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
We sometimes speak of somebody as “having it all.” But what does that mean? Do I need to have a certain number of expectations fulfilled in order to feel that my life was a success? In this podcast Rabbi Levin-Kruss … Read the rest
Through a teaching of Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels in this week’s Parsha Podcast explores the place of desire in our lives and spiritual practice, the ways we get lost in it and the ways we can … Read the rest
How can the very same Abraham who risks everything and challenges God in order to save Sodom comply obediently with the morally abhorrent command to kill his son? In part 2, Rabbi Hammer-Kossoy presents Rav Abraham Joshua Heschel’s suggestion that … Read the rest
How can the very same Abraham who risks everything and challenges God in order to save Sodom comply obediently with the morally abhorrent command to kill his son? In part 1, Rabbi Meesh Hammer-Kossoy explores the approaches of Rav Joseph … Read the rest
In this podcast Nechama Goldman Barash explores the origins of Abraham and analyzes a famous midrashic story about Abraham and the idols. Nechama’s analysis enables us to understand how the tantalizingly elusive nature of the Biblical text allows midrashic narrative … Read the rest
What’s in a name? For the Torah it’s the essence of our mission in the world. Noach’s name can teach us how he sweetened the judgement passed on Adam in the Garden. It can also tell us something about how … Read the rest
“And God Saw that it was Good” is a phrase that resonates rhythmically in the creation chapter. In this podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel traces the Hebrew word “Tov-Good” and its corollary “Ra-Evil” throughout the stories of our Torah reading, as … Read the rest
The Torah says that we are to sit in the sukka for seven days to commemorate the experience of the Jews when they wandered in the desert, so that future generations know what God did for us then. What are … Read the rest
Sefer Yona, the book of Jonah, is read at the Mincha service of Yom Kippur day. In this podcast, Rabbi Michael Hattin considers some ancient explanations for Yona’s reluctance to undertake his fateful mission to the people of Nineveh and … Read the rest
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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