The Characters You Do Not KnowOct 18, 2023
2.2. Chazarah: The Jewish Value of Unity
Rabbinic thought has always placed a high value on Jewish Unity. In this Podcast we will highlight how Unity can be found in the creation story, the revelation story, and at the center of daily prayer.
We will then analyze the special power of unity in the Arc of Achav's life.
2.1. Chazara: Are People Good? The Take of a Brisker and a Hassid
Comparing Rav Soloveitchik's and Rav Kook's view on Teshuva and what it says about the nature of humanity.
5.4. Mini Series: Teshuva of Rav Moshe
In light of our first 3 classes on this topic we now take a closer look at the view of Rav Moshe Feinstein.
5.3. Mini Series: Safeik Pikuach Nefesh
How do you define a Safeik Pikuach Nefesh? And how does this help us understand the responsibilities of Jewish doctors in a global society?
5.2. Mini Series: Eiva
We will discuss the Meta Halachik idea of Eiva and how it is broadly applied to various relationships.
5:1 Mini Series: Saving a Non Jew on Shabbos
This 4 part series tries to understand how Judaism negotiates between the competing values of human life and the commandment to keep shabbos for doctors.
Part 1: Overview and Meta Halachik Thinking
Part 2: Eiva: A Rabbinic Failsafe
Part 3: Safeik Pikuach Nefesh
Part 4: Unpacking Rav Moshe Feinstein's View
1. 13. Chazarah: Defining the Date of Meal: When Rosh Chodesh Falls out on Saturday Night
In this episode we will discuss the views of the Rosh, Hagaot Maymaniot, Shulchan Aruch & the Taz. We will also discuss some of the many details added by later poskim on the subject.
1. 12. Chazarah: Duality of the Pesach Seder
Why is Slavery and Freedom interwoven into every nook and cranny of the Pesach Seder? They are both everywhere!
1.11. Chazara: Bedika & Bittul
A quick review of the functions of Bedika/Biur and Bittul Hametz.
Bedika when traveling.
Bedika/Bittul in the context of Selling Hametz
1. 10. Chazara: Depression: How Halacha Views Mental Illness
From living a well balanced life to understanding how Halacha deals with depression.
1.9. Chazara: Mental Health & Halacha: Rav Asher Weiss' Approach to OCD
We will use 2 teshuvot of Rav Asher to develop a Jewish approach to Mental health issues in general.
1.8. Chazara: Making Tu Bi'Shevat Relevant
Analyzing the Shem Mi'Shmuel and using common midrashic ideas to understand Tu Bi'Shevat's relevance to our lives.
1.7. Chazara: Davening Later on Shabbos Morning: How did this become the way we do it?
Ever wonder why in so many shuls across the world who daven early every day of the week they daven later on shabbos morning? In this class we will trace the source of this practice and try to understand its benefits and limitations.
1.6. Chazara: Burial in Israel
What are the reasons so many people want to be buried in Israel?
Is there ever a reason to exhume and move a body? Who makes that call?
1.5. Chazara: Crockpots & Hatmanah
Is the modern crockpot an example of Hatmanah Bi'Miktzas (partial insulation) or not?
5.4. Kabalat Shabbat
Learn how to lead Kabalat Shabbat.
1.4. Chazara: The Locus of Lighting Chanuka Candles: Gavra Vs Bayit
We will discuss the two ways of looking at the Mitzvah of lighting Chanuka candles. Is it an obligation to create a spiritual space like Mezuza or is it an obligation on each individual to light candles.
1.3. Chazara: עיבוד באוכלין: Preparing Our Food Properly on Shabbos
Can you make Israeli Salad? Cucumber Salad? Ceviche? Why yes or why not?
1.2. Chazara: The Complicated Invite: Yom Tov Edition
On the books the Rabbis explain that we cannot invite non-Jews to Yom Tov meals. But is that always true? Let's take a look at the Sugya on Beitza 21b
1.1 Chazara: The Complicated Invite: Shabbos Edition
Three views on whether to invite a guest to shul or for a shabbos meal if they will drive as a result.
5.3 Anim Zemirot 2
Anim Zemirit to Uncle Moishe's Pizza Song
5.2 Anim Zemirot 1
Anim Zemirot: Classic tune
5.1 Shabbat Mussaf
If you ever wanted to learn to daven Mussaf this is the basic Nusach with a couple of tunes.
4.2. Who was Og?
You know the Midrashim. Let's try to understand why Hazal told Og's story the way they did. Make sure to have a Chumash available, seeing the textual parallels inside will be very helpful.
4.1. Who was Chur?
What happened to Chur? He appears out of no where and then we never hear about him again... A closer look at who he was may help us unravel the mystery.
3.10. Purim Special! Who was Charvona?
Who was Charvona and why do we also remember him favorably?
3.9. Who were Mishael and Eltzafan?
They are Moshe and Aaron's first cousins. They may be behind the scenes, but they may be some of the founding members of a very important group of volunteers. Can you guess what I'm referring to? If not take a few minutes and learn something new.
3.8. Who was Tziopra?
We know she is the daughter of Yitro and wife of Moshe, but what do we know about her?
3.7. Who was Hira, the friend of Yehuda?
He is lurking in the background of the Yehuda and Tamar story, but his role seems irrelevant. What do we learn from his inclusion in the text of the Torah?
3.6. Who was Yocheved?
We know she is the mother of Moshe, but by name she is only mentioned 2X in the Bible. Yet Hazal read her into as much as they can. We will try to understand what may be motivating them from the text and an overall view of Moshe.
3.5. Who was Shaul b. Shimon's Mother?
The Torah recounts the 70 souls going down to Egypt tribe by tribe. But for some reason Shaul is called Shaul b Hakenanis. Who is she? And why is she mentioned?
3.4. Who was Lemech?
A conversation in middle of a genealogy?! That breaks all of the rules. The range of views to explain this anomaly in Hazal, Rishonim and Achronim is quite broad.
3.3. Who were the Wives of Esav?
Yehudit, Basmat, Machala, Anah, Oholivama and Basmat the 2nd. 3,4,5 or 6?
What do we learn about Esav from his choice of wives?
3.2. Who was Elifaz?
He was the son of Esav and the father of Amaleik. Is he the link that can help us understand the Jewish relationship with Amaleik? Let's see how Hazal understood Elifaz.
3:1 Who was Timna?
She was from a family of Cheiftans and the mother of Amaleik. But what do we know about her? And how does it help us better understand Amaleik?
2.9. Who was Terach?
We all know Terach was the father of Avraham. We know many of the Midrashim that describe him as an idolater. But Hazal also see him as a convert to Avraham's cause. What we will attempt to do in this episode is understand where Hazal infer their fascinating backstory from.
2.8. Who was Idit?
Her name doesn't appear in the text of the Bible, but her story is one that I'm sure you know. Turn the name around in your head and see if it turns into something.
2.7. Who was Lot?
In this Episode we will delve into the character of Lot. We will focus on one of his character flaws and how it can be used as a foil for Avraham. You may know a little bit about Lot, but this might be an angle you've never heard before.
2.6. Who were Aner, Eshkol & Mamrei? (Mostly Mamrei)
These were the friends of Avraham. They were his Emorite compatriots and members of Avraham's Brit. But How do they help us better understand Avraham? What textual breadcrumbs do Hazal use to build their story?
2.5. Who was Nachor?
Who was this mystery brother of Avraham. He will be very important because of his grandchildren and great grandchildren... Is there anything we can learn from him?
2.4. Who was Haran?
We are going to be exploring the world of Avraham and all of the supporting characters that help us better understand the founder of Judaism. Go back to season 1 and listen to Nimrod as a part of the Avraham 360.
2.3. Who was Hanoch?
He was the son of Yered and father of Mtzushelach, but what do we know about him? He walked with God, but died young... how would you make sense of that? Here are the approaches in Hazal
2.2 Who were the Dud-Brothers: Eldud and Meidud?
Something happens in the camp and Yehoshua wants them silenced. What happened? And who are these two mystery characters?
2:1 Who was Osnat B. Poti Fera?
She Marries Yosef and mothers the final two tribes. Who was this mystery matriarch?
1:10 Who was Serach B. Asher?
We know she was Asher's daughter. Right...?
1:9 Who was the Mikalel (Spoilers: Dasan part II?)?
1:8 Who was Nimrod?
1:7 Who was Netanel B. Tzuar?
We know he is the Nasi on day two of the inauguration. Why is he so worthy? Or is he? Tune in to find out!