Friday, June 26, 2015

Chukas - The Gift of Love

What was the difference if Moshe spoke to the rock or struck the rock in order for it to bring forth water? How does that affect the learning of Torah to this day? How does speaking connote love, while striking connotes judgment? How does one reach the level of love in one's relationship with Hashem?

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Running Time: 21:33

Friday, June 19, 2015

Korach - Women's Wisdom

What was the difference between the wife of On ben Peles as opposed to the wife of Korach? What is the secret to getting through the challenges the come along in relationships? How can one apply this to one's own life?

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Running Time: 15:37

Friday, June 12, 2015

Shlach - Releasing Fear and Bias

What was at the root of the mistake of the spies? What was the Jewish people's mistake in sending them? Why were Caleb and Joshua different? What are the signs of a true agent? How does one deal one's naturally occurring bias and fear?

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Running time: 21:42

Friday, June 5, 2015

Behaaloscha - Earning the Free Gift

Why does Hashem ask us to light the Menorah - does He need our light? What is the significance of Aharon's fear of unworthiness in serving Hashem? Why did Moshe tell him 'this is why you were chosen?' If we were given free choice in order to choose the good and earn a relationship with Hashem, why do we seem to find that we are expected to realize that we can not earn that relationship?

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Running time: 21:12

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nasso - Protecting the Blessings

What is the concept of Blessings? Why do they need protection? What does it mean that the 'vessel that holds blessings is peace?' Why did the priestly blessings take a different form in Temple? Why does the form of the blessings increase at it goes along? Why did Isaac want to give the blessings to Esau? How does one make proper use of one's blessings?

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Running time: 23:24

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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Running Time: 24:15