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Our Sages teach: “tzedakah, charity, is equivalent to all the mitzvot combined”. Why such great emphasis on this individual mitzvah?

The Kabbalah of Charity

The Kabbalah of Charity

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Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet (1935-2013), an acknowledged authority on Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism, is author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles. A renowned lecturer on Jewish thought, ethics and social issues, Dr. Schochet was a congregational rabbi and a university professor of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Kigel is the producer of Passages and Messages, two weekly television shows entering their eleventh year of broadcast on CTS (Canada). He is also the Dean of the Jewish Leadership Program at the Lauder Business School in Vienna.
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December 22, 2012
Rabbi Immanuel Schochet
.Rabbi Immanuel Schochet presents the Kabbalah with a Divine Wisdom.
Scott Cunningham
Boca Raton, FL
July 9, 2012
soundtrack for passages
i have been watching both shows for the past 10 yrs and love it.recently i bought Tanya, fascinating. i would like to purchase the soundtrack they use in Passages, its so wonderful to hear. please let me know if anyone knows the name...in the credits it mentions David paoli,,,,keep up the wonderful shows
gail
cambridge, canada
August 25, 2011
Charity interview
Michael seems to have actually gotten in the way of this interview. (sorry Michael)
The RebDr Schochet was distracted by the questions/arguments (yes, I know that's what we do.....) but the importance of the mitzvah that was being explained seems to have gotten pushed aside. The fact that Tzedakah brings us closer to the ideal level Hashem wishes for us to reach. It lifts not just us, but those who are in need, and allows them to also recognize love and blessings from G_d, to allow them to follow and do the same. When we give to others the blessings G-d has bestowed upon us, it is G-d giving to them. This is what elevates us from the creatures of creation. To become more like we were first created, "in the image of G-d".
Would like to hear more from the RebDr.
Shalom
Aaron Bodtcher
Lehi, UT
jewishutah.com
May 22, 2011
new episodes?
If this show is still running or has future episodes, is there an chance to have Michael Kigel interview Rabbi Itchy Kaddoozy? It would be pretty cool to hear him tell Michael, the same way he tells the Jono character, "Actually Kigel, dragging a woman across the street to get browny points with G-d has NOTHING to do with charity."
Mr. Aaron Propp
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