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Angels or Demons: The Secret of the Cherubs

Haman: A Psychological Profile

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Looking forward

Monday, Feb 15 2010 - א' אדר תש"ע
Joe
As always, looking very much forward. Thank you for this ans thank you Schottensteins and all who make it possible. We appreciate it so much.
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Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
Chaya
Thank you!
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shiur

Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
Chana Kurinsky
Thank you Rabbi Jacobson and co. I look forward to this shiur every week. G-d bless you all!
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Shiur

Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
Izzy C
As usual the class was great!
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Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
Very great class, please finish with good ending.I appreciate your glass evry week ely 2/152010
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Re:

Thursday, Feb 23 2012 - ל' שבט תשע"ב
agree. a little harsh at the end
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a question

Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
gila
But there are many kids being educated that there is a higher purpose, yiddishkeit is life, and one has to learn chassidus, do for others etc. Yet these kids also go off the derech and become agents of destruction! Why? how does that fit in with this concept?
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wonderful

Tuesday, Feb 16 2010 - ב' אדר תש"ע
daniel
Enjoyed the shiur (last night) below very much. The topic was very interesting and your explanation of Rashi’s interpretation on the “same Cherubs” was enlightening.

It’s difficult for my wife and I to get out during the week with little kids so to sit at home quietly and listen together was a wonderful break.

Looking forward to seeing more webcasts and learning more….

Please keep me posted.

Daniel Smolarski
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Angels or Demons, The Secret of the Cherubs

Wednesday, Feb 17 2010 - ג' אדר תש"ע
Yitzchok Michael
BS"D

Yasher Koach! I look forward to your essays and lectures week to week.
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Wednesday, Feb 17 2010 - ג' אדר תש"ע
Meira L.
Questions and Exercises
1. Are you spoiled?
Do you mean result of this process or process itself?
Starting with former, I have to say that it is very common for a person to be a shrew and an angel in one… From the other hand, spoiling is the main mythology in raising children. Used in proper proportion with a set of counteractions it has a lot of benefits. No plant can survive without sun shining, so too, no child can thrive without unconditional love and dedication (at least conceptual). Modern parents gravitate to artificial warmers for their children with a slogan stating: “Any craving is better than crying!” Fortunately my parents know nothing about that, so they spoiled us with love…, and even let us cry from time to time, so by age of three my lunges were well developed for scuba diving, but I was spoiled with true love...
Do you spoil your children?
Like parents, like I.
My personal contribution in this process did not excess twenty four seven limits as well.
2. Why does the same word “keruvim” have such two opposite meanings in Genesis and in Exodus?
Few days in a row watching of this class would not be enough to get the point how technically greed, selfishness, and arrogance lock beautiful creature from coming into Paradise.
What my mind caught easily is the follow:
Being as a milestone in history of Mankind “keruvim” has to pass from the lowest levelof evolution to the highest. To have craving to what is forbidden or limited is preconditioned in our nature; - otherwise we would never have Edison, Einstein, Korolev and other numerous Icarus, who make breakthroughs for us. Exodus would never happen unless following Genesis: so cherubim on the top of ark cover are nothing but improved version of cherubim in the Garden of Eden after long life journey of falls and successes, with full spectrum of mistakes and their challenges…
3. What do you think is the greatest factor in turning children into “agents of destruction”?
While we waist money and time for such nonsense as Global Warming, our children are suffering from Global Cooling of their surroundings. We trust our children to Uncle Sam’s systems of education. We allow statistic dictates what is good for their health. Following the slogan “Any craving is better than crying” we throw them one on one with industry of entertainment… We cover them with numerous virtual gifts when they need our personal inspiration, fair and firm attention, kisses and hugs…
What is the key factor in turning children into angelic beautiful souls?
“All we need is love; Love is all we need…”
Deliver negative of previous answer and you will get the key.
4. Having it all, why was Haman obsessed with Mordechai not bowing down to him?
As I could understand from this class Haman was HUMAN that came from Genesis. As Neanderthalensis is a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens, so Haman is a direct ancestor of …UN. It calls HUMAN evolution.
5. Are you satisfied with what you have?
More or less but not to the point of being one with any of Keruvims’s parties
6. Are you craving for more?
From the toast of my favorite humorist Arkadiy Raikin, blessing memory: “ Let us have everything, but let us have one little thing that we would be lack of. And let us have craving for this little thing. And let our opportunities would always match our cravings (His softly sounded ‘deficit’ had nothing to do with greed, avidity, avarice etc.)
7. Are you a control freak?
The meaning of this expression is not clear: I heard it once from my son after I had stolen his car in order to stop his night parties in his early teens... Since that I am a loyal citizen, felony convictions free.
The only thing that makes me freak is when I want to control my memory or my usual range of motions and fail to do that because of weakness of my muscles or my brain cells…
What is it that you are really searching for?
Even if I tell you would never believe.
And what can you do about it.
Can do nothing more than agree that you are right!
From one of the great Soul Doctors of our time:“Problems are never what they seem to be. Aggravation and upsetness is never for the reasons people say or even
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Thursday, Feb 18 2010 - ד' אדר תש"ע
...think". Sorry, it was cutted by pasting.
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Mishnah Sotah

Thursday, Feb 18 2010 - ד' אדר תש"ע
E.D.
If the Mishna Quotes those who had everything and wanted more, why did the Mishna not include Adam and Eve?
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To ED

Thursday, Feb 18 2010 - ד' אדר תש"ע
Isaac
The Mishnah does list the serpent, as one of these.
As far as Adam and Eve, maybe because they did lose everything. They were not killed. they still lived, but they only lost paradise. Where theother examples in the mishnah are of people who lost it all. According to the Midrash, Adam did do teshuvah, hence he was in a different category.
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To Gila

Thursday, Feb 18 2010 - ד' אדר תש"ע
Ber
Rabbi Jacobson said this was "one possible explanation." It does not account for all. if a child is taught all these things in an emotionally dysfunctional way, it may backfire. if a child lacks any tools to succsed in the "system," here too he may not endure. And so many other factors.
yet i think we all see, that children who are taught to a geneuine set of values in a genuine and not dysfunctional and abusive way, it stays with them. sometimes it lay dormat but later in life it emerges in its full splendor.
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Excellent

Thursday, Feb 18 2010 - ד' אדר תש"ע
Leo
Rabbi Jacobson, thanks very much for this excellent shuir, I am from Argentina in South America and every week I downloaded the Shiur. You are so clear that even me that don´t have a good english level can understand and enjoy your explanations.
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ADAM AND EVE

Friday, Feb 19 2010 - ה' אדר תש"ע
JOSEPH
Humans. Always wanting the one thing they can\'t have. Adam and Eve set the right tone for humanity.
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Wonderful, Wonderful...

Sunday, Jan 30 2011 - כ"ה שבט תשע"א
Jeff
multifaceted shiur - a wealth of knowledge, resources, and presentation. Very robust teaching - kol hakavod! You enlighten and enliven my relationship with the parsha (and, by extension, with Hashem), weekly. It\'s that much clearer and memorable (as is learning about my self/my own areas for personal improvement), consequently. Thank you!
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