Friday, January 27, 2023

Bo - Har Habayis - Space of the Throne

What is the message of the mitzvah of making the month of Nissan special for the Jewish people? What is the uniqueness of the Jewish people that makes them suited to make this their special month? What are the two modes through which they are able to destroy their enemies? What is the importance of the space of the Beis Hamikdash - beyond the Beis Hamikdash itself, and how does it prove the Jewish people's specialness and chosenness?

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Running time: 29:17

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Bitachon 95 - Bitachon Saves From Gehenom

We continue exploring the fascinating understanding of the Ramchal in 'kivui' - showing desire for Hashem's salvation, which draws Hashem Himself, as it were, to the side of the person experiencing troubles. Getting into the habit of Bitachon takes a person to a place where his sins are forgiven and he can actually use Bitachon to escape the ravages of Gehenom!

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Running time: 22:56

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Vaera - Purpose of the Frogs - Buildup of Redemption

Why did Hashem create flies and mosquitos that seem to have no purpose other than to be annoying? Why did Hashem create snakes and scorpions that cause damage to humans? What is the message of the frogs that is, in a certain sense, equal to the message of the prophets? What is indicated by the use of the word Negef-striking in relationship to the frogs if it is more relevant to the plague of Dever-pandemic? How does this all relate to the redemption process that we are experiencing in our very times?

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Running time: 23:27

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Bitachon 94 - Ramchal's Understanding

We dive deep into a relatively short essay by the Ramchal about Bitachon and the concept of Kivui - hoping to Hashem, and how that relates to the Hebrew word 'kav' which means a line. It is through Bitachon that we literally draw ourselves a line directly to Hashem.

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Running time: 18:53

Friday, January 13, 2023

Shemos - Selflessness Brings Redemption

What was the reward that Pharaoh offered the midwives in exchange for their act of infanticide? How did they go above in beyond in defying Pharaoh's decree? How did the decree actually cause there to be no birth defects or stillborns amongst the babies born to the Jewish people? What was the special reward in the area of Torah and Shechina (Divine Spirit) that was rewarded to the midwives? How did their personal acts of self sacrifice bring about the redemption of the national Jewish people?

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Running time: 26:58

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Bitachon 93 - Bitachon Protects Our Children

We now begin studying verses from Mishlei, words of wisdom from Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon). He encourages us to align our will with Hashem's will and strengthen our Bitachon alongside that. In addition, besides for the spiritual inheritance we bequeath to our children, we also provide a protective shield for them when we have Bitachon.

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Running time: 21:57

Friday, January 6, 2023

Vayechi - Bury me in Israel

Why did Yaakov not want to be buried in Egypt? Why couldn't the burial in Israel wait, as it did for Yosef, whose bones were eventually brought for final burial in Israel? What is the great importance of being buried specifically in Israel? What happens to the bones of the righteous who were not buried in Israel - at the time of Techiyas Hameisim (Revival of the Dead)? Why did Rebbe get upset when he saw the bones of someone from outside of Israel being brought for burial in Israel?

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Running time: 27:54

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Interesting Gematria for תשפ״ג

The passuk says that Yaakov bowed down to Esav seven times until he reached him - עד גשתו אליו

The two words in bold have the gematria of תשפ״ג.

To me, this seems to indicate that the end of Klal Yisrael's bowing to Esav is this year, as spoken about in the keitz meguleh blog.

also interesting to me that the first of the two words is עד= 74 - indicating that the total number of years we 'bow' to Esav is 74 years. In the 75th, we break free.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Bitachon 92 - Ask for Kindness

Dovid Hamelech teaches us that we can not compare trusting in Hashem even to trusting a person who is generous and kind. We also learn the passuk which teaches us that we can ask Hashem to show us the light of morning, even when we are in the darkness of night.

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Running time: 20:48

Friday, December 30, 2022

Vayigash - Peace of the Wolf and Lamb

What is the concept of the wolf and the lamb pasturing together in the time of Moshiach? How does this parallel the cure of the deaf, mute and lame in the future time? What is the root of all imperfections in the world? Why are the dead brought back to life with their imperfections, and only afterwards restored to wholeness? How do the wolf and lamb parallel Binyamin and the brothers coming back together? How do the lion and cattle eating straw parallel Yosef and Yehuda coming back together?

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Running time: 25:21