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Ep. 72 A Deeper Look At The Yahrtzeit

The Yahrtzeit is the Hebrew date of passing of a close family member. There are many customs observed on the yahrtzeit as a merit for the departed soul, such as, lighting a 24 hour candle, learning Torah and saying the mourner’s kaddish. In this episode, I take a deeper look at the significance of the…

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Ep. 71 Freedom and Pesach (class recording)

What is the real definition of “freedom”? Is it doing whatever we want, however we want, whenever we want or is it something more internal? How does the Torah define freedom? Join me as we analyze a few unique stories of “freedom” to uncover this essential principle. Additionally, we’ll discuss many other fundamental ideas, such…

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Ep. 70 The Laws Of The Passover Seder

This episode is the last one discussing the laws of Passover. In episode 68, I discussed the laws (and philosophy) of removing chametz from your house in general. In episode 69, I discussed how to kasher your year-round kitchen to allow you to use it for cooking Passover food. In this episode, I discuss the…

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Ep. 69 Kashering Your Kitchen For Passover

In this episode, I discuss the laws of using your year-round kitchen for Passover foods. Obviously, we want to avoid any chametz from getting into our Passover food, but in addition to actual physical chametz, the Torah prohibits chametz “flavor” from being cooked into our Passover food as well. The episode begins with the general…

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Ep. 68 Removing Chametz And Setting Up Your Pesach Zone

This episode begins with the laws of chametz, leavened bread, on the holiday of Passover. Interestingly, in addition to the famous prohibition against eating chametz on Passover, there is actually a less-known law prohibiting even owning chametz on Pesach! After defining what exactly chametz is, we’ll learn how to avoid all the prohibitions regarding chametz,…

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Ep. 67 A Deeper Look At Kosher

The concept of Kosher is probably one of the most well-known Torah laws in the world. Why is that? Is there a deeper theme behind it that reflects the broader lessons of Torah? In this episode, we’ll discuss that which the great Kabbalists before us, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lozzatto, Rabbi Shneur Zalmen of Liadi and…

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Ep. 66 The Mourner’s Kaddish

The Kaddish is one of the mot powerful prayers that we have. The Talmud goes so far as to say that the Kaddish is one of two merits that allow the world to continue to exist. Additionally, the Kaddish is one of the most observed rituals in Judaism. Even Jews who don’t frequently attend services,…

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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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