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Vayeishev - Yosef’s Trials

From the suffering that Yosef went through when he was sold as a slave we learn that every ounce of suffering is measured out to the finest degree. Rabbi Kaplan focuses the fact that Hashem will never abandon the Jewish people

Mikeitz - Part 1

Why was Pharaoh rattled by his dreams? How does Yosef react to the dreams of the King of Egypt? Rabbi Kaplan shares insights on the weekly portion, focusing on the meaning of dreams

Bo - Part 4

Why did Moses say that the plague of the firstborns will take place at approximately midnight, if G-d said exactly at midnight? What is the significance of the fact that the dogs didn't bark when the Jews left Egypt? Why are the dogs rewarded for this act, if they don't have free choice? Rabbi Kaplan elaborates further on the ten plagues and the exodus from Egypt

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.   

Terumah - The Sanctuary

Does Hashem exist in one place more than another? The Jewish people are commanded to build a Sanctuary so that G-d shall dwell amongst the nation. How can this be understood, as we know that G-d exists everywhere at all times? Rabbi Perlman elaborates on the existence of G-d in the world and the structure of the Sanctuary 

Ki Tisa - Part 1

Why is there a Jewish custom not to count people? Why is Moses commanded to count the Jewish people by ordering them to donate half a shekel? Rabbi Kaplan delivers remarkable lessons for life based on the scriptures

Shemini - Various Mitzvot in the Parsha


How many commandments are there in the Torah? Is it permissible to grow long hair? Why is it forbidden to cut the hair of the sides of the head? What is real happiness? Rabbi Kaplan elaborates on the commandments mentioned in the portion of Shemini

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. 

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…

Emor - The Joy of the Mitzvot

Our children will inevitably see others of different levels of Torah observance and standards, however if they are taught that observing the Torah is a joyous opportunity then they are far more likely to not be tempted by seemingly ‘easier’ or more ‘pleasurable’ lifestyles

Shmittah - A Triple Crop in the Sixth Year

No one can possibly predict in advance with any certainty how much the crop will increase in years to come, and certainly no one would make a bet to predict a permanent percent increase in crops at determined cycles of every few years. Amazingly, the Torah does just that

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

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.

Parshat Mattot - Part 4

When the Jewish people returned from battle, they were immediately commanded to purify their utensils. What is the connection between returning from war and koshering utensils?

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

Devarim - Part 1


Is it permissible to lie for the sake of Peace? Which sin is considered the most popular sin? In to how many languages did Moses translate the Torah? Rabbi Kaplan delivers more fundamentals of Judaism based on the Weekly Torah Portion.