Friday, January 30, 2015

Beshalach - Singing Redemption's Song

Why do he Jewish people sing? What is the concept of song? What is the power of the shofar? What does the verse mean when it says that God is with His bride (Israel) from Lebanon and returning? What is the song that is sung on the mountain of Amana?

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Running Time: 20:45

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bo - Conserving Spiritual Power

What is the aspect of the 'First Born' as represented by the people of Israel? How is it counteracted by Amalek, which is 'first of the nations?' How does one maintain continuity in the face of what seems to a setback in one's spiritual achievements? Why do we preface our prayers with a mention of the exodus and the destruction of the first borns?

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Running Time: 18:27

Friday, January 16, 2015

Va'era - Surmounting Challenges

What is the parallel between the experiences of the Jewish people in the Exodus and the experience of every individual Israelite? How does one face off with and surmount the challenges that continuously arrive? What is the power of prayer and how does it partner with the power of commitment?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 19:49

Friday, January 9, 2015

Shemos - Slaying the Snake

When Moshe doubts the Jewish people will believe him, why does Hashem tell him to throw down his staff? What is the symbolism of the staff? What is represented by its transformation into a snake? What is the unique power of the tzadik (which is contained in all of us) which transforms the snake back into a staff?

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Running time: 16:33

Friday, January 2, 2015

Vayechi - Hastening the End of Days

What is the goal of Yakov when he gathers his sons? Why is he unable to reveal the End? Why does his rebuke to Reuven, Shimon and Levi involve a directive to be careful about being hasty? What is the difference between Asifa-gathering and Kibbutz-gathering? How does waiting for the end paradoxically hasten its arrival?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 20:20

Friday, December 26, 2014

Vayigash - Joining As One

What is the significance of Judah's stepping up to Joseph? How does that affect and parallel future events that occur to the Jewish people? Why is the separation needed? Why is this parsha always read this time of year at the beginning of the month of Teves and after Chanukah? What is the concept of the fourth aspect - Netsach/Victory?

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Running time: 25:35

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mikeitz - The End of Time

What is the concept of the 'keitz' - the end of time? How does that relate to the end of Yosef's incarceration, and the end of the exile? What is the connection between the keitz (end) and the kotz (crown)? How does one access the transcendent temporal realm and draw it down 'faster' so that the world will transcend to that state permanently?

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Running time: 23:51

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vayeshev - Light in the Darkness

In this week's parsha podcast, we explore R' Nosson's teaching about the way of Yosef HaTzadik, who followed in the footsteps of Yaacov - bringing those who were mired in darkness back to the light.

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Running Time: 19:11

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chayei Sarah - Retrieving Holiness

Why did Avraham feel it was so important to pay for the Cave of Machpela (cave of the patriarchs)? Why couldn't he receive it as a gift? What is the significance of that specific burial plot? Why did King David do the same thing when purchasing the Temple Mount upon which the Temple would be built? What is the true spiritual perspective on money?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 22:16

Friday, November 7, 2014

Vayeira - Shining the Light of Truth

In this week's parsha podcast, we talk about the idea that the forces of evil surround the entranceway to Holiness, covering it in darkness. Only the light of simple Truth can remove the darkness and show us that gate which we thought was not there.

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Running time: 18:17