Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Shiur given 23rd Tammuz, 5782, in Highland Park, New Jersey, with appreciation to the Sheldon family. Topic: Holy, Healthy Eating.
00:00 – Human beings are on a higher level than angels. Reference to Likutey Moharan 24.
05:26 – NOTE from the Rambam: “Eating a little bit of unhealthy food does less harm than eating a lot of healthy food.”
06:41 – The Presence of Hashem appeared to consume the offerings in the Mishkan and Beis HaMikdash as if they were “food” (Vayikra 1:2,9). Food eaten with holiness is compared to offering a sacrifice in the Beis HaMikdash. שולחנו של אדם מכפר עליו – “A man’s table atones for him” (Menachos 97a).
07:43 – Drinking wine in honor of a simcha, Shabbos or Yom Tov in holiness. Spiritual dimensions of Kiddush on Shabbos.
10:32 – The dangers of intoxication – reference to 2Likutey Moharan 26.
14:54 – Q&R about harnessing the yetzer hara rather than getting rid of it.
18:00 – Rebbe Nachman teaches that instead of destroying the yetzer hara it’s also possible to use its fire in tefilah. (For an in depth shiur on this: Likutey Halakhos, Yoreh Deah 1, Hilkhos Yayin Nesech 3, Para. 1b. Or, a short MP3 clip excerpted from this shiur is HERE – “Finding Your Inner Fire”.)
19:50 – Q&R – further clarification dealing with the yetzer hara. At times, for example during a fast, the goal is to reduce the yetzer hara, while at other times, for example during tefilah, the goal is to transform it.
25:39 – One of the most important ways to honor Shabbos is through eating.
30:36 – Autobiographical note by Rabbi Maimon about Shabbos as a child.
34:28 – Q&R about the korbonos in the Beis HaMikdash.
35:58 – Q&R about simcha shel mitzvah.
38:52 – The Seventy Nations embody the negative forces challenging the Jewish soul.
40:17 – Q&R about drinking water before shacharis.
41:52 – Q&R about drinking wine.
43:10 – Rebbe Nachman’s opposition to smoking.
45:40 – Q&R about Yom Kippur.
48:00 – Q&R about intermittent fasting.
48:52 – The importance of Pas Shacharis.