Conflicted Man: How Esau Sought Sin in Utero and what it means for our Pursuit of Righteousness

We attempt to unravel a famous philosophical paradox: The Talmud teaches that a child only receives a yetzer ra at birth, yet Esav was pining for idolatry while in utero. How does that work and what does it mean for our pursuit of righteousness?

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#6: Incontrovertible Evidence to the Divinity of the Torah

We explore the intricate interrelationship between written and oral Torah and determine that the creation of such a labyrinthine tapestry is beyond the capacity to man.
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Ep. 10: Great Jewish Personalities: Hillel

Hillel the Elder was a transcendental Jewish figure whose name and influence towers above Jewish life until this day. In this podcast we explore the remarkable life, visionary leadership and legendary personal piety of this great man.

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This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX. Please visit torchweb.org for program details and to make a donation.

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Toldos – Intrauterine Cosmic Struggle

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

Praying As Response to Infertility – [0:00]
God Answers Isaac’s Prayer – [4:52]
Jacob and Esau intrauterine Struggling; Esau Pining for Idolatry; The Cosmic Struggle between the Two Worlds – [10:16]
Jacob Seizing the Ankle of Esau and their Childhood; Isaac’s Love of Esau – [30:06]
The Sale of the Birthright – [37:56]
Isaac in the Prism of Abraham – [47:22]
Jacob Usurping the Blessings – [56:30]

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Why God Told Abraham to Slaughter Isaac

Abraham is presented in different lights throughout Jewish literature. Traditionally, he is the founder of monotheism and the father of the religions that espouse it. The Torah presents him not as a figure of faith but as a paragon of kindness. Paradoxically, Abraham acts in a supremely unkind fashion by banishing Ishmael and attempting filicide in the binding of Isaac episode. To complicate matters further, the Talmud makes several seemingly incomprehensible statements regarding Abraham’s scholarship. In this podcast we enumerate six core questions about Abraham and build a character profile of his greatness that answers all the questions.

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Ep. 9: Great Jewish Personalities: Rabbi Judah the Prince

The impact that Rabbi Judah the Prince had on Jewish life was so vast that he is referred to in the Talmud as simply “Rabbi”. In this podcast we explore the remarkable life and accomplishments of this great man.

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#5: An Unprecedented Eternal Nation

We explore some predictions in the Torah that have come true and ponder how a human author could have known the future.
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Chayei Sara – Unselfish Spouses

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

The Death, Bereavment and  Burial of Sarah – [0:00]
The Cave of the Machpelah – [14:23]
Eliezer’s Oath, Eligibility Test for a prospective Spouse for Isaac– [23:26]
Eliezer’s Encounter with Lavan and Rebecca’s family and the Corruptive Forces of Bias – [39:11]
The Shelf Life of Inspiration – [54:56]
Isaac and Rebecca’s Marriage and Love – [58:37]
The Death and Burial of Abraham – [1:05:11]
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Ep. 8: Great Jewish Personalities: Rabbi Meir

Rabbi Meir was a foundational scholar of the Mishnaic era. In fact, an unattributed mishna are his teachings and he is the third most oft-cited rabbi in the Talmud. In this podcast we explore the remarkable and tragic life story of this great man.

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This podcast was recorded live at the TORCH Centre in Houston, TX. Please visit torcweb.org for program details and to make a donation.

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