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Free Will Audio

Freedom to Choose?
We learn that the freedom to choose, necessitates a choice. There is also a higher level, where an identity can exist without a choice -- freedom from choice. The information in this talk is indispensable in understanding the human condition, morality and Judaism.
Free Choice
Audio | 45:16
Free Choice
A comprehensive analysis of the complex issue of free choice; the need for free choice and its reconciliation with divine providence and G-d’s all encompassing knowledge.
Freedom: Are We Programmed?
This lecture address, from both a philosophical and practical perspective, the timeless question regarding man’s capacity to choose freely notwithstanding G-d’s absolute knowledge and providence, based on the teachings of Maimonides.
To Be Connected
Audio | 1:18:53
To Be Connected
How do we connect with G-d? How are we judged by G-d? The real meaning of freedom and choice.
Free Choice Or Has It Already Been Decided
If G-d knows what is going to happen, where is our free choice? Discover the deeper meaning of "G-d was, is, and will be".
Freedom of Choice
Audio | 22:16
Freedom of Choice
Step One tells us we are powerless over our addiction. What does Judaism say about powerlessness and Freedom of Choice?
Man's Free Will
Audio | 2:00:18
Man's Free Will
Analyzing a profound metaphor from a passage of Zohar
Reward and Punishment
Audio | 1:17:42
Reward and Punishment
G-d Respects Your Choices
Free Will and G-d's Plans
All the responsibility, no room for despair
Why the World Was Created with Ten Utterances
Learning Pirkei Avot on Five Levels
The world was created with ten utterances. What does this come to teach us? Certainly, it could have been created with a single utterance. However, this is in order to make the wicked accountable for destroying a world that was created with ten utterances, and to reward the righteous for sustaining a world that was created with ten utterances. (Ethics of Our Fathers ch.5:1)
What Jews Believe: Free Choice
Jewish Theology, Lesson 5
If we are part of G-d’s plan, then why did He give us the choice to deviate from the plan? To what extent do our choices really affect our lives? This fifth in a six-part series on core Jewish beliefs examines the importance of free will and its effect on our lives.
Do We Really Have Free Will?
Free Choice, Determinism, and G-d's Knowledge
If G-d knows what we will choose, do we really have free choice? In this challenging 1-hour lecture, Rabbi New tackles this profound paradox.
Fair Weights and Measures
Parsha Kedoshim
Why does Maimonides equate the commandment of keeping fair weights and measures to the commandment of believing in the Exodus? The answer leads to a better understanding of the Exodus as the foundation of all commandments and also the issue of free choice in the face of Divine decree. (Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol. 27, pp. 149)
Freewill vs. Predetermination
How to Study Torah - Balak
When King Balak hired the evil prophet Bilam to curse the Jews, G-d told Bilam, (Bamidbar 22:12) "Do not curse the nation for they are blessed." But when Balak sent more officers to ask Bilaam again, he told them, (22:19) "Stay here tonight, and I will know if G-d wants to say anything more to me." Why didn't Bilam answer that G-d had already told him not to go? Furthermore, why did G-d eventually allow Bilam to accept the task of cursing the Jews after having previously warned him not to?
Where is My Place in the Land?
How to Study Torah - Pinchas
Learn about the unusual procedure by which the Tribes of Israel were assigned to their portion in the Land. What does this teach us about providence, predetermination and fate?
Can You Change Your Fate?
How to Study Torah - Matot
Just before entering the Promised Land, two and a half of the Twelve Tribes ask for special permission to settle on the other side of the Jordan River. If they were meant to settle in that place, then why didn't G-d assign it to them to begin with? And if they were not meant to settle there, then why did G-d agree to their request?
Give and Give Again
Audio | 54:21
Give and Give Again
Parsha Re'eh
When giving charity, clearly one should give wholeheartedly and pleasantly. But how critical to the mitzvah of tzedakah is the manner in which it is given? Maimonides and Rashi offer differing views. This class analyzes their positions and reveals the essence of charity. (Likutei Sichos vol. 34, Sicha 2)
Do I Have to Do What G-d Says?
Studying Rashi: Parshat Re'eh
In verse 12:17, the Torah says: "You cannot eat within your cities the tithe of your grain...or any of your vows that you will vow..." Rashi clarifies that it does not mean "you cannot" but rather "you are not allowed to." What is the difference between being able and being allowed to do something?
The landscape of classic Jewish thought is painted with a finite set of themes and motifs...
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