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The topic and text is the Introduction to the sefer Sha'arei Yosher by Rabbi Shimon Yehudah haKohein Shkop zt"l, possibly the most significant essay on Jewish Thought in the last five hundred years!

In just a few pages, Rav Shimon describes nothing less than our purpose in life, what holiness is, the way to happiness, how to be kind, and more.


If you are interested in studying this introduction in greater depth, see Rabbi Micha Berger's book, Widen Your Tent: Thoughts on Life, Integrity & Joy: Based on Rav Shimon Shkop’s Introduction to Shaarei Yosher (Mosaica Press, 2019).

Widen Your Tent Interview
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Posted on October 15, 2020 by Micha Berger
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Shaarei Yosher on VeAhavta leReiakha Kamokha (Qedushim 19:18)
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Shaarei Yosher on Qedoshim Tihyu (Qedushim 19:2)
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Posted on May 9, 2019 by Micha Berger
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