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    The Other חנוכה: Inaugurating the Second Temple on 25 Kislev (from חגי הנביא)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 38:35

    How did they physically manipulate those פְּשׁוּטֵי כְּלֵי עֵץ?

    Was עַל הַנִּסִּים Composed as an Anti-Karaite Polemic? (Tefillah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 29:30

    As a history, עַל הַנִּסִּים follows The First Book of Maccabees. Who exactly are the טְמֵאִים?

    Amos: The Problem is Not Idolatry, It is Social Injustice! Capitalism on Steroids (Haftarah VaYeshev)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 39:40

    "No, I will not shut up! Whom should I listen to? You, or Hashem?!"

    Parshas VaYeshev: Did the Brothers Realize Their Father Would Never Get Over It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 36:05

    Did Joseph lose his faith & then recover it, or did he have bitachon all the way through?

    Haskalah and the Internet: Has the Internet Generated a Kind of Haskalah in the Frum World?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 43:26

    Rabbi Katz responds to a thoughtful question from a listener.

    שַׁבָּת "אוֹת הִיא בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם" Two's company, three's a crowd

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 28:59

    Why do we say a gentile is punished for keeping Shabbos, but not for keeping the other mitzvos?

    Is Obadiah Referring to His Own Time, or to the Messianic Era? (Haftarah VaYishlach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 34:16

    What does it mean that Edom will go down through the treachery of its allies?

    Jacob & Esau: A Mediated Encounter vs. Shechem & Dinah: An Unmediated Encounter (Parshas VaYishlach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 35:05

    וַיִשְׁכֵּהוּ? וַיִּשָּׁקֵהו? Which was it

    Rabbi Bernard Revel (1885-1940): Creator of "YU" Whose Lofty Vision Failed Because of Insufficient Funds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 81:32

    A tzadik who dreamed of building a combination of "Harvard & Volozhin," but ran into economic & educational realities

    R Katz in Rochester at Beth Haknesses Hachodosh next week

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 1:46

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    What do we mean when we pray for עֹשֶׁר וְכָבוֹד?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 27:14

    When does the money you give in charity not help your heavenly "bank-account"?

    Why וַיִּבְרַח and not וַיֵּצֵא?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 30:56

    Do you follow halacha if it stands in the way of scientific progress? Do values govern technology, or vice versa?

    Parshas VaYetzei: Yaakov's State of Mind When He Stops and Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 31:01

    How can a ladder extend into the metaphysical?

    The Raavad (1110-1198): The Most Magnificent Figure of a Lost Civilization; if he was one of the four greatest Rishonim, why is he not better-known

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 67:33

    If he was one of the four greatest Rishonim, why is he not better-known?

    וְיִתֵּן לְךָ מִטַּל הַשָּׁמַיִם What do those words mean?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 27:08

    Why are they recited as Shabbos ends? Does שָׁמַיִם mean the sky? Come on!

    Malachi Blasts the Guy Standing By the Kotel Chatting on His Cellphone (Haftarah Toldos)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 29:45

    Yes, Yaakov won, but have his descendants acted in a manner fitting the bechorah?

    The Story of Rivkah: What Was Her Age? Did She Go to Shem V'Ever or Have an Epiphany on Mt. Moriah?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 36:59

    A parshah with many alternative versions of the story in Chazal and the Meforshim

    R' Tzvi Hirsch Kalisher: Mr. אַתְחַלְתָּא דִּגְאֻלָּה -based on the Model of King Cyrus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 57:13

    A Jewish State in Israel is the only way to prevent intermarriage among the non-frum

    The sixth Psalm: What sin is it about?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 26:24

    Do you regret "giving-in" (Bathsheba)? Or stubborn callousness (Census)?

    Adonijah: Leader or Dupe? (Haftarah Chayai Sarah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 30:38

    Contrast the Eliezer-story (absence of intrigue) with the David-story (redolent of intrigue)

    Eliezer - The Snoopy Shadchan (Parshas Chayai Sarah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 36:16

    Both Eliezer and Rebecca dislike long engagements

    R' Menahem Kasher: A Brilliant, Atypical Hasid, Determined to Get the Torah Tmimah "Right"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 59:24

    He embarked on a lifelong, grand quest to do the whole Chumash, but tragically unsuccessful because of his brilliant pizur kochos.

    Rabbi Katz in Monsey for Shabbos

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 3:00

    Shabbos in Wesley Hills (קְהִלַּת בֵּית אֲבִיגְדוֹר). Saturday night at 25 Barrie Drive 9:00 PM

    Ingratitude: Why Does the Widow Have to Go to the Prophet for a Miracle? Where's the Public? (Haftarah VaYera)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 34:56

    The different reactions of Sarah and the Shunamite woman to the news they will have a baby

    "?וְלֹא לִידֵי נִסָּיוֹן" Why Not

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 33:33

    Should a servant of Hashem my welcome נִסְיוֹנוֹת as an opportunity to show loyalty?

    Abraham "chills" with his non-Jewish friends and reaches prophetic levels

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 36:44

    Does Abraham allude to a crisis of faith earlier in life in Genesis 20:13?

    Nissan Back: Unusual Hasidic Pioneer of the Old Yishuv in Palestine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 75:36

    Was it un-frum to move to Israel and work for a living in the 19th century?

    Announcement About Rabbi Katz's Winter Lectures @ Cong. Shomrei Emunah

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 2:04

    Lectures will be in person at Shomrei Emunah on Saturday nights at 8:45 PM. Starting tomorrow night

    "V'LeYerushalayim Irchah": If the Messiah Showed Up Tomorrow, How Would We Act? Really (Tefillah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 19:16

    What does V'Chiseih Dovid Avdichah L'Sochah Tachin actually mean?

    Isaiah: G-d Would Not Have Invested So Much in Abraham Unless He Meant It For the Long Term

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 30:06

    How exactly did the outnumbered Abraham defeat the forces of כְּדָרְלָעֹמֶר?

    Why Does Lot Resent Abraham? Family Tensions (Parshas Lech Lecha)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:16

    Why is Lot zocheh to be the ancestor of the Mashiach?

    The Rizhiner Rebbe: Disneyland and the Bueaucratic-Absolutist State

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 85:53

    The Rebbe with the largest following, who lived the lifestyle of a Reish Galusah

    Announcements and Updates from Rabbi Katz

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 6:09

    Upcoming Scholar in Residence Appearances this Winter, History of the State of Israel Winter Lecture Series and Tech-Issues

    The Dispersed Jews: "Return our scattered brethren" - To whom does this refer? (Tefillah)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 27:23

    Are the "dispersed Jews" physically exiled or psychologically alienated?

    Greece (Yefes) - Ironically Blessed for Covering a Naked Body (Parshas Noach)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 30:18

    The many ways Noah's oracle about Shem and Yafes can be translated and interpreted

    The Tower of Babel - According to the Drashos HaRan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 36:36

    The Ran seeks a logical explanation, not a midrashic approach. His remarkable reconstruction of ancient history.

    General John Monash (WWI): Literally, the Greatest Jewish General You Never Heard of

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 54:26

    The best Allied general of WWI, who had a love-hate relationship with Yiddishkeit.

    Parshas Noach: Noah After the Flood - A Different Form of Paradise Lost

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 29:10

    Did G-d create a perfect world? Why are things so imperfect?

    Parshas Bereishis: What Does G-d Mean When He Says " Adam is Like One of Us?"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 28:58

    Man's curiousity, though G-d-like, is dangerous, but unstoppable

    The History of Simchas Torah: An Invented Holiday, Which Took-Off Like Wildfire. Why?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 46:17

    What does the rise of this holiday " from the bottom up" indicate about the character of the Jewish people?

    The Strange History of Hoshanah Rabbah: A Lesser-Known Aspect of the Biblical Sukkos Holiday

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 32:09

    Was Moshe told to march around the altar long before the walls of Jericho crumbled?

    Ketores and Arba Minim: two types of unity, five days apart

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 33:17

    Amalgamation (loss of individual identity) or cooperation? Which unity is better?

    The Arbah Minim: How Do the Arbah Minim Defeat the Four Kingdoms of Exile?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 30:39

    The עֲרָבָה represents those Jews who will join Gog and Magog against their own people

    Chanoch ben Moshe (10th century, Spain): Torah, Brilliance, and Machlokes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 64:26

    A famous tale of yeshiva politics, ambition, faction, but also nobility

    Sukkos: A Holiday to Be Celebrated in Israel, Yet Commemorating Galus…Strange

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 32:48

    Different types of Sukkah reflect different diaspora experiences

    Yom Kippur: Why Does the Chumash Not Mention Teshuvah on Yom Kippur, Just Kapparah?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 28:19

    Does it makes sense to try to make sense out of Yom Kippur?

    Parshas Haazinu: Just Before He Dies, Moshe Has the Jews Memorize a Scary Poem

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 32:19

    The poem is pessimistic because it fears the Jews' narcissism

    The Tashbetz: MD, PhD Gadol and Posek

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 71:58

    Refugee from Spain (1391). A founder of Torah greatness in Algeria. רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן צֶמַח דּוּרָאן

    An Insight into a Passage in the Rambam's הִלְכוֹת תְּשׁוּבָה

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 22:02

    Explaining the parable of the penitent touching the Heavenly Throne

    Shabbos Shuva: The Relationship Between Yom Kippur and Repentance- A Short History

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 1:27

    Rosh HaShanah: Why is שְׁבָרִים "Male"? Why is תְּרוּעָה "Female"?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 35:56

    On the day of Creation, did G-d do נְשִׁימָה אַחַת or שְׁתֵּי נְשִׁימוֹת?

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