Friday, July 31, 2015

Va'eschanan - Staying Connected to God

What are the two modes of our relationship with Hashem? What is the path into ecstatic experience of God? How does one find God in the mundane - 'whenever we call out to Him?' Why is God's name 'Elokim' in the plural form? What is the concept of dew?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 24:18

Friday, July 24, 2015

Devarim-Tisha B'av - Rectifying a Splintered Reality

Why did Moshe translate the Torah into 70 languages if the Jewish people at that time only spoke Hebrew and Egyptian? What is the curative power of the Torah? How does the Torah transport a person to the World to Come? How did Moshe go from a person who was 'not a man of words' to being able to speak 'all of these words?' Why is this parsha read before Tisha B'av? Why don't we learn Torah on Tisha B'av?

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Running time: 26:21

Friday, July 17, 2015

Matos-Masei - Good Subsumes Evil

Why did Joshua only live to be 110 years old as opposed to Moshe who lived until 120? Why did Moshe want to see the 'revenge' of the Jewish people on Midian before his death? What does the word nekama (revenge) really mean? What is the difference between seeing and hearing?

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Running time: 25:19

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pinchas - Leadership by Example

Why does Bilaam direct Balak to cause the Jewish people to sin through immoral behavior with the daughters of Midian? What was the character of the leadership of Doson and Aviram in the rebellion of Korach? How does the same principle apply for good, as expressed in the leadership of Joshua?

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Running time: 18:24

Friday, July 3, 2015

Balak - Amalek, Israel and Moshiach - who is Amalek today?

Why is the verse that speaks about the 'tents of Jacob' immediately before the verse that speaks of the destruction of Agag, king of Amalek? What is represented by the number 72? How does Amalek manifest as the counter-force to the Jewish people? Who is Amalek today? How do we 'fight' Amalek in our times?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 26:29

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?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 23:24