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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beginnings Part 12 - Yosef looked like Yaakov; Yaakov looked like Adam HaRishon

Rabbi Haber shows us that when the Torah tells us in the sentence “These are the generations of Yaakov” in Parashat Vayeshev it means this is the story of “Yosef.” And this story is not only the reason that we became slaves in Mitzrayim, but also it is the reason for the destruction of the 2nd Temple, and is the reason for our ultimate redemption.  Yaakov saw in Rachel that he would have a child that would insure the future of the Jewish People. Yosef was “the plan!” Yosef was the image of Yaakov. The story of the life of Yaakov was the same story as the life of Yosef.  Yaakov and Yosef were both hated and hunted by his sibling. There are 25 commonalities between the life of Yaakov and Yosef. The jealousy of the sibilings of Yaakov and Yosef was due to the greatness of Yaakov and Yosef. 

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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.

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