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Talking Parsha - Bechukotai: Where's the happy ending?!

Why does G-d's reprimand to the Jewish people end with a double 'remembering'? Where is the redemption after all of the punishment?

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How can a piece of land rest?

Parshat Behar: Is Shmita really about the land resting?

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Talking Parsha - Emor & Yom Ha'atzmaut: Why are we blaming his mother?!

This week, we learn about the person who cursed using G-d's Name - but the Torah doesn't tell us his name, only his mother's. Why?

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Parshat Kedoshim: All of Torah on one foot?

Why does Rabbi Akiva call it a "Big Rule", and not an "Important Mitzvah"...? What is 'Love your fellow as you love yourself' all about?

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Talking Parsha - Acharei Mot & Shvi'i Shel Pesach: Do we always have to be different??

This week's Torah portion instructs us not to imitate the nations around us. Why is that? What is behind this concept?

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Talking Parsha - Pesach: Should we question everything?

Seder Night is all about asking questions. But is it really that important to ask questions? Why do we ask so many questions?

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Talking Parsha - Metzorah: How's your house feeling?

In this week's Torah portion we read about leprosy of a home and of clothing. Why would an inanimate object have a spiritual disease?

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You can't see the connection?

This week the Torah teaches us the laws of Tzara'at, a physical skin disease which is actually a manifestation of a deeper spiritual problem

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Talking Parsha - Shmini: Does G-d care about the details?

Why are there so many explanations as to why Nadav and Avihu died? What actually happened here and why was it so important?

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Parshat Tzav: Can you think different?

How is this week's Parsha - Tzav - connected to Purim? What do the laws of Ola'a offering have to do with the holiday?

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Talking Parsha - Vayikra & Zachor: A leader has to sin?!

The Torah begins speaking about an individual's sins by using the word, 'if,' but about a king the Torah uses the word, 'when.' Why?

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Parshat Pekudei: Why command Moshe so many times?

The Torah repeats again and again (and again...) the phrase "As Hashem commanded Moshe". Why does the Torah repeat this so many times?

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Talking Parsha - Vayakhel: Why don't we work on the Sabbath?

What's the connection between building the Mishkan and the work we are not allowed to perform on Shabbat?

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Why the Golden Calf?

Why were the Jews so disturbed that Moshe hadn't come down the mountain yet, and why did it cause them to sin with the Golden Calf?

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Talking Parsha - Tetzaveh: We build the Mishkan with a candle?

Why does the Torah discuss the 'ner tamid' in the middle of speaking about preparing the priests? What is this 'constant light' about?

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Parshat Truma: Is it a donation - or a commandment?

Why does Hashem tell Moshe to "take" the donation from the people, and not that the people should "give" a donation?

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Talking Parsha - Mishpatim: Was it really 'na'aseh' & then 'nshma?'

We are told the Jews said, 'We will do & we will listen' - but they said that after hearing it 3x! How is that 'doing' before 'listening?'

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Parshat Yitro: Yitro heard what?

What exactly did Moshe tell Yitro? What new information did Yitro learn from Moshe that got him to declare "There's no G-d like Hashem"?

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Talking Parsha - Beshalach: Miriam and the bittersweet lesson

What does the fact that the Jews ran out of water have to do with the promise that they will not suffer the punishments brought upon Egypt?

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Parshat Bo: Why 10 Plagues?!

Why did God go through the full 10 Plagues, if anyways the Egyptians didn't learn their lesson? Why not just take the Jews out right away?

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Talking Parsha - Va'era: Moses can't speak?!

Why so is there so much emphasis on speaking to Pharaoh and on who will speak to Pharaoh, if no one is going to listen anyways?

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The Burning Bush - what's the story?

So why does Hashem make this special supernatural occurrence with the burning bush? Obviously there's more to this story..

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Talking Parsha - Vayechi: Is Yosef our 4th Forefather?

From the verses in this week's Torah portion, it would seem that Yosef is considered one of the forefathers. So why is he not on the list?

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Talking Parsha - Vayigash: The brothers didn't sell Yosef to Egypt?

Why does Yosef remind his brothers twice that they sold him to Egypt? And why does he tell them they didn't send him to Egypt, only G-d did?

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Parshat Miketz: What did Yosef teach his brothers?

Why does Yosef accuse his brothers of being spies? Why is the fact that they are brothers an answer to this accusation?

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Talking Parsha - Vayeshev & Hanukkah: What’s really the deal with Yosef and his brothers?

Why does Yosef continue telling his brothers about his dreams, even when he sees how they're responding? And why do they hate him so much?

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What's missing to become "Yisrael"?

What's going on in this parsha? Why is this the build up to the name change and what dooes it have to do with Am Yisrael being named Israel?

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Talking Parsha - Vayetze: Why is Yaakov 'chit-chatting' at the well?

This Torah tells us about Yaakov's conversation by the well. Why does the Torah describe this conversation in such great detail?

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What's really going on between Ya'akov and Eisav?

Why was it so important for Yaakov to take the Beracha Yitzchak intended for Eisav, and why is it important for Ya'akov to be the firstborn?

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Talking Parsha - Chayei Sarah: Why did Eliezer even need a sign?

Abraham's servant Eliezer went to find a wife for Isaac. Why did Eliezer ask G-d for a sign? Why not ask where Abraham's family lives?

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Parsha Vayera: Why was Sarah's laughter wrong and Avraham's not?

What's the difference between Sarah's laughter and Avraham's? Is laughing good or bad? And why is Yitzhak named after this laughter?

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Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Avraham can't find room for Lot?

What exactly happened in the story of Avraham and Lot? And how did someone who grew up in Avraham's home end up in Sdom?

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The Tower of Babel - isn't unity good?

Parshat Noach: What happened with the Tower of Babel? What did they try to achieve, and why were they punished by being dispersed?

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Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

On the most basic level, we have to ask why, in the story of Adam and Eve, does the Torah repeat the word 'arumim?' What does it mean?

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Talking Parsha - Sukkos: Why do we read THIS on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed?

This Shabbat we read about the Sin of the Golden Calf and afterwards, the Second Tablets. What's the connection between that & the holiday?

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Talking Parsha - Ha'azinu & Sukkot: Why is Moshe's last speech a song?

This week's Torah portion is actually a song, a poem. But it's also unlike the song the People of Israel sang at the splitting of the Sea.

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Parshat Vayelech: Moshe went, but where did he go?

Why does the Torah say "Moshe went" without telling us where to?

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Talking Parsha - Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah: What makes the easiest mitzvah so hard?

In one of his last speeches to the Jewish People, Moshe refers to 'this mitzvah.' Later he describes the opposite attitude. Why?

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Talking Parsha - Ki Teitze: Did you have to say that?

The Torah tells us not to be late fulfilling a vow & says a person who didn't vow, didn't sin. Why would we think of not vowing as a sin?

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Parshat Shoftim: Why don't Levi'im get a part of the land?

The Leviim represent Am Yisrael in spiritual tasks - but does that mean they don't deserve their own land?

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