More often than not the Torah portion Lech Lecha is translated as "Go for yourself," however, the Zohar teaches us that this is really translated as "Go into yourself."
Musings on the first Torah Portion of Bereshit include not only a discussion of the Hebrew language and why the Torah starts the way it does
We have entered the Yamim Noraim, the Ten Days of Awe. The period of deep repentance between Rosh HaShana - The Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur
It it no coincidence that the weekly Torah portion of Nitzavim is read in close proximity to Rosh HaShana (The Jewish New Year) and the Yamim Noraim (The Days of Awe). Why are the curses in Deuteronomy different than those we read about in Leviticus?
We are joined this week by Rabbi Yechiel Yashfe from Yashfe Winery here in Tzfat. Are you aware that wine can be made according to Torah?
There is a very famous Torah teaching from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in his Magnum Opus called Likutei Moharan that is always studied during the month of Elul.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak discusses the very interesting and often misunderstood concept of reincarnation. Kabbalah has much to teach about the soul, and its need for rectification as it relates to the Torah and Mitzvot. If you have ever been interested in the subject, this might be the show that will help you to understand.
There are triggers in life that always allow us to become nostaligic and to dwell on the past. A major theme in the climatic verse from Lamentations that we read on Tish B'Av relates to both old and new.
We just entered a period knowns a the "Three Weeks" that start with the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz and ends on Tish B'Av (the 9th of Av).
Why is there a juxtaposition between the Red Heifer and the death of Miriam? How does Moshe striking the rock connect with the water of Torah? Hear about this as we discuss these interesting concepts from last week's Torah portion of Chukat.
A sink hole opens up at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem in the same week that we are getting ready to read the Torah portion of Korach.
With all the suffering we have endured between Covid, the Meron Tragedy, the Shavuot Tragedy, Rocket Attacks, Terror Attacks, and the Rise of Anti-Semitism around the world, it is time to take stock. This is not just about the Nation of Israel or the Jewish people. This is a message for the entirety of humanity. It is time to take stock in ourselves and come to terms with the cruelty in our hearts, without being silent about the injustices in the world. It sounds like a contradiction, but it's not.
Rav Yitzchak is joined by his friend Rabbi Amichai Cohen who was in attendance at the Lag B'Omer celebration on Mt. Meron when tragedy struck. Hear his first hand impressions as well as a discussion on the spiritual lessons we learn when dealing with situations above and beyond our control.
All you seem to hear from politicians and celebrities today is the new concept of being "Woke."
We continue the journey from Passover, through the Counting of the Omer, on our way to Shavuot and the receiving of the Torah. On the way we enter Spring and the month of Iyar. This is a special time to hone in and focus in a meditative way on cleaning our spiritual gardens and preparing ourselves with awe and love for the Creator.
This week we are joined by Mordechai ben Avraham whose journey took him from the entertainment business of Los Angeles, to the Yeshivot of Jerusalem. Growing up an African American whose parents embraced Islam in his childhood is a far cry from his current path as an Orthodox Jew living in Jerusalem. Hear the amazing story of transformation and learn more about his upcoming book, "The Mind of the Black Jew."
This week Rabbi Yitzchak is flying solo. As we prepare for Passover there are spiritual lessons that can often be lost as we get so busy cleaning and cooking. There are both lessons we learn from the telling of the story, and those lessons we learn from objects on our Seder table. Each one of these is meant to bring the spirituality from within our physical world.
Last week we began our discussion on a lesson from Rebbe Nachman on Purim as a path towards Passover. In this week's show we continue the discussion with the connection of the Red Heifer spoken of in the upcoming Torah portion this Shabbat, which is known as Shabbat Parah, and the differences between the types of redemption experienced by the Jewish people.
What in the world is the connection between Purim, the Red Heifer, and Passover. Rav Yitzchak and William discuss this upside down world, and a lesson from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov who connects these three concepts which seem to be unrelated.
We are joined this week by Rabbi Avraham Sutton. Our topic revolves around the divisiveness that has taken hold of the world and our inability to find commonality even while disagreeing with others. We use as an illustration, which Rabbi Sutton clarifies, the picture of the inverted tree as brought down by the Maharal of Prague. This is an eye opening lesson on who we are an what we are connected to.
Rabbi Amicha Cohen joins Rav Yitzchak and William to continue the discussion on Achdut (Unity) and what can be done to work on ourselves to change our world. Sources from the Zohar on the elements that went into the creation of man and how fire and water interact give us insight into bringing unity to ourselves and others.
Rabbi Yitzchak is joined by his wife Leah as they discuss Parsha Vayechi and the diverse blessings given by Yaakov to his sons. That these same sons who represent the twelves tribes had mutually exclusive and contradictory character traits, yet without each one could not have combined to be Knesset Yisrael. In essence, like so many things in this universe that the Kabbalah describes as unity of opposites, each one of us like the twelve tribes as different as we are can come together and hasten the redemption.
With the advent of vaccines for the Corona Virus comes with it more division and contention about who and what we should be listening to. Almost all who follow Torah Judaism would never dispute Rabbinic authority, however, it seems that new voices are arising questioning the very same Rabbis who are calling upon the public to take the vaccine. This is not a pro or anti-vaccine discussion, but one about our Jewish sources related to health, healing, experts, and Rabbinic authority.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss Parsha Miketz and how the Zohar discusses putting an end to darkness. This is an interesting connection to Chanukah which we are currently celebrating. Learn what Kabbalah teaches about the connections and distinctions, and how we are able to dispel the darkness and bring in the light.
This famous saying attributed to Thomas Fuller in 1650 can really be found in the Zohar in the Torah portion just read this past Shabbat called Vayishlach. In that Torah portion after Yaacov (Jacob) wrestles with an angel all night that angel asks to be release because dawn is about to break. There is an interesting connection to this story and Chanukah which begins this week on Thursday at sundown. Chanukah s all about lighting up the darkness and doing it one day at a time.
We are joined this week by Meir Glaser a long time resident of Tzfat who was inspired by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. In that style, Meir now gives tours of this amazing holy city through his company Bishvil HaLev (Path of the Heart). Hear about some of the amazing locations and Kabbalistic insights as we give you an audio tour of Tzfat. Soon there will be Virtual Video Tours available through Meir's company for all of you who cannot make it here in person.
This week we are joined by Zev Padway and David Friedman. David is a well known Kabbalistic artist here in the city of Tzfat.
Rav Yitzchak and William break their silence and discuss the two things our Mom's said to never discuss. That's right! Religion and Politics. According to many, including a very prominent Israeli Rabbi, the current situation in the U.S. can bring blessing or curses. By the end of the show you will know if we stand on the right, the side of Chesed and giving, or the left which is the side of judgment and taking.
Rabbi Yitzchak is joined by his wife Leah to discuss the story of Noah and his generation. In Hebrew, his generation is called Dor HaMabul, the generation of the flood. However, at the end of the Torah portion which describes the destruction through a flood, we read about another generation. This time, the Dor Haflaga, the generation of division. The discussion tries to connect current events with these biblical stories and make sense of the connections between the spiritual and physical.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William pick up where they left off. The discussion goes into more detail about why the letter "Bet" the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is used at the beginning of the Torah. In addition, we are given the perspective of the Sages and Kabbalists about the distinctions between this physical reality and the spiritual essence that lies behind it or under it.