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Sicha Insight, Rabbi Dov Wagner
11 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Vol. 10, Vayera 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
The story of Avraham is divided between two portions because they were two distinct stages, Lech Lecha and Vayera. One is like a brick, the other a stone. One Aramaic, the other Hebrew. One like an angel, the other so much higher.
9 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Vol. 10, Noach 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Why have a single window on the ark? Why does Rashi offer two interpretations as to the light source in the ark? And what lessons are there for us about the different ways we can truly shine?
16 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Chelek 14 Shoftim 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Can there be prophets nowadays? The answer leads the Rebbe to a fascinating observation about where it is best to do a Mitzvah.
14 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Chelek 14 Shoftim 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
What does it mean to be sincere with G-d? How do we avoid anxiety about the future? The Rebbe breaks down the implications of a Rashi.
20 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Chelek 14 Reeh 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
How can we cleave to G-d? And why does Rashi seem to keep changing how he addresses the question?
16 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Chelek 14 Reeh 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Were the Jews into eating blood or were they disgusted by it?The Rebbe analyzes two explanations offered by Rashi.
15 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Chelek 14 Ekev 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Women's obligation to study Torah is sometimes presented as an obligation to know the necessary laws, and other times as a participation in the Torah study of their husbands and sons. The Rebbe analyzes the parameters and application of each.
11 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Chelek 14 Ekev 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
What's the common denominator between the breaking of the Tablets and the passing of righteous people? The Rebbe emphasizes a positive message in each.
17 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Chelek 14, Vaeschanan 1 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Concluding the Talmudic tractate of Shabbos. One can measure or tie an impermanent knot on Shabbat for the sake of a Mitzvah - but understanding the order requires a fundamental understanding of the root of the prohibitions.
12 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Chelek 14 Vaeschanan 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
Reading the Shema relates to a constant obligation - accepting the unity of G-d. Torah study is about comprehension - which is always changing. Yet, the Mitzvah of Shema is divided between day and night, whereas the obligation of Torah study is constant. The Rebbe gives 3 reasons why, that highlight the nature of our purpose in life.
13 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Chelek 14 Devarim 1
Even when rebuking the Jewish people, Moshe looks out for their honor.
12 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Chelek 14 Devarim 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
What happens when there's a seemingly obvious question that Rashi doesn't address? The answer must be obvious upon analysis as well.
10 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Chelek 13 Matos 2 - Rabbi Dov Wagner
An incredible lesson from Biblical math and round numbers.
79 minutes | May 7, 2020
Chelek 12, Bechukosai 1
A fascinating analysis of seemingly unrelated Talmudic discussions:An argument about the degree of sanctity of an animal mistakenly designated as a tithe...A plot to depose the leader of the Talmudic academy...A nickname given to one of the plotters as a punishment...And an argument about what kind of knowledge is best - breadth or depth...The Rebbe shows how they're all part of the same issue: Rabbi Meir's focus on quality over quantity.
12 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Chelek 12, Emor 2
Why does the Torah tell us to "remember" the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah.An analysis on Rashi's commentary.
19 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Chelek 12, Emor 1
Why does the Midrash relate the completeness of the Omer to the days of the week?What does that have to do with two obscure families of Kohanim - Yeshua and Shchenya?And how do the days of the week represent harmonizing the transcendent and the immanent, the infinite and the finite?
12 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Chelek 12, Kedoshim
Reconciling two opposite ideas of holiness - being removed from the world, or the nitty-gritty details like washing our hands. Relationship between the two portions read this week - Acharei Mos and Kedoshim.
11 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Chelek 11, Pekudei 3
Why was Moses not able to erect the Tabernacle without a Divine assist? What'a the message for us? The preciousness of our own hard work paired with the advantage of a G-dly revelation.
10 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Chelek 12, Shabbat HaGadol
Why is the miracle of Shabbat HaGadol referred to as great? And why isn't it commemorated on the 10th of Nissan? The power of transformation.
19 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Chelek 12, Tzav
What are the situations that require a Thanksgiving offering? And why do we have 3 Matzahs at the Seder? An analysis of Rashi provides insight into the precise reasoning.
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