Rabbi Gedalia Meyer

Weekly Torah Study Kedoshim

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jArcZ-3S5Lg Privacy – we all cherish it. Certainly there are things we don’t want others to see or hear or otherwise have access to. But parashat Kedoshim, with its constant inclusion of G-d’s name, “I am HaShem” attached to a wide array of commandments, reminds us that HaShem always has uninterrupted access to our deepest

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Acharei Mot: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Acharei Mot: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Science renders anything that doesn’t abide by its rules as superstition. Understandably, the Torah doesn’t adhere to the rules of science, but does that make it superstition or less worthy of serious consideration. Or does the Torah simply take into account rules and forces that are beyond

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Passover & Time: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weeklt Torah Study

Passover & Time: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Time. What is it? It is steady, but elusive; we know it’s there but cannot see it or touch it. We know it’s coming our way but it still manages to sneak up on us. Eating matzah on Passover, and the reason behind the tradition, confronts

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Passover (Pesach): Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Passover (Pesach): Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weeklt Torah Study Israel always seems to be in the thick of it, a target for the world’s opprobrium. Even today, despite her sovereign territory being twice violated, once on October 7th, by barbaric savages from Gaza, and only this past week, by 350 heavily armed projectiles fired from Iran,

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Tazria

Tazria: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl0vFX98Y3w Unique in G-d’s creation, human beings contain within themselves inclinations toward good and also toward evil. In light of this reality the kohanim are entrusted with the responsibility of diagnosing the skin ailment known as tzar’at, an ailment which is a direct manifestation of an individual’s mastery, or not, over their inclination toward lashon

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Shemini: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Shemini: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study The heart vs the brain, emotions vs the intellect: this is a running conflict within all of us, and both sides of the conflict are made apparent in the ceremony of the dedication of the Tabernacle. Moshe expected things to go as planned, but Aharon and his four

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Tzav: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpoHljGBWbw “A continuous fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall not go out.” (Deuteronomy 6:6) When the Temple was destroyed what became of the continuous fire? It entered into the souls of the Jewish nation and has been kept burning ever since. The continuous fire is the animating flame that keeps the Jewish people

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Purim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ4zI6kZ7Rg&list=PLPtr_UmiMgfyosMe7V5HBbbCG7KLVgSIv Haman, the villain of the scroll of Esther, read on Purim, is the world’s first recorded promulgator of antisemitism – the hatred of Jews. Jews – that is, the Israelites exiled from Judea, (henceforth Yehudim – Jews) had their own ways, their own customs. This, plus Mordechai’s refusal to bow down to the vainglorious

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Terumah: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Terumah: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Individuals, families, nations and even religions possess objects that they consider to be sacred. Everyone according to their tastes and beliefs. But one sacred object is universally considered to be holier than any other, and that is the Ark of the Covenant, first mentioned in this week’s parashat

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Mishpatim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Mishpatim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study The world’s most famous mountain is not the highest, nor the most difficult to climb, nor the coldest, and not even the most beautiful. It is relatively indistinct, and would remain unknown but for one history and nature shaking event – the meeting between G-d and man and

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Yitro: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Yitro: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Societies need rules and regulations in order to survive, hopefully in peace and prosperity. The most famous and most universal set of laws handed down from G-d to man are the Ten Commandments, which have long since become the fundamental do’s and don’ts that guide healthy societies the

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Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” So says Shakespeare. But the Torah assigns great significance to names. So when Yaakov is referred to as both “Yaakov” and “Yisrael” in a single narrative, there must be

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Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study What’s in a dream? Our entire future, it would seem, if the dream is properly understood by a wise interpreter. Yosef was just that person, wise and gifted with enough nerve to stand before Pharaoh and tell him how things were going to play out. Today our leaders

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Rav Gdalia Meyer Vayeshev

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Were Yosef’s dreams of grandeur a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or was his rise to authority in Egypt, the world’s superpower at the time, a mere coincidence? And did Yaakov’s attempt to steer things in a different direction only help to facilitate what he was trying to avoid?

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Chayei Sara: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Chayei Sara: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study “And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred years and thirty years and seven years… In the presence of all of his brothers he fell.” Thus closes parashat Chayei Sara and thus begins the history of the Ishmaelites who some 2,500 years later

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Vayera: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Author: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer

Bo: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it. This modern day observation describes the essence of Jewish ritual and explains why the Torah devotes more attention to the Passover observance of the exodus than to the exodus itself.

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