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Sunday, March 03, 2013

The Process of Teshuvah and Freedom

Rabbi Haber, Shlit’a, develops the concepts of redemption, freedom and how the power that speaking about a trauma/slavery is the method by which we release our souls that are “enslaved” within us.  This is exactly what the speaking out of the Exodus (our transformation from slavery to freedom) at our Pesach Seder is all about.  It’s not about the physical exodus.  It’s a fascinating juxtaposition of the the ordinary accepted expression of geula with the much deeper reality than the geula of the soul itself. The change in the name of Pi-tom (meaning “the mouth is closed” which is the name of the Egyptian city that was built by the Jews during their slavery) to Pi-chayros (meaning “the mouth is free") is how the Jewish People’s experience in the Exodus teaches us how we can become a bal-tshuva gemurah and change themselves into a different/new person. 

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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