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Vayeitzei - Jacob’s Vision at Moriah


When Yaakov Avinu lies down to rest, he surrounds himself with a pile of stones. While sleeping, he sees a vision of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven. How do the stones protect Yaakov? What is the significance of this vision? Rabbi Perlman shares fascinating insights.

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.

Vayechi - Part 3

When we pray using the words of the Men of the Great Assembly, our prayers have a tremendous effect even if they not heartfelt. How can we develop our praying skills and connect to the prayer service on a deeper level? Learn insights on prayer form the verses with Rabbi Kaplan

Bo - Part 5

What is the common theme of the last three plagues mentioned in this portion? What is the connection between the mitzvah of circumcision and the offering of the Korban Pesach? Rabbi Kaplan derives meaningful lessons from the scriptures

Parshat Yitro - The Giving of the Torah

In this week's portion the Jewish People receive the Torah at Mount Sinai. How did G-d’s voice sound like at Mount Sinai? Why did G-d command Moses to speak to the women before the men? What does it mean ‘Don’t Covet’? Rabbi Mizrachi categorises all the mitzvot of the Torah and shares fascinating insights to the parsha.   

Mishpatim - Part 1

Why is the legal book of Jewish law called 'The Set Table'? Rabbi Kaplan elaborates on the depth and wisdom of Jewish laws and customs based on the scriptures

Ki Tisa - Part 2

Where did Betzalel get the skills needed for building the tabernacle? Why is the mitzvah of Shabbat mentioned immediately after the building of the mishkan? Rabbi Kaplan delivers major lessons for life based on the scriptures

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

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

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 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. 

Bechukotai - Part 2


Do we have to understand the commandments in order to practice them? Why did the Holocaust happen? Rabbi Kaplan discusses the consequences of the Jewish People not following the commandments of the Torah.

Bamidbar - Part 2


Why were the Levites counted separately? Why did the Tribe of Yehuda camp in the east with the tribes of Issachar and Zebulun? Why did the Tribes of Reuven, Shimon and Gad camp to the south, and so on? Rabbi Kaplan focuses on the arrangement of the Jews camping in the desert according to the tribes.

Beha'alotcha - Part 2


Why is it forbidden for a Jewish man to shave his beard? At what age did the Levites stop serving in the Temple? When we do a mitzvah do we have to feel good about it? Rabbi Kaplan in a humorous session expounds on the service of the Levites in the Temple and more.

Shelach - Part 3


In Judaism who are the Eyes of the nation? Is it correct to think that Rabbis don't make mistakes? In this session, Rabbi Kaplan explains how all human beings can make mistakes, even righteous people.

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.