Questions on Kabala l’Haba

The Questions : What is the minimal requirement for the Kabalah l’Haba? Is one required to definitively state that he will never do whatever Aveirah that he is attempting to do Teshuva for ever again? There are certainly some Aveirot where this would seem to be either impractical or downright dishonest! Even in those areas

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How the Mighty Fall

As we review our year and wonder what happened to our New Year resolutions from last year – we may want to give up trying to improve ourselves.  But never do that!  We can learn from Winston Churchill and the best selling business author Jim Collins, who

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The Seven Steps Prior to Teshuva

Author: Rabbi Noach Weinberg zt’l based on the Chovos HaLevavos   1)      Focus on one specific moment when you did this עבירה.   2)      Know that what you did was unequivocally an עבירה. 3)      Know that you will be punished for this עבירה.   4)      The punishment is on its way (the bullet has been

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Yosef Meets His Brothers

Breishit 35  Yosef Meets His Brothers:Playing the Teshuva Game (Ch. 42—44:17) Ask: How many people here like to admit that they are wrong? (No one will raise their hand) Judaism teaches that every human being wants to do good. Even Saddam Hussein doesn’t wake up in the morning and

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Status As A Symbol

The topics of repentance and Yom Kippur need not be all fire and brimstone. There is much about repentance that is positive, inspiring, and meaningful. Maimonides writes: “Each and every person has merits and transgressions. Whoever has more merits than sins is called a tzaddik – a righteous person.

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Ascent or Descent

Rabbi Sima’i taught: At the moment the Jewish people answered “Na’aseh ve’nishma – We will fulfill and learn the Torah,” 600,000 angels descended and crowned each Jew with two crowns, one for na’aseh and one for nishma. (Talmud – Shabbos 88a) The commentaries have discussed at length the greatness the Jewish

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A Parable

Author: Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne Rabbi Yitzchak Wyne tells a story about a successful businessman who meets a former colleague down on his luck. The colleague begs the successful business man for a substantial loan to turn around his circumstances. style=”mso-spacerun: yes”Eventually, the businessman agrees to a 6 month

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Musar Movements Spreding in America

Mussar Movement Spreading in America- Strategies for the Heart and MindLeonard Felson Hartford, CT Far from the hype of the kabbalah craze, American Jews across the religious spectrum and across the country are working at ethical and spiritual improvement through a religious discipline called ‘musar.’ And the

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September 11, 1941-2001

September 11, 1941: The world is swimming in Adolf Hitler’s bloodbath. It is a few days before the German Army captures Kiev, the Ukrainian capital in the Soviet Union and massacres tens of thousands of Jews and many more innocent women and men. Nobody imagines that sixty

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Self Responsibility

The Mishna (Dmai 2:2) says that if a person eats in the house of an Am Ha’aretz he is not believed himself, i.e. one should not eat in his house. It stated the reason as being that if this person cannot be trusted to take care of

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How I Save Time

I try to get satisfaction out of every minute. I try to enjoy whatever I’m doing. I’m a perennial optimist. I build on success. I don’t waste time regretting my failures. I don’t waste time feeling guilty about what I don’t do. I remind myself: “There is

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Mans Potential For Greatness

Author: based on the teaching of Rav Noach Weinberg In the Torah G-d says to the Jewish people “Banim atem L’Hashem Elokeichem” – you are children to Hashem your G-d. (Dvarim 14:1, Pirke Avos 3:18). Just as a father naturally wants to give all that is good

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Inyanei Teshuva from the Rambam

(based on the teachings of Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt’l) The Rambam writes in Perek Aleph, that when an Adom is choteh andkesheyaseh Teshuva he is chayev lehisvados-to say viduy. He should’vesaid im yaseh teshuva- if he’ll do teshuva. Why does the Rambam saythat vaday he’ll do teshuva?

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Kafuy Tov

How Far Does One Go to be a Kafuy Tov? The pasuk says that a new Phaaroh became king that did not know Yosef. Rashi brings a machlokes between Rav & Shmuel whether the new king was literally a different person or was the same person but

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God’s Love For Man

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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Self Improvement – I’m Jewish!

Author: Rabbi Dr. Avraham Twerski (PLEASE NOTE, THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN TRANSCRIBED FROM TAPE, AND I APPLOGISE FOR ANY ERRORS THAT MAY LEAD TO A MISREPRESENTATION OF THE INTENDED MEANING. TRANSCRIBED AND EDITED BY DANIEL SOIBELMANN). (Rabbi Twerski is a world leading Psychiatrist as well as Rabbi.

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Adam and Eve

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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Taking Control

Author: Rabbi Pinchas Morse Source The Midrash, Bereishis Rabah 22:6, describes the operation of the body in the following way. “Rebbi Abba said the yetzer hara (the body) is similar to a bent over man who posed as a robber and sat at a crossroads. To every

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Cheshbon Hanefesh

Author: Yaakov Treister From the Teachings of Rabbi Noach WeinbergRosh Yeshiva Aish Hatorah Jerusalem AN INTRODUCTION So often in our lives we found ourselves striving to achieve goals and accomplishing; approaching insurmountable mountains and climbing to their summit. Looking down at the great height we have just

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