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Bimidbar – Reflecting Hashem's Love

What is the concept of counting the Jewish people? How does it show Hashem’s love for us? Why is it necessary to involve the heads of the tribes in the count? What is the significance of the midrash telling us how each tribal leader was connected to the original progenitor of the tribe? What is…

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Tazria Metzora – Birth and Rebirth

Why is the pain of birth followed by the pain of separation from relationship? What are the stages of birth and rebirth? What is the parallel between the birth process and the redemption process? How does this parallel the stages of growth we all experience? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast. Running time: 24:02

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Shmini – Six, Seven, and Eight

Why is the mishkan completed on the same day as the creation of Man? What is the significance of the fact that it is both the sixth day of creation and the eighth day of the mishkan? What is the deeper concept of the numbers six, seven, and eight? How is the sadness of this…

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Pesach – Leaving Egypt with great wealth

Why is it necessary for the Jewish people to be enslaved in Egypt? What does Egypt represent? What is the concept of the Jewish people leaving Egypt with great riches? Why is the Mishkan and Beis Hamikdash bedecked with silver and gold? What is the significance of the parallel idea in the future redemption? What…

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Tzav – Traversing Adar and Nissan

Why does the dedication of the sanctuary begin in Adar and finish in Nissan? Why does the creation of the world start in Adar and end in Nissan? What is the connection between Purim and Pesach? Why does Purim continue to be celebrated after Moshiach comes, whereas Pesach is not? What is the significance of…

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Vayikra – Prayer and sacrifice

What is the concept of the sacrifices? What is the connection between sacrifice and prayer? Why are both of these concepts called ‘avodah’ – service? What is the difference between service of Hashem and the service of idolatry? What is the deeper reason why the sacrifices were completely consumed by the body with no waste,…

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Tetzaveh – Valuing our purpose

Why does the Torah specify that the pure olive oil is to be brought to Moshe? How does one tap into the aspect of Lishma – pure motivation? How does one recognize one’s true purpose and move out of jealousy of others? What is represented by the clothing of Aharon? How does this connect to…

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Terumah – Secret of Lishma

Why does the Torah refer to the donation to Mishkan as ‘taking?’ What is the concept of Lishma? Why do we refer to a pure motive as ‘for the sake of Hashem’s name?’ Why is this a requirement specifically in regards to the commandment of building the Mishkan? Why is Hashem’s name found in correlation…

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Mishpatim – Closeness and Tikkun

Why is the narrative of the revelation at Sinai interrupted with the laws of Mishpatim? Were these laws given at this point? In light of the statement of Chazal that the Jewish people had returned to the state of Adam before the sin, why were did they receive commandments that seem inapplicable to them? Why…

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Yisro – Stages of completion

Why is the story of Yisro the preface to receiving the Torah? What is the connection between the fifteenth of Shvat and the receiving of the Torah? Why do we eat fruit on this day, if it is not about the product, but about the first budding? What is the deeper meaning of the concept…

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