Rabbi Yosef Farhi is the speaker for Tiferes week. He has sent us a written introduction to the whole week (see The Truth about Tiferes below). Please print it out and read it over Shabbos.

Thank you in advance Rabbi Farhi for putting your heart and soul into bringing out the midda of the day for Tiferes week! We feel very blessed and fortunate for the material Rabbi Farhi has prepared, and encourage you to read the written introductions to each day to deepen the impact of Rabbi Farhi's media clips. Questions may be addressed to yosefarhi@gmail.com

Rabbi Yosef Farhi is a well known Rabbi who specializes in helping Jews reach their potential and be the best person they can be. He works with individuals and families in a variety of ways such as coaching​, mentoring, motivational speaking, leading interactive women's chaburas, writing weekly Parsha sheets, authoring blogs and podcasts, teaching effective learning seminars and offering courses in kiruv initiatives. Rabbi Farhi is known for his ability to connect with people and bring out the best in them. Please get to know him at https://yoseffarhi.com/

Intro to Tiferes Week - Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller

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Here is a translation of the same tefilah given at an earlier timeFinal Prayer for the end of tiferes week- click here

For two fine,full shiur on tiferes week from Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky,www.becomingdivine.com Click HERE and HERE

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The Truth about Tiferes by Rabbi Yosef Farhi

Of the first three Sefirot, Chessed, Gevurah, and Tifferet, Tifferet is the most complicated. Tifferet means glory or beauty. But the Middah stands for several other concepts. 1. Harmony. 2. Truth. 3. Torah. 4. Mercy.

Other concepts of Tifferet are represented on the human map as the (5.) torso, in the middle between Chessed (right arm) and Gevruah (left arm). And, on the map of the Sefirot, it (7.) branches out to all other Middot, as the word פואר means branches.

What is the connection between all of these seemingly unrelated concepts?

The Mishna in the second chapter of Avot teaches: What is the straight path, the דרך ישרה, that a person should take in life? “Anything that is Tifferet for the one who does the act and Tifferet for the people.” What does this mean?

The commentaries explain that if a person amasses a fortune, he can either use it for praiseworthy purposes or be miserly. A person can be a giver with balance, gleaning praise, or can be a giver to such extremes, giving away everything and then becoming dependent on others. Tifferet is the way of balancing two extremes. The Mishna teaches us, that in nearly all aspects of life where there are two extremes, there is a third middle ground, where the truth lies.

How does one know how to find the truth? Only through Torah study, which is the other facet of Tifferet. Yaakov, the vessel to bring G-dliness via Tifferet, was known for his uninterrupted 14 years of learning in the Yeshiva of Shem VaEver, of 24/7 learning. He was also known for teaching Torah. Torah learning and teaching is Tifferet at its highest form, for it is the ultimate truth.

The idea of Balance sheds light on the other aspects of Tifferet. As we see in the words regarding the clothes of the Kohanim,לכבוד ולתפארת , honor is associated with Tifferet. Because honor is the balance between Yirah (fear) and Ahava (love). When creating the world, G-d originally wanted to create it with strict Judgement, that a person could only get reward if it was earned. But G-d saw that the world would not be able to exist with strict judgement alone. So, G-d used Rachamim (Mercy), which is the hybrid between Chessed (kindness) and Gevurah (judgement).

Avraham was the vessel to bring Chessed without boundaries to the world, and that brought about Yishmael, which is not good. Yitzhak was the vessel of extreme Gevurah, self-restraint, and that brought about Esav, which is not good. Yaakov used Tifferet to balance these two extremes to build the most beautiful, complete home. He also used this Tifferet balance when he dealt with all the confrontations life had given him, Esav, Lavan, Shechem, and with his childrearing. For each situation, he found the deeper truth, the middle ground, and behaved in accordance to that life situation.

How does Tifferet connect to beauty?

There are two types of beauty. Physical, or external beauty, and then there is true beauty, or intrinsic beauty. The difference between the two types of beauty is that physical beauty will fade over time, while true beauty is timeless. The beauty that is external catches the eye first, and confuses us from the eternal beauty that Tifferet is.

In Avraham’s eulogy of Sarah, he said, שקר החן והבל היופי, grace is false, and beauty is nothingness. On the other hand, the first person in the Torah to be referred to as beautiful is Sarah Imenu. How do we resolve this contradiction? And doesn’t it seem strange that the Torah seems to value beauty?

According to Torah a woman’s beauty is all about modesty. Modesty is the healthy balance of beauty, utilizing proper boundaries. Sarah was referred to as the most beautiful woman in the world, ever. Sarah was also known for her modesty. When the angels visited Avraham, they wanted to make her beloved to her husband, so they asked him where Sarah was although they knew that he would answer that Sarah was in the tent. Sarah's modesty is what made her beautiful.

How does this connect to branches?

Tifferet is the central Middah that connects with all other Middot. Like the heart or torso, that branches out to the rest of the limbs, Tifferet branches out to all Middot, and harmonizes them all. We are all called ישרא-ל, because we are the children of Ya'akov, and inherited mostly this capability of balance. Yaakov’s Middah combined the Middot of our ancestors. As we see in its acronym, all the names of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs are contained. יצחק, שרה, רחל רבקה, אברהם, לאה.

G-d glorifies Himself through His people, ישראל אשר בך אתפאר. Tifferet is the revelation of the beauty of G-dliness in Mankind. With G-d’s Divine Assistance, we will learn how to reveal it. This week, let us tap into that beauty and make it shine. To ourselves. And to the world.
How do we take this down to a practical step by step self- help practical refinement, a seven day journey to eternal beauty?

We can find five essential elements of beauty that appear in all areas of life. The five elements that bring about beauty are variety, unity, proportion, order, and regularity. These five elements reflect the separate aspects of tifferet as they appear in combination with other middot. The separate aspects of Tifferet are Chessed of Tifferet, Gevurah of Tifferet, Tifferet of Tifferet, Netzach of Tifferet, etc. We are going to break these down into video segments for us to begin our seven day journey with the self help tools mentioned in the videos. The Chessed of Tifferet video will give us insight on how to bring out our inner beauty regarding interpersonal relationships through beautiful acts of Chessed. The Gevurah of Tifferet video will empower you with the tools of building boundaries to develop the beautiful you in your relationships. The Tifferet of Tifferet video will expound on the value of order in your relationships.

Let us get down to the introduction of our first video which is variety in unity. Let us give an example from the beauty of art. Black and white can work in unison to create something so much more beautiful than black alone or white alone. When they do not work together, you can end up with an ugly grey. But when balanced together, they can create the greatest art, or a beautiful grey.

In the context of relationships, an exemplary business model is when Mr. Introvert works together with Mr. Extrovert, complimenting and complementing each other. A beautiful home is a home where husband and wife are different but they learnt how to use their differences to make up for their lacking so that the sum of them is greater than the individual pieces. One is more of a talker, and the other is more of a listener; one is more cautious and conservative, while the other is more daring, outgoing, and adventurous. A beautiful Klal Yisrael is one that has 12 Shevatim, Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, and they all harmonize their strengths and complement each other’s weaknesses. Just to be clear, these are all examples of variety in unity.

How does one go about finding unity in variety? How does one find the harmony in relationships? How do we stick together despite our differences?

The first step, is through Chessed. But not any Chessed. Specifically Chessed of Tifferet. This will be explained in the first video of the week of Tifferet. And then each day, we will bring out the other aspects of beauty according to the Middah of the day.

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