Parashat VaEtchanan is traditionally read on the Shabbat following the 9th of Av. In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Hattin considers the implications.
The 9th of Av is a national day of mourning that commemorates the destruction of the 1st and… Read the rest
In this week’s parsha of Devarim, Moshe begins his parting words and speeches to the Jewish people, as they are poised to enter the Land of Israel. Interestingly, the first narrative he tells is the story of the spies, which… Read the rest
In this podcast, Nechama Goldman Barash compares stories from the beginning of the book of Numbers with two stories at the end the book as Moses begins to bid farewell to the nation. Moses emerges as the consummate leader that … Read the rest
The Tribes of Reuven and Gad request to reside in Transjordan and not to enter the land of Canaan. Why? This podcast offers a novel approach that speaks of the pain of rejection and insult, misunderstandings and the failure of … Read the rest
Last week’s parsha (Balak) was a cliff hanger which left us wondering – was Pinchas a hero or a murderer? This podcast explores the covenant of peace which Pinchas receives. Along the way we learn about the power of the … Read the rest
In this podcast we will look at the end of the Torah portion, at the going astray of the children of Israel with the daughters of Moab and what the word Zenut represents. We will compare two midrashic narratives and … Read the rest
In this week’s Parsha, we encounter a fascinating but cryptic story – the waters of Meriva. This story seems to be a re-telling of another story that appears in Exodus, Chapter 17. Unfortunately, it has a tragic ending – G-d … Read the rest
In this podcast, Yiscah Smith discusses the spiritual malady that Korach’s argumentative personality introduced into the nation of Yisrael, its source and the spiritual practice we need to cultivate to bring healing.
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Our parsha this week deals with leadership, as 10 spies manage to sway an entire nation to reject the Promised land. Two individuals stand against the crowd. But the two are not identical. Calev and Yehoshua are very different people. … Read the rest
Parsha BeHa’alotcha describes the only Passover sacrifice offered by the people of Israel during the course of their forty-year journey through the wilderness. But it does so out of order, because this celebration actually took place two full weeks before … Read the rest
In this pre-Shavuot podcast, Judy Klitsner explores two paradoxical elements of the revelation at Sinai: our intimate, yet distant, relationship with God; and our special, yet not so special, place among the nations. In exploring these contradictions, we will consider … Read the rest
Queen Heleni of Adiabene donated a golden plaque for the Temple etched with the Sota text to be copied and fed to a suspect adulteress. Is this a demonstration of sisterhood? An examination of this institution helps us see why … Read the rest
The opening line of the book of Bamidbar seems like nothing more than an introduction, but in reality it has a profound lesson to teach. This podcast explores what it means to live in life in reference to the Divine … Read the rest
In this podcast, Rabbi David Levin-Kruss examines how Genesis 2 and 3 and Bechukotai tell us how to create heaven on earth without falling prey to the excesses and failure of twentieth century utopian movements.
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We are all familiar with the inscription on the Liberty Bell which says: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the Inhabitants.” This line, in fact, is taken from the opening section of our parsha, which outlines the laws … Read the rest
Parshat Emor is filled with many topics. In this podcast, Rabbi Mike Feuer ties together the kohanim and the counting of the Omer in order to get us ready to stand at Sinai.
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The Torah instructs the Jewish people to “Be Holy!” But how might that be performed? In this podcast, Alex Israel discusses three approaches to this question, considering the question of withdrawal from and engagement with regular life and living.
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The Passover sacrifice is so essential to the original experience of Passover and yet now in the modern day we might feel very disconnected from it. Can studying a rabbinic dispute about the time of eating the sacrifice add to … Read the rest
Welcome to the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators podcast series: Hanukah, Pesach and Purim Walk into a Bar. Each episode Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield hosts guest educators who share one text that reveals the deeper meaning of that year cycle event. … Read the rest
This podcast gives an educator’s perspective into the ideas and activities found in the weekly Interactive Parsha Experience. Whether used as a supplement or by itself it will stimulate your inner educator-self to bring the parsha into the lives … Read the rest