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Rosh Hashana: The Power of Choice

In this special Pardes from Jerusalem podcast for Rosh Hashana, Nechama Goldman Barash explores both ancient and modern sources that reflect on the power of choice and its effect on our relationship with one another and God. This podcast was … Read the rest

Duration: 00:13:08

Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Final Days — Moshe’s Noble Attitude

In this week’s Pardes from Jerusalem parsha podcast, Rabbi Dr. Howard Markose discusses Nitzavim-Vayelech. Using interpretive tools known as ‘PaRDeS’, we are challenged to determine the Torah’s message about Moshe’s final charge to the Children of Israel. Please let us … Read the rest

Duration: 00:15:39

Ki Tavo: Arami Oved Avi

In this week’s parsha podcast Rabbi Michael Hattin considers a single, cryptic phrase that contains within it the larger themes of Parshat Ki Tavo. Please let us know your comments and thoughts about the podcast, write us to us at … Read the rest

Duration: 00:22:06

Ki Tetze: “I lost my friend”

In this week’s parsha podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel discusses the laws of returning lost objects (Det 22:1-4), and how the Torah seeks to turn enemies into friends. Please consider giving to our 24-hour fundraising campaign and help us raise $200,000. … Read the rest

Duration: 00:29:41

Shoftim: Different Models of Leadership

What is the ideal model of leadership and what does God expect from the king? This week we will look at the institution of monarchy as it appears in the Torah portion of Shoftim and compare it to the request … Read the rest

Duration: 00:23:18

Re’Eh: The Social and Religious Vision of the Second Tithe

The commandment of the second tithe (maaser sheni) described in Deuteronomy 14:22-29 is program for a meaningful family vacation. It is also a social and religious vision. Click here for accompanying Sefaria source sheet. Please let us know your comments … Read the rest

Duration: 00:26:41

Ekev: Affluence and Corruption – A Gordian Knot?!

The focus of this week’s parsha is the Land of Israel and its central role in the covenant between God and the Jewish people. In this podcast, Rabbi Schweiger examines the tools Moshe gives the Jewish people to achieve prosperity … Read the rest

Duration: 00:28:11

Va’etchanan: Contemplation and Freedom

In this podcast, Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels explores the Vitebsker Rebbe’s derash on Ve’etchanan where he describes how we can free ourselves from harmful habitual patterns through contemplating those habits and recognizing our non-separation from others. Please let us know your … Read the rest

Duration: 00:29:45

Devarim: The Words of Moses — The Torah’s First “Translation”

In many ways, the book of Deuteronomy — a series of long discourses by Moses — is a sort of “translation” of the earlier four books of the Torah. This characterization is quite ancient. In midrash, the Rabbis connected the … Read the rest

Duration: 00:23:10

Matot-Masei: Words that Bind

Rabbi Mike Feuer in this week’s parsha podcast discusses how the laws of vows in Matot-Masei show us that words can bind even God, and have the power to create new realities. But what are the consequences for national unity … Read the rest

Duration: 00:18:28

Pinchas: Zealousness — An Unforgiving Trait

Pinchas’ act of zealotry in this week’s Parsha earns him Divine accolades. But this is not Pinchas’ final appearance in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient rabbis later reflected on the man with more ambivalence. In this week’s parsha podcast, … Read the rest

Duration: 00:13:32

Balak: Vision and Perception

In this week’s Pardes from Jerusalem podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel looks at what the difference is between a blessing and a curse? Bilaam is praised as the man whose “eyes are open,” but he cannot see what his donkey sees! … Read the rest

Duration: 00:24:59

Chukat: The Challenge and Gift of Death

There is a theme of death which runs through parshat Chukat, but its message is unclear. Rabbi Mike Feuer delves into the question of whether death is a tragedy which casts its shadow on all of life, or if it … Read the rest

Duration: 00:15:20

Korach: Models of Leadership

Korach is held up by the Sages as an archetype of negativity, and yet his descendant Shmuel redeems the truth in his challenge to Moshe. In exploring the relationship between Korach and the prophet Shmuel we can touch on models … Read the rest

Duration: 00:16:13

Shelach Lecha: I (Sort Of) Forgive You

After the sin of the spies’ false reports, God wants to destroy the Jewish people once and for all. Moses intervenes on their behalf, and God says, “I have forgiven in accordance with your word.” This powerful statement, salachti kid’varecha, … Read the rest

Duration: 00:17:43

Beha’alotecha: Paradise Lost

In the first half of this week’s parsha, the Jewish people complete the organization of their camp and tie together all of the “loose ends” in preparation for their entry into the Land of Israel. But as soon as they … Read the rest

Duration: 00:23:40

Naso: Blessing Man, Blessing God.

In this week’s parsha podcast, Neima Novetsky discusses Parshat Naso which includes the commands regarding Birkat Kohanim, or the priestly blessing. The directive makes one question, what it means to bless another, and what it means to bless God. Please … Read the rest

Duration: 00:20:21

Shavuot: The Date of Revelation

In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Hattin considers one of the Torah’s most glaring omissions — the calendar date of the Revelation at Sinai. Why does the Torah fail to mention this critical fact, even though Pesach and Shavuot have their … Read the rest

Duration: 00:19:27

Bamidbar: Fate and Destiny

In this week’s Parsha Podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel discusses the question of what is more critical, Jewish peoplehood or Jewish law? The Wilderness census will send us to a discussion opened by Rav Soloveitchik regarding the two foundational pillars of … Read the rest

Duration: 00:25:28

Jerusalem United or Divided? Between Dreams and Realities

Some see her as finally united, others as more divided than ever. In this special podcast for Yom Yerushalyim, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth looks into the gulf between the two Jerusalems, that of our dreams and that of our realities.… Read the rest

Duration: 00:07:30

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