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Monday, December 10, 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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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.

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