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Personal Growth

The Truth No One Wants To Say

Rabbi David Yisrael Kalmus shares some of Rabbi Nachman’s Torah on how to avoid pursuing things that are hurtful to us and focus on find those things that are beneficial to us and answering important questions like “why do I constantly feel despair?” or “Why do I feel sadness?”

Personal Thoughts: In the video Rabbi Kalmus gives over some practical ways for me to deal with despair and sadness. A suggested exercise about going on a news and social media diet can be found at the 49:00 mark of the video (I tried it and it helped me increase happiness). However, I do recommend listening to the parts leading up to the exercise for proper context. Also, he tells a very powerful personal story about his cousin that was in a coma and his miraculous recovery starting at the 56:25 mark. Enjoy!

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Jewish Holidays

HISTORY OF THE CHANUKAH RECORD – Talmud on Chanukah

Rabbi Levi Y. gives us some scriptural sources for Chanukah (which is uniquely different than other Jewish Holidays due to it’s absence in the Mishna).

Personal Thoughts: I personally enjoy learning the scriptural sources for the Jewish Holidays – where they are discussed, what date they were written about in relation to the actual occurence date, and the thinking of the time of why they were treated in that specific way scriptually. The beginning of the video is a discussion on Chasidic thought but at about the 9:20 mark of the video it gets into the Chanukah discussion. Enjoy!

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Personal Growth

Proud To Be A Jew in the 21st Century

Rabbi Yaakov Rachimi shares with us what it takes to be happy and it’s much simpler than we imagined.

Personal Thoughts: I focused on the time period 34:00 – 37:00 mark on this video which has some incredibly simple wisdom (paraphrasing: Hashem created a World where every person has exactly what they need for their mission in life. The problems start when a person chooses to try to live a life that is not his (but someone elses). Rabbi Rachimi quotes Rav Dessler that exactly what a person needs is what makes him the happiest. Listen for yourself.

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Personal Growth

Self-Knowledge, Self-Esteem, & Personal Greatness

Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen shares the uniqueness of each one us and our role in the World.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cSJQ3kjI-k&list=PL3ljZS_nDoyEqaTxG-H_KP2gD4fAw3VC9&index=3

Personal Thoughts: The Rabbi gave me a unique perspective to contemplate on my personal uniqueness and why I am here and what role I have to play. This helps give me direction in a sometimes random-seeming directionless life. Help yourself get a life compass and watch and enjoy.

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Rebbetzins

Life is a Choice

Rebbetzin Lori Palatnik teaches us how we view life’s challenges makes a huge difference in our happiness level and viewpoint.

Personal Thoughts: Very powerful lecture by the Rebbetzin that taught me to see each situation uniquely and for what it really is instead of something that it’s not. Really helped me to process the constant challenges that go on in my day-to-day life and be empowered by them instead of constantly let down. Enjoy!

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Other Religions

The Real Story of X-mas & New Years Eve

Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen shares the truth behind X-mas & New Years Eve and why Jews should re-consider their current viewpoint and disposition towards them. Perfect timing!

Personal Thoughts: I had no idea the true background of these two holidays. The Rabbi showed me a clear explanation with solid backing on my somewhat innocuous viewpoint. Glad I became educated. Highly recommended particularly considering the timing. On a side note, here is a somewhat misplaced “Short Clip” that I thought should be categorized here, “The 9th of Teves!?” – Interesting mashal (story) on why the 9th of Tevet was a day of fasting and its relation to Christianity – https://www.youtube.com/embed/NqkM-QfMxuI?start=650&end=1075&autoplay=1

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Torah Stories

The Miraculous End of Israel’s Worst Nemesis: Stories of the Ancient Kings of Israel

Rabbi Dovid Vigler of Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens – video about a miraculous military victory over the biggest army (of Sennacherib) in the World without a “shot” ever fired.

Personal Thoughts: Fascinating story of the power of righteousness and belief and trust in Hashem (King Hezekiah) overcoming “guaranteed” destruction of the Jewish people during the Second Temple Period. Taught me a lot about my own belief and trust in Hashem! Enjoy the story.

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Jewish Holidays

Chanukah

Chanukah – Rabbi Asher Baruch Wegbreit – shares how to make this years Chanukah more meaningful and relevant to your life today.

Personal Thoughts: This video really helped me appreciate Chanukah – not only for explaining how many mitzvot are within lighting the Menorah, saying the blessings, and even singing “Maoz Tzur”. This new perspective will help me celebrate Chanukah with more joy, kavanah, and simcha. Hope you get a lot out of it as well. Chag Chanukah Sameach!

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General Torah

Close Your Eyes, Awaken Emunah

Emunah (Faith) – Rabbi Dovid Yisroel Kalmus – shares how to find Emunah in the darkness and how Hashem is everywhere but we also have free will (paradox).

Personal Thoughts: Interesting concepts in this video like why do we have more desires for tivahs (bad thoughts/actions – like over-eating, trouble seek behavior) at night as opposed to day. Also, learned how to deal with the paradox of having free will vs. Hashem knowing how everything will turn out and how to avoid getting lost in this spiritually. Deep stuff! Hope you enjoy it.

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