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Torah Studies 5778 - 6 - Vayeitzei (Writing Your Life Story)

11/23/2017
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Writing Your Life Story Don't Get Stuck in the Narrative Ever feel like your life is playing out in front of you, and you are just watching the show? While past failures and perceived challenges may make it seem like your life’s story has already been written, Jacob shows that at any moment, we can turn things around for the better.

Duration: 01:08:53


Torah Studies 5778 - 5 - Toldot (Miraculous Beginnings)

11/23/2017
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Miraculous Beginnings Sowing the Seeds of the Jewish Nation The painful theme of childlessness is found again and again at the beginning of the Jewish story. But why did the beginning of our nation entail such hardship? Discover the depth and the beauty of our prayerful matriarchs as they laid the foundation for the eternal edifice of the Jewish people.

Duration: 01:05:32


Pause & Affect - Lesson 1 (Gift of Rest)

11/21/2017
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Rosh Chodesh Society "Pause & Affect" Lesson 1: Gift of Rest With Mrs. Dena Schusterman It is difficult to imagine today a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. Societies customarily celebrated seasonal holidays, but the notion of a universal weekend -- where an entire society would take a day off each week -- was nonexistent. In fact, Greek and Roman writers habitually mocked the Jews for their Shabbat. Yet, these mockeries were...

Duration: 01:03:49


Knowledge & Faith - 10 - Life's Turbulence

11/15/2017
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Knowledge & Faith - Part 10 "Life's Turbulence" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on November 12, 2017) Life certainly has its fair share of ups and downs. One minute things are going well, the next, perhaps not so much. We usually chalk it up to life just being life -- unexpected, unpredictable, volatile. But the Kabbalists are investigative. They're not content with an answer that skirts the issue. If life has its ups and downs, if our fates and fortunes vacillate so dramatically,...

Duration: 01:15:41


Knowledge & Faith - 9 - Three Degrees of Infinity

11/15/2017
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Knowledge & Faith - Part 9 "Three Degrees of Infinity" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on November 5, 2017) G-d's greatness, say the ancient Kabbalists, lies in the fact that He can make Himself so small. For just as G-d has the power of infinity, so does He have the power to limit Himself -- otherwise, that itself would constitute a limitation. Yet, there is much to be said about G-d's infinite power and greatness. About the fact that G-d is beyond time and space, beyond the here...

Duration: 01:28:58


Torah Studies 5778 - 4 - Chayei Sarah (Of Omens and Amens)

11/15/2017
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Of Omens and Amens Is It Okay to Look for Signs? While the weatherman jabbers on about the future, we are still wary of pulling out the crystal ball and letting it call the shots. But some people do indeed avoid the thirteenth floor of a building, or scheduling anything significant on Friday the Thirteenth. So, what does Judaism say about all this spooky stuff?

Duration: 01:13:35


Torah Studies 5778 - 3 - Vayeira (Of Angels and Food)

11/15/2017
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Of Angels and Food How to Eat Like an Angel Ice cream, boiled peanuts, brisket -- we all have our preferences. But can there be anything holy about our eating habits? Is there a noble side to digging in? Surprisingly, the answer is "Yes!" Find out how to take your gastronomic pursuits to the next level as we explore the surprising eating habits of angels.

Duration: 01:05:29


The Bible Course - Part 1 - Lesson 3

11/15/2017
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The Bible Course Part 1, 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. Take a closer look at famous biblical stories and at the lives of their characters as you take an unforgettable spiritual journey. This series focuses on the dramatic stories and powerful messages contained in the Torah, the Five Books of Moses.

Duration: 01:06:32


Great Debates in Jewish History - Lesson 3

11/14/2017
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The Maimonidean Controversy The Nexus of Faith and Reason in Judaism In 1232, Dominican priests publicly burned Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed" in Montpellier, but this display was the result of a controversy within the Jewish community over the legitimacy of his work. How did one of the greatest rabbis of the Middle Ages become a flashpoint in the Jewish community? What was the ideological nature of this controversy? Much of this story hinges on the tensions between faith and...

Duration: 01:32:13


Rabbi Moshe Goldfeder - Artificial Love: Robots in Jewish Law

11/12/2017
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Artificial Love: Robots in Jewish Law With Emory Professor Rabbi Moshe Goldfeder (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on November 11, 2017) The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. With the rise of more human-like humanoids, important moral and legal questions need to be addressed in the areas of family law and religious law. Is there a valid basis to legalize human-to-robot marriage? May an intelligent robot be counted for a minyan? Jewish legal and technology expert Rabbi...

Duration: 00:59:35


The Bible Course - Part 1 - Lesson 2

11/12/2017
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The Bible Course Part 1, Lesson 2 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. Take a closer look at famous biblical stories and at the lives of their characters as you take an unforgettable spiritual journey. This series focuses on the dramatic stories and powerful messages contained in the Torah, the Five Books of Moses.

Duration: 01:09:41


Great Debates in Jewish History - Lesson 2

11/9/2017
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Masada vs. Yavneh Divergent Jewish Responses to Roman Tyranny The last stand of Masada's defenders in the year 73 CE has resonated strongly with many modern Israeli's, but at the same time there were Jews who believed the revolt against Rome was imprudent. What lay behind the clamoring for revolt and why did others oppose it? Why did the people at Masada continue fighting even after Jerusalem was destroyed? By judicious use of sources, we paint a stunning picture of this great debate that...

Duration: 01:15:08


Great Debates in Jewish History - Lesson 1

11/1/2017
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Dead Sea Scrolls Dead Sea Sect vs Rabbinic Interpretation The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered to be the most important archaeological find of the twentieth century. A considerable number of these scrolls are evidently sectarian and they reveal an intense debate from the Second Temple era over aspects of Jewish ritual and philosophy. Who were these sectarians? What were their beliefs? Against whom were they polemicizing? We will learn the underpinnings of this dispute by examining key...

Duration: 01:32:06


Knowledge & Faith - 8 - There Is No World

11/1/2017
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Knowledge & Faith - Part 8 "There Is No World" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on October 29, 2017) What if the world didn't really exist? How big would our day-to-day problems be? The Kabbalists explore the notion of reality -- and what is really real -- in considerable depth. And their conclusion is that while the world appears to be real, and is indeed real on a certain dimension, on another dimension, it's far less real than we imagine. Explore this profound revelation of...

Duration: 01:25:58


The Bible Course - Part 1 - Lesson 1

11/1/2017
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The Bible Course Part 1, Lesson 1 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. Take a closer look at famous biblical stories and at the lives of their characters as you take an unforgettable spiritual journey. This series focuses on the dramatic stories and powerful messages contained in the Torah, the Five Books of Moses.

Duration: 01:07:24


Rabbi Laibl Wolf - Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation

10/27/2017
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Mindfulness & Jewish Meditation With Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, LL.B M.Ed.psych. D.Div. (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on Thursday, October 27, 2017) Neutralizing anxiousness and worry Living consciously in the now Transforming the way we think and feel Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf of Australia has been a worldwide teacher of spirituality for almost two generations. He draws upon contemporary positive psychology side-by-side with ancient spiritual wisdoms to create a unique synthesis of past...

Duration: 01:29:12


Torah Studies 5778 - 2 - Lech Lecha (Abraham's Worry)

10/26/2017
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Abraham's Worry The Real Benefits of Fame and Fortune (Recorded live at the Intown Jewish Academy on October 25, 2017) “He really only did it so everyone can say how nice he is...” Ever heard that one before? Has the prospect of doing the right thing for the wrong reason ever scared you off? Through the worries of Abraham and the mendacities of recalcitrant husbands, discover your hidden goodness and never be scared again.

Duration: 01:10:02


Knowledge & Faith - 7 - The Origins of Body & Soul

10/23/2017
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Knowledge & Faith - Part 7 "The Origins of Body & Soul" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on October 22, 2017) Men may be from Mars, and women from Venus. But where do bodies and souls come from? According to Kabbalah -- from very different places! In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we take a Kabbalistic tour of the cosmos and discover the unique (and opposite) origins of body and soul. Along the way we'll encounter the Divine Chariot and its four "faces," and uncover the deeper...

Duration: 01:17:29


Torah Studies 5778 - 1 - Noach (The Ways of Praise)

10/20/2017
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The Ways of Praise You Never Know How Far a Compliment Will Go (Recorded live at the Intown Jewish Academy on October 18, 2017) Of all the impressive people in the Bible, only one gets a shout-out from G-d. Not Moses, not Abraham, and not Elijah. Who? Noah, of all people. What was so special about this deluge-dodging daredevil that earned him such heaping praise?

Duration: 01:05:05


Knowledge & Faith - 6 - Black Fire, White Fire

10/17/2017
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Knowledge & Faith - Part 6 "Black Fire, White Fire" (Recorded at the Intown Jewish Academy on October 15, 2017) There's an ancient Kabbalistic teaching that the Torah originates in heaven as black fire on white fire. But what is the black fire, and what is the white fire? And how does it subsequently translate into the black-ink-on-white-parchment Torah we know on earth? In this session of Kabbalah & Coffee we learn about the secret code that is the letters of the Torah, and how they...

Duration: 01:28:05

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