Last week in one of the 8th grade classes from Oholei Torah a kid asked a great question about selflessness and Rabbi Friedman’s response just had to be made into a poster :)…watch the video and see the poster below!
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Samech Vov is a 61-part serial delivered by Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneersohn, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, begun on Rosh Hashana 5666 (1905) through the close of 5668 (1907). Elder Chasidim once declared that this work contained “the revelations of the light of Moshiach.” The series Yom Tov Shel Rosh Hashanah, 5666 explains many concepts and previous texts in the Torah of Chasidus. At the end, the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rashab appended a conclusion to the series, summarizing the novel contributions to the fundamentals of Chasidic thought contained in Samech Vov.
Among his discourses, the Rebbe Rashab spoke with special approbation of Samech Vov, for all the qualities that distinguish his discourses are there to be found in great measure, and It is known that the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rashab connected his delivery of Samech Vov with the Ketz, the expected arrival of Moshiach, forecast in the books of earlier sages to come in that year (from a talk of the Lubavitcher Rebbe).
People get all tangled up when you ask them how an infinite G-d can really care about a finite being. Luckily this video highlight can help clean up the mess and lead them to true fear and love of G-d.
I have been wanting to make this video clip for the longest time. Ever since I watched Jem’s fabulous video Marching Orders and heard the Rebbe say that every Mitzvah is a favor to G-d SO TO SPEAK I was confused. Doesn’t the phrase SO TO SPEAK completely undo the impact of it being a favor to G-d? And basically I was told time and time again that there is no real way to influence G-d. Which left me even more confused!
In middle of the farbrengen the other night for Chof Ches Nissan we suddenly got this clear and concise explanation of what Sefiras Haomer is all about. After all these years it just finally makes sense…this is a can’t miss clip!
In this riveting clip you can really experience the tenacious back and forth process required to truly appreciate why we are so luck to have Chabad Chassidus. Slowly watch as an exquisite picture unfolds the big picture behind it all.
So turn up the volume to hear the questions throughout the glorious process. Wow!
Before Pesach as we were learning the Mamaar B’Yom Ashtei Asar Rabbi Manis brilliantly articulated the difference between Pnimiyus & Chitzonius. For me personally it made so many other fundamental ideas fall right into place, especially the right way to approach parenting (as you will see when you watch this gem of a clip).
Recently I have been meeting some regular 11213.org followers and they have been sharing their sentiments about our over emphasis about G-d and his needs. They have all been saying the same line…“enough we get it , we get it, G-d needs your mitzvos…can we move on?”.
And to them I say…N0!
Why the stubbornness? Simple:
The fact that people are saying enough already just shows how much more attention must be given to it.
You see it works something like this and I hate to quote Steve Jobs but his famous line of “a lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” in this particular case of G-d Needs is absolutely true. This concept of G-d’s vulnerability is not a piece in the puzzle but rather it is the magnificent PICTURE THE PUZZLE reveals when it is completed. So the time to painfully connect the pieces of the puzzle one by one is long over and and the time to meticulously observe the masterful picture the puzzle reveals is finally here.
There is no better time to revisit this concept than Yud-Tes Kislev so I am posting an interview we recently recorded addressing this issue.
11th Grade Bais Rivkah High School girls came last week for a Hashkafa class which was absolutely amazing! This clip is just a taste of what transpired. Oh and by the way this clip relates directly to Today’s Hayom Yom which is included below. Check it out…
A response of the Alter Rebbe in a yechidus: Chassidus is Sh’ma Yisrael.1 The word sh’ma is an acronym of s’u marom eineichem, “Raise your eyes on high.”2The verse says “on high” (marom), and not “to the heavens” (shamayim). “On high” means higher and still higher, to attain a level beyond intellect, and grasp this itself intellectually – as the verse concludes, “and see Who created these.”
With only a few days left till Rosh Chodesh Elul and in the midst of preparing for the upcoming month we came across this footage in our archive. It is 8th Day performing at the Levi Yitzchok Library this past winter. Enjoy!
This farbrengen with Rabbi Manis Friedman was given to Crown Heights bochurim and men. The primary issue addressed was the often misunderstood approach of Hesech Hadaasand the powerful impact it can have.
Don’t Think About It
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