The Piaseczner Rebbe
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Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #25: Chassidic Service of God (continued) In this shiur, we discuss R. Kalonymus's approach to the concept of serving God through "thought," which he equates with the imagination. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #26: Chassidic Service of God (continued) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of R. Kalonymus's suggestions regarding the attainment of hitragshut, focusing on the use of the imagination and alcohol as a stimulant. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #27: Chassidic Service of God (continued) Ways of Achieving Hitragshut (continued) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of attainment of hitragshut, focusing on the role played by singing and dancing. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #28: Chassidic Service of God (continued) The Role of Imagination In this shiur, we will address the idea of the imagination in Jewish philosophy before R. Kalonymus’s time. R. Kalonymus’s extensive and wide-ranging use of the imagination might surprise the reader unfamiliar with this realm. Our overview will hopefully shed light on the attitude of many Jewish scholars towards the imagination and the teachings from which R. Kalonymus gleaned the building blocks of his approach. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #29: Chassidic Service of God (continued) – Imagination in Kabbala In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the centrality of the imagination. The fact that the prophets made use of the power of imagination in their visions is of great importance for understanding Kabbala, which views itself, in many ways, as a continuation of the prophetic tradition. Indeed, it is impossible to understand most of the Zoharic literature and the Kabbala of the Ari unless one proceeds from the assumption that he is dealing with visionary literature. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #30: Chassidic Service of God (continued): Imagination as a Negative Element So far, we have seen that imagination is an important capacity in prophetic revelation and in kabbala. In this shiur, we will focus on the negative element of the imagination. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #31: Chasidic Service of God (continued) The Uses of Creative Imagination An ancient manuscript shows how guided imagery can be used to achieve enlightenment, linking the early chasidim of the Mishna to medieval and modern Kabbalists. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #32: Chasidic Service of God (continued): The Uses of Creative Imagination (continued) Creative imagination allows one to achieve enlightenment by picturing the seventh heaven, God's abode. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #33: Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Use of the Imagination in Chassidut The use of imagination to grasp God's Presence and to sanctify His Name is a centuries-old practice, especially among Polish Chassidim. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #34 Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Use of the Imagination in Chassidut What should one imagine while involved in the most basic human functions, such as eating and procreating? What is the Talmudic basis for such an idea? The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #35 Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Imagination in the Teachings of R. Kalonymus What is the basic of R. Kalonymus's teaching of the importance of imagination in Divine worship? How does this relate to the Mishanic requirement to turns one's heart toward the Holy of Holies in prayer? The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #36 Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Imagination in the Teachings of R. Kalonymus In this shiur, we continue to study R. Kalonymus's emphasis on the use of the imagination in service of God, particularly the importance of imagining mesirut nefesh. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #37 Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Imagination in the Teachings of R. Kalonymus R. Kalonymus recommends using one’s imagination to visualize the day of death. This arouses a person’s fervor, teshuva, and soul-searching. In this shiur, we will examine his description of how to go about this use of imagination, and we will consider the proper balance between this approach and the general focus on joy in chassidut. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #38 Chassidic Service of God (continued): The Imagination in the Teachings of R. Kalonymus In this shiur, we continue our discussion of R. Kolonymus's emphasis on the use of imagination in the service of God, specifically focusing on the imagining of the Name of God, as well as how one is to go about using his imagination. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #39: Prayer In this shiur, we will begin to examine R. Kolonymus's advice regarding maintaining concentration during prayer. We will also explore previous attempts to grapple with this problem. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #40: Prayer - Quieting Extraneous Thoughts (continued) In this shiur, we explore precedents for R. Kalonymos's idea of quieting the mind, and we examine his own advice as to how to do so for the purposes of prayer and in order to enhance other elements of Divine service. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #41: Prayer (continued) Discovering the Divine Presence within Oneself In this shiur, we continue our discussion of R. Kolonymus's guidance regarding prayer. Following other chassidic leaders, he writes that a person’s ability to pray rests on the knowledge that a spark of the Divine Presence resides within every Jewish soul. Before praying, this spark must be revealed. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #42: Prayer (continued) During Prayer In this shiur, we continue to examine R. Kalonymus's approach to prayer, focusing on the appropriate fervor as well as how to ascertain if one has reached that level. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #43: During Prayer (continued) Mental focus and concentration represent the essence of prayer. Mere recital of the words in a mechanical manner, without the investment of one’s longing, desires, and love and fear of God, is like a body without a soul. In this shiur, we will discuss R. Kolonymus's guidance regarding proper kavana during prayer The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #44: During Prayer (continued) Chapter 6 part f In this shiur, we continue our discussion of R. Kolonymus' advice regarding prayer, focusing on the use of visualization and solitary meditation to enhance one's prayers and achieve the proper level of intent. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #45: During Prayer (continued) We can grasp something of the intensity of the inner work that is required of a person at prayer from a teaching of the Ba’al Shem Tov, who writes that it is miraculous that one remains alive after prayer. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #46: During Prayer (continued) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of prayer in R. Kolonymus' thought, focusing on the inevitable "running and returning" that takes place during prayer, as well as the effects of prayer on the individual. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #47: Prayer in the Ghetto Thus far, we have discussed R. Kolonymus' general approach to prayer. In this shiur, we begin to examine his teachings regarding prayer during the Holocaust, as expressed in Esh Kodesh, a compilation of his writings and sermons in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)

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