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2024-03-01 – LH5 – YD2 – Bechor Beheyma Tehora 4 – Para. 2b-4 – Nevuah – Prophecy – Yirah – Healthy Fear of HaShem – Reshimu – Bo – Makos Bechoros – Emunah Is Based on Respect for HaShem – Keeping Shabbos Protects Am Yisrael

Bechor Beheyma Tehora 4 – Nevuah – Prophecy – Yirah – Healthy Fear of HaShem Reshimu – Bo – Makos Bechoros – Emunah Is Based on Respect for HaShem – Keeping Shabbos Protects Am Yisrael – Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
Hilkhos Bechor Beheyma Tehora 4 is based on Likutey Moharan 185.
*00:00 – PARAGRAPH 2b. What is Nevuah? What is Yirah? Healthy Fear of HaShem is the result of Reshimu – the residue remaining after an encounter with the Ohr Ein Sof. Emunah is based on respect for HaShem.
16:40 – PARAGRAPH 3. The reason for thunder and lightning at Matan Torah was to instill fear and respect in Am Yisrael.
12:00 – Yirah corresponds to Malkhus, which is the purpose of creation.
*13:00 – The Name of HaShem is to be respected, as in וְיִֽירְא֣וּ ג֖וֹיִם אֶת־שֵׁ֣ם יְהֹוָ֑ה – “And the nations will fear the Name of HaShem…” (Tehillim 102:15).
15:00 – Q&R – Both of the character traits Yirah and Emunah emanate from Malkhus.
16:00 – Q&R – healthy fear is not paralyzing – it is motivating.
*17:00 – PARAGRAPH 3. The difference between healthy Yirah and “Fallen Fear”. Yiros Nefulos are “wake up calls” from HaShem, as in אָמַ֜רְתִּי אַךְ־תִּֽירְאִ֚י אוֹתִי֙  – “I said, ‘Surely you will fear Me…’ ” (Zephania 3:7).
19:00 – Each of the ten plagues were to “wake up” the Egyptians, but they kept refusing to admit the existence of HaShem. The fact that Am Yisrael was protected from each plague gave the Jewish People increasing Yirah.
21:25 – PARAGRAPH 4. Makos Bechoros. Childbirth is an aspect of Malkhus. Reference to Likutey Moharan 60 about the spiritual aspects of childbirth. “Painful like the first birth.”
25:00 – Makos Bechoros filled the Egyptians with the most fear.
26:00 – Parshas Bo – It was specifically at the time of Yetziyas Mitzrayim that HaShem declared holy all firstborn  sons and kosher animals.
29:00 – Reference to Likutey Moharan 15. What elevates “Fallen Fears” is daas. “When will you understand fear of HaShem? When you have daas.”
33:00 – כִּֽי־שִׂפְתֵ֚י כֹהֵן֙ יִשְׁמְרוּ־דַ֔עַת  For a Kohen’s lips shall guard knowledge…” (Malakhi 2:7).
39:00 – “How fearsome is this place” – The Beis HaMikdas is the ultimate place of elevating Yirah to Daas.
44:00 – Q&R about Artificial Intelligence – AI – causing fear.
45:00 – Q&R about technology and Yirah. The danger of people relying on smart phones thinking they don’t need HaShem.
48:00 – Shabbos is Yoreh BoshesShomer veZachor – keeping the mitzvos of Shabbos protects a person.
*49:30 – Q&R – No one should consider himself “too far gone” to be helped. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE about Rabbi Michel Dorfman zal who explained: “A person in any situation, no matter how difficult, can be helped if he 1) recognizes and admits that something’s wrong, 2) believes he can be helped, and 3) reaches out for that help.”
50:30 – Q&R about instilling fear in children.
52:00 – NOTE about changes in quality of life for terrorists now being held in Israeli prisons.
*54:00 – Keeping Shabbos Protects Am Yisrael. Closing blessings.

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