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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 104 - How the Power of Choice is the Driving Force of Creation (Video)

Rabbi Haber, Shlita, investigates how the power of choice that we have is the mechanism by which Hashem’s Hashgacha Pratis (Divine Providence) runs the world.  A fascinating look at the role of the actions (and perhaps even the thoughts) of mankind (and the individual in particular) has a direct causative effect on how the Creator, may His Name be blessed, runs the world. This profound and thoughtful discussion provides a deep insight into the workings of the ongoing creations in the time and space of existence.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

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

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.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chanukah - Am Yisrael - Transformer of the World (Video)

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlita, explores the history of the Chashmanoyim and their rewards and punishments.  They are the cradle of Christianity (John the Baptist was part of the Yochanan Kohein Gadol / Yanai the Chashmanai King of Israel). The purpose of Am Yisrael is to transform the materiality, that Hashem placed into the world, into Holiness so that the Shechina can reside within the world once again.  Therefore, the King (Hashem) has made Am Yisrael into His Matronisa (His Queen).  He made Klal Yisrael the Matronisa and directed that the world must go through Klal Yisrael in order to relate to Him (the King). Hashem placed all of the tools of war in Klal Yisrael and made Klal Yisrael His Shomer (His Guard).

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Chanuka Menora is Symbolic of the Oral Torah (Video)

Rabbi Haber, shlita, in the name of Rav Tzadok HaKohen and the Netziv, uncovers the connection between the Chanukah Menorah and the Oral Torah.  There is a 3rd Torah.  In addition to the Written Torah and the Oral Torah, there is the Mesorah (or Tradition) that was also passed down from Hashem to Moshe on Har Sinai.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Chanukah - The Secret of the Wine and the Bread (Video)

Rabbi Haber shlita takes us on a deeper look into the Miracles of Chanukah.  The connection of the Miracle of the Menorah burning 8 days and it’s relation to the Burning Bush.  And, he discusses the secret of the Wine and the Bread? Rabbi Nachman the Breslover taught that MalkiTzedek showed Avraham Avinu that in order to mekarev the Canaanim you have to give them Wine (representing the mesorah-tradition) and the Bread (representing something new that is nogayah- relevant - to them) The wine gets better when it’s aged (and that comes from Hashem) and the bread is better when it’s fresh (and that’s something that is more from the works of man).  There is also a connection between the Written Torah and the Oral Torah that represents the same principle.  The Written Torah is unchangeable.  And, although the basic principles set forth in the Oral Torah are also unchangeable, it can be adapted to the times by the Rabbis.  The “Light” that Hashem gives to us calls for us (if not obliges us) to elevate ourselves in Holiness with our actions.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Beginnings Part 6 - Lot and The Mashiach

Rabbi Haber shlita compares the story of Lot and the Melachem that came to save him in Sedom to the story of the Redemption of Am Yisrael from Mitzraim at Pesach. Who are these Melachim and what does this represent for Am Yisrael? Lot=Din Avraham=Rachamim. Opening of the tent-Gate-Door—What is the connection? Sedom vis-a-vis Mitzraim.

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Kedushas Shabbos Part 103 - Space, Time & Soul (Video)

Rabbi Haber Shlita reveals the exterior and interior aspects of Space, Time and Soul. The sense of smell is different than that of the other senses as it has a dimension of truth. The sense of smell reveals the inner depths of Shabbos; the secret of the inner dimension of Shabbos, (the aspect of Time).

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 102 - The Sign of Mashiach (Video)

Rabbi Haber discusses how King David, and before him, Yaacov Avinu were the foundations of Mashiach.  The first public example of Tshuva is Dovid HaMelech.  But, before him, Yaacov Avinu became an Ish Shalem in Shechem, 50 years after he bought the birthright from Eisav.  What does the sense of smell have to do with the “Light” that Mashiach will bring to the world? The special power of the scion of King David is the power of smell and the Ohr (Light) after the chet (sin).

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 101 - Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai & Shabbos (Video)

Rabbi Haber discusses the reaction of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai after he emerges from the cave for the first and second time and how it relates to the male and female aspects that Hashem, may His Name be blessed, created in the world and also the male and female aspects of Shabbos Kodesh.  How is the world different after the chet of Adam HaRishon than it would have been had Adam never sinned?

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 100 - Yitzchak Avinu the Rebbe as our Defense Attorney before Hashem (Video)

Rabbi Haber shlita explains that Yitzchak Avinu’s Seeing the Shechinah and Seeing into Shamayim when he was on the mizbe’ach IS THE GOAL of Klal Yisrael; we must reach the level of the closeness to Hashem that Yitzchak Avinu reached when he was on the mizbe’ach. Can we attain that GOAL notwithstanding our sins? Do we need a defense attorney? Yitzchak Avinu, in a logical discussion with Hashem, exempts himself as a defender of Klal Yisrael and defers to Hashem, the Ultimate Judge. “They are YOUR children,” after all!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 99 - Pachad Yitzchak: Seeing Without Eyes (Video)

Rabbi Haber discusses the difference between the “Kiddush Hashem” that Avraham Avinu did when he walked into the oven of Nimrod and was saved from the fire by Hashem and the “Korban LaSHem” that was performed by Yitzchak Avinu when he presented himself on the mizbe’ach. He was the ultimate Sacrifice. He describes the vision of Yitzchak, who saw the Shechinah while looking up on the mizbe’ach and how it was on a higher level than Avraham’s Kiddush Hashem. Avraham Avinu “Knew” Hashem. But Yitzchak Avinu “Saw” the Shechina.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 98 - The Blindness of Yitzchak (Video)

Rabbi Yaacov Haber שליט’א delves into what our Sages, of blessed memory, say concerning the Blindness of Yitzchak Avinu and how it relates to Our Purpose (Tachlis HaShlamus) in This World, that of attaining the Fear of G-D. Rabbi Haber explains what it will be like in the World to Come in the Days of Mashiach, when our “freedom of choice” will be so clear that we, in effect, will not need a “freedom of choice.” The “strength” of the “freedom of choice” ends when Mashiach comes.  Is “sight” True “vision?”

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 97 - Bigdei Shabbos (Video)

Why was Lot so important to Avraham Avinu?  Who or What does Lot represent? And, why does Avraham Avinu go to such amazing lengths to save him and then return him to Sodom?  Rav Haber presents a very deep and extensive explanation, quoting from Parashat Lech Lecha, in which he answers this question and relates it to the Mashiach.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 96 - Bigdei Eisav

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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Clothing of Adam HaRishon

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Meet Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Rabbi Yaacov HaberRabbi 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 yhaber@torahlab.org