Parashat Bamidbar: To Count or Not to Count

Posted on May 28, 2008
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In this lesson we will examine The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s analysis of Rashi’s commentary on why the tribe of Levi was excluded from the national census that was taken at the outset of the Book of Bamidbar. We will discover that while the tribe of Levi may not have been counted physically, they certainly counted spiritually. We will proceed to evaluate their spiritual role vis-à-vis the roles of the rest of the Jewish people and the Kohen Gadol. We will then see how these three types represent distinct spiritual models of Avodat HaShem (service to G-d) that are available at different times to every person, and how these models of G-dly behavior relate to the concept of number and quantification.

 
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Parashat Bechukotai: Can a Person Give Too Much?

Posted on May 20, 2008
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There is no action where kedusha - Holiness - is more manifest than in the act of giving tzedakah. While most people leave it up to their current emotional and financial state in deciding how much to give, Jewish law is very specific as to the limits and boundaries of tzedakah. A key question disputed by the sages and commentaries has been over the issue of whether or not there are upper limits to one’s generosity. Can one give too much? Is it a mitzvah to impoverish oneself by helping others out of poverty?

 
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Змей и Ева: не соблазнение, а дуэль

Posted on May 14, 2008
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В этом сюжете зачастую видят просто немудреное соблазнение простушки Евы в ключе “вот бы те яблочка куснуть”. На самом же деле Мать всех живущих противостоит олицетворению вселенского Зла буквально не на жизнь, а на смерть. И до чего же знакомо звучит голос хитрожелтого Змея, и до чего же понятны ошибки премудрой Евы…

Пробный подкаст занятия из цикла “Тора и Каббала” в манхеттенской группе. Продолжение следует (если будут заявки).

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Parashat Behar: The Kabbalah of Interest

Posted on May 13, 2008
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The charging of interest to another Jew is a very serious prohibition that the Prophet Ezekiel lists among the worst of transgressions. The question is: Why can’t you charge a fair rate of interest? Why should you lose out by doing someone a favor? In this class we will explore the meaning of the Torah’s prohibition against charging interest, and what it can teach us about the general relationship between the G-dly soul and the mundane, material world.

 
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Parashat Emor: Speak Good and it will Be Good

Posted on May 6, 2008
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This lesson is about not just seeing the goodness in life, but more importantly, how to spread that goodness by speaking about it. While it is very important for every Jew to focus on lashon hora, and the destructive, negative power of speech, it may be even more important in our own age to be mindful of what positive speech can accomplish. In this lesson, we will examine the Rebbe’s view of the transformational power positive speaking.

 
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Нисан - месяц Избавления

Posted on April 30, 2008
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В еврейской семейке братьев-месяцев самым развеселым считается братец Адар, однако, на самом деле, наиболее глубоким образом идея радости и веселья соответствует сущности следующего месяца - Нисана. Почему исполнение Закона без радости противоречит смыслу Заповедей, чем достигается “исправление Небесной Тайны” и, наконец, почему Нисан называется месяцем Избавления?..

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Parashat Kedoshim: Love Yourself

Posted on April 30, 2008
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We will explore a fundamental principle of Judaism: Ahavat Yisrael, the commandment to “Love your fellow as yourself.” We are all created with an inborn self-love, and a natural need for self-protection. How then is it truly possible to love someone to the same degree that you love yourself? We will strive to understand this important mitzvah, beginning with how it’s explained according to the classical commentaries. We will then see how the Chassidic explanation of the commandment leads to the breaking down of the useless barriers that separate us all.

 
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Новый выпуск журнала “Пятое Измерение” (№22)

Posted on April 16, 2008
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АПРЕЛЬ | НИСАН - 2008 | 5768



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Колонка редактора
СВОБОДНЫЙ ПОЛЕТ В ОГРАНИЧЕННОМ ПРОСТРАНСТВЕ
Эли Коган

Из бесед Ребе
ЖЕНЩИНЫ, КОТОРЫЕ ПОЮТ

ВРАТА ЕДИНСТВА И ВЕРЫ
перевод и комментарий к каббалистическому трактату
Рабби Шнеура Залмана из Ляд

Хаим Толочинский
(продолжение)

Пятая графа
РИТУАЛЬНЫЕ НАВЕТЫ В РОССИИ
Из книги Ф. Канделя “Очерки времен и событий”

Пятый угол
ОПТИКО-МИСТИЧЕСКИЙ ФЕНОМЕН РАДУГИ
(Ноев Завет в толковании Каббалы)
Берл Хаскелевич

Пятая нога
ГРОМ ПОБЕДЫ
Опыт частного Исхода
Алекс Быков

Законы и традиции
ПАСХАЛЬНЫЙ ПУТЕВОДИТЕЛЬ

Parashat Acharei: Can I Love G-d Too Much?

Posted on April 16, 2008
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In an age where nothing seems more necessary than greater spirituality and closeness to G-d, it seems almost absurd for there to be something wrong with trying to become too close to Him. Nevertheless, the Torah gives us many examples of cases where too great of a religious enthusiasm led to ruin. For example, we learn in this parsha that on the day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, two sons of Aaron brought an unsolicited sacrifice into the Holy of Holies, and they lost their lives as a result. In this lesson we will explore Aaron’s love of G-d and find out how through our relationship with a spiritual mentor each of us can determine the appropriate measure of closeness and respectful distance that we should seek in our own relationship with HaShem.

 
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Песах: Кекса у нас нет!

Posted on April 9, 2008
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Каббалистический трактат о пользе и вреде мучного. Хамец не пройдет! - под таким девизом каждый год накануне праздника Песах миролюбивыми, в общем-то, евреями объявляется непримиримая война квасному…
Архивная запись лекции четырехлетней (2004) давности.

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Parashat Metzorah: The Most Hidden Treasure

Posted on April 9, 2008
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In this Torah portion we learn about an extraordinary disease called tzora’at. This disease was unique in that it would even contaminate inanimate matter, like rocks and limestone. The result of affliction with tzora’at was so horrific that even before a human was contaminated, the Torah ordered entire homes to be completely demolished when the disease was found to have spread to a house’s walls. And yet, our sages tell us, the demolishing of these homes was a good thing-beneficial and a blessing. In this class we will explore a theme that has been discussed for as long as we human beings have pondered the world in which we live: The link between hardships, loss and HaShem’s consistent, ever-present goodness and kindness.

 
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Tazria: What it Means to be Human

Posted on April 2, 2008
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What does it mean to be human, and what are the defining features that set us apart from animals? At the core of the Torah’s answer are man’s dual nature - comprising two opposite potentials for good and evil - and the power of free choice to manifest either at any time. In order to have the potential to sin, the human soul must in part come from the lowest point of the spiritual universe. But it is precisely and only because our basest drives come from such a low place that we can rise to the greatest spiritual heights.

 
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Shmini: Immersed in G-dly Precision

Posted on March 26, 2008
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If we examine anything of great value and beauty in this world, whether it is natural or man-made, we will find a work of great complexity, where every detail counts. Everything about Torah, from the letters of a Torah Scroll to the final rulings of the Halacha - which is ultimately G-d’s detailed instructions to us for how to interact with His highly nuanced world - is similarly exact. In this class we will look at some of the details behind one of the most beautiful, mysterious and important mitzvot that we have, the mitzvah of mikvah, and how it serves as a practical metaphor for our relationship with the Divine.

 
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Амалек? Как же, как же, то есть что-то не припоминаю…

Posted on March 25, 2008
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Народ, давший миру таких славных борцов с носатой чумой, как Аман, Гитлер и прочие. С одной стороны Тора повелевает вечно помнить о том, что содеял Амалек, а с другой - стереть память о нем из поднебесья. Вроде бы, не очень понятно, что ж таки делать, но ясно, что покой нам только снится… В общем - исключительно важный фрагмент инструкции к набору для юного каббалиста “Сделай себя сам!”

Disclaimer: Все оговорки и недомолвки должны быть списаны на подготовку к Пуриму, уже начавшуюся к моменту прочтения лекции…

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Tzav: Preparing to Greet the Shechinah

Posted on March 19, 2008
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In this parshah we find the intriguing and often overlooked account of the seven-day process during which Moses alone initiated Aharon and his four sons into G-d’s priestly service. In this class, we will analyze some of the most important aspects of these seven days of preparations. We will try to understand why they were necessary antecedents to the first day that ‘the glory of HaShem filled the Mishkan’.

 
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Пурим: Праздник беспредела

Posted on March 17, 2008
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Бесшабашный полупраздник - так многие воспринимают Пурим. Или день, когда можно, спрятавшись под маску, нализаться, как сапожник. Но, оказывается, Пурим во многом даже значительнее дня Дарования Торы и священнее всех остальных праздников…

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Новый выпуск журнала “Пятое Измерение” (№21)

Posted on March 14, 2008
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Колонка редактора
НАПИТЬСЯ - ДЕЛО СЕРЬЕЗНОЕ
Эли Коган

Из бесед Ребе
И ВЕЧНЫЙ БОЙ…

Пятый угол
ПРАЗДНИК БЕСПРЕДЕЛА

ВРАТА ЕДИНСТВА И ВЕРЫ
перевод и комментарий к каббалистическому трактату
Рабби Шнеура Залмана из Ляд

(продолжение)

Пятая нога
ЕВРЕИ У ЗНАКА “СТОП”

Законы и обычаи
ПУРИМСКИЙ ПУТЕВОДИТЕЛЬ


АРХИВНЫЙ ПУРИМСКИЙ ВЫПУСК ЖУРНАЛА (№15, 2007)

Vayikra: The Most Heavenly Fragrance

Posted on March 12, 2008
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Vayikra, the third of the Five Books of Moses, deals primarily with the various details necessary for the construction of the Mishkan and the various offerings that were brought within it. The seemingly archaic commandments surrounding the sacrificial service include the myriad details of the animal sacrifices that were brought in the Mishkan, and later in the Beis HaMikdash. In this class we will explore the meaning and purpose of the animal sacrifices, why they are neither outmoded nor barbaric, and why these above all the offerings were called by G-d: “A pleasant fragrance to HaShem”.

 
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