Thursday, April 18, 2013

Acharei-Kedoshim - Balancing Spiritual and Physical

Why does the Torah preface the avodah of Yom Kippur with the mention of the death Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu? Why does the high priest keep changing his garments during his service on Yom Kippur? If the white garments represent absolute humility, why doesn't he wear them the whole time? If the gold garments represent judgment, why does he wear them at all? Why does the high priest fluctuate in his service between the Holy of Holies and the main area of the sanctuary? What is the concept of Koach Hamoshech - the pulling force, and koach hamachriach - the pushing force? How does one bring these into balance?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 19:43

Friday, April 12, 2013

Tazria Metzora - Facing Spiritual Sickness

What is the nature of the spiritual illnesses of Tzara'as and Zivah? What is the difference between them? Why does Hashem say to 'speak to the children of Israel' only in regards to the impurity of zivah? What is the danger of the spiritual perfectionist? How does one face spiritual perfectionism?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 21:10

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Shmini - Accessing the Transcendent

What is the depth of the idea of the loss of the students of R' Akiva between Pesach and Shavuos? Why do Nadav and Avihu die during the great joy of the dedication of the Mishkan? What was the significance of the fact that they did not ask Moshe and Aharon for advice? What is the aspect of the eighth day? And the count to fifty? What is the secret aspect of humility that nullifies everything and allows one access to the realm of fifty, the realm of eight, the world of Beriyah, the world of the throne, a world beyond time, a world of love and perfection?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 22:14