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Friday, June 07, 2013

Connectivity of the Menorah

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, illuminates the meaning of the lighting of the Menorah in the Mishkan. The model of the Menorah teaches us many things about the role of the Jewish People and our seven shepherds in this world. The Menorah is so much more than symbolism. It holds the keys to understanding much about the workings of the universe. The seven branches of the Menorah, parallel the seven days of creation and the seven sefiros and many other references to the number seven in the Torah.  The Beit HaMikdosh is the manifestation of the Shechina in this world. The Menorah is the representation of the Shechina in the Beit HaMikdosh. There were 7 platforms that held up the Aron HaKodesh. Rav. Haber takes us through the Noam Elimelech’s explanation of the language in Parshat Bahalosecha which describes the directions that Hashem gave Aaron regarding lighting the Menorah.

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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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