How To Approach The Election In A Spiritual Way

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Last week Matisyahu Goren, creator of the Long Short Way Podcast, conducted a very interesting interview with Rabbi Friedman regarding tommorow’s election. To Listen Click here.

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How to Heal and Bring the World Together

 

Rabbi Friedman was recently interviewed by Matisyahu Goren, creator of The Long Short Way Podcast. It was a great interview and strongly encourage everyone to listen, it even touches upon the upcoming elections :).

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Frum Divorce: Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

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12 Pesukim “The Foundation Of Life” (Pesukim 7-12)

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Boro Park Mothers: Understanding Today’s Generation

This class just happened this morning!

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Boro Park HS Girls: The World Is Desperate For What You Know

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Most People Just Don’t Get It

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A few weeks ago I came across this old box of tapes in the garage (as seen in the picture above). One of the tapes lying on top (circled in red) was titled “Moshiach: Purpose Of Creation”. The title intrigued me so I got a tape recorder and started listening to this class from June 23, 1992 given at Young Israel of Ocean Parkway.  The first 10 minutes or so really struck me.

And I realized most people just don’t get it.

I will explain:

Throughout my years of studying Chassidus I have read again and again the Alter Rebbe’s statement regarding Hashem’s desire for a dwelling place in the lower world and that “NO QUESTIONS can be asked in regard to desire“. Even after all the blog posts and classes currently posted on 11213.org regarding this subject these 10 minutes or so really hammered home the Alter Rebbe’s revolutionary statement.

It dawned on me that most people miss the extraordinary impact of the statement because this is how a typical conversation unfolds:

Me: Does Hashem Need Your Mitzvos?

Them: He doesn’t need them, he wants them.

Me: Meaning mitzvos are not really that important to him? Mitzvos are like dessert? You want dessert but you need food?

and so on..down the rabbit hole…

Basically they are saying there is a pecking order:

1. Lowest Level (and therefore not as important): Want

2. Higher Level (and therefore more important): Need

 

The Alter Rebbe introduced a third level:

3. Highest Level: (and therefore most important) Desire.

So does G-d Need Your Miztvos?  The correct answer is YES and so much more than you can ever imagine…we are not talking want, we are not talking need, we are talking an essential desire which is much stronger than any need because it is coming from Hashem himself.

Here is a diagram:

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Boro Park Women: What’s Going On In The World?

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12th Grade Bais Rivkah: Marriage, Chassidus & Chanukah

Recently 12th Grade Bais Rivkah High School had evening session where they learned about Marriage, Chassidus, & Chanukah and how they are all interrelated.

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Crown Heights Women: How To Handle Not Moving Away On Shlichus

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Chabad of Pratt Institute: A Different Picture Of G-d

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Boro Park Mothers: What Is Chabad’s Unique Approach To Chinuch?

Yesterday we had a very lively and interactive class in Boro Park to understand Chabad’s unique approach to raising children. Listen and you will hear what I mean…

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ULY Mesivta: For The Times They Are A-Changin’

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8th Grade Oholei Torah: Help, Davening Is So Hard For Me

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ULY Mesivta Ask Anything

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12th Grade Bais Rivkah High School: What Does G-d Mean?

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11th Grade Bais Rivkah High School: How Do We Get Beyond All Things?

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8th Grade Oholei Torah: But What If We Don’t Understand?

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Hamesivta: What Does It Mean To Believe In Hashem?

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Darchai Menachem: The Facts Of Life

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12th Grade Bnos Chomesh: Free Choice, Definition Of Love & More…

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ULY Mesivta: How To Handle Your Taivos

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Oholei Torah 8th Grade: Understanding Hashem’s Infinity

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Bais Rivkah High School: Are We Supposed To Question?

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Hitting A Nerve

This was an engaging open forum session with Rabbi Manis Friedman given to women in Crown Heights.

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What Your Chosson Teacher Never Told You

Chassidim from different neighborhoods gathered at the Levi Yitzchok library to discuss the Chabad Chassidus approach to marriage. The class starts off in Yiddish but changes to English. (Class is 3 Hours 10 minutes)

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Wilkes-Barre Yeshiva Farbrengen

IMG_5526As a preparation for Gimmel Tammuz the entire Wilkes-Barre Yeshiva came to the Levi Yitzchok Library for a farbrengen that was truly one of a kind. (Farbrengen is 2 Hours 46 minutes)

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Swing Into Summer

How to talk to your kids confidently about sensitive issues.

This class with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to Crown Heights mothers. (Class is 1 Hour 53 Minutes)

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Completely Uncomfortable

Completely Uncomfortable

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Completely Uncomfortable

This is the complete audio of the Farbrengen that Yehoshua attended. (Farbrengen is 3 Hours 5 Minutes)

This audio is part of the series Uncomfortable

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Questions 5th Graders Ask

Questions 5th Graders Ask

Questions 5th Graders Ask

Questions 5th Graders Ask

This class with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to 5th grade Bais Rivkah Girls. (Class is 26 Minutes)

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Serving The Rebbe

Serving The Rebbe

Serving The Rebbe

Serving The Rebbe

This lecture with special guest speaker Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky was given to Crown Heights women at the Levi Yitzchok Library in honor of Yud Aleph Nissan. (Class is 1 Hour 47 Minutes)

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My Parents Are Divorced, Now What?

My Parents Are Divorced, Now What?

This class with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to Bochurim. (Class is 1 Hour 38 Minutes)

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Don’t Do The Rebbe A Favor

Don’t Do The Rebbe A Favor

Don't Do The Rebbe A Favor

Don’t Do The Rebbe A Favor

This class with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to 8th grade Oholei Torah. (Class is 58 Minutes)

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