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Understanding the difference between “living” and “existing” helps us understand why it’s sometimes so hard to like the people you love.

Liking the People You Love

Liking the People You Love

The Philosophy of Relationships

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Rabbi Manis Friedman, a noted Chassidic philosopher, author and lecturer, is dean of Bais Chanah Women's Institute of Jewish Studies.
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May 22, 2014
That was one of the simplest, most stunning and profound things I've ever heard. You live when you're not worried about your needs and wants. That's usually a luxury most people (think they) can't afford. But everyone can, when they know that living a life of values, for Jews, Torah/Mitzvot enlarges their life.
Anonymous
nyc
May 16, 2014
For Rivka
Habitual sinning can be frustrating.It seems your lack-of-love-for-self stems from this problem. It is imperative you deal with it. You are one step closer to repentance by recognizing the sin. It sounds like you are willing to change but are you sincerely penitent? Have you asked G-d for forgiveness?Have you asked Him for strength to overcome the sin?Have you sought counsel from your Rabbi? Maimonides asked,"What constitutes complete repentance?"He answered, "He who is confronted by the identical situation wherein he previously sinned and it lies within his power to commit the sin again,but he nevertheless does not succumb because he wishes to repent and not because he is too fearful or weak". Being at peace with G-d will rekindle your love for self. I hope I helped if even a little.
Anonymous
May 14, 2014
Not loving nor liking oneself
How does one resolve not liking nor loving oneself
for repeating the same wrong in spite of trying so hard to change without success ?
Rivka
NY
May 13, 2014
Thank you Rabbi Friedman for this wonderful thought provoking shiur....very much enjoyed it. It helped me to think differently between existing and living.
Patricia Kadoche
Thornhill, Canada
May 12, 2014
L'Chaim!
Dear Rabbi, thank you very much for this deep and inspiring lecture full of paradoxes!
Chavah Kwiatkowska
Latvia
May 11, 2014
Wow fantastic it is so incredible Rabbi. THANK YOU!
Helena
June 3, 2012
u are so incredible rabbi.!!! i love watching and listening to your lectures..sooooo inspiring!!
nancy
telaviv, israel
February 11, 2012
Existence and Life
Incredible teaching. I will be listening to this often. It has brought life to my existence. Awesome.
Jose
Clearwater
April 1, 2011
life
What a wonderful and inspiring speech. I made my life enriched and my existence smaller.
Cathy
NY, NY
March 21, 2011
I would like to know where you give your lectures and be informed.
I am a very beginner and i am eager to learn
Thank you
Claire silberston
Paris, France
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