Friday, March 30, 2018

Pesach - Seder-Order

Why is the entire body of customs we perform on the first night of Pesach referred to as the Seder (Order)? Why does the goat (that Abba bought for two coins) die and never come back to life if it represents the Jewish people? Why is the building of the Beis Hamikdash (temple) mentioned in Dayeinu if it was not built until 480 years after the exodus? What is the core concept of Pesach and how does it relate to the concept of Moshiach ben Dovid? 

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 23:07

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tzav - Spiritual Honesty

Why does Aharon, who the Torah itself describes as a righteous prophet, require extra encouragement in regards to a sacrifice he brings but does not benefit from? Why do we find this type of approach in regards to other areas as well? Why does the soldier going out to battle, who our sages say is specifically someone without sin, have a process for marrying the beautiful woman on the battle field? What is the correct approach to dealing with our human frailties?

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Running time: 23:44

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vayikra - Heed the Call

What is the significance of Moshe's not entering the Mishkan when the cloud fills it? Does he do that because he's unable to enter, or because he chooses not to enter? What is the pattern of Moshe's standing back, and why is he chosen for this trait? How can we use this idea in our own lives?

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Running time: 21:58

Friday, March 9, 2018

Vayakhel-Pekudei - Spiritual Source

Why does the Torah tell us of Betzalel's family origins? What is the significance of the 'intellect, wisdom and knowledge' with which he was endowed? Why was it important that the mishkan (santuary) be built with these aspects? How does it parallel the creation of the world? Why does the Torah stress that Hashem was the source of these powers of Betzalel? How does the mishkan serve to atone for the sin of the Golden Calf? What was the difference between the way the Jews brought their gold for the calf, as opposed to how they brought their gold for the mishkan?

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Runing time: 25:01

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ki Sisa - Spiritual Contrasts

What is the meaning of the verse that says that "to You, Hashem, is charity, while we have embarrassment? How does this verse apply in the context of charity? How does charity transform curses into blessings? How does the verse apply to the contrast between how we behave in defiance of God, versus how He treats us?

Find out in this week's parsha podcast.

Running time: 20:55