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The Building Blocks of Jewish Knowledge

Jewish History

Turning on G-d’s light

Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Whatever You Do - Do It Like A Jew!

Having compassion on a poor man or woman is not just because he may be Elijah the Prophet. Judaism should be synonymous with integrity.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Spiritual History of Chanukah

Rabbi Haber explores the root of Chanukah and the paradigm shift from Prophecy to the Talmud. Rav Haber explains the difference between the wisdom of our sages and Greek philosophy. Shimon HaTzadik vs. Alexander the Great.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 34.4 megabytes | 47:46

Alexander the Great & Shimon HaTzadik; The Shell & The Fruit-Who are We?

Rabbi Haber expounds on the story of Chanukah and its meaning for Jews today. He extrapolates from Rav Tzadok HaKohen to reveal the phenomenon of the divisions in Klal Yisrael in the time of the Chashmonaim and how it became the cause of the destruction of Bayit Shayni (the Second Temple). He posits that Alexander the Great, who was a student of Aristotle, saw in Shimon HaTzadik, the essence of his search for meaning; the fruit, which he, as the shell, was destined to protect… Although we, as Jews, are not like them, we do not reject their contribution to Hashem’s Creation. And, in fact, we should search for ways to incorporate into our lives the treasures that they hold, while carefully insuring that we, and Torah, are not absorbed within Teva (nature/technology/beauty, etc.), but that Klal Yisrael must use the gashmius (materialism) in the world to raise it to Holiness.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber | 33.4 megabytes | 00:48:38

It’s Only Beans!

Esau chose immediate gratification over the big picture. The ultimate mistake. The fatal error.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber

The Writing of Torah Shebal Peh (the Oral Law)

The history of the writing of the Mishnah and the Talmud
Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber

History of Kabbalah

Rabbi David Sedley and TorahLab have translated the introduction to Shomer Emunim HaKadmon. Written by Rabbi Yaakov Irgas in the late 17th century, Shomer Emunim HaKadmon is a basic introduction to kabbalah. This introduction, taken from the text of the book itself and updated to the late 20th century, was written by Rabbi Yitzchak Stern of Jerusalem in 1965. It provides an invaluable guide to the transmission and development of kabbalah from the time of Avraham Avinu and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai through the Gaonim and Rishonim to the modern era. Perfect for Lag BaOmer, the hilula of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
Rabbi David Sedley | 232 kb megabytes | 27

History of Jewish Education

The history of Jewish education and the lessons relevant today.

The End of Days