Ep. 4: Violence, Vicissitudes and Valiancy: Jewish History in Medieval Times

The Medieval period would bring enormous changes to the Jewish communities worldwide. It was an era marked by tremendous scholarship and advancement of Torah. Some of the greatest leaders and luminaries that the Jews have ever seen – such as Maimonides and Rashi – make their appearance during this time. But it is also a period that saw overwhelming and brutal antisemitism on a scale never seen before. We learn about the blood libels, pogroms, Crusades and Inquisition that befell upon the Jews and we also follow the Jews in exile and expulsion.

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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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Can Reliance on God Pay the Bills?

We believe that God is in total control of everything. Can we rely upon Him to feed our family? Would that be considered negligence? What are the parameters of faith and reliance on God vs. personal responsibility?

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This podcast was recorded live at the Kollel of Houston Torah Center. Please visit torcweb.org for program details and to make a donation.

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English Source Sheet: canhashgachapratispaythebills-sourcesenglish

Hebrew Source Sheet: can-reliance-on-god-pay-the-bills-hebrew-source-sheet-docx

The Ten Commandments of Parenting for Contemporary Parents

Parenting is the most rewarding – and difficult – job we will ever have. Thankfully the Torah teaches us how to be effective parents. Listen and learn the top ten critical elements of successful pedagogy.

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This podcast was recorded live at the Temple Beth Torah in Humble, TX. Please visit torcweb.org for program details and to make a donation.

If you enjoy this podcast please subscribe and check out my other podcast – The Jewish History Podcast – telling the remarkable story of the Jewish People.

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Ep. 3: Rabbis, Renaissance and Reclamation: Jewish History of the Mishnaic and Talmudic Eras

Our story begins with a battered and depressed nation in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy Temple. They experienced tragedy and devastation on a scale never seen before. Immediately after the destruction the process of rebuilding began. There were several key shifts that dramatically altered Jewish life for the better and laid the groundwork for the rebuilding of the nation from the depths of despair.

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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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Journey to Eternity: The Surprising Truth about What Happens After You Die

Death is a future that we all share. What happens after someone dies depends on the life they lived. If they were righteous they merit entry to Olam Haba. When is Olam Haba and how is it related to the resurrection of the dead? What is the link between this world and the next one? Listen to learn why dwelling on our own demise and its aftermath can help us live a more meaningful life.

Source Sheet: Journey to Eternity Source Sheet

5 Paths to Perfection (Pirkei Avos 2:9)

Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai tasked his five students with an interesting mission. He instructed them to go and find which path should a person cling to. They went and researched and returned, each with a different formula. What exactly is the goal of such an experiment? What does an evil eye mean and how does it affect our lives? Join us as we explore this wide ranging and fascinating mishna with poignant lessons that are relevant to us.

Documents mentioned in lecture:

Torah Pyramid

Chain of Transmission

Introduction to Self

Who are you? That unusual question is an example of what we ought to be asking ourselves if we seek character perfection and ethical refinement, says Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Ramchal) in his short book “derech eitz chaim”. The truth is that it is a bit more difficult to answer than we would imagine. But if we do not know what we are how can we attempt to construct a plan to achieve that perfection. In this podcast we examine the building blocks of man and build a model of a life tailored for that.

Ep. 2: Homeland, Hegemony and Hostility: Jewish History from Joshua to the (Second) Downfall of Jerusalem

The Torah end with the death of Moshe. The greatest human and leader of all time is no longer there to lead them. How will the Jews fare in his absence? In this expansive episode of The Jewish History Podcast with Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe we tell the story and lessons of Jewish history from the conquest of Israel (Canaan) under Joshua beginning in 1272 B.C.E until the Roman decimation of Judea in 70 C.E. Over these 1400 years we meet great visionary Jewish leaders as the prophet Samuel, King David and Ezra the Scribe who made pivotal decisions to ensure the survival and thriving of the nation; we recall the life and feats of great heroes as Samson the Mighty, Queen Esther and Judah Maccabee; and celebrate great national accomplishments and pinnacles as the building of the Temples in Jerusalem, the miraculous redemption from Haman’s evil plots in the events that led to the Purim holiday and the defeat of the Assyrian Greeks during the Hasmonean rebellion. While this period had many tremendous national highs, it also had its share of tragedies, disappointments and friction with the other nations, which we discuss in detail. Throughout it all we continually draw the timeless lessons of history to make certain that we do not repeat those mistakes in our time and with our challenges.

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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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Three Paths to Eternity: How Mitzvahs Bring us to Olam Haba

Jewish sources are unanimous: by observing the mitzvahs a Jew merit entry to Olam Haba. Less clear is how exactly that works. In this podcast we explore the three different approaches outlined in various sources in Jewish writings.

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