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Rabbi Reuven Taragin

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An ideal Jewish army on a full stage

Today we have soldiers who embody the living proof of the integration of what Chazal referred to as the sifra (book) and saifa (sword).

An ideal Jewish army on a full stage

Ethics of the Fathers:

True Freedom

Rebbe Yehoshua Ben Levi taught that only those involved in Torah study are truly free. How?

True Freedom

Ethics of the Fathers:

Life in the Corridor

Our world is likened to a corridor that leads to a palace.

Life in the Corridor

Ethics of the Fathers:

Earning our lives

Chapter 3 in a series.

Earning our lives

Ethics of the Fathers:

What we want

The Gemara says that “one who says that they have only Torah, lacks even Torah.” What besides Torah does “having Torah” depend upon?

What we want

Ethics of the Fathers

The foundation(s) of our world

The first Shabbat after Passover we begin reading a chapter a week of Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, a 6-chapter compilation of teachings and wise maxims found in Tractate Nezikin. Introduction and chapter 1.

The foundation(s) of our world

The real reason we are hated

Every generation has its own reason and some have no reason at all - for hating Jews.

The real reason we are hated

Sharansky’s Seder Night Lesson

We look for G-d’s presence not in the life of the individual, but in the life of the nation – what G-d does for us as a people.

Sharansky’s Seder Night Lesson

Where w/He takes us

Learning to distinguish between our plans for the future and our view in retrospect.

Where w/He takes us

Reflections from Mt Herzl Military Cemetery

Thoughts while attending the funeral of Captain Daniel Perez.

Reflections from Mt Herzl Military Cemetery

A powerful Brit Milah

We cried over the fact that Yehonatan was not there but also celebrated Aviyah and his family’s resolve to continue raising their children with the timeless traditions of the Jewish people.

A powerful Brit Milah

The Director behind the scenes

We rarely experience evident miracles; we need to realize that though His Hand is not visible, Hashem directs behind the scenes.

The Director behind the scenes

Our need for personal growth

Hashem creates us together with ourselves. He begins the process; we complete it.

Our need for personal growth

Living in Hashem’s world

Hashem’s ownership of the world also gives Him the right to set the conditions for its existence.

Living in Hashem’s world

Our need for personal growth

Man is truly alive only once he develops himself spiritually and fully appreciates his soul.

Our need for personal growth

Yom Kippur as purification

Though we generally associate Yom Kippur with atonement, the Torah defines taharah (purification) as the day’s goal

Yom Kippur as purification

Being On The Team

The Talmud teaches that one who does not identify with the community’s suffering will also be excluded from their eventual consolation.

Being On The Team

Where Wisdom Begins

Chochmah and yirah are two central aspects of human experience that are generally perceived to be disconnected from one another

Where Wisdom Begins

The foundation(s) of our world

Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Chassadim — are what the world  exists for and what we, therefore, should be focused upon

The foundation(s) of our world

How We Rise Up

The Greatness of Torah Learning

How We Rise Up

World of Tens

Significant actions significantly impact a significant world

World of Tens

Pirkei Avot

'If Not I' - we are responsible for ourselves

Others will not, cannot, and are not meant to be responsible in our place.

'If Not I' - we are responsible for ourselves

Parent Principles: An introduction

Moses received the Torah from Sinai, and gave it to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets.

Parent Principles: An introduction

Redeeming Ourselves

Redeeming Ourselves