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Rabbi Gurkow is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on a variety of Jewish topics, and his articles have appeared in many print and online publications. For more on Rabbi Gurkow and his writings and talks, please click here.
Personal Transformation Through Contemplation
Kabbalah and Meditation
This lecture begins by tracing the the origins of traditional Jewish meditation through history then presents the actual steps in the process of a particular form of meditation called "hitbonenut."
Tzedaka - Lesson 9
How to Give
A quick overview of some of the basic laws of charity including Maimonides' famous "Eight Levels of Charity."
Tzedaka - Lesson 8
The Trickle Up Effect
The spiritual ripple effect of using our material means to give tzedaka.
Tzedaka - Lesson 7
Giving Until it Hurts
The Torah says that one must give a tenth of their wealth to tzedaka but no more than one fifth. Are there ever circumstances where it is fitting to give even more? Tzedaka as a mode of repentance
Tzedaka - Lesson 6
Why Did G-d Create Money?
Couldn't G-d have just made a world where nobody needed any money. A look at the very spiritual side of economics.
Tzedaka - Lesson 5
Selfless Giving
Sometimes we give in order to feel better about ourselves. How can we make sure that our giving is altruistic? When our giving is determined by the recipients needs and not by our desire to give.
Tzedaka - Lesson 4
Heaven's Annual Budget
How much money are we destined to make this year? And how much are we destined to keep? Why the money we give away to tzedaka was never really ours to begin with.
Tzedakah—Lesson 3
G‑d Asks Us to “Test” Him
The promises of reward for one who gives tzedakah. Malachi 3:10: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse . . . and please test Me . . . if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you blessing . . .”
Tzedakah—Lesson 2
Wealth Distribution
Why doesn’t G‑d just give each person their appropriate share of wealth, rather than creating a world where some people are wealthy and others are in need?
Tzedakah—Lesson 1
The Meaning of the Word “Tzedaka”
Three Hebrew letters contain an encoded message explaining how tzedakah is really not charity but justice.
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