Gematria Refigured +
By Elie Feder
Gematria Refigured +Dec 01, 2023
The Rock on the Well
Rachel's Disgrace and Yosef's Name
Eisav: Two Approaches to Reconcile the Pshat and the Midrash
How did Yaakov Lie?
The Miracles of October 7
The Name Changes of Avraham, Sarah, Yaakov, and Yehoshua
A Pillar of Salt?
Hot Hands and Talking Birds
The Gemara in Gittin 45a tells a story involving the daughters of Rav Nachman stirring a hot pot with their bare hands, Rav Ilish listening to the messages of the birds, and other strange features. This episode analyzes this puzzling Gemara.
Taking Security in Hashem
Great is Peace
We also discussed implications for the value of peace nowadays given the disunity that existed before the Gaza attack.
What can YOU do about a national Tzara?
People wonder how they - as one individual - can do anything to help out the national Tzara. This episode discusses this issue and some ways we can respond in an eis tzara
Hashem’s “Anger” and Afflictions and its Relevance to our Eis Tzara
Some Thoughts about the Situation in Israel
This episode discusses some thoughts about the situation in Israel.
The Moon's Argument with Hashem
The Torah gives a seemingly contradictory description of the sun and moon that Hashem created. At first, it says "two great luminaries" and then "one great luminary...and one small luminary..." Rashi quotes the famous Midrash that Hashem originally made them equal in size until the moon complained, leading to Hashem making the moon smaller...This episode analyzes this strange midrashic story.
Wednesday is Bad Day and Eclipses are Bad Signs
This episode (a shiur from 2015) takes up the Rashis on Breishis 1:14 which say that Wednesday is a bad day and that eclipses are bad signs.
The Righteous Vegetation
Clouds or Huts?
Serving Hashem out of Love and Fear
Two Sides to Teshuva
Asking for Mechila
What is Kappara?
Some Thoughts on Rosh Hashana Tefillos
Torah Cosmology and Rosh Hashana
In Rosh Hashana davening, we mention that today is the day that the world was created. In RH 11a, the Gemara cites a machlokes whether this is, in fact, true: whether the world was created in Nisan or Tishrei. This episode analyzes this strange argument and addresses whether it contradicts modern cosmology.
Hashem “Returning” from Exile
The Curses, Shimon, and the Role of Drash
In this episode, we address these questions and discuss the role of Drash.
Bargaining with God
Amoni and Moavi vs Mitzri and Edomi
The Connection between False Weights and Amaleik
Hatov ve’hayashar: Rashi vs the Passuk
On the Morality of Avdus
With Your Own Eyes
In Devarim 11:2-9, Moshe tells the Jews that he’s not speaking with the generation who didn’t see what Hashem did to Mitzrayim… and many other miracles. Rather, he’s talking to those who saw these events with their own eyes.
This episode deals with the significance of this point. After all, who cares if they saw it with their own eyes or if they knew it from their parents’ eyewitness testimony (as we know it)?
Teach Your Children or Bury Them
Factors in Choosing a Profession #3
The Great Voice which would not Stop/Continue
Factors in Choosing a Profession #2
The Tremendous Burden on Jewish Judges
Factors in Choosing a Profession #1
The Fallen Angels of Canaan and Why Rashi Writes in Metaphors?
In Parshas Massei, Rashi (34:2) tells us that Hashem took the angels of the seven nations down from heaven, bound them up before Moshe, and said, "Look. They no longer have any strength." This episode (which was given on Zoom during Covid) analyzes this cryptic Rashi and, in doing so, discusses why Rashi writes in metaphors like this.
Is it good to eat or drink wine before learning?
The Apparent Contradiction in Moshe’s Motivation
Shiur in honor of the 10th Yahrtzeit of my mother AH, Shani Feder on Hakaras Hatov
This episode analyzes these moving words by probing the theme of Hakaras Hatov, gratitude.