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Rabbeinu Yona: Lessons from The Ten Generations from Adam until Noach

Introduction: What are the laws of Tisha B'Av? What are the customs when Tisha B'Av falls on a Sunday/Motzei Shabbat? The Main topic: What do the ten generations between Adam and Noach listed in the Torah, Parashat Bereishit, come to teach us? Rabbeinu Yona teaches us an essential lesson about...

Live Life to the Fullest! – Life & Afterlife

Rav Frankenthal dives into the Mishna in the second chapter of Pirkei Avot discussing a perspective on life - from Judgement Day to what we control and don't control in our lives. One of the main take-aways from the Mishna is to live life to the fullest, and realize that...

The Golden Path – What Path Should We Choose? Ch.2, Mishna 1

Rav Weiss discusses the commentary of Rav Yitzchok of Velozin for the first Mishna in the Second Chapter of Pirkei Avot : איזוהי דרך ישרה שיבור לו האדם? What is a path that one should pursuit? The path one should pursuit, according to Rav Yitzchok of Velozin is the path...

Giving vs. Receiving – What is the balance?

How can we properly do a mitzvah that is "Good for the giver and good for the receiver"? According to Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi, altruism needs to be balanced with the needs of the receiver. How do we strike that balance?   Rav Weiss examines the appropriate balance of giving Tzedaka,...

Pirkei Avot 4:21 – Harnessing our Desire for good

The Mishna says that "Desire removes one from the world". However, Rabbinu Yona dives deeper into the essence of desire and explains how desire is a basic and fundamental need for every person, and when harnessed and channelled correctly, desire can be our greatest strength. 

“Derech Yeshara” – Building our Ideal Spiritual Path

Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi, Rebbi, explains the concept of "Yashar" - the path the man should take in his spiritual journey is the path that is "Yashar". What does "Yashar" mean? Literally, the word means straight, however Rav Aryeh Weiss brings down the teachings of the Natziv of Volozin, who gives...