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Jul 14, 2017

What can a debate about Hanukkah teach us about Sukkot - and what can they both teach us about religious life?

Jul 7, 2017

This week King Balak seeks to curse the Children of Israel, and fails. Then he does it again. And again. Why does he keep trying? A new, holistic read of the parsha may help shed some light on his strange behavior.

Jun 16, 2017

There were so many, out there in the desert. How did they all die?

Jun 8, 2017

Two new prophets appear in the camp! And they have an important message for us...

Jun 2, 2017

The day I fell in love with parshanut.

May 25, 2017

"What's the big deal with burning a flag?"

May 19, 2017

The Book of Leviticus seems to end with a whimper, not a bang. But the Ibn Ezra has a secret for us...

May 13, 2017

 

Why is a priest with a physical defect disqualified from serving? It seems terribly unfair...

The great Hassidic master, Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen Rabinowicz off Radomsk, offers us a brilliant reinterpretation.

Apr 28, 2017

Which came first: the chicken, or the egg?

Leviticus has some answers.

Apr 21, 2017

What is Holiness? We follow a path through the Book of Leviticus to discover a uniquely Jewish answer to the question.

Apr 7, 2017

Just in time for Passover, we find some matzah in the parsha.

Mar 30, 2017

What did Moses hear when God called out to him?

Mar 24, 2017

The secret of the Tabernacle - revealed!

Mar 17, 2017

Perhaps the breaking of the tablets was meant to teach "...a profound spiritual lesson: that religion itself can become an object of idolatry."

 

Mar 10, 2017

As a holiday approaches, we inevitably search for connections between it and the Torah portion that precedes it. But what could Parshat Tezaveh, the detailed list of the priestly garments, have to do with Purim?

Mar 3, 2017

Explore the mystery of the Cherubs!

Feb 24, 2017

In the midst of a long list of standard civil and criminal laws, we suddenly come upon a command to kill witches! What is this eerie law doing here. And is the Torah really so worried about the evil powers of witchcraft?

Feb 17, 2017

Why is the greatest moment of divine revelation filled with - of all things - Law?

Feb 9, 2017

See if you can guess the answer before the podcast is over.

Feb 2, 2017

How does a nation descended from immigrants treat its own foreigners? The Torah provides us with some guidance - both explicitly, and between the lines.

Jan 26, 2017

Let My people go!

The battle cry of the Exodus. But wait a minute? Why do we have to ask Pharaoh at all?

An answer by the 17th-century rabbi, the Kli Yakar, suggests that the freedom we are seeking may be far greater than we thought.

Jan 19, 2017

What do we do when a wicked king arises? This week's parsha presents us with that question, and the rabbis have some answers.

Jan 12, 2017

"Should our leaders be wise?"

A verse from this week's parsha provides a complicated answer.

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