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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kedushas Shabbos Part 117 - Shamor v’Zachor; Cooked (בפנים-within oneself) on Shabbos

Rabbi Yaacov Haber, Shlit’a, prepares us for our Shabbos performance and teaches us how to do our hitbonnenus התבוננות (observance) by taking the gashmius גשמיות (material/physical/corporeality) that Hashem has given us during the week, and also since the Six Days of Creation, and turning those gifts into ruchnius/shamamymi רוחניות/שמימי (spirituality/heavenly); returning our gifts from Hashem back to Him by “cooking” them within ourselves and making them holy. All of the 613 Commandments are for the Remembrance זכור and Guarding שמור of Shabbos and that is our Purpose in the world; shomer- the klal (separate yourself from things that you want - these are the things you should not do (the negative mitzvos) v’zachor -, & the prat פרט (the exceptions)- the things that you should do; the positive mitzvos. The Shomer Shabbos person is the one who stops doing things for himself. Ahava אהבה represents the positive mitzvos & Yirah יראה represents the negative mitzvos.

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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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