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Ep. 35 A “Three Weeks” Primer

We have recently began the saddest part of the Jewish calendar. It’s a three week period, between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, and historically this time period has held the most terrible tragedies for the Jewish nation. What were those tragedies? What’s the history behind these ominous days? What’s the message…

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Ep. 34 What is God?

We talk about God all the time, saying He is compassionate, loving, just etc.  We love His Torah and try our best to follow His commandments, the Mitzvohs.  But, what exactly is God?  What are we referring to when we say God? Join me as we discuss the complexity in properly understanding God’s essence, and…

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Ep. 33 Why Hang a Mezuzah?

The Mezuzah hanging on the doorpost of a house is one of the most identifiably Jewish items that exists. For centuries, across the many countries we’ve been exiled in, the Jews have faithfully hung their Mezuzah scroll on the entrance to their homes. But Why? Why do we hang a mezuzah? What’s the hidden meaning…

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Ep. 32 Right, Left and Center in Jewish Law and Kabbalah

Why does Jewish law always prioritize the right side to the left? When you get dressed in the morning, the Code of Jewish Law writes that you should put your right hand in first. It also writes that you should bathe your right side of your body first. We cover our eyes for Shema with…

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Ep. 31 Defining “TRUTH”

We live in a world where it’s so difficult to know what is true and what is not. Kabbalah calls our world an alma dishikra, a world of falsehood. We see this in the media every day. Two reporters will witness the exact same event and document it oppositely, both believing they’re reporting the truth….

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Ep. 30 Transitioning from Shabbos to the Week

There are two ceremonies described in the Code of Jewish Law regarding transitioning from Shabbos back to the work week: Havdala and Melava Malka. Havdala consists of making blessings over wine, spices and a torch, and Melava Malka is a customary meal that we eat to escort the Shabbos queen out. What is the source…

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Ep. 29 Washing Your Hands in the Morning

One of the first laws discussed in the Code of Jewish Law is the obligation to wash your hands when you wake up in the morning. What’s the reason behind this mitzvah? Why do we have to wash our hands? What is the proper procedure of washing? Join me as we dive deep into the…

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Ep. 28 G-d’s Legacy: Yibum and Mashiach

The Zohar, the great Kabbalistic work of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, makes a fascinating comment. It states that two great Jewish women, Tamar and Ruth, merited having the Messiah, Mashiach, come through their lineage because they both did kindness with those that had deceased. What did Tamar and Ruth both do that merited them to…

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Ep. 27 Uncovering the Hidden Theme of Shavuos

Did you ever wonder why the holiday of Shavuos doesn’t have any special mitzvah for the masses to do on it? On Pesach we eat matzah, on Sukkos we sit in the sukkah and shake the lulav and esrog, yet on shavuos there’s only customs, no biblical commandment for us? Why is that? Join me…

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Ep. 26 Numbers in Judaism; 6, 7 and 8

Did you ever wonder why there are 7 colors in a rainbow? Why didn’t G-d create it with 8? or 6? Ever wonder why G-d created the world in 6 days and then rested on the 7th? Why not in 5 and rest on the 6th? In Judaism, numbers are more than a quantification. Each…

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