Monday, September 18, 2017

(42 minutes) Shmuel Becomes a Prophet, Rise of Shmuel Part 3

Shmuel Becomes a Prophet, Rise of Shmuel Part 3 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Trump)

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"Shmuel Alef perek 3. Text and reflections. Transition of prophecy from Eli to Shmuel."

Sunday, September 17, 2017

(53 minutes) Shoftim 14:5-18: Asked and Answered

Shoftim 14:5-18: Asked and Answered (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Shimshon's lion-killing feat, wedding feast and first riddle, and his Philistine wife's betrayal."

(56 minutes) Shoftim 14:1-5: Falling for the first Philistine

Shoftim 14:1-5: Falling for the first Philistine (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Conclusion of discussion regarding why Shimshon pursued the Philistine women, and whether they converted. Looking at the opening pesukim of the story; why did Gd concoct this plot?"

Monday, September 11, 2017

(34 minutes) Shoftim 14: Introduction

Shoftim 14: Introduction (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torcyzner)

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"Introducing the issue of Shimshon and the Plishti women. Was intermarriage with them prohibited? Why did Shimshon pursue them?"

(28 minutes) On Orators and Oratory

On Orators and Oratory (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Moshe Rabbenu uses the word "Hayom" over 70 times in his farewell speech. Although many of these occurrences are understood in situ, quite a few of them could be misleading and imply that the mores and rules that he is explicating are temporal. An investigation into the motivation of Moshe in this farewell speech is used to explain the power of this rhetorical flair - "Hayom""

(40 minutes) The "Unique" Ervah

The "Unique" Ervah (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The prohibition of having relations with father's wife is repeated in both Arayot collections (Vayyikra 18 and 20) as well as atop Har Eval (Dev. 27); it also appears among a series of prohibitions relating to sexual relations in Dev. 23:1 - but none of the Arayot are listed with it. An analysis of its unusual added mention in Ki-Tetze is presented, with the comments of the Rishonim. Utilizing the narrative of Beit David, a proposal is offered to explain its unique mention here and atop Eval."

(1 hour) Iyov (Job) 42:10-17: The End

Iyov (Job) 42:10-17: The End (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Iyov is "restored" - but what does that mean? And why are we told about the names of his daughters? And what has Iyov gained from this experience - does the ending validate the vision of Eliphaz, or demonstrate something deeper?"

(1 hour) Iyov (Job): 42:1-9: The Conclusion, Part 1

Iyov (Job): 42:1-9: The Conclusion, Part 1 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Iyov responds to Gd, apparently recanting. Gd rebukes the visitors for "speaking incorrectly about Gd", while calling Iyov His servant. Gd tells the visitors to ask Iyov to pray on their behalf, and to bring korbanot with them, and they do so."

Thursday, September 7, 2017

(1 hour) Iyov (Job) 40:25-41:26: The Leviathan

Iyov (Job) 40:25-41:26: The Leviathan (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Gd describes the mighty and uncontrollable Leviathan, demonstrating the gap between Iyov's world and that of the chaotic beasts. Iyov cannot understand that which is beyond his world."

(1 hour) Iyov (Job) 40:1-24: The Behemoth

Iyov (Job) 40:1-24: The Behemoth (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"What is the point of Gd's second speech to Iyov? And what is the significance of the two great beasts - Behemoth and Leviathan?"

Monday, September 4, 2017

(55 minutes) Iyov (Job): 38:39 - 39:40 - Gd's First Speech Concludes

Iyov (Job): 38:39 - 39:40 - Gd's First Speech Concludes (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Gd highlights the difference between Gd and Man by describing the difference between the world of humanity and the world of wild animals, and the role of Gd in the latter world. (Momentary pause partway through due to a battery change.)"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

(57 minutes) Iyov (Job) 38:3-38: Gd's First Speech, Part 1

Iyov (Job) 38:3-38: Gd's First Speech, Part 1 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"1. A re-cap and expansion upon the links between, and differences between, Iyov and Shir haShirim; 2. The first part of Gd's first speech to Iyov, emphasizing the different worlds in which Gd and Iyov operate."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

(47 minutes) Sanhedrin 30

Sanhedrin 30 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

(54 minutes) Iyov (Job) 38:1-3: Meet G-d

Iyov (Job) 38:1-3: Meet G-d (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Introducing Gd. The Book of Iyov as a twin of Shir haShirim, depicting a quasi-love relationship that encounters conflict, and a (doomed) search to restore the relationship."

(59 minutes) Iyov 36:9-37:24: Elihu's Conclusion

Iyov 36:9-37:24: Elihu's Conclusion (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Elihu's image of the awesome thunderstorm which can be either reward or punishment, and which accentuate's human ignorance."

Sunday, August 20, 2017

(55 minutes) Iyov (Job) 36:16-28: Suffering as Good; Introducing Wonder

Iyov (Job) 36:16-28: Suffering as Good; Introducing Wonder (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"Concluding Elihu's fourth theme, of suffering as a benefit; Starting Elihu's fifth (and last) theme, of wonder at Divine creation"

(53 minutes) Catching the Eclipse with the Torah Lens

Catching the Eclipse with the Torah Lens (yutorah.org: Rabbi Trump)

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"Appreciating the momentous total solar eclipse across America on August 21st 2017. We will learn about the mechanics, the philosophy and the perspective of the solar eclipse in preparation for it."