Before you wear yourself out Pesach cleaning, take a few moments to prepare for the positive commandment to tell the story of the Exodus. In this week’s special podcast for Pesach, Rabbi Mike Feuer explores Rambam’s understanding of this commandment, … Read the rest
In Parshat Tzav, the Torah starts off talking about the burnt offering, but actually focuses on the eternal fire that needs to be on the altar. In this week’s parsha podcast, Rabbi Meir Schweiger examines the structure of the Parsha, … Read the rest
The notion of sacrificial offerings was an anathema in the shaping of a modern Jewish life. These most ancient forms of divine service were understood as primitive and outmoded. To the sensibilities of modern Jews attempting to shape a modern … Read the rest
In this podcast, Nechama Goldman Barash looks at the thronging women who donated their mirrors for the basin and laver in the Tabernacle. Are mirrors merely articles of vanity or do they reveal something much deeper about ourselves?
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Parshat Ki Tisa tells the story of the worst breakdown in relationship between Gd and Israel which we find in the Torah, and the great depth which emerges from it.
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This week is Shabbat Zachor, where we remember Amalek. In this podcast by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, he explores who Amalek is and different interpretations as to how the struggle with them began as well as opportunities for how we … Read the rest
In this podcast, Yiscah Smith discusses the practice of cultivating “הלב התנדבות” —the spirit of generosity— that allows for the building of one’s inner spiritual home, manifesting in the revelation of the Shechina, the Divine Presence. This shiur is … Read the rest
In this podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel explains the wonderful history of the half-shekel annual tax, from its origins as a method to take census in Moses’ time, to a strange coin discovered by Nachmanides when he arrived in Eretz Yisrael… Read the rest
There are two accounts of the ten commandments – one, in our parsha, which is happening in “real” time. The other account appears in Deuteronomy, when Moshe re-tells the momentous events of Sinai to the new generation that has grown … Read the rest
In this week’s parsha podcast, Yiscah Smith focuses on cultivating the spiritual practice of seeing light in the darkness, in the pain and in the suffering. Based on a teaching by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalmish Shapiro, the Piaseczna Rebbe, from his … Read the rest
The very first mitzvah in the Torah directed to the Jewish people occurs just prior to the exodus from Egypt — establishing Nisan as the first month of the year. Parshat Bo establishes a connection between the Hebrew calendar and … Read the rest
The Israelites didn’t find true faith in God overnight. As a result their exodus from Egypt took some time as well. Can our understanding of the virtue of patience combined with confidence help us find a path to regional peace?… Read the rest
Moshe’s tremendous spiritual and moral greatness did not emerge from nowhere. His adoptive mother served as his progenitor with her remarkable ability to defy the fear-mongering dehumanization of her family and community and to choose a path of moral courage.… Read the rest
At the conclusion of the book of Genesis, Joseph makes his brothers take an oath that their descendants will bring his bones back to the Land of Israel. This promise weaves its way through the Tanakh and Rabbinic literature. The … Read the rest
Parsha VaYigash opens with a dramatic encounter between Judah and Joseph that ultimately leads to a reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers and to the reunification of the family. What enabled this reconciliation to succeed? How does this story become … Read the rest
Miketz is the lynchpin of the Joseph story where the Torah subtly depicts a new awakening on the part of Joseph’s brothers to the pain they inflicted on their brother and their father. Rabbi Israel traces this process and demonstrates … Read the rest
Why do we light Hanukah candles and what do they symbolize? We all know the story of the miraculous flask of oil that burned for eight days, but is that the whole story? In this special podcast for Hanukah, Rabbi … Read the rest
In this podcast, Rabbi Elisha Ancselovits turns towards Judah and Joseph for an alternative to desiring hopelessly to change whom we are. We discover, instead, what it means to change how we live the whom that we are.
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The power to name is both human and Divine. In this podcast Rabbi Mike Feuer explores the nature of naming as a path to answering the question—what is Israel?
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In this week’s Pardes from Jerusalem podcast, Judy Klitsner examines how Jacob’s past acts of deception are revisited in poignant, ironic and ultimately rehabilitative ways. At the center of our discussion will be the meeting between Jacob and master deceiver, … Read the rest