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Why the Obsession with Israel and Jews? An Uncomfortable Conversation with Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
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Why the Obsession with Israel and Jews? An Uncomfortable Conversation with Rabbi Yisroel Bernath

In this conversation, Rabbi Yisroel Bernath explore the deep-rooted and often irrational obsession with Israel and Jews that has persisted for nearly 4000 years. He delves into the unique role of the Jewish people as G-d's chosen ones, tasked with making the world a place of goodness and kindness. From historical persecutions to modern-day conflicts, he examines why this small group continues to attract such intense scrutiny and hostility. Through the lens of faith and spirituality, he uncovers the profound truths behind Jewish chosenness and its implications for humility, responsibility, and global influence. Key Takeaways: 1. Historical Context: Understanding the long history of obsession and hatred towards Jews, which spans almost four millennia. 2. Jewish Chosenness: Exploring the concept of Jews as G-d's chosen people and the responsibilities that come with it. 3. Global Reactions: Analyzing the disproportionate global reactions to Israel's actions compared to other conflicts. 4. Spiritual Humility: Learning from Rabbi Schneur Zalman's teachings on humility and the proper response to Divine kindness. 5. Ethical Monotheism: Highlighting the Jewish contributions to the world's moral and ethical frameworks. #israel #Jews #Anti-Semitism #chosenones #chosenone #People #Rabbi #Schneur #Zalman #Chabad #Humility #ethicaldilemma #Monotheism #Gaza #historical #Persecution #Faith #Spirituality #Global #conflict #judaism #jewishculture #peace
David’s Legacy: A Diplomatic Encounter | Rabbi Yisroel Bernath's Shavuot Sermon
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David’s Legacy: A Diplomatic Encounter | Rabbi Yisroel Bernath's Shavuot Sermon

In this captivating sermon, we delve into a pivotal moment in diplomatic history. James Baker, the U.S. Secretary of State during George H.W. Bush’s presidency, clashed with Israel over security concessions. Meanwhile, a newly-appointed Israeli Foreign Minister, David Levy, faced a critical meeting with Baker. The Rebbe’s powerful message—delivered by two Chabad Rabbis—urged Levy to stand strong for Israel’s security. What unfolded in that room shaped their relationship and left a lasting legacy. Takeaways: --The Rebbe’s Influence: The Rebbe’s guidance transcended religious boundaries, impacting political decisions and relationships. His call for strength resonated with David Levy, empowering him during a crucial diplomatic encounter. --Diplomacy and Bravery: Levy’s bold response to Baker’s demands exemplified the courage of a leader defending his nation’s sovereignty. His refusal to be summoned without due respect set the tone for their future interactions. --Friendship Amidst Tensions: Despite initial friction, Baker and Levy eventually forged a friendship. Their story reminds us that even in high-stakes diplomacy, personal connections can bridge gaps and create lasting bonds. Note: Mr. David Levy’s recent passing adds poignancy to this historical account, underscoring the enduring impact of his legacy. Please partner with us by purchasing a ticket in our raffle. It would really mean a lot to me and you can win some great prizes. https://www.charidy.com/ndgraffle/ #chabad #judaism #jewish #jewishculture #israel #israelhamaswar #jewishtradition #sermons #israelwar
Joshua Bell’s Violin—and the Music of Jewish History: A Stradivarius which Escaped Nazism
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Joshua Bell’s Violin—and the Music of Jewish History: A Stradivarius which Escaped Nazism

Summary: In this episode, Rabbi Yisroel Bernath delves into the captivating tale of Joshua Bell, the world-renowned Jewish violinist, and his Stradivarius violin that once belonged to Bronislaw Huberman. The story explores an experiment conducted by the Washington Post where Bell played incognito in a D.C. subway, the violin's dramatic escape from Nazi Germany, and Huberman's heroic efforts to save Jewish musicians. Rabbi Bernath draws profound parallels between the violin's journey and the enduring legacy of Jewish history and faith. Takeaways: Unrecognized Genius: The Washington Post experiment highlights how extraordinary talent can go unnoticed without the right context, prompting reflection on our own perceptions of value and beauty. Historical Legacy: The Stradivarius violin, once owned by Bronislaw Huberman, symbolizes resilience and the preservation of Jewish heritage amidst adversity. Heroic Acts: Huberman's creation of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra saved many Jewish musicians from Nazi persecution, illustrating the profound impact one individual can have. Cultural Revival: The story parallels the revival of Jewish life and traditions, likening the preservation of the Stradivarius to the endurance of Jewish faith and culture. Appreciation of Art: The episode encourages listeners to pause and appreciate the beauty and significance in everyday life, much like the music of the violin and the teachings of the Torah. Please partner with us by purchasing a ticket in our raffle. It would really mean a lot to me and you can win some great prizes. https://www.charidy.com/ndgraffle/ Contact Rabbi Bernath via http://www.theloverabbi.com Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5mua4-gkhiv7NdbJv_C7w/join
Does G-d Really Care? Exploring Divine Concern and Human Connection
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Does G-d Really Care? Exploring Divine Concern and Human Connection

In this thought-provoking class, Rabbi Yisroel Bernath delves into the profound questions surrounding belief in a higher power and the relevance of divine concern in our daily lives. With a focus on the Jewish perspective, Rabbi Bernath explores the increasing trend of young people believing in a higher power despite their disinterest in organized religion. He tackles essential questions: Does the Creator truly care about our actions? Is it possible to communicate with the infinite? Drawing on the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, Rabbi Bernath illustrates how this monumental event established a direct line of connection between G-d and humanity, highlighting the significance of the commandments and the opportunity for a profound relationship with the Divine. Key Takeaways: Positive Trend: There is a growing trend among young people to believe in a higher power, indicating a shift towards faith despite a disinterest in organized religion. Essential Questions: Many people grapple with whether the Creator cares about their actions and if it's possible to communicate with an infinite power. Giving of the Torah: The event at Mount Sinai demonstrates G-d's care and communication with humanity, establishing a direct connection through the commandments. Significance of Modesty: The second giving of the Tablets, done discreetly, teaches the value of modesty and the profound nature of private acts of faith. Joyous Celebration: The giving of the Torah was a grand event to signify its importance and arouse a sense of celebration among the Jewish people. #judaism #jewishculture #jewish #jewishtradition #torah #torahlecture #torahlearning #chabad #rabbi #sermon #god #jewishpeople Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5mua4-gkhiv7NdbJv_C7w/join
Two Tablets and Moral Juxtaposition | Rabbi Bernath's Thursday Morning Class
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Two Tablets and Moral Juxtaposition | Rabbi Bernath's Thursday Morning Class

This class delves into the profound historical and moral parallels between two of the most destructive ideologies: Nazism and radical Islamism, exemplified by Hamas. The discussion centres around the significance of the Ten Commandments, particularly the first commandment ("I am the Lord your G-d") and the sixth commandment ("You shall not murder"), and how these commandments are engraved on two separate tablets. The episode highlights how these commandments should be read both vertically and horizontally, emphasizing the inseparability of faith in G-d and the prohibition against murder. The podcast also explores how different historical and ideological movements have attempted to separate these two commandments, leading to catastrophic moral failures. Key Takeaways: Two Tablets and Moral Juxtaposition: ---The Ten Commandments were engraved on two tablets to be read in two directions, linking faith in G-d with moral imperatives. ---The vertical reading connects each commandment to its respective place, while the horizontal reading juxtaposes the importance of belief in G-d with the sanctity of human life. Failures of Enlightenment and Religious Extremism: ---Enlightenment philosophers believed that moral behavior could be sustained without religious faith, but the Holocaust demonstrated the failure of this belief. ---Conversely, religious extremism, as seen in Islamist terrorism, divorces the commandment "You shall not murder" from the belief in G-d, leading to atrocities committed in the name of faith. Historical Context and Moral Lessons: ---The Nazi regime, despite its cultural and scientific advancements, perpetrated the Holocaust, showing the dangers of morality devoid of G-d. Radical Islamist groups, including Hamas, commit heinous acts while claiming religious justification, undermining the true essence of faith. The Role of Faith in Ensuring Morality: ---True faith in G-d includes the recognition of the sanctity of every human life. ---A society that abandons either the belief in G-d or the prohibition against murder can devolve into monstrosity. Contemporary Relevance: ---The ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism, as exemplified by Hamas, reflects the same dangerous separation of divine faith and moral action. ---Upholding both divine commandments is essential for a just and humane society. Reflecting on the intertwined nature of faith and morality as presented in the Ten Commandments can guide us in creating a world where human life is valued and respected. The juxtaposition of "I am the Lord your G-d" and "You shall not murder" serves as a timeless reminder of the need to ground our ethical principles in a higher, divine truth. #judaism #jewishculture #jewish #jewishtradition #torah #torahlecture #torahlearning #chabad #rabbi #sermon #god #jewishpeople #tencommandments #bible #jewishvalue Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5mua4-gkhiv7NdbJv_C7w/join
The Ethical Dilemma of Celebrating Downfall | Rabbi Bernath's Weekly Sermon
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The Ethical Dilemma of Celebrating Downfall | Rabbi Bernath's Weekly Sermon

In this sermon, Rabbi Yisroel Bernath explores the complex topic of celebrating the downfall of enemies, drawing from Jewish teachings and real-life examples. It delves into the ethical considerations of rejoicing in the misfortune of others and the importance of empathy and compassion. Takeaways -The ethical dilemma of celebrating the downfall of enemies is a complex and thought-provoking topic. -The concept of celebrating peace instead of the downfall of enemies is highlighted as a positive and aspirational approach. -The concept of celebrating peace instead of the downfall of enemies is highlighted as a positive and aspirational approach. -Real-life examples and stories are used to illustrate the ethical considerations and moral principles discussed in the conversation.---- Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, named “La Rabbin de Lamour” by the La Presse online daily and “Montreal’s Hipster Rabbi” by VICELAND’s Matty Matheson, is director at Chabad of NDG and the Jewish Chaplain at Concordia University in Montreal. ----- Cherished for his incredible warmth and non-judgmental personality, this hipster is not your typical rabbi. In 2012, Rabbi Bernath founded the smashing success JMatchmaking International, a network of Jewish dating sites. He has made several dozen matches to date! In addition to being a matchmaker and dating coach, Rabbi Bernath is also the author of three books, and continuously produces engaging content on his many social media & podcast platforms. As a professional voice-over artist, screen-writer, and actor, he has been a part of dozens of productions, including the hit CBC Documentary "Kosher Love". Got your own question for Rabbi Bernath? He can be reached at rabbi@jewishndg.com or http://www.theloverabbi.com Single? You can make a profile on www.JMontreal.com and Rabbi Bernath will help you find that special someone. Sign up for Rabbi Bernath’s Kabbalah Podcast https://anchor.fm/kabbalahforeveryone Follow Rabbi Bernath’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ybernath
Unlocking Emotional Depth: Exploring Love and Growth Through Kabbalah with Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
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Unlocking Emotional Depth: Exploring Love and Growth Through Kabbalah with Rabbi Yisroel Bernath

In this class Rabbi Yisroel Bernath into the Kabbalistic perspective on emotional growth, focusing specifically on the emotion of love during a special omer period of introspection. Rabbi Bernath explains that contrary to common belief, emotional growth continues throughout one’s life. Love, being essential for both giving and receiving, acts as a foundation for all human interactions and transcends the mere act of feeling. The discussion highlights the complexity of love, showing that it involves multiple aspects such as discipline, compassion, endurance, humility, bonding, and sovereignty, each of which must be balanced to foster healthy relationships and emotional well-being. Key Takeaways Emotional Examination: The importance of examining one's emotions to achieve emotional freedom and health. This process involves questioning and analyzing one's emotional tendencies and balances. The Complexity of Love: Love is multifaceted, requiring not just the capacity to love others but also discipline to modulate this love, compassion to understand others, endurance to maintain love over time, humility to yield and bond, and sovereignty that respects both parties' dignity. Emotional Growth as a Lifelong Process: Emotional maturity is not static and continues to develop throughout life, unlike the often static perception of intellectual or financial growth. Sevenfold Approach to Each Emotion: In Kabbalah, each emotion is explored through seven subcategories, adding depth to understanding and managing these emotions effectively. Rabbi Yisroel Bernath, named “La Rabbin de Lamour” by the La Presse online daily and “Montreal’s Hipster Rabbi” by VICELAND’s Matty Matheson, is director at Chabad of NDG and the Jewish Chaplain at Concordia University in Montreal. Got your own question for Rabbi Bernath? He can be reached at rabbi@jewishndg.com or http://www.theloverabbi.com Single? You can make a profile on www.JMontreal.com and Rabbi Bernath will help you find that special someone. Contact Rabbi Bernath via http://www.theloverabbi.com Donate and support Rabbi Bernath’s work http://www.jewishndg.com/donate Sign up for Rabbi Bernath's Relationships Podcast https://anchor.fm/the-love.../episodes/Love-Rabbi-QA-ecpnte Sign up for Rabbi Bernath’s Kabbalah Podcast https://anchor.fm/kabbalahforeveryone Listen to Rabbi Bernath and Aleeza Ben Shalom’s New Podcast Matchmaker, Matchmaker as they handle the toughest questions about dating at https://linktr.ee/matchmakermatchmaker Follow Rabbi Bernath’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ybernath Access Rabbi Bernath's Articles on Relationships https://medium.com/@loverabbiJoin this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5mua4-gkhiv7NdbJv_C7w/join #judaism #jewishculture #jewish #jewishtradition #torah #torahlecture #torahlearning #chabad #rabbi #sermon #god #jewishpeople #kabbalah #rabbi #chabad #emotion #sermon #kabalive #kabbalahmoments

THE "LOVE" REEL

Rabbi Yisroel Bernath frequently hosts Zoom & Facebook Live classes that touch on all aspects of the dating, matchmaking and relationship cycle. He often brings on specialists such as psychologists, therapists and other qualified thought-leaders to add to the conversation. Hundreds tune in and engage in these meaningful discussions. Will he see you at the next one?!

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