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A Shot of Torah with Levi Cooper

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Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist and father to six – shares a straight shot of Torah on topics of current interest from his Pardes classroom, his research and from his shul in Zur Hadassa. L'chaim!

Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist and father to six – shares a straight shot of Torah on topics of current interest from his Pardes classroom, his research and from his shul in Zur Hadassa. L'chaim!
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Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist and father to six – shares a straight shot of Torah on topics of current interest from his Pardes classroom, his research and from his shul in Zur Hadassa. L'chaim!

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Episodes

Yah Echsof: Conduct Counsel

10/6/2019
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Yah Echsof 2: Conduct Counsel The quest continues with the Maggid of Melbourne exploring the advice penned by R. Asher of Stolin. Part two in this innovative series. Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore Newsletter Credits Rabbi Levi Cooper – Pardes … Read the rest

Duration:00:04:45

Yah Echsof – Last Will and Testament

9/16/2019
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Yah Echsof 1: Last Will and Testament Join the Maggid of Melbourne on this exciting quest as he mines the first ever printed edition of a most memorable Shabbat zemer (hymn). In this first installment in the series, Levi looks … Read the rest

Duration:00:05:23

Confessing Good Deeds 10: Historical Fragments

8/20/2019
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Just before we sign off from this series, the Maggid of Melbourne has a surprising postscript to share, thanks to his students in Tel Aviv University’s Law Faculty. Wow! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam Titcher – Executive Producer Whether … Read the rest

Duration:00:20:33

Confessing Good Deeds 9: Maggid of Melbourne responds to listeners

8/12/2019
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In an unexpected turn, Levi Cooper responds to listeners’ responses as they offer their thoughts on the widespread neglect and ignorance of the triennial commandment of Viduy Maaser. You weren’t expecting that! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam Titcher – … Read the rest

Duration:00:17:52

Confessing Good Deeds 8: Who does it today?

8/4/2019
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As an epilogue to this wonderful series, the Maggid of Melbourne shares the experience of Viduy Maaser – from the Pardes Beit Midrash to Zur Hadassa – a modest, but burgeoning community, nestled in the hills outside Jerusalem – and … Read the rest

Duration:00:12:27

Confessing Good Deeds 7: Renewing a forgotten mitzvah

7/28/2019
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Levi Cooper tracks the mysterious late nineteenth century attempt to encourage Zionist farmers in the Land of Israel not to neglect the Viduy Maaser ritual … Part seven of this electrifying series! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam Titcher – … Read the rest

Duration:00:10:34

Confessing Good Deeds 6: Giving ourselves positive encouragement

7/21/2019
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Fast forwarding to the twentieth century, our very own Levi Cooper considers Rav Kook’s reading of the triennial Viduy Maaser where we declare how great we are … Part six of this captivating series! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam … Read the rest

Duration:00:13:56

Confessing Good Deeds 5: Sanctity of Speech

7/14/2019
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Heading back to the Middle Ages, the evergreen Maggid of Melbourne reads Sefer HaHinukh’s take on the Viduy Maaser declaration, pondering its applicability to contemporary challenges of electronic communication … Part five of this spellbinding series! Credits Levi Cooper – … Read the rest

Duration:00:06:46

Confessing Good Deeds 4: Priests Regrettably Replace Firstborns

7/7/2019
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The Maggid of Melbourne shares what might very well be the most creative reading of Deuteronomy 26:13: the explanation of the Italian commentator Seforno … Part four in this stirring series! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam Titcher – Executive … Read the rest

Duration:00:08:29

Confessing Good Deeds 3: Why must the needy wait for a handout?

6/30/2019
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Citing the Holy Alsheikh’s Biblical commentary, Levi Cooper explores another way to understand Viduy Maaser – the declarative confession that we have properly distributed all our tithes … Part three of this riveting series! Credits Levi Cooper – Host Adam … Read the rest

Duration:00:08:13

Confessing Good Deeds 2: Keep mitzvot and be ashamed

6/23/2019
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Levi Cooper looks to the words of the Sages in the Midrash in order to understand the Viduy Maaser confession: Even as we fastidiously keep the commandments, there may be something that we should be ashamed of … Part two … Read the rest

Duration:00:14:22

Confessing Good Deeds 1: A couple of triennial commandments

6/17/2019
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In this first installation in a new mini-series, the Maggid of Melbourne introduces two mitzvot that are performed twice every seven years: Biyur Maasrot – ensuring that all tithes have been distributed (Deuteronomy 14:28-29), and Viduy Maaser – the celebratory … Read the rest

Duration:00:11:27

A Shot of Torah: Beresheet and New Moons

5/21/2019
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Our very own Levi Cooper ponders the recent Beresheet space mission to the moon – an exciting moment for Israel, that sadly did not deliver all that it promised. Levi focuses on the decision to try again, recalling the notion … Read the rest

Duration:00:03:30

A Shot of Torah: Yom Hashoah – Komemiyut: Walking upright

4/28/2019
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The Talmud prohibits walking upright in a haughty manner (Bavli, Kiddushin 31a), so how should we understand the biblical promise to walk in such a manner (Leviticus 26:13)?… Read the rest

Duration:00:04:32

A Shot of Torah: Or Haganuz 7: What should you do with hidden light

4/7/2019
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The Maggid of Melbourne adds the teaching of the twentieth century master, Martin Buber, who called the Hebrew translation of his Tales of the Hadisim by the title: Or Haganuz! … An opportunity to keep up with Levi’s chassidus class … Read the rest

Duration:00:06:29

A Shot of Torah: Or Haganuz 6: Praying for access to hidden light

3/24/2019
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Rabbi Zev Wolf of Zhitomir also discussed the magical-mystical, sequestered light, identifying a reference in our prayers to the hope that we will can perceive this hidden light. … An opportunity to keep up with Levi’s chassidus class – part … Read the rest

Duration:00:04:33

A Shot of Torah – Or Haganuz 5: The Besht mystically accesses hidden light

3/3/2019
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Levi continues looking at the sequestered, spiritual light – this time exploring the words of Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, and how he described the Besht’s mystical experience aimed at accessing the light that is hidden in the words of … Read the rest

Duration:00:05:24

A Shot of Torah – Or Haganuz 4: What did the Besht see in the Holy Land?

2/17/2019
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Shivhei HaBesht relates another tale that describes the Baal Shem Tov’s capabilities to see across space. The Maggid of Melbourne recounts the story and links it to the spiritual valence of the Land of Israel…. An opportunity to keep up … Read the rest

Duration:00:05:51

A Shot of Torah – Or Haganuz: What can you do with the light? Episode 3

2/4/2019
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Levi relates how the idea of hidden light is rendered in Shivhei HaBesht – the sacred biography of the Baal Shem Tov. … An opportunity to keep up with the Maggid of Melbourne’s Hasidism class – part three in the… Read the rest

Duration:00:06:06

A Shot of Torah – Lessons from Nature

1/20/2019
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In the wake of Tu Bishvat, Levi reflects on patience and planning for the future.… Read the rest

Duration:00:04:36