Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bechukotai: Is God our Boss or our Partner?
But what happens if we actually become partners? As the Rabbis well understood, that should be a game changer.
Aleph Beta: Lech Lecha: Was Abraham The First Wandering Jew?
God just promised Abraham the land. Why is it that, though God keeps reassuring that this land is his, he refuses to settle down?
Noach: Why Aren’t Dinosaurs In the Torah?
Why is there is no mention of dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals, in the Torah?
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?
Miketz: Why Didn’t Joseph Write Home?
This new perspective helps us understand Joseph.
Aleph Beta: Ki Teitzei: How To Merit Long Life
The promise for long life only comes from 2 commandments; What's the connection between them?
Aleph Beta: Devarim: What Does It Mean To Have Faith?
Drawing on the Maharal, Rabbi Fohrman gives us a novel approach to faith, and challenges us to rise to this level of intimacy with God and with each other.
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?
Aleph Beta: Pinchas: What Does It Mean To Be Zealous For God?
Is Pinchas, the title character of this parsha, and Eliyahu, the prophet of Kings, really one and the same?
Korach: Can We Change God’s Mind?
In this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman points to two fascinating stories which force us to ask a theological question: what impact, if any, can we have on God? Is it possible for us to influence God?
AlephBeta: Shelach: Optimism vs. Pessimism
Are pessimists just rationalists, and is hope just naivete?
Beha’alotcha: Accepting Our Children
Rabbi Fohrman delves deeper into the Priestly Blessing and its relevant lessons,
Naso: What Does The Torah Teach About Parenting?
The Torah may be suggesting something different than we have ever expected: the way we ask God to treat us may also be the way we ourselves should treat our children.
Behar: Why Does Land Have To Rest?
In this week's video, we look at Pesach, Shmita and Yovel and ask, where do we see Shabbat, and why does it matter?
Emor: What Sabbath Is All About
In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes a fascinating argument about how Shabbat works and shows that there ARE Shabbatot in different realms.
Tazria: The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora
In this week's parsha, we are introduced to a strange set of laws related to the metzora, one afflicted with tzara'at. How do we relate to such laws?
Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu
This week's parsha discusses the sudden and disturbing death of two of Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu
Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?
In this week's video, we explore a section of Talmud that teaches about the 4 individuals who would bring a Thanksgiving sacrifice - but one of these four doesn't belong. Who is it?
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."
Vayakhel – What Does It Mean To Be Created In The Image Of God?
Both the mishkan and Shabbat are in this week's parsha. What is the thematic, conceptual connection between the two?
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
Mishpatim: Female Servitude…Wait, WHAT?
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
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.
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
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
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.
Vayeishev: Who Really Sold Joseph?
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
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?
The Parsha Experiment – Ha’azinu-V’Zot Habracha: The Inspiring Conclusion To The Torah – Part...
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
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