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Lech Lecha - Abraham, Lot, Hagar & Ishmael


Why does the Torah emphasize that Abraham and Lot looked alike? Why does Abraham get involved in a ‘World War’? Why did Abraham marry Hagar an Egyptian woman? What is the Torah’s prediction of Ishmael? Rabbi Kaplan with intriguing insights on the Weekly Portion.

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Chayei Sarah - Part 1

Why is this portion called the "Life of Sarah" if it talks about her passing away? Why did Sarah pass away in such an irregular fashion? Rabbi Kaplan focuses on how Divine Providence accompanies us in every aspect of life

Parshat Vayeishev - The Battle for Survival

Every year, we read about the brothers selling Yosef and it seems normal. However, if we stop to think about this for a moment, how could the righteous tribes, who are the fathers of the nation of Israel, do such a terrible crime of selling their own flesh and blood? Rabbi Yisroel Perelson, Rabbi & Mohel of Flatbush Park Jewish Center, reveals to us a new insight into the story of the selling of Yosef
 

Mikeitz - Pharaoh’s Dream


Why did Pharaoh call the wise men of Egypt to interpret his dreams? How does Yosef react after being let out of prison after a 12 year sentence? Rabbi Kaplan delivers remarkable lessons for life based on the episode of Pharaoh’s dream.

Parshat Shemot - Part 2

In what merit were the Jewish people worthy of leaving the land of Egypt? Why did G-d appear to Moses in the form of a burning bush? Rabbi Perlman delivers more inspiring insights to this week's portion

Va’eira - Part 3

Pharaoh would go down to the Nile to relieve himself privately once in twenty four hours, trying to convey the fact that he was some sort of divine being. What was Pharaoh up to? Rabbi Kaplan delivers further insights to this week's portion 

Beshalach - The Splitting of the Sea

Why do we sing a song of praise upon the downfall of the Egyptians? Why do the Sages compare the splitting of the Red Sea to searching for one's soulmate? Rabbi Breitowitz derives essential life lessons from the episode of the splitting of the sea

Yitro - Part 2

What does it mean that G-d dangled a mountain over the Jewish people when they accepted the Torah? Rabbi Kaplan elaborates on the revelation at Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments

Teruma: Accepting Donations From Improper Sources

On his final day in office, President Clinton controversially pardoned a prominent Jewish financier and philanthropist who had committed financial misdemeanors and this brought the issue of receiving donations from inappropriate sources sharply into focus

Tetzaveh - Light Unto the Nations

What is the function and purpose of the Temple and all its vessels? Why is this the only portion in the Torah that Moses name is not mentioned? How are the Jewish people meant to generate light to all of humanity? Rabbi Matalon derives essential lessons for life from the scriptures

Tazria - The Basic Leprosy and the Procedure of Verification


What kind a sin causes leprosy? Why is gossip so severe? What kind of virtues should one look for in a woman? Rabbi Kaplan illustrates how easy it is to fall prey to a destructive pattern of gossiping, to the point where it becomes a recreational activity. In order to enjoy the many people in our lives, we have to stop verbalizing negativity and focus on their positive virtues

Acharei Mot - Part 3


Why does the Torah forbid us to eat blood? Why is it important for Jews to eat Kosher food? In this lesson Rabbi David Kaplan teaches us the difference between impurity to impure.

Kedoshim


What does it mean, to be a holy man? The Torah states "Be holy because I am holy"! We can assume that by fulfilling the commandments we become holier. Rabbi David Kaplan teaches us about the commandments between man and man. For example: Giving gifts to the poor, Not placing an obstacle before the blind…

Nasso - Individuality

What were the tasks and responsibilities of the Tribe of Levi? What can we learn from the set-up of the Jews camping in the desert? Rabbi Breitowitz delivers inspiring lessons for life based on the verses

Beha'alotcha - Part 1


Is the Chanukah menorah meant to be be a replica of the menorah that was in the Temple? Why does the Torah repeat itself when mentioning the contributions of the Presidents? Rabbi David Kaplan focuses on the service of the Kohanim in the Temple.

Korach - Part 1


What was the mistake of Korach? What are the benefits of focusing on the good things in life? Rabbi Kaplan teaches us an important principle for a better life.

Chukat


What is the role of the red heifer? How can it be that on one hand the red heifer purifies and at the same time defiles? What do we need to do in order to live in the Land of Israel? Another fascinating lesson from Rabbi Kaplan focusing on the mitzvah of Sukkah and the importance of living at peace with people.

Mattot - Part 2


When does the Torah permit us not to tell the truth? Is it permissible to exaggerate? What is the best way to rebuke someone? In this session Rabbi Kaplan delivers principles that will improve our interpersonal relationships.

Parshat Massei - Part 3

Rabbi Lauffer discusses the differences between the borders defined by the Torah and the borders we have today; as well as the reason why the Land of Israel is not naturally fertile, and more

Parshat Devarim - Part 5

The Jewish people wandered in the desert for 40 years. Through the power of prayer they merited to dwell in the same place for 19 years. From this event Rabbi Lauffer derives vital lessons in our attitude towards prayer

Parshat Ki Tavo - Part 3

Upon entering the Land of Israel the Jews are told to engrave the Torah on two large stones and erect an altar. Why is it forbidden to use iron tools in order to build this altar and the vessels in Temple? Rabbi Lauffer with more fascinating insights on the Parsha.