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Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe's Pirkei Avos Lectures. Please email questions and comments to rabbiwolbe@gmail.com

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Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe's Pirkei Avos Lectures. Please email questions and comments to rabbiwolbe@gmail.com

    Sanctification or Vacuum (4:5)

    Sanctification or Vacuum (4:5)

    If our life’s mission would be distilled down to one idea it would be Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of God’s Name). The opposite of Kiddush Hashem is Chilul Hashem (Desecration of God’s Name). Due to the gravity of these concepts, they are treated differently. TORCH Shabbat Light Switch Cover Please visit our website torchweb.org to get your FREE […]

    • 20 min
    Extreme Measures (4:4)

    Extreme Measures (4:4)

    My wise grandmother, of blessed memory, used to quip, “Everything in moderation.” That sagacious advice is, in fact, the backbone of Rambam’s understanding of proper character. In every trait, there are two polar extremes, and both are not ideal. The balanced approach, the golden medium, the moderate middle, the midpoint between both extremes – that […]

    • 25 min
    The Critical Hour (4:3)

    The Critical Hour (4:3)

    How valuable is an hour of time? How much of a person’s life can be changed in one hour? In this mishna, Ben Azzai teaches us the power of a single hour. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sponsorship: Please […]

    • 32 min
    Miracle Drugs and Superfoods (4:2)

    Miracle Drugs and Superfoods (4:2)

    Something dramatic happens when the Soul is fed. It is empowered and its place in a person’s identity is augmented, and concurrently the Yetzer Hara’s influence is weakened. A virtuous cycle results wherein one Mitzvah makes the second Mitzvah more likely. Initially, the Mitzvos need to be force-fed like feeding a patient who refuses food. […]

    • 54 min
    Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise (4:1)

    Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise (4:1)

    Does it make sense to take pride in one’s intellect, fitness, or wealth? Our Sages teach us that those things are determined before someone is born, and therefore it would be ludicrous for us to take pride in what was given to us by God. But in a seminal teaching, Ben Zoma reveals that there […]

    • 49 min
    Complex Calculations (3:23)

    Complex Calculations (3:23)

    What is the relationship between Torah and secular disciplines such as astronomy mathematics? In a pithy and cryptic teaching, Rabbi Elazar Chisma – a Sage who excelled in both – offers an insightful perspective. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

    • 33 min

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