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…

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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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Bo: Unconditional Surrender

Posted on January 8, 2008
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In Parshat Bo the long anticipated exodus finally takes place. This class will examine why Egyptian exile was a necessary precursor for entering and conquering the Holy Land, and why an upfront and personal physical and spiritual showdown with Pharaoh was a necessary precursor for the exodus from Egypt. We will apply this principle to the subsequent exiles of the Jewish people, and internal and external victories that have to be won prior to the final, Messianic redemption.

Vaeira: Who has the right to question Hashem?

Posted on January 2, 2008
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When the Jews became depressed about not being immediately redeemed from slavery, Moshe bitterly complained to G-d. As a result, he was severely rebuked, compared unfavorably to the forefathers, and punished by G-d. Is there no place for us to express our feelings of pain and even anger toward G-d when those who we love are in pain? In this class we will discuss this and other pressing questions about facing adversity with a proper balance between acceptance and questioning.

ОКАЖИТЕ ПОМОЩЬ ПРОЕКТУ “ПЯТОЕ ИЗМЕРЕНИЕ”

Posted on December 18, 2007
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