Friday, March 20, 2015

Vayikra - Prophetic Paradox

Why was Prophecy suddenly limited to being experienced in the Tabernacle? What is the significance of the special nature of Moses' prophecy? Why does the midrash end with talk of the future, when all will experience prophecy? What is the difference between the revelation at the burning bush and the revelation in the Mishkan (Tabernacle)? Why was prophecy originally more widespread then it became after the Tabernacle was erected?

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Running time: 23:28

Friday, March 13, 2015

Vayakhel-Pekudei - Silencing the Scoffers

What is the problem with admitting to old sins? Why was Moshe silent when some of the people of Israel said that Hashem would not return His divine presence to His people? Why was there three months from the time that the material of the Mishkan was completed until it was erected? Why was it erected specifically in Nissan? Why was it constructed in the winter months? Why was it done with special Divine assistance?

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Running time: 20:40

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tetzaveh - Moshe and Aharon

Why does the parsha of the menorah, which is lit by Aharon, as well as the clothing of the Kohen Gadol and Kohanim, immediately precede the parsha of Ki Sisa which speaks about the sin of the Golden Calf? If Aharon was involved in that sin, why was he allowed to serve in the mishkan? Why is Moshe's name not found in this week's parsha? What is the significance of the fact that the parsha centers around Aharon and leaves out Moshe? What is the significance of the clothes of the Kohanim?

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Running time: 19:49

Friday, February 20, 2015

Terumah - Giving Back

Why did Hashem give righteous individuals gems alongside their Manna? What value were they to the righteous if they were just to be given as a donation to the Mishkan-Tabernacle? Why was it necessary for Jacob to instruct his children to prepare items which would be used more than two hundred years later in the construction of the Tabernacle? Why does a child learn the entire Torah in the womb, if that child will forget it all when he comes into the world?

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Running Time: 23:48

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mishpatim - Borrowing Power

Why does the Torah ask us not to charge interest when we lend money? What does the midrash mean when it says that all of Hashem's creations 'lend to each other?' Why does the midrash choose the many symbols it does, amongst them - moon and stars, day and night? What is the concept of money and lending of one's money?

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Running time: 22:58

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yisro - All is One

Why does the Torah preface the Ten commandments with the statement that God spoke 'all' of these matters? What is the concept of kol - all? What does it mean that the entire Torah is included in the ten commandments and that all ten are included in the first commandment? How are we to understand the multiple facets of reality that seem to be both good and bad, yet are all included in God manifesting in reality?

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Running time: 24:21

Friday, January 30, 2015

Beshalach - Singing Redemption's Song

Why do he Jewish people sing? What is the concept of song? What is the power of the shofar? What does the verse mean when it says that God is with His bride (Israel) from Lebanon and returning? What is the song that is sung on the mountain of Amana?

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Running Time: 20:45

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bo - Conserving Spiritual Power

What is the aspect of the 'First Born' as represented by the people of Israel? How is it counteracted by Amalek, which is 'first of the nations?' How does one maintain continuity in the face of what seems to a setback in one's spiritual achievements? Why do we preface our prayers with a mention of the exodus and the destruction of the first borns?

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Running Time: 18:27

Friday, January 16, 2015

Va'era - Surmounting Challenges

What is the parallel between the experiences of the Jewish people in the Exodus and the experience of every individual Israelite? How does one face off with and surmount the challenges that continuously arrive? What is the power of prayer and how does it partner with the power of commitment?

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Running Time: 19:49

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shemos - Slaying the Snake

When Moshe doubts the Jewish people will believe him, why does Hashem tell him to throw down his staff? What is the symbolism of the staff? What is represented by its transformation into a snake? What is the unique power of the tzadik (which is contained in all of us) which transforms the snake back into a staff?

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Running time: 16:33