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King Solomon says that a righteous person will "fall seven times and get back up." Why must we suffer a setback before we forge ahead? Guest Expert: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan. (From "Messages" -- Season 4, Episode 5)

Moving Back to Move Forward

Moving Back to Move Forward

Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 5

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Moving Back to Move Forward: Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 5

King Solomon says that a righteous person will "fall seven times and get back up." Why must we suffer a setback before we forge ahead? Guest Expert: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan. (From "Messages" -- Season 4, Episode 5)
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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad Flamingo in Thornhill, Ontario, he also serves as a Chaplain of the York Regional Police Service.
Michael Chighel (Kigel) received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto for his dissertation on the Book of Job, after a specialization in 20th-century French and German thought. In Canada he taught in the departments of philosophy and of Jewish studies at the universities of York, Queen’s and Waterloo. He produced Passages and Messages for eleven seasons on Canadian television (CTS). Until this year he held the Rohr Chair of Jewish Studies at the Lauder Business School in Vienna, where he taught Torah, European ethics and political economy. He has translated a number of books and published various articles in Jewish thought. Michael and his family have recently made aliyah, and now live in Jerusalem.
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Anonymous Palm city January 14, 2014

What about us How do we help ourselves when we fall? Reply

Kabilia Heard Marietta, GA. November 24, 2012

Moving back to move forward My question is what is your definition of a Tzzadik? Do you consider Avarham, Yaacov, Issac or even Moshe to be a Tzzadik? All of these men struggled with some of the same evil inclination that I and many others struggle with so I am not understanding your definintion of a "true" Tzzadik and the fact that they don't struggle with the same issues or concerns that the average person does. Reply

natan Brooklyn, NY July 10, 2011

The ladies had strong arguments. The gain after the fall is explained in Tanya at the emotional level that feelings are stronger after mending differences than if there were no differences in the first place.
When true lovers go thru a cold period, and then honestly forgive and make up, their new bond is much stronger.
The Midrash (?) says that Yaakov & Rachel didn't merit children until Yaakov became upset with Rachel...
When a Tzadik falls a step or two from his love level (which is way above what we can perceive) with Hashem, s/he is overcome with true humility which catapults him to a newer level of love and "zehirut" (scrupulousness) with mitzvot. Reply

Anonymous akron, OH June 2, 2011

MESSAGES Is this video connected to "the deed"? Reply

In each episode of this series, host, Michael Kigel, a panel of young students and a "special guest expert" discuss a clip of the Rebbe's public talks. Produced by Chabad of Toronto as "Messages -- Season 4."