Thursday, February 27, 2020

Terumah - For Hashem's Sake

Why does the Torah spend so much time talking about the vessels and structure of the Mishkan-Tabernacle? Why did Hashem command that all of its donations be brought 'for His name?' Why is this so important in this process? What is the idea behind the 'nedivus lev' - the self sacrifice involved in bringing the donations? Why are the precious stones enumerated last if they are so expensive? How does this all apply to us?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 14:55

Friday, February 21, 2020

Mishpatim - Accessing the Miraculous

What is the idea behind the mitzvah of Shemitah? Why is it immediately followed by the mitzvah of keeping Shabbos (besides for the obvious 6/7 connection)? Why does miraculous salvation always seem to arrive at the last second? How does one access the miraculous? What is the parallel of each Shabbos we observe to the original Shabbos of creation? Why did Hashem deem it necessary to create the world and then rest on the seventh day?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 25:27

Friday, February 14, 2020

Yisro - With One Heart

What is the depth of the idea that the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai as 'one person, with one heart?' How does one achieve this level of camaraderie? Where do we see that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts? Why was there a deeper acceptance of the Torah in the time of the story of Purim? How is Purim greater than Yom Kippur? Why does the Torah command a Jew not to give his Jewish slave unnecessary work? Why were the spies punished for the 40 days they traversed Israel and not just for the act of speaking negatively at the end of their journey? How does one properly honor one's parents and ones friends?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 26:10

Friday, February 7, 2020

Moment of Redemption

What is the secret of the three verses in a row that have exactly 72 letters each? What is the idea of the cloud that leads the Jewish people serving as a separation between them and the Egyptian oppresors? Why is there darkness on the side of the Egyptians and light for the Jewish people? Why does a strong wind blow and seem to separate the waters of the Yam Suf? Why do the Egyptians blindly follow after the Jewish people and right into the hands of their own destruction? What is the defining factor of the final moment of redemption?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 22:26