Friday, February 5, 2016

Mishpatim - Angel of Redemption

What is the depth of the three different teachings about what the angel is that Hashem sends to lead the Jewish people - a literal angel, a prophet and the ark of the covenant? What is the concept of an angel? Why does Hashem tell Yaakov to climb the ladder he saw in his dream - the one the angels were climbing? When does Hashem send an angel, and when does Hashem Himself lead the Jewish people? Why is the presence of an angel always accompanied by Hashem's presence and a redemption?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 24:36

Friday, January 29, 2016

Yisro - Godly Essence

Why does Hashem openly reveal Himself to an entire nation which is only freshly removed from its spiritual filth? What is the power of the statement 'naaseh v'nishma' - we will do and we will listen? Why does Hashem remove Moshe from his 'post' as messenger for the first of the ten commandments? Why is the first commandment not a command, but rather a statement?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 20:15

Friday, January 22, 2016

Beshalach - Stages of Redemption

Why do the sons of Efraim try to leave Egypt thirty years early? Why is the verse which speaks of moshe taking Yosef's bones out of sequence? Why is the depth of the idea of Moshe 'grabbing a commandment?' Why is there a double oath to take Yosef's bones out of Egypt? Why does Yosef want his bones to be 'returned' to Shechem? What are the two stages of redemption? How do we 'remember' the future?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 26:47

Friday, January 15, 2016

Bo - Nissan Month of Redemption

What is the concept of Nissan being the first of the months? Why is this the first commandment the Jewish people receive as a nation? What is the idea of the 'keitz' and the 'ibbur' in regards to redemption? What is the concept of 'the first' and how does it relate to Hashem, Jerusalem, Moshiach and Nissan? Why do the Jewish people enter into and continue our relationship with Hashem on a mountain?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 24:27

Friday, January 8, 2016

Vaera- Balancing Fire and Ice

Why is the seventh plague - hail - the first that is performed by Moshe alone? Why is there a stress on the fact that he raises his hands 'to heaven?' What does it mean that Moshe has power over heaven and earth? Why does the hail coexist with fire? Why does Hashem's mercy join here with the Divine court of justice to produce this plague? Why is it stressed here that the purpose of the plagues was really to cause Pharaoh to repent? Why does Hashem make rules and then suspend the rules?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.
Running time: 26:38

Friday, January 1, 2016

Shemos - Meriting Redemption

What does it mean that Hashem redeems us for the 'sake of His name and the sake of His covenant?' What is the difference between 'seeing' and 'knowing?' Why does Hashem 'see' our sins, but 'know' about our good deeds? How can we be redeemed in the merit of something we will do in the future? What is the idea of Teshuva-repentance? How can we be redeemed in the merit of something our patriarchs did?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 20:15

Friday, December 25, 2015

Vayechi - Double Blessings

We continue with last week's discussion in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 16:06

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Moshiach times? Food for thought

I just watched the following video, and if you have the patience to watch the whole thing, it is a remarkable contrast to the craziness we have heard on the Moshiach blogosphere since its inception. I invite you to contemplate the full meaning of the video's closing.


The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Vayigash - Counting to Seventy

Why does the Torah tell us there were 70 people who made up the Jewish people as they came down to Egypt, if there are only 69 enumerated? What is the underlying theme between all of the individuals who are the missing 70th? What is the depth of the fact that Dan's son Chushim was deaf, as well as an only child, yet he was blessed to have great numbers? Why is Dan's area referred to in words that have to do with the moon and the month? What was the secret of Serach, the daughter of Asher, and her longevity?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 25:58

Friday, December 11, 2015

Miketz - Wake Up Call

Why do the brothers only start speaking about their guilt in regards to the sale of Yosef when they have been released from incarceration? Why don't they think of it at the beginning? What is the depth of the idea that Yosef is telling them when he says, "Do this and live?" What does it mean to really live both in a spiritual and physical sense? How does one answer the 'wake up call?'

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 20:08