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Turning on G-d’s light

Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Tradition vs. Creativity

Bereishis
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Perils of Sophistry

Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Our Name is Mud

On the sixth day, Hashem said, “Let us make Adam, in our likeness with our image.” Man was different than all of the other creatures. We were made in the image of G-d. After Man was created, G-d created animals out of the earth as well he brought them before Adam and he was given the task of naming them. He was in charge of all of the creatures and he was able to name them based on their innate talents. I was walking to shul the other day when I overheard two people talking. I couldn’t help but overhear one of them say to to the other: “Because, you know, you can’t lie to a horse”. That small piece of wisdom has been in my head for the past five days. You can’t lie to a horse. Who knew? Adam knew. The Torah tells us that Adam named every one of the creatures. He named them with a certain degree of prophecy, finding and defining the inner strengths. The horse is called a Sus because he has happiness. An ox makes a straight line - a shura. A donkey is naturally slow and lazy. After naming all of the animals that had emerged from the earth, Adam turned to naming himself. He chose the name Adam after the Adama. (Even in Latin Hemo means earth hence Homo sapiens.) This is astounding. Adam is a fine name, but all of the animals had come from the earth. He named each one according to their unique potential. Man is greater than any of the animals. He is almost a divine being. We have a breath of G-d within us. Why Adam?
Rabbi Sender Haber

How Far Can We Grow?

Rabbi Sender Haber

Time For Renewal

Simchas Torah / Breishis
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Information Age

Bereishis 1999
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How Much Are You Worth?

Breishis 1989
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Which Side is G-d On?

Breishis 1986
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Why Did Cayin Kill Hevel?

TorahLab

A Prophecy for All Times

Why Breishis needed to be written and the difference between the Written Law and the Oral Law Given in Melbourne, Australia Shavous 1991.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber