Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Birkhas HaReyach. Tefilah is Dvar Hashem (The Word of Hashem); how the sense of smell affects the soul; healthy eating; why there is no after-blessing on fragrance.
00:00 – This shiur is dedicated l’ilui nishmas Reb Chaim Meir b’Reb Moshe ע”ה whose yahrzeit is on the 17th of Adar.
This shiur is also dedicated for the hatzlacha of Ezra ben Seti and Nissan ben Naomi.
00:30 – PARAGRAPH 1. The halakha is based on Likutey Moharan 2, Torah 1. Tefilah is an aspect of Dvar Hashem.
12:13 – QUESTION about what kind of tefilah has the power of transformation?
13:32 – PARAGRAPH 2.
*18:12 – PARAGRAPH 3. The spiritual benefits of making a blessing after eating or drinking.
24:30 – Principles of healthy eating. The ability to draw the healing energy from food through making brachos before and after eating, even if the food is not considered a particular remedy.
28:24 – NOTE – This teaching is not advising a person to ignore health issues.
33:30 – QUESTION about seeing the results of tefilah with health issues.
37:38 – QUESTION: How can we understand Rebbe Nachman’s illness, in light of this teaching?
40:26 – QUESTION about the fact that this teaching about food was given 200 years ago, before food was denatured. What is healthy eating today? RESPONSE: Biographical note about the eating habits of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld z”l.
46:12 – Biographical note about the eating habits of Reb Michel Dorfman z”l, who lived an active, full life – davening vasikin (praying with a minyan at sunrise) every day until his passing at the age of 92. [Editor’s note: the “black bread” eaten by Reb Michel z”l was whole-grain rye bread.]
45:39 – Although Rebbe Nachman occasionaly smoked a lulkeh (a type of long-stemmed pipe), he discouraged his students from smoking or indulging in any type of addiction.
47:34 – PARAGRAPH 4. Spiritual aspects of the sense of smell. Why fragrance requires no after-blessing.
56:00 – Note about the sense of smell and Purim, Mordechai, and Esther.
56:37 – QUESTION about the sense of smell associated with Moshiach.
57:07 – REMARK from student bringing Torah source (Rambam) for changing one’s diet to feel healthier.