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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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Ep. 55 The Heavenly Tribunal and Asarah Bi’Teves

There are 6 public fast days on the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av), Tzom Gedalia (the 3rd of Tishrei), Asarah Biteves (the 10th of Teves), Taanis Esther (the 13th of Adar) and Shiva Asar Bi’Tammuz (the 17th of Tammuz). And while Yom Kippur and the fast of Esther each have…

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Ep. 54 Uncovering Chanukah’s Deeper Meaning

Chanukah is often viewed as the holiday of lights in which we light the Menorah, eat oily foods and get presents, but is that all there is to Chanukah? In this episode, we uncover the ideological underpinning of the Maccabean revolt against the great Greek army. What did Ancient Greece stand for? What was the…

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Ep. 53 Laws and Customs of Chanukah

In this episode, we go through the basic laws and customs of Chanukah. We discuss the menorah, the fuel, time of lighting, placement of the menorah, the game of dreidel, Chanukah gifts and much more. If you want a quick 15 minute primer to either learn for the first time or remind yourself from last…

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