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Parsha Podcast: Megillat Esther

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Yonah and the Megillot: Achashverosh Speaks Twice

Then spoke the king Achashverosh and said unto Esther the queen: ‘Who is he, and where is he, that does presume in his heart to do this?  (Esther 7:5) This translation, taken with slight adaptation from the 1917 JPS edition, does not fully convey the repetitive nature of this verse.  The verb “va’yomar” appears twice, […]

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Yonah and the Megillot: A King Can’t Sleep

Achashverosh finds sleep elusive and calls for the book of records.  What disturbs his slumber and how will reading this book resolve the dilemma?   Rashi suggests that God providentially prevents the Persian king’s sleep.  God arranged for a rough night so that Achashverosh would call for the book of records and discover his debt to […]

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Yonah and the Megillot: Esther’s Moment of Decision

Mordechai told them to relay to Esther: ‘Do not think that you shall escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise to the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish; and who knows whether you […]

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Yonah and the Megillot: Mordechai’s Refusal to Bow

Why does Mordechai refuse to bow before Haman, a defiance endangering himself and all of his brethren?  After all, Haman’s angry response leads to an edict threatening national annihilation.  Mordechai had no apparent reason to refuse since bowing respectfully before another person violates no religious norms.  Yosef’s brothers bow to him (Bereishit 42:6) and Natan […]

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Parsha Podcast: Beshalach

Parshat Beshalach:  One People, One Heart Weekly Parsha Podcast by Rabbi Chaim Brovender Click here for the source sheet. http://atid.s467.sureserver.com/parshah/beshalach5774.mp3 […]

On Omer and Omnipotence

Podcast by Mrs. Ilana Goldstein Saks A midrashic understanding of the mitzva of the Omer and what it has to […]

Parsha Podcast: Bo

Parshat Bo: Rosh Chodesh – The First Mitzva Weekly Parsha Podcast by Rabbi Chaim Brovender Click here for the source sheet. […]

The Aggagites

Podcast by Mrs. Ilana Goldstein Saks What does the midrash mean when it says that Memuchan is Haman? https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/webyeshivamedia/Ilana+Goldstein+Saks+Blog+Podcasts/The+Aggagites.MP3 Podcast: […]

Parsha Podcast: Vaera

Parshat Vaera: Bitachon Weekly Parsha Podcast by Rabbi Chaim Brovender Click here for the source sheet. http://atid.s467.sureserver.com/parshah/vaera5774.mp3 Podcast: Play in new […]

Hebrew Day

By Rabbi Jeffrey Saks This week, on 21 Tevet (January 12), was “Yom Leshon HaIvrit” (Hebrew Language Day) in Israel, with […]