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Resolving the Struggle of Identity

The Spiritual & Psychological Laws of the Earthen Vessels: Why No Jew Can Ever Become Impure

1 hr 17 min

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This Women's class was presented on Tuesday, 25 Nissan, 5778, April 10, 2018, at Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY


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  • Anonymous -6 years ago

    We really enjoyed listening to your shiur.  Thank you.

    I have a general question based loosely on what you said in minute :24 which sparked an interesting conversation in our home.

    You mentioned that a person should deduce deeper meanings beyond the standard pshat.

    I would like to know if that means that I can personally develop an understanding that sounds good to me even though I don't possess a wealth of Torah knowledge, or do I need to find sources to back up what I want to say?

    And similarly, when I hear a deeper understanding from a Rabbi, can he be wrong?  Maybe he is also lacking certain ideas that will lead to a misunderstanding of the deeper levels?  And does the Rebbe develop the deeper understandings on his own through his vast knowledge or is it generally information that has been transmitted from those that came before him?


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  • Anonymous -6 years ago

    A few comments.
    You spoke of "klei cheres" but recall that fine china is also klei cheres, not just old fashioned pottery. 
    Correct when you started to say the Rambam provided a "systemization" of halacha. Also "ordered codification". 
    You repeated the use of the word "cavity". A cavity is more of a hole, like in a tooth. The concept I think is more "concave" or "concavity" as in a surface curved to contain. A plate with the least curved sides is concave. Another example of a flat surface is a cutting board upon which one can pile stuff but it doesnt contain like a doormat. 
    A pipe receives but doesn't contain, rather gives out at other end. A pipe is, topographically, a flat surface joined together to form a pipe. Not closed up like a concave item which contains and holds.
    A pipe must first receive before giving out.
    The key is not to just receive and contain. That's a tzaddik in peltz, a Talmud chocham who learns for himself. The higher level is to receive and then give. To transmit. To "learn in order to teach and do". 
    Each generation of parents and teachers receives from the prior and transmits to the next. Like, lehavdil, the baton relay race in the Olympics, or better yet, the running with the torch from wherever to the site. The torch is our Torah and tradition. We receive the torch  run and pass it on. While running we don't trip a fellow runner (Mitzvos bain Adam lechavero). Ultimately when Moshiach comes there will be a generation bearing the torch who will recognize and welcome Him. Among other things, our job is to faithfully carry that torch and transmit so He won't come to no one.

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    S.R. -6 years ago

    I was in the class listening, processing what I understood to be the main message: That if one is filled with ego, or gaavah, then one eases Hashem out. One prevents oneself from being a conduit for fulfilling Ratzon Hashem. I need help and advice.

    If this goes straight to Rabbi Jacobson, then please respond.  I will then "put my cards on the table".  I am in a very complicated and unusual situation. S.R.

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Women's Shmini Class

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • April 10, 2018
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  • 25 Nisan 5778
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Dedicated in honor of Rachel bas Masha, for abundant blessings, and especially for happy and inspired children and grandchildren. And in loving memory of Ezra ben Arthur, Masha bas Shlomo, and Stacey (Rivkah) bas Ezra

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