Going Above and Beyond

The Jewish people sing a song of Thanksgiving to G-d as they cross the red sea on dry land. In this song it says “This is my G-d & I will glorify Him” – We learn from this verse that when performing G-d’s commandments we should go above and beyond the bare minimum requirement – we should beautify the mitzvah/commandment, The question is asked: Why specifically is it this verse, of the Jews by the sea, that teaches us this lesson? There are many miraculous events that happened for the Jewish people – what is special about this one? Rabb Ari Enkin shares the lesson…

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Being Happy In Challenging Times

Amazing story of Rabbi Shlomo Reichenberg of Bnei Brak. When Shlomo was 16 years old, he entered hell – aka the holocaust. At the concentration camp, 10 men would sleep on 1 wooden plank. One day, as he was walking in the camp, he was beaten up by one of the guys in the camp. They suspected that Shlomo was cooperating with the nazis. Was this true? Rabbi Aaron Pessin shares the story.

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Secret of the Vast Universe

Watch this argument between King David and American astronomer Carl Sagan. True they lived thousands of years apart! Nonetheless, Sagan was firmly convinced that there had to be life on another planet. Otherwise, he couldn’t understand the vastness of the universe. King David, on the other hand, understood it just the opposite, that the universe was specifically made for us…

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G-d Appreciates This…

In the Torah Portion of Ki Tavo we learn about the offering of the first fruits. The farmer would bring his first fruits as an offering to G-d. The rich man and poor man alike would bring the fruits in a basket or platter. Yet, the poor man’s basket was taken by the priest and not returned , while the rich man’s platter was returned. Why does the poor man have to lose his basket as part of the offering while the rich man gets to keep his? What is G-d telling us by this? Rabbi Ari Enkin shares an insight…

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Shavuot: What It’s All About (3 min)

A story from the Talmud about a couple who couldn’t have children. After 10 years had past, the husband told the wife that they should divorce. It was decided that they meet with the Great Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai before proceeding with a divorce. They told him the story and he advised an unusual course of action…which they followed. Rabbi Benzion Klatzko shares this story with along with the powerful message that is derived from it…

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Gad Elbaz: Live The Present (60 Sec)

Gad Elbaz’s most popular song Hashem Melech which quotes a famous prayer “Hashem Melech, Hashem Malach, Hashem Yimloch LeOlam Va’ed” which says: “God reigns as King, God reigned as King, and God will always reign as King forever” – The question is asked, why do we start with God reigns as King in the present tense? Wouldn’t it make more sense, to speak it out chronologically, to go from Past, Present to Future? Gad Elbaz shares some insight into the order of this famous Jewish prayer and declaration.

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