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Mendy Herson

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Rabbi Mendy Herson received his rabbinic ordination from the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn, NY. He has traveled extensively as a lecturer, connecting with audiences across the country and as far away as Australia with his engaging scholarly approach and personable, down-to-earth speaking style. Together with his wife, Malkie, he founded the dynamic Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, NJ serving Somerset County, and continues to serve as its spiritual leader. He is also the Associate Dean of the Rabbinical College of America, and a member of the board of Merkos, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch International.
If free will does exist, how is it possible for a human being to do anything that contradicts G-d will? In this lesson we explore the seeming paradox between the experience of choice and its theological ramifications. If everything that happens is ultimat...
There’s more to reality than meets the eye. So maybe choice operates differently on different levels or dimensions of existence. Perhaps in our earthly reality, which is bound by time and space, choice exists, while in more transcendent realms of existenc...
This lesson explores fundamental positions regarding the question of free choice vs. determinism among three distinguished classical Jewish scholars - the Rambam (Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, aka Maimonides), the Raavad (Rabbi Avraham ben David) and Rabbi Mosh...
The question of whether or not we have free choice has major implications - not only in how we view morality, but also in how we choose to live our lives. This lesson discusses some of these universal questions, revealing that there are perhaps some areas...
An Online Course on Freedom of Choice
Do we have freedom of choice, or is it merely an illusion? Belief in an omnipotent higher power would suggest that everything is predetermined. But how does that explain the human experience, in which our ability to make choices is a given? And how does i...
Prayer at the Resting Places of Holy People
I know that sincere prayer is effective anywhere, even in one's living room. So why am I here in Rostov, Russia, the resting place of Rabbi Shalom DovBer of Lubavitch, as I write these words?
When does one learn to adjust one’s expectations and recognize that that dreams are . . . just dreams?
Every day, I’m faced with the challenge of scaling my inner self, reaching the peak of my psycho-spiritual range, lifting myself from the base of life’s mountain. So, to properly guide my life, it’s actually helpful to get a better understanding of mounta...
How quickly can you recall – with some specificity – what you did yesterday? Sure, you can probably do it, but how long will it take you? How about last Wednesday? If you're like me, you spend a lot of energy responding to responsibilities of the moment, ...
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