Thursday, January 17, 2019

Beshalach - Glorifying Hashem

What is the concept of the verse, 'this is my God and I will glorify Him? What was special about the revelation of Hashem at the sea? Why does that revelation result in the necessity to 'glorify Him?' What is the idea behind 'beautifying the mitzvos' as an expression of Glorifying Hashem? What is the idea behind 'imitating Hashem's ways' in this vein?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Runing time: 28:09


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Shemos - Love and Respect

Why did Moshe cover his face at the sight of the burning bush? Was this the right thing for him to do? Why did some sages see this as something he was punished for? Why did some sages see this as something he was rewarded for? How does one find the balance between Love and Respect for Hashem, and one's fellows?

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Running time: 24:06


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vayechi - Will Into Action

Why does Yakov want to reveal the Ketz-end of times? Why does he only reveal each of his sons' special character traits? What is behind their response of Shema Yisrael? What does the gemara mean when it tells us that Hashem says that if we come to His house, He will come to our house? What is the idea that the 'feet of a person are guarantors who lead him where he is meant to go?' What is the meaning of the skull of the drowned man that floated upon the water?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 22:51


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Vayigash - Mind and Heart

What is the difference between the kingship of Yosef and the kingship of Yehuda? What is the difference between the conscience of the mind and the conscience of the heart? What is the ideal dynamic between these two aspects and how they motivate us in our service of Hashem? What is represented by Yehuda stepping toward Yosef?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 27:41


Friday, December 7, 2018

Mikeitz - Trust and Action

What is the unique nature of Yosef's Bitachon-Trust in Hashem? Why is he called to task and punished by Hashem with two extra years in jail as a result of his interaction with Pharaoh's cupbearer? Why does he seem to give all credit to Hashem in some circumstances, and in others clearly take action on his own? Why does Yosef send his brothers through such an emotional roller coaster? How is Yosef able to read the signs Hashem has given him?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time 27:35


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Vayeshev - Space for Others

What is the concept of Yibum-Levirate marriage? Why does it apply to those who are inheritors? What is the concept of inheritance? Why did Onen not want to 'establish the name' of his deceased brother Er? What was spiritual failing of Zerach that later manifested in Achan? How can we make spiritual space for others?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 24:12


Friday, November 23, 2018

Vayishlach - Intrinsic Greatness

What is the concept of Yaakov being ‘left alone’ to battle the angel? What is the idea of Hashem being ‘alone’ when Moshiach comes? How does this parallel Yaakov being alone? How do we understand the idea of evil existing in the world if Hashem is Good? Who is truly wise, rich, powerful and honored? How does one acquire intrinsic greatness?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 30:04

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Toldos - Simplicity and Trickery

Why did Yakov need to obtain the blessings of Esav through trickery? How do we understand this in light of Yakov's unique attribute being Emes-Truth? What is the idea of Yakov's appearance being the same as Adam's? Why is the snake described as being 'crafty?' How does one properly employ the ideas of simplicity and trickery?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 22:12

Friday, November 2, 2018

Chayei Sarah - All the Blessings

What is the depth of the idea that Hashem blessed Avraham 'bakol' - 'in all?' Why is this the preface to Avraham sending Eliezer to find a wife for his song Yitzchak? What is the concept of 'all,' and how does it relate to the idea of blessing? What is the unique nature of the Jewish people's mission in the world? What is the idea that the Jewish people are first referred to as Hashem's daughter, then sister, then mother? How does this parallel the relationship between a father and son?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 27:04

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Vayera - Hashem's Revelation

What is the idea of Hashem revealing Himself to Avraham after he performs the bris (circumcision)? Why does Hashem not seem to say anything? What are the problems with the Rambam's understanding that the entire interaction of Avraham with the angels was the revelation? When does one experience a vision of an angel? Is that at the same level as a revelation of Hashem Himself? What was the purpose of Hashem's revelation to Avraham at this time?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 23:58