Watch part two What is halacha and where does it come from? The canonical halachic texts, psak from previous generations, and Minhag Yisrael What is kabbalah and where does it come from? How did the Ashkenazic and Sephardic poskim react to the discovery of the Zohar? Is the Zohar fully authentic? Do we change halacha […]
There is a rich midrashic tradition concerning the moment the Torah was given that paints a picture of all the world hanging in the balance of: would the Jews accept the Torah? This Ten discusses the gravity of that moment and how compulsion might be the only thing that could allow us to make the […]
Chazal say (Berachot 5) that three things are only acquired via suffering – Torah, Eretz Yisrael, and Olam Haba. Is suffering bad? Why is there a need to suffer in order to merit these three gifts? What is the difference between עונש (punishment), אתגר (challenge), ניסיון (trial), and ייסורין (suffering)? Avraham’s ten tests (ניסיונות) weren’t […]
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