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39 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Vayeira: Compassion for the Wicked?
The Shem MiShmuel asks how Avraham could plead for mercy on behalf of the people of Sodom when they were so cruel to others. Isn't kindness to the Sodomites actually cruelty to their victims?
61 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Lech Lecha: The Need for Speed
The Ben Ish Chai explains how Avraham Avinu was able to exhibit astounding alacrity when it came to doing mitzvos yet when he needed to deal with mundane matters he remained emotionally detached.
45 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Noach: The Failed Tzadik
How Noach fell short as the spiritual leader of his generation. A textual study of the Kedushas Levi (R' Levi Yitzchak Berditcherver) on the Torah portion of Noach. At the Thursday Night Men's Cholent class.
35 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Sukkos—Cultural Judaism and Avraham's Non-Kosher Sukkah
What’s the difference whether we view Judaism as our cultural heritage or we view Judaism as G-d’s program for us how to live? A Midrash says that in the merit that Avraham told his guests, "recline yourselves under the tree," his descendants were given the mitzvah of sukkah. We know that shade from a tree is not a valid sukkah. Why was Avraham’s “proto-sukkah” a decidedly un-kosher sukkah? Avraham's rooted tree is the symbol of human greatness while the detached branches that we use as s'chach represent growing beyond the heights of finite potential. Based on Reshimos #62.
82 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Yom Kippur—Recycle Your Guilt
A pre-Yom Kippur talk on the necessity of rising above toxic shame and embracing teshuvah with joy.
27 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Vayelech: Hidden Joy
What does the Torah portion of Vayeilech reveal about the hidden joy within Shabbos Shuvah? Based on Sefer HaSichos 5749 pp. 6-7.
30 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Rosh Hashanah—Business or Personal?
Is your relationship with Hashem business or personal? As we head into the Shmita year it is important for each one of us to answer this question. Rabbi Shais Taub explains why.
10 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
Message to FSRC Alumni Before Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Shais Taub talks about creating a meaningful yom tov for those recovering from trauma.
47 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Chinuch—Our Children Our Future
The Rebbe's "Education Campaign" (Mivtzah Chinuch) is remarkable in a number of ways including the idea that children are not only supposed to receive an education but also act as educators themselves. This class describes the history of this campaign as well as its connection to the Lag B'Omer parades, children's rallies, and the Twelve Pesukim. Eleventh in a series of classes on the mitzvah campaigns ("Mivtzaim") of the Rebbe and part of the "Every Home a Sanctuary" initiative at Chabad of the Five Towns. Dedicated in memory of Dina Leah Rosenzweig OB"M.
31 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Re'eh: Blessing or Curse?
Is everything G-d does really for the good? If so, are we meant to always feel that way? Two classic Aramaic translations of a single word represent two different perspectives on evil. Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 19, pp. 133-139.
35 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Eikev: What's a Brain Without Feet?
Understanding the relationship between a leader and his people from the fact that Moshe was blamed for the sin of the Golden Calf although he was not present when it happened. Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol. 21, p. 175.
33 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Va'eschanan: Mind Control, Heart Control
The Torah describes the mitzvah of the arm Tefilin as an action ("you shall bind them... on your arm") whereas the mitzvah of the head Tefilin is described as a state of being ("they should be... on your head.") What is the legal and mystical distinction between these two expressions? What does it teach us about the difference between the mind and the heart? Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol. 39, pp. 22-29.
43 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Moshiach—Let's Finish the Job
In our day, Moshiach must be much more than an abstract belief. We must begin to live with an awareness of Moshiach's imminent arrival. Tenth in a series of classes on the mitzvah campaigns ("Mivtzaim") of the Rebbe and part of the "Every Home a Sanctuary" initiative at Chabad of the Five Towns. Dedicated in memory of Dina Leah Rosenzweig OB"M.
71 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
What Your Teen Really Needs from You
Rabbi Shais Taub at the Evergreen Estates Women's Day of Learning addresses the topic of what our teens really need most from us today.
29 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Devarim: Should We Demand Moshiach?
In this week's portion, Moshe blesses the people "May you be multiplied one thousand-fold and may G-d do for you that which He said about you." What are these two blessings? And why is the second one so vague? Hear the strange story of when the Baal Shem Tov and his students bankrupted a poor man by literally eating him out of house and home. What does this teach us about the need to pray? And how is this connected to the Alshich's explanation of Mother Rochel's tears? Why do we need to cry out to Hashem for Moshiach? Based on Hiva'aduyos, vol. 34, p. 209.
36 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Masei: Smashing the Modern Day Idols
In this week's Haftarah, the prophet Yirmiyahu rebukes his people: "They say to the wood, 'You are my father,' and to the stone, 'You gave birth to me.'" What are the "stone" and "wood" of our day? How do we identify and rectify the idol worship in our own lives? Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 17, p. 145.
48 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Tefilin—Tying the Knot With Hashem
The Rebbe's tefilin campaign began in 1967 on the eve of the Six Day War as a manner of invoking merit and Divine protection for the Jewish people. It quickly became apparent that it was also much more than that. What is the unique and enduring significance of the tefilin campaign? Ninth in a series of classes on the mitzvah campaigns ("Mivtzaim") of the Rebbe and part of the "Every Home a Sanctuary" initiative at Chabad of the Five Towns. Dedicated in memory of Dina Leah Rosenzweig OB"M.
41 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Pinchas: Has Materialism Stolen Our Soul?
The worship of Ba'al Peor was considered loathsome even by pagans. How were so many Jews in the wilderness attracted to it? The truth is that the core belief of Ba'al worship is very much alive and prevalent today in the worldview known as materialism. How do we combat this popular ideology that reduces all reality to physical things? How do we bring an appreciation for spirituality back to this world? Based on Reshimos #50.
38 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
17 Tammuz—To Transform the Breaking of the Wall
The Babylonian Talmud says that the walls of Jerusalem were broken by the Babylonians on 9 Tammuz while the Jerusalem Talmud says it happened on 17 Tammuz. How do we reconcile these two accounts? What is the "Butterfly Effect" or the "Alternate Timeline Theory"? Is there a concept in Torah that historical events have the potential to go in two very different directions? How should we view seemingly negative events in our lives? Based on Sichos Kodesh 5741, vol. 4, pp. 175-7.
31 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Chukas: Who Knows the Real You?
The Torah portion of Chukas describes the passing of Aharon and how his loss was greatly mourned by the Jewish people. Why was Aharon so universally beloved? And what can we learn from this about our own hidden potential? Based on Sichos Kodesh 5741, vol. 4, pp. 439-440.
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