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Parashat Ki Tavo – 11 Questions, One Divine Answer

Uploaded on Sep 5, 2017

Rabbi Netanel skypes in for a shiur on the Parasha and more.

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Elul is here!……..Dont be afraid – Shoftim

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Re’eh – Cheerful Charity

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Ekev – Birkat Hamazon & Is Hashem still with us in the Galut

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Bet Hamikdash and 100 Brachot

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Tisha B’av – An Empty Cry

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David Hamelech & Batsheva – Part 3: ‘The light of Mashiach’

Rabbi Dov Delivers the final part to the series – Do not miss!

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TNS – A clean mouth, and a clean mind – Matot Maasei

Uploaded on Jul 18, 2017

Rabbi Netanel Skypes in for another great Shiur.

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Pinchas – Contributing to the outside world

The second half of Parashat Pinehas relates the different sacrifices which are brought every day, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and each of the festivals. Of the various sacrifices, our Parasha relates two bulls are brought as burnt offerings עולה on Rosh Chodesh, each day of Pesach and Shavuot; one is brought on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur as well as Shemini Chag Atzeret. However, on Succot, 13 are brought on the first day, 12 on the second and so on finishing with seven of the seventh day which is Hoshana Rabba making 70 in total.

Our rabbis suggest that the 70 bulls represent the 70 nations of the world. It would seem therefore that we are considering the welfare of all peoples. It is not always appreciated that when the temple stood, sacrifices were not only brought by Jews or on behalf of Jews, non-Jews could also bring burnt offerings.

On Shemini Chag Atzeret we go back to one bull allowing us to be intimate so to speak with the Almighty and reassert our chosen status. So the question which begs to be asked is what type of relationship should we be seeking with other nations. Do we want to have an exclusive relationship with God or one which includes our fellow human beings?

Rabbi Alan Brill in his 2010 book entitled “Judaism and other Religions: Models of understanding” identifies four approaches providing sources from the Tanach, the Talmud and Jewish commentators and philosophers from medieval times through to the modern day.

One model he relates is “exclusivism” suggesting only ours is the true religion (Rashi, Maharal, Ari, Ramchal, Tanya). Secondly, “inclusivism” which purports that Judaism is best but others have part of that truth (Halevi, Rambam, Abarbanel, Radak, Rashba, Arama, […]

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David Hamelech & Batsheva – Part 2:’What’s the story?’

Where did David go wrong? Find out with Rabbi Dov Levy

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