Friday, December 25, 2020

Vayigash - For Hashem's Sake

Why does the verse refer to the fact that Yosef 'appeared' to his father when they finally met after 22 years of separation? What was unique about the focus of Yosef when he reunited with his father? What is the result when a person focuses on his own benefit when performing mitzvos? What is the proper focus? Where do we see the different levels of doing for Hashem's sake in the evolution of Yosef? Why was Pharaoh willing to give Yosef so much power?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Mikeitz - Faith Amid Brokenness

What is unique about the 'hope of Yakov?' Why did Yakov use the word 'shever' to mean food, when usually the word used is 'ochel?' What is the meaning of the word shever/sever? Why does the same word denote both brokenness and hope? What is meant by the midrash when it says that Yakov was aware of Yosef being in Egypt, whereas the brothers did have this awareness? What is the unique 'gift' that we 'give back' to Hashem in our lighting of the candles of Chanukah? What is the message of this lighting that millions of Jews have done for over 2000 years throughout the entire world?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

It's 12:45

 Rosh Chodesh Teves 5781 marks 12:45 on the Cosmic clock on Friday afternoon.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Vayeshev - Chanuka, Yosef and Completion

Why is Yakov afraid when he 'sees the mighty ones of Esav?' Why is he comforted by Yosef in this regard? Why is Yakov referred to as a 'blacksmith' while Yosef is referred to as a 'goldsmith?' What is the idea behind Yosef being the 'reason for all the other offspring of Yakov?' What is the the depth of the idea that the sea split because of Yosef - it 'ran away' just as Yosef 'ran away' from Potifar's wife? What is the significance of his 'running away?' What is the conncection between the essence of Yosef and the essence of Chanukah?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Moshiach comes with... Glowing Butterflies?

As serious as we can be about Moshiach coming... We can also lighten it up a little! I wanted to share with you my new video, in which I tried to bring out the idea of our bitachon-emunah-belief and trust in Hashem - as represented by the caterpillar. And the ecstatic song of redemption - the glowing butterfly. I hope you will enjoy it.

P.S. I do think that the Moshiach process moves along when we are joyous, and hearing a good song with a good video and message certainly can put us in the right mood...

Friday, December 4, 2020

Final Battle of Yakov and Esav

Why does the Torah emphasize the eight kings of Edom that reigned before there was a king in Israel? Why were there no kings in Israel before that point? What happened to the kings of Edom when kings reigned over Israel? Why was Haman (from Esav) demoted and replaced with Mordechai? What is the idea behind the analogy of the chaff, the straw and the wheat arguing about for whom the field was planted? Why do the nations of the world claim their greatness, and how will it turn out on the Final Day? What is the great battle between Esav and Yakov about, and how does it apply to our own personal struggles?

Find out in this week's Parsha Podcast.