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Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

19 Adar 5777 – March 16, 2017
In this video, Rabbi Fohrman focuses on a bizarre question that Moshe asks God, "Why God, should you be angry at your people?" and reminds us that God and the nation of Israel are attached by destiny

Mishpatim: Female Servitude…Wait, WHAT?

27 Shevat 5777 – February 23, 2017
In this video, Rabbi Fohrman shows us that the Torah argues that to create a better society, we must be proactive about addressing social and economic inequality.

AlephBeta: Yitro: The Marriage of God and Israel

20 Shevat 5777 – February 16, 2017
Parshat Yitro contains the most important piece in the narrative of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, when the nation and God are 'married.

AlephBeta: Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

13 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
After Israel sings a song of thanksgiving, curiously, Miriam then leads the women of the nation in a second song. Why?

Bo: Did God Really Need Ten Plagues?

7 Shevat 5777 – February 2, 2017
In this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman explores the 7th, the transitional, plague and argues that God played off of Pharaoh's ego to show Pharaoh, Egypt and the people of Israel only God is all-powerful

Va’era: Did God Take Away Pharaoh’s Free Will?

29 Tevet 5777 – January 26, 2017
According to the simple meaning of the text, it seems God took Pharaoh's free will. Rabbi Fohrman argues that the precise language-- kaved/chazek--shows that God DID allow Pharaoh to pursue his vision

Shmot: If Midrash is Real, Why Isn’t It Peshat?

22 Tevet 5777 – January 19, 2017
Rabbi Fohrman discusses the medrash and suggests we put ourselves into the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter to help us see that when we want to achieve something, God will help us find a way to do it.

Vayechi: Who is Joseph’s Real Father?

14 Tevet 5777 – January 12, 2017
In this video, the last of the book of Genesis, Rabbi Fohrman explores Joseph's tension between his commitments to Jacob and Pharaoh, and the meaning of his choice to bury Jacob in Canaan.

Vayigash: The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

7 Tevet 5777 – January 5, 2017
In this week's parsha, Judah offers to sacrifice himself instead of Benjamin, because Jacob's soul is bound up in the soul of Benjamin. Where do we see the same language used centuries later?

AlephBeta: Parshat Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?

1 Tevet 5777 – December 29, 2016
Rabbi Fohrman will help us look at the story through Joseph's eyes, and explore the possibility that Joseph assumed his father was in on the plot, explaining why he never wrote home.

Vayeishev: Who Really Sold Joseph?

23 Kislev 5777 – December 22, 2016
This week's parsha course unravels the sale of Joseph and discusses the implications "blame." Where does responsibility begin? And most importantly, how do I make moral decisions?

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity

16 Kislev 5777 – December 16, 2016
How do we reconcile Jacob's behavior, tricking his brother and lying to his father, with our vision of Yaakov as an ish emet, a man of truth?

Aleph Beta: Lech Lecha: Was Abraham The First Wandering Jew?

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?

The Parsha Experiment – Ha’azinu-V’Zot Habracha: The Inspiring Conclusion To The Torah – Part...

11 Tishri 5777 – October 13, 2016
In this week's video, we close the entire Torah, and we ask ourselves, what lessons can we learn today? How can we be inspired by the Torah's messages, and fulfill our destiny as a people?

The Parsha Experiment – Nitzavim: How To Make Sense Of The Terrible Curses II

27 Elul 5776 – September 30, 2016
To understand God's curses at the end of the Torah, we have to follow a trail all the way back, to Creation, and the Garden of Eden

The Parsha Experiment – Ki Tavo: How To Make Sense Of The Terrible Curses

19 Elul 5776 – September 22, 2016
Ki Tavo is so difficult to read; how could Hashem be so cruel to us? Join us as we grapple with the incredibly difficult curses of this week's parsha

The Parsha Experiment – Ki Teitzei

12 Elul 5776 – September 15, 2016
Though related to the 10 commandments, what is the larger message that this list of laws in parsha Ki Teitzei is coming to teach us?

The Parsha Experiment – Shoftim: Is This Just A Boring Parsha?

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
If the entire book of Deuteronomy is supposed to be Moshe's rousing speech before the nation enters Israel, how can we understand the mundane text of Parshat Shoftim?

Torah Cafe: The Parsha Experiment – Eikev: Appreciating Our Creators

22 Av 5776 – August 25, 2016
Is it possible God afflicted the nation of Israel through the past 40 years of the desert, withholding food and water from them...on purpose? How can we have a relationship with a God like that?

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