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Dr. Yaakov Brawer is professor emeritus at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine, and lectures on Neuroendocrinology and Chassidism. He is the author of two books on Chassidic philosophy, Something From Nothing and Eyes That See
Learn a Maamar from Samach Vov
Understanding Chassidus
The series of chassidic discourses affectionately known as Samach Vov, from the year 5666 by the Fifth Chabad Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab, are famous for their exceptionally comprehensive and deep nature. Join Dr. Yaakov Brawer for clear and profound elucidat...
Galut seems an impossible reality: impossible to comprehend, and impossible to overcome
He had his tallit over his shoulder and was obviously preparing for prayer. I gave him little thought until three and a half hours later when I got ready to leave for home. He was standing in the same place with his tallit still over his shoulder...
People intuitively equate "normal" with good. In fact, normal is very bad. A person achieves normalcy when the molecules that comprised his being are in thermodynamic equilibrium with the environment, which is to say he is dust
She scrutinized me for a few moments and suddenly her face lit up with the wonder of discovery. Her eyes grew wide and she exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! there are two of you!"
It is not easy to understand how a world view that leads nowhere and ultimately explains nothing became so rooted in the human psyche
Via modern theater, we can gain insights into the nature of the infinite.
The significance of a car, indeed, the only reason for owning one, is that it moves. For someone who can visualize a car but is incapable of conceptualizing movement, the car exists without meaning or purpose. We can think of the experiences that occupy o...
There are at least four varieties of ignorance (passive ignorance, active ignorance, essential ignorance, and enlightened ignorance) two of which are beneficial; one of these actually supersedes knowledge
From every incident in a person's life, one can acquire profound insight into the service of the Creator. So says the holy Baal Shem Tov. Fortified by this idea, I began my descent in the morgue elevator of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Mc...
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