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Jewish Theology and Mysticism

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Oftentimes, taking on more religious actions and worrying about reward and punishment fill the contemporary Jewish rhetoric. But there are fundamentals that run deeper and embolden our unique personal value, self-development, and loving bond with G-d. In this talk, we will explore some fundamental Jewish ideas upon which all of Judaism is built.
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18:51
Moses, Mordechai, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe—leadership under different circumstances.
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18:55
Will the festivals be nullified in the times of Moshiach? What about the festival of Purim?
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17:07
How can we as individuals forge a relationship with G-d in His all encompassing reality? An adapted discourse of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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37:50
We have the innate ability to transcend our current struggles, however burdensome they seem to be, and leave Egypt in a real way. Based on a Discourse of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
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49:01
A concise synopsis of the major themes dealt with in the discourse series known as 'Bati LeGani' by the last two Lubavitcher Rebbes—'a literary edifice of the 20th Century'.
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40:17
Incrementalism and the absolute in the inner life
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10:59
A word widely used, but what does it actually mean? Various translations are given, including, "holy", "sanctified" and "separate". Which is most accurate?
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33:41
Tracing the evolution of Kabbalistic and Chassidic thought, how Zoharic thought is incorporated into Chassidic philosophy.
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47:42
What can mysticism tell us about halacha?
To what extent is Jewish mysticism rooted in the Talmud? Examining the interplay between the mystical dimension of the Torah and the Halachic corpus.
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25:18
How the Lubavitcher Rebbe approached the perceived conflict between Torah and evolutionary science.
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33:18
What happens when we sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah? A comparison between the shofar sounded on Rosh Hashanah and the shofar of the Messiah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe's interpretation of an enigmatic passage from Isaiah.
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23:19
The Baal Shem Tov's mystical ascent and encounter with Moshiach in 1746
Fascinating analysis of an account by the Baal Shem Tov of his ascent on-high, into the chamber of Moshiach.
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47:54
An open culture of learning does not automatically lead to relativism
In the Jewish tradition study and knowledge has always been seen as open to all, regardless of socioeconomic status or lineage. But where is the line between intellectual openness and anarchy, between interpretive licence and relativism?
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30:48
Monism in the thought of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Divine monism and creation: the paradox of otherness, human existence, and freedom of choice.
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33:57
A chink in the wall of the Ghetto
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's curious choice to print an obscure manuscript in the dark days following the Second World War.
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49:22
Five philosophers on G-d, creation, and the health of the soul
Al-Kindi, Al-Razi and Ibn-Tufal were three influential Muslim thinkers who participated in a great intellectual endeavor alongside the most famous Jewish philosophers of the medieval era.
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46:21
Two processes of personal worship that integrates G-d in the lowly world
G-d has an inner longing to be made at home in the lowest levels of existence. It is the mission of man to achieve this through two complementary processes of personal worship, first drawing inspiration from above, and secondly raising the world up from below.
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35:54
Charity as a redemptive and theurgic process
Tracing the history and significance of charity as a channel to influence a heavenly decree, examining Scriptural, Rabbinic, and Chassidic sources.
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