Tisha B’av

Devarim-Tisha B’av – Unifying Duality

Why is the lesson of Devarim before Tisha B’av? How did Moshe become able to speak so eloquently when he originally categorized himself as ‘heavy of tongue?’ What does it mean that the Torah ‘cures the tongue?’ What is the significance of the teaching that a sefer Torah can be written in any language, or…

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Devarim-Tisha B'av – Rectifying a Splintered Reality

Why did Moshe translate the Torah into 70 languages if the Jewish people at that time only spoke Hebrew and Egyptian? What is the curative power of the Torah? How does the Torah transport a person to the World to Come? How did Moshe go from a person who was ‘not a man of words’…

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Devarim & Tisha b'av – Stars and Fire

What is the difference between the light of stars and the light of fire? Why does the verse mean when it says that we will be like the stars and also numerous? How will the Jewish people be like Hashem in the future, and how do we access that light now? What is the central…

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Vaeschanan – Love Hashem with all your heart

What is the symbolism of the egg that is eaten in the final meal before Tisha B’av? What is the significance of the idea that Moshiach is born on Tisha B’av? How does one serve Hashem with one’s physical desires? When is one called a servant of God, and when is one called a child…

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Crying in our times?

I got the following question from a friend who listens to my podcasts: I’ve just listened to your this week’s Parsha podcast and I can honestly say even at the age 52 which I am,  I have never felt so well prepared for Tisha B’Av as I now feel after having listened to your podcast.…

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Devarim – Where is His place?

Why do we always read Devarim on Parshas Chazon – the Shabbos before Tisha B’av? Why do we comfort mourners with a reference to a consolation from Hashem as ‘hamakom’ – the place? Why do the angels search for Hashem’s ‘place?’ What is the concept of the word “איכה” – in our parsha, in the…

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Devarim – Where are you?

What is the meaning of the word ‘Eicha?’ What is the theme that runs through the word as we find it in Lamentations and in our parsha? What is the connection to the story of Adam in the Garden of Eden? How can we apply it for oursleves? Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.…

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Special nine days video – Jerusalem, How long will we cry

Ari Goldwag and the RBS Kupa Shel Tzedaka have come together to produce an amazing video appropriate for the 9 Days, hoping that thousands, if not tens of thousands of people will become partners with local residents in helping the needy of our community. Please watch and forward to your email lists, encouraging friends and…

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20 Sivan, 17 Tammuz, Rosh Hashana

When it rains, it pours. Hashem keeps showing me more patterns in time, and leading me to interesting places. This past Tuesday, I put out the eighth Moshiach podcast. I didn’t know why, but I had this sense of foreboding that something dark was going to happen on Wednesday. My intuition has been very strong…

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