Purity and Holiness.



Mikra and Kabbalah (a thought). Why the TaNaCh doesn't get the attention it deserves, and how this is different in Pnimiyus HaTorah.



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. What 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.



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.



The Current Situation (Class One)
We don't inderstand the ways of Hashem
When not sure say positive and not negative; only actual Neviim are "forced" to rebuke, the rest of can "afford" to be positive and "not judge"
The RaMbaM says that if we don't see tragedy as message it is מדרך האכזריות- a gigantic insensitivity, so there's a message for growth; but let's criticize only ourselves.
Suggestion: good actions with the people who are (both) easiest and hardest to be kind to: those closest to us את העני עמך.



The Current Situation (and 28 Nissan) (Class Two)
1) The need to compete with ourselves to get up in the morning have a real working day and going to sleep on time, IOW to be Mentchen. This is Messianic because after Moshiach comes there will also be a situation of no jealousy and competition.
2) Hashem spared the children this time (thankfully) it is reminiscent of וטפחם אשר אמרתם לבז יהי' המה חבואו שמה והם אתננה והם ירושה Hashrm is announcing "I trust the young. We are all young כי נער ישראל ואוהבו.
3) Alter Rebbe to granddaughter about trust.
4) בדד of our Parsha Moshiach, our בדידות may mean that we are all the חיוורי דבי' רבי who is חסיד גמור וסובל תחלואים and once we heal the skin deep ill, the בדד is over and than is Moshiach.
5) איכה ישבה בדד and הוי' בדד ינחנו ואין עמו א-ל ניכר.
6) 28 Nissan in short.



(The Current Situation and) 28 Nissan (Class Three)
1) The need to compete with ourselves to get up in the morning have a real working day and going to sleep on time,
2) Hashem spared the children this time (thankfully) .
3) בדד of our Parsha Moshiach, our בדידות may mean that we are all the חיוורי דבי' רבי who is חסיד גמור וסובל תחלואים and once we heal the skin deep ill, the בדד is over and than is Moshiach.
4) איכה ישבה בדד and הוי' בדד ינחנו ואין עמו א-ל ניכר.
5) 28 Nissan, the Rebbe didn't give up he just made sure we got the point.
Muiracles and miracles and this bomb-shell, the message: WE must bring Moshiach
It begins with understanding him and WANTING him.
A world where we all do the will of G-d.



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