Rabbi Moshe

Ep. 65 The Essence Of Amalek

The verse states that G-d loves peace and makes peace, and yet when it comes to the nation of Amalek, G-d very strongly condemns them and demands the Jewish nation to completely destroy any trace memory of them. Why is that? Why would a peaceful G-d desire that? There must be more to the Amalekite…

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Ep. 64 ʅɐsɹǝʌǝꓤ ɯᴉɹnԀ ʇɐǝɹ⅁ ǝɥꓕ

One of the great themes of the holiday of Purim is the concept of “Vinahafoch Hu,” and it is completely reversed. This concept appears throughout the Purim story and alludes to the fact that all of the parts of the story that appeared initially as gloomy, difficult and mournful in the end were reversed and…

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Ep. 63 The Friday Night Kiddush

Every Friday night, we begin the Shabbos meal with sanctifying the Shabbos over a cup of wine (making Kiddush). It seems like such a simple action, but the Talmud teaches that through saying this Kiddush, we are actually becoming partners with God in the creation of the world! What does that mean? How does saying…

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Ep. 62 A Deeper Look At Clothing

In many places throughout the Torah and Rabbinic writing we find an emphasis on clothing. There are mitzvahs about the clothing we wear, and there’s even an entire Torah portion on the materials and style of the priests’ clothing in the tabernacle and temple. Why does God care about our clothing? Doesn’t God care more…

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Ep. 61 The Secret Of The Jewish Leap Year

The Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning it aligns with the cycles of both the sun and the moon. Since the solar year is 11 days longer than the lunar year, every few years (occurring 7 times in every 19 years) we add an extra month to the year, to align these two calendars….

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Ep. 60 Gefilte Fish History And Shabbos

One of the most recognizable Jewish dishes is the gefilte fish. Often served with a cooked carrot and a side of beets and horseradish sauce, known as chrein, it’s probably the most classic appetizer at any Ashkenazi shabbos table. In this episode, we begin with the history of the gefilte and actually discover it wasn’t…

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Ep. 59 Man Is Like A Tree In The Field – Tu Bi’Shevat 2022

The Mishna (Rosh HaShanah 2a) teaches us that the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat is the “New Years for the Trees.” In the practical sense this impacts multiple laws of agriculture as explained in the Torah. But is that all it is? Is it merely a birthday for the trees or is…

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Ep. 58 The Ten Commandments, The Ten Plagues and The Ten Utterances: Discovering The Soul Of The World

Anyone who has read the Bible knows that G-d famously decimated the Egyptian nation with 10 plagues, enabling the Jews to leave and gain their freedom. But why did G-d need 10 plagues? G-d is all-powerful! He could’ve just marched the Jews right out! What was the purpose of these ten plagues? Join me as…

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Ep. 57 Blessing Our Children On Friday Night

Many have the custom to give their children a blessing before they sit down to the Friday night Shabbos meal. We place our hands on our children’s head and wish our daughters to be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah and our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe and conclude with the Priestly blessings….

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Ep. 56 You Are Worthy Of A Relationship With God

When people think of their relationship with God, they sometimes feel unworthy. God is so great, is it possible that he really cares about me individually? Does he really want to hear my prayer? Does he really care if I get stuck in traffic? Or perhaps, God did a personal miracle for them and they…

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