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Why Some Jews Need to Learn All Day, While Others Only a Few Minutes

How Many Parables Do You Need to Discover Your Truth?

49 min

Class Summary:

This class was presented on Wednesday Parshas Tetzaveh, 8 Adar, 5780, March 4, 2020, at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Rochella -4 years ago

    This morning I was thinking that people need to get rid of those automatic reactions from childhood, like guilt.

    We need to go to the core, the root of them.

    Otherwise the moment guilt comes in, we withdraw and run to protect ourselves like we did as kids. We become hostage to them and live a life of desperation and cut off from ever experiencing Elokus. Never tasting real freedom.

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    Could Rebbe clarify the machlokes between the tzemech Tzedek and the Baal Hatanya regarding a person who learns perek echad etc. - Is there an implication that there is a neshama that was designed not to reach as high of a level as a diffrent neshma?

    I thought possibly that the Baal Hatanya is saying that all he needs is this simple mashal to attain what his shoresh neshama needs based on gilgulim that he already attained the other mashalim in  a different lifetime.

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    Reb Aharon -4 years ago

    My weekly Front Page magazine article for you to enjoy

    Chiropractic – May We All Be Well

    I was in the mikva the other day.  I said to the (Yiddish speaking) young men, “I’m a bit of an am haaretz.  I heard that all the good information is passed around in the mikva and I don’t understand Yiddish.  Could you tell me what I heard in the news about some Pomona virus?”  They got the joke.

    A lot of talk about the corona virus.  I heard that people have even cut way back on their purchase of Corona beer from Mexico.  I guess the fear, hysteria and illogical responses have spread pretty far. 

    My professional advice is get adjusted to boost your immune system (also see all the other advice below).  Chiropractors in 1919 during the flu pandemic were called “the flu doctors” because people that went to them had significantly lower rates of infections and deaths from the flu.  Call me if you want the government statistics from that time that show this.

    I saw the following written by someone I don’t know.  I thought it would be interesting to share his views which are perhaps radical and perhaps carry some degree of truth.

    The following is a long quote:

    “This short note is just a little head's up to the government and medical establishment:  I'm that guy on the top.  If I catch coronavirus, I'm not going to be participating in your little reindeer games. I won't be calling a doctor ... I won't be going to your hospital. I won't be taking your pills, getting your shots, your antibiotics, your pain pills, your flu shots, your steroids or anything else.  I'm not interested in your immune-suppressing poisons, thanks.

    I'm sorry that you're like an ostrich and have your heads implanted in the sand so deeply that you'd never even consider helping people build their immune systems with sunshine, colloidal silver, turmeric, mushrooms, oregano oil, garlic, ginger, broccoli sprouts, fasting, saunas, intravenous vitamin C, selenium, etc.  I'm sorry that your only pitiful advice for people is to wash their hands and to wear masks.

    I wish you'd pull your heads out, but you just don't seem to be able to. I have no idea why you insist on letting people die without giving them every available resource. And there might be less panic out there if you actually taught people how to help themselves and build up their immune systems.

    The journal papers are out there by the hundreds citing all kinds of natural substances that kill viruses and infections that don't involve toxic, resistance-forming prescriptions.  And I'm sure you won't use patients' fever to their advantage - I'm sure you'll obsessively try to lower it with Tylenol, which will just suppress their own natural defenses even more. So at this point I honestly don't know if you just have an extreme, collective mental disability or if you're just a tool of satan.

    And honestly I'm not really scared, but if I do die, it'll be on my own terms, on the beach somewhere, in G-d's arms.  It won't be in your bacteria-infected, MRSA-spreading, staph-ridden hospital under tons of artificial lights, eating your sloppy joes in a white bun, jello and cheap chocolate cake while being poked with needles and surrounded by hundreds of other sick people who, if they live, it will probably be despite you, not because of you.  Lord knows none of your crazy chemical concoctions help -- only a strong immune system can save us - so what's even the point of entering your building.”

    End of quotation.


    Chiropractors believe in hands-on chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery as a last resort.  You never know the possible positive health effects of a subluxation correction until you get an adjustment!  

    The nervous system is very important – it carries the life energy through the body and controls every tissue, gland, organ and system in the body.   It’s a good idea to keep it flowing freely with regular wellness adjustments.

    A person free of subluxations has a far better chance of living and expressing their life to their optimum potential than one who is subluxated,

    The chiropractor makes the adjustment and G-d does the healing.   

    Have your family’s spines checked for subluxations.  Consultations with Doctor Faiman and spinal examinations are always free.  118 Grandview Ave (corner Ashlawn), New Hempstead.  Any questions or comments email at [email protected]   Call 352-5215 for an appointment.

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      Moshe -4 years ago

      Excuse me Reb Aaron. 

      Who gave you permission to  come here to compete with  me? Hasogas gevul (improper competition). 

      Serially. Well said. The other day Rabbi YY gave a Chelm bridge and  hospital moshel for doing preventative measures for  chinuch instead of  post facto drastic interventions. Ditto obviously for the body.  

        But given that people's bodies are  often not up to the healthy level you cite, what to do now bideved (after the  fact)? Healthy preventative measures  take a  long time  to have effect. 

        Can I come today at 2 o/c? 

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        Reb Aharon -4 years ago

        Call  352-5215  to make a time

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    Reb Aharon -4 years ago


    Guilt is pain over a lost opportunity.  And when used in a positive way, ie. to perhaps do better in the future - of course in a true chasidisha way ie with simcha - is a good thing.  To get bogged down by the guilt, to get drawn down from the past is not.  I hope I'm saying ok.

    Good to laugh at oneself.  I said a brocha for something the other day, hardly had one bit of kavana.  I finished and realized that.  I said the brocha over again without using HaShem's name.  The second time i said it with good kavana!   Halachically correct?   I think it's okay cuz i didn't say HaShem's Name over.

    Another time I was saying the beginning of shemonei esrai and the same thing - done with 1st paragraph and managed to have practically zero kavana.  So I thought, I'll say it over again and began to do that.  As I began i realized that I was continuing w/o kavana!  It stirred me and I remembered vaguely in my mind a halacha that if one says a brocho w/o kavana they shouldn't repeat it.  What is the reason?  Cuz they will probably not have kavana the second time also!!! 

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    The chain of mosholim

    It starts with  chochmah ilah. Then there's a  quantum leap, to put it  mildly, to Moshel 1.0 in Torah. Then a link to nimshal 1, to moshel 2, etc etc. Its a chaining down all the way to  where we get it. 

    If you miss one link then the chain is  broken and you aren't connected. The link that gets to  you must be connected to  the top. If you have the last link, the last moshel and it's an unbroken chain, you're connected.  

    On the other hand, if you really try your best given your G-dly given intellect and your time available, then as the Tzemach Tzedek says, Hashem makes up the deficit.  And you're good.  

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    A great teacher tests each student individually and

    Grades accordingly. 

    There was a great teacher  in Chcago that gave each student a  different test based on  her estimation of the student's natural ability. And then graded each student and test accordingly.  Much more work for  the  teacher.  The opposite of  a computer graded standard test.

    I doubt if it's too much work for Him.

    A yovel ago in public school  each subject had two grades. One for the student's ability in the test. And a second for effort in  that subject.  It was possible to  get a VG for the subject and F for effort. (Before gpa). That meant the student was  smart but didn't try too hard. Conversely, it was possible to get a F in the subject but a VG for effort.  That student not as smart but tried hard. 

    Now, smarts is a gift. To say one is smart or tall is to brag about the gifts He gave you. More important is whether you maximized those gifts and lived up to potential.

    So the person who can't learn Torah too much or too deeply does well with Shema twice a  day, while the genius with time is "cut off" for squandering the gifts of  intelligence and of time to  learn.  

    We are judged by  efforts given our capabilities and wherewithal to learn. 

    Imagine a  parking sign that says: "If you are rushed for time you may park here, but if not, your car will be ticketed and  towed!" 

    Yet Hashem, who knows whether you're capable or  not tests  and grades and imposes consequences (not "punishments") relative to the person's given abilities and time. 

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Torah Or Purim Chayav Einish 5780 #5

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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Dedicated by Baruch Yosef Markoff, in the loving memory, merit and l'ilui nishmat, of his grandfather, Chaim ben Yoel A"H, who's 43rd yartzeit is on the 8th of Adar

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