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.
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss Yaakov's (Jacob's) dream of the ladder from earth to heaven and the commentaries that speak about this amazing dream. You will be very surprised to learn that the Talmud and other commentaries bring up the concept of the contraction of the earth, or a supernatural occurrence that allows the distance of travel to be shortened. Something very similar to the scientific concept of time folding in on itself.
This week Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the weekly Torah portion where we read the story of a supposed deception played out when Rebecca convinces her son to fool his father who is about to give a blessing to Esau. Does this raise any ethical questions, and how does it relate to our struggle and the consequences we experience in life?
Rav Yitzchak and William address the concept of Ger Toshav (Resident Alien) from the weekly Torah portion of Chayei Sarah. There has been so much controversy over this term and it is time for people to just learn what it means, who it is speaking about, and if it is something that applies today?
Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the crazy math used by the Three Stooges and Abbot and Costello, and how certain groups try to use this type of logic to reinterpret the Hebrew scriptures to say something it does not. In this show you will learn from Torah sources and Kabbalah how the math adds up, and how Avraham (Abraham) experienced the Creator and interacted with his messengers (angels).
William returns to join Rav Yitzchak in a fascinating discussion on the weekly Torah Portion of Lech Lecha. Typically translated "Go forth or Go for yourself," Rav Yitzchak explains how the Zohar teaches us it actually means to "Go into yourself." Thus the title, "Can I get along with myself?" All too often people think the "I" and the "Self" are two expressions of the same thing, but we discuss the differences in this interesting take on Parsha Lech Lecha.
This week Rav Yitzchak is once again joined by his wife Leah. They recap the Chagim (Holidays) and talk about how one should organize their lives in order to maintain the spiritual high of the High Holidays.
This week Rav Yitzchak is once again joined by his wife for this special show on Yom Kippur. Every year in every synagogue the book of Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, but is there something more we can learn about our current troubles in the world and the story of a prophet swallowed by a fish? Listen in to this very special message for the Jewish people and all of humanity.
William returns and joins Rav Yitzchak to speak about politics in both the U.S. and Israel. How are we to view the opposite sides, and what does Kabbalah teach us about finding the balance instead of the extreme.
Rav Yitzchak is joined by his wife Leah as they discuss their travels to the U.S., what the Days of Awe, Ki Tavo, First Fruits, and Ratzon (Will) all have in common. There is so much to be learned from the book of Deuteronomy and specifically this week's Torah portion when Moshe Rabbeinu (Our Teacher) gives on of his last messages to the Jewish people before he dies.
Rav Yitzchak is joined by Professor Daniel Matt, a world renowned expert of Jewish Spirituality and Kabbalah. Professor Matt has produced a monumental translation of the Zohar, called the Pritzker Edition which was published in English. He has written numerous books, and is here today to speak to us about how cosmology, science and Kabbalah intersect.
Rav Yitzchak is joined by renowned author and international speaker, Laya Saul. Often times in Judaism and the world in general, women are viewed as less than. However, in Laya's latest book, "Sisterhood of the Copper Mirrors," she brings the story of the Jewish matriarchs and their great legacy in participating sometimes with holy tears in forging what we know as the Jewish nation. Their stories are not just for the Jewish people, but will inspire all women regardless of their background.
Rav Yitzchak and William are joined by Lorelai Kude. Lorelai has over forty years of experience in astrology as it relates to Jewish tradition. Her Master's thesis "Yesh Mazal B'Yisarel," translated as "There is Mazal in Israel," is the answer to the often quoted source by most Jews that there is in fact no mazal or constellation in Israel. Meaning that Jews don't believe in, or shouldn't be involved in astrology. However, there are numerous sources from the sages of Judaism that speak otherwise. This is a fascinating show that will challenge your beliefs on the role of astrology in Judaism specifically, as well as for all the rest of the world.
Rav Yitzchak is joined by his old friend Rabbi David Katz. Rabbi Katz has had an incredible journey this past year. He talks about his weight loss, recent marriage, and redesigning himself as a Rabbi and teacher. He also shares with us the concept of Mazal, both his own and how it relates to the concept of the Ger (non-Jew).
In this week's show we have our final interview with Rav Doniel Katz of the Elevation Project. The discussion focuses on meditation, and specifically the rich tradition for mindfulness and meditation in Torah and Judaism. Why has it been ignored, and what can we do to rectify this? This is a show worth sharing with your friends, as we seek to take back another tradition that has been lost to us, or taken over by a secular world.
This week Rav Yitzchak is once again joined by Rav Doniel Katz. In a continuation of the discussion from last week they discuss "devekut" or cleaving to the divine, how to make Judaism and a relationship with the Creator more passionate, and Rav Yitzchak shares from his own personal struggles in accomplishing this in his own life.
In this world of technology and the non-stop offerings of self optimization, not just by those who would have been considered snake oil salesmen at one time, but by trained professionals with credentials, is there an alternative found with Judaism? Rav Yitzchak and William are joined by Rav Doniel Katz of the Elevation Project to discuss answers from the Torah, Kabbalah and the Sages of Judaism to the questions so many to have regarding self optimization, consciousness, and connecting to the divine spark within.
This week on the Science of Kabbalah, Rav YItzchak and William explore the weekly Torah portion of Balak. Is there a connection between this evil king of Moab, and the planet Jupiter? Jupiter has actually been visible in Israel for the last few days, and you would be surprised to learn that the Torah does in fact speak about it, as well as several of the sages of Judaism. Listen in to learn some amazing facts about the planet and its connection to this Torah portion.
This week Rav Yitzchak and William discuss Parshat Chukat and the incident of Moshe (Moses) striking the rock, rather than speaking to it as commanded by HaShem. Can we find some connections to Kabbalah and the way in which we learn Torah today, and is there a repair for this seemingly great sin that kept Moshe from entering the Land? Listen to hear what the sages of Judaism have to say, and to gain insight into why the apparent argumentative style of Talmudic discourse was all part of the plan.
This week Rav Yitzchak is joined by his wife Leah, as they discuss the iceberg metaphor. What does the "Tip of the Iceberg" mean? How does it relate to redemption, and what can we do to look beneath the surface in order to change ourselves and the world around us?
This week we are joined by Shifra Chana Hendrie of Gate of Unity who is founder of and host of the Global Geula Summit taking place later this week. Here about how we are both individually and corporately able and responsible to partner with the Creator in seeing redemption come to all of mankind.
Many people feel like they reach a very high level on Jewish holidays, only to feel like they have fallen just after. Having just celebrated Shavuot, Rav Yitzchak and William discuss how we can keep the fires of faith burning all year long.
Rabbi Yitzchak and William finish their discussion about Counting of the Omer. After, they discuss Shavuot and the custom of learning all night as a rectification for the Jewish people supposedly sleeping in on the morning they were supposed to receive the Torah.
What is the reason for your Torah study? Rav Yitzchak and William discuss those who study and teach Torah for self aggrandizement, rather than for the sake of purifying and cleansing themselves of negative character traits. This is something that we all need to reflect on during the Counting of the Omer.
Rav Yitzchak is once again joined by his wife Leah. This week they continue their discussion of the counting of the Omer, but also discuss the holiday of Lag B'Omer. This is a holiday that not only commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, but is celebrated through the lighting of bonfires and great rejoicing.