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Sefirat HaOmer: Liberation of the Mind

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Redemption from slavery in Egypt freed us from purposeless work to embrace a life of purpose with the Torah. Achieving happiness is a battle of self control. Rabbi Teller discusses how reducing expectations, and feeling gratitude for what we have, will lead us to realize true appreciation, and this will put us on the road to living a life full of happiness. That is real liberation. Available online in streaming video. To purchase mp3 downloads of Rabbi Teller’s classes, go to www.ishiur.com.

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Lag BaOmer Vort: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s Legacy

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This video is class 36 of 54 in the series Greatest of Gifts: Sefirat HaOmer and Shavuot.

In this Torah shiur (class), Mrs. Shira Smiles explains that Lag BaOmer awakens within us a passion to understand the significance of our personal importance to G-d, and recognize His Love and Devotion to us. She urges us to use this time of intimacy with G-d to pour out our hearts through supplication, prayer and Torah.

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Shavuot: Expanding Reality

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This video is class 30 of 54 in the series Greatest of Gifts: Sefirat HaOmer and Shavuot.

In this shiur (Torah class) on Shavuot, Mrs. Shira Smiles points out that the Torah was supposed to be given on Friday, the fiftieth day of the omer, but was in fact given on Shabbat, the fifty-first. Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses some of the questions regarding this reality. Why did Moshe add an extra day of preparation at har sinai? If the world was waiting since creation for the acceptance of the Torah on Friday, how could Moshe push it off? If the Torah was given on the seventh day of Sivan, then why is the sixth day of Sivan referred to as the day we received the Torah?