Parsha Podcasts

Bo – Nissan Month of Redemption

What is the concept of Nissan being the first of the months? Why is this the first commandment the Jewish people receive as a nation? What is the idea of the 'keitz' and the 'ibbur' in regards to redemption? What is the concept of 'the first' and how does it relate to Hashem, Jerusalem, Moshiach…

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Vaera- Balancing Fire and Ice

Why is the seventh plague – hail – the first that is performed by Moshe alone? Why is there a stress on the fact that he raises his hands 'to heaven?' What does it mean that Moshe has power over heaven and earth? Why does the hail coexist with fire? Why does Hashem's mercy join…

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Shemos – Meriting Redemption

What does it mean that Hashem redeems us for the 'sake of His name and the sake of His covenant?' What is the difference between 'seeing' and 'knowing?' Why does Hashem 'see' our sins, but 'know' about our good deeds? How can we be redeemed in the merit of something we will do in the…

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Moshiach times? Food for thought

I just watched the following video, and if you have the patience to watch the whole thing, it is a remarkable contrast to the craziness we have heard on the Moshiach blogosphere since its inception. I invite you to contemplate the full meaning of the video's closing. The Fallen of World War II from Neil…

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Vayigash – Counting to Seventy

Why does the Torah tell us there were 70 people who made up the Jewish people as they came down to Egypt, if there are only 69 enumerated? What is the underlying theme between all of the individuals who are the missing 70th? What is the depth of the fact that Dan's son Chushim was…

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Miketz – Wake Up Call

Why do the brothers only start speaking about their guilt in regards to the sale of Yosef when they have been released from incarceration? Why don't they think of it at the beginning? What is the depth of the idea that Yosef is telling them when he says, "Do this and live?" What does it…

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Vayeshev – Free Will Spectrum (Yosef vs. Yehuda & MBY vs MBD)

What is the difference between Yosef and Yehuda's approach to free will and our level of involvement in doing God's will? Why did the brothers say that there was a difference between the dreams of Jacob and Joseph? What character attributes did they work on to receive prophetic dreams? Where does one cross the line…

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Vayishlach – Distorted Reflections

Why are the three locations that the midrash says clearly belong to the Jewish people all currently being claimed by the Arabs? When we do not understand a word in Hebrew, why do we turn to other languages to understand that word? What is the significance of the city of Shechem? Why is it given…

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Vayetze – Spiritual Transitions

Why does the ladder represent so many different things: the temple, Mount Sinai, four exiles? Why do the angels who destroyed sodom return here? Why were they out of commision for 138 years? Why are they all of a sudden returned to their post now? How could the angels say something wrong? What does it…

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