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Bereishit - The Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil

Why did Eve cause Adam to eat from the forbidden tree? What is the cause of most of people's troubles? Why do people have to stay so far away from jealousy? What is one of the most basic things a person should do to grow spiritually? Rabbi Kaplan with essential lessons for life based on the scriptures

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Noach - Language and Communication


The Babylonians build a tower in order to reach heaven. G‑d punished them by taking away their ability to understand one another. What language did they speak beforehand? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates on the essence of language and communication based on the commentaries on the Parsha.

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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
 

Parshat Vayigash - Part 1 - Yaakov's Shema

This week's portion describes the reunion of Yaakov and Yosef after 22 years of separation. Surprisingly, Yaakov doesn't take an active part in the reunion and only Yosef hugs his father. Rabbi Walkin explains what Yaakov was doing at the time and why it was necessary for him to be doing it just then
 

Vayechi - The Uniqueness of the Twelve Tribes


Why is the Jewish Nation made up of Twelve Tribes? What is true unity? Each of the Twelve Tribes reflects a unique path in life. As the verse tells us at the conclusion of the blessings: All these are the twelve tribes of Israel... every one according to his blessing he blessed them. Rabbi Breitowitz elaborates on the uniqueness of each tribe

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

Bo - Stop and Think

From Pharaoh's illogical behavior we can understand why people fail to change when they experience great events. They may even recognize that miracles have occurred but they do not think about their consequences

Mishpatim - Part 3

Why does the Torah specifically commands us not to taunt or torment a convert, a widow or an orphan? Rabbi Kaplan derives essential life lessons from this week's Torah portion 

Vayikra - Deep-Pan Meal Offering


What can we learn from the 'deep pan meal offering'? What really causes us to get angry? Why in Judaism is there a custom to have salt on the table? Rabbi Kaplan explains the difference between the Jewish altar and the altar of other nations and how Judaism relates to a person who makes a mistake

Tzav - Offerings and Blood


If a person was in danger and survived it what kind of blessing must he recite? What is the significance of the number 40 in Judaism? May a Jew drink any kind of blood? In this portion we learn how the fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the “handful” separated from the meal offering

Acharei Mot - Part 1


Why does the priest change his clothes when he enters to the Holy of Holies? Why does the priest need two identical goats? Rabbi David Kaplan teaches us about the service of the priest in the Temple on Yom Kippur.

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…

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 2


How can it be that a person who believes, can behave in a manner that contradicts his belief? What is the purpose of becoming a nazir (monk)? Should one who becomes religious stop all his hobbies? Rabbi Kaplan focuses on the laws regarding the nazir.

Mattot - Part 3


What is the best way for a person to purify himself of his sins? Does person have to be financially set in order to start a family? What is the most important thing in life? In this lesson, Rabbi Kaplan explains to us the greatness of the Torah and what is really important in life.

Parshat Devarim - Part 1

What is the uniqueness of the Book of Devarim? Rabbi Lauffer relates to the different opinions as to whether the Torah repeats previously mentioned mitzvot or reveals additional unknown details