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Monday, May 20, 2013

“Where’s the Beef? I’m Not a Nursemaid!”

Rabbi Haber unveils 71 “pipes” of abundance that Hashem opened up for us when we reinfected ourselves with the זהום (contamination) of desire after our lengthy year-long Sinai experience. When we left Har Sinai, we started to revisit our yetzer ha’rah (evil inclination). The effect of living at Har Sinai wore off.  The erev rav (mixed multitude) rabble-rousers began to agitate discontent among our People and we lost the effect of our encounter with the Infinite.  We moaned, we complained: Where’s the beef? Where’s the herring?  Where’s the onions? Where’s the garlic?  Moshe Rabbeinu reacted by beseeching Hashem for help, “I’m not a nursemaid!” I only want to be the “pipeline” of spiritually! I don’t want to be their “mother.” We were reintroduced to תאבה (desire) when we left Mount Sinai.

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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