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The Book of Samuel IEpisode 16: Shaul's UndoingPodcast Overview: God gives Saul a second chance and commands him to destroy Amalek. But Saul has other ideas. (Samuel I 15:1 - 35)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently prepare the primary material from one podcast to the next, prefer…
 
VaEtchanan 5781 - It's Only Holy Because You Don't Own ItWhy does Moshe before he dies beg God to see the Land? Knowing human nature, what is the greatest pitfall about which Moshe warns the Israelites and their descendants? The Israeli Search and Rescue Delegation to Miami who made headlines, explain Rashi with the most important 5-word sentence o…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 15: Yonatan's SteadfastnessPodcast Overview: Even as Saul stumbles as king, his son Yonatan emerges as a natural and inspired leader. (Samuel I 14:1 - 52)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently prepare the primary material from one podcast to the next, pr…
 
This podcast was originally published in 2017 and even more relevant today.Devarim 5781: The Words of Moses — The Torah’s First “Translation”In many ways, the book of Deuteronomy — a series of long discourses by Moses — is a sort of "translation" of the earlier four books of the Torah. This characterization is quite ancient. In the midrash, the Rab…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 14: Shaul's Tragic LapsePodcast Overview: Saul now faces his first serious crisis as King. How will he respond? (Samuel I 13:1 - 23)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently prepare the primary material from one podcast to the next, preferably in a havruta …
 
The spiritual practice of finding safety within our internal "cities of refuge - arei miklat." Based on a teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, teaching on the spiritual ramifications today of the establishment of this radical and compassionate practice in Biblical Judaism 3400 years ago. Relevant today as it was then…
 
This was originally published in 2018.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.As part of our 2015 Summer Evening Serie…
 
This was originally published in 2018.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.Parashat Devarim is always read on the S…
 
This was originally published in 2018.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.In this live lecture for Tisha B’Av 2018…
 
This was originally published in 2018.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.In this live lecture for Tisha B’Av 2018…
 
This was originally published in 2020.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.Should we fast on 17th Tammuz as a plagu…
 
This was originally published in 2008 and republished in 2010.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.Rabbi Meir Schwe…
 
This was originally published in 2018.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.In this live lecture for Tisha B’Av 2018…
 
This was originally published in 2017.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.In this live recording on Tisha B’Av 201…
 
This podcast was originally published in 2016.9 days. 9 podcasts. Your Guide to Tisha B’Av with Pardes North AmericaDive deep with 9 days of curated Tisha B’Av themed podcast by Pardes North America from the Pardes archive. In memory of Pardes students Marla Bennett, Ben Blutstein, Sara Duker, and Matt Eisenfeld ז"ל.In this podcast, Rabbi Mike Feue…
 
This was originally posted on Authentic Jewish Living with Yiscah Smith. From Yiscah: With gratitude to our Creator and to all of you for your ongoing support and listenership, this new podcast episode #44, Authentic Jewish Living with Yiscah celebrates four years since its inception. WOW!! This is radically amazing.And to celebrate radical amazeme…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 13: Retrospect for ShmuelPodcast Overview: Shmuel, old and tired, officially hands over power to the king. But will the king be able to live up to the example of Shmuel's lifetime of selfless leadership and integrity? (Samuel I 12:1 - 25)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encou…
 
Moses hands over the reins of power to Joshua. "HE shall command him in the eyes of the nation." What did Moses instruct Joshua? What critical message needed to be communicated during the transition of power. And how did that conversation affect Joshua and the nation?Download Source Sheet If you enjoy the Pardes from Jerusalem podcast series, you'r…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 12: In Those Days there was a King in IsraelPodcast Overview: Although Saul is officially king, he will not win the people's confidence until he can act like one. The defat of the Ammonites will be his moment. (Samuel I 11:1 - 15)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 11: A Tentative CoronationPodcast Overview: Saul is offered three curious signs to indicate that he has been chosen. But they are not random. (Samuel I 10:1 - 27)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently prepare the primary material from one podcast to the …
 
Parshat Balak is highly unusual. On the one hand, it does not contain even a single mitzvah. On the other hand, it describes events that are supernatural and strange. Perhaps the most peculiar occurrence in the parasha concerns Bilam's talking donkey, who engages in a heated conversation with the seer as he makes his way to Moav in order to curse t…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 10: In Search of DonkeysPodcast Overview: The appointment of Israel's first king implausibly begins with Saul's fruitless search for lost donkeys. It ends with Saul instead discovering kingship. (Samuel I 9:1 - 27)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently p…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 10: Zur HadassaIt’s now time for part ten – the final podcast in what has been a fantastic mini-series. We have traveled through various lands and different eras: What a journey! The Maggid of Melbourne takes stock of the adventure, tying together the various threads and pondering how this intellectual quest may impact our …
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 9: The King's LawPodcast Overview: Monarchy as an institution has great potential but also carries great risks. In this podcast, we begin to consider both. (Samuel I 8:10 - 22)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently prepare the primary material from one p…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 9: Tel Aviv Radio Part nine of this series takes us to Tel Aviv, and to the radio program of Rabbi Hayim David Halevi (1924-1998), where he grappled with one of the toughest philosophical questions on live air.Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore NewsletterDownload the Source SheetWhether or not you have the pleasure and privilege…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 8: Jerusalem RepentanceThe early twentieth century saw an unexpected suggestion appear in the writings of Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook (1865-1935). The Maggid of Melbourne shares this passage, suggesting that R. Kook’s suggestion may be unparalleled in rabbinic writings.Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore NewsletterDo…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 7: Cologne CodesIn the fourteenth century, the term “Hoshen Mishpat” [Breastplate of Judgement] took on a fascinating new meaning. Levi looks at the innovation, seeking the source for inspiration and pondering its impact.Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore NewsletterDownload the Source SheetWhether or not you have the pleasure an…
 
Parashat Chukat marks many transitions, not the least of which is the end of an era in leadership. This podcast explores the sin of Moshe at the waters of Meriva and offers insight into the critical lesson that real leaders fail.Download Source Sheet If you enjoy the Pardes from Jerusalem podcast series, you're sure to enjoy the Pardes Learning Sem…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 8: The Clamor for a KingPodcast Overview: With Shmuel's career-ending, the elders and the people demand that he appoint a king. But Shmuel is reluctant. A close reading of Deuteronomy 16 - 17 reveals why. (Samuel I 8:1 - 9)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to indepe…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 6: Provençal Metaphors Turning to Biblical commentators on Ezra 2:63 and Nehemiah 7:65, Levi considers how they understood the longing for the return of the Urim and the Thummim. The Maggid of Melbourne ponders how this mirrors our own spiritual journeys.Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore NewsletterDownload the Source SheetWheth…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 7: The Ideal JudgePodcast Overview: The old corrupt order has been swept away. Shmuel now emerges as a true judge in Israel, highlighting what real religious/political leadership can accomplish. (Samuel I 6:19-7:17)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, listeners are encouraged to independently …
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 5: Egyptian ExperiencesMoving further back in time, Levi shares the perhaps uncharacteristic words of Maimonides (1138-1204), as he explains the process of answering questions with the Hoshen Mishpat [Breastplate of Judgement]. These words bespeak an eerie mystical encounter that was the sole province of the Kohen Gadol [Hi…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 4: Spanish LightsBacktracking to medieval Spain, Levi looks at how Nahmanides (1194-1270) understood the mechanics of the Hoshen Mishpat [Breastplate of Judgement] – a truly fascinating approach considering the power of electricity was yet to be comprehended. Nahmanides’ understanding has clear advantages, although – as Lev…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 3: Italian LotteryThe twentieth-century biblical scholar Umberto Cassuto (1883-1951) had an interesting take on how the Urim and the Thummim – an element of the Hoshen Mishpat [Breastplate of Judgement] – worked. Levi considers the advantages and disadvantages of this mystifying priestly vestment.Subscribe to the Hasidic Lo…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 2: Chana's TriumphPodcast Overview: Our book begins by introducing us to the fraught family dynamics of Elkana and his two wives, Penina and Chana. Chana, childless and desperate, teaches us about hope and devotion. Her tearful vow at Shilo becomes the template in our tradition for sincerity. God will answer her prayers.…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 1: Introduction – The Backdrop of the Book of JudgesPodcast Overview: In order to appreciate the opening chapters of the book of Samuel, we must first consider the backdrop of the book of Judges. Understanding this context will help us appreciate the challenges that the people of Israel face, as Sefer Shmuel begins. **Pl…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 2: Israel ExpatriatesLevi considers whether the longing for a priestly vestment may be linked to the collective memory of Djerban Jewry. Recounting competing narratives of this unique Jewish community, the Maggid of Melbourne is left pondering why Rabbi Khalfon Moshe Hakohen of Djerba would single out a particular garment?S…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 6: The Philistines ChastenedPodcast Overview: The pagan Philistines believe that by capturing the ark, they have prevailed against the God of Israel. But He soon makes it clear that while His ways are subtle, His power is unmatched. (Samuel I 5:1 - 6:18)Download Source SheetA special note to the listener: In general, lis…
 
The Hoshen Mishpat Quest 1: Djerban YearningCan we claim that in life-threatening situations, cases that would be considered pikuah nefesh, political agreements can be set aside? Or perhaps, even in such cases, political promises should be honoured?Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore NewsletterDownload the Source SheetWhether or not you have the pleasure…
 
In this podcast, we will look at the controversy of Korah which was not for the sake of heaven but for his own private interests and the ongoing disagreements between the sages Hillel and Shamai which were considered to be for the sake of heaven.Download Source Sheet If you enjoy the Pardes from Jerusalem podcast series, you're sure to enjoy the Pa…
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 5: The Israelite DefeatedPodcast Overview: Initially defeated in battle by the Philistines, the Israelites bring the ark of the covenant to the fray. But its mere presence will not grant them victory. The Philistines prevail, the ark is taken captive and Shilo is destroyed. (Samuel I 4:1 - 4:22)Download Source SheetA spe…
 
Critical thinking is the hallmark of our tradition. Overly critical thinking that leads to pessimism, on the other hand, can lead us down a path of demoralization and destruction. What was the failed leadership of the leaders who were sent to scout out the Promised Land? What did it take - and will it take - to get the Israelites back on the right …
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 4: Shmuel's Coming of AgePodcast Overview: Eli the high priest is young Shmuel's mentor and guide. But now the word of God comes to Shmuel directly, sidelining old and blind Eli in the process. This moment, that marks the end of Eli's tenure as religious leader of Israel, is painful as well as poignant for both of them. …
 
The Book of Samuel IEpisode 3: The Crimes of the PriestsPodcast Overview: Chana's piety stands in direct contrast to the officiating priests at Shilo, Chofni and Pinchas the sons of Eli. These two abuse their power and exalted position, desecrating God's service and victimizing the people of Israel. In consequence, doom is pronounced upon the house…
 
How does one rise to the occasion and do what needs to be done? How does one know when to lovingly detach from a situation because you have done what you can do? A Rashi that is deceptively unremarkable yields some helpful insights.Sources: Avot 2:5, Bamidbar 8:2-3, Devarim 22:2Download Source Sheet If you enjoy the Pardes from Jerusalem podcast se…
 
Parashat Naso contains a variety of topics, including the Birkat Kohanim, the priestly blessing. While at first glance, the life of a Kohen, priest, is a life of glamour and elite status, when one delves a bit deeper into the Birkat Kohanim, the true nature of the Kohen's life of service begins to emerge.Sources: Deuteronomy 18:1-5, Leviticus 9:22,…
 
Parashat Bamidbar is always read around Shavuot time. What is the connection? And what is the eternal message that emerges from the long census and mapping that fills our parasha? The answer is connected to the flags.Sources: Bamidbar 2:1-2 / Megilla 31bDownload Source Sheet If you enjoy the Pardes from Jerusalem podcast series, you're sure to enjo…
 
The Jewish Story Season 4, Interlude Yom Yerushalayim - Here is a LIVE Yom Yerushalayim class given in honor of the 10th yartzeit of Fruma Raizel bat Genendel and Nehemia haKohen. It explores the relationship between Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, between self-actualization and inspiration, in order to provide insight and inspiration for thes…
 
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