Starting out the week with a current events viewpoint from Rabbi Mendel Kessin regarding the Earthquake on Tu’Beshvat (a Rosh Hashanah) and how it affects the era of the coming of Moshiach and our tikun. Additionally, Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz conducts a regularly scheduled Q&A on a variety of different topics.
Starting out the week with a Q&A with Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz through the Rabbi’s vast knowledge and depth of Torah offers such balanced, well thought out, compassionate yet conservative approach to halachic questions by the Rabbi’s students. Here are some examples of the questions addressed in the video:
-Should a ger (convert to Judaism) say “shelo asani goy” (that I was not made a non-Jew)?
-What is the Jewish view of acupuncture, qi, etc?
-What is the importance of physical beauty?
-Should one eat while learning?
-How could the Day of Judgment, filled with fear, fall on Shabbos, filled with rest?
-Should a religious person commit tax evasion in Israel?
-What are the halachic considerations of moving a parent into a nursing home?
Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit share in this !Short Clip! a very easy path to improving your connection to Hashem through intention while doing mitzvot. Simple approach.
If you are interested in more videos from this Rabbi please visit this YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@OhrSomayach
This Rabbi in this !Short Clip” shares that the Alter Rebbe (the founder of Chabad chasidus) tells us in the Tanya that everything we do really does matter and we can change all of existing with one difference in our actions – this can be viewed as scary or empowering (or both):
Rabbi Mendel Kessin shares how the “irrationality” of Hashem during Akeida Yitzchak (the Binding of Isaac) towards Avraham Avinu is the shield the Jews have had since then from all the sins. Our loyalty to Hashem as Jews exemplified by Avraham Avinu is with us even today.
In this shiur by Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz on the weekly parasha show all aspects of the splitting of the sea and how we can relate in directly to modern times. There are a lot of parallels that we can learning from.
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Rabbi Mendel Kessin – This class discusses the amazing story of Yaakov Avinu and Esav from a practical and spiritual perspective – about how Esav was actually an Av (Forefather) at the beginning and had great power to affect creation. However, by selling his birthright and Yaakov Avinu receiving Esav’s first born blessing from Yitzchak Avinu – his “Av(ness)” duties were passed on to Yaakov Avinu. This dramatically affected Yaakov Avinu’s life as from that point on he took on two (Av) roles – the original one he had of learning Torah in tents (bringing shefa to the World) and the one he inherited from Esav – to go out into the tuma (the harsh evil World) and stay spiritually intact. This is symbolized the Angels that go up and down the ladder. Fascinating class from Rabbi Kessin – highly recommended.
Rabbi Mendel Kessin – Shares and explains how learning Mishna (the oral law written down by Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi) can serve several purposes at once. According to Midrash Raba it can bring Geula (redemption). It can give a strong learning foundation for young boys and newly religious alike. And, it can help educate us about the Torah laws itself. Rabbi Kessin also makes some good points about the difficulties many have with learning Gemorah without the basic learning foundation (Mishna) first.
Rabbi Mendel Kessin – There are so many deep concepts about teshuva in this class by Rabbi Kessin including why we read about the “binding of Yitzchak” and what that means to our personal teshuva during the “ten days of repentance”. Also, learning and coming closer to our role in the tikun (the fixing of the World) and how it can help bring the geula (the redemption).
Rabbi Mendel Kessin – In this video, Rabbi Kessin shares with us what the Divine Plan for all of creation is and the Jews specific responsibilities within that plan and the obstacles that the Satan puts in our way to fulfill them. It all start with the sin of Adam Harishon and the goal is to get back to that place of the beginning to complete Hashem’s plan for all of creation.
Rabbi Mendel Kessin – Shares with us the story of our Sages including Rabbi Akiva and why he is laughing (while the other Sages are weeping) when the fox exits the Holy Temple during the time after its destruction. Why is this story presented now? Because this Shabbos is the Shabbos of Comfort (where we read this specific Haftarah after Tisha B’Av). Why does it say “nachamu, nachamu” (comfort, comfort) twice? Listen to the video for the fascinating answer. Shabbat Shalom!