The ShmuzAuthor: Rabbi B. Shafier
17 Nov 2018

The Shmuz

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    Man Based Morality



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  • Posted on 04 Dec 2005

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    Acher – The Importance of Torah – Founding an Organization




    Elisha Ben Avuha was one of the greatest Torah scholars who ever lived--He was a tanna, a great Torah teacher, and the rebbe of Rebbe Meir -- until he became Acher, the Heretic. In that state he undid all of the good that he had accomplished, and did things that were purely evil. Yet, when he died, he wasn’t allowed into “Gehenom”, because of the merit of Torah until his student, Rebbe Meir, begged for mercy.

    Through this gripping story we are introduced to the value of Torah learning, the one act that can never leave a person. A great motivating Shmuz for setting goals and succeeding in learning.


  • Posted on 04 Dec 2005

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    I Never Do Anything Wrong




    In this introduction to emunah, we are presented with four basic levels of belief: 1. Hashem created the world. 2. Hashem is involved in the really big picture issues - war, famine, life and death. 3. Hashem knows my inner thoughts. 4. Hashem is intimately involved in my day to day life. After outlining and defining the levels, we are given practical techniques to improve our level of belief in all four categories, so that we can not only know in our minds these understandings, but actually feel them.

  • Posted on 04 Dec 2005

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    The Voice Inside




    Have you ever heard of something called a guilty conscience? What about a Jewish guilty conscience? While we all recognize that “Voice Inside”, that seems to moralize and lecture to us when we have stepped over the line, we assume that this is just one of those things that we have to sort of ignore.

    In this Shmuz we are brought to understand that “Voice” that HASHEM put inside every human is actually a highly sophisticated tool --almost a moral compass-- that will allow us to find our path amongst the many choices that life brings our way.

  • Posted on 04 Dec 2005

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    Living Like a Rock



    What if I just live my life, as any other occupant of this planet? What is so bad about that? Let’s say, I am no worse than Joe the UPS driver, or Bob the mechanic, will Hashem really be upset with me?

    In this Shmuz we are brought to understand how great the human is, and how much he can accomplish. Within the context of this understanding the question of “What am I accomplishing with my life”?, becomes much more acute -- if I truly have great potential and I am wasting it- if I am “living like a rock”, will I be held responsible to answer for this?

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  • Posted on 17 Jul 2005

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