Audio Roundup Special: Daily Mussar

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by Joel Rich

 

Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar /NCSY Kollel

Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar /NCSY Kollel : #1 Why Do We Study Torah
Talmud torah must be at the center of an orthodox Jewish man’s life (no matter what you see at home).  It’s the closest approximation of HKB”H in this world.  Review of the big three questions asked when knocking on heaven’s door. [HT – Eric Clapton.]
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel: #2 Tips for Improving Tefillah
        To make tfila meaningful, focus on imagining yourself in front of HKB”H and conversing directly with him.  Having a makom kavua will help.  Maintain a latent awareness of HKB”H throughout the day.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel #3: Viewing Hashem as a Friend
        Contrasting Hillel and Shammai’s approaches to life. (Is there nuance?)
        They’re both ultra-orthodox in commitment.
We have a duty of friendship to HKB”H for all he does for us.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel #4 : What is the Divine Image
        We do chesed in order to meet the individual’s needs, to fulfill HKBH’s command and to improve ourselves and the world.  We need to reclaim our universalistic message (see R J’Sacks).
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel #5: Ahavas Hashem: What Does Religion Mean To You?
        We must commit to: Torah min hashamayim; Shmirat Mitzvot; Thirteen principles and Rabbinic authority.
        Rambam teaches us how to fall in love with HKB”H.  Spirituality is about what moves us.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar/NCSY Kollel: #6 Yirat Shamayim
 
        Our bedrock is realizing we can’t truly know HKB”H (and how he runs the world).
        Discusses of two types of mussar (shiflut vs. gadlut) and two types of yirah (fear/awe).
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar/NCSY Kollel #7 Learning the Importance of Balance; Living in an Angry World
        Balance in midot (characteristics/ethical traits) is an important goal (not in Torah learning)  Anger is an important exception, especially today.
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel: #8 The Ladder of Achdut
        There are three levels of achdus: 1.) Making room for all who are different; 2.) Accepting diversity in avodat hashem; and 3.) Recognizing that each of us has a partial knowledge of HKB”H and appreciating that the sum of all those is a greater description of HKB”H.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar NCSY Kollel #9 Humility
        The “punishment” for a bad mida is a bad mida.  Gaavah (self-centeredness) must be avoided.  Real humility is being self-aware that HKB”H gave you all, what’s his ROI?  Reward and punishment are intrinsic results.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar/ NCSY Kollel- #10 Are We Redeemed Even When We Don’t Deserve It ?
        Tzipita Lyshua—geula is a long process but we need to appreciate that we have our own “normal” country and people.  The chillul hashem of the holocaust required HKB”H (lishmo) to provide an antidote.
 
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar/NCSY Kollel- T’cheles: The Trap of Narrowness; Logic Encased in Mystery
        You need to develop perspective.  Also discussed, R’YBS on tcheilet representing the complex and white representing clarity.
 
Rabbi Moshe Taragin-Daily Mussar/NCSY Kollel #12 Tzizit as a Lifeline For Humanity
        Don’t be greedy, find avodat hashem in everything and frumkeit should not equate with racism.

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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