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Ep. 25 Understanding Jewish Holiness

What exactly is holiness? G-d defines the role of the Jewish nation as (Exodus 19:6), “A kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Clearly, holiness is not some elusive concept intended only for the greatest leaders of the generation. Holiness is a way of life that is attainable for each and every Jew. So what…

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Ep. 24 Why do Jews say a blessing before eating?

What’s so special about blessings?  Why do we have to make so many of them? Why do we have to bless before eating or drinking anything? The Talmud (Menachos 43b) teaches us that we’re supposed to make 100 blessings each day! If you assume the average person is awake 14-16 hours a day, that’s averages…

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Ep. 23 Can the Rabbis Change Torah Law?

If you look at any mitzvah as it’s described in the Torah, it’s impossible to understand all the nuance and details necessary to fulfil it properly from the text alone. The Oral law (Torah She’ba’al Peh), also given from G-d to Moses at Mount Sinai, fills in all the missing details. The power of interpretation…

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Ep. 22 Uncovering the Omer’s Deeper Meaning

The counting of the Omer is a 50 day period connecting the holiday of Passover to the holiday of Shavuos. If you look in the Torah, the Omer actually seems completely disconnected from both holidays. It was just a barley offering that happens to be brought on the second day of Passover. So, what’s the…

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Ep. 21 Uncovering the Hidden Theme of Passover

We all associate Passover with feelings of freedom and royalty. We sit at our seders like kings and queens, discussing our liberation from Egyptian bondage. In reality, there’s much more to Passover than just freedom. Join me as we take a deeper look at what themes G-d tells us really drove the whole exodus experience,…

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Ep. 20 A Deeper Look at the Passover Seder

Why do you suppose the Rabbis titled the Passover night ritual a seder? Do you know that the word seder means order? Why commemorate a miraculous, beyond natural order event with an “order”? Join me as we take a deeper look at the Seder; uncovering topics such as the Jews matzah not rising, the birth…

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Ep. 19 Kashering your kitchen for Pesach and other various preparatory laws

In this episode I go through the process of preparing your kitchen for Passover, as well as some other relevant Jewish laws regarding preparing for the upcoming holiday. Although in general the discussion is more philosophical and kabbalistic, due to the complexity of the laws of Pesach, I wanted to provide a clear overview of…

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Ep. 18 Setting Up Your Pesach Zone

Have you ever walked into a kitchen on Pesach and thought you’re on a spaceship? Ever wondered why and how to properly clean your house from Chametz? Or even what chametz is? Join me as we go through the prohibitions of Chametz (leavened bread) on Pesach and how to prepare your house properly (read: create…

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Ep. 17 The Miraculous Connection between Purim and Pesach

Purim and Pesach seem like such different holidays. One celebrates G-d’s explicit overriding nature with the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and the other celebrates G-d functioning from behind the curtain, from within nature. Yet, we find multiple examples in the writings of our sages that connect these two holidays. What’s the commonality? Join…

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Ep. 16 The Real Sin of the Golden Calf

Isn’t it shocking that a mere 40 days after experiencing the most personal and deep connection to G-d in the history of the world, the Sinai experience, they’d throw G-d aside for an idol? How do we make sense of this? These Jews experienced the 10 plagues in Egypt and the splitting of the sea,…

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