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Carved In Stone

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The Heart of a Gadol

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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

Kedushas Shabbos Part 108 - Yishmael the Pera Adam

Rabbi Haber teaches the value of Yishmael and Avraham’s confusion about why he was ordained to have Yitzchak with Sarah. An unbelievable journey into the depths of the roots of the Jewish People in Avraham and Yitzchak and why, at the end of days, the separation of the energies of the world will be unified under Mashiach which will be the repair of the sin of Adam. Avraham’s tension over how to be m’taken the sin of Adam was assuaged by the birth of Yitzchak . Shabbos is our vehicle through which to rebuild unity of purpose in creation. Distinction is truth and light, but separation is falsehood. You must be able to see outside of yourself to know the truth! What is unity?
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 34.4 megabytes | 00:50:11

Beginnings Part 5

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

The Days of Sarah

Rabbi Sender Haber

Zombie Tag

Rabbi Sender Haber


"A tzaddik says little, but does a lot. A rasha says a lot, but, in the end, does nothing." The balance of talking and doing.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Finding the Sparks

Fan those sparks and they will turn into beacons of light.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Apple Dipped in Honey – Siman or Superstition?

The view of superstition in Halacha
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber

Lev Tov - Shidduch

Lecture given at Beer Miriam Seminary in Jerusalem on November 23rd 2008. The Shiur serves a commentary on the story of Eliezer and an explanation of “Lev Tov”.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 9.2 megabytes | 48 minutes


The Jewish right to Hebron and to all of Eretz Yisroel remains absolute.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Whole Life

"Sarah was a hundred years and twenty years and seven years, these were the years of Sarah" (Bereishis 23:1)

A Good Heart (2003)


Parshas Chayei Sara 2001

It was at this supremely spiritual esoteric stage of Avrohom Avinu's life that he was faced with a very down-to-earth challenge. He had to make a shiduch for his son Yitzchak.