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

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.

Aleph Beta: V’Zot Habracha: Moses’ Farewell To Israel, Part 3/3

Are we, through our prayers, able to convince God to change the course of history?

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

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

Bo: Did God Really Need Ten Plagues?

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

Aleph Beta: Shoftim: The Significance of Saving Private Ryan‏

On the eve of battle, 4 groups can leave. Who are the 4 & what does it mean "allowed to go home"?

Matot: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic?

The Torah is a book of great drama, why does the narrative ends with a seemingly-unnecessary story about a random conquest of some towns?

Vayikra: Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman contrasts the Torah's perspective of power and justice to the philosophy of Richard Nixon's famous line - "When the president does it, it is not illegal."

Ki Tisa: Moshe’s Benevolent Chutzpah

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

Aleph Beta: Matot-Masei: The Art of Negotiation‏

Analyzing the request to live on Jordan's other side to understand true communication: Trust&Respect

Acharei Mot: How Do Yom Kippur Rituals Save Us From Sins?

The weird rituals of Yom Kippur sound magical… and irrational. How do they grant forgiveness for our sins?

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

After Israel sings a song of thanksgiving, curiously, Miriam then leads the women of the nation in a second song. Why?

Metzora: What Do Tumah and Tahara Mean Today? Part II

This week, in Metzora, we'll dive a little deeper to find the meaning embedded in the strange rituals of becoming tahor, ritually pure.

Bamidbar: How Can We Transmit God’s Values?

Bamidbar should open with the stories of the desert, right? Evidently not. Why?

Parshat Naso: A Guide For…Parenting?

Is parsha Naso teaching us how we should treat our children?

Chayei Sarah: Eliezer and Samuel’s Surprising Connection‏

What is the surprising connection‏ between Eliezer and Samuel? Find out with Rabbi David Fohrman

Aleph Beta: Bereishit: Is The Torah One Big Story? – The Parsha Experiment

Truly understanding the hidden meaning in Parshat Bereishit will provide insight to the entire Torah

Aleph Beta: Vayeitzei: To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question‏

What is the Bible trying to teach us with this focus on Jacob and the theme of deception?

Aleph Beta: Toldot: All’s Well That Ends Well‏

In the tales of Isaac one thing becomes apparent: He's rarely the main character in his own stories!

Aleph Beta: Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence‏

In this week's parsha, what do we learn about the intense power Abraham had to influence others?

Aleph Beta: Shmot: Does God Really “Love” Us?‏

Rabbi Fohrman explores a midrash about God's names in this week's parsha

BEHA’ALOTECHA: Can I Be Vulnerable with G-d?

How can we understand, and relate, to the Children of Israel, a seemingly ungrateful, chutzpadik nation as it crosses the desert?

Aleph Beta: Va’etchanan: What Did Moses Do Wrong? Part II‏

Reaching a stronger understanding of what Moses actually did to prevent him from entering the land

Vayeitzei: Understanding Rachel’s World‏

There's a perfect mirror between Jacob running away from Esav to when he reunites with his brother.

Aleph Beta: Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity

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?

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