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"Making The Heart Decisions" - Comments

1 Sarah Carpenter on 2008 06 28

Love this article very very much.  I just cried!!!

Shabbat Shalom!

2 Michael Estner on 2008 06 28

When you say heart - leiv in Lashon Kodesh, you mean the Torah concept and I am sure you don’t mean the same thing that Non-Jewish English-speakers mean by that term. They mean a pure emotional “organ”. We mean the seat of da’at - which has the ability to recognize the truth UNEMOTIONALLY. That is why you can mention b’nei Korach, Nachshon and Pinchas. They did not make emotional decisions. But they “just knew” the right thing to do. I don’t know of a proper English equivalent, possibly intellect or mind.

Yasher Kochacha and Good Shabbos,
m

3 Menachem Carroll on 2008 07 04

Beautiful comments about the value of tears. May Yosef Moshe have a long j life of simcha and Torah where most of his tears are tears of joy!

4 Sarah Carpenter on 2008 07 31

Dear Rabbi Haber,
Your writing style is very very soft but to the point.  Please, please,
write articles to encourage aliyah to Israel at this time of crisis of the
Klal.
Many Rabbis, esp. in the US, are not coming out to encourage aliyah.
Whereas many Rabbis in Israel are.  But the way they present the information
might not be effective.  I have found that your writing style to be very
inviting and soft and that people will listen to you more.
Your article on Parashas Korah (Making the Heart Decisions) IMHO, is
excellent, as the message of aliyah is tactfully woven into it.
I hope you will continue to inspire many of the Diaspora Jews, particularly
the Gedolim to lead their congregants into moving to Israel now…
Shabbat Shalom!

5 Chaim on 2008 08 01

Is there any further commentary if Korach either accepted his sons’ propriety instanding for Moshe Rabbeinu, or realized that their actions here could be a link to his righteous descendent Shmuel?

Is it preferable to use one’s thinking to support their heart’s pull? For example if Korach’s sons here could have thought fast enough to realize that it ultimately honored Korach for them to act righteously and continue his lineage toward Shmuel, that it would outweigh the hurt written here?

Without thinking, just trusting one’s heart, is there risk that one’s heart could be leading them astray? And thus through thinking that is inspired by one’s heart one can determine what in their heart is good?

6 Gavriel Silverstein on 2008 08 01

My rabbi (Avi) uses the phrase, following ones spirit. I think Chaim, this different statement of the same theme might answer the questions you pose. The challenge we all face daily is to become more in tune with HaShem, more open to our spirit, His spirit within us, so that following our heart is really following HaShem by following His spirit within us, and not the yetzer ra.

When we are in tune with HaShem His will flows through us. We act as His vessels here and do His will. This, Yaacov, you are noting is so important. Intellect is often (almost always) in conflict with this. That is why the gentiles cannot understand Torah, they will intellectualize it away, something all too many of us do as well, unfortunately (may HaShem change all our hearts, though). Intellect clouds the spirit and separates us from HaShem. So does anger if not kept in check, hence Moishe’s mistake when he struck the rock he was instead supposed to speak to, letting his anger cause him to physically strike out when HaShem wanted him cool and collected (may I, too, learn this lesson well please HaShem). Pinchus’ anger, by contrast, was funneled properly and the plague was stayed. He was, again as Avi says, “walking in the spirit”.

Toda Yaacov for the wise point, may we all live more in the spirit and follow our hearts for G-d.

7 Sarah Leah Stark on 2009 06 26

Just beautiful, Rabbi Haber.  What a lovely thought as we go into Shabbat.  Thank You

8 Draga on 2009 06 27

Dear Rabbi Haber,

You mention follow your heart and not mind.
I have seen many people follow heart, but their heart is not in right position. smile Often their hearts full of selfiness, anger, greedy, jealousy, posesivity, etc.
Do you believe in connection between mind and heart?
Can we follow heart if mind is under influence of all sorts of things; worry’s, anxiety, drugs, alcohol , sexual , physical and verbal abuse,hard and stressful work, single parents. Etc

9 Chaim on 2010 06 11

Have to agree somewhat with Draga; to me, the concept of honoring (listening to) your parent is based on the concept that a child’s heart and mental development are not as mature as that of the parent.
If one follows their heart above the commandment, then you are, in essence, substituting it for the original commandment. Honoring your parent may not always be the right or easy thing to do, but more often than following one’s heart, the better thing to do.

10 Chaim on 2010 06 11

In other words, the commandment does not read “Honor thy Father and Mother - unless your heart tells you otherwise.”

11 Akiva on 2011 06 22

I like this very much, but have one problem: He quotes from Tehilim twice in this article, and I cannot find either pasuk. I’d like to see them in context. Can someone show me where they are from? Thanks!

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