Friday, April 3, 2009

Rav Dovid Heber on Birkas Hachama - Nifla'os HaBoreh - Audio Shiur


Courtesy of Reb Yerachmiel, here is a shiur given by Rabbi Heber in Baltimore, MD last night on Birkas HaChama, which really makes one appreciate niflaos haborah, the wonders of the creator.

Rabbi Dovid Heber introducted by Rav Moshe Heineman: Shiur starts at about minute marker 1:30. Either left click to listen right now or right click and select "Save Target As" to download.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was an awesome shiur!

David said...

R. Dixie,
Do you have write up of hashkafa part of Rav Wienbergers shiur on Bircas Hachama? Can you please post it?
Yasher Koach!
David

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

David, you mean Motzoi Shabbos?

Anonymous said...

Pesach and Birchas Yitzchak
Pesach is a time for questions, so I will go through the Parsha of Birchas Yitzchak and then Pesach and find the connection between them. First let us see the Parsha
1) Rivkah tells Yackov go bring two goats and you will give it to your father and thereby receive the Brochos.
WHY TWO GOATS?
2) Before giving the Brochos to Yackov the Torah says that Yitzchak drank wine the Targum Yonsan Ben Uziel adds that the angel Gavriel brought the wine.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF THIS WINE?
3) Eisav walks in and demands the beans Yackov cooks for his fathers Avielus for Avraham, when he eats them the torah says he first ate “Bread”.
WHY DOES THE TORAH TELL US ABOUT THE BREAD HE ATE?
4) Back to Eisav Chazal say the day Avraham died Eisav did 5 (some say 3)sins they are he was:1) בא על נערה מאורסה
2)Killed Nimrod
3)He was כפר בתחיית המתים
4)he was כפר בעיקר
5)He sold the בכורות.
They are all easy to understand besides for בא על נערה מאורסה being that before receiving the Torah there was no חופה or קידושין and by non Jews there still is no such thing?
HOW WAS HE בא על נערה מאורסה?
5)Now we get to the ברכה itself the wording seems very strange, first why מטל השמים and not גשם? Why דגן ותירש and not יצהר?
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF THESE ITEMS IN THIS ברכה?
Now we can get to the Pesach Questions.
1)What is the significance of the egg on the קערה?
2)What is the source and significance of stealing the אפיקומן?
Now the one word answer and the connection that will Blow you away. The answer is the word "Pesach". The whole story of the stolen ברכות happened on Erev Pesach and Pesach night. Now we will address the questions one by one and see the two concepts collide.
WHY TWO GOATS?
Here the Pesach Yesod begins, that is one for Korban Pesach and one for Korban Chagigah.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF THIS WINE?
Our Pesach Yesod continues it was the 4 cups of wine he was drinking so the Angel had to bring it.
WHY DOES THE TORAH TELL US ABOUT THE BREAD HE ATE?
HOW WAS HE בא על נערה מאורסה?
Here our Pesach Yesod Gets into the Details. These 2 have to be combined as it is a question and its answer. Let me explain the way he was בא על נערה מאורסה was by eating the “Bread” otherwise known to us as מצה on Erev Pesach as it says in the Gemara Yerushalmi in Pesachim and brought in Tosfos in Bavli. That האוכל מצה בערב הפסח כבא על ארוסתו בבית חמיווהבא. That is because of course that at the Seder we make Sheva Brochos before eating the מצות .So the Torah tells us about it because it was the way we know Eisav did the five sins when Yackov gave him the beans and then Matzoh for later, he went and ate the Matzo first hence making him a בא על נערה מאורסה.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFIGANCE OF THESE ITEMS IN THIS ברכה?
The Ramban in His Sefer אמונה ובטחון answers with our Pesach Yesod. He says on Pesach we are judged on טל and not on גשם and therefore the ברכה is for טל, we are also judged on תבואה therefore he said דגן and finally תירש because in the future the Jews will drink the 4 Cups.
And now we follow through with our Yesod and Go the other direction by illustrating how things we do at the Seder actually represent this connection. Lets go to the Pesach Questions.
What is the significance of the egg on the קערה? Now this one is easy it is Avraham’s Yahrtzeit the egg represents the Avielus for Avraham.
Now, we have the second question.
What is the source and significance of stealing the אפיקומן?
It comes from Yackov stealing the ברכות from Eisav. It has a whole other level we tell the חכםa Halacha that אין מפטירין אחר הפסח אפיקומן why this Halacha? The answer illustrates the connection between Birchas Yitzchak and Pesach once more it was this Halacha that Yackov used when stealing the ברכות when Yackov brought the Meat from Korban Pesach Yitzchak was no longer able to eat because אין מפטירין אחר הפסח. We know that Yitzchak told Eisav “Go Prepare me food so I can eat and Bench You” .This means now that Yitzchak cant eat Eisav’s food he cant give him a ברכה..Then too throw in one last connection from Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld When Eisav came in and asked for his ברכה his father told him בא אחיך במרמה ויקח את ברכתך and if you calculate the Gematriah of במרמה it is exactly אפיקומן. וד"ק
(Sources are יד יוסף,שנים מקרא,כמוצי שלל רב)

david said...

The shabbos hagadol drasha. Was there hashkafa part to it? I listened to Rav M. Shapiros shiur from Ner, awesome that you posted it!
Gutten Moed,
David