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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

Confessing Good Deeds 5: Sanctity of Speech

7/14/2019
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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:00:06:46

Confessing Good Deeds 4: Priests Regrettably Replace Firstborns

7/7/2019
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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:00:08:29

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

6/30/2019
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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:00:08:13

Confessing Good Deeds 2: Keep mitzvot and be ashamed

6/23/2019
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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:00:14:22

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

A Shot of Torah – Or Haganuz: Where is the light? Episode 2

1/6/2019
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Continuing the discussion of mystical-magical hidden light, Levi recounts how the Besht used the notion to prod people to study Torah. … An opportunity to keep up with the Maggid of Melbourne’s Hasidut class – part two in the series. … Read the rest

Duration:00:05:57

A Shot of Torah – Or Haganuz: The Earliest Mention, Episode 1

12/23/2018
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Levi looks at the earliest discussions of the notion of a mystical-magical hidden light that will only be revealed for the righteous at some time in the future. … An opportunity to keep up with the Maggid of Melbourne’s Chassidus … Read the rest

Duration:00:05:20

A Shot of Torah – Pray for Rain

12/11/2018
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Levi recounts the unique custom of Djerban Jewry to pray for rain as if they were in the Holy Land, and to celebrate the practice by not reciting tahanun, extra supplications that are normally added to the prayer service.… Read the rest

Duration:00:06:38

A Shot of Torah: Know Before Whom You Stand

11/21/2018
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Levi compares the prevalent sign in many synagogues with the source of these words, offering an insight into the challenge of prayer spaces. Listen to more episodes in this series. … Read the rest

Duration:00:04:36

A Shot of Torah: Meditate Under the Tallit

11/11/2018
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Following up on his last podcasts, Levi recalls the teaching of Rabbi Nachman about creating spaces for hitbodedut, meditative solitude. Listen to more episodes in this series. … Read the rest

Duration:00:03:49

A Shot of Torah: Under the Tallit

10/29/2018
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Levi considers the origins of the common practice of taking children under the tallit during the birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing, citing the words of Rabbi Hayim David Halevi. Click here to listen to more episodes in this series.… Read the rest

Duration:00:06:39

A Shot of Torah: From Tishrei to Heshvan

10/15/2018
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As we leave the Hebrew month that is filled with festivals, Levi considers Jewish life and heroism in the long winter months. Click here to listen to more episodes in this series.… Read the rest

Duration:00:05:01