Category Archives: Parsha

Bo – Ramban’s Critical Comment

In Parshas Bo the Exodus reaches its climax with the final 3 of the Ten Plagues. The Exodus is much more than being freed from slavery, it is the founding of the nation and the building of the spiritual makeup of the people. In this podcast we go through a critical comment from the Ramban who puts all the pieces together in a beautiful way.

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Bo – Climactic Exodus (Rebroadcast)

The Ten Plagues reach their crescendo in Parshas Bo. After Pharaoh’s repeated intransigence, he undergoes a series of humbling miraculous plagues that prompt him to evict the Jews from his land.

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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Vaeira – Tangible Fear of God

Before the seventh and final plague of the parsha, Moshe warns the Egyptians about the forthcoming hail of fire-and-ice. Some of the Egyptians prudently move all their possessions to safety, while others leave them out. The Torah’s labeling of these people and their choices provide us with valuable lessons.

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Vaeira – Educational Plagues (Rebroadcast)

In Parshas Vaeira we see the humbling of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. We learn about the first seven of the Ten Plagues and their purpose and significance. More broadly, we delve into the objective of the Exodus at large.

The topics discussed in this episode:
Introduction to the Plagues and Exodus: The various Names of God, Lineage of Moshe and Aaron – [0:00];
Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart and begining of Plagues – [13:27];
An Egyptian Response to Miracles; More Plagues – [26:27];
Frogs and Lice; The Egyptian Obsession with Sorcery; Microtargeting of Plagues; rest of Plagues – [35:38];

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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Shemos – The Iron Crucible (Rebroadcast)

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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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Vayechi – Spiritual Diagnostician (Recorded Live in Harrisburg, PA)

In his last act, Jacob gathers his sons and offers each of the twelve a blessing. To us, however, it does not seem that the first three received a blessing at all. Reuben was castigated for being impetuous and consequently he was stripped of his role as king and priest, and Simon and Levi were reprimanded as using the stolen craft of violence from Esau and punished by being scattered among the nations. In answering these questions we can learn a vital Mussar lesson that can guide our spiritual journey.

This lecture was recorded live in Harrisburg, PA as part of a three-lecture visit to the capital of Pennsylvania.

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Vayechi – Deathbed Priorities (Rebroadcast)

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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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Vayigash – The Chariot of God

This week’s parsha recounts the tale of how after decades of separation, Jacob is finally reunited with Joseph. But when they finally meet something odd happens. While Joseph responds to the moment emotionally, by falling on his father’s shoulder and weeping, Jacob is stoic. Our sages tell us that he was reciting the Shema prayer at that time. Why was only Jacob reciting the Shema and what does it tell us about him and about the Shema?

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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Vayigash – A Family Descends (Rebroadcast)

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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TORAH 101 – A Podcast about the Divinity of Torah and the relationship between the Written and Oral Torah: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher;

Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe: Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.

Candles lit for the eighth night of Hanukkah

Chanukah – Small Miracles

When reading about the story and the miracles of Chanukah, the most prominent and memorable one seems to be the military victory of a small ragtag guerrilla army over the mighty Greeks. Yet the mitzvah commemorating the events revolves around the miracle of the oil, a seemingly insignificant miracle in comparison. In this podcast, we offer 3 explanations as to why that is the case, and use them to deepen our understanding of the holiday and its meaning.

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Eternal Ethics – The Pirkei Avos Podcast by Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe : Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher.