The Piaseczner Rebbe
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Dr. Ron Wacks The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe - 01: Introduction Not only Torah but also service of the heart and perfection of the character require deep study. Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro of Piaseczno, one of the most fascinating Hasidic rebbes of recent times, attempted to present a comprehensive approach to these issues in a manner that would be comprehensible to contemporary people. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #02: Biography (part 1) R. Kalonymus Kalmish Shapiro of Piaseczno – A Brief Biography The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #03: Biography (part 2) This shiur continues the biography of R. Kalonymus Kalman, focusing on the Holocaust years. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #04: Biography (part 3) In this shiur, we conclude our discussion of the biography of the Rebbe of Piaceszno with anecdotes about him and his persona. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #04: Biography (part 3) In this shiur, we conclude our discussion of the biography of the Rebbe of Piaceszno with anecdotes about him and his persona. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #05: R. Kalonymus’s Written Works (Part I) In this shiur, we will introduce the written works of R. Kalonymus Kalmish Shapiro, including Chovat Ha-Talmidim, Bnei Machashava Tova, Hakhsharat Ha-Avreikhim, Mevo Ha-She'arim, Tzav Ve-Ziruz, Esh Kodesh, and Derekh Ha-Melekh. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #06: R. Kalonymus’s Works (Part II) In this shiur, we will discuss the Piacezno Rebbe's style of writing. We will see that he addresses the reader on the reader's level, and we will examine some of his methods. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #07: R. Kalonymus’s Works (Part III) The presentation of Chassidic ideas in book form - as done by R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi in his Likkutei Amarim Tania - was revolutionary and controversial. Why did R. Kolonymus Kalman, who understood the reservations regarding the written word, choose to nevertheless record his ideas in books? The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #08: R. Kalonymus’s Works (Part IV) In this shiur, we will discuss R. Kolonymus's teachings regarding how to properly learn from books, as opposed to teachers, as well as his sources in and attitudes towards Polish chassidut. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #09: Background (Part I) In his works, R. Kalonymus records that he writes about the major pillars of his philosophy as a way of addressing the challenge of modern secularism, among other reasons. His philosophy is not disconnected from the influences of the historical events of his time. In order to address the foundations of his teachings, his motives, and his educational and Chassidic approach, we must first examine the formative events of his era, from the end of the 19th century to the mid-20th century. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #10: Background (Part II) In this shiur, we will discuss R. Kolonymus's explanations for the crisis among the youth of his generation, specifically focusing on a sermon that he delivered in which he decried the state of education. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #11: Chassidut The disciples of the Ba'al Shem Tov were called “chassidim,” and the movement that he founded was called “chassidut.” But what is chassidut, and who is a chasid? In this shiur, we will discuss the Piaseczner Rebbe's definition of the terms. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks Shiur #12: God, the World, and Man In this shiur, we address the chassidic approach to God and His presence in this world, as reflected in the writings of R. Kolonymus. The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe