Learning at the Grave of a Tzaddik

Here is a slide show and a one hour audio of Reb Henoch Dov Hoffman giving a shiur Erev Tisha B'Av 5773 [7/16/2013] at the Kever [grave] of Chaninah ben Dosa. The Rabbi's trip included a shiur at the kever of Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai on Mount Meron, and the rest of the photos are at the kever of Rav Chanina Ben Dosa, and the ancient tree growing out of its roof.

The recording is about 57 minutes long, and the sound clears at about 90 seconds.

Some of the subjects of the shiur are:

Without Yochanan ben Zakkai, the learning would be lost. He started the yeshiva at Yavneh after being smuggled out of Jerusalem, and wrote down the mishneh. Without him there would be no Judaism today. The point is to develop the "Lev Tov" - the Good Heart.

The shiur is centered around a story from Talmud Chagigah about Yochanan ben Zakkai, Eliazar ben Arak and the concept that Maaseh Merkava [Kabbalah] cannot be taught in a place where there is cheating in business and only to a student who already knows it.

Concepts of sincerity, ulterior motives, authenticity in prayer emerge in the discussion. At the end, the group circles the kever 7 times singing Psalm 148. [Thanks to Arieh Chaim for the audio and photos]

Here is the Audio Mp3 - Opens in a new tab

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