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Into the Verse is dedicated to bringing you Torah that is timely and relevant to your life. Using the weekly parsha and the Jewish calendar as inspiration, this podcast is filled with rich and uplifting insights based on analysis of the Hebrew text itself. Take a listen and enjoy!


Ari Levisohn


Latest Episodes

SEPTEMBER 19, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 23

High Holidays: Just How Guilty Should I Feel?

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, should be a time of introspection, but it often feels like we're so overwhelmed by our own guilt, by the idea of coming to terms with ourselves, that we don't know where to start.


Season 2 | Episode 22

High Holidays: How to make Selichot meaningful?

How can we ask God for forgiveness for the things we’ve done wrong? If we admit our mistakes, aren’t we acknowledging that we’re unworthy of His blessings? But could we be so bold as to demand God’s goodness when we know that we’ve made mistakes?


Season 2 | Episode 21

Nitzavim-Vayelech: Do One Person's Actions Really Matter?

Parshat Nitzavim warns that in the future, there might be someone who goes astray after other gods. God will “separate” that person for punishment, and future generations will see that the land was destroyed for this sin, “like Sodom and Gomorrah.” But wait, that doesn’t make sense! If God punishes guilty individuals, how do we get to the entire land being destroyed?

AUGUST 29, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 20

Ki Tavo: Why Would God Curse Us for Not Being Happy?

Parshat Ki Tavo lists the blessings that will come if we keep God’s commandments and the curses that will follow if we don’t. But it also says that to be blessed, we need to serve God “with joy.”

AUGUST 22, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 19

Ki Teitzei: Can We Justify the Commandment To Annihilate Amalek?

This week’s parsha includes the commandment to wipe out the memory of Amalek, the nation who attacked the Israelites shortly after the Exodus from Egypt. It’s the kind of mitzvah that makes our skin crawl in the 21st century.

AUGUST 15, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 18

Shoftim: King David’s commentary on Parshat Shoftim

How do the trials and tribulations of King David’s life shed light on the laws in Parshat Shoftim? What if he actually wrote a commentary on the parsha based on his experiences?

AUGUST 8, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 17

Re’eh: What Do the Laws of Eating Meat Teach Us About Parenthood

In Parshat Re’eh God commands the Israelites to bring their offerings only to the Temple “in the place I will choose.” But wait… we've heard before about a sacrifice location shrouded in mystery? The binding of Isaac shares this and many other parallels with Parshat Re’eh. But what are we supposed to make of these connections?

AUGUST 1, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 16

Eikev: A Revolutionary Way of Serving God?

In Parshat Eikev, Moses tells the Israelites he’s got breaking news to share about what God wants from us: to fear, love, and serve Him, and to do all the mitzvot. But what’s so new about that? We’ve been hearing that since humanity was first created. What could Moses really be telling the people?

JULY 18, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 15

Devarim: Seeing Life From God's Perspective

In Parshat Devarim, Moses rehashes the sin of the Spies. The Spies did exactly what Moses told them to do. They reported back on every question Moses asked them, so why does God decide to wipe out that whole generation and only their children would enter the land?

JULY 11, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 14

Matot-Masei: How Manasseh Prevented a Family Feud

When the tribes of Reuben and Gad say they prefer not settle in the Land of Israel, Moses is concerned, but accepts their request and decides that half of the tribe of Menasseh should join them. Why would Moses do that? How would the tribe of Menasseh make things any better?

JULY 4, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 13

Pinchas: Grappling With Mortality

In Parshat Pinchas, the daughters of Tzelafchad mysteriously gloss over the reason for their father’s death, but the Sages of the Talmud clue us into Tzelafchad’s true identity and surprising backstory.

JUNE 27, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 12

Chukat-Balak: Talking Donkeys, Invisible Angels, and the Tree of Knowledge

From a prophet-for-hire, to a talking donkey, to an invisible angel, Parshat Balak sports quite the interesting cast, but all these characters seem to be one hit wonders. It seems like Parshat Balak is almost entirely unrelated to the rest of the Torah and the Torah would be perfectly complete without it. But what if Parshat Balak is really the sequel to a much earlier story in the Torah?

JUNE 20, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 11

Korach's Fatal Mistake

Why did Korach rebel? What if there was something in Korach’s family history that was motivating his revolt? This week Rabbi Fohrman joins Ami Silver to uncover the hidden backstory of Korach and his family, searching for exactly where he went wrong.

JUNE 13, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 10

Shelach: Meaningful Judaism Takeover

Parshat Shelach teaches us the mitzvah of Tzitzit. How are we to understand these little fringes? Sounds like a perfect job for the crew at "Meaningful Judaism," our new podcast dedicated to uncovering the meaning in mitzvot, so we invited them to take over "Into the Verse" this week.

JUNE 6, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 9

Beha'alotecha: The Moment When Everything Changed

Parshat Beha’alotecha marks the tragic turning point in the Israelites’ journey, but is there any silver lining in the beginning of this generation’s downfall? Join Ami Silver and Rivky Stern as they explore the shifting dynamics of the Israelites’ desert story. 

MAY 30, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 8

Naso: Birkat Kohanim and a Story of Brothers

The Priestly Blessing, which parents use to bless their children Friday nights and Kohanim recite in synagogues, is familiar to so many people, but few are aware of the story of two brothers hidden in the blessing. What story could that be and how does that help us see the Priestly Blessing in a new light? Join Ari Levisohn, and his brother Tani, for a deeper look at the blessing you thought you knew. 

MAY 21, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 7

Shalosh Regalim: Why Does the Torah Call the Holidays “Legs”?

Why does the Torah refer to the three harvest holidays as the “shalosh regalim,” the three legs? Join Ari Levisohn and Adina Blaustein as they explore fascinating intertextual parallels and discover a meaningful message about the holidays hidden in this strange name.

MAY 16, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 6

Bamidbar: How a Book Gets Its Title

How does "Numbers" make sense as a title for the Bible's fourth book? How is that name connected to what the book is about? Join Rabbi Fohrman and his daughter, Ariella, as they explore the titles of the Bible's books and stitch together the powerful story they tell.

MAY 9, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 5

Behar-Bechukotai: Are God’s Curses Just a Scare Tactic

Why does the Book of Leviticus end with scary curses, and why does the Torah link these curses to the mitzvah of Shemittah? Join Adina Blaustein and Ari Levisohn as the journey through this week’s double parsha and its haftorah to find an inspiring understanding of Behar-Bechukotai and the entire Book of Leviticus. 

MAY 2, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 4

Emor: Is the Omer Still Important?

During the time between Passover and Shavuot, we “count the Omer,” marking the number of days since the Omer offering would have been brought. Why is this Omer offering so important that we have to mention it 49 consecutive nights, and how is it still relevant if we haven’t even had the Temple for 2000 years? 

APRIL 23, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 3

Yom Ha'atzmaut: Divine Kindness Isn't So Simple

The developments surrounding the return to the Land of Israel and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 seem to be prophetically predicted in the verses of Psalm 107. That’s why Israel’s Chief Rabbinate selected this salvation-themed chapter to be recited on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s independence day. But there is one verse that seems completely out of place.

APRIL 18, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 2

Tazria-Metzora: Tzara’at, Sinai, and the Transformative Power of Speech

What does Tzara'at have to do with the revalation at Sinai? Why did Miriam get tzara'at? In this week's episode Tikva Hecht untangles a web of intertextual parallels, that all revolve around the transformative power of speech.

APRIL 2, 2023

Season 2 | Episode 1

Passover: How Do Family Dinners Echo Ancient Sacrifices?

In last week’s episode, Imu and Rivky pointed out that the only two places where chametz (leavened bread) is forbidden are our homes on Passover and all year round in the Mishkan (Tabernacle). In this week’s episode, Ari Levisohn, notices that this isn’t the only connection between the Mishkan and the Israelites’ homes on that original Passover. These connections lead to a fascinating exploration of the monumental impact of that original Passover and what we and our families can gain from this Passover.

MARCH 28, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 48

Tzav: What Does God Have Against Chametz?

Passover is a week away, and as we stock up on matzah and kiss goodbye to bagels, you’ve got to wonder: What’s the big deal about leavened bread, anyway? Why don't we eat it on Passover? Easy question, right? Because of the matzah we ate when God took us out of Egypt. But if you think about it, this prohibition is pretty strange.

MARCH 21, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 47

Vayikra: The How-To Guide for a Relationship with God

We’re starting Sefer Vayikra this week! But if we’re honest, Leviticus isn’t the easiest book to be excited about.

MARCH 14, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 46

Vayakhel-Pekudei: God’s Shabbat and Our Shabbat

Observing the Sabbath involves rules about a long list of actions, from cleaning to writing to making things with our hands, and more!

MARCH 8, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 45

Ki Tisa: The Golden Calf... How Did We Get Here?

Parshat Ki Tisa has one of the all-time low points in the Torah. The Israelites just received the Torah back in Parshat Yitro. All they need to do now is wait for Moses to finish up a bit of paperwork with God. But when he doesn't come back right away, they go to Aaron and ask him to...  make them a golden calf.

FEBRUARY 28, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 44

Purim: How to Stand Before the King

There's a saying that Purim has a lot in common with a certain other Jewish holiday. But unlike Purim, that other holiday isn’t exactly known for parties, costumes, and sweet treats. No, it’s Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and atonement. So where’s the similarity?

FEBRUARY 21, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 43

Terumah: God's Home and the Secret of Creation

Parshat Terumah kicks off the "not so exciting" section of the Torah all about the detailed construction of the mishkan (tabernacle). But what if those details contain the secret key to understanding one of the greatest questions facing any 21st-century believer: How do we reconcile the creation story in Genesis with everything we know about modern physics and the Big Bang?

FEBRUARY 14, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 42

Mishpatim: Does Justice Care About Our Intentions?

Parshat Mishpatim tells us what should happen if people get hurt because of someone else's actions – fighting, stealing, keeping dangerous animals around the house. In each case, the Torah explains what should happen to the offender, but what's interesting is that the same injury doesn’t always carry the same penalty. Sometimes it depends on the person's intentions: Were they actually planning to cause the harm or not?

FEBRUARY 7, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 41

Yitro: The View from the Eagles’ Wings

Parshat Yitro includes the Revelation at Mount Sinai, one of the most dramatic moments in the Torah. But this week on Into the Verse, we zoom in on a moment shortly before that, one that’s easy to miss. God gives Moses instructions for the Israelites, so they can get ready for the giving of the Torah. And what’s the first thing God wants them to keep in mind, on the brink of this historic moment? God says, “Tell the children of Israel: You saw what I did to the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.”

JANUARY 31, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 40

Beshalach: What Is Belief In God?

Parshat Beshalach tells the story of the end of the Exodus and the crossing of the Red Sea.

JANUARY 24, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 39

Bo: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Parshat Bo is where the Exodus really happens. God sends the last plagues and tells the Israelites to prepare for liberation, and on the night of the tenth plague, Pharaoh finally gives the order: Leave now. But just when the Israelites are gearing up to get out of Egypt, there are a few details that seem to slow the action down. For one thing, there are God’s instructions: “Get your shoes on, be ready to leave… but don’t walk out of your houses!” And for another, God specifically picks a longer road out of Egypt, because the other one is “nearby.” What should we make of these strange facts?

JANUARY 17, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 38

Va’era: God As Our Shepherd 

In this week's parsha, God introduces Himself to Moses as YHVH, but then He says something surprising: "I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as Kel-Shakai, but My name of YHVH, I didn't make known to them." If we have been reading the Torah up to this point, we will have heard the name YHVH countless times! So what does God mean by saying that the forefathers only knew Him as Kel-Shakai?

JANUARY 10, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 37

Shemot: How One Family Saved a Nation

In Parshat Shemot, we hear about the early life of Moses: How his mother put him into the Nile as a baby, how he was raised in Pharaoh’s house, how he fled from Egypt… and how God sent him back to lead the Israelites out of slavery. But there’s one detail that’s easy to miss in all the drama. God tells Moses at the burning bush: “Your brother Aaron is coming to meet you, and he is rejoicing in his heart.”

JANUARY 1, 2023

Season 1 | Episode 36

Asara B’Tevet: Why do we fast?

Why is the Fast of Asara B'Tevet significant today? The 17th of Tammuz, 9th of Av, and Tzom Gedaliah all commemorate conquest, destruction, exile, and the downfall of a kingdom. They're horrible, and of course we mourn those days. But on the 10th of Tevet, we’re remembering when the Babylonian armies surrounded the walls of Jerusalem… and then waited… for two and a half years.

DECEMBER 27, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 35

Vayigash: Jacob's Separation Anxiety

Parshat Vayigash opens at a very tense moment. Joseph’s brothers are standing in front of him, not knowing who he is. All they know is that this powerful Egyptian official has threatened to keep Benjamin in Egypt as his slave. So Judah steps forward to plead for returning Benjamin to their father… and Joseph bursts into tears and reveals his identity to them. The long separation from his family is finally over. But have you ever wondered how things got so bad in the first place? Why Jacob favored Joseph and Benjamin so much that his other sons were consumed by jealousy, even selling Joseph into slavery?

DECEMBER 18, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 34

Hanukkah: How Is This Winter Holiday Different From All Other Winter Holidays?

Does it make you feel uncomfortable when Hanukkah gets lumped together with all the other “winter holidays”? It can be hard to see Hanukkah’s any different when the Hanukkah and Christmas lights all get blurred together. But if that’s not enough to make it difficult to appreciate Hanukkah’s uniqueness, there are even some historians who want to claim that Hanukkah is actually nothing more than the Jewish version, not of Christmas, but of an earlier Pagan winter solstice festival. And… are you ready for this?... The Rabbis of the Talmud seem to support that claim!

DECEMBER 13, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 33

Vayeshev: Rashi’s Uncomfortable Critique of Joseph

Remember when Joseph was imprisoned in Egypt, and he asked one of his buddies to put in a good word for him with Pharaoh, hoping he might get sprung from jail? Well, some commentators seem not to take too kindly to Joseph’s tactic. Rashi, quoting our Sages, explains that because Joseph did that, God delayed his liberation from prison for two full years. 

DECEMBER 6, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 32

Vayishlach: Conflict and Reconciliation

Jacob and Esau haven’t seen each other for 20 years, ever since Jacob took their father’s blessings and Esau threatened to kill him. Now they’re headed toward one another – Jacob with his family and his riches, and Esau with 400 of his henchmen. Jacob’s got so many things on his mind at this moment: Keeping his family safe. Placating his brother. Using his wits to get out of the situation without making things worse. That’s the best he can hope to achieve, right? Or… is it? Could Jacob have actually had a shred of hope for reconciliation?

NOVEMBER 29, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 31

Vayetze: A Ladder, Angels, and a Godly Mission

Parshat Vayetze opens with Jacob on the run, experiencing a dream with angels on a ladder. Jacob’s ladder, with its angels ascending and descending, is probably one of the most iconic images in all of Genesis. It’s so iconic, we can miss a basic question about it - and that is - why is it actually here? Does the ladder add something to this vision? Why is it here at all?

NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 30

Toldot: Who Cares About Isaac's Wells?

This week’s parsha contains the only story in the Torah in which the patriarch Isaac takes center stage. No, it’s not the Akeidah (that was mostly about Abraham), and it’s not the story about the blessing of the firstborn (that story is really about Jacob and Esav).

NOVEMBER 15, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 29

Chayei Sarah: A Princess for All Time

Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the death of our matriarch, Sarah. In this week’s episode, Rabbi Fohrman reflects on her impact and finds a clue to the lasting legacy of Sarah’slifeby looking, in all places, at the Torah’s description of herdeath.That clue hinges on a seemingly technical fact found in the parsha’s opening verse: the number of years Sarah happened to live, 127.

NOVEMBER 8, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 28

Vayera: Can Sparing the Wicked Be... Justice?

Parshat Vayera includes one of the Torah’s most memorable conversations: God and Abraham negotiating about whether God will destroy the city of Sodom. But there’sanotherfascinating conversation right before that one.

NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 27

Lech Lecha: The Seeds of Abraham’s Legacy

This parsha is full of little vignettes about Abraham’s life, and it feels like a bunch of random episodes of “A Day in the Life of Abraham.” Is there some central theme here that can teach us why God chose Abraham to be the father of a great nation?

OCTOBER 25, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 26

Noach: How Do We Reconcile Science and Torah?

Why doesn’t the Torah ever mention dinosaurs or other prehistoric creatures? Does this mean that according to the Torah there were no dinosaurs? Is this a sign that the Bible doesn't match up with history and science?

OCTOBER 15, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 25

Bereishit: Unlocking the Path to the Tree of Life

The Torah tells us about how the universe was created — light, darkness, sky, plants, animals, people — but it doesn’t tell us why. Why did God create the world, and particularly human beings within it? What is our purpose on this earth? How can we achieve ultimate meaning in life?

OCTOBER 6, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 24

Sukkot: Why Do We Take the Lulav and Etrog?

The holiday of Sukkot brings us one of the stranger Jewish customs: Carrying the “four species” of plants around, waving them in all directions as we pray.

OCTOBER 2, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 22 | Part 2

Bonus Episode: Fear on the High Holidays

In this specialbonus episodeImu and Rabbi Fohrman discuss a challenge, raised by a listener just like you, to a previous episode.

OCTOBER 2, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 23

Yom Kippur: It's Not All About Forgiveness

Yom Kippur: It’s one of the most significant days of the whole year. We go into this day hoping for some weighty things… forgiveness, a chance to be a better version of ourselves.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 22

Rosh Hashanah: Should We Be Afraid of ‘Judgment Day’?

Rosh Hashanah – it’sYom Hadin, the Day of Judgment, right? God is going to judge the whole world and decide its fate for the coming year. And our job is to search our hearts, confront our misdeeds from the past, and doteshuvah, repentance. Sounds like a big responsibility!


Season 1 | Episode 21

Ki Tetzei: Sending Away the Mother Bird

Parshat Ki Tetzei tells us that if we find a nest with eggs or baby birds in it, we have to send away the mother bird before we’re allowed to take her young. That certainly sounds as if the Torah wants us to treat animals humanely… but how exactly does it help the mother bird?

AUGUST 30, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 20

Shoftim: How To Lead a Life Worth Living

How can we live a meaningful life? In this episode of Into the Verse, Rabbi Fohrman finds an answer in an unlikely section of Parshat Shoftim: the Israelites’ pre-battle protocols, when the officers exempt various soldiers from fighting. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores these military exemptions, their fascinating parallels to elsewhere in the Torah, and what they show us about leading a life worth living. 

AUGUST 23, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 19

Re’eh: Why Does Judaism Need the Written Law and Oral Law?

Everyone knows it’s not kosher when you cook meat and milk together, but the Torah in this week’s parsha only says you can’t cook a baby goat in its mother’s milk. This law gets extended to all cooking of milk and meat in the Oral Law.

AUGUST 16, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 18

Eikev: What Does God Want from Us?

In Parshat Eikev, Moses boils down, into a short, sweet list, what God really wants from us in this world. But, when the prophet Micah comes along and offers a different version, the clarity in God’s expectations gets muddied…or does it? Join Rabbi Fohrman in this episode of Into the Verse as he explores the different “cliff notes” versions of what God asks of us and helps us gain clarity on how we can be the good person God wants us to be. 

AUGUST 9, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 17

Va'etchanan: Why Repeat Stories?

Parshat Va’etchanan tells the story of receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. But wait… Haven’t we heard this story before? Why does the book of Devarim repeat this story along with so many others?

AUGUST 2, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 16

Tisha B’Av: Reflecting on Tisha B’Av with Rabbi Fohrman

Rabbi Fohrman, Imu Shalev, and Tikva Hecht reflect on ten years of Aleph Beta Tisha B’Av videos. They discuss the lessons they have learned over the years about the meaning and nature of Tisha B’Av, and also review their personal favorite videos, and where to get started if you are new.

JULY 26, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 15

Matot-Masei: The Art of Negotiation

How do you succeed in a tough negotiation? At the beginning of this week’s parsha, the tribes of Gad and Reuben come to Moses with a really big ask. Just as the nation of Israel is about to enter and inherit the Land – in other words, at a moment that calls for the utmost unity and cooperation – these two tribes have a totally different plan for themselves! And perhaps even more surprisingly, Moses consents to their request.

JULY 19, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 14

Pinchas: The Daughters of Zelophehad

In Parshat Pinchas, we read about the daughters of Zelophehad, who seek to inherit their father’s land. God declares that their claim is correct, not only granting their request but also codifying it into law. This story isn’t just heartwarming – it’s also intriguingly similar to the Pesach Sheni story from earlier in the Book of Numbers. But what could land inheritance and the Passover offering have to do with each other?

JULY 12, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 13

The 17th of Tammuz: How Is the 17th of Tammuz Relevant Today?

Shiva Asar B'Tammuz is a fast day that marks the beginning of the Three Weeks, a period of intense mourning that culminates with Tisha B'Av, the day the Temple was destroyed. Twice in our national history foreign armies broke through the walls of the holy city of Jerusalem on this day. Yet, it is much more than the start of an extended mourning period for the Temple.

JULY 5, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 12

Chukat: Why Do We Need a Red Heifer?

The laws of the red heifer in Parshat Chukat are notoriously difficult to explain. Why does the Torah require its ashes to be mixed with water? How does this water “purify” those who have come into contact with death? Is there anything we can still learn from this ancient ritual? And one more question: Is there a reason why the heifer needs to be red?

JUNE 28, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 11

Korach: Why Did Korach Rebel?

What was really motivating Korach? Was it idealism, jealousy, thirst for power?

JUNE 21, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 10

Shelach: The Spies and Echoes From the Past

In Parshat Shelach, we read the story of the spies who ventured to the land of Israel and brought back a false report to the Israelites. Have you ever noticed that their report is strikingly similar to another story from earlier in the Torah?

JUNE 14, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 9

Beha’alotcha: What started the Israelites’ downward spiral?

In Parshat Beha’alotcha, we see the beginning of the dramatic downfall of the generation of the exodus. This dive leads, eventually, to 40 years of wandering in the desert and death to the entire generation. What happened?

JUNE 7, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 8

Naso: What Are the Laws of Sotah Really About?

Parshat Naso speaks of the sotah – the "wayward woman" – who has been accused of committing adultery.

MAY 24, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 7 | Part 1

Part 1 Why Isn't Our Version of Shavuot in the Torah?

(Part 1 of 2) If you were asked what we remember on Shavuot, what would you say? The giving of the Torah, right?

MAY 24, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 7 | Part 2

Part 2 Why Isn't Our Version of Shavuot in the Torah?

(Part 2 of 2) If you were asked what we remember on Shavuot, what would you say? The giving of the Torah, right? But the Biblical commandment to celebrate Shavuot doesn’t even mention receiving the Torah!

MAY 17, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 6

Lag Ba’Omer: Who Was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Lag BaOmer: It’s a day for celebrations… parties, music, bonfires, barbecues. What exactly are we celebrating, though?

MAY 10, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 5

Emor: Why Does Creativity Need Boundaries?

Parshat Emor includes a familiar passage known as the parshat hamo’adim – the section of the Torah that describes all of the Biblical holidays. But there are two major interruptions in this passage, two things that just don't seem to belong.

MAY 3, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 4

Kedoshim: Social Justice... and Sacrifices?

How can we make sense of the laws in Parshat Kedoshim? They seem to deal with such a mix of unrelated topics. Some of them are obviously about moral behavior: Don’t steal, don’t deceive people, leave some of the grain in your field for the poor.

APRIL 26, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 3

What’s So Meaningful About Counting the Omer?

Of all God's commandments, counting the "omer," the days between Passover and Shavuot, seems kind of... well, like a trip back to kindergarten. Does God really think that if we don't count the days leading up to Shavuot, we would simply forget about it? And if that's the case, then why not have countdowns, or count-ups, before every major holiday?

APRIL 18, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 2

Miriam’s Song at the Sea

The splitting of the Reed Sea was so miraculous that the Jewish people celebrated by singing a Song to God. And yet, immediately after the nation sings, Miriam then sings...another song? Why would Miriam do that?

APRIL 10, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 1 | Part 1

The Three Lies of the Exodus, Part 1

(Part 1 of 2) At the burning bush, God told Moses to show the people of Israel three signs, so they would believe that God was in fact with them. Was there any significance to these three signs, or did God randomly select them? And were the signs even effective?

APRIL 10, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 1 | Part 2

The Three Lies of the Exodus, Part 2

(Part 2 of 2) At the burning bush, God told Moses to show the people of Israel three signs, so they would believe that God was in fact with them. Was there any significance to these three signs, or did God randomly select them? And were the signs even effective?

APRIL 6, 2022

Season 1 | Episode 1

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