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Pearls of Wisdom from Rabbi Gordon’s Daily Classes

Pearls of wisdom, humor and brief insights culled from Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon's monumental daily Chumash and Tanya class.

1:03
The Alter Rebbe’s decision to write a book that would serve as a practical guide for life.
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0:55
The hidden meaning of the first word of Tanya and the power to transform ourselves.
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2:18
The difference between the causal usage of the term "tzaddik" and the Alter Rebbe's definition of the word in Tanya.
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3:31
Are we kind because it feels good or because it's the right thing to do?
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2:37
Why the Torah is sometimes compared to water rather than light.
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2:27
How is it possible -- as the Torah tells us -- that the new king of Egypt didn't know who Joseph was? Two opinions of the Sages.
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2:15
Rabbi Gordon shares an amusing anecdote about how his father—Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon, of blessed memory—wasn’t taken into the U.S. army in World War II.
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1:56
Reflections on the Biblical account of how the Jewish people established their tribal pedigrees for the census taken by Moses.
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2:25
The difference between the spiritual condition often translated as leprosy (tzaraat) and the physical ailment of the same name.
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4:32
A general introduction to the concept of slavery and how it was practiced according to Biblical law.
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1:49
The circumstances under which our patriarch Jacob left his parents' home at the age of sixty-three.
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2:46
Whether something good or bad has been predestined, how does G‑d choose which person should be the one to bring it about?
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3:41
An introduction to the book of Deuteronomy and its uniqueness among the Five Books of Moses.
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1:46
The opening words of the Torah portion Vayigash hint to an eternal debate over how to deal with the trappings of this world.
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2:18
How one man’s wife saved him from a dismal fate, and the lesson for us all.
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1:22
"Speaking of a tallis...." Just a little joke about a tallis.
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