Friday, May 31, 2013

Shlach - Inclusive Spirituality

Why does the Arizal indicate that the spies and their generation were on a level that was beyond the land of Israel? How does this reconcile with the fact that they sinned in speaking negatively of the land? What is the antidote for the challenge of the description of Israel as a 'land that swallows its inhabitants?' Is one meant to be only spiritual, or to include the mundane within the spiritual?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: (15:48)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Behaaloscha - Holiness Amidst Impurity

In this week's parsha podcast, we study the lesson of R' Nosson on the verses which speak about the Pesach Sheni - the second chance at bringing the Passover sacrifice, which was revealed through the request of those who were impure, and therefore unable to bring the Pesach sacrifice in its correct time. This is an analogy to how we can call out to God from wherever we are, even if we are mired in darkness and impurity.

Running time: 15:59

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nasso - Serving Hashem Intuitively

What is the significance of the special offering of the Nesi'im, the princes of the tribes of Israel? How did they know to give the wagons and oxen which would transport the tabernacle? Why was Moshe upset that the command did not come through him? What was Hashem's response to Moshe? Why did this idea come from the tribe Yissachar? Why does the midrash tell us that these oxen never died? Why is it considered as if they carry the world with God?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 21:50

Friday, May 10, 2013

Bimidbar - Counting the Uncountable

Why does the parsha of Bimidbar always come out before Shavuos? What is the concept of counting? Is counting a positive thing or a negative thing? If counting shows Hashem's love for us, why do we find there is danger in counting? Why will we be uncountable in the times of Moshiach (the Messiah)?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 19:47

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Behar-Bechukosai - Giving it back to God

Why does the Torah place the concepts of Shmitah, Yovel and the prohibition of charging interest next to each other? What is the depth of these concepts? What is the message of Shmitah, and what is the deeper message of Yovel?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 19:55