Rights vs Responsibility and Obligation – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Are You Awake or Asleep? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

All you seem to hear from politicians and celebrities today is the new concept of being "Woke."

Vayetze: Timewarps and Wormholes – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

The Skin Off My Back: The Corona Connection – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Is Judaism Colorblind? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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."

From Chaos to Illumination – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Naked and Afraid – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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

The Science of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Don’t Get Swallowed Up: Learn from Korach – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Kabbalah, Astrology, and the Three Weeks – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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).

What do Slavery and Messiah have in Common? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

The Purim Passover Connection – Part 2 – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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 Price Freedom? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

The Secret of Wine – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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?

The Unity of Opposites – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

How Halakha (Jewish Law) Brings Illumination – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Consciousness, Passion, and Personal Struggle – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Jews and Astrology: Is there “Mazal” in Israel? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

A Virtual Radio Tour of the Holy City of Tzfat – The Science of...

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.

The Aftermath: How to Keep the Fire Burning – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Finding Unity in an Upside Down World – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

A Blessing on Your Head – Ethical? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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?

Can we Learn about Torah from the Three Stooges? – Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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).

Fire: Destruction or Illumination – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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?

It’s All About the Timing – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

What’s Love Got To Do With It? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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?

Is Meditation the Answer for a Successful Future? – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

Revealing Your True Face – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

The Spiritual Lessons of Passover – The Science of Kabbalah [audio]

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.

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