Mar 26, 2017
Mar 19, 2017
Pesach shiur. Pesach is time that we spend 7 days thanking Hashem for taking us out of bondage so that we could become a great nation. The Rabbeinu Yonah writes in Shaarei Teshuva that when a person goes through difficulty and misfortune, he should accept it in a positive way. If he does that then he strengthens himself spiritually. When that misfortune is taken away from him, he should not only thank Hashem that he was cured, but he should also thank Hashem for the pain he endured. He should trust that the difficulty was given to him with love in order for him to grow and the actual darkness was the cause of the light that came. This why on Pesach when we read the Haggadah, it starts at the beginning when things were not so good. The Jews were in spiritual decline & suffering. Only after we speak about all we went through do we speak about the miracles Hashem created, because they have to be seen as one unit. Hashem put us in Mitzrayim and had us go through all of this slavery and torture – in order to create an Am Yisrael . In order to create the Great Nation of Israel from the foundation – from scratch. Our meaning and purpose in life is to serve Hashem. We needed to do this in our identity, with our resources and through our purpose in life.
No class due to observance of Purim
Mar 5, 2017
A week from today is Purim, which is said to be the most special day of the year. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, but there are those that say that it does not come close to Purim. Why? Yom Kippur is a day that is completely between man and Hashem. But Purim goes even beyond that. It is not only a day that we reach a tremendously high level between man and Hashem, but we also reach a tremendously high level between man and man, and man and himself. It is the day that encompasses every aspect of the greatness of a human being. Today Raize speaks about the essence of Purim & how one can achieve the goal of Purim. It is also important to mention that today is 7 Adar. It is a very holy day, as it is the birthday and yahrtzeit of Moshe Rabbeinu - as well as the birthday of our esteemed teacher Raize.