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All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts

All Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe Podcasts

All of Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe’s podcasts – The Parsha Podcast, The Jewish History Podcast, The Mitzvah Podcast, This Jewish Life, TORAH 101, Eternal Ethics – on one feed.

Jewish Life: Kindling the Jewish Soul: Understanding the Deeper Meaning of the Menorah: (Recorded Live in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada) 26.12.2019, 12:32
Jewish Life: Kindling the Jewish Soul: Understanding the Deeper Meaning of the Menorah: (Recorded Live in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada)

This unique podcast was recorded live at the Aish Thornhill Community Shul on the third day of Chanukah 5780. In the talk we suggest a cogent and unified explanation of the festival of Chanukah, and specifically, of the menorah candles. We begin by noting the many differences between the Chanukah candles and the other rabbinic mitzvah […]

Jewish Life: Chanukah: History, Laws, and Customs 23.12.2019, 12:42
Jewish Life: Chanukah: History, Laws, and Customs

About 2,200 years ago, the Jewish Nation faced an existential threat: The Assyrian Greek Empire led by Antiochus and his Hellenist henchmen undertook a concerted campaign to systematically eradicate the Jewish religion. They sought to make the Jews forget the Torah and depart from the mitzvos; they defiled the Temple; they harassed the Jewish daughters; […]

Parsha: Parshas Mikeitz (Rebroadcast) 22.12.2019, 01:14
Parsha: Parshas Mikeitz (Rebroadcast)

Parshas Mikeitz continues the narrative of Joseph in Egypt. We pick up his story two years after his failed attempt at earning a reprieve via his cellmate, Pharaoh’s butler, who was about to be reinstated to his post as Pharaoh’s side. Joseph is languishing in a dungeon for a crime he did not commit; after being […]

Parsha: Vayeishev – Earning Your Stripes 19.12.2019, 12:15
Parsha: Vayeishev – Earning Your Stripes

A reappearing theme of this week’s parsha is garments: Joseph’s brothers envy is engendered by a garment; the brothers deceive Jacob by presenting him with a garment; When mourning, Jacob and Reuben rip their garments; Tamar disguised herself by swapping her garment; Joseph is imprisoned when he loses his garment. In this podcast we suggest […]

Ethics: Sanctification or Vacuum (4:5) 17.12.2019, 12:29
Ethics: Sanctification or Vacuum (4:5)

If our life’s mission would be distilled down to one idea it would be Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of God’s Name). The opposite of Kiddush Hashem is Chilul Hashem (Desecration of God’s Name). Due to the gravity of these concepts, they are treated differently.  TORCH Shabbat Light Switch Cover Please visit our website torchweb.org to get your FREE […]

Parsha: Parshas Vayeishev (Rebroadcast) 16.12.2019, 03:30
Parsha: Parshas Vayeishev (Rebroadcast)

Parshas Vayeishev contains two intersecting, seemingly scandalous, storylines, that after all the dust has settled we can see are harbingers of the Messiah and Redemption: Joseph is hated by his brothers, and is eventually sold by them as a slave after they nearly killed him. By Parsha end, Joseph is languishing in an Egyptian prison […]

Parsha: Vayishlach – Getting A Divine Deposit 13.12.2019, 00:49
Parsha: Vayishlach – Getting A Divine Deposit

This week’s parsha podcast features three powerful ideas: One relating to God giving Jacob a very unusual nickname; one that follows the aftermath of the episode of Dinah; and one relating to the different names assigned to Esav’s wife.  TORCH Shabbat Light Switch Cover Please visit our website torchweb.org to get your FREE TORCH Shabbat Light Switch […]

TORAH 101: The History of Prophecy + FREE TORCH Gift 09.12.2019, 12:30
TORAH 101: The History of Prophecy + FREE TORCH Gift

In this sweeping retrospective of prophecy from Adam until the extinction of prophecy at the onset of the Second Temple Era, we address many fundamental questions: What is the critical difference between the prophecy of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all other prophets? How did an entire nation merit prophecy at Sinai? How did a wicked man […]

Parsha: Parshas Vayishlach (Rebroadcast) 08.12.2019, 20:36
Parsha: Parshas Vayishlach (Rebroadcast)

After successfully escaping the clutches of his deceptive father in law, Laban, Jacob heads back west to the Land of Canaan, and back to his family. The journey back home was a lot more tumultuous and chaotic than anticipated. TORCH Shabbat Light Switch Cover Please visit our website torchweb.org to get your FREE TORCH Shabbat Light Switch […]

Parsha: Vayeitzei – Cornerstones of the Nation 05.12.2019, 22:18
Parsha: Vayeitzei – Cornerstones of the Nation

Throughout the parsha, there are many references to a stone or stones. Jacob surrounds himself with stones for protection; he pours oil on a stones; he consecrates a stone for the Temple; a large stone is covering a well, and Jacob removes the stone; and at the parsha’s end, Jacob and Laban strike a deal […]