Friday, May 22, 2015

Bamidbar-Shavuos - Destination Within the Journey

Why is the parsha of Bamidbar always read right before the holiday of Shavuos? What is the parallel between the journey of the Jewish people through the wilderness and the counting from Pesach to Shavuos? What is greater - the traveling and counting or reaching the destination? What is the paradox of counting or journeying toward a specific goal?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 18:14

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Behar-Bechukosai - 50,000 Years of the World

What is the 'secret' of the Shmitah and Jubilee years? How do they correspond to the 50,000 year cycle that the world will last for? How does the Yovel (Jubilee) correspond to Shavuos, which is on the 50th day? What is the difference between the concepts of six and seven (Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid) as opposed to the eighth and fiftieth? Why couldn't Moshe get into Israel? Why couldn't he perceive the fiftieth gate of intuition? Why is exile the punishment for not keeping Shmitah and Yovel?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 23:14

Friday, May 1, 2015

Emor - Secret of the Omer Offering

What is the depth of the Omer offering? Why do we count 'the omer' instead of counting the weeks, or counting up to receiving the Torah? What are the 'evil winds' and 'evil dew' that we hope to counteract with the waving of the Omer? What is the connection between the omer and the Sotah (wayward wife)? How does the barley flour offering serve to bring peace between man and wife? Why is the Omer the merit to inherit the land of Israel and for numerous redemptions that occurred to the Jewish people?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 26:39

Acharei-Kedoshim - Who's Holier?

What is the concept of holiness? What does it mean when the midrash says that Hashem takes one crown of holiness for Himself and gives two crowns of holiness to the Jewish people? Why does another midrash seem to imply that Hashem's holiness is greater? What can one do if one has fallen in to sin in order to rectify his misdeed?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 24:19

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tazria-Metzora - Beyond Process

Why does the Torah skip the process between conception and birth - why mention conception at all? Why is the concept of the seven days the mother is impure immediately followed by the concept of the eighth day of the bris? Why is the creation of Adam so relevant to this idea, and what is the significance of his soul being created on day one, as opposed to his body on day six of creation? What is the depth of the idea that both originally and in the future, conception and birth will happen without a nine month process?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 24:15

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shmini - Quiet Love

What is the difference of approach between Moshe and Aharon when Nadav and Avihu die? How does each of their approaches parallel the path of Yosef and Yehuda (and Moshiach ben Yosef vs. Moshiach ben Dovid)? If one is in a place of grace, as in the way of Moshiach ben Dovid, does that mean that one does not act any longer? How does one approach the tragedies that befall him or her in life?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 22:22

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tzav - Poor Man's Offering

What is the power of the poor man's prayer? How does his prayer rise from a place of constriction to a place of expansion? What is the power of the Tzaddik-righteous individual who resides in expanded consciousness but also touches constriction? How do we find the tzaddik and poor man within ourselves?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 21:21

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?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

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?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

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?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 19:49