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Why We Love Life Above All Else

What Happens When We Die?

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This class was presented on Tuesday Parshas Shlach, 22 Sivan, 5779, June 25, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Reb Aharon -5 years ago

    Shiur summary

    Likutei Torah B’shalach   “M’koshash aitzim…” “The ‘gatherer’ of wood”

    T J 25 ‘19


    “V’hiyu B’nai Yisrael b’midbar u’yatzah ish m’koshsash aitzim”

    Aitz chaim   and   aitz hadaas   - Adam was comparing them

    “M’koshash” - Fr the word hekesh – “to compare”

    Kiddushin 9:  about marrying with a shtar.  A hekesh – ex. one pasuk talks about marriage and marital relations thru a shtar.

    Yoma 9:  kiddushin – more shechina than normal

    Brochos 5:  “v’asafatah d’ganecha” – you’ll gather your crops.  When B’nei Yisrael don’t do the will of Hashem - but this is part of shema, where it says to love Hashem w/all one’s heart, soul and might?               

    “V’amdu zarim v’rah’u” – when Yidden do the will of Hashem                                        “M’odecha” – in first paragraph of shema, not the second

    “Palchanah r’chi’m’nusah” – “avodah of love”                                                                                   w/a beis = avodah with love      with a dalet = avodah of love

    desire of, love of life = Hashem

    Dovid & Yonasan “when the seat is absent you’re remembered”  ??

    Communist authority knocks on the door.  Does Itmar Dostoyevsky (some obviously Jewish name) live here?  No, he doesn’t.  What is your name?  Itmar Dostoyevsky.  I thought you said he doesn’t live here?  You call this living?

    Addiction – recovery not easy.  One is diagnosed w/a terminal illness and the addiction sometimes goes away.  Love of life takes over.

    Ask people:  “what do you want most?”  Most will say “I want to live”.  Yet how much time during the day do we think re: the value of life?  Appreciation, gratitude, awareness of life. 


    Russians – no supplies – man to man – Jew:  “show me my man”  ??

    “You are given life and you are given death, choose life”  -                                                             Arabs kill, Germans killed, etc     Difficult for a Yid to kill. 

    “Ki hu hayecha”  -   "Because He is our life"

    A Rabbi, a priest & a minister – what they’d like to hear at their funeral                                                Priest  - He was a real friend                                                                                              Minister – He was a true servant of the Lord                                                                        Rabbi – I think he’s moving

    POW’s, people in the Gulag – people will do anything to live

    Life doesn’t die.  Plug in the fridge, wire draws electricity, energy is never seen, see only the effects, pull out the plug and the electricity retreats/reverts back to its source

    R Tzaddok HaKohen – new shirt today makes a great transformation – really?!?!

    Pidyon HaBen:  Cohen asks “do you want the child or pay $ to the Cohen”?  Is it a question?   Of course one wants the little cute  The Cohen is talking about in a few years when the child is a little bit more to handle.

    Day to day life – got to work to make a living – can’t be w/children or have so much of your own life sometimes.

              Aharon’s:  Cat in the Cradle by Harry Chapin is a moving song that I grew up with about the bittersweet relationship of a busy father and a son as he grows older and becomes independent.  If you listen to it you may cry.

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  • Anonymous -5 years ago


    source sheets?


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