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A live class on various topics in Torah, exploring the rich wisdom of Judaism, from biblical stories to Talmud, from Maimonides to Chasidic thought. Class is given by Rabbi Yosef Marcus, director of Chabad NP and editor of the Kehot editions of the Pirkei Avot, Haggadah, Psalms, and Megillat Esther. Visit www.chabadnp.com for more info and to support the class. For questions or comments, email rabbi@chabadnp.com.
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The new cycle of traversing the entire breadth of Torah law began today Sunday, April 23, 2023. Get on the train and take a journey through the body of divine wisdom. 20 minutes a day (if you listen on hi speed) will give you the entire corpus of Jewish law in under three years. Welcome on board!By Rabbi Yosef Marcus
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The builders of the Tower wanted to wage war directly with G-d. Yet G-d treats them with kids gloves, especially in comparison to the generation of the flood. Why? Turns out G-d is more concerned with how we treat each other than how we treat Him (!). In this portion we also learn from G-d how to be patient judgment, even when you hear that someone…
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What triggered Abraham's final test? Why does a "chasid" say Hineni ("Here I am")? Why is Jerusalem called Mount Moriah? All this and more in The Binding of Isaac, part I Text: Genesis Chapter 22 with Rashi: Vayera-Torah-Reading AkeidahBy Rabbi Yosef Marcus
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Can you desecrate the holiday to retrieve a shofar at the top of a tree? Can you swim across a river for it? Can you clean a shofar on the holiday and what cleanser can never be used to clean a shofar? Bonus: A sermon tip to be derived from the latter law. Text source: Laws of Rosh Hashanah, Shulchan Aruch of the Alter Rebbe #586…
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Why a "Trump" shofar would not be kosher and why in Berkeley they would agree you should take off your hearing aids to hear the shofar. One of the most powerful sounds of Judaism is the piercing cry of the shofar. It cuts through layers of apathy to the heart and core of the soul. In this 4th installment of the seemingly very technical laws of Rosh…
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Why does G-d require that we have the testimony of witnesses who have seen the new moon in order to establish Rosh Chodesh -- shouldn't the astronomical calculations suffice? Bonus: chasidic aphorisim from one of the hidden tzadikim sheds new light on the Kohen's blessing before the priestly blessings.…
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How the ancient Jewish calendar was made: witness interrogation, leap years, and astronomy. A text-based class using Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, laws of Kiddush HachodeshSundays Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 pm on Zoom @ chabadnp.com/zoom with Rabbi Yossi MarcusBy Rabbi Yosef Marcus
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