relationship

Nasso – Hashem is Always There

What does the verse mean in Song of Songs when it refers to Hashem (our Beloved) as ‘standing behind the wall,’ ‘watching from the window,’ and ‘peeking from the cracks?’ How does this connect to the concept of the Priestly Blessing? Why do we need a Kohen to bless us – why can’t we receive…

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Terumah – Receving Torah, Receiving God

Why is the story of the revelation at Sinai placed immediately before the command to build a Tabernacle for Hashem’s presence? Why is the center of the Tabernacle the place that houses the Ark of the Covenant and the Torah that is within it? Why does the Midrash introduce the command of building the Tabernacle…

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Va'eschanan – Staying Connected to God

What are the two modes of our relationship with Hashem? What is the path into ecstatic experience of God? How does one find God in the mundane – ‘whenever we call out to Him?’ Why is God’s name ‘Elokim’ in the plural form? What is the concept of dew? Find out in this week’s parsha…

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Shoftim – Quiet Protection

What is the concept of the prohibition against extending one’s borders into that of one’s fellow? How does that apply to the spiritual borders that define a person’s purpose in the world? How does that apply to the personal relationship one has with Hashem? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast. Running time: 24:11

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Nitsavim – Voices inside, voices outside

Why does the Torah seem to indicate that the main relationship and covenant with Hashem is through the congregation as a whole? Why does the Torah later seem to imply that the relationship is forged within the heart of the individual? What is the resolution of these two seeming opposites? What is the concept of…

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Naso – Love and Respect

Why does the Torah place the concept of the encampments next to the idea of Metzora? The midrash tells us that the Jewish people were cured of this type of ailment at Mount Sinai, and that it returned after the sin of the Golden Calf – Why is this only significant now, almost a year…

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Re'eh – Cessation at seven

Why are the festivals all connected to the number seven? What is their connection to the seven of Shabbos? What is the special idea of simcha, joy, in this context? What is the connection to Elul, the loving relationship of the Jewish people with Hashem and the lead up to this joy? How does one…

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