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Beginnings Part 13 - A Time to Sow and a Time to Reap

Rabbi Yaacov Haber exposes the process of the history of the Jewish People from Yaakov Avinu, through Yosef then Mordechai, then Shaul as the sequence (without proposing a time-frame) for the transition of Mashiach Ben Yosef to Mashiach Ben Dovid. The Torah has revealed the planting of the seeds of Redemption, the decaying of the seeds in the Earth and the sprouting of Mashiach. This amazing process has been set before our eyes.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 44 megabytes | 01:04:13

Beginnings Part 12 - Yosef looked like Yaakov; Yaakov looked like Adam HaRishon

Rabbi Haber shows us that when the Torah tells us in the sentence “These are the generations of Yaakov” in Parashat Vayeshev it means this is the story of “Yosef.” And this story is not only the reason that we became slaves in Mitzrayim, but also it is the reason for the destruction of the 2nd Temple, and is the reason for our ultimate redemption. Yaakov saw in Rachel that he would have a child that would insure the future of the Jewish People. Yosef was “the plan!” Yosef was the image of Yaakov. The story of the life of Yaakov was the same story as the life of Yosef. Yaakov and Yosef were both hated and hunted by his sibling. There are 25 commonalities between the life of Yaakov and Yosef. The jealousy of the sibilings of Yaakov and Yosef was due to the greatness of Yaakov and Yosef.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 45.8 megabytes | 01:05:18

Beginnings Part 11 - Say You Are My Sister

Rabbi Haber eloquently describes how Ham & Grar tried to retrieve the bracha that they lost and rectify the sin committed by their ancestor, Ham with his father, Noah, by attempting to capture Sarah, Rivka and Dina and thereby incorporating their zechut (merit) into themselves. The struggle between the Universalism in the view of Avraham, Yosef & Dovid versus the constriction into the singularity of the Jewish Destiny perceived by the visions of the Jewish Mothers through preserving the family of Yitzchak & Yaakov, is an eternal struggle. The success of Universalism was thwarted and distilled into the singular Divine purpose that Hashem has for the Jewish People by the strength of our Imahos (particularly our mothers, Sarah & Rivkah) who stood for the solidification and reinforcement of our “Family” rather than for kiruv of (outreach to) other nations.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 45.9 megabytes | 01:06:57

Beginnings Part 10 - Yitzchak: The Purpose of Klal Yisrael

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, uncovers how Yitzchak Avinu, is the tzimtzum (constriction/reduction) of the energies of Avraham Avinu in order to focus on the singular-ism necessary for the Jewish People to effect the tikkun (correction) of the sins of Adam HaRishon and Cain and the land! While Avraham Avinu was like the king of the world wherever he went, Yitzchak Avinu, who is the man of few words and whose silence is remarkable, had the same impact that Avraham had on steering the world toward its perfection through refining the Purpose of the Jewish People.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 48 megabytes | 01:10:01

Beginnings Part 9 - Yishmael & Yitzchak: The Missing Blessing

Rabbi Haber teaches how there is an amazing parallelism between the story of Yishmael and the story of Yitzchak. In this shiur, the Rav exposes the difficulties that Avraham, Sarah and Haggar had in the struggle to determine the destiny of the world. The universalism of Yishmael (and Avraham) vs. the constricted approach of Yitzchak (and Sarah) to Hashem’s plan for the world is the background to the whole problem of the “Missing Blessing.” Hashem makes it clear, says the Rav, that there is “No Two State Solution” and that the yerusha of the Jewish People (the centerpiece of creation) must go through Yitzchak. Hashem told Avraham to “Listen to your wife!” Sarah‘s vision was the correct one of completing the mission of correcting the chet of Adam HaRishon by starting with the “family” (the place where the tikun really must occur) rather than Avraham’s universal approach of trying to m’karev the whole world to the belief in Hashem. But, nevertheless, Yishmael will make G-d “known” to the world. However, Avraham was so confused about upon whom to confer the yerusha to which he was entrusted (that would fix Adam’s sin for the purpose of getting the whole world to believe in Hashem) that he never blessed either Yishmael or Yitzchak. The universalism approach of Mashiach ben Yosef vs the building of the eternal Beis HaMikdash (focusing on the family) of Mashiach ben Dovid is how the Rav sums up this story.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 49.3 megabytes | 01:11:48

Beginnings Part 8 - Avraham, His Wives & All Their Children

Rabbi Haber discusses the lives of Avraham, his wives, children and their family dynamics. The Jewish people are the “tweak” of the world. That is, we are the people who must adjust and fix the nature of human exigencies on creation to align it with Hashem’s plan. Avraham is universal, many nations lay claim to Avraham. Yitzchak was narrower, and Yaakov was narrower. The 12 tribes were narrower still than the Avos. The Jewish people of today are the result of all that tweaking. The point of the Jewish people’s function in Hashem’s plan is not that we should bring people to believe in G-D, (which is a good thing), but that we should make the world into a home (a resting place) for G-D’s presence. Yishmael is not the evil person that we usually think he is, he was actually a tzadik who was not only a good person, but he got along with his brother, Yitzchak, they were friends. The Rav further focuses on the dynamics of the relationship of Avraham Avinu with Sarah Imeinu and Hagar.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 47.5 megabytes | 01:09:12

Beginnings Part 6

Rabbi Haber shlita compares the story of Lot and the Melachem that came to save him in Sedom to the story of the Redemption of Am Yisrael from Mitzraim at Pesach.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 44.9 megabytes | 01:05:23

Beginnings Part 5

A deeper look at the development of the family of man.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 43.8 megabytes | 01:03:50

Beginnings Part 4

A deeper look at the development of the family of man
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 46.9 megabytes | 01:08:22

Beginnings Part 3

A deeper look at the development of the family of man.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 42.2 megabytes | 01:01:33

Beginnings Part 2

A deeper look at the development of the family of man.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 43.8 megabytes | 01:03:52

Beginnings Part 1

A deeper look at the development of the family of man.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 45.7 megabytes | 01:06:37

Beginnings Part 7 - Lavan vs Klal Yisrael

Rabbi Haber, Shlita, propounds the intrigue that the Torah reveals concerning the shidduch (marriage match) between Yaakov and Leah & Rachel. Who IS Lavan and why does he play such a prominent part in the genealogy of the Jewish People. According to Chazal (our sages) he is a rasha (evil). Hashem planned the destiny of Avraham’s family and Nachor’s (Avraham’s brother) family. Rabbi Haber examines the story of Eliezer, the servant of Avraham who finds Rivkah as a wife for Rivkah. And he compares this story of the story of Yaakov who finds (at the direction of his father Yitzchak) his wife from the same family as his father’s wife, Rivkah.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 51.1 megabytes | 01:14:31