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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МАРТ | АДАР II - 2008 | 5768



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В НОМЕРЕ:

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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Пурим: Еврейская рулетка

Posted on March 10, 2008
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Хоть у евреев азартные игры не в фаворе, самый веселый праздник - Пурим - назван так в честь жребия. Эйнштейн, вроде, сказал, что Старик типа в кости со вселенной не играет? Ну да Каббала с Хасидизмом - это вам не квантовая механика с релятивизмом. Играет, еще как играет…

(лекция 2005 г. с небольшими дефектами звука)

 
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Pekudei: Double Vision

Posted on March 5, 2008
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The final portions of the book of Exodus-Vayakhel and Pekudei-seem to needlessly repeat the details and instructions for the construction and furnishing of the Mishkan. In this lesson we will show that this repetition teaches us that there are two very different and distinct Mishkans-the lofty and spiritual Tabernacle that only can be accessed by a tzaddik approaching the level of Moshe, and a lowly physical Tabernacle that is accessible to everyone. We will learn why G-d chose to reveal His Essence in the physical Tabernacle that is accessible to all, and why He chose to call the earthly one his His home.

 
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Vayakhel: Keeping Focused

Posted on February 26, 2008
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We learn in this week’s portion that the princes of the twelve tribes were among the very last of the Jewish people to contribute towards the building of the Tabernacle. Why? Shouldn’t they have been role models for the people, and wouldn’t they have inspired the people to donate even more if they had gone first? In this class we’ll see what we can learn from the princes’ collective delay, and what it says about true Jewish leadership.

 
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Ki Tisa: Mirror Images

Posted on February 19, 2008
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In this class we will discuss the spiritual significance of the copper vessel from which the water that was used to purify the priests in the Temple prior to their service was drawn. We will examine the appropriateness of using the copper from the mirrors that the Jewish women had used to groom themselves, in order to make themselves attractive to their husbands during their enslavement in Egypt. We see how, like the Jewish women in Egypt, our primary tool in overcoming adversity is our ability to channel our natural, potentially destructive physical drives into good and G-dly purposes.

 
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Tetzaveh: Divine Garments

Posted on February 13, 2008
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When viewing the noble clothing, rich tailoring and the elaborate design of a ruler or affluent person; does it reflect anything more than ego, opulence, fashion, high position, and power? What message does clothing relay? What deeper significance does it convey? In this class we will learn about the High Priest’s glorious garments. Every detail in the Torah has deep significance and important messages relevant to everyone, and it is fascinating to see what possible relevance a High Priest’s garments can have to our own relatively humble lives.

 
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Вступление к циклу “Тора и Каббала”

Posted on February 6, 2008
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Что такое Каббала: “наука”, не имеющая отношения к религии, или органичная часть Торы? Почему оно именуется Тайным Учением, и если оно такое “тайное”, то о чем мы тут тогда судачим? Ну и, наконец, не сотворить ли нам для начала Небо и Землю…

Нередактированная запись двухлетней давности вводного занятия в стэйтен-айлендской группе. Пожалуйста, оставьте комментарий, нужно ли продолжать подкаст (хотя бы избранных) лекций этого цикла, и насколько желательно редактирование (удаление невтемных вопросов и т.п.).

 
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Terumah: Making a Home for G-d

Posted on February 5, 2008
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When one thinks about the concept of the Tabernacle and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the obvious question that comes to mind is why is G-d confining Himself to a single place of worship if He’s truly everywhere? In this lesson we will examine how and why G-d’s true Essence in our material world is only revealed in physical structures. We will also come to understand why and how our synagogues and Jewish homes have been the primary shelters for the Jewish people and the G-dly presence for over two thousand years of exile, persecution and adversity.

 
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Древо Знания - Мичурин отдыхает!

Posted on January 31, 2008
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Что это за сад такой - райский? Какой породы было Древо Знания Добра и Зла, и если да, то чего-чего?! ))

Пробный подкастинг занятия из цикла “Тора и Каббала” в манхеттенской группе. Слушать лекцию:

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Mishpatim: The Four Custodians

Posted on January 29, 2008
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This lesson will trace the classical law of the four types of custodians to their original sources in the verses of this week’s Torah portion. We will demonstrate that it is impossible to derive the respective degrees of liability in Jewish law without access to both the Oral and the Written Torah. After defining each type of custodian, we will examine the spiritual meaning behind these laws. In the process we will discover two fundamental attitudes to life and G-d, which translate into four archetypal relationships between Man, the Creator, and His creation.

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Yitro: New World After Sinai

Posted on January 22, 2008
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Prior to the giving of the Torah, man was certainly capable of doing good, and when he did good, his soul was elevated spiritually. But the objects of his experience remained the same. The events at Sinai not only brought G-dly wisdom into the world, but it transformed the physical world itself. Material reality now became capable of holding onto holiness, and every element of physical creation became capable of elevation. In this class we will learn about one of the most fundamental principles of Judaism: The transformative effect that a mitzvah can have on every aspect of creation.

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Beshalach: Despoiling Egypt

Posted on January 14, 2008
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Following the drowning of the Egyptians in the Sea, the Midrash tells us that Moshe had to force the Jews to travel on against their will. The Egyptians had adorned their horses with ornaments of gold, silver and precious stones, which were scattered when they drowned, and the Jewish people could not stop themselves from scavenging for more loot. After witnessing such wondrous miracles, and now on their way to receive the Torah, could they have still been so immersed in the most mundane material pursuits? This desperate last treasure hunt for the jewels of Egypt reveals a wealth of unexpected spiritual detail about our purpose as individuals and as a nation.

Чего же боли?

Posted on January 9, 2008
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Мазо-каббалистическое рассуждение для своих (не для слабонервных). Попытка извлечения уроков из доступного болевого материала. А также проекция их и на роды и на родовые конвульсии Вселенной перед приходом Машиаха…

(Лекция р-на Эли Когана; записана 01.08.2008)

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