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Friday, November 30, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 100 - Yitzchak Avinu the Rebbe as our Defense Attorney before Hashem (Video)

Rabbi Haber shlita explains that Yitzchak Avinu’s Seeing the Shechinah and Seeing into Shamayim when he was on the mizbe’ach IS THE GOAL of Klal Yisrael; we must reach the level of the closeness to Hashem that Yitzchak Avinu reached when he was on the mizbe’ach. Can we attain that GOAL notwithstanding our sins? Do we need a defense attorney? Yitzchak Avinu, in a logical discussion with Hashem, exempts himself as a defender of Klal Yisrael and defers to Hashem, the Ultimate Judge. “They are YOUR children,” after all!

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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.

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