Sunday, October 12, 2014

Succos - Full Reflection

What is the difference between the approach on Succos as opposed to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? How is that reflected in the moon's appearance? What is the parallel between the s'chach that covers the succah and the aravos? What is the concept of the cloud?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 17:35

Friday, October 3, 2014

Yom Kippur - Renewing Commitment

Why is the death of Nadav and Avihu the preface to the High Priest's service on Yom Kippur? How does one relate to the transgressions one has done, and the distance he has created between himself and God? How does one use the power of commitment to move past the 'seven falls' and 'stand up?'

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Running time: 19:14

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Haazinu-Rosh Hashana - Silence of the Moon

Why do the seventy nations of the world seem to get a portion in the Earth, while the people of Israel do not? What does it mean that the Jewish people are Hashem's portion? Why does Rosh Hashana occur at the beginning of the month, when the moon is absent? Why do we celebrate the conception of the world, and not its actual birth?

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Running time: 23:18

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nitsavim-Vayelech - Song of the Heart

How does one access one's higher will - one's true will? What is the secret of 'Today?' What does it mean that the Torah is not far away, that it is 'in your mouth and heart?' What is the concept of the song of the Torah?

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Running time: 20:12

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ki Savo - Begin Again!

What is the depth behind the mitzvah to bring an offering of the first fruits of one's field? How can we reconcile the fact that sin causes great spiritual damage, and yet we can begin anew and enter into a relationship with Hashem no matter what? What are the spiritual forces that pull a person away from Hashem, and how can they be faced and conquered?

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Running time: 21:33

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ki Seitze - Good Brings Good

What is the concept behind our sages' statement that a good deed brings another good deed, and a negative deed brings another negative deed? Why are we enjoined to completely destroy the nation of Amalek? How do the people of Israel and the people of Amalek function in parallel ways? What is the force of Israel and Amalek within each human being?

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Running time: 21:47

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shoftim - Quiet Protection

What is the concept of the prohibition against extending one's borders into that of one's fellow? How does that apply to the spiritual borders that define a person's purpose in the world? How does that apply to the personal relationship one has with Hashem?

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Running time: 24:11

Friday, August 22, 2014

Re'eh - Climbing God's Mountain

Why does the Torah command the people of Israel to place the blessings and curses on mountains? What is the concept of a mountain? What is the connection between ratzon-will and shemo-God's name? How does  a false prophet have the ability to perform a true miracle? How does one use that power in its proper way - in one's service of Hashem?

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Running time: 21:26

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ekev - Inheriting the Land


When it comes to inheriting the land of Israel, why does the Torah repeatedly stress that it is not in the merit of anything that the Jewish people have done? What does it mean that we are redeemed and given Israel 'for the sake of Hashem's name?' What does it mean that the fruit trees in Israel and in the wilderness would grow and produce fruit in one day?

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Running Time: 23:02

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vaeschanan - Expanding and Defining Borders

Why is Moshe not allowed to enter into Eretz Yisrael despite his 515 entreaties? What is the concept of him looking into the land? Why do we switch out of mourning on the 9th of Av and straight into joy and relationship? What is the parallel between the month of Tammuz that seems to extend until the 9th and 10th of Av, and Elul, which extends until the 10th of Tishrei - Yom Kippur? What are the concepts of four, five and six?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 15:01