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Illumination

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Sep 26, 2017

Growing in the Shadow of Competition - Part 3 of a 3-part series titled The Competitive Edge - Using Competitors to Give You the Edge.

'It's good that you have a competitor!'

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Sep 19, 2017

Competition: A Fool's Recipe for Rotting Bones - Part 2 of a 3-part series titled The Competitive Edge - Using Competitors to Give You the Edge.

The 2nd Step: Looking into the sources.

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Sep 12, 2017

Competition Paralysis: Part 1 of a 3-part series titled The Competitive Edge - Using Competitors to Give You the Edge.

What do you do when there is a monster in your backyard trying to destroy your business? There are 3 steps to take. Today we look at Step No. 1.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Aug 22, 2017

Partnership and Slavery: Part 5 of a 5-part series titled Building His Empire - Business Fundamentals as a Framework for Growth.

How does one acquire an equity stake in a spiritual pursuit where G-d is your partner? Imagine that - with G-d as a partner anything is possible! There is one defining factor: Risk. You have to be willing to take the risk.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Aug 15, 2017

CEO in the Making: Part 4 of 5-part series titled Building His Empire - Business Fundamentals as a Framework for Growth.

Earning passive income.

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Aug 8, 2017

Investment Strategy: Part 3 of 5-part series titled Building His Empire - Business Fundamentals as a Framework for Growth.

The 3rd very far-reaching tier in the picture of one’s service to G-d, as compared to working for money. We start with a quote by Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon) in Mishlei: ‘If you will search after it like you do your silver or buried treasures, then you will grasp what Awe of G-d means, and you will reach Knowledge of G-d.’ This is the ultimate spiritual goal. And how do we get there? By pursuing it in the same way as we would pursue our wealth.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Aug 2, 2017

Employee Incentives: Part 2 of 5-part series titled Building His Empire - Business Fundamentals as a Framework for Growth.

Rebbi Tarfon says, 'The day is short and the workload is extensive; the workers are lazy, the reward is huge, and The Boss is pressing.' The Torah is comparing our service to G-d to our working for a boss. In that context we look into the Incentive Program that has been set up, specifically for us, by Hashem.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Jul 25, 2017

Workaholics: Part 1 of 5-part series titled Building His Empire - Business Fundamentals as a Framework for Growth.

Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon) in Kohelet says, 'Someone who loves money will never be satiated by money.' The Gemara explains that this is talking about Moshe Rabbeinu! What does this mean? The Rav shows how one's drive for money can in fact be an exceptionally powerful force in one's spiritual growth.

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Jul 18, 2017

In this bonus episode, the Rav takes us through a counter-intuitive Rashi, which speaks about Joseph's righteousness, and has fascinating implications for us in the world of business.

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Illumination will pG resume next week with a brand new series from Rabbi Treger.

Mar 7, 2017

Part 3 of 3-part series titled The Great Prophet Elisha. We continue our discussion tracing the last 6 of the 16 miracles that Elisha performs, while bringing out fascinating themes and ideas that are hidden within the narrative.

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Feb 28, 2017

Part 2 of 3-part series titled The Great Prophet Elisha. An in-depth discussion into the next 6 miracles, 2 of which are seen as the main miracles of Elisha's career. Along the way we explore some fascinating concepts including the idea of skin covering the body, the neshama yeseira (extra soul) that we receive on Shabbos and Yomtov, the beginning of Gehazi's downfall, the origins of Habakuk HaNavi (the Prophet) and much more.

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Feb 21, 2017

Part 1 of 3-part series titled The Great Prophet Elisha. In this introduction we begin to understand the context of Elisha's rise. Through him, as the talmid (student) and successor of Eliyahu HaNavi, the mystical journey of nevuah (prophesy) in this world moves into a new phase. We start by counting through the 16 miracles that he performed during his fascinating career.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Feb 8, 2017

A reading of the 7th chapter of the book Genesis and Genes, titled The Torah and Homonids, by Rabbi Yoram Bogacz.

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Jan 31, 2017

Part 3 of 3-part introduction, preceding a reading of the chapter Humans and Humanoids, from the book Genesis and Genes by Rabbi Yoram Bogacz. The introduction looks at the shortcomings of the Peer Review publication process of scientific findings, as necessary background for the reading.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Jan 26, 2017

Part 2 of 3-part introduction, preceding a reading of the chapter Humans and Humanoids, from the book Genesis and Genes by Rabbi Yoram Bogacz. The introduction looks at the shortcomings of the Peer Review publication process of scientific findings, as necessary background for the reading.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Jan 24, 2017

Part 1 of 3-part introduction, preceding a reading of the chapter Humans and Humanoids, from the book Genesis and Genes by Rabbi Yoram Bogacz. The introduction looks at the shortcomings of the Peer Review publication process of scientific findings, as necessary background for the reading.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Dec 13, 2016

Part 3 of 3-part series, empowering and inspiring you to keep it clean: For the final instalment of this series, the Rav helps us understand a difficult paragraph in the Mesilas Yesharim's passage on leading a sin-free existence, and we come out in the end with practical advice on how to move forward along this path.

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Illumination will be back in January 2017.

Dec 6, 2016

Part 2 of 3-part series, empowering and inspiring you to keep it clean: The far-reaching effects of theft in business.

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Nov 29, 2016

Part 1 of 3-part series, empowering and inspiring you to keep it clean. A powerful introduction, seeing one's business for what it ACTUALLY is. And if you miss what it is, then you've missed the whole point of what it is to be in business.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Nov 22, 2016

Part 4 of 4-part series on flourishing in the current work environment. We now look at the 2nd facet of Joseph's approach in his rise to tremendous success - he never let anyone around him forget that he was different, that he stood alone as an 'Ish Ivri' - a Jew.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Nov 15, 2016

Part 3 of 4-part series on flourishing in the current work environment. In part 3 we look at Joseph's survival strategy for growth in Egypt, the foundation of his approach - Isolation.

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Nov 8, 2016

Part 2 of 4-part series on flourishing in the current work environment. How does one remain a tzaddik in the workplace? This shiur serves as an introduction into the study of our forefather Joseph’s rise to phenomenal success in the land of Egypt. Initially sold as a lowly slave he managed to rise to the highest position in the country, 2nd in command only to Pharaoh himself - all while upholding the Torah that he learnt in his father’s house and maintaining his own status as a complete Tzaddik. How did he do it?

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Nov 1, 2016

Part 1 of 4-part series on flourishing in the current work environment. Rebbi Yochanan ben Zakkai asks his 5 primary students to study the ways of the world and to discern the best method for connecting to Hashem. In this episode we examine Rebbi Yossi's approach: Find a good neighbor. How does this apply to us?

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Sep 27, 2016

When Did the World Begin? Rabbi Taback gives an astounding talk on the essence of Rosh Hashonah and the creation of the World.

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Illumination will be back after Sukkos. Kesivah vechasimah tovah!

Sep 13, 2016

How, if at all, does the aspect of Guilt feature in the Teshuvah (Repentance) process? We begin, with the Rambam's help, by examining the subtle concept of ‘charota’ - regret - and then proceed on a practical journey of real teshuvah, and into the deep spiritual essence of Time, the Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple), the Shofar and much more. Join the Rav for this self-contained and truly mind shifting talk.

Feel free to send any comments or questions to the Rav: info@illumination.audio

Illumination will be back after Sukkos. Kesivah vechasimah tovah!

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