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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kedushas Shabbos Part 109 - Erev Shabbos: A Time of Confusion and Conflict (Video)

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, illuminates erev Shabbos and explains why and how we’re obligated to make a tikkun habriah, correction of creation, at this time. Time being both personal and global. We’re in the era of “erev Shabbos” of creation.  Neither the personal erev Shabbos nor the global erev Shabbos is an easy time.  There is tension in the air.  The tikkun is more desperate on erev Shabbos.  Where there’s chessed (kindness) there’s rah (bad/evil).  If you’re a universalist you have to tolerate rah. The tikkun can only take place in the rah.  Where there’s rah there’s the potential for a tremendous amount of tov (good). It’s all about haficha (reversal).  As we see from Bilaam and the Purim story.  From the rah has to come the bracha.  The darkness is closer to Hashem because it’s deeper. On Shabbos, we need to find our own shortcomings and fix them. So, at the end of the story, meaning the end of days, which is the global Shabbos, or at the end of the week, which is our personal Shabbos, we can look back and see that the things in our life that we thought were bad are really good.

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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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