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The Majestic Bride - 5 - Humor

5/16/2018
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The Majestic Bride - Part 5 "Humor" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on May 13, 2018) Nothing breaks the ice like a good joke. Humor cuts through tension and brings people together in a uniquely powerful way. Sometimes, all we want to do is laugh. In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we explore the "Kabbalah of Comedy." Learn what makes funny, funny, discover why one of the greatest Talmudic sages used humor in his teachings, and find out how you can use laughter to enrich your...

Duration:00:53:49

The Majestic Bride - 4 - Connection

5/16/2018
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The Majestic Bride - Part 4 "Connection" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on May 6, 2018) Relationships imply connection. Intimacy, certainly, demands connection. But there are many forms of connection -- some deep, some shallow. The Jewish mystics describe a formula whereby the deepest of connections is forged through a seemingly shallow connection -- a connection that, at first glance, might seem completely incidental. But when seen through a larger lens, it is the smaller stuff that...

Duration:01:25:18

The Majestic Bride - 3 - Joy

5/16/2018
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The Majestic Bride - Part 3 "Joy" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on April 29, 2018) In the mystical tradition, joy is considered to be one of the most potent forces in existence. Joy is said to have the ability to unlock stores of treasure, and break all barriers. In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we look at the role joy plays both in our relationships and in our day-to-day labors. We learn why joy is associated with weddings (hint: it's not the open bar), and why joy plays a...

Duration:01:07:08

What Is - Lesson 3

5/15/2018
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Who is G-d? What are we talking about when we talk about G-d? Is “G-d” just a word we use when we can’t explain something? If G-d cannot be explained or described, does this not render the concept of “belief in G-d” completely meaningless?

Duration:01:38:13

Torah Studies 5778 - 28 - Behar-Bechukotai (Life in Balance)

5/10/2018
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Life in Balance Solving the Paradox of Life Are we supposed to be proud or humble? Spiritually sensitive, or career-driven? So many extremes in life, and so many paradoxes to navigate, it can be quite dizzying. A command to let the earth rest for a year, a small mountain in the Sinai desert, and a Temple-era practice of freeing slaves provide the backdrop for striking the perfect balance.

Duration:01:05:42

What Is - Lesson 2

5/10/2018
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Is Time Travel Possible? Is time the engine that drives the whole of existence, or is it just a product of our subjective experience? If the future is impenetrable, the past irretrievable, and the present moment too fleeting to meaningfully inhabit, what part of our lives can we call our own?

Duration:01:30:32

Torah Studies 5778 - 27 - Emor (“I’ll Take Care of It”)

5/9/2018
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“I’ll Take Care of It” Investing in Our Relationship with the Divine Is there a pressing matter in your community that no one seems to really care about? Is there someone who, for whatever reason, is overlooked by everyone else? When it comes to choosing a cause, it can be tempting to take on the popular cause du jour. But sometimes, becoming a better person means taking the path less trodden -- even if it isn’t so popular.

Duration:01:07:50

What Is - Lesson 1

5/3/2018
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Is the World Real? Everything that we experience, we experience inside our heads, leading to the intriguing question: Maybe there is no existence outside of our minds? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What practical difference does it make if the world is real or not?

Duration:01:34:35

Torah Studies 5778 - 26 - Acharei-Kedoshim (The Curious Case of the Scapegoat)

4/26/2018
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The Curious Case of the Scapegoat Absolving Guilt, Restoring Dignity In one of the most dramatic rituals of Temple times, a goat was sent off to the wilderness to tumble down a cliff on the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. What is behind this curious ritual? The mystics tackle this mitzvah head-on, and we emerge with a powerful lesson in forgiveness and grace.

Duration:01:08:34

Mrs. Dina Hurwitz - Sharing Light from the Silver Lining

4/25/2018
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Sharing Light from the Silver Lining With Mrs. Dina Hurwitz (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on Tuesday, April 24, 2018) Dina Hurwitz is a thoughtful, humorous, and inspiring speaker. She is a proud mother of seven children whose life was turned upside down when her husband, Rabbi Yitzi, was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Amidst the battle of her husband’s illness and raising her family, Dina courageously inspires through sharing her honest reflections of faith and hope throughout the...

Duration:00:57:19

The Majestic Bride - 2 - Union

4/25/2018
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The Majestic Bride - Part 2 "Union" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on April 22, 2018) Male and female duality exists not only on this most physical plane of reality. Masculine and feminine energies exist throughout all strata of creation, within each scaffolded dimension. And it is the union of these two energies that produces subsequent planes of existence. In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we explore the sublime parameters of masculine and feminine energy, chart their unions,...

Duration:01:29:33

The Majestic Bride - 1 - Intimacy

4/20/2018
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The Majestic Bride - Part 1 "Intimacy" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on April 15, 2018) "The Majestic Bride" is a breathtaking exploration of Kabbalistic wisdom on men, women, and relationships. It examines the mystical energies of love, relationships, masculinity, femininity, intimacy, and giving and receiving. Learn the deepest secrets of the cosmos and how they apply to our most physical of human relationships. In our first session we focus on the lost art of intimacy.

Duration:01:26:03

Torah Studies 5778 - 25 - Tazria-Metzora (Check Your Privilege)

4/20/2018
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Check Your Privilege Getting Ahead in Life Who’s more admirable -- the self-made man, or the born rich? And which one would you rather be? Rather than put any one side down, journey through the Torah narrative of human and animal law to discover the beauty of both -- and how to utilize everything to get ahead.

Duration:01:03:25

Torah Studies 5778 - 24 - Shemini (Snake Oil Salesman)

4/20/2018
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Snake Oil Salesman Getting off the Ground “Be a mensch!” is probably something you’ve heard before. But is that limited to an annual donation to the synagogue sisterhood and holding the door for that bulky stroller? What does it really mean to be human, a real mensch? The snake crawling on the ground gives us a pretty good idea of what it’s not -- and an inkling of what, indeed, it is.

Duration:01:05:02

Torah Studies 5778 - 23 - Pesach II (Consumer Culture)

4/20/2018
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Consumer Culture Balancing Mind and Matter Many great sages sufficed with bread and water, shunning the caviar and the Rolls Royce. But is having a few extras really so bad? Discover how, when, and why we ought to make use of the finer things in life in a way that complements, rather than contradicts, our spiritual selves.

Duration:01:07:06

The Art of Giving - 11 - Light Enwrapped

3/27/2018
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The Art of Giving - Part 11 "Light Enwrapped" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on March 25, 2018) How does spiritual light pierce the divide between spirit and matter and become realized in tangible form? To achieve this, say the mystics, the light must be wrapped in a "garment." Garments both cover and reveal at the same time. It may sound like a paradox, but it's true. In fact, the higher a thing is and the loftier its source, the more it needs a garment to be realized in a mundane...

Duration:00:55:05

The Art of Giving - 10 - Mystical Math

3/27/2018
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The Art of Giving - Part 10 "Mystical Math" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on March 18, 2018) Often, the sum is simply the total of its parts. But not always. Especially when you're dealing with "mystical math." Sometimes, the collective is incomparably greater than the pieces that go into it. It's like that with letters. It's like that with musical notes. And it's like that with souls. In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we approach the math of the Kabbalists and discover the...

Duration:01:23:03

The Art of Giving - 9 - Righteous Impact

3/27/2018
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The Art of Giving - Part 9 "Righteous Impact" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on March 11, 2018) Are there big and small mitzvot? It sure seems that way. We intuitively sense that some Jewish practices are bigger deals and some are not as big. Yet, Ethics of Our Fathers teaches us to treat small mitzvot the same way as big ones, since we don't know the impact of different mitzvot. This reveals a paradox: there are big and small mitzvot, yet we ought to treat them the same. Why?...

Duration:01:21:31

The Bible Course - Part 3 - Lesson 4

3/27/2018
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The Bible Course Part 3: The Book of Judges Lesson 4 With Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman Immerse yourself in the richness of the Jewish Scriptures and discover in the ancient texts hidden meanings that have been lost over centuries of translations. Delve into the fascinating world of the ancient prophets of Israel. Peel back the layers of translation and savor the true Hebrew prophecies as they were originally proclaimed. This series focuses on the dramatic stories and powerful messages...

Duration:01:28:05

The Bible Course - Part 3 - Lesson 3

3/27/2018
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The Bible Course Part 3: The Book of Judges Lesson 3 With Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman Immerse yourself in the richness of the Jewish Scriptures and discover in the ancient texts hidden meanings that have been lost over centuries of translations. Delve into the fascinating world of the ancient prophets of Israel. Peel back the layers of translation and savor the true Hebrew prophecies as they were originally proclaimed. This series focuses on the dramatic stories and powerful messages...

Duration:01:27:20

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