Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Exciting New Lecture Series (Plus Some Golden Oldies)

From a representative of Congregation Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY:

Rabbi Moshe Weinberger began teaching the Monday night Introduction To Chassidus class at Aish Kodesh in October of 1994, just under two years after the founding of our shul. It's hard to believe that so much time has passed and that this one class generated over 420 recorded shiurim. During that time Rabbi Weinberger taught about the lives of and Torahs from (in the order taught):

Reb Mordechai Yoseph Of Izhbitz (Mei HaShilo'ach)
The Toldos Yaakov Yoseph
The Tzemach Tzedek
Reb Tzadok Hakohen
The Avnei Nezer
Reb Areleh Roth
The Be'er Mayim Chaim
The Kozhnitzer Maggid
The B'nei Yissaschar
The Ba'al Shem Tov
The Divrei Chaim of Sanz
Reb Leibele Eiger
The Yid HaKodesh
Reb Simcha Bunim Of Pshischa
The Kedushas Levi
The Noam Elimelech, and finally, for almost six years,
Rebbe Nachman M'Breslov

In Rabbi Moshe Weinberger's own (somewhat summarized) words:

"Although we should not, and will never leave the teachings of the Ba'al Shem Tov, the Tanya, Rebbe Nachman and so many other tzaddikim, it is very easy to remain in a state of merely gathering more and more Torahs and hearing many principles that are tucked into these teachings. That, however, doesn't guarantee that we come out with a clear way and path in our avodas Hashem and could very well mean that we remain jacks of all trades, but masters of none, picking up a lot of information but never getting the whole picture."

Utilizing the sefer Divrei Chachamim B'Nachas, a collection of essays by Rav Avraham Yitzchok Kluger (the Nezer Yisroel) Rav Weinberger now turns to providing us with a mahalach, a pathway how to integrate Chassidus into our lives; how to connect our hearts and souls to those routine activities that shape our days. We have just uploaded the first shiur of the series Living The Derech Of The Ba'al Shem Tov, recorded before the Yamim Tovim. The emphasis of the title is "Living," as opposed to just studying. This is a wonderful new way to reenergize ourselves and begin a new seder and path in our lives. Hatzlachah rabbah to all in all of our various endeavours both in ruchnius and gashmius.

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