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Shiny New Things with Rabbi Fohrman

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Enjoy this recording of Shiny New Things with Rabbi Fohrman. Rabbi Fohrman delights in finding wonderful patterns or other ‘aha’ moments in Biblical text that are the beginning to a process of discovery. That process might culminate in an Aleph Beta animated video or audio series -- but it starts with that shiny new thing. And that's where you come in. When Rabbi Fohrman comes across 'shiny new things,' he wants to show them to interested folks, and get a chance to talk with them about it. Through learning with you, other dimensions of the pattern that were missed usually begin to emerge, and the meaning of the pattern often begins to come into focus. You are an integral part of Shiny New Things, and we hope you'll be able to join! Shiny New Things is an exclusive weekly event for Producers Circle members. This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of Rabbi Fohrman's learning and writing process, to offer feedback, and genuinely impact the direction of future ideas. Not to mention a chance to hear the extra “bonus” material that doesn’t make it into a book or video. Shiny New Things meets every Mondays, 12-1:30 pm ET. Sign up for Producers Circle to attend. Already a Producers Circle Member? Check your inbox -- the Zoom link is emailed out every Saturday night.FreeYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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    Yochanan Ben Zakkai & Yavneh: The Secret Of Jewish Survival

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    How can we feel connected to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple when these tragedies happened thousands of years ago? The answer may lie in understanding what still links us to these past events and how, against all odds, exile didn’t put an end to the Jewish people. This story starts in a place called Yavneh. FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanyavneh, destruction of jerusalem, jewish survival, yochanan ben zakkai
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    The Meaning of Eicha & its Link to Eden

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    What does Eicha have to do with the garden of Eden? At first glance, not much. But if we look closer, it turns out that the Megillah is actually echoing language first used in the beginning of Genesis. Uncovering the deeper meaning of this connection can shift the way you think about Tisha B’Av.  FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmaneicha, ayeka, megillat eicha, ayeka meaning, book of eicha, understand tisha b’av
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    Understanding Basar B'chalav

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    One of the places where the prohibition not to eat meat and milk together is found is in Parshat Mishpatim. It’s location is at the end of a lengthy list of laws like property damages and personal injuries. It's hard to relate to these dry, legal lists when they're put side by side with the Torah's most epic and memorable stories. But what if the laws aren't merely what they appear to be? What if these laws have something to tell us, a secret about one of the Torah's most familiar stories? And how can they teach us about not eating meat and milk together? Join Ami as he explores the stories hiding within these laws. Discover other videos about Kashrut at Aleph Beta, including ‘Why Can't You Cook Milk & Meat Together”, “The Meaning of Kashrut”. And “Kosher Slaughter”MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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      Struggling With Faith

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      In Parshat Devarim, Moses accuses the nation of Israel of not having faith. What? The people know firsthand about all the miracles God has done for them, how could they not have faith? Drawing on the Maharal, Rabbi Fohrman gives us a novel approach to faith, and challenges us to rise to this level of intimacy with God and with each other.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanemunah meaning, what is emunah, emunah in the bible, struggling with faith, pillars of faith, the basis of faith
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      Challah: What’s So Special About Making Dough?

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      Challah: What’s So Special About Making Dough?NoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanchallah meaning, challah bread meaning
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      Why Does Man Acquire Woman?

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      "Marriage" in Bereishit is referred to as “acquiring” a wife? What is with that? It seems so primitive and backwards. Does the Torah really think that married women are just the property of their husbands? But what if we’ve got it all wrong? What if “acquisition” isn’t about ownership at all? FreeNoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanWhy, Does, Man, Acquire, Woman?
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        Purim 2013 - Sample Playlist for joined videos

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        What Is Esther’s Story? Family Feud: The Ominous Background To Esther’s StoryNoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanPurim 2013 - Sample Playlist for joined videos
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          The Jewish Response to Tragedy

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          In this course, Rabbi Hayyim Angel shows us that hidden in the structure of Megillat Eicha are the secrets of Jewish mourning and a deep hope toward the rekindling of our relationship with God.FreeNoNoNoRabbi Hayyim Angeleicha #
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            Torah Mandated Conflict Resolution

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            "Ve'ahavta l're'echa kamocha" – "Love your neighbor as yourself" – that’s an easy mitzvah, right? Errrr, not so much. To love your neighbor as yourself… that sounds like a pretty tall order! How many of us can actually say: “Yep, I love my neighbors as much as I love myself”? And yet it’s a mitzvah in the Torah! So are we all just failing horribly at keeping the Torah? Could be. But maybe not. What if this mitzvah doesn’t quite mean what it sounds like it means? What if there’s a nuance to it that we’re missing?  We hear this mitzvah quoted all the time as a standalone sound bite, but in the Torah, it is a part of a conversation, a flow of logical ideas. To truly understand "Ve'ahavta l're'echa kamocha," we can't just examine it alone. We’d have to open up the Torah to Leviticus 19 and read this mitzvah in its context. When we do, perhaps we'll be able to see it in a whole new light.MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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              Understanding Mikvah

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              I have a desire to get closer to God. I can pray, meditate, or...take a bath. What? That doesn’t seem to fit with what I’d consider mainstream ritual. How does immersing myself in a spiritual bath, or mikvah, bring me closer to God? In order to understand the formation of this commandment, join Aleph Beta Scholar, Beth Lesch as she traces the origins of mikvah to its original source: the Creation story, in the book of Genesis. MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                Shir Hamaalot: Planting with Tears

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                The following presentation was originally framed by Rabbi Fohrman as a course on Tisha b’Av. He argued that Shir Hamaalot, the psalm that we commonly use in benching on Sabbath and holidays will help us get in touch with the power of tears. With the ability to connect and transform. The vast majority of this video directly deals with Shir Hamaalot, but at the end, Rabbi Fohrman will discuss some Tisha b’Av themes, which you’ll see are quite relevant.MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                  How Is the 17 of Tammuz Relevant Today?

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                  17 Tammuz is the tragic start to the Three Weeks. According to our Sages, not only is it the day in which the walls of Jerusalem were shattered, four other major calamities happened which affected the Jewish people. What is their common link, and what does it tell us about how to think about this day?FreeNoNoNoAmi Silver17 tammuz, fast of tammuz, fast of 17th tammuz
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                    Is there a rhyme or reason for Ritual Slaughter?

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                    Did you know that there is more to kosher animals than chewing their cud and having split hooves? If a kosher animal is not slaughtered correctly, it is not considered kosher for consumption. This video will take a closer look at kosher slaughter, in particular the requirement of ‘kisui dam’ covering the blood of the killed animal. Along the way it will explore meaningful questions such as does vegetarianism have a source in the Torah, and what would the Torah say about our current method of consuming meat? MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                      Al Naharot Bavel: By the Waters of Babylon

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                      Al Naharot Bavel is part of the weekday benching, or grace after meals. It is a psalm, specifically, psalm 137, that we say before we begin the formal blessings. Our presentation is largely taken from a webinar Rabbi Fohrman held one year on Tisha B’Av as a sort of Epilogue to a course on Shir Hamaalot. If you haven’t seen that course yet, we strongly recommend you watch it before watching this epilogue that discusses Al Naharot Bavel. You can click here to access it now. Rabbi Fohrman explores the connection between laughter, crying and singing. He takes a closer look at Psalm 137 and how it connects to Psalm 126, the song of ascent that will be sung when the Jews return to Zion. He demonstrates how muscle memory holds onto trauma, and how Naomi Shemer, was able to unearth the passion and pain of the psalms and reignite the desire for a unified Jerusalem, perhaps changing the course of Jewish history.MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                        What is the meaning behind the laws of Kashrut?

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                        On the surface, Kashrut seems like such an arbitrary bunch of laws. What makes animals that chew their cud and have split hooves fit for eating more than other animals? The Torah isn't thoughtlessly random. What if there were a way to think of kosher in a way that makes sense, and is even spiritually meaningful? Enjoy this discussion between David and Imu as they try to discern some of the deeper meanings behind keeping kosher. They even explain their methodology along the way. A real (kosher) treat!MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                          Birkat Hamazon: The Context for The Command to Thank God

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                          The daily text that is used for the Grace After Meals originates from a verse in Deuteronomy, - “v’achalta v’savata uverachta et Hashem Elokecha al ha’aretz hatovah asher natan lach.” You should eat, be full or satisfied, and bless God for the good land that He gave you. Read on its own, it seems pretty straightforward. We eat and then we give thanks. However, the command to thank God is just one line out of a larger speech Moses is giving in this chapter. And if you take a look at that speech, it’s seemingly pretty troubling. By taking a closer look at these words in context you can learn more deeply what it means to build a relationship with God, and how to truly give thanks. MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                            Kosher Slaughter and Idol Worship?

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                            The laws around kashrut, including kosher slaughter appear more than once in the Torah. When they are first mentioned in Leviticus, they are primarily discussed in the context of purity and impurity. But in Deuteronomy, they strangely show up in the context of...avodah zarah, or idol worship. What do the laws about kosher animals have to do with idol worship? What do they teach us about idol worship, and conversely, what does idol worship teach us about the meaning behind eating kosher animals? We’ll explore all that in this video.MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                              Birkat Kohanim: A Guide to Parenting

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                              Birkat Kohanim: A Guide to ParentingMemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                The Origins of Birth in The Bible

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                                So the Torah doesn’t exactly have a “Birth” section. We can’t just flip open to the “what to expect spiritually when you’re expecting” part of the Bible. And it’s true, there are plenty of babies born in the Torah, but the truth is: there is law directly associated with Birth. And it’s not one we pay too much attention to nowadays. Why? Well, the law relates to tummah and tahara, purity and impurity. And yet, I think if you’re interested in getting in touch with some of the religious and spiritual ideals behind birth, this law is actually pretty relevant. Rabbi Ami Silver explores this law in a video he created for parshat Tazria. But before you enjoy this exploration, here’s just a brief editor’s note: the following is presented purely through the lens of Tanach scholarship with humility and deference to those of you who actually experience birth. We hope you enjoy.MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                  Birkat Hamazon

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                                  Birkat Hamazon Playlist Description: The “benching” or Grace After Meals prayer is one of the most recited prayers. And although many of us could probably recite it in our sleep, are we also able to discern the significance of its words? From the Psalms recited before the actual Birkat Hamazan through the entire Grace After Meals, this playlist can open up new pathways of connecting to a once previous monotonous ritual. MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                    The Seemingly Scandalous Backstory of Boaz and Ruth

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                                    We don’t often talk about how the story of Lot and his daughters is a little risqué for Biblical literature. But looking back at similar illicit stories, of Yehuda and Tamar and Boaz and Ruth, a transcendent lesson emerges. Instead of sly sensuality defining the story, Rabbi Fohrman finds a redemptive love and kindness within the text, shedding new light and understanding on the concepts of kindness and recognition.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                    story of ruth and boaz, ruth and boaz in the bible, ruth boaz family tree, lineage of ruth and boaz, boaz and ruth love story, boaz redeems ruth, what does the story of ruth and boaz mean, ruth and boaz bible lesson
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                                    The Story Of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

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                                    On Lag BaOmer we commemorate the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai -- a Talmudic sage from the second century. As such, every year on Lag BaOmer, tens of thousands of people travel to his burial place in Meron, a small town in northern Israel, where they sing and dance around giant bonfires to celebrate his legacy. But who exactly was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai? And what about his legacy is so important that we celebrate it every year? Join us as we explore this pivotal question by re-examining the stories of this Talmudic scholar – and never think of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, or Lag BaOmer the same way again.NoNoNoDaniel Loewensteinwho was rabbi shimon bar yochai, rabbi shimon bar yochai, meron rabbi shimon bar, story of rabbi shimon bar yochai
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                                      Moses and Tzipporah at the Inn

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                                      Every hero has an origin story. We are all familiar with Moshe’s origin story. But there is one episode in the story that actually seems quite unfamiliar.  On the road back to Egypt with his wife Tzipporah and their two sons, Moshe and his family stop at an inn when the strangest thing happens. God tries to kill Moses! Fortunately, level-headed Tzipporah saves the day by circumcising their second son and then the story suddenly ends. (Yes, this is a real story from the Chumash! Look it up! It’s Exodus 4:24-26.) What a strange story!  God was the One who sent Moses to Egypt. Moshe was doing what God told him to do! So why would God try to kill him?! Talk about shooting the messenger! In this newly remastered and reanimated video series, Rabbi Fohrman weaves an interpretation of this story into a larger, magnificent tapestry shedding new light on our origin story - The Exodus.UnrestrictedNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanmoses and zipporah, moses wife zipporah, moses and zipporah story, zipporah in the bible, moses and zipporah love story, moses and tzipporah, tziporah meaning
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                                        The Meaning Of Sefirat Haomer

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                                        Why do we count the Omer? A common answer is that we're counting down the days until we get to Sinai. But the Omer doesn't count down- it counts up. We don't say '8 days left to Sinai' we say '42 days are gone since we offered the Omer offering'. So what is this count about anyway? In this series, Rabbi Fohrman traces the roots of the Omer offering, taking us into a journey that explores the meaning of brick-making and bread-making, and the significance of both of these to the newly freed Israelites. What emerges is a view of the Omer that makes this offering a touchstone for an understanding of freedom, the Sabbath, and of law itself in our society.PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanFrom, Egypt, to, Sinai, The, Difference, Is, In, The, Bricks
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                                          Who Is Haman?

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                                          We often think of Esther almost as a fairytale, with evil Haman, silly Achashverosh, brilliant Mordechai and angelic Esther. In this video course, Rabbi Fohrman uncovers a fascinating connection between the story of the Garden of Eden and the megillah of Esther - and ultimately, Esther's actions help to redeem the fall of humankind after the sin in the Garden of Eden.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                          Why Did Israelites Become Slaves?

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                                          The Exodus story in Shmot is gripping, emotional, and exciting. But...isn't it also deeply theologically troubling? God freed us from slavery, yes - but why did God allow the Israelites to become enslaved in the first place? Why not skip the whole slavery part, and go straight to the happy ending? Join Rabbi Fohrman on the search for answers, and a deeper understanding about how much we have to be thankful for.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanwhy did god allow slavery, exodus slavery, why didnt god stop slavery, why did god allow israel to be enslaved, israel in slavery for 400 years, haggadah questions
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                                          Kedusha: What Is Holiness According To The Bible

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                                          Many of the laws in Parshat Kedoshim are not what we might expect to hear when we think of holiness. What happened to prayer and meditation? Why are we talking about crossbreeding animals? Is there any rhyme or reason to this list? And if we do find a way to understand all of these laws as fitting together, what do they teach us about holiness and how to achieve it?FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalevkedusha, what is holiness, holiness in the bible, bible study on holiness, how to be holy before god, how to be holy as god is holy, walking in holiness bible study, meaning of holiness in bible, define holiness according to the bible, what does bible say about holiness
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                                          Abraham's Journey 1

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                                          What is the central theme that underlies all of the stories about Abraham's life? The Torah tells us how Abraham hears God’s call, ventures to Canaan, flees from famine, takes a second wife, gets involved in a war of kings, and more. This series explains the story of Abraham like never before.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrman
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                                          What Does The Omer Offering Have To Do With The Jewish Holidays?

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                                          In Parshat Emor, we read through the laws and details of the Biblical holidays. But this section also includes a few other laws – like the Omer offering, and agricultural laws like Pe’ah and Leket. Why are those laws included with the Jewish holidays? Join Rabbi Fohrman and Rivky as they re-examine the Emor text, and discover its subtle shared language with a few other texts of the Torah.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmanomer meaning, omer in the bible, omer measurement, what is an omer in the bible, omer laws, omer offering, omer jewish holiday, omer judaism,
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                                          Refa'einu: Prayer, Sefirah and Healing from Trauma

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                                          Refa’einu is a plea for health found in the Shmoneh Esrei prayer. As the world continues to battle COVID-19, what better text to turn to for spiritual guidance. But when you take a close look at this prayer, something remarkable emerges. Refa’einu has an unexpected connection to Sefirat HaOmer, the period on our calendar that marks the time between the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Torah.  Could understanding the deeper meaning of the Omer somehow help us understand Refa’einu? Could this connection help us learn to relate to God as our healer?  In this course, Rabbi Fohrmand and Immanuel Shalev take a deep dive into Refa’einu and its Torah references, to shed light on what it means to truly heal, emotionally and spiritually--with empowering implications for us today. PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David FohrmanRefa'einu, Prayer, Sefirah, and, Healing, from, Trauma
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                                            Book Club with Rabbi Fohrman

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                                            Rabbi Fohrman is working on a new book. Want a first look at each chapter as soon as it's written? Want to actually be a part of shaping and developing these absolutely fresh ideas? Then come join Book Club! Book Club is an exclusive weekly event for Producers Circle members. Participants join Rabbi Fohrman to read and discuss his latest manuscript chapter. This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of Rabbi Fohrman's learning and writing process, to offer feedback, and genuinely impact what will make it into the next book. Not to mention a chance to hear the extra “bonus” material that doesn’t make it in. FreeNoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanBook, Club, with, Rabbi, Fohrman
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                                              Eishet Chayil: What Does Feminine Valor Look Like?

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                                              Eishet Chayil is the ode to the feminine, written by King Solomon in the final chapter of Proverbs, and sung every week, at the Friday night Shabbat table. For generations, many of us have been singing this song every Friday night at our Shabbat table, singing to the woman of the house and extolling her praises. Rabbi Fohrman recorded this live audio in Alon Shvut, Israel, in which he aims to understand the essence of what a "woman of valor" really means. \n\n For indeed, the very notion is odd. Valor is often thought of as a masculine virtue – signifying bravery, on the battlefront, or otherwise. And yet, King Solomon uses this phrase when describing what he calls the most important of feminine traits. Why? Rabbi Fohrman argues that Solomon, in the song of Eishet Chayil, hides a theory of a vision of unique feminine power and strength.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David FohrmanEishet # Chayil: # What # Does # a # Woman # of # Valor # Look # Like?
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                                                Why Do We Celebrate Shavuot & What's So Exciting About Getting A Bunch Of Laws?

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                                                Shavuot celebrates Revelation at Sinai & the giving of the Torah – but what's so joyful about laws? Is it really worth celebrating a list of things we can't do? Learn more here!FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanlaws of shavuot, mitzvot of shavuot, shavuot background, shavuot laws and customs, the importance of shavuot, why do we celebrate shavuot, rules for shavuot, significance of shavuot
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                                                The Origin of Shavuot - The Giving Of The Torah… Or Something Else?

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                                                The Torah seems to speak of Shavuot as a harvest holiday, but the Rabbis conceive of it as the time to celebrate the Giving of the Torah. Which one is it? In this series, Rabbi Fohrman shows that the two actually complement each other to bring deeper, relevant meaning to Shavuot.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanwhat does shavuot remember, shavuot in bible, shavuot origin, giving of the torah shavuot, matan torah shavuot, what does shavuot celebrate, shavuot torah
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                                                The Meaning of the Book of Ruth

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                                                Shavuot is an epic holiday in which we received the Torah and became a nation! But why do we read the Book of Ruth on such an exciting holiday? Is it just because of the harvest, or because Ruth is the grandmother of King David? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman brings us on a grand journey across Bible and shows us that the Book of Ruth is a symbolic stamp on the mission of the Jewish people.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanthe book of ruth explained, understanding the book of ruth, what is the book of ruth all about, why do we read the story of ruth on shavuot, spiritual meaning of the book of ruth, what is the purpose of the book of ruth, megillat ruth
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                                                Lot, Judah, & Ruth: Three Interconnected Yibum Stories

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                                                What is the theme that ties together the seemingly disconnected stories of Lot and his daughters, Judah and Tamar, and Ruth? The obscure Biblical law of yibum, or Levirite marriage, has a lot to do with it. Rabbi Fohrman argues there is an important connection that hints at a generational saga of redemption.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmanlot, ruth, judah, tamar, yehuda, interconnected, yibum, levirate, stories, megillat, daughter, book, shavuot, holiday, lest, come, scandal
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                                                The Return to Zion

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                                                Can mourning bring us closer to redemption? This series dives deep into Shir Hamaalot (Psalm 126) to uncover incredible insights into dealing with grief, and the pivotal role mourning may play in building a connection with God.  FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanshir hamaalot meaning, psalm 126 meaning, psalm 126 the message, jewish exile and return, jews returning to israel, israel exile, israel returns, when the jews return to zion
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                                                Where all the Tragedy Began

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                                                The Ninth of Av, the most tragic day in the Jewish calendar, is known as the day that the Temples were destroyed and many other National tragedies. The Talmudic Sages, however, point to a much earlier event in Jewish History as the first Tisha B'Av: the sin of the spies in the desert. What does that seemingly unrelated event have to do with the destruction of the Temples? And what powerful ramifications can it teach us today on how to bring about the longed-for redemption?FreeYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                  The Story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza: What is Baseless Hatred, Anyway?

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                                                  When was the last time you hated someone for absolutely no reason? Sinat chinam, baseless hatred, is the reason the Talmud gives for the loss of the Second Temple. But most of us don’t hate for the fun of it. Could it be we’ve been misunderstanding the true meaning of baseless hatred this whole time?FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmansinat chinam, baseless hatred, sinat chinam second temple, tisha b av sinat chinam, kamtza and bar kamtza story
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                                                  A Jewish Framework For Thinking About Life After Death

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                                                  How are we supposed to make sense of loss? What is the meaning of life? In this deep dive Premium course, Rabbi Fohrman shares how he has come to understand mourning and loss in the larger context of life, death and living a purposeful life. PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrmanbible comfort in death, bible comfort for loss of loved one, god's comfort in times of loss, jewish life after death
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                                                  How To Trust God In Difficult Times

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                                                  Why does God let us suffer? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he grapples with the unsatisfying answers often given to this difficult question -- and offers a new approach based on a mysterious passage in the Book of Isaiah.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                    The Hidden Structure Of The Ten Commandments

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                                                    In this course, Rabbi David Fohrman examines the meaning of Ten Commandments, why they are important & explores the most fundamental principles of Judaism.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanten commandments judaism, jewish ten commandments, ten commandments meaning, what do the ten commandments mean, what is the significance of the ten commandments in judaism, why are the ten commandments important to judaism
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                                                    Milk & Meat In Jewish Law

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                                                    The laws of Kashrut can seem so puzzling. There are restrictions on what you eat, how you eat it, and even how you slaughter the animals you’d like to eat! What makes all these laws so important? This Kashruth playlist takes a deeper look at several of the laws related to kosher eating, allowing you the opportunity to connect to God and kosher eating in a new and profound way. MemberYesNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                      The Story of Rachel and Her Tears

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                                                      In the Book of Jeremiah, we’re told that when Rachel wept for her children, God listened. Perhaps if we can discover why Rachel’s tears had this incredible effect on God, we can discover a way to harness the power of our own tears. FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
                                                      1. The Power Of Rachel’s Tears - Teacher Guide (Including Outline) (Teacher Guide)
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                                                      Tisha B’A, Mournin, Rache, Jaco, Midrash, Jeremiah, Yissachar, Empathy, Barren Women, Wives, Leah, Brothers and Sisters, Laban, Deception, Simanim (that’s the Hebrew word for “Signs”), Parshat Vayeitzei, Length: 1:01:58, Presenter: RDF, Format: animated video
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                                                      Of Soldiers And Slaves: Divine Justice In The Face Of Great Human Evil

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                                                      What can we expect of God, by way of justice, in the face of great human evil? That question was always pertinent, perhaps, throughout history -- but in the shadow of the Holocaust, it seems especially pertinent and troubling. Does Nazi Germany's defeat in war mean that the scores have been settled? Is justice on any level something we should be looking for, from the Almighty? Or: Are these divine secrets that humans really have no business asking about? In this talk, Rabbi Fohrman argues that the Torah doesn't ignore these issues, but implicitly addresses them in some powerful ways. The key is to look carefully at what the text tells us about... soldiers and slaves....PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrman
                                                      1. Of Soldiers And Slaves: Divine Justice In The Face Of Great Human Evil - Additional Doc (Outline)
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                                                      Infinite God...Physical Home?

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                                                      How does God, the infinite, exist in this world of finite? In this course, we consider our perspective of God in this world based on the physical make-up of the Temple. Does God still dwell among us today?PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmangod's dwelling place, god dwells in us, god dwells among us, god's dwelling place with man
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                                                        The Triumph and Tragedy of King Hezekiah

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                                                        A few generations before the destruction of the Temple, there was a king who, the Talmud tells us, could have been the Messiah. How did the Jewish people get so close to redemption, only to end in exile? If we can answer this question, perhaps we can come to understand the power of our own potential and to reshape our destiny.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanmashiach, israel messiah, messianic expectation, messianic era, messianic age judaism, jewish messianic hope, hezekiah king of judah, was hezekiah a good king, king hezekiah bible study
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                                                        How Is Land Ownership Connected To The Pesach Sheni Offering?

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                                                        In Parshat Pinchas, we read about the daughters of Tzelaphchad, who sought to inherit their father’s land. God granted their request, and even codified it into law. But there’s something unique about this story — it’s strikingly similar to the story of the Pesach Sheini offering. When a group of ritually impure people approached Moses and requested a way to make an offering, God codified a practice called Pesach Sheni, which acted as a “make-up” offering for the impure. But what does inheriting land and ritually impurity have to do with each other? Join Rabbi Fohrman and Daniel Loewenstein as they explore the meaning of nationhood and purity.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmanpesach sheni, second passover, what is the message of pesach sheni, pesach sheni meaning
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                                                        The Fundamentals of Parenting

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                                                        Is there a parenting guide hidden in the Torah? Beth Lesch and Rabbi Fohrman share what may just be the closest thing.FreeNoNoNoBeth LeschThe, Fundamentals, of, Parenting
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                                                          What’s The Theme Of Passover?

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                                                          If Passover was really about freedom, then why didn’t God take the Israelites out of Egypt sooner? Why did he have to go through all of the trouble of making plagues? Join Imu as he explores this pivotal question by re-examining the Exodus text, and never read the Passover story the same way again.FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalevwhat is the main theme of passover, passover themes, main theme of passover, passover ideas, what does passover commemorate
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                                                          The Secret Of The Bible's Holiday Laws

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                                                          This week's discussion dealing with holidays has two major interruptions: laws of the omer offering, and the agricultural laws of pe'ah and leket. Why do these two pieces invade the laws of holidays, and what does that teach us about the epic Biblical approach to holidays?FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
                                                          1. The Secret to Understanding Jewish Holidays - Outline (Outline)
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                                                          The Meaning of Dayenu: Would It Have Been Enough?

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                                                          Singing Dayeinu: Would It Really Have Been Enough? What do the lyrics of Dayeinu song really mean?PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmandayenu, dayenu lyrics, dayenu song, dayenu meaning, dayenu hebrew, passover song dayenu, what does dayenu mean, jewish song dayenu, pesach dvar torah on dayenu, dayenu words
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                                                          Origins Of The Firstborn Nation

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                                                          The story of the Exodus reminds us of the experience of our ancestors, the Israelites, and their freedom from Egypt. And the climax, of the story, right before they're all taken out of Egypt, is when the Israelites bring the Korban Pesach, the Passover offering. Today, when we think of that story, we can't help but ask...what is the Passover offering all about? And, Rabbi Fohrman asks, how meaningful can the Exodus be to us today, if we don't understand the Passover offering at all?PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David FohrmanGod, chosen, nation, firstborn, origin, pesach, passover, israel
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                                                          What It Means To Be Chosen By God

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                                                          We know what happens in the first few weekly Torah portions of the book of Exodus: God frees the Israelites from slavery, and we, officially become God's chosen people. But what does that actually mean? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he re-examines the biblical text to look for the moment when the Israelites became God's firstborn nation – and see how we can reaffirm our promise to step up to the responsibility of being God's chosen ones, thousands of years later.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmangod's chosen people, chosen by god meaning, god's chosen ones, what does it mean to be chosen by god, being chosen by god, god's chosen nation, what does passover mean, spiritual significance of passover
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                                                          The Exodus Story That Could Have Been

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                                                          The story of Exodus ends in carnage for the Egyptians, and in glorious salvation for the Israelites – but could this story have ended differently? Could the Egyptians also have lived happily ever after? Rabbi Fohrman thinks we can find the answer by noticing some uncanny resemblances to another biblical story – when Joseph asks Pharaoh to honor the death of his ‘father’ Jacob. Only, in that story, the Egyptians and the Israelites leave Egypt together in unity – the chariots accompany the Israelites out of the land. Was this earlier story intended to be instructions for the later Pharaoh? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he examines these two stories, and never read the Exodus story the same way again.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
                                                          1. Teacher Guide: The Exodus That Could Have Been (Teacher Guide)
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                                                          The Three Great Lies of the Exodus

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                                                          When God tells Moses to go back to Egypt with his mission to free the slaves, He gives Moses three signs to prove God's existence to Pharaoh and the Israelites – but even Pharaoh’s own magicians were able to repeat the signs, and at the first sign of trouble, the Israelites lost faith. So, if the signs were unsuccessful, why did God have Moshe perform them in the first place? Rabbi Fohrman introduces these three miracles that God gave to Moses as a new way to look at the entire story of the Exodus. Discover a story of belief, hope, compassion and redemption – significant themes that are still relevant today.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                          How To Read The Haggadah

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                                                          Want interesting insights for your Haggadah Pesach Dvar Torah? What is the meaning of the Maggid in Haggadah? Every year, we sit down and the seder and read the Haggadah. Some parts are fun, like the singing, and the exciting stories – but so much of it is boring, and seems really random! Lavan? Brit Bein Habetarim? In these videos, Rabbi Fohrman gives new light to the Haggadah text, and teaches us how to really read the Haggadah.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanpassover haggadah, what is the haggadah, haggadah meaning, maggid passover, jewish haggadah, pesach haggadah insights, pesach seder haggadah, dvar torah pesach haggadah, thoughts on the haggadah, interesting haggadah
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                                                          Could The Ten Commandments Help Us Understand The Exodus From Egypt?

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                                                          On Passover, we celebrate the miracles God performed for the Israelites, namely, taking them out of Egypt. But isn’t it strange that right after the Israelites were freed, God enforced the laws of the Ten Commandments without warning? Sure, God took them out of slavery, but wouldn’t it have been nice to at least mention the laws before the Israelites left Egypt? Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores this pivotal question by comparing the Ten Commandments with the story of the Burning Bush -- and never read the Exodus the same way again.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanexodus from egypt, story of the exodus from egypt, exodus ten commandments, the ten commandments passover, i brought you out of egypt, remember the passover, understanding passover
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                                                          The Fast of The Firstborn: If No One's Fasting, What’s The Point Of Taanit Bechorot?

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                                                          Taanit Bechorot commemorates the tenth and final plague in the Passover story -- when God killed all of the firstborn Egyptians, but spared those of the Israelites. To remember, firstborns fast. But what’s interesting about Taanit Bechorot is that most firstborns don’t actually fast. Instead, there’s another tradition of joining a se’udat mitzvah -- a special kind of religious meal, whose joy overrides the fast. So, if no one's fasting, why are we even celebrating this day? Join us as we explore this unique question by reexamining the language used to describe God’s firstborn child, the Israelites -- and never think of Taanit Bechorot the same way again.FreeNoNoNoBeth Leschpassover fasting, fast of the firstborn, passover fast of the first born, jewish passover fasting, fasting before passover, do we fast on passover
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                                                            Hallel: The Story Of The Jewish People

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                                                            We add the prayer service of Hallel on holidays, but what exactly are we saying? Is it just a collection of Psalms? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman argues that not only are we learning what it is to be a servant of God, but we are also discovering the origins of the nation of Israel.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmanhallel meaning, the story of the jewish people, hallel, hallel psalms, hallel prayer, hallel israel, hallel songs, hallel audio, jewish hallel
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                                                            Ha'azinu-V'Zot Habracha: The Inspiring Conclusion To The Torah (Part 2)

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                                                            In this week's video, we close the entire Torah, and we ask ourselves, what lessons can we learn today? How can we be inspired by the Torah's messages, and fulfill our destiny as a people?NoNoNoImmanuel ShalevHa'azinu V'Zot Habracha Torah Portion
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                                                            Ha'azinu: Moses' Farewell To Israel

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                                                            In this video, the second of this three-part series about the end of the Torah, we continue to discuss the connections between Psalm 90 and stories of the Torah. This week, Rabbi Fohrman delves into the psalm itself, connecting the beginning of the chapter to its end, and relating it to the building of the Tabernacle - the place that we humans built for God to dwell in.NoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanparshat, haazinu, moses, farewell, to, israel
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                                                            Eikev: What Does It Mean To Be A Good Person?- Part 2/2

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                                                            Are Micha and Moses arguing? Find out in this epilogue to Parshat Eikev.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanEikev: # What # Does # It # Mean # To # Be # A # Good # Person?- # Part # 2/2
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                                                            Tisha B'Av and Mashiach: Epilogue

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                                                            In this audio epilogue, Rabbi Fohrman ties up some loose ends about Chizkiah and his story.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanTisha, B'Av, and, Mashiach, Epilogue
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                                                            Epilogue: Three Questions We Didn’t Answer About Sukkot

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                                                            How to take the spiritual lessons of Sukkot and make them last through the winter. Rabbi Fohrman takes a deep dive into the Bible verses and Torah disputes to answer the big questions in the Sukkot story, and uncover the deeper significance of Sukkot.NoYesNoRabbi David Fohrmansukkot in the bible, sukkot story, sukkot meaning bible, sukkot torah, sukkot significance
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                                                            Tetzaveh: Angels In the Tabernacle?- Part 2/2

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                                                            In this video, Rabbi Fohrman continues his exploration of the mishkan, a human house built for God, and explains that the three partitions of the mishkan are each a way of peeling back a layer of creation - so we can truly connect with God.NoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanfohrman # mishkan # tabernacle # god # bible # torah # weekly portion # torah video # sabbath # creation #
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                                                            Nitzavim: The Pursuit of Happiness

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                                                            In last week's Ki Tavo video, Rabbi Fohrman introduced us to the farmer with first fruit, the individual with tithes stored in his house, and the person who might be cursed. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman makes the argument that perhaps these three people are actually one person, going through three stages of an ongoing story. As we go through the stages of this potential downfall of an individual, Rabbi Fohrman shows the importance of serving God with happiness.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanNitzavim, The, Pursuit, of, Happiness
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                                                            Parsha 5774/2014

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                                                            Whether you've been learning the weekly Torah portion for years or this is your first time, Rabbi Fohrman's clear elucidation and exciting content will illuminate the parsha in unique and mind-blowing ways.NoYesNoRabbi David Fohrmanparsha 2014 # parsha # weekly portion # torah # bible # rabbi fohrman # aleph beta # shabbos # shabbat # course # lecture # video #
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                                                            Epilogue 1 - Shoftim: The Line Between Murder And Apathy

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                                                            Shoftim: Epilogue 1NoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanShoftim, Epilogue 1
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                                                            Ha'azinu: Looking Towards The Future (Part 2)

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                                                            In this week's video, the second of a three-part series, we delve into the beautiful and mysterious song of Ha'azinu. Rabbi Fohrman notes some fascinating language in the song and asks, once we recognize that our separation from God is our fault, how do we repair it?NoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanparshat haazinu
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                                                            Nitzavim: How To Make Sense Of The Terrible Curses II

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                                                            Last week, we found that to understand God's curses at the end of the Torah, we have to follow a trail all the way back, to Creation, and the Garden of Eden.NoNoNoImmanuel ShalevParshat Nitzavim
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                                                            From the Waters of Babylon to 1967

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                                                            Do ancient Psalms forecast our modern experience?NoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanTisha # B'Av # waters # babylon # 1967
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                                                            V'Zot Habracha: Looking Towards The Future (Part 3)

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                                                            With this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman finishes the series of parsha videos by giving us a look at the Torah's vision of what happens after the text of the Torah officially ends, and reminds us that we today are a critical part of the timeline in Jewish history.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanParshat vzot habracha
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                                                            A Tale of Two Names: Elokim and YHVH

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                                                            The Bible uses many names to refer to God, the two most well-known being Elokim and YHVH (an unpronounceable name composed of the Hebrew letters <em>yud-hey-vav-hey</em>). What do these names mean, and why do they appear when they do? This is one of the Bible's greatest mysteries. Perhaps even more mysterious is that we find the highly uncommon "YHVH Elokim" — a combination of these two names — in the Bible's opening pages: in the story of God's creation of the world. Join Rabbi Fohrman for an exploration of what these names mean on their own, what they mean in combination, and how understanding God's names can, perhaps, help us to lead more godly lives.PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanTale, of, Two, Names, Elokim, and, YHVH
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                                                              Va'etchanan: What Did Moses Do Wrong?- Part 2/2

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                                                              This week is the second part of a series asking, really, why wasn't Moses really able to enter the land of Israel? Through a side-by-side comparison of two surprising stories - the sin of the spies, and Jethro's judges - we are shown an unexpected angle and come to a stronger understand of what Moses truly did that didn't allow him to enter the land of Israel.NoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanvaetchanan, moses, devarim, spies, land of israel, judges, jethro, torah, bible, forhman
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                                                              God's Place In Our Lives Today

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                                                              How can God exist in our physical world yet also exist outside of space and time? Explore the paradoxical language surrounding God’s relationship with the Tabernacle. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he examines the description of the Tabernacle, and highlights the similarities between the human body and God. Want to get the most out of this video? Check out this video for Parshat Terumah, where Rabbi Fohrman first introduces the ideas he builds upon here. FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmangod place, place where god lives, god in physical form, is god a physical being
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                                                              Miketz: Reversing the Sale of Joseph

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                                                              In this week's video, the second of a series about Joseph and his interpretation of Pharaoh's dream, Rabbi Fohrman begins to explore the textual connections between the story of Pharaoh's dream and the story of 13 years earlier, as Joseph is sold into slavery.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanMikeitz # Parsha # joseph # pharaoh # dreams # famine # cows # egypt # video # lecture # course # forhman #
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                                                              Metzora: What Do Tumah And Tahara Mean Today? Part II

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                                                              We suggested last week that death is the thread that ties the cases of tumah together. This week, in Metzora, we'll dive a little deeper to find the meaning embedded in the strange rituals of becoming tahor, ritually pure.NoNoNoImmanuel ShalevThe Parsha Experiment - Metzora: What Do Tumah And Tahara Mean Today? Part II
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                                                              Masei: Why Is The End of Bamidbar So Anticlimactic? II

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                                                              In this video, we still ask, why does the Torah end the narrative sections with the story of Yair ben Menashe conquering some towns? In finding the answer, Rabbi Fohrman teaches us about true reconciliation: brothers taking care of brothers.NoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanMasei: # Why # Is # The # End # of # Bamidbar # So # Anticlimactic? # II
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                                                              Understanding The Book of Esther

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                                                              Reading the Purim story year after year sometimes feels just a little bit like being back in third grade. But when you look more closely, important questions pervade the megillah. Why did Haman describe the Jewish people so oddly in his request to have them killed? Why did Achashverosh plan huge, elaborate parties, and impetuously kill his wife? Why did Esther plan parties instead of telling Achashverosh what she needed? In this course, we will explore those questions and more, and uncover a richer understanding of the holiday, the book of Esther, and the meaning of it all.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanreading, megillat, megillah, esther, new, lens, queen, thought, knew, purim, holiday
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                                                              Purim: How Thin Is The Line Between Esther And Haman?

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                                                              How do we come to grips with a command to utterly destroy Amalek? How thin is the line between the great heroism of Esther and the great evil of Haman? The two may not be as far apart as they might seem. Check it out – and please feel free to write back with feedback!PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrmanesther, haman, how, thin, line, yibum, law, purim, holiday
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                                                              Why Is Purim Important

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                                                              Why is celebrating Purim important today – or even at all? Sure, Purim is the “holiday that will never be forgotten,” and celebrates the salvation of the Jewish nation, but it is also the rare holiday where God doesn’t take center stage in the story. Is this a clue that Purim celebrates our own contribution, alongside God’s? Of course, we recognize that Purim celebrates the work of God’s helping hand “in the background.” That certainly seems like an important reason to celebrate Purim for all eternity. But aren’t we partly responsible for our achievements? This Purim video sets out to uncover a meaningful reason as to why we still celebrate Purim today.FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalevpurim, celebration, celebrate, important, today, why, should, we, 2000, years, later, holiday
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                                                              The True Depth Of God's Love And Forgiveness

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                                                              Is there ever a point of no return in my relationship with God? In Parshat Ki Tisa, Moses explores this exact question as he bargains with God on behalf of the nation after the Sin of the Golden Calf. How is it possible that this lawyering session could possibly change God's mind after such an atrocious sin? What could this mean for me and my relationship with God?FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalevwill god forgive me, god's forgiveness of sins, experiencing god's forgiveness, god's love and forgiveness, does god forgive us, god has the power to forgive, receiving god's forgiveness, why does god forgive me, true forgiveness from god
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                                                              The Hidden Story of Mordechai

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                                                              Rabbi Fohrman introduces the question of why Mordechai doesn’t bow to Haman, dispelling common explanations by showing that bowing, itself, isn’t idolatrous, that the story of Haman’s wearing an idol is not actually in the text, and connecting the narrative to that involving Potiphar’s wife.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanmordechai, mordecai, story, hidden, viceroy, why, did, not, does, refuse, bow, haman, purim, esther, holiday
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                                                              Divine Lottery: Fate, Chance And Themes

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                                                              What are the main themes of Purim that emerge from the Book of Esther? We dive into the glaring questions in Megillat answer and uncover the surprising answers.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David Fohrmanpurim, themes, esther, book, megillat, megillah, divine, lottery, fate, chance, three, underlying, choice, whose, haman, mordechai
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                                                              Why is It Called Purim?

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                                                              What is the true meaning of the word Purim? Why would we name Purim after Haman's lots, which represent both Haman's method of destruction and his focus on chance, which is antithetical to our belief of God's Divine involvement? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman dismantles our understanding of the Hebrew word Purim with an intriguing Biblical narrative and a challenge to be more like Esther – remaining neutral is not an option. Discover the meaning of Purim.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanpurim, word, meaning, strange, why, name, holiday, after, enemy, pur, lots, haman, esther, mordechai
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                                                              Matanot La’Evyonim & More

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                                                              Besides for reading the book of Esther, Purim is primarily celebrated through two mitzvot: Mishloach Manot and Matanot la'evyonim. Mishloach Manot is the practice of giving gifts to friends and family and Matanot la'evyonim is the act of giving gifts to the poor. But what makes Mishloach Manot and Matanot la'evyonim so unique to Purim? Sure these are great mitzvot to do – but why do them on Purim, specifically? Through a careful examination of the Purim story, Rabbi Fohrman explores the subtle whispers and foreshadows of these two mitzvot in the text. What emerges is a unique story of the discrete dialogue shared between Queen Esther and Mordechai during this period in the turbulent, Persian Empire. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores this fascinating backstory – and never give Mishloach Manot the same way again.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanpurim, mizvot, mishloach, manot, matanot, la'evyonim, l evyonim, law, story, hiding, plain, sight, genesis, gift, basket, mordechai, esther, holiday
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                                                              Queen Esther's Gambit

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                                                              Unlike most other Jewish Holidays, the story of Queen Esther is about God's hand in what seems like coincidence. But is that the whole story? Wasn't the victory in Esther political rather than spiritual? What lessons are we meant to learn, and how does the story of Purim have any relevance to us? In this course, Rabbi Fohrman takes you on a journey of discovery into the text - revealing layers of meaning that are both startling and profound. This course will transform your ability to read Bible carefully and appreciate the wisdom and profundity of the words of our sages.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David Fohrmanesther, queen, story, family, feud, ominous, background, megillah, megillat, purim, holiday
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                                                              Bar And Bat Mitzvah Preparation Course

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                                                              Bar Mitzvah PlaylistPremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrmanbar mitzvah video, bar mitzvah video, bar bat mitzvah preparation
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                                                                The Meaning Of Taanit Esther & Why We Fast Before The Happiest Day Of The Year

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                                                                Purim’s almost here! But first, before the happiest day of the year, we’re going to spend the day… fasting. So why do we fast on this day? Is Taanit Esther just a burden we need to get through before all the fun begins, or is there something more to it? What is the deeper meaning behind the fast of Esther?FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalevtaanit, esther, fast, meaning, why, before, happiest, day, year, purim, holiday
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                                                                La Línea entre el Asesinato y la Apatía

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                                                                En la parashá de esta semana, se nos presentan las ciudades refugio, un lugar seguro para aquellos que matan de manera accidental. Interesantemente, hemos escuchado varias de las circunstancias que se mencionan en narrativas anteriores en la Torá. ¿pero por qué?  En este video, el Rabino David Fohrman nos brinda el contexto para entender lo que hay detrás de un asesinato accidental y de cómo convertirnos en individuos más sensibles.FreeNoNoNoRabbi David FohrmanLa, Línea, entre, el, Asesinato, y, la, Apatía
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                                                                  Hollywood and the Rabbis

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                                                                  Hanukkah commemorates the clash between Judaism and Hellenism. Are these two cultures completely incompatible? Or is there a place for Hellenistic values in Judaism? In the video The Hanukkah That Might Have Been, Rabbi Fohrman suggests that beauty and aesthetics can add great meaning to our lives when they are approached as a means for deepening our relationship with God. In this special epilogue, Rabbi Fohrman puts this theory into practice, by sharing some of his favorite TV and movie scenes and the deeper lessons he's learned from them. Grab some popcorn, get comfortable, and join Rabbi Fohrman and Imu for: Hollywood and the Rabbis.PremiumNoYesYesRabbi David FohrmanHollywood, and, the, Rabbis, Epilogue
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                                                                    Kinot Live 2020 with Rabbi Fohrman

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                                                                    Join Rabbi Fohrman and the Aleph Beta team for an in-depth reading and discussion of Kinot. These beautiful texts will take on whole new meanings and your Tisha B’Av will never be the same. This discussion took place live Tisha B’Av morning, July 30, 2020.PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanKinot, Live, 2020, with, Rabbi, Fohrman
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                                                                      A Tale of Two Names: Why Were There Days of Creation?

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                                                                      Why were there six days of creation, at all? It seems like such a quaint notion, the universe being created in 6 days. But you didn't have to be a rocket scientist from the 21st century to realize that an Elenterprise like the universe might take a little more than the 6 days to construct. And you likewise don't have to be the world's most sophisticated scientist to realize that it's pretty hard to get days, in the traditional sense, without the sun and the solar system - which, inconveniently enough, only show up on day 4. So, what's with the days? Why does the Torah insist on them? In this course, we'll take a close look at the text of the Torah, with an eye toward solving these mysteries.PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                                        A Tale of Two Names: From The Garden To The Flood

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                                                                        In this webinar, Rabbi Fohrman looks back at his past theories on the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He shares the evolution of his thought process since he initially came up with those theories, and brings new questions and ideas to light. Why did God put the tree in the Garden in the first place? What was so bad about Adam and Eve wanting to gain knowledge of Good and Evil? PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David Fohrman
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                                                                          A New Audio Reflection on “The Exodus and Its Miracles; the Exodus and Its Lies”

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                                                                          Preparing for Pesach in the middle of a global health crisis raises a lot of big questions. What message can we learn from the story of the Exodus that speaks to our current situation? What spiritual strength might we draw from the holiday to help us through this time?FreeNoNoYesDaniel LoewensteinPesach, Faith, and, COVID-19
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                                                                            The Role of the Daughter of Pharaoh in the Story of Yetziat Mizraim

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                                                                            In this video, Rabbi Fohrman is joined by Adam Mintz, Director of 929 English, for a discussion about the role of Pharaoh's Daughter in the story of Yetziat Mizraim. This discussion was recorded live on Zoom, June 25, 2020.PremiumNoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanThe, Role, of, the, Daughter, of, Pharaoh, in, the, Story, of, Yetziat, Mizraim
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                                                                              The Significance Of Isaac And Abraham's Wells In The Bible

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                                                                              Remember when Isaac dug a bunch of wells? It’s totally your favorite story in the Torah, right? No?? Well, you’ve been missing out! Here’s why...FreeNoNoNoImmanuel Shalev
                                                                              1. Teacher Guide: Isaac And The Wells – What's That About? (Teacher Guide)
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                                                                                Praying for Health: Refainu and the Exodus

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                                                                                Praying for Health: Refainu and the ExodusPremiumNoYesNoRabbi David FohrmanPraying, for, Health, Refainu, and, the, Exodus
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