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Four Causes for a Destructive Life

I Am an Animal; I Am Worthless; I Am Superior; I Lose It

52 min

Class Summary:

A Journey Through the Four Talmudic Categories of Damagers and Their Psychological Application.

The Torah is not only the history and development of early Judaism; not only an ethical and moral code; not only the philosophy of Monotheism; but also contains hundreds of cases of criminal, civil, and corporate law. One of the six orders of Talmud -- the order of Nezikin, Damages -- is entirely devoted to the Jewish judicial system and all of its intricate details. It analyzes and dissects hundreds of practical, as well as theoretical cases, and was organized later into one of the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law.

This class will analyze these “Four Fathers of Damage” psychologically and spiritually, and show how they are the “fathers” and roots of all spiritual stagnation, emotional paralysis, and self-destructive behavior.

The class concludes with the Torah approach of how to deal with these four challenges.

Nezikin begins by listing four “fathers” of possible methods of damage: Ox, Pit, Human and Fire. These are four prototypes of damagers that include multitudes of “children,” the legal “offspring”, as it were, of these “fathers." 

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    Simon -11 years ago

    Dear Rabbi Jacobson

    I was zoche to hear you recently where you uplifted us all and continue to be inspired by your wonderful way of expressing the Torah hakedosho.

    Yesharkoach on this wonderful Shiur...many lessons, some learnt now, and some will grow over time.

    G-d bless you


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    Gourmet -12 years ago

    The difference between good and bad wine is obvious: bad wine turns into vinegar for few years; as for high quality wine,- the longer it stays the better it becomes.

    The fact that for three years classes at this site not only didn’t lose its taste but became even stronger with better GESHMAK tilts naming Special Selection in its favor…


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    אחראי -13 years ago

    ליוסף יצחק בקשי
    תרשום בבקשה האי מייאל שלך ואנחנו נשלח לך

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    יוסף יצחק בקשי -13 years ago

    שפה שונה
    אשמח לדעת היכן אוכל להשיג שיעורים של הרב בעברית גם שמע וידאו והרצאות כתובות וגם באופן קבוע על פרשת שבוע

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    Yochanan -13 years ago

    It just dawned upon me a nuance between Nussach Sefard, Ashkenaz and Ari which possibly has something to do with this vort of Reb Yonasan Eibeschutz why the Mishna left out the word Hen by Arboh Avos Nezikin.

    In the Beraisa of Rebbi Yishmael we say, " B'shlosh Esrei Middis Hatorah nidreshes" however in the other Nuschaos they write the word Ba'hen. Would you say the Alter Rebbe left it out for a kavannah other then grammatical correctness?

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Class Parshas Mishpatim

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • February 19, 2012
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  • 26 Sh'vat 5772
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Dedicated Yigal Niasoff and family in the loving memory of Reb Yehoshua ben Yosef LevyFor the Yahrtzeit, 21 Shevat.
Dedicated by David and Eda Schottenstein In the loving memory of Alta Shula Swerdlov; and in honor of Yetta Alta Shula, "Aliyah," Schottenstein.

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