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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Beginnings Part 11 - Say You Are My Sister

Rabbi Haber eloquently describes how Ham & Grar tried to retrieve the bracha that they lost and rectify the sin committed by their ancestor, Ham with his father, Noah, by attempting to capture Sarah, Rivka and Dina and thereby incorporating their zechut (merit) into themselves.
The struggle between the Universalism in the view of Avraham, Yosef & Dovid versus the constriction into the singularity of the Jewish Destiny perceived by the visions of the Jewish Mothers through preserving the family of Yitzchak & Yaakov, is an eternal struggle.  The success of Universalism was thwarted and distilled into the singular Divine purpose that Hashem has for the Jewish People by the strength of our Imahos (particularly our mothers, Sarah & Rivkah) who stood for the solidification and reinforcement of our “Family” rather than for kiruv of (outreach to) other nations.

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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