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דברים וסודות שלא ידעתם בהגדה! השיעור השבועי של הרב תומר ישראלוב ולמה בליל הסדר אומרים “חד גדיא”? איזה רזים יש בפיוט?

למה טובלים את הכרפס במי מלח? ולמה דווקא מלח? למה חוצים את המצה לשניים?
השיעור השני! אביב הגיע – פסח בא יחד עם השיעור מיוחד לפסח (חלק ב)!!!
לא תאמינו למה המכות מסודרות לפי הסדר של דצ”ך עד”ש באח”ב!
בשיעור הקודם למדנו על: החידושים המדהימים בחג הפסח, שהוא חג המצות וגם תופתעו, נקרא חג האמונה! למה הוא נקרא חג האמונה? ומעשיות על להאמין בלב שלם בדברי חכמים וצדיקים!
איך אנו עשים את עבודת המידות כמו שצריך? כיצד להביס את יצר הרע?
איך קשורה הגעלת כלים לחזרה בתשובה וכפרה על המידות הרעות, ולמחילה על עבירות?
4 דרגות בהכשרת כלים לפסח.
ביטול חמץ – מסמל גם על ביטול העברות והחטאים של האדם.
חידושים מרתקים בחג הפסח – השיעור השבועי של הרב תומר ישראלוב.

מהו הפיוט התמוה “חד גדיא”? יהיה מרתק לשמוע מה המטרה של הפיוט המיוחד הזה. מה מלאך המוות ביקש מהקב”ה? למה מזמרים על הגדי בחג הפסח על שולחן הסדר?
הרב תומר ישראלוב מבהיר ומאיר על הפיוט הנפלא.
מתוך השיעור השבועי של הרב תומר ישראלוב.
חג פסח כשר ושמח!

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Pesach – Celebrating Slavery (Ep. 227) and 49 Days of Pesach (Ep. 228)

Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky – Starts a new series on how the days of Pesach parallel the other Jewish Holidays on the calendar using the ATBASH gematria (Jewish numerology). For example, the first day of Pesach is the first Hebrew letter Aleph which corresponds to the last Hebrew letter Taf. Aleph = Pesach, Taf = Tisha B’Av, which both happen to occur on the same day (this year Monday night). There are several other interesting stories and anecdotes strewn throughout as well, including Q&A at the end for current relevant topics (ie. how to exercise self-control).

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Bye Bye Vashti – Megillas Esther PT 1 (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Jewish Holidays)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Starts to go through the Megilat Esther and what we can learn from it as we get closer to Purim. All the coincidences in the Megilah parallels our own coincidences that are really miracles in disguise. These videos are a great synopsis of the Megilah.

Part 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aWZ4RCoLyY

Part 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe1DnX2O4is

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TU B’SHVAT: CELEBRATING PLEASURE ~ By Rabbi David Aaron

The celebration of Tu B’Shevat — the 15th of the month of Shevat on the Hebrew calendar — is not mentioned in the Bible. The oldest reference is found in the Talmud, where Tu B’Shevat is called “the new year of the trees.” The Talmud ascribes significance to this date only in terms of the legal implications of taking tithes (10%) from fruits. However, more than 400 years ago, the Kabbalists of Safed revealed the deeper meaning of Tu B’Shevat. They taught that Tu B’Shevat is an opportune time for fixing the transgression of Adam and Eve. Amazingly, through the simple act of eating fruit during the Tu B’Shevat festive dinner, we are able to contribute to this cosmic repair.

Let us explore the transgression of Adam and Eve, and then we can understand the mystical meaning of the Tu B’Shevat holiday, and why eating fruit is the way we celebrate it.

The Torah says that G d put Adam and Eve in the garden “to work it and to guard it.” The Jewish oral tradition teaches us that this refers to the do’s and don’ts–the positive mitzvahs and the negative mitzvahs–of the Torah. Adam and Eve were given very little to do: eat from all the trees of the garden. And their only don’t–their single prohibition–was not to eat fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. What was that about?

The Torah teaches that G d created the world so that we could experience goodness in general and His goodness in particular. Experiencing His goodness—bonding with G d—is the greatest joy imaginable. G d empowers us to bond with Him by serving His purpose for creation. Just as when we do for others, we feel connected to them, so, too, serving G d enables us to bond with Him. Ironically, serving G d is actually self-serving—profoundly fulfilling and pleasurable.

If we eat and enjoy the fruits of this world for G d’s sake—because this is what He asks of us—then we are actually serving G d and bonding with Him. We serve G d by acknowledging that the fruits of this world are His gifts to us and by willfully accepting and enjoying those gifts.

The root of Jewish life is, in fact, enjoyment—the pleasure of connecting to G d. We connect to G d by serving Him, and this means obeying His command to enjoy the fruits of this world.

While in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve’s entire obligation was to enjoy all the lush fruits—with the notable exception of one forbidden fruit. Sure enough, they went after that one. This misdeed demonstrated their confused orientation to the real meaning of pleasure. Rather than seeing the fruits as pleasurable because they are G d’s gifts and enjoying them as part of their service to G d, they wanted to partake of them independently of G d—in fact, contrary to His will.

As already explained, real pleasure is experiencing a connection with G d. We enjoy the ultimate spiritual pleasure when we enjoy the physical pleasures of this world as part of our divine service. Then, the act of receiving and enjoying G d’s gifts to us is amazingly transformed into a selfless act of serving G d.

We can understand now that G d’s only desire in giving Adam and Eve those two mitzvahs was to give them the ultimate pleasure—bonding with Him. True pleasure was not in the taste of the fruits, but in eating and enjoying these gifts from G d. This was the way to serve and connect with Him—the Ultimate Pleasure.

But Adam and Eve misunderstood this. They did not see physical pleasure as a conduit to the spiritual pleasure of bonding with G d. Rather, they sought pleasure independent of G d.

This is the root of all wrongdoing. Do we see the pleasures of this world as a gift from G d, enjoying them in the service of G d, and using them as conduits to a connection to G d? Or, do we seek pleasure independent of any connection to G d? In other words, is the pleasure about us, or is the pleasure about our relationship with G d?

Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit, because they were totally confused about their purpose on earth and, consequently, what is truly pleasurable in this world. They were clueless about what would bring them meaning and joy in life.

Following Adam and Eve’s fatal mistake, G d told them, “Because you ate from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from, the earth has become cursed.” G d was not punishing the earth because of Adam and Eve’s transgression, rather He was informing them that their distorted orientation towards physical pleasures has turned the earth into a source of curse rather than blessing for them and for their descendants.

Depending on how we view the physical world, it is cursed or blessed. If we look at the physical world as a conduit to a connection with G d, and if, as a service to G d, we gratefully receive His gift of delicious fruits, we thereby experience His presence and the physical world becomes blessed. The physical world then becomes a bridge between the human and the divine. But if we fixate on the physical, independent of any relationship with G d, and mistakenly perceive this world as the source of our pleasure rather than as a bridge to G d, then this world becomes a barrier to G d and a curse for us.

Now that we understand the transgression of Adam and Eve, we can begin to appreciate how we can contribute to its fixing on Tu B’Shevat.

On Tu B’Shevat, the new sap begins to rise up into the trees. And we bring abundance to this process when we celebrate Tu B’Shevat.

The Talmud says that more than the baby wants to suck, a mother wants to nurse. The mother not only gets tremendous pleasure from nursing her baby, but the flow of her milk is actually generated by its sucking. The more the baby wants to suck, the more milk the mother has to give. This principle also applies to our relationship to G d.

G d wants to give us the greatest of all pleasures which is a connection with Him. But if we don’t recognize that to be the greatest pleasure, and we don’t want it, then He can’t give it to us. Of course, G d could give it to us, but it would just be a waste, because we wouldn’t recognize it for what it is.

The Power of a Blessing
On Tu B’Shevat, we attempt to fix the transgression of Adam and Eve when we enjoy the fruits of the earth preceded by the recitation of an appreciative blessing to G d—”Blessed are you, G d…..” in other words, “G d, You are the source of this blessing.”

Tu B’Shevat is an opportune time to celebrate how eating and enjoying the fruits of trees can be a bridge to G d, and how it can bring back the blessing to the earth.
When we enjoy the fruits of the previous year as wonderful gifts from G d and affirm our
yearning for G d’s presence manifest in the fruit, we are like a baby sucking his mother’s milk with great appetite. We draw forth with great abundance the “milk of the earth”—the sap in the trees rises up with great abundance, so that they will bear much fruit in the coming year.

Unlike Adam and Eve who sought pleasure separate from G d and who turned physical pleasure into a barrier to G d, we—on Tu B’Shevat—enjoy the fruits as G d’s gift and experience their pleasure as a connection to G d. In this way we fix the transgression of Adam and Eve. We free the earth from being a curse for us—a barrier to G d. We transform it into a bridge, so that it becomes a wellspring of blessing and G d-given pleasure.

[Adapted from Inviting G d In: The True Meaning of the Jewish Holy Days (Trumpeter/Random House).] Shared on Torah-Share.com with permission by the Author.

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KLM: How to Celebrate Chanukah in the Midst of War with Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit

Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – Shares about we can inject intent of doing the mitzvot in Hanukah. This intention helps elevate the power of our actions and prayers influencing ourselves, our families, our communities, and Jews Worldwide.

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Chanukah – Ecstacy of the World to Come I Rav David Yisrael Kalmus

Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus – Shares about the main way to get connected to Hashem is through saying “thank you” aka as gratitude. Chanukah is a lesson in thank you. Mitzvot are a lesson in thank you. Learning and following halachot (Jewish Law) are a lesson in thank you.

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!Short Clips! Living With The Times – Current Situation in Israel – Chanukah and Israel Dreaming

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman – As Chanukah approaches, Rabbi Trugman tells a story about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in the late 70’s in Chicago and summary is that each Jew regardless of how religiously observant they are has a cruve of oil that is pure and can unleash each one’s Jewish soul (just like Chanukah of origin). Now is the time to uncover it!

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Sukkot Shiur by Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz – Sukkot In The Shadow Of Faith

Rabbi Dr. Akiva Tatz – Shares a very powerful message of how Sukkot details the relationship between Jews and Non-Jews, between Jews and Western World and less so between the Jews and Eastern World. This is all by design from creation and throughout history. How will it end? Listen and stay tuned. Chag Sameach!

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KLM: Sukkot – Attaining Unparalleled Joy of a Mitzvah with Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit

Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – Rabbi Wegbreit shares how we can attain joy during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

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Living With The Times – Sukkot and the Clouds of Glory By Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman – How Yom Kippur transforms into Sukkot from all the elements the Kohen Gadol does in the Holy of Holies during Yom Kippur. The teshuva process is not over it just morphs a bit. Rabbi Trugman shares how if it was over then we would already be starting over the Torah readings from the beginning (Bereshit) now but this is not the case as we wait until Simchat Torah.

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