Monday, April 20, 2015

HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein ZT”L

Boruch Dayan Emet
The greatest combination of erudition, honesty, decency, brilliance and modesty I have ever seen has left us.
Mori v’Rabbi, Rabban shel Yisrael – HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein ZT”L has left us orphaned. The only solace we have is that he leaves behind thousands of shiurim, tens of thousands of students, and an image and model to look up to, to aspire to and attempt to emulate - even though we know that we will fall hopelessly short of his greatness.
Those of us who were privileged to see the way he honored his parents learned a lesson that is seared in our minds, a lesson of no lesser importance than those he imparted in his shiurim. His midot and halichot, personal integrity and comportment taught all his students that even if we fell short of his brilliance, and could never hope to achieve his breathtaking level of erudition and insight, we could – we must – aspire to his level of decency. In this area, too, we are dwarfed by his giant stature.

אבי אבי רכב ישראל ופרשיו, הרבה מעות יש לי ואין לי שולחני להרצותן. (תלמוד בבלי מסכת סנהדרין דף סח.)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Parshiot Aharei Mot and Kedoshim 5775 A Nation of Priests

Parshiot Acharei Mot/Kedoshim audio and essays

Parshiot Acharei Mot/Kedoshim
New Essay:
Parshiot Aharei Mot and Kedoshim 5775

A Nation of Priests

Audio: -Acharei Mot

Going to Azazel

How Yom Kippur Works

Molach Submission And Ecstasy

The Metaphysical Component

Audio: -Kedoshim
The Holy and Delicate Constitution of the Land of Israel

Dont Do Unto Others What Is Hateful To You

The Spirit Of The Law


Creating Holiness

with Hebrew sources:

with Hebrew sources:

Honoring Parents in Model & Difficult Relationships

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Parashat Shmini 5775 You Are What You Eat

Audio and Essays Parashiot Tazria and Metzora:

Audio and Essays Parashiot Tazria and Metzora:

New Echoes of Eden Project:
Parashiot Tazria and Metzora 5775 - FreeBird

Audio: Tazria and Metzora:

Ritual Separation To Create Holiness

Separation Leading To Holiness Matan (more in depth)


Tumah/Hyssop/Korban Pesach Matan

Commandments as a replacement for Holiness

Parshiot tazria metzora 5773
Iyov Yona and Eliyahu Prophets and Non-Prophets


Essays Tazria and Metzora:


Feeling Kinship

Audio and Essays Parashat Shmini

Audio and Essays Parashat Shmini

New Echoes of Eden Project:
Parashat Shmini 5775 - You Are What You Eat


Nadav Avihu and the 4 who went to Pardes

Shemini Tazria

The Value Of Silence-Parshat Shmini - Silence in the Teachings of Rebbe Nachman


In Front of God


Aharon's Silence

When Pigs Fly

The Sons of Aaron: Sinners or Saints?