The Soul Of Torah

A weekly torah study with sal litvak, the accidental talmudist

 

Our weekly interactive webinar meets on Wednesdays at 10am PT. The class is free, but you must register.

Class 13: Explaining the Inexplicable: The Sin of The Golden Calf, Part 2 - How could they do it? How could they not? What was in the air when a nation that just experienced the greatest moment in human history fell so far, so fast?

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Class 12: Explaining the Inexplicable: The Sin of The Golden Calf, Part 1 - How could they do it? How could they not? What was in the air when a nation that just experienced the greatest moment in human history fell so far, so fast?

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Class 11: Murder at a Purim Feast As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:

Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated. Rabbah arose and slaughtered Rav Zeira. The next day, Rabbah prayed for mercy on Rav Zeira’s behalf and revived him. The following year, Rabbah said, “Let master come, and we will celebrate the Purim feast together.” Rav Zeira answered, “Not every time does a miracle occur.” -Megillah 7b, B. Talmud

What is going on here? A holy Sage gets so drunk that he slaughters a colleague, and yet he merits to have his resurrection prayer answered by God?

Read my original, short version of this teaching: https://www.accidentaltalmudist.org/the-blog-blog/2018/2/28/murder-at-a-purim-feast

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Class 10: God Says, "I Show You The Pattern." Torah Portion Terumah, Exodus 25. Making a sanctuary for the Lord within ourselves. Stories from R' David of Tolna and R' Simcha Bunin of P'shische. Accidental Talmudist is lighting up the world with Torah! On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, AT is raising $200K in 24 hours, all-or-nothing, with every donation quadrupled by three generous matchers.

Inner Meaning of the Ten Commandments Part 2 - The Laws Between Man and Man To get the most out of this class, you must register (it's free): accidentaltalmudist.org/learn Registration enables you to participate by commenting, asking questions, and being seen by other participants (if you choose).

Class 8: Inner Meaning Of The Ten Commandments, Part I Today we're exploring the Ten Commandments, and why they're not what you think...

Pirkei Avot 1:3, serving God by helping the creatures great and small, and doing it out of love/awe rather than for the sake of reward. Learning from Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural. We take no thing from this world into the next, not even ur socks.

Studying Pirkei Avot 1:2, The world stands on three things, Torah, Divine service, and acts of lovingkindness. Discussion led into the journey of the soul through this world and the next.

Pirkei Avot 1:1 The origin and significance of the Oral Law in Judaism, tefillin, the transmission of Torah from Moses to Joshua to the Elders to the Prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly. Connecting the first teaching in Chapters Of The Fathers to the kabbalistic concepts of Chochma (wisdom), Binah (understanding) and Daat (knowledge).

Laws Of The Morning, Part 4 Finishing our series on rising in the morning like a lion, each engaging his or her unique mission and getting on it with strength and alacrity. Why does a Jewish man thank God for not making him a woman?Learning from Rebbe Nachman how creating peace in the home increases peace in the world, and stimulates righteous people to assume positions of power.

Laws Of The Morning, Part 3 Laws of the early morning from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 1:3 and Pirkei Avot 5:23. Lifting our eyes like Isaac and Rebecca. Attaching to righteous people per the counsel of Rebbe Nachman.

Laws Of The Morning, Part 2 Why did Abraham not argue with God regarding the sacrifice of Isaac the way he did regarding the destruction of the Sodomites? How do start our day like a prince or princess awaking in the throne room? Do we need a mystical experience in order to tune into our souls?

Laws Of The Morning, Part 1 Our First Class! How to begin your day like a lion, and walk in the way of Abraham & Sarah.