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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The Three Preconditions to Spiritual Pleasures

The Torah has been described by many Jewish sources as a guide to accessing spiritual pleasure. While it is true that there are many laws that restrict pleasure, the net benefit of the Torah is that through it we can experience deeper and more sophisticated, spiritual pleasures. What is spiritual pleasure? What are the conditions needed to experience it? How does Torah and mitzvos unlock it?

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Excessive Schmoozing with Women (1:5)

In the fifth mishna we learn about the proper ways to interact with others, especially those less fortunate, in a pious and peril-free manner.

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Vayeitzei – Nation Building (Rebroadcast)

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

Jacob’s Dream – [0:00]
Jacob’s Ladder – [9:10]
Jacob’s Pledge compared to God’s Promise – [13:59]
On the Meaning of Stones in the Parsha; The Power of Inspiration – [19:00]
Jacob Meets Rachel – [22:54]
Seven Years in Exchange for Rachel’s Hand in Marriage– [33:57]
Laban’s Deception and the Dynamics of Jacob’s Relationships with his Wives – [38:12]
Rachel Bears Joseph – [46:47]
Jacob’s Flight – [50:42]

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Toldos – Bad Influences

Rebecca was surrounded by bad influences. Her father, brother and community were all sinners. How did she manage to not learn from their ways and what can we learn from this?

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Ep. 42: Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Part Two: The Mussar Ideology)

The burgeoning yeshiva movement today, and indeed the fact that yeshivos did not go extinct a century ago, is due to Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, known the world over as the Alter of Slabodka, more than any one person. He was the first to combine two of the greatest movements of the 19th century into one, formidable, potent, and unstoppable force, when he opened the first Mussar yeshiva, thereby marrying the modern yeshiva framework of Volozhin with the powerful Mussar movement of Reb Yisrael Salanter. This is part two which will focus primarily on his pedagogical methodologies and how he succeeded in molding such illustrious disciples.

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This podcast is Is sponsored by Josh Blackman in honor of his parents, Iris Hershenson and Jaimie Blackman

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Godly Intellect (1:4)

In the fourth mishna of Pirkei Avos, our sages offer three steps to accessing Torah. In our deconstruction of this teaching we learn about the nature of Torah and the unusual ways that we access it.

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Toldos – Intrauterine Cosmic Struggle (Rebroadcast)

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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Chayei Sarah – The Best Kind of Kindness

In Parshas Chayei Sarah, Eliezer devises a test to determine the suitability of a prospective spouse for Isaac that teaches us about marital compatibility and about a special kind of kindness.

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Ep. 41: Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (Part One: The Slabodka Revolution)

Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, known the world over as the Alter of Slabodka, was and is the greatest builder of Torah of the last several centuries. The burgeoning yeshiva movement today, and indeed the fact that yeshivos did not go extinct a century ago, is due to him more than any one person. He was the first to combine two of the greatest movements of the 19th century into one, formidable, potent, and unstoppable force, when he opened the first Mussar yeshiva, thereby marrying the modern yeshiva framework of Volozhin with the powerful Mussar movement of Reb Yisrael Salanter. This is part one which will focus primarily on the path that he took to building his eponymous yeshiva in Slabodka.

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This podcast is dedicated in honor of Jeffrey and Beth Yarus.

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TORAH 101 – An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah: iOSAndroidStitcher;

Eternal Ethics – Drawing Powerful Lessons from Pirkei Avos: iOSAndroidStitcher.