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What's so bad about sin? If I'm not hurting anyone, why does G-d care?

The Kabalah of Sin

The Kabalah of Sin


The Kabalah of Sin

What's so bad about sin? If I'm not hurting anyone, why does G-d care?
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Tanya, Sin
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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Aharon August 16, 2010

That was interesting. I like Rabbi Kaplan's teaching style. Lots of good food for thought. Reply

Hans Lund, Sweden January 22, 2010

The ateists motivation I think you neglected the importance of the question concerning moral motivation for a atheists. In fact I think its quite unselfish and admirable of people to act moraly (sometimes against there own best) without any expections of rewards or without fear of punishment. The just do it just because a deed is good. In fact this might support a an idae of universal values in moral acts that is beyond human conventions. That said, im not an atheist myself but im interetsted in philosophical core questions and I appreciate and admire judaism for its openness in discourse and for its emphasisi of spiritual matter in a word were rationality has shown to have its limits. Reply

Ruth Tokyo, Japan November 18, 2008

Todah Ravah I did not realize I am having a one on one personal relationship with G-d. I was offen trying to do Mitzvot because of fear of punishment, or because of reward I may get. But as you said those actions are self-serving. I did not realize the fact... I will try to focus on this one on one personal relationship with G-d. Reply

Host, Michael Chighel, talks to some of the world's greatest experts about the masterpiece of Hasidic thought, the book of Tanya.
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