Friday, April 3, 2020

Tzav - Expansion within Corona's Constriction

How were all of the Jewish people able to fit in the small space in front of the entrance of the Mishkan-Tabernacle? Why specifically at this moment in time was this miraculous experience shown to them? What did Hashem want to teach His people as he did this again when they were entering the land and the entire nation fit between the staves of the ark? How will all the nations of the world gather in the times of the Moshiach to the Throne of Hashem in Jerusalem - where will they fit? What is the depth of the concept that in the spiritual realms something expansive can fit into a constricted place?

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Vayikra - Light in the Darkness

What is the idea behind the obligation to testify when a person knows something that could help his fellow? How does one resonate with Hashem in so doing? What is the testimony that we all are obligated to give to the world in response to their idolatrous claims? How do we bring a light into the darkness that we face? Why is Rome a place of darkness and confusion in the end of days?

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Running time: 20:46

Friday, March 20, 2020

Vayakhel-Pekudei - The Good and the Bad

What is the contradiction between chacham-wise and lev-understanding? What is the contrast between black-negative and beautiful-positive? How do we reconcile the negative and positive actions we've done? How can we view positive in our challenging situations? What is the concept of Knesses Yisroel/Congregation of Israel?

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Running time: 26:31

Friday, March 13, 2020

Ki Sisa - Faith over Fear

How was the Satan able to cause the Jewish people to sin if they were on such a high level? What is the unique approach of the Evil Inclination in order to cause us to sin? How can we overcome the fear he induces? What is the idea behind the death of Moshiach ben Yosef? Why does Moshiach ben Dovid only ask for life? What is the message Hashem wants us to understand when facing off with difficult cimcumstances?

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Running time: 24:41

Friday, March 6, 2020

Tetzaveh-Purim - Love and Brotherhood

Why does Hashem ask the Jewish people to bring the special olive oil specifically to Moshe? Why are Aharon and his sons also to be brought specifically to Moshe? What is the unique relationship of Moshe and his brother Aharon? How were they able to have such a deep level of respect and love for each other? How did they use that in their relationship with all of the Jewish people? How does this relate to the special mitzvos we have on the holiday of Purim?

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Running time: 24:36

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Terumah - For Hashem's Sake

Why does the Torah spend so much time talking about the vessels and structure of the Mishkan-Tabernacle? Why did Hashem command that all of its donations be brought 'for His name?' Why is this so important in this process? What is the idea behind the 'nedivus lev' - the self sacrifice involved in bringing the donations? Why are the precious stones enumerated last if they are so expensive? How does this all apply to us?

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Running time: 14:55

Friday, February 21, 2020

Mishpatim - Accessing the Miraculous

What is the idea behind the mitzvah of Shemitah? Why is it immediately followed by the mitzvah of keeping Shabbos (besides for the obvious 6/7 connection)? Why does miraculous salvation always seem to arrive at the last second? How does one access the miraculous? What is the parallel of each Shabbos we observe to the original Shabbos of creation? Why did Hashem deem it necessary to create the world and then rest on the seventh day?

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Running time: 25:27

Friday, February 14, 2020

Yisro - With One Heart

What is the depth of the idea that the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai as 'one person, with one heart?' How does one achieve this level of camaraderie? Where do we see that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts? Why was there a deeper acceptance of the Torah in the time of the story of Purim? How is Purim greater than Yom Kippur? Why does the Torah command a Jew not to give his Jewish slave unnecessary work? Why were the spies punished for the 40 days they traversed Israel and not just for the act of speaking negatively at the end of their journey? How does one properly honor one's parents and ones friends?

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Running time: 26:10

Friday, February 7, 2020

Moment of Redemption

What is the secret of the three verses in a row that have exactly 72 letters each? What is the idea of the cloud that leads the Jewish people serving as a separation between them and the Egyptian oppresors? Why is there darkness on the side of the Egyptians and light for the Jewish people? Why does a strong wind blow and seem to separate the waters of the Yam Suf? Why do the Egyptians blindly follow after the Jewish people and right into the hands of their own destruction? What is the defining factor of the final moment of redemption?

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Running time: 22:26

Friday, January 31, 2020

Bo - Exodus and Emunah

Why do we need to constantly remember the Exodus from Egypt? What is behind Chavakuk's statement that the entire Torah comes down to the mitzvah of Emunah-Faith? What is the idea of Emunah as opposed to Bitachon? How does Emunah-Faith translate into action in our lives? Where does Emunah apply in our actual Mitzvah observance?

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