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The Thinking Jew Podcast

The Thinking Jew Podcast

By Moshe Segal
Do you have questions about Judaism?

The Thinking Jew Podcast discusses thought provoking insights on topics of Judaism and Torah. Join Rabbi Moshe as he explores the parsha, holidays, Jewish law and philosophy and you're sure to gain a deeper Torah perspective for the modern world.

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Ep. 74 Can You Really Love Your Neighbor As Yourself?
One of the most famous Jewish dictums is (Leviticus 19:18), "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  But this verse seems quite difficult!  Is it really possible?  What does that mean?  Do I really have to do everything that I would do for myself for all my Jewish brethren as well?  Buy them their groceries?  Lease them a car?  Take out a mortgage for them?  It seems impossible! Join me as we analyze a fascinating debate between the Rambam (Maimonides) and the Ramban (Nachmanides) regarding the obligation of this famous verse.  We'll also discuss another fascinating verse from Leviticus (25:36) which seems to prioritize your life to the life of your brother and try to figure out how to resolve these apparently contradictory verses. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/404880?lang=bi
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May 18, 2022
Ep. 73 Understanding The Counting Of The Omer
There is a biblical obligation to count 50 days from the Omer offering (Leviticus chapter 23), and then on the 50th day to bring an offering of two breads and celebrate a holiday (Shavuos).  Even in modern times, in which we no longer have a temple and can no longer perform these offerings, we still count the 50 day period from when the Omer should've been brought until Shavuos. What exactly is the purpose of the counting?  Why is the Omer offering brought in the middle of Passover?  What is the connection between Passover and Shavuos (the two bookends of this counting)?  Why does the Torah require the Omer offering to be from barley while the two bread offering must be from leavened wheat?  Why is Shavuos celebrated as the 50th day from the Omer and not based on a calendar date? Join me as we look into the deeper connection between Passover and Shavuos, and how the respective offerings brought on each holiday connects to the essence of what that holiday represents.  With that knowledge in place, we can unlock the deeper meaning of the counting of the Omer! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/403574?lang=bi
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May 04, 2022
Ep. 72 A Deeper Look At The Yahrtzeit
The Yahrtzeit is the Hebrew date of passing of a close family member.  There are many customs observed on the yahrtzeit as a merit for the departed soul, such as, lighting a 24 hour candle, learning Torah and saying the mourner's kaddish. In this episode, I take a deeper look at the significance of the yahrtzeit and its customs.  What exactly happens to the soul on the yahrtzeit?  Why is the Hebrew date of passing still significant in future years?  What can we practically do to carry on the legacy of our relative's that are no longer in this world? Big thank you to Sasha and Alyssa Sicular for sponsoring this episode with a gold level sponsorship in memory of Sasha's father, Roy Sicular ob'm, Yerachmiel ben Chaim Ha'Levy z'l. May the Torah learned here serve as a great merit for his soul. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/401908?lang=bi
11:17
April 27, 2022
Ep. 71 Freedom and Pesach (class recording)
What is the real definition of "freedom"? Is it doing whatever we want, however we want, whenever we want or is it something more internal?  How does the Torah define freedom?   Join me as we analyze a few unique stories of "freedom" to uncover this essential principle.  Additionally, we'll discuss many other fundamental ideas, such as free choice, the receiving of the Torah, and our general decision making process. This is an edited recording of a class I gave in 2018 on the topic of freedom and Passover. I hope you enjoy! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe As always, I'd love to hear from you! You can reach me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Source sheet for this episode: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/400821
40:33
April 21, 2022
Ep. 70 The Laws Of The Passover Seder
This episode is the last one discussing the laws of Passover.  In episode 68, I discussed the laws (and philosophy) of removing chametz from your house in general.  In episode 69, I discussed how to kasher your year-round kitchen to allow you to use it for cooking Passover food.  In this episode, I discuss the laws of the Passover Seder. We'll go through each step of the seder and mention the relevant laws to that section.  Also, a final reminder to sell your chametz (as discussed in episode 68).  If you would like me to be your agent for that, please reach out. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com
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April 10, 2022
Ep. 69 Kashering Your Kitchen For Passover
In this episode, I discuss the laws of using your year-round kitchen for Passover foods.  Obviously, we want to avoid any chametz from getting into our Passover food, but in addition to actual physical chametz, the Torah prohibits chametz "flavor" from being cooked into our Passover food as well. The episode begins with the general rules of taste transfers in Jewish law and then goes through the classic sections and appliances in your kitchen, teaching you how to prepare each one for use on Passover. If you have any specific questions, you can always reach me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, you can reach me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com
09:06
April 10, 2022
Ep. 68 Removing Chametz And Setting Up Your Pesach Zone
This episode begins with the laws of chametz, leavened bread, on the holiday of Passover.  Interestingly, in addition to the famous prohibition against eating chametz on Passover, there is actually a less-known law prohibiting even owning chametz on Pesach! After defining what exactly chametz is, we'll learn how to avoid all the prohibitions regarding chametz, which will enable us to transform our homes into our "Pesach zone". At the end of the episode, we'll dive into the deeper sources of what chametz signifies, and we'll uncover a powerful new understanding of our what removing chametz from our possession really represents. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this episode can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/397960?lang=bi
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April 06, 2022
Ep. 67 A Deeper Look At Kosher
The concept of Kosher is probably one of the most well-known Torah laws in the world. Why is that?  Is there a deeper theme behind it that reflects the broader lessons of Torah?   In this episode, we'll discuss that which the great Kabbalists before us, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lozzatto, Rabbi Shneur Zalmen of Liadi and the holy Ariz'al, revealed to us about the importance of eating kosher.   We begin with looking at the role of Torah and Mitzvahs in general, we then continue to understand why there are so many mitzvahs regarding food, and conclude with explaining the Kabbalistic spiritual side of eating and of making blessings over food. The episode is dedicated in honor and as a token of appreciated for the great work that the Dallas Kosher (DK) does for the DFW community.  To learn more about the DK or to become a member, go to dallaskosher.org For episodes on related topics, check out: episode 12 regarding the function of Mitzvahs, episode 24 about making blessings on food, and episode 25 about Jewish holiness!  Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this episode can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/395952?lang=bi
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March 30, 2022
Ep. 66 The Mourner's Kaddish
The Kaddish is one of the most powerful prayers that we have.  The Talmud goes so far as to say that the Kaddish is one of two merits that allow the world to continue to exist.  Additionally,  the Kaddish is one of the most observed rituals in Judaism.  Even Jews who don't frequently attend services, will make sure to come to synagogue when they need to say Kaddish. In today's episode I want to explore this powerful prayer.  We'll discuss why it's such a unique prayer, why mourners are the ones charged with leading it,  how does this prayer impact the departed soul and much more! Thank you to Dr. Sarah and Dr. Akiva Lorenz for sponsoring this episode in memory of Sarah's father, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky ob'm, Shlomo Noach ben Alter Avraham Yakov z'l. May the Torah learned here serve as a great merit for his soul. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/394220?lang=bi
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March 23, 2022
Ep. 65 The Essence Of Amalek
The verse states that G-d loves peace and makes peace, and yet when it comes to the nation of Amalek, G-d very strongly condemns them and demands the Jewish nation to completely destroy any trace memory of them.  Why is that?  Why would a peaceful G-d desire that?  There must be more to the Amalekite concept than initially meets the eye. Join me as we discover the Kabbalistic depth behind the essence of Amalek, what they really stand for and how they oppose G-d and the Jewish nation.  We'll look at the expression of Amalek in the desert after the exodus, the expression of Amalek as Haman, a descendant of Amalekite royalty as well as Amalek as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/392323?lang=bi
12:40
March 16, 2022
Ep. 64 ʅɐsɹǝʌǝꓤ ɯᴉɹnԀ ʇɐǝɹ⅁ ǝɥꓕ
One of the great themes of the holiday of Purim is the concept of "Vinahafoch Hu," and it is completely reversed.  This concept appears throughout the Purim story and alludes to the fact that all of the parts of the story that appeared initially as gloomy, difficult and mournful in the end were reversed and not only were we saved from them, but those very same things were the source of our joy and happiness. Join me as we explore a few examples of this from the Purim story and end with a meaningful idea which will add depth and meaning to your Purim holiday! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/390642?lang=bi
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March 09, 2022
Ep. 63 The Friday Night Kiddush
Every Friday night, we begin the Shabbos meal with sanctifying the Shabbos over a cup of wine (making Kiddush).  It seems like such a simple action, but the Talmud teaches that through saying this Kiddush, we are actually becoming partners with God in the creation of the world! What does that mean?  How does saying a few verses and blessings turn us into God's partners?  Join me as we begin with the source of Kiddush in the Torah, then understand the basic text and finally uncover the deeper meaning and power of the Friday night Kiddush! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ For questions comments or topic requests, email: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/389007?lang=bi
09:36
March 04, 2022
Ep. 62 A Deeper Look At Clothing
In many places throughout the Torah and Rabbinic writing we find an emphasis on clothing. There are mitzvahs surrounding the clothing we wear, and there's even an entire Torah portion on the materials and style of the priests' clothing while serving in the tabernacle and temple. The question is, why does God care about our clothing? Doesn't God care more about who we internally than our external appearance? Another example of the significance of clothing can be found in the Midrash, which states that one of the merits that saved the Jews from Egyptian bondage was that they kept their Jewish style of clothing. Again, isn't there something more internal that warranted their salvation? Didn't they cry out to God? Didn't they sacrifice a paschal lamb? Join me as we look back to the beginning of time to uncover a deep Kabbalistic perspective on what the role of clothing really is in Jewish thought and how it's still relevant to this day. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/385490?lang=bi
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February 18, 2022
Ep. 61 The Secret Of The Jewish Leap Year
The Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, meaning it aligns with the cycles of both the sun and the moon.  Since the solar year is 11 days longer than the lunar year, every few years (occurring 7 times in every 19 years) we add an extra month to the year, to align these two calendars.  This year is a leap year, and we recently began the Jewish month of Adar Aleph, the first Adar. Join me in this fascinating episode as we explore a deeper perspective on the Jewish leap year.  What does the Sun represent in Jewish thought? What is the moon?  Is there a significance to aligning the sun and the moon? Why does the month of Adar get repeated? Can we choose a different month? Uncover the deeper side of the Jewish leap year and gain a more meaningful understanding of this beautiful time period that we're going through. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/380538?lang=bi
12:32
February 04, 2022
Ep. 60 Gefilte Fish History And Shabbos
One of the most recognizable Jewish dishes is the gefilte fish.  Often served with a cooked carrot and a side of beets and horseradish sauce, known as chrein, it's probably the most classic appetizer at any Ashkenazi shabbos table. In this episode, we begin with the history of the gefilte and actually discover it wasn't originally a Jewish creation!  We then continue to learn why it nonetheless became an essential part of the Shabbos meals.  In the process, we uncover the deep Kabbalistic reasons behind eating fish on shabbos in general, as well as the halachik (Jewish Law) reasons for specifically eating gefilte fish. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Much of the history of gefilte fish discussed was taken from "Encyclopedia of Jewish Food" by Gil Marks and can be seen here: https://books.google.com/books?id=gFK_yx7Ps7cC&lpg=PP1&pg=PT691  A big thank you to Akiva Lorenz for helping me with the German pronunciations! All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/378890?lang=bi
11:05
January 26, 2022
Ep. 59 Man Is Like A Tree In The Field - Tu Bi'Shevat 2022
The Mishna (Rosh HaShanah 2a) teaches us that the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat is the "New Years for the Trees."  In the practical sense this impacts multiple laws of agriculture as explained in the Torah. But is that all it is?  Is it merely a birthday for the trees or is there a stronger more personal connection to us? We find multiple examples in the Torah comparing trees and people and in this episode we'll explore that connection and discover one special connection that people and fruit trees have in common; bringing forth potential. Join me as we look through the various sources in the Torah developing this comparison and then end with an unbelievable idea from the Maharal of Prague that will really deepen our connection to Tu Bi'Shevat. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/376455?lang=bi
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January 17, 2022
Ep. 58 The Ten Commandments, The Ten Plagues and The Ten Utterances: Discovering The Soul Of The World
Anyone who has read the Bible knows that G-d famously decimated the Egyptian nation with 10 plagues, enabling the Jews to leave and gain their freedom.  But why did G-d need 10 plagues?  G-d is all-powerful!  He could've just marched the Jews right out!  What was the purpose of these ten plagues? Join me as we discover a fascinating connection between three groups of ten; the ten utterances through which G-d created the physical world, the 10 plagues in which G-d destroyed Egypt and freed the Jews and the ten commandments, when G-d gave the Jews the Torah on Mount Sinai.  Through understanding all these parallels, we'll gain a whole new appreciation of what the ten plagues really accomplished! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/373672?lang=bi
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January 05, 2022
Ep. 57 Blessing Our Children On Friday Night
Many have the custom to give their children a blessing before they sit down to the Friday night Shabbos meal.  We place our hands on our children's head and wish our daughters to be like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah and our sons to be like Ephraim and Menashe and conclude with the Priestly blessings. Why do we give this blessing on Friday night?  Why do we compare compare our daughters to the Mothers of the Jewish nation but our sons to Ephraim and Menashe (Joseph's sons) and not to the forefathers?  Why do we add the priestly blessing?  How can a non-priest say the priestly blessings? For an answer to all these questions and a deeper understanding of birchas habonim, the blessing of our children, check out episode 57. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/372250?lang=bi
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December 28, 2021
Ep. 56 You Are Worthy Of A Relationship With God
When people think of their relationship with God, they sometimes feel unworthy.  God is so great, is it possible that he really cares about me individually?  Does he really want to hear my prayer?  Does he really care if I get stuck in traffic?   Or perhaps, God did a personal miracle for them and they wonder why did God spare me from a potential tragedy?  What did I do to deserve this?  I'm not really so great! What's the Jewish perspective on this?  Don't we believe that God IS the greatest most perfect being?  Why would he care about little me?! Join me as we take a deeper look into God and into the Jewish soul to uncover just how much God really does care about you! YOU ARE WORTHY! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/370071?lang=bi
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December 17, 2021
Ep. 55 The Heavenly Tribunal and Asarah Bi'Teves
There are 6 public fast days on the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av), Tzom Gedalia (the 3rd of Tishrei), Asarah Biteves (the 10th of Teves), Taanis Esther (the 13th of Adar) and Shiva Asar Bi'Tammuz (the 17th of Tammuz).   And while Yom Kippur and the fast of Esther each have their own independent reason for fasting, the remaining four are much more interconnected.   In this episode, you'll discover the historical connection between the fateful days of 10 Teves, 17 Tammus, 9 Av and 3 Tishrei, and how they're all part of one story of exile and destruction.  We'll see how the tenth of Teves (which is coming up next on December 14th, 2021) kickstarted this process and we'll then discover a deeper Kabbalistic understanding from the Chasam Sofer that sheds a whole new light on why the 10th of Teves plays such a uniquely important role in this process. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this podcast can be viewed on this source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/367412
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December 08, 2021
Ep. 54 Uncovering Chanukah's Deeper Meaning
Chanukah is often viewed as the holiday of lights in which we light the Menorah, eat oily foods and get presents, but is that all there is to Chanukah? In this episode, we uncover the ideological underpinning of the Maccabean revolt against the great Greek army.  What did Ancient Greece stand for? What was the Jewish response?  How did the Maccabees win the spiritual war?  Join me as we take a Kabbalistic perspective to discover the deeper meaning behind Chanukah! Thank you to David and Erica Bashover for sponsoring this episode in honor of the birth of their son, Benjamin Eric Bashover!  May the Torah learning be a merit for him to grow up to be a holy Jew, full of kindness and Torah.  May he bring you and the world much joy and nachas! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Many concepts in this podcast are from the Maharal, Ner Mitzvah, Part II - https://www.sefaria.org/Ner_Mitzvah%2C_Volume_II.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he
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December 01, 2021
Ep. 53 Laws and Customs of Chanukah
In this episode, we go through the basic laws and customs of Chanukah.  We discuss the menorah, the fuel, time of lighting, placement of the menorah, the game of dreidel, Chanukah gifts and much more. If you want a quick 15 minute primer to either learn for the first time or remind yourself from last year of all the various laws and customs, you won't want to miss this episode. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com NCSY created a beautiful Blessing card here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ncsy-education/Chanukah%20blessings%20card.jpg Video of how to properly set up the candles (right to left) and then light the candles (left to right) - https://youtu.be/EwcdCo_csh8 Examples of Kosher and not kosher Menorahs - https://libhobn.tumblr.com/post/180843658342/kosher-vs-non-kosher-chanukiyot-aka-menorahs
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November 24, 2021
Ep. 52 Why Are We Called Jews?
The name we generally identify with as a religion and a nation is the "Jew".  We consider ourselves Jewish and practice Judaism, but have you ever wondered where this name comes from?  In the Torah, God refers to the nation as the "sons of Israel" or the "Israelites" but no mention of Jews or Judaism, so where did that come from? Join me as we take both a historical and philosophical deep dive into the history of our national name uncovering a deeper meaning of what it really means to be "Jewish". Thank you to my parents, Rabbi David and Marcy Segal, for sponsoring this episode in memory of my grandfather, Zoltan Weiss z'l, Gedalia ben Shraga Feivel z’l, whose 6th yahrtzeit was this week on the 11th of Kislev.  May all the Torah learning that comes from this episode serve as a great merit for his soul. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/363253?lang=bi
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November 17, 2021
Ep. 51 Why Are The Stories Of Genesis Included In The Torah?
The Torah is a legal guide to help us maximize our time in this world.  The word Torah itself means instruction or teachings.  Why would a book of laws begin with stories?  Imagine if the constitution began with stories of George Washington, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams, it'd be ridiculous!  The place for stories is in the history books, not the law books.  So why did God include the stories of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the 12 tribes in a legal script?  Join me as we discover through the lens of the Midrash what the role of Genesis is, and how in reality our entire connection to Torah even nowadays only exists BECAUSE we study the stories of Genesis. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions or feedback, please email thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com All the sources quoted in this episode can be found on the episode source sheet located at www.sefaria.org/sheets/359309
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November 03, 2021
Ep. 50 Why Are Mitzvahs Physical - Understanding Physical and Spiritual Space
Often when one thinks of a deep spiritual experience, they think of a transcendent meditation, or maybe about accessing deeper levels of consciousness or the like.  They don't generally think of hanging a parchment outside their front door (mezuzah) or sitting in a wooden hut (Sukka), separating a piece of bread for the priest (Challah), yet when we look at the Torah, we find that almost all the mitzvahs (biblical commandments) are physical actions.  How can that be?  How can a physical action connect us to an extremely non-physical God? Additionally, the Torah commands us to cling to God.  What does that even mean?  How can we become "close" to God?  What does being close even mean when discussing God who exists outside of time and space.  What is spiritual closeness? Join me as we discover a deeper perspectives behind mitzvahs and how specifically because they're physical actions, they uniquely bridge the gap between our human experience and the spiritual worlds. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson go to: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or at thethinkingjew.com All the sources quoted in this episode can be found on the episode source sheet located at www.sefaria.org/sheets/357672
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October 28, 2021
Ep. 49 Uncovering the Mystery of Mikvah
The Mikvah is one of the most powerful tools in Judaism.  The Mikvah has the ability to transform a ritually impure (tamei) person into a pure one (tahor), as well as to transform a gentile into Jew.  How does entering a pool of water accomplish such a magnificent transformation?  Where does the Mikvah draw this amazing power from? This episode begins with the basics of what a mikvah is and how its used, and then continues to develop that to uncover the deeper Kabbalistic meaning behind the Mikvah.  We'll learn the earliest source in the Torah of the power of Mikvah and how it reconnects us to a realm untainted by sin and impervious to ritual impurity. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any feedback at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or thethinkingjew.com Sources: Exodus 29:4, 40:12, Leviticus 15:5-10, 16, 16:24, 26, 28, 17:15, 19:21-22, Numbers 19:7-8, 19, examples of the Torah requiring one to wash their body in water to purify themselves Maimonides, Laws of Mikvahs, 1:1-2, all purification requires entering a mikvah - https://tinyurl.com/rambammikvah Babylonian Talmud, Chagiga 11a, calculation of water needed for Mikvah - https://www.sefaria.org/Chagigah.11a.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sifra, Parsha Shemini, Ch. 9:1, Mikvah must be natural without human involvement - https://www.sefaria.org/Sifra%2C_Shemini%2C_Section_9?lang=bi Babylonian Talmud, Eruvin 4b, requirement to have no separation between the immerser and the water - https://www.sefaria.org/Eruvin.4b.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's anthology vol. 2 including "Waters of Eden: the Mystery of the Mikvah" - https://zbermanbooks.com/aryeh-kaplan-anthology-volume-ii Genesis 2:17, death enters the world as a consequence of the sin - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.2.17?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Likutei Halachos, Yoreh Dei'ah, laws of Mikvah 1:1, there was no impurity in the world before Adam sinned (Hebrew only) - https://tinyurl.com/likuteimikvah Derech HaShem, Part II, before Adam sinned there was no "Jew" and "non-Jew" - https://tinyurl.com/derechh2 Genesis 2:7-15, creation of Adam, the garden and the rivers flowing out of Eden - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.2.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Babylonian Talmud, Bechoros 55a, all natural waters in the world are sourced by these rivers - https://www.sefaria.org/Bekhorot.55a.22?lang=bi Pirkei DiRebbi Eliezer, ch. 20:9, after Adam leaves the garden he sits in the Gichon river to repent - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_DeRabbi_Eliezer.20.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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October 21, 2021
Ep. 48 Understanding A Traditional Jewish Wedding
Marriage is one of the most important values in Judaism, and as such the marriage process is filled with meaningful rituals and processes, reflecting the magnitude of the moment.  Often many people aren't aware of the meaning behind much of what's being done, so in this episode, we go through the entire wedding process from the time one enters the wedding hall until they leave.  In addition to explaining the legal process, we add in the psychological and spiritual meanings behind many of these actions as well. This episode is dedicated in honor of the upcoming marriage of Scott Friedman and Michelle Golan.  May the Torah learning that results from this podcast be a merit for them to build a beautiful Jewish home! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any feedback at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or thethinkingjew.com Sources: Pirkei DiRebbi Eliezer, Ch. 16, Groom is like a king - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_DeRabbi_Eliezer.16.16?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Genesis 24:65, Rebecca covers her face when she sees Isaac - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.24.65?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Midrash Tehilim, 110, Abraham's tent was open on all four sides - https://www.sefaria.org/Midrash_Tehillim.110.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Zohar, vol. 2 169a, the wedding canopy is compared to the Tabernacle - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.2.169a.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Zohar, vol. 3 219b, the divine presence brings the souls of departed parents to the chuppah - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.3.219b.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sefer Haminhagim, pg. 75, the divine presence brings the souls of the past three generations (Hebrew only) - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=30479#p=83&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr= Genesis 2:21-23, Man was made initially as one being and then separated into male and female - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.2.21?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Text of Marriage-themed Sheva Brachos - https://www.sefaria.org/Birkat_Hamazon%2C_ShevaBrachot.1?lang=bi Babylonian Talmud, Brachos 6b, greatness of celebtrating with the bride and groom - https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.6b.30?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Babylonian Talmud, Kesubos 16b, more about dancing with new couple - https://www.sefaria.org/Ketubot.16b.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en 
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October 13, 2021
Ep. 47 - Why Do We Look At Our Fingernails During Havdala?
The Havdala ritual is comprised of making a blessing on a cup of wine, a candle and nice smelling spices.  When we make the blessing over the havdala candle, the code of Jewish Law teaches us that we should fold our fingers down over our palms and look at our fingernails and palms.  What is the meaning of this custom?  Why do we look at them? Join me as we begin with an explanation from the Mishna and continue going deeper uncovering the source of fire in the Torah, the kabbalistic meaning of fingernails and its relevant message to us today. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any feedback at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or thethinkingjew.com Sources: Basic text of Havdala Service - https://www.sefaria.org/Siddur_Ashkenaz%2C_Shabbat%2C_Havdalah?lang=bi Mishna, Berachos 8:6, can't make blessing on fire unless benefitting from it - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Berakhot.8.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Talmud Bavli, Berachos 53b, benefit from light to distinguish between an issur and pundyon - https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.53b.10?lang=bi Picture of a pundyon and issur, pg. 2 - https://tinyurl.com/pundyonisur Tur, Orach Chaim, 298, distinguishing between fingernails and palm is the same as the two coins - https://www.sefaria.org/Tur%2C_Orach_Chaim.298.1?lang=bi Jerusalem Talmud, Berachos 60b, story of Adam and fire on Saturday night - https://www.sefaria.org/Jerusalem_Talmud_Berakhot.60b?lang=bi Bereishis Rabba 11:2, similar story as above - https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.11.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Pirkei DiRebbi Eliezer, Ch. 14:3, Adam was initially covered with a nail-like skin and lost it after he sinned - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_DeRabbi_Eliezer.14.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Kol Bo, 41:13, Adam saw after Shabbos that only his fingernails remained from his initial state so we look at them at havdala - https://www.sefaria.org/Kol_Bo.41.13?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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October 06, 2021
Ep. 46 The Holiday Season and The Search For Adam
The incredible holiday season, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, continuing to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, and then Sukkos, finally comes to a climax with the holiday of Shemini Atzeres. And while all the other holidays have unique commandments associated with them (shofar, fasting, lulav and esrog, sitting in a sukkah etc.) there are no special commandments for this final day.  Why is that?  Why doesn't Shemini Atzeres have any unique mitzvahs? In this episode, we take a whole new look at the entire holiday season, uncovering a deep storyline running through all the holidays and coming to a climax on Shemini Atzeres!  The story of the holiday season is in a certain sense a story of the world: beginning with the creation of Adam, his sin and judgement and continuing with the search for Adam in the world until he is found and his mission reaccepted. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any feedback at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or thethinkingjew.com Sources: Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 48a, Shemini Atzeres is an independent holiday - https://tinyurl.com/regelatzmo Tosafist on Tractate Rosh Hashana 8a titled Litkufos, Rosh Hashana is actually the birthday of Adam - https://tinyurl.com/tosrh8a Derech Hashem, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lozzatto, Part 2 Ch. 4, Adam was created with potential to impact; Abraham (the Jews) accepted this mission going forward - https://tinyurl.com/derechhashem2-4 Ethics Of Our Fathers, 5:2, generations between Adam and Noah and God's patience - https://tinyurl.com/ethics5-2 Pirkei DiRebbi Elazar Ch. 31, purpose of Abraham's tests were to see if he can uphold the Torah (Adam's mission) - https://tinyurl.com/prde31 Genesis Ch. 22, story of the binding of Isaac - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.22?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Pachad Yitzchak, Rav Hutner, Ma'amarei Sukkos #21, "don't send your hand towards the lad" replaced "let us create man" - not available online Babylonian Talmud, Yevamos 61a, Jews are called Adam - https://tinyurl.com/yevamos61a Numbers 29:12-36, listing of the bull sacrifices - https://tinyurl.com/bamidbar29 Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 55b, 70 bulls correspond to 70 nations and single bull to Jewish nation - https://tinyurl.com/sukkah55b  Rashi, Genesis 10:25, during the lifetime of Peleg the world was divided into 70 nations- https://tinyurl.com/70peleg Text of the prayer for Rain - https://tinyurl.com/praygeshem Genesis 2:5, Rashi titled Ki, rain didn't fall until the creation of Adam - https://tinyurl.com/bereishis2-5 Pachad Yitzchak, Rav Hutner, Ma'amarei Sukkos #118, only once G-d found the new Adam (the Jewish nation) do we pray for rain - not available online
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September 26, 2021
Ep. 45 A Deeper Look at the Laws of Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and carries along with that many unique laws and customs.  What are all the laws of Yom Kippur?  When do they apply?  What's the deeper meaning of them?  Is there a common theme that goes across all these laws? Join me as we uncover the unique element of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and we'll discover the elevated status we are able to attain on this holiest day. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or on my website thethinkingjew.com Sources: Kaparos text - https://www.sefaria.org/Machzor_Yom_Kippur_Ashkenaz%2C_Kaporos?lang=bi Code of Jewish Law, Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim 606:1, you should ask friends for forgiveness before Yom Kippur - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Orach_Chayim.606.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Maharal, Drasha Lishabbos Shuva, theme on Yom Kippur we're like angels - https://www.sefaria.org/Drashot_Maharal%2C_Drush_L'Shabbat_T'Shuva.41?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Pirkei Direbbi Eliezer, Ch. 46, laws of Yom Kippur stem from being like angels - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_DeRabbi_Eliezer.46.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Nefesh Hachaim footnote on 1:5, body in a shoe is like the soul in the body - https://www.sefaria.org/Nefesh_HaChayim%2C_Gate_I.5.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Devarim Rabah, more laws stemming from comparison to Angels - https://www.sefaria.org/Devarim_Rabbah.2.36?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en 
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September 14, 2021
Ep 44 It's Not Too Late To Repent
What if we feel like we haven't accomplished as much repentance as we would've liked over the past month?  What if we are embarrassed to show our faces in synagogue on the High Holidays after another year of failed accomplishments?  What's the advice? Join me as I relay a few parables revealing the key to gaining God's assistance in the repentance process.  Activate God's help in making us repentant! May we all be written in the book of life for a year of health, success and amazing growth! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com or on my website thethinkingjew.com Sources: Deuteronomy 30:3, Hashem assists in repentance - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.30.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Silent Amidah, blessing for repentance - https://www.sefaria.org/Siddur_Ashkenaz%2C_Weekday%2C_Shacharit%2C_Amidah%2C_Repentance.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Stories and idea taken from Peninim On The Torah - 18th series by Rabbi Scheinbaum
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September 06, 2021
Ep. 43 The Power of the Shofar
The only mitzvah unique to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is the obligation to hear the Shofar blasts.  These Shofar blasts are so powerful that they actually get God to move from his throne of judgement to his throne of mercy. What is so special about the Shofar?  How does it produce this heavenly transformation of Godly perspective? And, why is it the only mitzvah of Rosh Hashana? Join me as we go very deep into different Kabbalistic understandings of what judgement really is, what mercy really is and what God's throne really represents.   Through all of this we'll build a clear understanding of the amazing power of the Shofar. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast and make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Number 29:1, Torah calls Rosh Hashana "Yom Teruah" - https://www.sefaria.org/Numbers.29.1 Medrish Vayikra Rabah 29:10, source of God moving from throne of judgement to throne of mercy - https://www.sefaria.org/Vayikra_Rabbah.29.10?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Genesis 22:13, Abraham sees the ram stuck - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.22.13?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Inner Space by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan pg. 26, Kabbalistic explanation of G-d's throne - not available online Rashi Genesis 2:1, source that din (judgement) is good and mercy is a partner to support the system - https://www.sefaria.org/Rashi_on_Genesis.1.1.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Ecclesiastes 7:20, All men sin - https://www.sefaria.org/Ecclesiastes.7.20?lang=bi Talmud Bavli, Baba Kama 50a, God doesn't ignore sins - https://www.sefaria.org/Bava_Kamma.50a.23?lang=bi Shared letters and understanding between Racheim (mercy) and Machar (tomorrow) - heard from my Rebbi, Rabbi Eli Margulies shlit"a Talmud Bavli, Rosh Hashana 34b, the Shofar carries the prayers up to heaven - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_Hashanah.34b.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Shem Mishmuel, Rosh Hashana, 8, depth of Shofar is releasing the inner breath/life source - https://www.sefaria.org/Shem_MiShmuel%2C_Rosh_Hashanah.8.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Genesis 2:7, God blew life into Adam - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.2.7?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Nefesh Hachaim, Part I, Section 15, one who blows, blows from within himself as applied to God and Adam - https://www.sefaria.org/Nefesh_HaChayim%2C_Gate_I.15.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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September 01, 2021
Ep. 42 Uncovering the True Essence of Rosh Hashana
Many view the day of Rosh Hashana as the Day of Judgement; when God looks at our past year's actions and determines what the next year will look like. But if that's all Rosh Hashana is, why don't the Rabbis primarily refer to it as Yom Hadin, the Day of Judgement.  Why call it Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the year?  And why does the service on Rosh Hashana completely ignore the judgement?  It doesn't seem to focus on repentance or repairing ourselves on a personal level at all! Join me as we uncover the true essence of Rosh Hashana, and you'll discover that the judgement on Rosh Hashana is actually only a secondary function of the day and the true nature of the day is G-d's yearly projection. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Rosh Hashana 16b, Mishna calls the day "Rosh Hashana" - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_Hashanah.16a.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sifsei Chaim, Moadim I, pg. 92 - not available online
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August 25, 2021
Ep. 41 Elul - When God Is Near
Our Rabbis teach us that during the month of Elul, God makes Himself more accessible than at any other time of the year.  During this period of introspection and self improvement, God is standing there with us in the fields, helping us along. Join me as we discover why this is?  What is special about this time period that God makes Himself more available?  In the course of the discussion, we'll also discover a Talmudic debate as to when the world was created, why the day of judgement is on Rosh HaShana and an amazing parable from the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Isaiah 55:6, "Seek out God when He is present..." - https://www.sefaria.org/Isaiah.55.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Rosh HaShana 18a, above verse referring to 10 days of repentance - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_Hashanah.18a.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Meiri, Chibur HaTeshuva, pg. 250, extends above verse to Elul (Hebrew only) - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=21880#p=267&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr= Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Likutei Torah, Devarim 32:1, the king in the field parable (Hebrew only) - https://chabadlibrary.org/books/adhaz/lkutey/29/32a.htm Rosh HaShana 10b, debate if world was created in Tishrei or Nissan - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_Hashanah.10b.10?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rabbi Nissim of Gerondi (the Ran), 3a in the Rif, why are we judged on Rosh HaShana - https://www.sefaria.org/Ran_on_Rosh_Hashanah.3a.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rashi on Exodus 33:11, calculations of Moses' multiple ascents and descents from Mount Sinai - https://www.sefaria.org/Rashi_on_Exodus.33.11.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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August 18, 2021
Ep. 40 Seeing God's Hand - Stories of Providence
When you take care of G-d's children, you're partnering with G-d and you can be confident that he'll assist you in your efforts.  If you want to see the hand of G-d in your life, get involved in communal efforts and you're sure to see how things come together in ways that are oozing with providence.   In this episode, I veer off my classic style of working through a concept from its biblical roots and through its kabbalistic meaning and instead share a bunch of stories of providence that I recently experienced while building the eruv in Richardson.  The hand of G-d was so clear that if we needed to ask someone for access to their property to check on something, we almost knew that they'll probably be sitting on their front lawn with their dog or mowing "waiting" for us.  I found these stories to be inspirational examples of how when you partner with G-d's mission in the world, you'll see how you have the greatest partner possible. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ If you have stories of divine providence (hashgacha pratis) that happened to you, I'd love to hear your stories as well: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To watch the eruv agreement with Mayor Voelker of the City of Richardson, check that out here: https://youtu.be/ZLZcPHEMEHI Sources: Mishebeirach during Shabbos prayers, If you work for the community, G-d will help you - https://tinyurl.com/mishebeirach Pictures of the front of the bottle of wine - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0242/1545/3759/products/image_f902a457-4729-491a-9c0e-54eb5fada810_900x.jpg?v=1623766625 Picture of the back of the bottle of wine - https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0242/1545/3759/products/image_a4ca21a0-a923-4b01-8ef6-79ce484f33d0_900x.jpg?v=1623766630
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August 13, 2021
Ep. 39 Eruv: The Essence of Shabbos
In the last episode, we discussed the practical elements of constructing a community eruv.  In this episode, we take a deeper look.  What does an eruv represent in Kabbalah?  Why does the tractate of Shabbos begin with the laws of carrying outside on Shabbos?  Why does the Torah exemplify Sabbath observance with the laws of eruv? Join me as we uncover the hidden kabbalistic mystery of the eruv and learn why the essence of Shabbos is truly encapsulated in the mitzvah of eruv. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe  thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Genesis 33:18, Jacob encamping outside of Shechem - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.33.18?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Bereishis Rabba 79:6, interprets above verse regarding establishing eruv - https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.79.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Genesis 26:5 G-d explains why He blesses Abraham - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.26.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=he Bereishis Rabba 64:4, interprets above verse regarding eruv - https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.64.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Tractate Shabbos 2a with Tosfos, opens with discussion of domains and Tosfos questions why - https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.2a.1?lang=bi&with=Tosafot&lang2=en Maharal, Chidushei Gur Aryeh on Shabbos 2a, Paragraph beginning with Masnisin, answers Tosfos that eruv is unique to Shabbos - currently unavailable online Rav Hutner, Pachad Yitzchak, Chanuka, V, explains the Maharal that something's unique element defines its essence - unavailable online Bereishis Rabba 11:5, discussion about Shabbos between Tornus Rufus and Rabbi Akiva - https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.11.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rav Tzadok of Lublin, Pri Tzadik, Vayishlach, 8, private domain connects to G-d, public domain is the opposite - https://www.sefaria.org/Pri_Tzadik%2C_Vayishlach.8.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Da'as Shabbos, pg 87, source of much of the ideas behind this episode - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=50263#p=85&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr=
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August 04, 2021
Ep. 38 Building a Community Eruv
Have you heard people say, "Do you live in the eruv?" or "Which eruv is that in?"  What exactly is an eruv?  How does a community go about creating a eruv and what does it accomplish? Join me as we discover the history of where eruvs come from and then continue on to the practical process of building one in the modern world. I'm excited to share with you that my community in Richardson, TX is at the brink of completing our community eruv, so this is a very exciting topic for me to share with you!! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Exodus 16:29, the prohibition to carry between two domains - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.16.29?lang=bi&with=Commentary&lang2=he Talmud Eruvin 17b, the exegesis of the above verse - https://www.sefaria.org/Eruvin.17b.10?lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=en Talmud Shabbos 6a, the four domains regarding Shabbos - https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.6a.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Talmud Shabbos 14b, King Solomon instituted the eruv - https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.14b.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Kuzari 3:51, uses the above idea to explain how eruv doesn't override biblical law - https://www.sefaria.org/Kuzari.3.51?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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July 26, 2021
Ep. 37 Appreciating the Loss of The Holy Temples
The destruction of the holy Temples in Jerusalem took places between 2000-2500 years ago.  It's an event so distant in our national history, yet we relive it again every year.  Why? Don't cry over spilled milk!  What's done is done!  Why are we still crying over an event that ended over two millennia ago? Join me as we take a Kabbalistic look at the role of the Temple from a creation perspective.  We'll understand what the Temple added to our world and what we're still missing today without it.  May HaShem send Mashiach soon in our days, rebuild the third temple and restore that connection speedily in our days! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Sha'arei Orah, Kabbalistic background to the Temple - https://www.sefaria.org/Shaarei_Orah%2C_First_Gate%2C_Tenth_Sefirah.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Pirkei Avos 5:5, Ten Constant Miracles in the Temple - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_Avot.5.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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July 15, 2021
Ep. 36 Why Does EVIL Exist?
Psalms teaches us that God created our world out of endless kindness.  We also know that God loves every single one of us a deeper love than we can ever imagine.  Based on this, how can there be so much evil in the world?   Why does evil exist at all?  Why couldn't God have just created a happy paradise-like existence? Join me as we explore many deep Kabbalistic ideas to get to the root of understanding the necessity of evil and its true purpose!  At the end of the episode, I quote a parable from the Zohar that really expresses the concept perfectly! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe  thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Deuteronomy 4:35, there is nothing other than God - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.4.35?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Psalms 89:3, God created a world out of love - https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.89.3?lang=bi Isaiah 45:7, God created evil - https://www.sefaria.org/Isaiah.45.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Nachmanides, Genesis 1:1, explaining root of Barah means creation ex nihilo - https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Genesis.1.1.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Zohar, Vol. II, 163a, God created evil to tempt us like the king's son - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.2.163a.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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July 07, 2021
Ep. 35 A "Three Weeks" Primer
We have recently began the saddest part of the Jewish calendar.  It's a three week period, between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, and historically this time period has held the most terrible tragedies for the Jewish nation.   What were those tragedies?  What's the history behind these ominous days?  What's the message for us nowadays?  What are the practical laws (halachahs) that apply during this time? Come join me as I provide a broad overview of this time period: beginning with the history, then the meaning and concluding with the relevant laws (beginning at 7:57). Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Mishna Taanis 4:6, history of tragic events on 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Taanit.4.6?lang=bi Numbers Chapter 13, the story of the spies and their negative report - https://www.sefaria.org/Numbers.13?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Medrish Bamidbar Rabbah 16:20, because the Jews cried and pushed HaShem away, HaShem acted in kind in the future - https://www.sefaria.org/Bamidbar_Rabbah.16.20?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Yoma 9b, the second temple was destroyed on account of baseless hatred - https://www.sefaria.org/Yoma.9b.8?lang=bi Zohar, Parshas Acharei Mos 73a, the Jews, the Torah and G-d are all one - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.3.73a.4?vhe=New_Torat_Emet_Zohar&lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Taanis 30b, whoever mourns the loss of the Temple will merit to see it in its joy - https://www.sefaria.org/Taanit.30b.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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June 30, 2021
Ep. 34 What is God?
We talk about God all the time.  We say God is compassionate, loving, just etc. We love God's Torah and try our best to follow His commandments, the Mitzvohs.  But, what exactly is God?  What are we referring to when we say God? Join me as we discuss the complexity in properly understanding God's essence, and how despite that we can still understand different elements of God. In the course of the discussion, we'll also discover the difference between God's various name and how some of science's most modern thinking also hints to a Creator God. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with questions or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Rosh on Yoma 8:19, Tetragrammaton is name of essence - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_on_Yoma.8.19?lang=bi Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed 1:61, difference between Tetragrammaton and other names of God - https://www.sefaria.org/Guide_for_the_Perplexed%2C_Part_1.61?lang=bi Sifsei Chachamim on Rashi Genesis 2:5, Name of essence is contraction of was, is and will be - https://www.sefaria.org/Siftei_Chakhamim%2C_Genesis.2.5.6?vhe=Siftei_Hakhamim&lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=he Sh'lah, Asarah Ma'amaros 1:8, more on above (Hebrew only) - https://www.sefaria.org/Siftei_Chakhamim%2C_Genesis.2.5.6?vhe=Siftei_Hakhamim&lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=he Vilna Ga'on, Aderes Eliyahu, Genesis 1:1, Creation of time is hinted in the word Bereishis - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.1?lang=bi&aliyot=0&p2=Aderet_Eliyahu%2C_Genesis.1.1.2&lang2=bi&w2=all&lang3=bi Article regarding the beginning of the big bang - https://www.space.com/13347-big-bang-origins-universe-birth.html Quote from Stephen Hawking regarding beginning of the big bang - https://tinyurl.com/hawkingbeginningtime, see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initial_singularity Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Innerspace pg. 98, God as a being and a principle - not available online
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June 23, 2021
Ep. 33 Why Hang a Mezuzah?
The Mezuzah hanging on the doorpost of a house is one of the most identifiably Jewish symbols that exists.  For centuries, across the many countries we've been exiled in, the Jews have faithfully hung their Mezuzah scroll on the entrance to their homes.  But Why? Why do we hang a mezuzah?  What's the hidden meaning behind the Mezuzah? Join me as we explore the basic laws of Mezuzah as well as the deeper kabbalistic essence of it, and you'll gain a more meaningful understanding of this beautiful mitzvah. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20, obligation to hang Mezuzahs - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.6.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en, https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.11.20?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Code of Jewish Law, Yoreh Dei'ah 286, all the doorways in your home need a Mezuzah - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Yoreh_De'ah.286.18?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Blessing on Mezuzah - https://www.sefaria.org/Siddur_Ashkenaz%2C_Berachot%2C_Birkhot_Hamitzvot.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sefer HaChinuch, 423, purpose of Mezuzah is to constantly remind us of God - https://www.sefaria.org/Sefer_HaChinukh.423.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Exodus 12:7, 13 commandment to place blood on the doorposts in Egypt - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.12.7?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Mechilta DiRebbi Yishmael, Exodus 12:22, connecting the Mezuzah of paschal lamb to classic mitzvah of Mezuzah - https://www.sefaria.org/Mekhilta_d'Rabbi_Yishmael.12.22.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Recanti Deuteronomy 34, Mezuzas is same letters as repelling death - https://www.sefaria.org/Recanati_on_the_Torah%2C_Vaetchanan.34?vhe=Recanati_on_the_Torah&lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Source of Recanti above in Tikkunei Zohar - https://www.sefaria.org/Tikkunei_Zohar.66a.6?vhe=Tikkunei_Zohar&lang=bi Darkei Moshe quoting Kol Bo, Yoreh Dei'ah 288:3, letters of Shakai stand for protector of the dwellings of Israel - https://www.sefaria.org/Darchei_Moshe%2C_Yoreh_Deah.288.3.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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June 17, 2021
Ep. 32 Right, Left and Center in Jewish Law and Kabbalah
Why does Jewish law always prioritize the right side to the left?   When you get dressed in the morning, the Code of Jewish Law writes that you should put your right hand in first.  It also writes that you should bathe your right side of your body first.  We cover our eyes for Shema with our right hand, place mezuzahs on the right side of the doorpost and many other examples. So what is the concept of 'right' and 'left' in Jewish thought?   Join me as we look at the Kabbalistic concept of right and left, corresponding to chessed (kindness) and gevurah (restraint), and we'll discover how that's really the backdrop of all of these laws.  The fundamental principle drawn from here is a basic building block of all relationships as discussed in the episode. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Code of Jewish Law, OC 2:4, one example of prioritizing the right side - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Orach_Chayim.2.4?lang=bi&p2=Mishnah_Berurah.2.5&lang2=bi Tikunei Zohar, Introduction, 17a, kabbalistic source of right corresponding to kindness and left to justice and restraint -  https://www.sefaria.org/Tikkunei_Zohar.17a?lang=bi Job 19:26, source of understanding G-d through analyzing the human body - https://www.sefaria.org/Job.19.26?lang=bi Psalms 89:3, G-d created a world of kindness - https://www.sefaria.org/Psalms.89.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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June 09, 2021
Ep. 31 Defining "TRUTH"
We live in a world where it's so difficult to know what is true and what is not.  Kabbalah calls our world an alma dishikra, a world of falsehood.  We see this in the media every day.  Two reporters will witness the exact same event and document it oppositely, both believing they're reporting the truth.  So what is true? How does the Torah define Truth? Join me as we discover the answer to this question through the story of the 12 spies (Numbers chapters 13-14) who spoke falsehood and scared the Jewish nation from going in to the promised land. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Numbers Chapters 13-14, the story of the spies - https://www.sefaria.org/Numbers.13?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Maimonides, Foundations of the Torah 1:1-4 - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishneh_Torah%2C_Foundations_of_the_Torah.1?lang=bi Sanhedrin 104b, the spies returned on the 9th of Av and G-d punished them for crying for no reason - https://www.sefaria.org/Sanhedrin.104b.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sanhedrin 104b, why does Lamentations reverse the order of ayin and peh - https://www.sefaria.org/Sanhedrin.104b.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rav Hutner, Rosh HaShanah, 15:3 (not available online) truth means the extension matches it's source Sotah 35b, the strange punishment of the 10 bad spies - https://www.sefaria.org/Sotah.35a?lang=bi Maharal on Rashi, Numbers 14:37, explaining how the strange punishment the spies received was measure for measure - https://www.sefaria.org/Gur_Aryeh_on_Bamidbar.14.37.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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June 04, 2021
Ep. 30 Transitioning from Shabbos to the Week
There are two ceremonies described in the Code of Jewish Law regarding transitioning from Shabbos back to the work week: Havdala and Melava Malka.  Havdala consists of making blessings over wine, spices and a torch, and Melava Malka is a customary meal that we eat to escort the Shabbos queen out. What is the source of these two ceremonies?  In what way do they function as a transition from the holiness and sanctity of Shabbos to the mundane of the regular week? Join me as we look back at the first Shabbos and the initial transition to the work week in the times of Adam, and Eve and we'll uncover some of the hidden depths behind these holy ceremonies. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Genesis Ch. 3, the sin of Adam and Eve - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.3.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Text of Havdalah - https://www.sefaria.org/Siddur_Ashkenaz%2C_Shabbat%2C_Havdalah?lang=bi Code of Jewish Law, Havdala, 296-299 - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Orach_Chayim.296.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Code of Jewish Law, Melava Malkah, 300 - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Orach_Chayim.300.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sanhedrin 38b, Man ate from the tree on Friday - https://tinyurl.com/fridayeating Derech HaShem of Rabbi Lozzatto, When man sinned he toppled the world down with him - https://tinyurl.com/dhworld Da'as Tevunos of Rabbi Lozzatto, Had Adam made it to Shabbos without sinning he would've completed his mission - https://tinyurl.com/daastvunos Medrish Bereishit Rabbah 12:6, G-d waited until after Shabbos to banish Adam from the garden, world stayed bright the entire time until after shabbos, Adam got scared and G-d inspired him to create fire - https://www.sefaria.org/Bereishit_Rabbah.12.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Sfas Emes, Bereishis, Shabbos remained untainted, unaffected by the sin - https://tinyurl.com/holyshabbos Beitza 16a, Man receives an extra soul on Shabbos - https://www.sefaria.org/Beitzah.16a.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Shita Mikubetzes on Beitza 16a, smell besamim after shabbos because extra soul leaves us - https://tinyurl.com/shitabeitza Bnei Yissaschar, Purim, sense of smell wasn't tainted by sin of Adam - https://tinyurl.com/bysmell Elya Rabbah on OC 300, Luz bone only satiated from Melava Malka because wasn't tainted from sin of Adam - https://tinyurl.com/luzbone
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June 02, 2021
Ep. 29 Washing Your Hands in the Morning
One of the first laws discussed in the Code of Jewish Law is the obligation to wash your hands when you wake up in the morning. What's the reason behind this mitzvah?  Why do we have to wash our hands?  What is the proper procedure of washing? Join me as we dive deep into the mitzvah of Netilas Yadayim, washing your hands in the morning, also discussing the general concept of ritual impurity as it applies across Judaism.  Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ To contact me with any questions, feedback or topic requests: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Brachos 14b, washing as preparation for prayer - https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.14b.25?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rabbeinu Asher, Berachos 9:23 - https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_on_Berakhot.9.23.1?lang=en&with=all&lang2=en Brachos 60b, washing as part of the waking up process - https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.60b.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Tshuvos HaRashba (responsa) Vol. I, #191 (Hebrew only) - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14649&st=&pgnum=93&hilite= Shabbos 108b, washing to remove impurities - https://www.sefaria.org/Shabbat.108b.13?lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=en Zohar, part 1, 184:2, longer explanation of Shabbos 108b - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.1.184b.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Code of Jewish Law, Mishnah Berurah 4:(1), first two reasons - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Berurah.4?lang=bi Code of Jewish Law, Mishnah Berurah 4:(8), third reason - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Berurah.4.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Instructional video of washing your hands in the morning (1 minute) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAetGXuyVMU
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May 26, 2021
Ep. 28 G-d's Legacy: Yibum and Mashiach
The Zohar, the great Kabbalistic work of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, makes a fascinating comment.  It states that two great Jewish women, Tamar and Ruth, merited having the Messiah, Mashiach, come through their lineage because they both did kindness with those that had deceased. What did Tamar and Ruth both do that merited them to be the Matriarchs of the lineage of Mashiach? Join me as we explore the inner meaning of this Zohar, as well as other fundamental concepts, such as the role of man in this world and why did G-d create an imperfect world? Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Zohar, Vol. I, 118b, linking Tamar and Ruth with King David and Mashiach - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.1.188b.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Story of Tamar in Genesis Chapter 38 - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.38?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Megillah of Ruth - https://www.sefaria.org/Ruth?lang=bi Deuteronomy 25:5-10, discussing the Mitzvah of the Levirate Marriage, Yibum - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.25.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rabbeinu Bachya, Deuteronomy 25:9, Yibum is a great merit for the soul of the deceased - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.25.6?lang=bi&aliyot=0&p2=Rabbeinu_Bahya%2C_Devarim.25.9.4&lang2=bi&w2=all&lang3=en Isaiah 11:9, Mashiach will make G-d known to the world - https://www.sefaria.org/Isaiah.11.9?lang=bi
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May 20, 2021
Ep. 27 Uncovering the Hidden Theme of Shavuos
Did you ever wonder why the holiday of Shavuos doesn't have any special mitzvah for the masses to do on it? On Pesach we eat matzah, on Sukkos we sit in the sukkah and shake the lulav and esrog, yet on shavuos there's only customs, no biblical commandment for us? Why is that? Join me as we take a deeper look at Shavuos and discover its deep connection to another holiday, the holiday of Shemini Atzeres.  Once we uncover the the hidden meaning of "Atzeres" we'll discover a whole new perspective on the holiday of Shavuos! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjew.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Code of Jewish Law, OC, 494, Chapter about services on Shavuos - https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Orach_Chayim.494?lang=bi Sukka 47b, Shemini Atzeres is called a holiday to itself - https://www.sefaria.org/Sukkah.47b.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Medrish Tanchuma, Pinchas #15, links Shavuos and Shemini Atzeres - https://www.sefaria.org/Midrash_Tanchuma%2C_Pinchas.15.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=bi  Pesachim 68b, Talmudic sages call Shavuos "Atzeres" - https://www.sefaria.org/Pesachim.68b.10?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Nachmanides , Leviticus 23:36, explanation of the above source - https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Leviticus.23.36.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Kedushas Levi, Homily for Pesach, explains deeper understanding of "atzeres" in regards to both Shavuos and Shemini Atzeres - https://www.sefaria.org/Kedushat_Levi%2C_Leviticus%2C_Homily_for_Pesach.28?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he Rav Hirsch, Leviticus 23:36, also explains "atzeres" similar Kedushas Levi - https://mg.alhatorah.org/Full/Vayikra/23.36#e0nf
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May 13, 2021
Ep. 26 Numbers in Judaism; 6, 7 and 8
Did you ever wonder why there are 7 colors in a rainbow?  Why didn't G-d create it with 8? or 6? Ever wonder why G-d created the world in 6 days and then rested on the 7th?  Why not in 5 and rest on the 6th? In Judaism, numbers are more than a quantification.  Each number has an inner meaning and that expresses itself everywhere we find that number. Join me as we uncover the deeper meaning of the numbers 6, 7 and 8, and we realize how connected all these seemingly disparate "sevens" really are. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Questions? Comments? Topic Requests? Email me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Sources: Relationship between 6 and 7 (Hebrew), Maharal - https://www.sefaria.org/Derech_Chaim.5.15.12?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he  Relationship between 7 and 8 (Hebrew) Maharal - https://www.sefaria.org/Tiferet_Yisrael.1.3?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he Bris overrides shabbos (Hebrew), Maharal - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14201&st=&pgnum=9
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May 05, 2021
Ep. 25 Understanding Jewish Holiness
What exactly is holiness? G-d defines the role of the Jewish nation as (Exodus 19:6), "A kingdom of priests and a holy nation."  Clearly, holiness is not some elusive concept intended only for the greatest leaders of the generation.  Holiness is a way of life that is attainable for each and every Jew. So what exactly is it?  Join me as we look through different examples that the Torah defines as holy, and we uncover the secret to living a fulfilled and holy life! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Sources: Exodus 19:6 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.19.6?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Leviticus 23:22 with Rashi - https://www.sefaria.org/Leviticus.23.22?lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=en The Path of the Just by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto - https://www.sefaria.org/Messilat_Yesharim.26.9?lang=en&with=all&lang2=en  Comparison of Shechinah dwelling on Shabbos and Temple, Pri Tzadik, Bereishis - https://www.sefaria.org/Pri_Tzadik%2C_Bereshit.1.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Zohar III 29a - https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.3.29a.10?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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April 28, 2021
Ep. 24 Why Do Jews Say a Blessing Before Eating?
The Talmud (Menachos 43b) teaches us that we're supposed to make 100 blessings each day!  If you assume the average person is awake 14-16 hours a day, that's averages out to about once every ten minutes! Clearly blessings are a fundamental part of a Jew's life. But, what's so special about blessings?  Why do we have to make so many of them?  Why do we have to bless before we eat or drink anything? Join me as we discuss a fundamental principle of Jewish philosophy regarding how we interact with the physical world, and stay tuned until the end to hear a mind-blowing novelty from the great Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Ba'al Ha'Tanya, about the words muttar (permitted) and assur (forbidden). Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Deuteronomy 12:10 - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.10.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Tur in the Name of Rav Natrunai Gaon (King David enacted 100 blessings) - https://www.sefaria.org/Tur%2C_Orach_Chaim.46.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Menachos 43b - https://www.sefaria.org/Menachot.43b.15?lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=en Berachos 35a - https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.35a.21?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Nefesh HaChaim (etymology of 'baruch') - https://www.sefaria.org/Nefesh_HaChayim%2C_Gate_II.2.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Pirkei Avos (Ethics of our Fathers) 5:1 - https://www.sefaria.org/Pirkei_Avot.5.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Tanya (etymology of 'mutar' and 'assur') - https://www.sefaria.org/Tanya%2C_Part_One%2C_The_Book_of_the_Average_Men.7.1?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he
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April 21, 2021
Ep. 23 Can the Rabbis Change Torah Law?
If you look at any mitzvah as it's described in the Torah, it's impossible to understand all the nuance and details necessary to fulfil it properly from the text alone.  The Oral law (Torah She'ba'al Peh), also given from G-d to Moses at Mount Sinai, fills in all the missing details.  The power of interpretation and application of this Oral Law was given to the great sages of each generation.  So, what do you do when you're unsure of how to do a mitzvah?  You ask the Rabbi!  And the Torah says (Deut. 17:10-11) that you're obligated to listen to the Rabbis' interpretation. (The verse is discussing Sanhedrin, the Supreme Jewish Court located in the Temple).  So if the Rabbi's are empowered to interpret and apply the Torah law, can they change it based on personal preference or perceived communal needs? What are the limits to the Rabbis' ability to interpret and apply Torah law?   Join me as we discuss the basics of the Oral Law and some common misconceptions regarding Rabbinic leniencies in Judaism.  Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources: Listen to the Rabbis - Deuteronomy 17:10-11 - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.17.10-11?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Laws of Debt Forgiveness on the Sabbatical year - Deuteronomy 15:1-3 - https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.15.1-3?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Hillel's enactment of Pruzbul - Gittin 36a - https://www.sefaria.org/Gittin.36a.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Biblical classification of a public domain - Rashi Eruvin 6a - https://www.sefaria.org/Eruvin.6a.11?lang=bi&p2=Rashi_on_Eruvin.6a.11.1&lang2=bi Simple list of rules for interpreting the Oral Law from Rabbi Yishmael said in morning services - https://tinyurl.com/rabbiyishmael
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April 15, 2021
Ep. 22 Uncovering the Omer's Deeper Meaning
The counting of the Omer is a 50 day period connecting the holiday of Passover to the holiday of Shavuos.  If you look in the Torah, the Omer actually seems completely disconnected from both holidays.  It was just a barley offering that happens to be brought on the second day of Passover.  So, what's the deeper connection between the Omer offering and the holidays? Also, did you ever wonder why the holiday of Shavuos has no date in the Torah?  All the holidays have set dates on the calendar, except for Shavuos.  It is dated as 50 days after the bringing of the Omer offering!  Why is Shavuos not celebrated on its own?  Why is it connected to the Omer? Join me as we take a deeper look at what the Omer, as well as the freedom of Passover and gift of Shavuos is really all about. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Sources: Leviticus 23:10 - https://www.sefaria.org/Leviticus.23.10?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Exodus 5:1 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.5.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Maharal, Tiferes Yisroel, Ch. 25 - https://www.sefaria.org/Tiferet_Yisrael.25.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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April 09, 2021
Ep. 21 Uncovering the Hidden Theme of Passover
We all associate Passover with feelings of freedom and royalty.  We sit at our seders like kings and queens, discussing our liberation from Egyptian bondage.   In reality, there's much more to Passover than just freedom.  Join me as we take a deeper look at what themes G-d tells us really drove the whole exodus experience, and we'll discover that it's really all about the love between G-d and the Jewish people. Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Sources:  Shir HaShirim - https://www.sefaria.org/Song_of_Songs?lang=bi Exodus 20:2 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.20.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Rav Hirsch on Exodus 20:2 - https://mg.alhatorah.org/Full/Shemot/20.2#e0nf Exodus 4:22 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.4.22?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Maharal in Chiddushei Agados to Shabbos 32b - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=14194#p=46&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr= Rashi on Exodus 13:8 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.13.8?lang=bi&aliyot=0&p2=Rashi_on_Exodus.13.8.1&lang2=bi
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April 01, 2021
Ep. 20 A Deeper Look at the Passover Seder
Why do you suppose the Rabbis titled the Passover night ritual a seder?  Do you know that the word seder means order?  Why commemorate a miraculous, beyond natural order event with an "order"? Join me as we take a deeper look at the Seder; uncovering topics such as the Jews matzah not rising, the birth of the Jewish nation and the miraculous 'order' of our world. Wishing everyone a happy kosher and healthy Pesach! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources: Maimonides, Mishne Torah, Laws of Chametz and Matzah 7:1 - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishneh_Torah%2C_Leavened_and_Unleavened_Bread.7.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=bi Maharal, Second introduction to Gevuros HaShem https://www.sefaria.org/Gevurot_Hashem%2C_Second_Introduction_to_Gevurot_Hashem.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Midrash Shocher Tov on Psalms 114 - https://www.sefaria.org/Midrash_Tehillim.114.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=bi Exodus 12:30 - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.12.39?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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March 22, 2021
Ep. 19 Kashering Your Kitchen for Pesach and Other Preparatory Laws
In this episode I go through the process of preparing your kitchen for Passover, as well as some other relevant Jewish laws regarding preparing for the upcoming holiday. Although in general the discussion is more philosophical and kabbalistic, due to the complexity of the laws of Pesach, I wanted to provide a clear overview of the general laws to help everyone prepare their homes and themselves for the upcoming celebration of freedom! As always, if you have any specific questions, comments or feedback, you can reach me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Text for nullification of chametz after bedikas chametz - https://media.aish.com/images/nullify-pm.gif For an itemized utensil checklist - https://www.star-k.org/articles/wp-content/uploads/2021KasherChecklist.pdf General kitchen requirements overview - https://www.star-k.org/articles/articles/338/preparing-kashering-the-pesach-kitchen/ To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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March 17, 2021
Ep. 18 Setting Up Your Pesach Zone
Have you ever walked into a kitchen on Pesach and thought you're on a spaceship? Ever wondered why and how to properly clean your house from Chametz?  Or even what chametz is? Join me as we go through the prohibitions of Chametz (leavened bread) on Pesach and how to prepare your house properly (read: create your Pesach Zone) for the upcoming holiday of Passover! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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March 15, 2021
Ep. 17 The Miraculous Connection between Purim and Pesach
Purim and Pesach seem like such different holidays.  One celebrates G-d's explicit overriding nature with the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and the other celebrates G-d functioning from behind the curtain, from within nature.  Yet, we find multiple examples in the writings of our sages that connect these two holidays.  What's the commonality?   Join me as we uncover many deep Jewish philosophies such as: the Jewish vs. the secular perspective on time, the Jewish vs. the perspective on the calendar and the role of G-d in miracles.   Feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback - thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Sources: Taanis 29a and Rashi - https://www.sefaria.org/Taanit.29a.18?lang=bi&with=Rashi&lang2=en, Megila 6b - https://www.sefaria.org/Megillah.6b.27?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en, Pesach Haggadah - https://www.sefaria.org/Pesach_Haggadah%2C_Magid%2C_First_Fruits_Declaration.18?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en
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March 08, 2021
Ep. 16 The Real Sin of the Golden Calf
Isn't it shocking that a mere 40 days after experiencing the most personal and deep connection to G-d in the history of the world, the Sinai experience, they'd throw G-d aside for an idol?  How do we make sense of this? These Jews experienced the 10 plagues in Egypt and the splitting of the sea, they must've known that G-d wasn't going to come from the earrings that they took off of their wives?  G-d wasn't a golden calf? Join Rabbi Moshe as he suggests an understanding in this difficult chapter of Exodus, applying it back to our world today. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com. Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources: Exodus - https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.32?lang=bi&aliyot=0, Ramban's explanation - https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Exodus.32.1.1?lang=bi, Rav Hirsch on Exodus - https://mg.alhatorah.org/Full/Shemot/32.1#e0nf To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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March 02, 2021
Ep. 15 PURIM 🥳🥂🎉🤡 Uncovering Purim's Deeper Meaning
Why do we do so many unique actions on Purim? Why do we distribute money to poor?  Food gifts to friends? Dress up in costumes? Hear the story of Esther twice? Drunken feast? What is Purim really all about? Join me as we uncover, through the verses in the Megila, the underlying theme of Jewish unity in the Purim story and how that plays out in the mitzvahs of Purim. As always, if you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Complete source sheet can be found here: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/397522?lang=bi Megilas Esther - https://www.sefaria.org/Esther.3.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Gr'a on Esther (Hebrew only) - https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=39741&st=&pgnum=40,  To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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February 23, 2021
Ep. 14 The Role of the Tabernacle, a Sinai Memento
Did you ever wonder why almost half of the book of Exodus, which is described as the book of redemption, discusses the building of the Tabernacle?  What's the Tabernacle's role in the Jewish people.  Was it just a grand synagogue?  A place to pray and serve G-d?  Or did it have a higher function?  Join me as we discover the deeper role that the tabernacle played in the Jewish people, keeping them connected to Sinai, even after they travelled away. And, how even today we too can connect to that! This podcast is dedicated in honor of my good friend and old chevrusa, Yosef Segal (not related :-) ).  May the Torah study that results from it be a great merit for him and his beautiful family! If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Full source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/397518?lang=bi Ramban intro to Exodus https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Exodus%2C_Introduction.3?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Exodus 25:1 https://www.sefaria.org/Ramban_on_Exodus.25.1.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Rav Tzadok, Pri Tzadik, Bereishis - https://www.sefaria.org/Pri_Tzadik%2C_Bereshit.1.1?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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February 19, 2021
Ep. 13 Lessons from Haman for a Great Marriage
Purim is rapidly approaching, and there are so many amazing lessons to glean from the Purim story.   Today, I focus on one of the less spoken about lessons; Haman's great flaw that brought about his demise, which paralleled the mistake that Adam made in the Garden of Eden.  If we can learn from their mistake, we'll learn to appreciate all the good we have in our relationships, not hyper-focus on the small negative aspects and we'll build the most beautiful relationships we can possibly have. As always, if you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Full Source Sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/397459 Chullin 139b - https://www.sefaria.org/Chullin.139b.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Genesis ch. 3 - https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.3.11?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en    Megilas Esther ch. 3 - https://www.sefaria.org/Esther.3.5?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Shaarei Teshuvah - https://www.sefaria.org/Shaarei_Teshuvah.1.18?lang=bi To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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February 18, 2021
Ep. 12 What's the Role of Mitzvahs in Judaism?
Do you ever feel restricted by all of the commandments that exist in Judaism? Is the primary focus of Judaism supposed to be purely observance of the commandments or is that just a piece that fits into a higher calling? Join me as we dive deep and reframe what the role of Mitzvahs is in Judaism. If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Source Sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/396482 Da'as Zekanim, Deuteronomy 9:16 https://www.sefaria.org/Daat_Zkenim_on_Deuteronomy.9.16.2?lang=bi&with=Deuteronomy&lang2=bi To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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February 10, 2021
Ep. 11 The Real Mount Sinai Experience
Did you know that there are 6 events that Jews are supposed to remember daily?  Number 2 on the list, is remembering our ancestors standing at the foot of Mount Sinai.  Why isn't the focus to remember receiving the Torah?  Why is it to remember the standing at the Mountain? What was actually the most crucial element of the Sinai experience? Join me as we discover the deeper understanding of the Mount Sinai experience! If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Rabbi Moshe Click here for the full source sheet: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/396468 Sources: Magen Avraham 60:2 - https://www.sefaria.org/Magen_Avraham.60.2?lang=bi, Mishnah Ta'anis - https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Taanit.4.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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February 03, 2021
Ep. 10 Quarantine in Jewish Law
Does the Torah allow us to restrict individual rights for the betterment of society?  Where do we draw the line between freedom and safety? With three kids home in quarantine, having classmates who tested positive for Covid-19, I figured it's a good time to discuss the Torah's perspective on quarantine.   The Torah study that results from this podcast should be a merit for their classmates, as well as everyone who is ill and in need of a recovery. Join me as we take a more analytical approach to find Torah sources on the topic of quarantine. Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Full Source Sheet - https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/361107?lang=bi Baba Kama 23a: https://www.sefaria.org/Bava_Kamma.23a.8?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Responsa Nodeh Bi'Yehuda, Vol. II, Yoreh Dei'ah, 210: https://beta.hebrewbooks.org/reader/reader.aspx?sfid=1447#p=221&fitMode=fitwidth&hlts=&ocr=, https://www.sefaria.org/Noda_BiYhudah_II%2C_Yoreh_Deah.210.9?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en Nishmas Kol Chai (Rav Chaim Falagi), Vol. II, Choshen Mishpat 49 (I have a copy (Hebrew only), email me if you'd like me to send it to you. If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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February 01, 2021
Ep. 09 Tu Bi'Shevat - A Kabbalistic Perspective Of Fruit
Tu Bi'Shevat is the Jewish holiday celebrating the New Years for the trees. Why do we celebrate trees by eating fruit?  Why don't we take branches or flowers into our homes?  Why does the Torah call children "fruit of the womb"?  Why does Kabbalah call our world the "fruit of the spiritual world"? What does a fruit represent on a deeper level in Jewish thought?   Join Rabbi Moshe on one of his favorite discussions, as we dive deep into the mystical concepts of fruit and our world. If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, reach out to me at: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Source Sheet can be accessed here: www.sefaria.org/sheets/361101
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January 28, 2021
Ep. 08 Covering Our Eyes for Shema
Did you ever wonder why of all the prayer services, we only cover our eyes during the Shema? And only for the first sentence of the Shema?  Why is that? Join Rabbi Moshe on this deep dive into the meaning of the Shema, why it's so important and why we cover our eyes for it! If you have any questions, comments or topic requests, I can be reached at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Sources:  Full Source Sheet can be found here: www.sefaria.org/sheets/361096 Deuteronomy 6:4: https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.6?lang=bi&aliyot=0 Pesachim 56a: https://www.sefaria.org/Pesachim.56a.7?lang=bi&with=Chidushei%20Agadot&lang2=en Mishna Tamid 4:3, 5:1: https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Tamid.4.3?lang=bi&with=Rambam&lang2=en Brachos 13b: https://www.sefaria.org/Berakhot.13b.18?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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January 22, 2021
Ep. 07 The First National Mitzvah: Controlling Time
If you were giving the Jewish nation the Torah, what would be the first national mitzvah (commandment) you would give? In the Torah portion of Bo, G-d gives the Jewish nation the commandment of sanctifying the new moon each month!  Seems like a strange choice. Join us as we dive deeper into the understanding of Kiddush Hachodesh, sanctifying the new month. Thank you to Kevin and Sabrina Burck for sponsoring this episode in memory of Kevin's father, Jeffrey Ira Burck z'l, Yitzchak Yodel ben Selig z'l, whose yahrtzeit was this week. The Torah that's learned through here should serve as a great merit for his soul. If you have any questions, comments or future topic requests, email me at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/ Sources:  See full source sheet here: www.sefaria.org/sheets/360387 Rosh Hashana 25a: https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_Hashanah.25a.14?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en  Rav Hutner, Pachad Yitzchak, Pesach, 46 (not available online)
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January 20, 2021
Ep. 06 Moses, Abraham and the Many Names of G-d
Did you ever notice in the Torah that there are so many different names of G-d? In the first two verses of this week's Torah portion, the Torah uses THREE different names of G-d.  What's going on here?  Why does G-d have so many names and why are each of them used specifically here? Join Rabbi Moshe on this episode and you'll also gain a deeper understanding of G-d's rebuke to Moses, the concept of Ma'aseh avos siman libonim (what occurred to our forefathers foreshadows what will happen to their descendants) and the forefather's role in the Jewish nation. Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, sponsorship opportunities or future topic requests, and I'll try my best to respond to everyone's emails: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources:  To see the source sheet for this episode: https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/360381?lang=bi Hakesav Vi'hakabal (name of kel shakai): https://www.sefaria.org/HaKtav_VeHaKabalah%2C_Exodus.6.3?lang=bi                  Piskei Rosh (name of Havaya) https://www.sefaria.org/Rosh_on_Yoma.8.19?lang=bi                   To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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January 15, 2021
Ep. 05 Bathing Pots and Pans - Why Put Food Vessels in the Mikvah?!?
There are three basic functions that the Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) has in the modern world: 1) for purifies the ritually impure male or female 2) for Jewish conversion and 3) for immersing metal vessels used in contact with food prior to using them? The first two seem along the same lines but what's the deal with the last one?  Why do we have to give our pots, pans, forks and knives a ritual bath before using them? Join me on this fascinating dive into immersing vessels and discover an unbelievable depth to this holy mitzvah! Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or future topic requests, and I'll try my best to respond to everyone's emails: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Sources:  To see the source sheet for this episode: www.sefaria.org/sheets/360376 Jerusalem Talmud: https://tinyurl.com/jerusalem-az and Rav Hirsch: https://tinyurl.com/ravhirsch-tevilas-keilim To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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January 13, 2021
Ep. 04 Prayer - Why do Jews Pray Three Times Each Day?
We discuss in this episode the source of prayer in the Torah and the evolution into and meaning of the three daily prayers: shachris (morning prayer), mincha (afternoon prayer) and maariv (evening prayer). Thank you to Rabbi Shaya Fox for sponsoring this episode in honor of the launch of the thinking Jew podcast and in honor of innovating new ways of spreading Torah and Judaism across the world! Thank you! As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments or future topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe Source Sheet with all the sources quoted in this episode: www.sefaria.org/sheets/359483 Sources: Gemara Taanis: https://tinyurl.com/taanis, Brachos: https://tinyurl.com/brachos26b and Maimonides: https://tinyurl.com/rambam-prayer To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://thethinkingjew.com/support-us/
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January 08, 2021
Ep. 03 Understanding the Role of Exile in Jewish History
Did you ever wonder why so much of our national history has been spent in exile?  We've been in exile for more years than we've lived on our land!  Why did the Jews need to go into the Egyptian exile before receiving the Torah?   What about our individual lives?  Do we have personal exiles? Join Rabbi Moshe on this fascinating in depth look on what the role of exile really is in the Torah's perspective. For those listening all the way until the end, here are the two words written out:  exile = גלה     redemption = גאל As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or future topic requests, and I'll try my best to respond to everyone's emails: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast To view the sources quoted in this podcast click here: www.sefaria.org/sheets/359479 Sources: Maharal: https://tinyurl.com/maharal-achila and https://tinyurl.com/maharal-galus
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January 06, 2021
Ep. 02 Loving G-d - An Obligation to Love?
Welcome to episode 2 of the thinking Jew podcast.  In this episode, we discuss a very fundamental question in Judaism regarding love of G-d.  We say in the Shema "and you shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your means" (Deuteronomy 6:5). How can the Torah command an emotion?  What if we're not feeling it?  Listen as Rabbi Moshe suggests an answer that will not only improve your love of G-d but is a tool to increase and boost every single relationship in your life! If you enjoy these podcasts, hit the subscribe button, to ensure you don't miss out on future episodes. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or future topic requests, and I'll try my best to respond to everyone's emails: thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy Listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast Click on this link to see a source sheets of the sources quoted in this episode: www.sefaria.org/sheets/359476 See source Me'or Ainayim: https://tinyurl.com/meor-einayim
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December 31, 2020
Ep. 01 Jacob's Final Message - Living for the Greater Good
Welcome to the first episode of the thinking Jew podcast.  In this episode, we'll discuss an underlying theme of Jacob's final blessing to his children, the true power of self-awareness and a practical way to bring Mashiach. If you enjoyed this episode kindly hit the subscribe button to ensure you never miss out on future episodes! I can always be reached with questions, comments or topic requests at thethinkingjewpodcast@gmail.com Happy listening! Rabbi Moshe To sponsor a podcast or make a tax-deductible donation to support this podcast and DATA of Richardson: https://tinyurl.com/thethinkingjewpodcast
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December 30, 2020