The Mussaf Amida of Rosh HaShana is fashioned after the prayer of Chana - At first glance it seems that Chana did nothing but cut a tough deal with Gd - In this class we learn how Abraham introduced the true model of Gds relationship with creation, and how deal making is non Jewish - We explain the Shema and the power of the Shofar.
On Rosh Hashana, we celebrate the "creation" of the world - We exist by virtue of being Known by Hashem as part of Himself - This sounds esoteric but has very practical implications - and we can even feel it at certain special moments.
Esther Wein Published on 8 Sep 2016 Mishpat/Justice and Tzedakah/Righteousness are indivisible - Mishpat allows us to justify ourselves to the world - however Tzedakah asks us to justify the world to ourselves - Tzedakah must mitigate Mishpat as part of truth - The way to cultivate a generous spirit is to develop a
Misconceptions abound regarding the purpose of Mitzvot. Rambam sorts through much of the nonsense about reward and punishment and explains what we are truly meant to strive for, and how the mitzvot help us to attain it.
The terms - Yetzer Hara and Yetzer Hatov - are explained in light of the ideas we have been working with. We explain what a 'Rasha' is and what a 'Tzaddik' is what 'bad' and 'good' mean, and where we find ourselves when we become 'non religious'
Self Control and Self expansion are both expressions of the human drive to be More. Declining that which limits us, and developing our selves causes other to be able participate more in our lives. Chessed is not what we Do for others, it is our own excess, that overflows and nourishes all our co creations. This is our participation in Gds existence
In this class we decode the language of the story of the Garden of Eden - The Garden, Man, Woman, Snake and Tree are all descriptions of inter psychic forces - How the relationship between Man and Gd changes and how that determines our relationship with others is explained - Cain and Hevel are understood as the inevitable outcome of