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The Diplomat and the Digger

Does Our Need for Public Relations Compromise Our Inner Core?

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The Diplomat and the Digger- Does Our Need for Public Relations Compromise Our Inner Core?

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    Dovid Benveniste,Tsfat -12 years ago

    I can dig it ,
    he can dig it,she can dig it,you can dig it ,we can dig it.

    ..So let's dig it,baby!

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  • KT

    Kayo, Tokyo -13 years ago

    Baruch HaShem

    What a beautiful compliment the Mentor of Rabbi Yehuda Meir Shapiro gave. I realize I need serious introspection about my relationship with Creator.
    I like the subtitle of this shiur too.

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    Elazar -14 years ago

    to correction - story

    The story as it is explained in R. Twerski's book I believe gives the peirush you suggest, but I am working from memory.

    also, I am not sure why you need to shy away from making a correction by giving R. Jacobson you or or your son's approbation. Why would you think he would take your comment as a personal attack?

    take care,

    elazar bloom

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    Shmueli -14 years ago

    Neria- Turn on the light
    The Rabbi apparently left a seed of light in footnote #5, in the form of this book:
    A Spiritual Guide To Counting The Omer
    49 Steps to Personal Refinement According to the Jewish Tradition
    by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

    "This book is a guide to personal refinement. It is designed to take the reader on a forty-nine step journey through the human personality, refining and perfecting areas of the emotions as the journey progresses. Each day of sefirah has in it a specific area for growth and exercises for positive change. We invite you to use this book as a workbook, reading it, following the exercises, creating exercises that are relevant for you, and recording in it positive changes you've made in your life.

    This handy guide includes a focused thought which illuminates the particular emotion of the day, and an exercise which applies the lesson to our daily lives."

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    chaim -14 years ago

    early in Midrash Tadshe it compares 10's
    and the ten brochas to Adam to.. to..the 10 makkos to the 10 dibros
    ...several pages later the 10 mamaros are connected to the 10 dibros in
    another section...and I think (I did not bring it and it has been a
    distracting morning) it also said that in although not in the kisvay yad
    edition there was a mention of 10 sefiros..this later section was on the
    gifts of the nesiim to the Mishkan....so in essence this could be considered
    an earlier reference than the one (was it the Rema from Fano) in Yalkut
    Reuveni... much earlier...I think I also have Midrash Tadshe on my
    CD-rom...Only once in a while am I on...

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    neria -14 years ago

    looking for the light
    Thanks for an incredible essay - I found it extremely intense to read but profoundly illuminating. Unfortunately I found aspects of myself in every one of the ten. I therefore sincerely hope that you will, like any good healer, describe the cure in a future essay - with as much intensity and accuracy as you did the illness. Or is it easier to describe the darkness than it is the light?

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    david -14 years ago

    I know you meant well by quoting the story by Rabbeinu Nachman of Breslov, zt"l. However, I feel compelled to mention that I never heard this version in which the man is afraid of being beaten by his wife. The way I heard it was that he was afraid of his business partners.

    Also, the moral you (or Rabbi Twerski) draw from the story does not shtim in several ways -- most importantly, that in the parable the merchant is actually using the device of getting the thief to shoot holes in his hat as a ploy in order to overcome him. He didn't just wind up "learning his lesson" after having suffered various avoidable reversals in life.

    I'm not sure what the true nimshal is. But a likely possibility is that it allud to Rabbeinu Nachman's characteristic strategy of relying upon emunah p'shutah in response to thoughts or arguments of kefirah. As he once remarked: "Mit ein shveig Ich fahrentfer alleh kashehs" (Chayei Moharan someplace).

    also seems to be consistent with the discusion of silence as the tikkun of the chalal hapanui in Likkutei Moharan I, 54 (Bo El Paroh), in the discusion toward the end about the Gemorah's account of the death of Rabbi Akiva and the concept of "Sh'tok -- kach alah b'machshava."

    Please don't take this as a criticism. I agree with my son Yonah that you are a highly gifted communicator and talmid chochom, and a credit to Chabad and gantz Klal Yisrael.

    Keep up the good work!

    Dovid Sears

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    Meira -14 years ago

    open mindedness
    are you sure intellectualism has a trait that can be called “open minded”?

    I know it as one of definitions of defense mechanism when there is separation mind from emotions; person acknowledges the fact of a painful event but completely ignores his emotion involvement. Can we identify a person who talks about tragedy in his life with no emotional expression as an open-minded? He cannot be sincere because he is deprived from himself.

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    Avi -14 years ago

    Idiot should not be Rabbis
    What a stupid story.
    Is this the moral of our fathers? Not mine.
    The spineless Jew took advantage of the remained goodness in the thief, if the robber was completely evil as the “Rabbi” claims the jew would not have been successful if the Robber had not had left some decency and tried to help.
    you know who did not have any good? Nazis. and they got allthe Jews, who were busy bending the truth in the tora to their convenience. .

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  • ESE

    Esther Sarah Evans -14 years ago

    ב"ה b"H inyan: inside story of the plagues

    Thanks. Very helpful Perushim.

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    Len (Ari Hirim) Smith -14 years ago

    Thank you
    Right on target.

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    chaya -14 years ago

    so relevant
    wow this message is applicable on so many levels

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  • C

    chash -14 years ago

    we love you YY!

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  • A

    anonymous -14 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration shiur,
    we all hope to be able to dig our own wells and be able to pass on to next generations

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  • YK

    yosef Kutner -14 years ago

    I was disappointed that the "Tale of Two Souls" ended a t Volume 6. However this shiur more than makes up for that. Thanks for all

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    Geoffrey Gewurz -14 years ago

    This Shiur within the year will be the most widely attended on the web Yishar Coach

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  • D

    David -14 years ago

    Thank You
    Thank you for this shiur. I'm still digging. Thanks.

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  • S

    sharona -14 years ago

    thanks for being the inspiration of my week and for giving in your lectures koach to handle lifes tasks in a inner jewish way

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  • P

    pinchus -14 years ago

    how great how inspiring

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    Batya -14 years ago

    Candy for the brain and soul
    Brilliant as usual. I enjoy the buildup of your lecture and how you slowly start with the text on an intellectual level and than gradually make it relevant to us on a psychological and spiritual plane.
    Thank You.

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

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