Ethical Judicial Conduct (1:8-1:9)

In the Second Century before the Common Era, the Jewish world was in an upheaval due largely to various splinter sects, such as the Sadducees and Boethusians, causing internal conflict and confusion among the nation. The two great leaders of the Jews at the time had many challenges on their hands. In this podcast we tell some of the stories about R’ Yehudah Ben Tabbai and R’ Shimon Ben Shetach and speculate how their experiences informed their teachings in Pirkei Avos.

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The Eternal Consequences of Actions

In the span of one parsha, Reuben makes a grave blunder while Joseph avoids one. In their analysis of these two episodes, our Sages provide us with a powerful tool to ensure that our own actions are righteous and just and as accurate as possible.

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Mikeitz – From Prisoner to Viceroy (Rebroadcast)

Parshas Mikeitz tells the dramatic transformation of Joseph from lowly prisoner to exalted viceroy of Egypt, his oversight of Egyptian preparation for famine and how he related to his brothers who sought grain.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Joseph’s Ascension to grandeur – [0:00];
Joseph’s Suggestion: Seek a wise person – [10:08];
Joseph enshrined as viceroy, implements his plan and has a family– [19:55];
Joseph as Leader; Forced Circumcisions – [29:06];
Jacob Sends Sons to Procure Provisions; Brothers dont Recognize him; Joseph plays games with them – [33:13];
Joseph’s Ruses – [43:12];

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Vayeishev – Death by Unnatural Means

In Parshas Vayeishev, the conflict between Joseph and his brothers reaches the tipping point when they plot to kill him. In the end, Reuben saves Joseph by successfully lobbying that he be thrown into a pit full of dangerous animals. Why did the brothers want to kill Joseph, how did Reuben convince them not to, and what can we learn from this imbroglio?

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Avoiding Bad Neighbors (1:7)

In the previous mishna we are instructed how to choose positive influences, in this one we are warned of the perils of bad friends and bad neighbors.

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Vayeishev – Strange Paths to Redemption (Rebroadcast)

Parshas Vayeishev marks the dramatic descent of Joseph, from Jacob’s favorite son to alleged attempted rapist languishing in an Egyptian prison. In retrospect, this Parsha tells the beginning of the founding of the Jewish nation and the back story to the nation’s most prestigious family.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Jacob’s Favoritism towards Joseph – [0:00];
Joseph’s Dreams of Grandeur and the Prophecy in Dreams – [6:09];
Jacob’s Response to Joseph’s dreams – [16:55];
The Brothers Betray Joseph – [18:52];
Reuben and Judah try to save Joseph – [27:20];
Joseph’s Descent into Egypt; Judah is Demoted; the Episode of Judah and Tamar – [31:00];
Joseph in Egypt; His Resistance to Sin – [49:42];
Joseph is Framed and Imprisoned – [55:33];
Joseph Relies on the Cupbearer  – [1:01:22].

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Vayishlach – Your Money or Your Life

In our parsha, Jacob was stranded alone and partook in a fight to the death with the angel of Esau for an entire night. Quoting the Talmud, Rashi reveals that the reason why Jacob was alone was that he went to retrieve a few small jugs. The Talmud continues that from this episode we see that the righteous value their money more than their bodies because they don’t steal. In this podcast we address the three obvious questions about this Talmud:

  1. What does it mean that they love their money? Is not money a material thing that distracts from the spiritual goals in life?
  2. Also, is it possible that he loved it more than his body?
  3. And what does it mean that they do so because they don’t steal?

חולין צא א – ויותר יעקב לבדו אמר רבי אלעזר שנשתייר על פכין קטנים מכאן לצדיקים שחביב עליהם ממונם יותר מגופם וכל כך למה לפי שאין פושטין ידיהן בגזל

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Selecting Mentors (1:6)

In the 6th mishna of Pirkei Avos, we learn about the importance of having good mentors and friends, and the prerequisites to make such relationships work.

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Vayishlach – Twin Tussles (Rebroadcast)

Telling the story of this week’s parsha while gleaning insights and lessons from it. The topics discussed in this episode:

Jacob’s Preparation for the Encounter with Esau – [0:00]
Jacob’s Fears: Of Loss of Merits, Of Esau and Of Esau’s “Brotherly Love” – [9:09]
The Bribe – [13:29]
Jacob Hid Dina to Shield her from Esau – [16:06]
Jacob’s night-long Struggle with the Angel, Dislocated his Hip and the Mitzvah of the Gid Hanasheh – [21:13]
Jacob is Renamed as Israel – [29:57]
The Encounter with Esau – [39:42]
The Episode of Dina – [49:04]
The Death of Rebecca  – [59:24]
The Episode of Reuben and Bilhah – [1:02:24]

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Vayeitzei – Manipulating Willpower

In our parsha, Jacob and his wives are faced with a very difficult test, and the Torah describes a very unique approach that they used when confronting the dilemma. In this podcast, we will deconstruct their methodology and draw from it a valuable principle that can help us in our challenges today.

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