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?
Rav Yitzchak and William are back this week speaking about Rosh Chodesh Iyar, the Counting of the Omer and how timing is everything when serving the Creator the Universe.
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 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 discuss Purim, Amalek, and the importance of clothing. Are you wearing a costume just for one day, or do you wear a mask all year long? This, and other important questions will be discussed and answered.
This week the discussion centers on the connection of our divine service to the Creator with the Arts and Sciences. As well as, how Kabbalah connects our souls to these concepts that would normally seem at odds with Torah.
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.
Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss the tablets given at Sinai, the Golden Calf, and what Kabbalah and the Zohar give as the connection to the mixed multitude and the Jewish people.
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 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.
Rav Yitzchak and William discuss rainbows, the seven Noahide laws, and how it all connects to Kabbalah.
Rav Yitzchak and William this week discuss the second book of the bible, Shemot or Exodus and what it means to have a "good name," as well as the misconceptions on so called prohibitions related to who can learn Kabbalah, Talmud, and Torah in general.
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 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 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.
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 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.
This week Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the Torah Portion Terumah, which has to do with bringing offerings for the construction of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. However, there is much more we can learn about the physical tabernacle and its connection to the spiritual.
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 we continue our discussion on Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, and how Wisdom (Chochmah) and the other sefirot connect to the Arts and Sciences in our modern world.
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.
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 joined by his amazing wife Leah. They discuss their own experiences of leaving Mitzraim (Egypt) and the significance of the Counting of the Omer described in Leviticus chapter 23.
Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the flame, the wick, the oil and candles of Chanukah and how the Ohr HaGanuz (Hidden Light) comes and reveals the essence of all things. Finally, they interview Lauren Skae who has traveled all over the world seeking spirituality, only to arrive in Tzfat which she describes as the source of all wisdom.
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).
This week Rabbi Yitzchak and William discuss Tu B'Shvat, the species of fruits and grains spoken of in relation to the Torah and their spiritual implications for our everyday lives.
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.
In this week's show Rav Yitzchak and William discuss the real battle we go through in life, and how we react to Divine Providence and Hester Panim (The hiding of the face of the Creator)
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 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.