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Who Was King David? A Spiritual Poet, Or a Fearless Warrior?

The Traitors of The Jewish People

1 hr 27 min

The Great Synagogue of Shklov (Belarus) Built in 1790, 17 years before this discourse was presented by the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in Shklov, 1807.

Class Summary:

This class was presented on Thursday Parshas Behar, 18 Iyar, 5779, May 23, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Reb Aharon -5 years ago

    Rough Summary of Shir

    Th M 23 ’19                        I missed first 25 minutes of the shir.


    Yitzhak smelled the “begadim” of Yaakov   ie the bogdim – traitor aspect


    Koach of tschuva – return to your own self

    L’mahla min hadaas


    Medrash re:  a traitor to the Romans    Gave a tour of Beis Hamikdash   

    I made my G-d angry once and you want me to make him angry again?

    Yehokum ?


    Ponevezer Rav:  R Kahaneman:  went into the Bais HaMikdash

                Min b’mino chozer …


    Franz Rosenzweig, German intellectual & scholar early 1900’s

    Cousin said try one Jewish experience before going away fr Yiddishkeit, Belzer shtibel by kol nidrei – was very moved


    Chidushi HaRim, Toldos:  Rivka knew Yaakov was good

                Externally looked like Esav, Rivka needed Yaakov to be dressed up like Esav



    Elaborate vs nucleus


    “M’tal hashemayim” – chumash

    “Rav Dagim” – Mishnah, Gemora ?


    Yesod of Baal Shem Tov –a yid is a yid no matter how far



    Dovid HaMelech:  diff in

    Tanach – mighty, warrior  vs       Tehillim – pious, emotional, almost meek


    Shmuel 1:21   (Tehillim?)      “Lo gava libi v’diimasi”   “I was humble in my heart …”


    Makif d’makif:  hi’est that comes into the lowest of malchus


    Food – eat and it’s gone – penimius – assimilated – becomes me

    Clothes – wear all day – needs to fit – makif that’s tailored to one’s body

    House –have all the time yet furthest away fr body – always in their home –

    makif haartik – removed fr body – beyond daas

                deeper “I” but hard to access


    Malchus – lowest of 10 sefiros yet fr hi’est place

    Power together w/powerlessness        in  the deepest fashion

    Melech – keeps head down during daveni ng

                What gives him power?  Nothing!  If he sees self as conduit that’s good. 

                Compared to moon, reflects the sun, no gaiva, selfless


    Purchase a slave – master


    Horyos 10:  R Gamliel appointed two sages               leadership vs. slavery  

                What’s the omek?!


    Mystery of Rebbes – didn’t want leadership

                Story - P 422 R Zevin


    President/CEO/General etc – big change fr 1 day to next after inauguration – focuses/sharpens/all his aspects become more acute – gains a tremendous stature

    Malchus – revealed in makif ‘makif – essence is brought out – rooted in kesser


    (Garbage man could even be gaivadik

    Stories of Rebbes running fr kavod)


    Pig wallows in the mud & dung


    “My should should be like sand to everyone” – fr davening

                Ie unaffected by others,  no ego                        EGO – “easing G-d out”


    Lag B’Omer:  Zohar Ki Sissa:  3x/year go see face of master ie HaShem

     Who’s the face of HaShem?  Rashbi!  He wrote about himself! – self was conduit of infinity so he could write about himself – a channel for holiness


    Worship – Jews don’t worship people


    Kiduishis Levi Shoftim:  mutar to bow t a tzaddik


    Yerucham Becurim (sic):  HaShem in holy chamber  Who was it?  R Yitzhak ben R Elazar  - he has 100% bitul

    Lub Rebbe:   story of man wagging his finger at the Rebbe


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    Reb Aharon -5 years ago

    A Rebbe

    By no stretch of the imagination could Rabbi Enzil of Staria be termed a sympathizer of Chassidism.  One he tossed the following gibe in the direction of Reb Yehuda Zvi of Rozla.  “It seems to me that to be a Chassidic rebbe is just a desire like all other desires …”

    The chasidic rebbe was quick with his retort:  “You are right – except that one cannot fulfill this desire before one has learned to master all one’s other desires.”

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