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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 107 - Lower is Higher; The Signs of Mashiach (Video)

Lower is Higher.
Yesod (essence/formation) is the ephemeral kingship.  The true kingship has no essence.  In order to be a King, one must have no personal honor. Jealousy is antithetical to true kingship.  A king can not be a prophet. Prophecy has everything to do with “me.” Kingship is all about giving up everything to be part of the “earth” part of creation.  You can’t be a king without people. A king must have roots in the “dirt” of the world and must live in the world. The competition between King Saul and King David goes all the way back to the competition between Yehuda and Yosef. There has to be a Yosef before there is a David.  There has to be a Mashiach ben Yosef before there is a Mashiach ben David.

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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."

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