Deconstructing the Greatest Man Ever: A Character Analysis of Moshe

Moshe was the humblest man ever, the greatest prophet of all time, and the only documented person to time-travel. In this episode, we gather many teachings regarding Moshe and construct a comprehensive framework to understand his character, greatness and accoomplishments.

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Ep. 16: The Dead Sea Scrolls: Their Story and Significance

The most significant archaeological find of the 20th century, and arguably of all-time, was made in Israel, in 1947. Discovered accidentally by a Bedouin shepherd in caves overlooking the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea Scrolls, as they became known, consists of tens of thousands of 2,000 year old scrolls and scroll fragments. This treasure trove of documents have captivated the minds and imaginations of professional and amateur biblical archaeologists ever since. In this podcast we tell the story and mull the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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Shemos – The Iron Crucible

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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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Vanquishing the Villain Part 2: Spiritual Antibiotics: How Torah Protects and Saves

The Talmud (Brachos 5a) delineates 4 methods to eliminate the greatest threat to our life, the Yetzer Ra. In this podcast, we examine and explore the second approach, that Torah study protects and shields from sin.

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Ep. 15: Heresy, Hedonism and Hatred: The Rise of The Sadducees

The Sadducees were a sect of Jews that splintered away from the mainstream during the 2nd Century BC. They are erroneously portrayed as conscientious opposers to a rabbinical overreach by the Sages. In truth, their heresy was not ideological. In this podcast we dive deep into the roots of this movement, its core principles and detail the devastation that they left in their wake.

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Podcast Links Android:

This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Vayechi – Deathbed Priorities

Parshas Vayrchi is oriented around the illness and death of Jacob. The Jewish family is growing and establishing roots in Egypt. Their spiritual leader and guide is going to pass, and they will ease into Egyptian life, culminating in their eventual enslavement. In his waning moments, Jacob gathers his children, blesses them, and provides them with insight that will illuminate their lives in the darkness to come.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Why there is no break between Vayigash and Vayechi – [0:00];
Jacob’s Request from Joseph – [8:30];
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Menasheh – [27:07];
Jacob’s Blesses his Children– [35:36];
Joseph Asks Pharaoh for permission to bury Jacob in Canaan – [54:27];
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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Vanquishing the Villain Part 1: Agitating the Yetzer Ra with the Yetzer Tov

We have previously seen (HERE and HERE) what the Yetzer Ra is and how to combat it. In this podcast, we will learn about the four methods to not only combat it but to defeat it entirely.

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
The Jewish History Podcast – Telling the Remarkable story of the Jewish People;
The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

#11: Lost in Transmission: What Happens When Errors Occur in Oral Torah

The Jewish nation is entrusted with the task of preserving and perpetuating the Torah mistake-free. We have previously seen the vast ordinances in place to prevent errors. Yet humans are fallible and mistakes happen. What happens if/when things go awry?

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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The Parsha Podcast – A Weekly Analysis and Exploration of the Parsha;
TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah

Ep. 14: Dialogue, Discourse and Disputation: When Rabbis and Romans Debate

The multi-century Roman occupation of Judah spurred much intercourse between the Jews and their overlords. One particular arena of interactions was in the realm of theological and philosophical discourse. The Romans were enamored with the Jewish religion and core beliefs and frequently peppered the great rabbis with questions. They also instituted public academies of interreligious polemics. In this podcast we learn the surprising attitude that the scholars had regarding disputation and sample some fascinating debates of yore.
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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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Vayigash – A Family Descends

Parshas Vayigash begins with Joseph’s dramatic revelation to his brothers and ends with the descent of Jacob and his descendents to Egypt, where they will spend the next several hundred years burgeoning into a great nation.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Joseph reveals his True Identity – [0:00];
The Brothers Silence in the Face of Truth – [5:30];
Jacob is Rejuvenated with the Knowledge that Joseph is still Alive; Has Nighttime Prophecy– [16:31];
70 Descendents; Remedy Precedes Wound – [24:05];
Jacob and Joseph Reunite – [32:36];
Jacob and Pharaoh’s Conversation; Joseph’s Dedication to Task – [38:24];
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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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This Jewish Life – In-Depth Analysis into Critical Torah Topics;
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