R' Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto (1707-1747): The Genius Who Didn't Fit Into the Regular Yeshivish Patterns.
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Behind the Bima
Behind the Bima
Rabbi Efrem Goldberg
January 20, 2021: Special Guest: Sivan Meir-Rahav
Rabbis Efrem Goldberg, Philip Moskowitz, and Josh Broide, from Boca Raton Synagogue, shmooze about contemporary issues. Every week features an unscripted and lively discussion, special guests, and a behind-the-scenes look at leading a large and dynamic Jewish community. Connect with Rabbi Efrem Goldberg: Website: https://rabbiefremgoldberg.org/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/efrem.goldberg Twitter: http://twitter.com/rabbigoldberg Special Guest: Sivan Meir-Rahav, is an Israeli journalist, lecturer, and World Mizrachi Shlicha to North America. Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), a rapidly-growing congregation of over 800 families and over 1,000 children in Boca Raton, Florida. BRS is the largest Orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States. Rabbi Goldberg's warm and welcoming personality has helped attract people of diverse backgrounds and ages to feel part of the BRS community, reinforcing the BRS credo of 'Valuing Diversity and Celebrating Unity. Rabbi Philip Moskowitz serves as Associate Rabbi at Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), where he helps lead a rapidly growing congregation of over 850 families including over 1,000 children. His warm personality and dynamic, positive spirit make people of all backgrounds and ages feel a part of the BRS community. Rabbi Moskowitz officiates at life cycle events, provides pastoral counseling, and serves as halachic advisor and close confidante to hundreds of members. Beyond the engaging and relevant Shabbat morning sermons, delivered to multiple, diverse minyanim, and the numerous regular classes and shiurim in the Shul, Rabbi Moskowitz regularly teaches Torah in private homes, local day schools, and the community at large. Rabbi Josh Broide is the Director of the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE), a Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. He is also the Founder and Director of the Boca Raton Jewish Experience (BRJE), a rapidly growing outreach and engagement program in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition he also works as the Outreach Rabbi at Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS), one of the largest Modern Orthodox Synagogues in North America.
1 hr 4 min
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Daf Yomi for Women - Hadran
Michelle Cohen Farber
Pesachim 64 - January 24, 11 Shvat
Today's daf is dedicated by Rhona Fink in honor of Avigayil bat Miriam Baruch with blessing for a refuah shleima, refuat hanefesh v'refuat haguf. on the blood of a sacrifice " (Exodus 34:25) - in one it is written that it is relevant in melika and in one it is written that it is not. In one it is written that whoever burn the innards on the altar is also liable and in one it is written that it is not. How does the Gemara resolve the contradictions? The Gemara brings the source to the words of R. Yehuda and to the words of R. Shimon in the mishnah who disagree as to which sacrifices are included in the prohibition that one can not slaughter while having chametz. The mishnah details how the Passover sacrifice was offered. They would split the people into 3 groups that would enter the Temple one after the other. Each sect enters separately and they would lock the doors, they would blow the trumpets, the owners would slaughter their sacrifice, the priests stand in rows with silver or gold bowls in their hands (a row of those with silver and a row with those with gold) and receive the blood. They would transfer the bowls from one to the other until it reached the last kohen and he would throw it on the altar on the side where there was a base to the altar. As they were slaughtering, they would recite Hallel, sometimes twice or three times. The kohanim would wash the floors even on Shabbat but the rabbis disagreed. Rabbi Yehuda would have them take a cupful of blood from the floor to thrown on the alter but the rabbis disagreed. They hung the animals on hooks to flay them and the mishna describes what they would do on weekdays or Shabbat when there were not enough hooks. The gemara starts to find derivations for the laws in the mishna or delve more in depth.
49 min
Neshamos.org Podcast: Stories of Hope and Healing
Neshamos.org Podcast: Stories of Hope and Healing
I Experienced Sexual Assault (feat. Rochel Spangenthal)
Rochel Spangenthal is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and writer from North Carolina. At a young age, Rochel’s family made the transition to a religious lifestyle, becoming Baalei Teshuva and joining the Chabad community. Rochel took her religious responsibilities seriously, determined to be the perfect daughter and student and aspired toward a relationship with a man befitting her religious status. She was scrupulous in her Torah observance, carefully maintaining her distance from men as she sought a “good” shidduch (match). As an adult, Rochel experienced sexual assault and began questioning everything: herself, her relationship with G-d, her status as a religious Jew, her future and any future relationships. She believed she was “ruined.” Rochel was told she had to hide her story and be ashamed of what had happened to her so that it wouldn’t impact her reputation and her shidduch chances.  In this episode, Rochel relates how her experience launched the beginning of her journey toward growth and healing. She talks about how she shared her story with others, and the reactions she received as a result. Now, Rochel has integrated her story into who she is today and uses it to drive herself forward. She has learned that she has an untouchable, innate purity regardless of her circumstances. “Bad things happen and we can’t go back, but we can choose how we go forward,” she concludes. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/neshamos-podcast/support
54 min
18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
Talmud Highlights
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down for a special podcast with our host, David Bashevkin, to review the first topic that 18Forty covered: Talmud. Though Judaism has many facets to its practice, Talmud study has long been one of its hallmarks. It is a sprawling text with many commentaries, and so can be analyzed from any number of perspectives. This episode highlight three: those of Ari Bergmann, Chaim Saiman, and Michelle Chesner. From its historical formation to its ideas to its format, the Talmud was analyzed at length for its 18Forty topic, and this episode highlights some of the key questions raised. How was the Talmud written? What should one make of the often confusing mix of ideas it presents? Does the text format itself hold any significance? Is Talmud study useful for anything besides Talmud study? What similarities does it have to other fields of knowledge? Tune in to hear David review and reflect on his past conversations with podcast guests about the Talmud. References: Ari Bergmann interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#bergmann Chaim Saiman interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#saiman Michelle Chesner interview - www.18forty.org/talmud/#chesner Take One podcast - https://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/take-one Legal Theology: The Turn to Conceptualism in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Law by Chaim Saiman Nomos and Narrative by Robert Cover Jewish Thought: A Process, Not a Text by David Bashevkin Book References: Arba-ah Turim by Jacob Ben Asher Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law by Chaim Saiman For more, visit https://18forty.org/talmud/.
1 hr
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Ep. 339: What Are We to Make of President Trump and Events of This Week?
Chassidus Applied to Vaeirah and Rosh Chodesh Shevat  How do we deal with the deepest darkness? The revelation of Havaya in the abyss of Mitzrayim  Bringing Torah and Chassidus to all languages and peoples  President Trump and Events of this Week  From a Torah perspective, what are we to make of the recent events in Washington?  What attitude should we have to President Trump today?   How can we possibly reconcile the great divide in our country today?  Are we headed toward civil war?  Suicide  Suicide is frightening me. Please address this recent tragedy and inspire us all with some light.   Did the Rebbe ever speak about mental illness, suicide and related issues?  Parents and Children  How should I address my husband who chooses not to connect and provide unconditional love to his children because they are more modern?  What can we do about our son who suddenly stopped talking to us?  Chassidus question: What is the maamar called “Der Frumer Va’eirah”?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 11th Place winners:  Essay English: The Lamplighter, Rivka Cohen, 24, Bais Chana Women International,  Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (men): חיים קלים עם אנשים קשים, Mr. Yahal Dahan, Tzfat, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): מסע פנימי לגאולה, Mrs. Binah Nachshon, Jerusalem, Israel  Creative: My Garden (poetry), Yosef Kaufmann, 27, Sofer, Johannesburg, South Africa
1 hr 7 min
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