Friday, July 12, 2019

Chukas - Simple Observance

In regards to the Torah's account of Moshe bringing forth water from the rock, why does it first say that 'water will come forth' but actually 'a lot of water' came forth? What is the unique attribute of food that has a spiritual aspect? What was the unique challenge that Moshe faced with the striking of the rock? Why did he feel it necessary to bring forth water from a different rock than the one commanded by Hashem? What is the idea behind the statement of our sages that 'all the rocks poured forth water' when Moshe struck this rock?

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Running time: 24:39


Friday, July 5, 2019

Korach - Expanding Truth

Why did the sons of Korach describe themselves as 'liars' as opposed to heretics or wicked? What happens to a person who is mired in the sin of lying? How can one overcome one's natural inclination when the intellect does not seem to have the power or sway of the emotions? How does one incorporate the values of Truth and Torah into oneself so that they continuously expand within him?

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Running time: 25:14


Friday, June 28, 2019

Shlach - Striving Higher

Why did the Torah place the section speaking of the inaugural sacrifices next to the section about lighting the menorah in the Tabernacle? Why is it followed by the priestly blessings? Why was Aharon concerned about his exclusion from the inaugural sacrifices? What was Hashem's reassurance with the command to light the menorah and the priestly blessings? What was the difference between Aharon's inauguration of these commandments and the inauguration of the sacrifices?

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Running time: 24:39


Friday, June 21, 2019

Behaaloscha - Start Anew!

Why did the Torah place the section speaking of the inaugural sacrifices next to the section about lighting the menorah in the Tabernacle? Why is it followed by the priestly blessings? Why was Aharon concerned about his exclusion from the inaugural sacrifices? What was Hashem's reassurance with the command to light the menorah and the priestly blessings? What was the difference between Aharon's inauguration of these commandments and the inauguration of the sacrifices?

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Nasso - Hashem Loves All

Why were the sons of Merari not given the honor of having their 'heads raised up?' Why does the medrash go out of its way to point out the honor of the families of Kehas and Gershon? Why did the family of Merari have significantly more family members between ages 30 and 50? What was their unique job in the transporting of the Mishkan? Why were the Levite families counted separately and then all counted together? What is the significance of the service of the Levites in the Mishkan, which was the song which accompanied the sacrifices? What is the true song as embodied by the Levites?

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Running time: 22:41


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bamidbar-Shavuos - Torah and Song

What was unique about the family of Kehas, a subdivision of the tribe of Levi? How were they able to remain humble despite their lofty status? What is the idea behind the fact that they all faced the Aron as they carried it? Why did the cows do the same thing, and why did they sing? Why were they given a 'yashar koach?' What does this teach us about the unique approach we take to Torah?

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Running time: 22:42


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bechukosai - Final Generation's Challenge

What is the idea of going with Hashem with permanence? What is the idea of going with Hashem with 'keri' - impermanence? How is it possible for someone to pray to Hashem for success, and yet still believe in the 'idol' of their own efforts? What is the challenge of the final generation before the coming of Moshiach? How does one maintain faithfullness to Hashem in the face of success that seems 'natural?' What is the connection between Yosef and Tzion (Jerusalem)?

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Running time: 29:35


Friday, May 24, 2019

Behar - Foundation of Bitachon

What is the foundational idea behind the command of Shemitah? Why is this mitzvah singled out for being mentioned that it was given at Har Sinai? When will a person wonder 'what will we eat in the seventh year?' Why did Yosef have to stay in jail for two extra years when he asked Pharaoh's cupbearer to remember him? Why was it so important for Yosef to completely depend on Hashem and no one else?

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Running time: 19:13


Friday, May 17, 2019

Emor - Gratitude for our Lot

What was the reason for the curse of the man who was a son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian man? How can we come to terms with the life that Hashem has given us when it does not meet our expectations? What is the lesson from the brothers of Yosef in regards to the many questions they had and the great reveal that occurred when Yosef said who he was? What tools can we use to not only come to terms with, but to have great joy with our lot in life?

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Running time: 25:53


Friday, May 3, 2019

Acharei Mos - Levels of Life

What is the idea of 'v'chai bahem' - you shall live in them? What is the unique situation when one can violate a commandment of the Torah? What is the reward for someone who serves Hashem without the right intentions? Why does someone who serves Hashem out of fear receive his reward only in the world to come? Why does someone who serves Hashem out of love receive reward in this world, as well? What is the highest level of serving Hashem?

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Running time: 21:47