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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Kedushas Shabbos Part 111 - The Greatness of Hashem, Clothed in Hod V’Hadar (Video)

The sugya, chapter of Hod or glory and Hadar, majesty in the olamos, worlds and in the sefiros, emanations.  An “electrifying” journey into the workings of creation of the world and the development of Am Yisrael from the desert, the ephemeral existence of living above nature, to the Land the existence of Malchus, the dirty work of rectifying the sin of Adam HaRishon.

Rav Yaacov Haber explores Tehillim (Psalm) 104, the Malbim and the Alshich.  The judge should not be corrupt (be distorted). That is, don’t lift up (give special consideration to) the poor, & don’t acknowledge the station of the rich.  Hadar is the outer or external beauty of what everything has because of what it is.  Hod has to do with inner beauty, the very form of the human.

Moshe Rabeinu had Hod & Hadar and Yehoshua only had Hadar.  If Yehoshua had had both Hod & Hadar it would have been too much.  No one would have been able to stand before him.  What does that mean?  Yehoshua didn’t have an “inside”. If Yehoshua had had inner beauty he would not have been approachable.  Yehoshua brought things down to earth. He brought the nation into Eretz Yisrael.  In the the midbar, everything was from shamayim.  Everything was coming down.  So Moshe and Aaron were Netzach & Hod.  They were the agents of Hashem in the midbar experience, where everything was from Shamayim.  But, when we came into the Land, everything was acquired with struggle.  Everything is nice until you get to the “ground.” Malchus (being down to earth) is the hard part.  The leader of Klal Yisrael had to be “of the Land” and that’s called HadarHadar is Malchus. Malchus causes problems.  But it’s all about making the world a place for Hashem’s Presence to rest once again.

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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.

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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