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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Kedushas Shabbos Part 112 - Ohr HaGanuz: The Sprouting of Mashiach

Rav Haber, Shlit"a, helps us discover how the Hidden Light that Hashem made at the beginning of Creation will be revealed at the End of Days. First there will be an upheaval within the consciousness of the Jewish People to transform itself by struggling against our nature by humbling ourselves before Hashem. The secret of “empowerment” is to tame our negative impulses. This will bring the Malchus out of the filth and dirt of our averos, sins, and result in the Kingship of the Mashiach.

The Ohr HaGonuz, the Hidden Light, was made at the beginning of Creation. It will start to come back as the development of the days of Mashiach comes back.  Things will then start to become more clear.  The joining of Ruth to Boaz, as explained by Rav Haber, according to Rav Tzadok: It was “THEN” - אז that the seed of Mashiach was being planted.  Boaz was a product of Yehuda & Tamar. Ruth was a product of Lot and the daughters of Lot. Dovid was a product of Ruth and Boaz, as well as a product of Yehuda and Tamar & Lot and the daughters of Lot.  The story of Yehuda & Tamar was a parallel story to the story of the selling of Yosef into bondage into Egypt.  Yosef resisted the temptation of bat Potifar.  Yehuda was different.  The next step in Malchus Beis Dovid is Boaz & Ruth.  When Yehuda & Tamar come together, it’s darkness, it’s a mystery, it’s Ohr HaGanuz.  But the hidden Ohr, light is Malchus.  The Ohr of Dovid has to come from a tzemach, sprouting from the dirt. It’s got to be buried or hidden.  We’re waiting for the tikun to come to the point where the Ohr can be revealed.  We have had moments of clarity.  When Mashiach comes he’ll be wearing a begged, clothing with (Oz) אז written all over it. “אז ימלא שחוק פינו - Then laughter will fill our mouths.”

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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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