Horeb #12: Deah and Dibbur Part 1, Ch. 50, Ahava 16

Love all that I [God] have placed by your side; feel that its existence is necessary for your existence, its welfare for your welfare; feel even that your existence, your welfare, your vocation is completed only by its existence.

— Rav SR Hirsch, Horeb, Ch. 16 “Love”

In this class, we learn the definition of love, and begin the search for how to achieve it.

Handouts:

Hirsch Horeb Ch 9 Love of God

Hirsch Horeb Ch 15 שנאה Hatred

Hirsch Horeb Ch 16 Love of Others אהבה

Hirsch Horeb Ch 50 Falsehood שקר

Horeb Ch 51 Par 380

The Power of Speech Companion to Horeb, Ch. 50 | Source Sheet

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Horeb #11: Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim Part 4: Conclusion Ch. 88

“Not the thousands which you have amassed, or wasted for the sake of sensual pleasures and earthly ambitions, but the penny with which you have fed the hungry, clothed the naked and succored the unfortunate in their need, that penny will support you in the Hereafter before God’s Throne… 

"These are the riches you should strive for: to enrich your mind with experience, your heart with love, your tongue with eloquence, and with strength your arm, so as to enable you to become a support and an inspiration and a comfort, a father and a helper in sickness, distress and danger, in despair and confusion.”

— Rav SR Hirsch, Horeb, Ch. 88 “Tzedakah and Gemiluth Chasadim, Alms and Charity”

Handouts:

Horeb #11: Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim Part 4: Conclusion Ch. 88

Rav Hirsch | Chanuka Judaism Eternal

“One single pure spark, loyally treasured in but one single Jewish heart, is sufficient for God to set aflame once more the whole spirit of Judaism. And if… one little crucible of oil, one heart which in a forgotten hidden corner… has faithfully remained untouched and undefiled, this one crucible is sufficient to become the salvation of the entire sanctuary when the right time and hour has come. 

“Therefore, go and kindle your light at the festival of the Maccabees… In your own home there shall be a light for you and for your house… Our salvation has not issued from temples in the past, nor will it now — the deliverance will come from the home. How good are the sermons of your preachers, how well your cantors sing — this makes no difference. The important thing is how your children and babies prattle, whether the Jewish spirit shines in them, whether Jewish sap flows in their veins, whether the Jewish way of life is their education — on this depend victory and deliverance.”

– Judaism Eternal, Vol. II, Kislev pp. 22-28

Rav Brevda on Chanuka | Expect Miracles

Don’t miss this exciting class based on the teachings of Rav Shlomo Brevda, zt”l. Trace the evolving impact of Greek culture on the Jewish experience in the Bais HaMikdash, and the power of the Maccabees to rededicate hearts and minds to Torah and mitzvos.

You are miraculous. Your very existence is a miracle. “From a miraculous vessel, expect miracles.”

Handouts:
Rav Brevda on Chanuka Part I

Rav Brevda on Chanuka Part II

Horeb #8: Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim Part 3: “Living to Give”

“…to say ‘may God be Blessed through me” means that one’s work is no longer his own doing; at the same time, one is not trying to gain his own ends. His status may be ever so humble, his beginnings may well be ridiculed by others, but he has been assigned to his post by God, the Master of heaven and earth, the King of the universe. God knows a man’s strength, God’s spirit animates him and He has placed him within the particular context of his occupation so that he may perform His will there and then. Man is His worker, and consequently, he has God at his side always."

Horeb #7: Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim Part 2 VeHeye Bracha, Ch. 88

“The concept of berachah, blessing, is the theme underlying all of a Jew’s thinking. It is the idea which every Jew should convert into a reality, and the entire Torah exists only to teach us the way in which we can and should bless Hashem. Indeed, the word baruch, from which the noun berachah is derived, encompasses the entire mission of the life of the Jew.”

Horeb #6: Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim Part 1, Ch. 88

“Thou shalt open thy hand unto thy brother, to thy needy.’ With these words, God calls you to your loveliest, most God-like task, calls upon you to become a blessing with all He gives you, a blessing to those around you. … Everything sustains and is sustained, everything takes and gives and receives a thousandfold in giving — for it receives life instead of mere existence."

Handouts:
והיה ברכה Source Sheet
Hirsch Haggada
Horeb Ch. 88 Tzedaka and Gemilus Chasadim

Horeb #2: Self Appraisal, Ch. 5

“Young men and young women of Israel! Let the consciousness of your mission penetrate you through and through! …Live in God’s creation as brothers and sisters of the greatest as of the smallest, all like you, you like all, called upon to be servants of the One and Only. …Then will the rolling thunder, the effulgent sun, the blade of grass that nods to you as you walk, the breeze that fans you as it passes, greet you and remind you of your task."

Handouts:

Hirsch Horeb Ch5: Self Appraisal

LONG Self-Appraisal Companion to Horeb, Ch. 5 | Sefaria Source Sheet Builder

SHORT Self-Appraisal Companion to Horeb, Ch. 5 | Sefaria Source Sheet Builder

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