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Friday, May 24, 2013

Nachash = Mashiach 358

Rabbi Haber, shlit’a, explores with us the similarities between the chet of Adam HaRishon and the “mistakes” of other “potential Meshichim (משיחים)” throughout HIStory. Is wanting to be the closest to Hashem, and therefore like Him, a bad thing? Is trying to be too much like Him the wrong approach to the destruction of the contamination that we ingested because of our “desires/lusts (תאות)”? What happens to those of us who “dare” to come that close to Him without His permission? When we look into the mirror do we see the snake?  We’re here but… The gematria of the Hebrew word for Meshiach משיח is the same as that for the Hebrew word for snake נחש (Nachash) = 358.  Do we need to die in order to completely cleanse ourselves of the contamination of lust that we ingested? Watch and be transformed!

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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.

Rabbi Haber can be contacted at yhaber@torahlab.org