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Shoftim: Am I a Bad Jew if I Don’t Like “Fiddler on the Roof?”

8/13/2018
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Is Fiddler a celebration of Eastern European Jewish life or sentimental kitsch? And why should we care? This podcast looks at the fallacy of living in the past and shows how Jewish law is structured to honor the glory of … Read the rest

Duration:00:25:57

Re’eh: Seeing the Blessings in Our Lives

8/6/2018
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Throughout our parsha, the word “blessing,” or a variation thereof, appears numerous times. So, too, does the expression: “the place which G-d has chosen to establish His name therein.” In this podcast, Rabbi Schweiger examines the connection between the two … Read the rest

Duration:00:25:32

Ekev: Learning to Listen

7/31/2018
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The root Shema appears 92 times in the book of Devarim, suggesting an important theme-motif in Moshe’s last words to the nation before he dies. In this week’s parsha podcast on Ekev, Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash will look at some … Read the rest

Duration:00:17:40

VaEtchanan: The Power of Failed Prayer

7/23/2018
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One of the deepest teaching of the Torah is hidden right at the beginning of parshat Va’etchanen. Why was Moshe pleading to enter the land when he knew the Divine decree, and what can his struggle teach us about our … Read the rest

Duration:00:22:20

Devarim and Tisha B’Av: The Date of Moshe’s Death

7/15/2018
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Parshat Devarim is always read on the Shabbat preceding the 9th of Av. In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Hattin discusses the chronology associated with Moshe’s final words to the people. He also examines how the tradition of Moshe’s date of … Read the rest

Duration:00:19:30

Matot Masei: Even the Haftarah Brings an Important Message

7/9/2018
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The prophetic selections of Haftarot during the summer months are not chosen to connect with the weekly Torah portion. Their messages of chastisement and consolation revolve around the historical and religious commemorations that take place this time of year. This … Read the rest

Duration:00:18:19

Pinchas: From Superheros to Real World Heroes — Pinchas and Elijah

7/1/2018
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Pinchas and Eliyahu are biblical figures who are rewarded for their zealousness. For many of the later Rabbis, such zealousness is problematic, and they read a degree of rebuke into the biblical text. What results is a shift in the … Read the rest

Duration:00:27:03

Balak: The Power of Perspective

6/24/2018
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From the moment Parshat Balak opens from the viewpoint of King Balak of Moab, it is an exploration of the power of perspective. The potential and danger of seeing something from the outside, and the challenge of only seeing part … Read the rest

Duration:00:21:08

Chukat: Aaron, Miriam and Moses: Leaders by Example

6/17/2018
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Parshat Chukkat reports the passing of two of the three siblings. In remembering some of their contributions recorded in our Torah text, we can consider how they might be emulated by our current generation. Credits: Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant… Read the rest

Duration:00:25:52

Korach: Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk

6/10/2018
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Through a fanciful Gemara about an unsung heroine, the wife of On ben Peleth, Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy examines what it means to be a good friend, neighbor, or family member, as well as the complexity of Korah’s holiness claim. … Read the rest

Duration:00:27:28

Shelach: Cultivating the Spiritual Practice of Humbled Self-Confidence

6/4/2018
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In this podcast, Yiscah Smith discusses the high value that the Jewish tradition places on bitachon atzmi–self-confidence–and being able to trust in one’s self and one’s judgment. The shiur is based on the verse in Numbers 14:24, referring … Read the rest

Duration:00:20:40

Beha’alotecha: I’m More Humble Than You

5/27/2018
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Humility has a bad name for many modern people. Many value achievement, assertiveness, self-promotion. Even when humility is discussed it’s usually to tell us that humility is a good tool to get to something else. This class looks at why … Read the rest

Duration:00:20:04

Naso: The Nazir

5/22/2018
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Parshat Naso presents us with the matter of the Nazir. As the commentaries indicate, the Nazir asks us to consider the inherent tension between living a material life in this world versus cultivating a profound spiritual awareness. In this week’s … Read the rest

Duration:00:18:00

BaMidbar: Learning to Speak in the Desert

5/14/2018
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The word midbar means desert, and its root d-b-r (in Hebrew) means word. What does one have to do with the other? In this podcast, Rabbi Meir Schweiger discusses this question and, by doing so, examines how this experience was … Read the rest

Duration:00:18:06

Behukotai: A Blessing and a Curse

5/6/2018
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Parshat Behukotai ends with a blessing and a curse, and hidden within the words of the curse is a term which offers the power to transform one into the other. In this week’s Parsha from Jerusalem podcast, Rabbi Mike Feuer … Read the rest

Duration:00:13:34

Behar: Tzedakah and The Elimination of Poverty — The Jewish Way

4/29/2018
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Jewish tradition lauds the compassionate unconditional giving of tzedakah, while modern social justice advocates tend to emphasize policy reform. How does our parsha balance both of these imperatives as well as teach us the core values of compassion and interdependence? … Read the rest

Duration:00:20:14

Emor: Joy and Compassion

4/23/2018
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In this week’s parsha podcast, Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels discusses Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk’s teaching on parshat Emor: he describes how we can use our Jewish life as a path of joy and compassion, finding both in our practice of … Read the rest

Duration:00:22:07

Acharei Mot, Kedoshim: The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Criticism

4/15/2018
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The Torah calls on us to “surely rebuke thy neighbor” Are we in the 21st century comfortable with being actively critical of others? Perhaps more importantly, how are we at accepting negative feedback? Let’s take a close look at the … Read the rest

Duration:00:21:59

Tazria/Metzora: Understanding “Purity”

4/11/2018
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Our double parsha is filled with details that articulate the Torah’s world of ritual purity and impurity -“Tumah” and “Taharah”. Why do we need these categorizations? How are these concepts relevant to our world? In this week’s parsha podcast on … Read the rest

Duration:00:20:27

Shemini: The Laws of Kashrut

4/1/2018
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Parshat Shemini introduces us to an extended discussion of the laws of Kashrut. In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Hattin considers the interpretation of the Rambam, who understood the matter from an exclusively rational perspective. Credits: Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant … Read the rest

Duration:00:16:36