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Vayeira - Don’t Look Back


Why was Lot told not to look back at the destruction of Sedom? Why did Lot’s daughters intoxicate their father? Where did Lot’s daughters get wine from? Why is it forbidden to wage war with Amon and Moav? Rabbi Kaplan with more fascinating insights on the Weekly Portion.

Parshat Miketz - Humility

How can we overcome arrogance? It is not easy, especially for someone who knows that he has certain virtues, such as, wealth, assets, intelligence, beauty etc. such a person must learn from Yosef. In this short clip, Rabbi Zamir Cohen explains how to achieve humility.

Vayigash - Yosef Reveals Himself


How did Yosef prove his identity to his brothers? Why did Joseph have to go through the challenge with a married woman? How did Joseph's brothers atone for their sin? Rabbi Kaplan explains how the meeting of Joseph with his brothers reveals G-d's perfect control of the world

Shemot: Yosef and The Burning Bush

The burning of the bush symbolized the great suffering that the Jewish people would suffer in the Four Exiles, yet the fact that the bush was not destroyed alluded to the miracle that the Jewish people would not be destroyed by all their suffering

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 3 - Honoring Parents

What is the ideal way to fulfill the commandment of honoring parents? Every society in the world has a law prohibiting murder, what is unique about Judaism's approach to one who commits murder? Rabbi Kaplan derives inspiring lessons from 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

Pekudei

Why is there so much repetition in the scriptures regarding the building of the tabernacle? Rabbi Weiner derives essential lessons for life from this week's Torah portion

Acharei Mot - Part 2


What is the purpose of Yom Kippur?  Why can't we rely on last year’s repentance? What does the priest's clothing represent? Rabbi David Kaplan explains the Torah's approach. 

Parshat Bamidbar - Part 3

Why did the tribe of Levi not receive a share in the portion of the Land of Israel? How did the tribe of Levi merit taking over the service of the firstborns? Why were they so few in number in comparison to the other tribes?

Nasso - Part 1


What is the longest portion the Torah? What happens to a women who drank from the holy water? Why only in the case of a husband who suspects his wife, is the Cohen allowed to delete the name of G-d in the holy water? Rabbi Kaplan delivers remarkable lessons for life based on the scriptures.

Parshat Beha'alotcha - Part 1

Why was the Menorah designed out of one block of gold? Why are the laws regarding the Menorah mentioned in the beginning of the Parsha – seemingly out of context? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the function of the Menorah and the purification of the Levites

Parshat Korach - Part 4

Why were Korach's sons saved from the punishment of Korach and his followers? How does Moshe save the lives of those dying from the plague? Learn deeper insights into the Parsha with Rabbi Lauffer

Ki Tavo - The First Fruits

What can one achieve in five minutes? Why must a Jewish man wear a kippah on his head? What is the purpose of the mitzvah of bikkurim, the bringing of the first fruits? The first fruits, were brought from the seven species for which the Land of Israel is praised. A farmer, upon seeing the first figs, grapes or pomegranates ripen, must devote the first fruits to G‑d, by bringing them to the Holy Temple & praising G-d for these gifts