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Monday, December 23, 2013

From Truth to Beauty

An examination of the Sefiros from Avraham to Yosef

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Teshuva of Dovid HaMelech

How Dovid HaMelech opened the doors of the Beis HaMikdash

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Dovid HaMelech Living With Sin

Dovid HaMelech spent much of his life agonizing and repenting for the sin of Batsheva. This shiur presents a crucial and mature examination of this aspect of Dovid’s life, Tehillim, and struggle for forgiveness. 

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Monday, December 09, 2013

My Speech is the Mirror of my Soul

Rabbi Haber explores Rav Tzadok HaKohen’s understandings of the effect of lashon ha’rah on the soul and what it means vis-a-vis the essence of a person. He develops further our understanding of why the Jewish People merited our redemption from Egypt, receiving of the Torah and our status as Hashem’s Chosen People. To be chosen requires cohesiveness which requires unity of essence on its deepest level and not, necessarily, unity of deed.  Speech is the vehicle of unity. It outstrips actions in the accounting of who a person really is.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

Posted on 12/04 at 06:29 PM • Permalink
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Imposters: The Root of All Evil

Rabbi Haber, in his inimitable and straight-forward manner, makes clear to us that the sin of the nachash was its attempt to “be” Hashem by imposing his faulty logic on Eve and by being the root of all lashon ha’rah. Rav Haber cites Rav Tzadok HaKohen and the Chafetz Chaim to prove that at every turn in the history of the world, as described by Torah, the root of evil is “someone’s” attempt to place themselves at Hashem’s level, chas v’shalom and, thereby taking the wind, so to speak, out of Hashem’s Plan for the world and the Jewish People.

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Heart to Heart

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlit’a, fathoms the unfathomable and probes the depths of Rav Tzadok HaKohen’s teachings about what “convinced” Hashem to give His most precious gift of His Torah to the Jewish People. What is it that makes the Jewish People special and unique? Rav Haber plumbs one aspect of our national genetics to reveal a very surprising answer.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

The Wheel of Purpose

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, delves the depths of Kabbala and shows that, unlike Shakespeare’s vision of the whole world being merely a “stage upon which the actors strut...”, that the Neshama/Guf of every Jew is a necessary spoke in the “Wheel of Purpose” that will bring the Final Redemption and the Kingdom of Hashem down to Earth. This is known to Yaakov Avinu and Yosef as portrayed in Parashat Vayigash as well as in the Purim Story and the kingship of Shaul, HaMelech. 

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Perfection Is Not So Simple

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, explains, in his special and eloquent way, how Rav Tzadok HaKohen sees the days of Mashiach as containing complexities that are not simple to understand at the same time that he makes them clear and understandable.  Why did Yitzchak think that Eisav was the mashiach of the Jewish People?  Why did Shmuel haNavi not think that Dovid was the right candidate for mashiach? These “mistakes” are the exact opposite of each other. But, Hashem has His Plan for Creation and tikun olam and, “it is very complicated” to the casual observer.  Rav Haber, tours the depths of these seemingly complicated issues and makes them understandable for all.

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Monday, November 04, 2013

The Sparks of Our Enemies

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlit’a, further expands on the concept of the Goal of the Jewish People to repair the Sin of Adam and bring the Final Redemption. Our “Foes” play a significant and necessary function in the process of redemption. They also contain “Sparks” of the Divine that must be brought back and Unified under His Kingdom. Before the Sinai experience the Shechina rested in the boundaries of Esav. Rav Haber explores the sources of Christianity and Islam while revealing the mystery of “408”. The focus on Shevet Dan is central to this mystery. 

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Pesel Micha Part 2

Rabbi Haber explains the effect of the idol of Micha on Knesset Yisrael. At Har Sinai, Knesset Yisrael was tied together in the Malchus of Hashem. He relates the story of Shevet Dan in the midbar and how they were thrown out of the Cloud of Glory and that Dan was a Klipa that was necessary to save from Amalek the “pieces” of Knesset Yisrael who were straggling behind . 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pesel Micha Part 1

Rabbi Haber extracts a fascinating introduction to Shevet Dan and Shimshon from Sefer Shoftim.  How could it be that Hashem allows idol worship in His Name? This is the first part of a 2 part discussion regarding Rav Tzadok HaKohen’s analysis of the answer to that question. This is an extremely interesting and provocative shiur that leaves much to think about. What does Hashem really want?

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Frayed Rope of our Heritage

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, threads the “Rope” of Yaakov Avinu as voiced by Moshe Rabeinu in Parshat Haazinu “יעקב חבל נחלתו”, and explains how just as the strands of the “Rope” are tight and unified at the top and frayed and separated at the bottom, so are the separations in the world.  It is our job to Unite the strands for the sake of the Malchut of Hashem. Then, Hashem will sit on His Throne and not only will He continue to be ONE, but His Name will be ONE. He further shows us how the sin of Shimson is parallel to the sin of Adam.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Shimshon and his DANDilia

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, resumes his exposition of Shimshon’s role as a Judge and potential mashiach for the Jewish People, citing Rashi and following Rav Tzadok HaKohen’s sefer.  This is a powerful video connecting Yaacov Avinu’s bracha to Shevet Dan to Shimshon and what it means for us today.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tomer Devorah Part 1 -Tzelem Elokim

For generations it has been the custom of Tzadikim and their students to study Tomer Devorah during the month of Elul.
In this seminal work, the great Kabbalist Rav Moshe Cordevaro takes us on a deep introspective journey to the depths of our personalities and the essence of our souls. Join Rav Yaacov Haber, live or from the archive, as he leads the journey within.

Posted on 08/14 at 10:37 AM • Permalink
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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