Friday, August 28, 2015

Ki Seitze - Intuition and Transcendence

Why does the Torah only tell us the reward for two out of the 613 commandments? Why does it specifically tell us by honoring parents and sending away the mother bird? What is the deeper understanding of the idea of sending away the mother bird when taking the eggs or chicks? How does one access the light of transcendence without being blinded by its' light? How is the intuitive faculty a reflection of that light? How does this idea manifest in the days of the week?

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Running time: 25:55

Friday, August 21, 2015

Shoftim - King of Israel

What is the concept of a Jewish king? Why does the Torah command us to appoint a king, while it seems that it was not a good thing when the Jews asked for a king in the times of Samuel? Why do we pray three times daily for the king messiah, if the midrash states explicitly that we ultimately want God alone to be our king?

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Running time: 22:27

Friday, August 14, 2015

Re'eh - Israel - Mind of the World

Why does the Torah constantly connect the keeping of the commandments with the land of Israel? Why do we spend the ten weeks leading up to Rosh Hashana reading Moshe's speech at the threshold of Israel? Why do we focus on the destruction and future rebuilding of Israel during this time? Why does the Torah refer to God's divine providence in Israel as 'the eyes of God?' Why is Rosh Hashana called the 'head of the year' as opposed to the 'beginning of the year?'

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Running time: 24:49

Friday, August 7, 2015

Ekev - Accessing the Supernatural

Why does the midrash need to 'prove' that Hashem is trustworthy in His promises? What is the idea behind the promises being fulfilled such that we receive the fruits in this world, and the principle in the next? What is the proof of Hashem's trustworthiness from the righteous, like R' Pinchos ben Yair and R' Shimon ben Shetach? What is the deeper message of the supernatural events that are promised by the Torah for keeping the law, and those that surrounded the stories of R' Pinchos ben Yair?

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Running time: 26:06

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?

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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?

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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?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running Time: 21:33