Bo – Ramban’s Critical Comment

In Parshas Bo the Exodus reaches its climax with the final 3 of the Ten Plagues. The Exodus is much more than being freed from slavery, it is the founding of the nation and the building of the spiritual makeup of the people. In this podcast we go through a critical comment from the Ramban who puts all the pieces together in a beautiful way.

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How to be a Peacemaker (1:11-12)

One of the great legendary figures in Jewish history, Hillel, instructs us to follow the ways of Aaron: To love peace and to pursue it, and to love people and bring them near to Torah.

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Bo – Climactic Exodus (Rebroadcast)

The Ten Plagues reach their crescendo in Parshas Bo. After Pharaoh’s repeated intransigence, he undergoes a series of humbling miraculous plagues that prompt him to evict the Jews from his land.

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Vaeira – Tangible Fear of God

Before the seventh and final plague of the parsha, Moshe warns the Egyptians about the forthcoming hail of fire-and-ice. Some of the Egyptians prudently move all their possessions to safety, while others leave them out. The Torah’s labeling of these people and their choices provide us with valuable lessons.

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The Two Elements of Leadership (1:10)

In the tenth Mishna, the leader of the Jews Shemayah, a descendent of the Assyrian king Sanchereb, teaches us about the work, leadership and politicians.

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Vaeira – Educational Plagues (Rebroadcast)

In Parshas Vaeira we see the humbling of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. We learn about the first seven of the Ten Plagues and their purpose and significance. More broadly, we delve into the objective of the Exodus at large.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Introduction to the Plagues and Exodus: The various Names of God, Lineage of Moshe and Aaron – [0:00];
Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart and begining of Plagues – [13:27];
An Egyptian Response to Miracles; More Plagues – [26:27];
Frogs and Lice; The Egyptian Obsession with Sorcery; Microtargeting of Plagues; rest of Plagues – [35:38];

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Harrisburg Trip

On Monday, December 24, I flew to Harrisburg, PA, for a two-day, three-lecture visit to the warm and welcoming Jewish community there.

The Flyer for the events

The Flyer for the events


The first speech was hosted by the Stein family in their home on Sunday afternoon. The link to this talk can be found here: http://rabbiwolbe.com/vayechi-spiritual-diagnostician-recorded-live-in-harrisburg-pa/

Part of the ooverflow crowd at the Stein home

Part of the overflow crowd at the Stein home

The second talk immediately followed in Kesher Israel Congregation, a shul that was led by the legendary Rabbi Eliezer Silver, and is now headed by Rabbi Elisha Friedman. The subject was Mussar Masters During the Holocaust: Portraits of Valor, Faith, and Martyrdom, the weightiness of which was offset by Chinese food imported from Baltimore. The audio of that lecture can be found here: http://rabbiwolbe.com/mussar-masters-during-the-holocaust-portraits-of-valor-faith-and-martyrdom-recorded-live-in-harrisburg-pa/

During the talk on Mussar Masters during the Holocaust at Kesher Israel

During the talk on Mussar Masters during the Holocaust at Kesher Israel

I delivered the third speech on Monday morning in the JCC of Greater Harrisburg on the history of Jerusalem. That talk can be found here: http://rabbiwolbe.com/ep-44-jerusalem-a-history-of-the-holy-city-from-the-bible-to-bibi/.

A History of Jerusalem at the Harrisburg JCC

A History of Jerusalem at the Harrisburg JCC

After that speech, I had just enough time to get a a tour of the Pennsylvania State Capitol before the return flight to Houston.

Thank you Ari Huberman for initiating my visit, coordinating all the details, and for graciously hosting me in your home. It was so nice to get to know you and your lovely family. Thank you David Borowsky and all my new Harrisburg friends for making my trip so wonderful and memorable.

With Ari and his beautiful daughter

With Ari and his beautiful daughter Hadar

With Ari and David at the Pennsylvania State Capitol

With Ari and David at the Pennsylvania State Capitol

 

 

Mussar Masters During the Holocaust: Portraits of Valor, Faith, and Martyrdom (Recorded Live in Harrisburg, PA)

Mussar is the tool that we can use to integrate Torah into ourselves and change our character. A Mussar master is someone who is spiritually alive. In this special lecture, we try to tell a story of how Mussar masters operated during the inferno that engulfed European Jewry during the Holocaust. By recounting the heroic actions of these giants we can learn valuable lessons for our own spiritual lives.

*This lecture was recorded live in Harrisburg, PA as part of a three-lecture visit to the capital of Pennsylvania.

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Ep. 44: Jerusalem: A History of the Holy City from the Bible to Bibi

The ancient and historic city of Jerusalem is the most contested piece of real estate on the planet. For Jews, it is the center of the world; it is the hallowed grounds upon which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob treaded and prayed; it was the site of the two Temples, and of the long-awaited third Temple. In this podcast, we outline the Jewish people’s religious and theological connections to Jerusalem and trace the millenia-long history of the holy city.

This lecture was recorded live in Harrisburg, PA as part of a three-lecture visit to the capital of Pennsylvania.

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Shemos – The Iron Crucible (Rebroadcast)

The book of Exodus begins with the enslavement of the Jewish people in Egypt. Interestingly, when Abraham was selected to be the father of the Chosen People he was informed that his descendents will be subject to severe national suffering in a foreign land.Seemingly, the enslavement was an ideal, and necessary, component of becoming God’s people.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Pharaoh enslaves the Jews , theme of the Jews enslavement, the horrors of infanticide – [0:00];
Birth of Moshe, He is put into a floating box in the Nile, Is adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter – [16:50];
Introduction to Moshe’s character – [36:04];
The Burning Bush Prophecy, Weeklong Dialogue with God, back story of the staff – [35:36];
Moshe and Aaron Meet Pharaoh, things get worse – [53:32];

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