Parashat Metzorah: The Most Hidden Treasure

In this Torah portion we learn about an extraordinary disease called tzora’at. This disease was unique in that it would even contaminate inanimate matter, like rocks and limestone. The result of affliction with tzora’at was so horrific that even before a human was contaminated, the Torah ordered entire homes to be completely demolished when the […]

 
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Tazria: What it Means to be Human

What does it mean to be human, and what are the defining features that set us apart from animals? At the core of the Torah’s answer are man’s dual nature – comprising two opposite potentials for good and evil – and the power of free choice to manifest either at any time. In order to […]

 
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Shmini: Immersed in G-dly Precision

If we examine anything of great value and beauty in this world, whether it is natural or man-made, we will find a work of great complexity, where every detail counts. Everything about Torah, from the letters of a Torah Scroll to the final rulings of the Halacha – which is ultimately G-d’s detailed instructions to […]

 
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Tzav: Preparing to Greet the Shechinah

In this parshah we find the intriguing and often overlooked account of the seven-day process during which Moses alone initiated Aharon and his four sons into G-d’s priestly service. In this class, we will analyze some of the most important aspects of these seven days of preparations. We will try to understand why they were […]

 
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Vayikra: The Most Heavenly Fragrance

Vayikra, the third of the Five Books of Moses, deals primarily with the various details necessary for the construction of the Mishkan and the various offerings that were brought within it. The seemingly archaic commandments surrounding the sacrificial service include the myriad details of the animal sacrifices that were brought in the Mishkan, and later […]

 
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Pekudei: Double Vision

The final portions of the book of Exodus-Vayakhel and Pekudei-seem to needlessly repeat the details and instructions for the construction and furnishing of the Mishkan. In this lesson we will show that this repetition teaches us that there are two very different and distinct Mishkans-the lofty and spiritual Tabernacle that only can be accessed by […]

 
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Vayakhel: Keeping Focused

We learn in this week’s portion that the princes of the twelve tribes were among the very last of the Jewish people to contribute towards the building of the Tabernacle. Why? Shouldn’t they have been role models for the people, and wouldn’t they have inspired the people to donate even more if they had gone […]

 
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Ki Tisa: Mirror Images

In this class we will discuss the spiritual significance of the copper vessel from which the water that was used to purify the priests in the Temple prior to their service was drawn. We will examine the appropriateness of using the copper from the mirrors that the Jewish women had used to groom themselves, in […]

 
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Tetzaveh: Divine Garments

When viewing the noble clothing, rich tailoring and the elaborate design of a ruler or affluent person; does it reflect anything more than ego, opulence, fashion, high position, and power? What message does clothing relay? What deeper significance does it convey? In this class we will learn about the High Priest’s glorious garments. Every detail in […]

 
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Terumah: Making a Home for G-d

When one thinks about the concept of the Tabernacle and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the obvious question that comes to mind is why is G-d confining Himself to a single place of worship if He’s truly everywhere? In this lesson we will examine how and why G-d’s true Essence in our material world is […]

 
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Mishpatim: The Four Custodians

This lesson will trace the classical law of the four types of custodians to their original sources in the verses of this week’s Torah portion. We will demonstrate that it is impossible to derive the respective degrees of liability in Jewish law without access to both the Oral and the Written Torah. After defining each […]

 
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Yitro: New World After Sinai

Prior to the giving of the Torah, man was certainly capable of doing good, and when he did good, his soul was elevated spiritually. But the objects of his experience remained the same. The events at Sinai not only brought G-dly wisdom into the world, but it transformed the physical world itself. Material reality now […]

 
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Beshalach: Despoiling Egypt

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. Following the drowning of the Egyptians in the Sea, the Midrash tells us that Moshe had to force the Jews to travel on against their will. The Egyptians had adorned their horses with ornaments […]

Bo: Unconditional Surrender

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In Parshat Bo the long anticipated exodus finally takes place. This class will examine why Egyptian exile was a necessary precursor for entering and conquering the Holy Land, and why an upfront and personal physical […]

Vaeira: Who has the right to question Hashem?

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When the Jews became depressed about not being immediately redeemed from slavery, Moshe bitterly complained to G-d. As a result, he was severely rebuked, compared unfavorably to the forefathers, and punished by G-d. Is there no […]

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