Rabbi Yitzchak is joined this week by his wife Leah as they discuss the issues of travel during a pandemic, as well as preparations for Rosh HaShana. The focus of the show is from Parsha Nitzavim tied together with Kabbalah and a section of Rebbe Nachman's Likutei Moharan. All of these point us to our true faces, which are a reflection of all of us having been created in the image of God.
What does the Torah teach us about mourning in Judaism? Rabbi Yitzchak shares with William and the audience his personal experience in dealing with, Baruch Dayan HaEmet, the death of his wonderful mother. Learn about the different stages or mourning and some of the practices, with their relevant sources in the Torah.
Now that we have left the days of mourning behind us and come into the days of comfort, tonight we will celebrate the minor holiday of Tu B'Av. The 15th of Av has a connection to biblical times as well as a connection to a modern world. In some ways it is viewed as the Israeli version of Valentine's Day. What do the Jewish sources teach us about this little known holiday and what we can learn about love and elevation?
We are in the three weeks, the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. This is a time of mourning in Judaism, the culmination of which takes place on the 9th of Av when we mourn the destruction of both holy temples. It is considered a time of diminished joy, however, there are teachings from the Arizal and Rebbe Nachman related to redemption and the world to come, which are both times of joy. How do we reconcile having joy during a time of diminished joy, and what in the world does this have to do with “skeletons in the closet?”
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the period known as the "Three Weeks." It is the period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. This is a time of great mourning in Judaism as a result of the great calamities that took place on these dates and during this period. However, in spite of this seemingly negative period and even with all that is going on in the world, there is a way to take this negative energy and turn it positive.
Your hosts discuss the opposition expressed by other countries to Israel's proclamation of sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria according to the Trump Peace Plan. They continue their discussion about statues being torn down in the U.S. and around the world, as well as the decision by the Israeli Cable Council to suspend the license for Shelanu, a missionary channel targeting Jews for conversion. As always Rabbi Yitzchak and William try to make a connection to these current events with Torah and Kabbalah.
At the end of the Torah portion Shelach Lecha we read about the commandment of tzitzit. The fringes that are placed on the corner of the garment in order to be reminded of all the commandments of the Torah. What can the tzitzit teach us about how we view the chaos of this world? Listen in to this interesting take on changing our perspective and learning what our higher purpose and aim should be.
The Zohar on Behaalotecha the Torah portion describing the Aaron the High Priest ascending to light the Menorah (Lampstand) starts out speaking about the fires of illumination. However, it soon speaks about Noah's Ark and the concept of judgment related to Yom HaDin (Rosh Hashana), the Jewish New Year. There is an interesting connection and distinction to be made based on what we learn in this Torah portion related to the destructive fires that are burning around the world. Fire can be positive or negative depending on one's perspective. What is your perspective?
Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss concepts discussed by the sages of Judaism about the process of redemption and the footprints or footsteps of Messiah. In this turbulent world it is easy to lose focus. To simply be distracted by the numerous voices and the barking of dogs. However, everything has to play out in a certain way. The question is whether or not there is something we can do about it? Listen in to learn more.
This week in preparation for Shavuot our team speaks about the weekly Torah portion of Naso. How we are to understand the ritual of the Sotah, the woman suspected of committing adultery and the juxtaposition of the Nazir. The Nazirite who takes a vow to refrain from drinking wine or having anything made from grapes. Rabbi Yitzchak and William speak about both of these concepts connecting back to the sin in the Garden of Eden, and how all this relates to our own preparation for the reception of the holy Torah on Shavuot.
This week we are joined by Professor Joe Uscinski a Political Scientist and expert in conspiracy theories. The author of two books on the subject, Professor Uscinski shares his perspective after years of extensive research on the origins of conspiracy theories and what drives a person to be drawn to such beliefs. He also shares his opinion as it relates to past pandemics as well as our current battle against Coronavirus.
In the age of Coronavirus there seems to be an abundance of conspiracy theories arising. Rabbi Yitzchak discuss how this correlates to what we learn in Torah. The discussion then shifts to a perceived contradiction or paradox that exists, which is related to the free will of man versus the foreknowledge of G-d. Our hosts try to find a center point between extremes to try and resolve these contradictions.
This Shabbat we read the double Torah portion of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. The first portion deals with instructions for Aaron the High Priest after the death of his sons. He is given instructions for the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) service and then we have a seeming disconnect when a long list of prohibited sexual relationships are given. Can we find a connection between the High Priest, these prohibited acts, and a command to be holy? Listen in as Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the thread that ties them all together, as we all strive toward holiness.
Rabbi Yitzchak is on his own this week talking about the double Torah portion of Tazria and Metzora. In these Torah portions we learn about a woman's purification from giving birth and the Metzora, or someone who is afflicted with the skin condition known as "Tzaraat," which is often translated as leprosy. The teachings of the Jewish Sages and Kabbalah offer a different perspective on these issues, and might change your perspective as it relates to our age of Coronavirus.
With Pesach just a day away and a worldwide Pandemic looming over us, is there a price to be paid for our freedom? In this season of redemption, Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss some distinctions between the good eye and the evil eye as it relates to our outlook and perspective. We also discuss the actions of the righteous like Yotam in 2 Kings 15 and the courage of the Hebrews in following the commandments given them in taking a lamb, a symbol of one of the Egyptian's deities.
Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the Olah (Burnt) Offering and the unique instruction to remove its skin. In our current situation, we are incapable of touching other people and are even told to avoid coming in contact with the skin on our own faces. Can there be a spiritual connection to skin, the human soul, and our current Coronavirus environment. Listen to this very unique perspective from the Kabbalah and the Sages of Judaism.
What in the world is a slop bucket and how can it connect to a Crown? This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William speak about the elephant that's in the room, but the elephant that is everywhere. The Coronavirus is on everyone's mind and people are either connecting to physicality or spirituality. How do we focus when there are so many distractions?
This week Rabbi Yitzchak is joined once again by his wife Leah. They discuss the Torah portion of Ki Tisa and connect some of the themes to the current Coronavirus Pandemic. Not only is there allusions to this virus in the Torah, but a connection is made to the Mishkan, the Half Shekel, the Golden Calf and to the holiday of Purim which we are celebrating today in most of Israel, and in walled cities like Jerusalem on Wednesday.
On this weeks program Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the chaos of both U.S. and Israeli politics, and then connect it with the Mishikan (Tabernacle) and it's vessels and furniture. Specifically, the seven branched Menorah (Lampstand) and how it is mirrored by the human head. Finally, we share a meditative technique meant to help anyone view themselves in a new light.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the weekly Torah portion of Terumah. This portion discusses the contributions requested of the children of Israel for the construction of the Mishkah (Tabernacle). This holy structure is often contrasted with the Golden Calf by the Sages of Judaism. So, our hosts ask themselves and the audience what type of structures are we really building? Is it a holy space for the Creator to dwell in our midst, or is it a structure related to the physical world, that only exists as a form with no holy inner space?
On this week's show Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the weekly Torah portion titled Mishpatim. Mishpatim relates to ordinances or judgments commanded by Hashem to the Jewish people. Most people find these civil ordinances to seem anti-climactic in light of last week's revelation at Mount Sinai. However, on closer inspection these laws can reveal great spiritual truths and show how the first ordinances related to slavery can teach us about the role of Messiah in our future redemption.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak is once again joined by his wife Leah. The discussion revolves around the most important Torah portion named after a Midianite Priest named Yitro. Not only that, but it is the Torah portion where we receive the Aseret HaDibrot (Ten Statements/Commandments) as well as the full 613 commandments of the Torah. What does this have to do with trees? This is also the week where we celebrated Tu B'Shevat the New Year of Trees. Learn how Yitro, Tu B'Shevat, and Trees can teach us about our relationship with the Creator.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William look at two very interesting verses in the book of Exodus related to the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. Early on in chapter 13 we see that Hashem goes before the children of Israel in the pillar of cloud, however, in chapter 14 we see that the angel of Elokim is now moving from before the children of Israel in the pillar of cloud to behind the camp. The pillar of fire also moves and now these two pillars separate the camp of Israel from the camp of Egypt after the Egyptians change their minds and come after the children of Israel. Listen to the very interesting discussion from commentaries of the sages to bring light to these verses.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the connection made in the weekly Torah portion of "Bo" (Come), to crocodiles, the Pharoah of Egypt, and the biblical character of Job. Many of the Jewish sages believe that Job was one of the advisors of Pharoah, who remained silent when Pharoah wanted to kill all the male children of the Hebrew slaves. It is taught that this is the reason he suffered such terrible physical loss.
Rabbi Yitzchak is once again joined by his wife to discuss the book of Exodus and the importance of names. Often times our names in addition to identifying us, also reveal our characteristics. It is interesting to note that many of the people in the opening stories of Exodus remain nameless. Like Yocheved the mother of Moses and Miriam his sister, as well as the Pharoah. Yet, we see that G-d reveals His Name to Moses in a way that He has never revealed it to anyone else. This show will reveal the importance of our names and more importantly the holiness of the name of G-d.
Rabbi Yitzchak is joined once again by his wife Leah as they discuss the connections made regarding exile and redemption in the Torah portion Vayechi read last week, and the Torah portion of Shemot which starts this week. The connections are made between Yaakov (Jacob), Yosef (Joseph) and Moshe (Moses), as it relates to the beginning of the exile in Egypt and the concept of redemption. Not just the physical redemption of the children of Israel, but the spiritual component that is even relevant today.
This week Rav Yitzchak is joined by his wife Leah. He continues the discussion started with William last week about rights versus responsibilities. However, in this week's show through the teaching of Rebbe Nachman, Kabbalah, and other sources we see the connection that halakha has to Shabbat and its ability to bring illumination into all of aspects of our lives.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss whether or not we have a right to assert our rights, or whether our faith is based on responsibility and obligation. Judaism has much to teach on this subject, and there is even a connection in the weekly Torah portion of Vayigash. We learn how Yehuda (Judah), the brother of Yosef (Joseph) steps up and takes responsibility, which not only brings restoration to his family, but brings him a legacy of kings.
Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss how the dreams of Pharoah in the Torah portion of Miketz read on Shabbat Chanukah, cannot only be connected to Chanukah but can teach us to bring down light. We do this in order to thank, praise, acknowledge and know the Creator in order to draw closer to Him. When we do this, Rebbe Nachman teaches us that we can experience a taste of the World to Come!
On this week's show Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the weekly Torah portion, Vayishlach. It tells the story of Yaakov (Jacob) and the messengers he sent to his brother Eisav (Esau). However, there is a powerful message to be learned about how we are to live in our current exile and the power of the spiritual weapon we possess.