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You Can’t Love G-d If You Hate Your (True) Self

The Journey to Oneness Travels Through Diversity

1 hr 10 min

Class Summary:

This text-based class was presented by Rabbi YY Jacobson on Monday, Parshas Vaera, 27 Tevet, 5781, January 11, 2021, live from Rabbi Jacobson's home in Monsey, NY.

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    Ben -3 years ago

    I understand the importance of loving yourself, "but dont get stuck there." To be able to love myself vs hate myself is my lifes work, my daily struggle. is this just feeding my ego since the chances of "not getting stuck" is out of my reach. .

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    So there is Hashem and then there is each of us

    Hashem has many attributes, middos, capabilities, etc. He also has many names.  Each name channels a different attribute or midda or capability. 

    But we are each one person,  albeit we, too can have ahava, yirah and other middos. 

    Let's say it's you and I. You are my brother in law. You are my neighbor. You are my creditor. You are my mashpia. Etc.  Each relationship between the 2 of us has differentiated aspects.

    I.e. we are 2 entities with several different relationships. 

    What is the practical difference whether we are relating via one channel or  another?

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  • Anonymous -3 years ago

    moshe rabenu greatest person experiences teh greates bitul and anivus

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    To have ahava of Hashem we must have some yeshes

    But...we see that the yidden in Mitzrayim were completely broken,  slaves,  with no hope of getting out,, of a free life,, let alone loving Hashem.

    Yet they were takke freed, taken out, and brought to Har Sinai where they willingly accepted (and loved) Hashem. 

    But they couldn't do it on their own. It took Hashem's initiative, Moshe as leader and the makkos to accomplish all this . 

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    Sarah Goldberg -3 years ago

    So we see a person who's bittul, humble.

    He may be bittul in either of  2 ways.  Maybe he was a yeshes, a somebody with self esteem who realized it's better to be bittul or humble. 

    The other type of bittul person is one who is a shmatta, who lacks self esteem. 

    Some bts hit bottom and then become frum out of desperation.  Other bts hit top (perceived as top) and realize that they are a somebody,  they have accomplished,  but the so called top is lacking and then become frum. 

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Chassidus: Torah Ohr Va'era Vayidaber #3

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • January 11, 2021
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Dedicated by Steven Berke in memory of Avram Reuvain ben Eliyahu.

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