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Rabbi Gedalia Meyer

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Chayei Sara: Standing at the burial place of our forefathers

Why is Hevron considered one of the four holy cities in Eretz Yisrael?

Chayei Sara: Standing at the burial place of our forefathers

Weekly Torah Study: Bereshith

Insights from the story of Cain and Abel.

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Believing in God when times are bad

Historically, Jews are able to trust in God, no matter what is occurring.

Believing in God when times are bad

Weekly Torah Study: Vaetchanan

Has modern man really stopped believing in powerful forces acting as gods?

Weekly Torah Study: Vaetchanan

The accidental murderer

Weekly Torah study - Justice and atonement.

The accidental murdererplayer

Pinchas: The buck stops here

Weekly Torah Study: Pinchas.

Pinchas: The buck stops here

Weekly Torah Study: Chukat

The inexorable march of time is the thread running through the parasha.

Weekly Torah Study: Chukat

Led like sheep

Weekly Torah Study: Korach.

Led like sheep

Weekly Torah Study: Sotah

The prescribed process for dealing with a suspected Sotah are hard to comprehend.

Weekly Torah Study: Sotah

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim (Israel)

What does it mean to be holy?

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim (Israel)

Weekly Torah Study: Acharei Mot

What are we "moderns" to make of the scapegoat to Azazel?

Weekly Torah Study: Acharei Mot

Why did God need a 'destroyer' in Egypt?

Who or what was the "destroyer" mentioned in the book of Exodus?

Why did God need a 'destroyer' in Egypt?

Weekly Torah Study: Metzora - imagine an infected house

Imagine a disease that looks like mildew on the walls of your home, but is of real concern.

Weekly Torah Study: Metzora - imagine an infected house

What motivated Amalek?

The Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: Vayikra.

What motivated Amalek?

The act of giving is what truly makes us human

Nothing lifts us up like giving! While our natural instincts may tend toward looking out for number one, the act of giving is

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Weekly Torah Study, KI Tisa: How did Moshe fast for 40 days?

Moses neither ate nor drank for 40 days and nights. That seems a stretch. Can man overcome physical needs?

Weekly Torah Study, KI Tisa: How did Moshe fast for 40 days?

Weekly Torah Study: Tetzave

What power did the Urim and Tummim have? What were they?

Weekly Torah Study: Tetzave

Weekly Torah Study: Yitro

Are we commanded to believe in Hashem, or is it a function of our free will?

Weekly Torah Study: Yitro

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Complaints, complaints. When will they ever learn?

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

What is so terrible about darkness? It happens every evening.

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

Weekly Torah Study: Vayechi

What does it mean when Jacob says the angel who saved him should bless his grandchildren?

Weekly Torah Study: Vayechi

Weekly Torah Study: Shema Yisrael

Declaring G-d's absolute Oneness even while reuniting with a long-lost loved one.

Weekly Torah Study: Shema Yisrael

Keep G-d close!

Weekly Torah study: Vayishlach.

Keep G-d close!

Love

There is nothing quite like the feeling of love. Mentioning Yaakov's love for Rachel is a rarity in the Tanach.

Love

Weekly Torah Study: How can two brothers be so different?

Are sibling rivalry, sibling strife, the Will of God?

Weekly Torah Study: How can two brothers be so different?

Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Where would we fall on the scale of righteousness if put to a difficult test?

Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Isn't the rainbow a perfectly natural phenomenon that has existed from time immemorial?

‏Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Weekly Torah Study: Vezot Habracha

Moshe blesses the tribes of Israel before his death, beginning his words with fiery imagery. Why?

Weekly Torah Study:  Vezot Habracha

Jews staying on the same page

The only way to ensure the short and long term viability of a Torah based society is loyalty to the same Torah.

Jews staying on the same page

Weekly Torah Study for Eikev: 'Not by bread alone'

What, then, does sustain man?

Weekly Torah Study for Eikev: 'Not by bread alone'

Weekly Torah Study: Va'etchanan

The oneness and unity of G-d was a revolutionary revelation enunciated in this week's Torah reading.

Weekly Torah Study: Va'etchanan

Weekly Torah Study: Time and space

What is time? What is space? We live within them and can't live without them.

Weekly Torah Study: Time and space

Weekly Torah study: Chukat

Water plays a major role in this week's parasha.

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Weekly Torah study: Korach

This is a Torah portion about the power of words.

Weekly Torah study: Korach

Weekly Torah Study: What is prophecy?

How can we uinderstand how prophecy differs from ordinary speech?

Weekly Torah Study: What is prophecy?

Temple Institute weekly Torah study: Naso

This Shabbat we read of the hostile people of Gaza in the haftarah - what does that mean today?

Temple Institute weekly Torah study: Nasoplayer

The Temple Institute: Weekly Torah study: Emor

What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go?

The Temple Institute: Weekly Torah study: Emor‏player

Weekly Torah Study: Passover

The Passover Seder, which begins the 7 day holiday, may be the oldest continuous ritual extant.

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Weekly Torah Study: Vayikra

In modern times, can we relate to the idea of bringing offerings to the Temple?

Weekly Torah Study: Vayikra

Weekly Torah study: What is a secular, political thriller doing in the Tanach?

A thought provoking sequel to the Purim holiday.

Weekly Torah study: A secular, political thriller in the Tanach?player