UNIQUE AND PROFOUND: THE HIRSCHIAN WORLD OF BIBLICAL SYMBOLISM
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this week we delve into the world of meaning & Mitzvot and how Rav Hirsch brings it out with symbolism.
We elaborate on how this method is both personally relevant as well as true to our human nature.
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This week Rav Hirsch shows how a scientific theory can be highjacked. Already in his time in the case of Karl Marx with economics or with Herbert Spencer with society, and this all being an eco of an old pagan god Baal Peor
In this weeks podcast we will approach two points
1. The Torah commandment to tear our garments when encountering death and the danger of falling in to practices of death worship
2. The special relevance that this commandment holds to the Cohen (priest) and his responsibilitie, as well as how it reflects on us. From these two seemingly peripheral concepts Rav Hirsch draws out for us fundamental goals and methods of Judaism as a whole.
Acharei Mot - The Drama of growth ancient & modern
Something very disconnected both practically and religiously form our daily lives. The Chen Godol (Hight Priest) and the changing of his clothes we see being reduced and encapsulated into a system that speaks to us today.
This week we dive into a perplexing issue at the start of this week's Parasha
The imbalance between the sexes? in an understand this Rav Hirsch develops key terms & concepts, and we walk away with an enriched understanding of a divisive topic IMPURITY
This week we ask what is it with the cloths? why are they morally significant both for the Priest & the people. We then take on one item and show how with a deep appreciation for symbolism the profound message of growth and meaning come forth.
this week disentangle the concept of trust in God, what do we mean? we also show how the two aspects of the symbol of Shabbos play out this priciple.
Why is it so vital the Torah calls to our attention Moses and he very humanness. and how does this give us beautiful parallel to the Prayer Book (Siddur)
in this weeks discussion we take two of the most fuggy terms in religion faith & God what do we mean by these two terms? and why is it so central to know this in a modern context.
We return with a seemingly unimportant side point in the biblical narrative. But with a sensitivity to the symbolic significance and underlying philosophic roots of Judaism, we can come away with a relevant and profound appreciation of the Jewish outlook.
In this week's Parsha, Rav Hirsch delves in to the dialogue between Hashem and Avraham, as He was commanding him about the Bris Milah. Through various wordings and phrases, we come to gain a profound insight in what it means to truly be part of the covenant of G-d. Enjoy
This week's episode speaks about the idea of community - both the beauty in the collective striving for a greater good and its pitfalls. Rav Hirsch elaborates on the fine line which divides an institution that enhances every private persons life from a group spreading completely false ideologies. I hope you enjoy.
This Podcast was created in Jerusalem, in merit for a speedy and successful return to peace in Israel.
Nullifying yourself to the Collective
This week, we discuss a few of the most fundamental relationships we encounter every day and how the Torah teaches us to interact with them. Most importantly, the Jews vision regarding the female gender is explained. Hear how Rav Hirsch takes the sometimes perplexing Mitzwah of Shiluach Haken to a whole new level. Enjoy.
In this week's discussion, Rav Hirsch shows us how a question of, why the high priests death is related to the verdict of the one to be sent to exile, can lead to tremendous incites. To both the nature of the role of the priests in the Jewish world. As well as fundamental ideas of how we view the importance of life.
Teachers of divinity
For this week's discussion, we will learn a stirring lesson on what it means for a Jew to be free. Why do we count 50 days of Sefirah? Why the phrase "7 full weeks"? And how does Rav Hirsh connect the Sefiras Ha'omer to both Shabbos and Milah? Find out this week. Enjoy, good Shabbos.
Counting up to Infinite Freedom
This week we are going to discuss the element of "Kedoshim" or moral perfection, as Rav Hirsh explains it. We see that as Jews, our goal is to attain the highest level of morality with the tools G-d has given us. Hope you enjoy, good Shabbos
In this discussion, we discover some illuminating and truly groundbreaking concepts about how the Torah views some, nowadays, quite controversial issues. We see the truly amazing approach it has on Women, Brit Milah and our outlook on the physical world. Enjoy
This week's topic was especially interesting for me to prepare, since it deals with a common misconception that many have about impurity. What is impurity and how does the idea is represents follow through with the various laws about the topic? Learn all about it in this weeks discussion. Enjoy.
Freedom and Purity
In this week's discussion, we follow Rav Hirsch as he delves in to a beautiful description of the Jewish nation and the way we serve our Creator, so different from other nations. Enjoy
Not defined by grief
One of the points Rav Hirsch brings to this Parsha is the commandment to build the tabernacle (Mishkan) once again. We can appreciate this commandment in a historical context as well as in everyday life. Enjoy
This week proposes a view on Idolitry and answers the question : What was behind the golden calf? Enjoy and happy Purim to all!
A different kind of G-d
This week deals with the unique clothing the Kohanim donned for service in the Temple. We delve in to various items and learn how these people became living embodiments of what Hashem expects of us. Enjoy
You are what you Wear
This discussion differs from my previous lectures, being a Halachik discussion, rather than purely moral. We will follow Rav Hirsch through a process in Torah law and see some of the depth that is previously unknown. Hope you enjoy.
A Point in Law
This weeks Podcast develops an idea about the foundation of our religion, vital for us to understand and treasure. This insight by Rav Hirsch leads to many fascinating discussions, of which I touched but a few in the speech. Please feel free to post feedback, I would love to hear your take on the ideas!
The Evidence of Preparation
Hi, this week's post was challenging yet rewarding. Rav Hirsch goes in to depth about the Manna the Jewish people received daily in the desert, and we can all learn invaluable lessons from his insights. Enjoy.
This week, we take a closer look at one of the first commandments in the Torah, the bringing of the Korban Pessach. From the details of this Mitzwah we can glean amazing guidelines for our Torah-based life. Enjoy.
A Guide to Life