Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Kinos, Tisha B’Av 5774
Rabbi Haber, with the Sources of Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen, Rashi, the Ramban, the Abarbanel and R. Hirsch, masterfully brings us through the question of whether Sefer Devarim were the words of Moshe Rabbeinu or whether they were the Words of Hashem! A fascinating revelation!
Rabbi Haber, with the scalpel of Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen, performs surgery on the connection between the First Tablets and the Second Tablets to X-Ray the connection between Torah B’Ktav and Torah Shel BaPeh. It’s a masterful procedure that you won’t want to miss.
Rabbi Haber shows us, through Rav Tzadok HaKohen, that our work is now necessary to bring back the essence of what was removed from us at the transition from Torah Sheh B’Ktzav to Torah Shel Bal Peh, from Nevuah to Ruach HaKodesh, from Revealed Miracles to Hidden Miracles. Woven into this transition are the “circle of sefiros” and male→female→building→"light" (ליהודים היתה אורה-The Jews had light). The “Light” of Torah was now within the Jews.
Rabbi Haber has been a leading force in Jewish Outreach for the past 25 years. A founding trustee of AJOP, the Association of Jewish Outreach Professionals, he was the founder and director of the Torah Center of Buffalo from 1980-1990 while serving as a community rabbi in Buffalo. From Buffalo he and his family traveled to Melbourne, Australia where as a project of Kollel Bais HaTalmud he founded the Australian Institute of Torah, a national outreach and adult education program. He directed that program from 1990-1995, at which time he was sought out as National Director of Jewish Education for the Orthodox Union in the United States where he created the Internationally acclaimed and highly successful "Pardes Project."
In addition to his duties at the OU, in 1996 he replaced Rabbi Berel Wein as the spiritual leader of Congregation Bais Torah in Monsey, NY. In keeping with the position of Congregation Bais Torah in the Monsey community, Rabbi Haber was involved in issues involving the greater Monsey community, and counseled hundreds of individuals in the surrounding area.
Rabbi Yaacov Haber is the founder and driving force behind TorahLab. Through TorahLab, Rabbi Haber is bringing together educational and media specialists to create dynamic learning experiences which will be accessible to adults of all backgrounds and levels. Rabbi Haber has published numerous articles and books and is a sought after international lecturer.
Rabbi Haber and his family are presently living in Ramat Beit Shemesh where he is the Rabbi of Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun.
Rabbi Haber can be contacted at email@example.com