Shmuel Reichman Inspiration: Think. Feel. Grow.

Shmuel Reichman Inspiration: Think. Feel. Grow.

By Shmuel Reichman
Shmuel Reichman is an inspirational speaker, writer, and coach who has lectured internationally at shuls, conferences, and Jewish communities on topics of Jewish Thought and Jewish Medical Ethics. He is the founder and CEO of Self-Mastery Academy ( www.shmuelreichman.com ), the transformative online course that is revolutionizing how we engage in self-development.

You can find more inspirational lectures, videos, and articles from Shmuel on his website: www.shmuelreichman.com
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Anything is Possible: Let's Move Beyond the Stars (Vayeira)
Avraham argues with Hashem, using what he saw in the stars as his evidence. What does it mean that Avraham saw in the stars that he was not destined to have a child? And how can Avraham argue with Hashem about what will happen? If Hashem tells Avraham that he will have a child, how can Avraham even think of suggesting otherwise? And finally, what does it mean that Hashem took Avraham "above the stars"?
11:17
November 14, 2019
Are You Willing to Journey Into the Unknown? (Lech Lecha)
When Hashem tells Avraham to leave his home and embark on a journey, Avraham is told “lech lecha me'artzecha u'mimoladitcha...” (Breishit 12:1). This directive is conspicuously odd. Avraham is told where to leave from, but he is not told his destination. What kind of journey lacks a destination?
10:21
November 7, 2019
Emerging from the Waters Reborn (Parshas Noach)
Why did Hashem specifically choose to destroy the world with a flood. Hashem could have chosen any form of destruction, and yet, He chose water. We naturally associate parshas Noach with the mabul and the teivah, but couldn't there have been another form of this story? What is the significance of water?
11:19
October 31, 2019
A Guide to Creating Your Ultimate Relationship (Dating/Marriage)
How do we build extraordinary relationships?
56:56
October 25, 2019
Your Creation Story: The Journey of Self-Discovery (Parshas Bereishis)
We begin this year’s Torah cycle by reading Parshas Bereishis. While many think that Adam Ha’Rishon alone was worthy of a fascinating creation story, every single one of us has our own unique creation story as well.
10:40
October 24, 2019
Sukkot: Spiraling Through the Cosmic Symphony of Life
What is it about song that so enraptures the human spirit and how is this connected to Sukkot and the concept of circles?
18:27
October 18, 2019
Yom Kippur: Flying Amongst Angels (Parshas Vayelech)
We normally characterize fast days as times of mourning and sadness, such as Shiva Asar B'Tamuz and Tisha B'Av. How is Yom Kippur different?
11:11
October 3, 2019
Rosh Hashana: The Three Stages of Teshuva
What is the deeper meaning of Teshuva?
08:00
September 26, 2019
Flattery and Rebuke: Curse of the Unborn Child? (Parshas Ki Savo)
What is the connection between flattery and rebuke?
11:54
September 19, 2019
True Marriage: Peering Through the Surface (Parshas Ki Seitzei)
What is the spiritual approach to beauty and marriage?
16:08
September 12, 2019
Follow the Leader: What is True Leadership?
The question of leadership is both fascinating and fundamental to human society. In this week's Parsha, Parshas Shoftim, the Torah discusses the three categories of Jewish leadership: The Melech (king), the Sanhedrin (courts), and the Kohanim (priests). What is the Jewish approach to leadership, and how does it compare to other perspectives on leadership?
21:05
September 5, 2019
Willpower: Generating Momentum For Our Return (Parshas Re'eh and Elul)
While this picture is extreme, I'm sure we can all relate. Sometimes things seem to fall apart in our lives, and we struggle to pick up the pieces. When we start that downhill slide, how do we stop the momentum? How do we pick ourselves up? To understand this, we need to develop an important theme connected to both this week's parsha, Parshas Re'eh, and the month of Elul as a whole.
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August 29, 2019
The Land of Israel: A Place Beyond Place (Eikev)
The land of Israel is the home of the Jewish People, but it is also so much more than that. There are a number of mitzvos that can be performed only in Eretz Yisrael. The Beis Ha’Mikdash, the spiritual center of the universe, was located at the center of Eretz Yisrael. Hashem promised Avraham the land of Israel as a sign of their eternal covenant. Our question, then, is twofold. What is the underlying uniqueness of this special land, and why does the land of Eretz Yisrael possess this unique quality.
20:31
August 22, 2019
When the Broken Path Still Leads Home (Parshas Va’eschanan and Elul)
Enjoy this week's deep and inspiring lecture!
19:20
August 15, 2019
The Birth of Torah Sheba'al Peh: Creating Light Within the Darkness (Devarim)
How can Moshe's words be included in the Torah? The fundamental nature of Torah is its Divine authorship. And regarding its connection to a get, why does Devarim’s status as a repeat sefer preclude its four lines of separation from being counted in determining the number of lines in a divorce document? In order to understand the deep nature of sefer Devarim and to answer these questions, we must develop an essential principle that underlies this entire discussion. 
30:01
August 8, 2019
Filling the Void: The Spiritual Joy of Wasting Words (Matos/Masei)
Lying, defamation, and lashon hara are clearly harmful and negative; their prohibition is not surprising. Why, though, is wasting words so severe that is warrants specific mention? It appears to be neither harmful nor evil, simply unnecessary. The question we must address then, is why are wasted words both so enjoyable and so spiritually harmful? 
25:44
August 1, 2019
Pinchas Ha'Kohen: A Man of Shalom and Kehunah (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman)
What is the meaning of the two blessings Pinchas received, and why did Pinchas deserve them specifically in response to his actions with Kozbi and Zimri? And, perhaps more basically, why was Pinchas’ act of murder even considered heroic? It appears to be violent and rash, perhaps even overly emotional. In this presentation we will try to explain the deep principles behind this episode.
26:58
July 25, 2019
Blessings and Curses: Bounty and Boundaries (Parshas Balak)
What is the deep spiritual nature of blessings? What was Bilaam intending to accomplish by cursing the Jewish people?
32:48
July 18, 2019
A Reason to Transcend (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman- Parshas Chukas)
 Within the influence of Western culture, the intellect holds supreme status as the be-all and end-all of truth itself. Scientists, philosophers, and atheists often claim that Judaism is dogmatic and irrational, denying logic and reason. Is this so? What is the role and purpose of intellect within Judaism? Do we reject reason, embrace it, or perhaps take some sort of middle ground? The Vila Gain famously said, "where philosophy ends, Jewish wisdom begins." It seems, therefore, that Judaism does not reject reason and logic, but builds off of it, eventually even transcending it. 
25:02
July 11, 2019
Korach's Pit-fall (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman- Parshas Korach)
The nature of Korach's punishment is quite strange. Why does Moshe emphasize that Korach must be punished by something completely novel, and why is the ground swallowing them up the proper punishment for their crimes? In order to answer this question, we must delve into the depth behind Korach's argument to better understand where he went wrong.
18:47
July 4, 2019
Sight, But No Vision: The Sin of the Spies (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman- Parshas Shelach)
Sight, But No Vision: The Sin of the Spies (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman- Parshas Shelach)
21:43
June 27, 2019
What Makes Moshe's Prophecy Unique? (Parshas Beha'aloscha- With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman)
 Why was Moshe's prophecy different than any other prophet's? What made him unique? Why did the Rambam feel the need to create a separate ikar emunah (principle of faith) specifically for Moshe's prophecy? 
23:25
June 24, 2019
From Last to First: The Story of the Nesi'im (With Original Background Music Composed and Played by Shmuel Reichman- Parshas Naso)
What did the Nesi'im do that was so wrong? How did their rectification fix their mistake?
11:08
June 21, 2019
Ownership: The Relationship Between You and Your Things (Machshava Series- Episode 14)
What is the nature of time and ownership? Why is stealing such a terrible thing? How are we to understand the relationship between you and the things you own?
51:39
June 21, 2019
Mockery: The Breakdown of Truth (Machshava Series- Episode 13)
What is the nature of mockery and sarcasm? Why is this such a dangerous character trait?
40:23
June 21, 2019
Kavod: Why Do We All Want People to Like Us? (Machshava Series- Episode 12)
Why do we care so much about what other people think? Why do we chase after honor, fame, and external recognition?
46:48
June 21, 2019
What Was the Debate Between Yaakov and Esav Really About? (Machshava Series- Episode 11)
What was this cosmic battle really about? I think you'll find that it's deeper than you might have thought.
1:08:33
June 21, 2019
A Deeper Understanding of Avraham's Gift to the World (Machshava Series- Episode 10)
 If you ask most people what Avraham contributed to the world, they will most probably tell you, "Monotheism". However, there is a deeper layer to this that most people do not know.  In this inspiring lecture we will reveal the secret gift that Avraham gave to the world.
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June 21, 2019
A Deeper Perspective on the Relationship Between Torah and Science (Machshava Series- Episode 9)
What is the relationship between Torah and Science? Is there friction and contradiction? Or harmony and oneness? Which is the root, which the expression?
31:48
June 21, 2019
The Cosmic Struggle Between Body and Soul (Machshava Series- Episode 8)
What is the ideal relationship between body and soul, between the physical and spiritual?
35:28
June 21, 2019
Who Are You? How to Find Your Unique Purpose in Life (Machshava Series- Episode 7)
How do you find your unique purpose in life? What does this even mean?
36:16
June 21, 2019
The Concepts and Lessons We Learn From Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov (Machshava Series- Episode 6)
What is the deeper understanding of the Avos and how the principles of chesed, din, and tiferes manifest through them?
30:55
June 21, 2019
Chesed, Din, and Tiferes: The Fundamental Principles of Reality (Machshava Series- Episode 5)
What is the meaning behind these three unique spiritual concepts? How do they relate to each other? Why is this relevant to us?
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June 21, 2019
The Spiritual Concepts of Male and Female (Machshava Series- Episode 4)
In this deep and inspiring lecture we will explore the topic of potential and actual, and how it relates to the spiritual concepts of male and female.
34:52
June 21, 2019
Shabbos: A Taste of the World to Come (Machshava Series- Episode 3)
What is the deeper understanding of Shabbos? Why do the Sages compare Shabbos to the World to Come?
46:38
June 21, 2019
Why Did God Create the World? The Key to Living on Purpose (Machshava Series- Episode 2)
Why do we face so many challenges in life? What is the purpose of our existence? Why did God create this world?
41:34
June 21, 2019
Living The Inspired Life (Machshava Series- Episode 1)
Why does inspiration fade? Why do some people succeed while others fail? How do we live the inspired life?
34:25
June 21, 2019
Sefiras Ha’omer: Achieving the Impossible
Sefiras Ha’omer: Achieving the Impossible
23:04
June 12, 2019
Jewish Leadership: When Leaders Are Human
Jewish Leadership: When Leaders Are Human
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June 12, 2019