Thursday, November 16, 2017

(25 minutes) Shoftim 16:1-3: Adventure in Aza

Shoftim 16:1-3: Adventure in Aza (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"A zonah, an ambush and Shimshon's feat of great strength - what does it all mean?"

Monday, November 13, 2017

(35 minutes) Akedat Yitzhak: Grappling with the Challenge

Akedat Yitzhak: Grappling with the Challenge (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The culmination of Avraham's career is undoubtedly Akedat Yitzhak; this vital story raises numerous questions. Chief among them is the nature of a test given by God - to what end? We survey five different approaches which prove to be about 8 varied responses to this question."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

(41 minutes) Monarchies, Democracies and Socialism: What Did the Torah Prescribe? (Quest for the Crown Part 2)

Monarchies, Democracies and Socialism: What Did the Torah Prescribe? (Quest for the Crown Part 2) (yutorah.org: Rabbi Trump)

(33 minutes) Shoftim 15: Postscript: Betrayal / Servant of G-d

Shoftim 15: Postscript: Betrayal / Servant of G-d (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torcyzner)

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"Were the people of Yehudah right or wrong in handing Shimshon to the Plishtim? And was Shimshon truly a "servant of G-d" as he described himself?"

(54 minutes) Shoftim 15:9-20: War in Yehudah

Shoftim 15:9-20: War in Yehudah (yutorah.org: Rabbi Torczyner)

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"The Philistines come for Shimshon in Yehudah. The people of Yehudah cooperate with the Philistines. Shimshon miraculously defeats the Philistines with a donkey's jawbone, and then prays for - and receives - water. Shimshon judges for 20 years."

(47 minutes) Yoma Daf 28

Yoma Daf 28 (yutorah.org: Rabbi Wolf)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

(29 minutes) The String and the Shoe-Strap

The String and the Shoe-Strap (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"The enigmatic description of the meeting of kings in the aftermath of the war described in Beresheet 14 contains numerous unusual phrases. One of well-known opaque declarations is Avraham's unwillingness to take "from a string to a shoe-strap" from the king of Sodom. We examine this odd phrase, both in light of the various approaches of the Rishonim as well as Ancient Near East parallels and suggest a surprising significance to this oath and what it reflects about Avraham's stature."

(34 minutes) AYYEKAh?: MAN'S IDEAL LOCATION

AYYEKAh?: MAN'S IDEAL LOCATION (yutorah.org: Rabbi Etshalom)

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"Conventional wisdom holds that Man should ideally have lived life in the Garden, the idyllic place in which Man is at harmony with his environment. We generally assume that man and woman eating from the Tree of Knowledge was a sin and that the punishment was exile, hard work and the pain of childbirth. Yet, at no point in the text are the words "sin" "rebellion" "violation" nor "punishment" used. A broader look at the entire story in Beresheet suggests a different orientation in which life in the garden was intended to be temporary. In this shiur, a too-brief synopsis of a shiur given by R. Elhanan Samet in honor of Kovy Etshalom's Bar-Mitzvah in Alon Shvut (Shabbat Beresheet 5778), another perspective on Eden is suggested."