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Jewish History with Rabbi Dr. Dovid Katz

English, Education, 1 season, 1207 episodes, 1 hour, 32 minutes
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To help support this podcast, please consider giving a tax deductible contribution here: http://support.rabbidovidkatz.com --- Rabbi Dovid Katz, PhD is lauded for his extensive knowledge of Jewish History, his engaging and insightful lecture series, and eye opening historical international tours. Follow him weekly. New content released on Saturday nights, Wednesday (Personalities in Jewish History), & Friday (Perspective on the Parshah). Opportunities for sponsorship of podcasts are available. He can be reached at the following email: [email protected]
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A dvar Torah on מסכת ברכות on the 16th יארצייט of Rabbi Katz's mother ע"ה

Why does Dovid say Saul is a רוֹדֵף? Isn't Saul the מלך? A מלך is not a רוֹדֵף !
7/9/202425 minutes, 17 seconds
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Was יפתח violent and crimes oriented ( in his first iteration)? Or a kid mistreated by the ציבור?

Why didn't he say, "When I needed you, you didn't help me. Now that you need me,. I'm not going to help you!"
7/9/202431 minutes, 15 seconds
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What is the context of אַל תְּהִי בָז לְכָל אָדָם? Could it have involved שידוכים?

How was רבי צדוק מקיים the dictum אַל תִּפְרֹשׁ מִן הַצִּבּוּר?
7/8/202428 minutes, 30 seconds
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What EXACTLY was the sin of משה

R Katz offers an entirely different explanation
7/8/202430 minutes, 8 seconds
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Two famous icons of anti-religious culture: what caused them to go otd?

Rabbi Katz analyzes two stories from a recent book on Polish Jewry as reflecting personal as well as cultural reasons for leaving Yiddishkeit
7/7/202430 minutes, 23 seconds
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The “Old Haskalah” - Comfortably Nestled within Cultural Insularity

From Rabbi Katz’ 2017 Summer Lecture Series entitled: Kulturkampf-Haskalah: The Haskalah Wars  - Lecture 1
7/5/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 8 seconds
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Do you fire a good leader because they are old?

The prophet Samuel's Class Act
6/30/202424 minutes, 47 seconds
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How could Korach successfully challenge the bona fides of Moses? After מַתַּן תּוֹרָה!

Did the Korach episode really happen in פָּרָשַׁת כִּי תִּשָּׂא?
6/30/202430 minutes, 2 seconds
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Pirkei Avos chapter 3: the social interaction aspect of piety

הַכֹּל צָפוּי וְהָרְשׁוּת נְתוּנָה- an outstanding example of the difference between ashkenaz and sephard
6/30/202434 minutes
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Herzl's unsuccessful attempts to find a country who would get the Turks to give up Palestine

The British offer to create a State of Israel...in Africa!
6/27/202459 minutes, 31 seconds
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The remarkable career of רָחָב

What about לֹא תְחַיֶּה כָּל נְשָׁמָה?
6/25/202423 minutes, 59 seconds
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Parshas Shlach and October 7th

Intelligence has two parts: a.) Information gathering b.) Information assessment (connecting the dots)
6/25/202429 minutes, 3 seconds
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R’ Chanina Sgan Kohanim and His Conservative Political Philosophy (Avos Ch. 3)

Living through the horrors of Jewish anarchy, he preferred Roman tyranny with all its faults
6/24/202430 minutes, 59 seconds
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Herzl, Political Zionism, and the Campus Riots, Pt. 6

Why was political Zionism perceived as מְטַמֵּא אֶת הַטְּהוֹרִים אֲבָל מְטַהֵר אֶת הַטְּמֵאִים?
6/20/202458 minutes, 34 seconds
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Observations About Politics in the Dynasty of Hillel - Pirkei Avos, Ch. 2

Realistic evaluations of politics and politicians based on long experience in שְׁתַדְּלָנוּת
6/18/202427 minutes, 31 seconds
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Haftarah BeHaaloscha: The prophet describes the intermarriage scandal, but in oblique language

To get the full picture, read the last chapters of the book of Ezra
6/18/202425 minutes, 2 seconds
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Parshas BeHaaloscha: Who is חוֹבׇב exactly?

If Jethro's son, had he befriended Moshe when he lived with Jethro? Was חוֹבׇב turned-off by the Jews blaming the גֵּרִים for the Golden Calf?
6/18/202434 minutes, 32 seconds
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An Analysis of the Current Extremely Dangerous International Situation?- Are we headed for World War

Russia, China, Iran, Turkey- all obsessed with recovering glorious pasts, even at the risk of nuclear war
6/17/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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Genazym is offering the original edition of the ב"ח

Plus a manuscript of his famous responsum, from the ב"ח himself! From the tempestuous golden age of the Jews in poland.
6/16/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 23 seconds
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Shavuos: Grass, Trees, and Roses. Was there vegetation at Mount sinai?

Do we put grass nowadays on the floors of our homes and synagogues? And who were the צֹאן וּבָקָר at Sinai?
6/11/202427 minutes, 35 seconds
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Was Hashem originally planning to do מתן תורה at another location?

Without כְּאִישׁ אֶחָד בְּלֵב אֶחָד, it would not be possible to get a collective binding נַעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע
6/10/202434 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Rambam's Philosophical Problems with מַעֲמַד הַר סִינַי

The problem of trying to give a rational interpretation for what is clearly a mystical event, as Rambam himself admits
6/10/202437 minutes, 32 seconds
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Genazym is auctioning a Renaissance edition of Azarya de Rossi's controversial book.

PLUS the ONLY surviving copy of the famous חֵרֶם issued by R Yosef Caro's בֵּית דִּין. A classic tale l in Jewish history
6/9/202438 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hosea tells the Jews not to turn away from Hashem and trust their "allies"

Those "allies" will leave כלל ישראל to die, like like someone stripped naked and left to die from thirst in the middle of the Sahara Desert
6/5/202438 minutes, 15 seconds
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What was the relationship between the two luchos and the rest of the Torah?

Why weren't the two tablets given on the occasion of the original shavuos?
6/5/202430 minutes, 21 seconds
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Theodore Herzl, Political Zionism, and the Current Campus Riots - Part 5

Herzl tries to avoid the fights between the frum and the anti-frum in the fin de siecle
6/4/202453 minutes, 33 seconds
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Yom Yersushalyim: No country recognizes Jerusalem as legally being Israeli territory

A short history of the Jerusalem issue in international law
6/3/202444 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hereditary Elites vs. Meritocratic Elites (Pirkei Avos, Ch. 6)

The 48 attributes of a scholar: Does one require all 48, or some of 48?
6/2/202427 minutes, 58 seconds
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Haftarah Bechukosai: Jeremiah (לְפִי הָאַבַּרְבָּנֵאל) discusses the chemistry of הִשְׁתַּדְּלוּת and בִּטָּחוֹן

The Kingdom of Judah truly believed in the faithfulness of their Egyptian "ally"
5/30/202433 minutes, 56 seconds
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Parshas Bechukosai: The תוכחה was pronounced right after the Ten Commandments

If Moshe had led them then and there (& not died in Chutz L’Aretz), they would have also conquered & settled Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria!
5/29/202437 minutes, 13 seconds
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The David-Jonathan Friendship: Was it a two-way street?

Jonathan thought of the public welfare and wanted to avoid a civil war. The narcissistic Amnon threw her out and did not consider what would happen as a result of his actions.
5/28/202427 minutes, 46 seconds
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Herzl, Political Zionism, and campus riots part 4

Zionism's relationship to Marxism and frum Judaism (part 1)
5/27/202458 minutes, 12 seconds
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More on the ibn Ezra, within his particular historical context, the time before the fall

He left Spain just in time, and translated the Sephardic literature from Arabic to Hebrew. Wrote much, but only his פירוש על. התורה ּis of permanent interest
5/27/202458 minutes, 24 seconds
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Lag b'Omer: When did רשב"י write the Zohar?

Before, during, or after the cave?
5/26/202432 minutes, 13 seconds
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Parshas Behar: The theory that both בְּהַר בְּחֻקּוֹתַי were pronounced in פָּרָשַׁת מִשְׁפָּטִים

At the time of שבועות, the conquest of Canaan was but weeks away
5/24/202428 minutes, 22 seconds
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Haftarah Behar: Jeremiah and the land deal - Preserving hope among the doomed

Buying "worthless" real estate demonstrates faith in ultimate victory and the permanent survival of כלל ישראל. It prevents יֵאוּשׁ
5/22/202430 minutes, 46 seconds
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Biden: It's a good thing we have a President who grew up with the JEWISH version of the Holocaust

1945-1990: The years the Jews owned the Shoah-narrative, and got their account of it accepted by the West. The East was "muzzled"
5/21/202445 minutes, 14 seconds
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When exactly did the 24,000 students die? What was the historical context?

Trying to make sense of the chronology of the life of Rabbi Akiva and the story of his students
5/21/202429 minutes
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The Bitter, Non-Frum Opposition to Herzl and His Proposal -Theodore Herzl, Political Zionism, Pt. 3

The Zionists were the first to assemble (or appear to assemble) representatives of all כלל ישראל to discuss the fate of כלל ישראל and seek a realistic solution
5/20/202442 minutes, 8 seconds
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Gain Mastery of Hilchos Shabbos in This Online Program

Shabbos comes about once a week, so if a person is not well-versed in its intricacies, then it is inevitable that transgressions will take place.  Here is a solution!  KinyanHilchosShabbos.com⁠ World famous Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav HaGaon Yitzchak Berkovits shlit’a used his vast knowledge to arrange all the Gemaras with the commentators on each area of Hilchos Shabbos and presented it in the form of source sheets that cover material from the Gemara until practical halacha.  This enables one to cover main opinions in each topic and gain a deep understanding of the halacha.   Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen, a close talmid of Rav Berkovits who spent eight years as a Rosh Chaburah in Rav Berkovits’s famous Jerusalem Kollel, with the Rav’s haskama, took on the monumental task of adapting the Hebrew sheets into English. The material is written with care and with great clarity, as well as including the various opinions in the contemporary practical halacha. For the past several years, Rabbi Gefen has been teaching this material to Torah learners throughout the world, on all levels of learning, and of all ages now as the founder of KinyanHilchosShabbos.com. Participants in each online chabura receive source sheets with explanations both in Hebrew and English, participate in a weekly Zoom shiur and ask questions by phone and email. Many have also successfully gained Smicha through thoroughly learning the material. The program includes a weekly Zoom shiur which is recorded and can be reviewed later, tests on the material covered to enable the individual to evaluate their understanding of the material, and availability by email or phone for questions, clarifications, or further discussions. The program includes the option of Smicha which is a wonderful source of pride for the individual’s family.  But its greatest benefit is that it will ensure that a person can lead his family to observing the laws of Shabbos with all their details.  For more information, tuition, and to receive an application visit KinyanHilchosShabbos.com.
5/20/20243 minutes, 4 seconds
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Haftarah Emor: Who are the people referred to strangely as הַכֹּהֲנִים ַלְּוִיִּי?

What does the אריז"ל mean when he says that in the future, כהנים will be לויים and vice versa?
5/16/202429 minutes, 9 seconds
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Parshas Emor: The existential struggle against worshipping כּוֹחוֹת הַטֻּמְאָה

If G-d created טֻמְאָה, why not include it in religious rituals?
5/14/202429 minutes, 48 seconds
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Israel’s PR Battle: Why is Israel doing a poor job on PR in this war? Why is Hamas beating them?

The Israeli foreign Ministry has been pulled apart by Netanyahu on political grounds, and diplomats are mostly leftists and cannot make the case for a prime minister with whom they disagree.
5/14/202436 minutes, 48 seconds
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Theodore Herzl, Political Zionism and the Current Campus Riots, Pt. 2

Herzl: Sometimes arrogance, self-assuredness, and chutzpa can be positive qualities
5/13/202439 minutes, 43 seconds
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Does bring a rationalist preclude a belief in mysticism? R Sherira Gaon on ספר שיעור קומה

Rationalism as a check on false mysticism, but not on true mysticism
5/12/202428 minutes, 24 seconds
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Unconditional Surrender in American History and Its Relevance to the Gaza War

Learning from history, but being aware of ever-changing circumstances. Appomatox vs. the Middle East
5/8/202430 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rationalism in Gaonic Responsa - Generated by Empirical Evidence, and Sound Theology

Is every word in the Talmud true? Like the medicines? (רַב שְׁרִירָא גָּאוֹן)
5/7/202429 minutes, 25 seconds
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The most controversial Haftarah of the year?

Telling the raw truth about our history vs. not embarrassing כלל ישראל in synagogue readings: An existential tension
5/7/202426 minutes, 27 seconds
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Parshas Kedoshim: Does one size fit all?

Kedoshim Tehiyu: It's meanderings through Jewish History
5/6/202431 minutes, 22 seconds
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Theodore Herzl, Political Zionism and the Current Campus Riots, Pt. 1

The Jews in the 19th Century - Civil rights followed by Antisemitism
5/6/202439 minutes, 21 seconds
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Rationalism (as opposed to rationality): An example from שׁוּ"ת רַב הַאי גָּאוֹן

"Rhetoric" as a key tool for understanding אַגָּדוֹת חַזַ"ל
5/5/202445 minutes, 1 second
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The Campus Riots' Objective: Excising Zionism from the bounds of civil discourse

If Zionism is delegitimated, then violence against it becomes legitimate, if not quote legal
5/3/202426 minutes, 54 seconds
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Haftarah Acharei Mos: The Prophet Amos and the Parable of the Sieve

Are American Jews currently undergoing a "sifting" process?
5/2/202426 minutes, 56 seconds
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Parshas Acharei Mos: Was Aharon a born אוֹהֵב שָׁלוֹם וְרוֹדֵף שָׁלוֹם, or did he become one?

How was Aharon affected by the death of his sons?
5/1/202433 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Campus Demonstrations and Anti-Semitism: Parallels between 2024 and 1391

Dedicated groups of pogromists are going around from campus to campus, and nobody is noticing
4/28/202428 minutes, 39 seconds
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Shir HaShirim and Passover - What is the Connection?

The existential tension in Judaism between the mystical and the rational
4/28/202436 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Meaning of the Dry Bones in the Prophecy of Yechezkel (Haftarah Shabbos Pesach)

The story of Rebbi Yehudah ben Beseirah
4/26/202433 minutes, 16 seconds
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Did you ever realize the slavery in Egypt commenced shortly before the birth of Moses?

What is the difference between מִצְרַיִם and בֵּית עֲבָדִים?
4/22/202426 minutes, 49 seconds
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Did the slaves view their plight from within an Egyptian pagan narrative?

The Jews did not say נַעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמָע until after they were told about the בְּרִית בֵּין הַבְּתָרִים
4/21/202427 minutes, 40 seconds
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The שיטות that one may keep חמץ at the home of a gentile on פסח without selling it

How the different opinions re: בל יראה among Rishonim reflect different Jewish השקפות on the original Passover
4/21/202435 minutes, 1 second
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What were the theological perceptions of Jews on the night of Pesach? Maimonidean? Astrological?

Rambam vs. שִׁדּוּד הַמַּעֲרָכוֹת
4/17/202431 minutes, 49 seconds
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Why is this particular הפטרה chosen for שַׁבָּת הַגָּדוֹל ? What does it have to do with; Passover?

Redemption has to be preceded by a great prophet, who will guide the Jews in that turbulent & complex era
4/14/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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Parshas Metzora: Why Did Tzaraas Cease

Who won the battle between the Torah and lashon hara?
4/14/202428 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Iran Attack on Israel: Why did Jordan help Israel shoot down the Iranian missiles?

Jordan & Israel: Publicly the bitterest of enemies, privately close cooperation
4/14/202437 minutes, 59 seconds
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What's with the debates as to how many plagues were there @the Red Sea?

Did Egypt get the "full business" on the night of Passover, or at the Red Sea?
4/12/202426 minutes, 1 second
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Pesach: Why was it necessary to go through the first nine plagues?

A Dvar Torah from Lincoln's Second Inaugural
4/10/202433 minutes, 1 second
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Moses Hess and R Yehosef Z Stern o n אַהֲבַת יִשְׂרָאֵל וְחִבַּת יִשְׂרָאֵל

What is the meaning of the phrase "Love is blind" on Judaism?
4/9/202430 minutes, 35 seconds
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Naaman & Elisha - a repetition of the Abraham -Pharaoh story?

Was he already a leper, or did he get leprosy because he kidnapped the little Jewish girl (Like Hamas!)?
4/8/202433 minutes, 41 seconds
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Parshas Tazria: If the marchers for Hamas were stricken with צרעת, would they change?

This parsha is a fascinating study in human psychology
4/7/202428 minutes, 20 seconds
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משך חכמה על "בשעה שיש מצה ומרורים (לא הפסח!) מונחים לפניך"

What if the Cananites (Amorites) had repented at the time of Moses, as Ninveh did later?
4/5/202429 minutes, 40 seconds
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The original Passover, the Plague of Darkness, & the din of מְנוּיִים

What if 15 million had left Egypt?
4/3/202429 minutes, 7 seconds
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Italian Jewry and Playing Tennis on Shabbos and Yom Tov

Famous responsa from R’ Moshe Provenzalo & Leone Modena
4/2/202447 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Arab tactic of demonstrating in front of synagogues in America

Going after Israel's "support" system. The need for Jewish counter-tactics
4/1/202424 minutes, 57 seconds
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Haftarah HaChodesh: The prophecy of Ezekiel includes crowd and traffic control

The Temple is a place for both a public worship experience as well as as private one
4/1/202426 minutes, 37 seconds
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Parshas Shmini: A reason for the deaths of Aaron's two sons

Nadav & Avihu couldn't make the adjustment from halfway-up Sinai to the Mishkan
4/1/202427 minutes, 13 seconds
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מִי הוּא הַ"נָשִׂיא" בְּהַפְטָרַת פָּרָשַׁת הַחֹדֶשׁ?

Does Ezekiel see the Third Temple as evolving along the historical lines of the Second? Particularly the Hasmonean נָשִׂיא?
3/31/202429 minutes, 32 seconds
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Parshas Shmini: What is the meaning of the statement that Nadav & Avihu were שְׁתוּיֵי יַיִן?

The Kashrus Laws: The difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law
3/31/202427 minutes, 25 seconds
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On an individual (not national!) level, the Red Cow ritual is strictly ceremonial, in terms of טהרה

On a national level, purification can come solely through repentance
3/29/202431 minutes, 4 seconds
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The concept of sacrifice in the Temple, as well as in the current war in Gaza

Confession: 1.) Contrition 2,) Moral clarity!
3/27/202427 minutes, 56 seconds
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R Katz analyzes the current state of the Gaza War and its fallout

Like Hitler, Hamas understands what a powerful weapon is antisemitism, which trumps all other considerations
3/27/202428 minutes, 33 seconds
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R Yehuda Brieli of Mantua 17th century, another Italian גָּדוֹל -צַדִּיק-מַשְׂכִּיל

Champion of Judaism against Catholicism & Sabbateanism, expert in the classics, and a great פּוֹסֵק
3/25/202456 minutes, 50 seconds
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Purim Mesiba 2024

Enjoy....
3/25/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 47 seconds
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Why was it Esther (not Mordecai) who pressured the חכמים to make Purim a holiday?

Mordecai - member of Sanhedrin and general in the Persian army. Not the typical גדול!
3/21/202432 minutes, 20 seconds
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The primarily educative nature of the קָרְבָּנוֹת

The meaning of the phrase: the world 's existence depends on the korbanos.
3/20/202431 minutes, 20 seconds
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Exactly why did Saul spare Agag? After wiping out his people?

Why is Saul later killed by an Amalekite?
3/20/202423 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Baltimore Background to the Billion Dollar Gift to Einstein Medical School

What happens when one spouse is Orthodox and the other Reform? An "Old Baltimore" tale
3/19/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Letter of Haman: Its demonization of Jews and ordering their death

Haman's spinning of the Biblical narrative to make the Jews look bad, just like Hamas propaganda today
3/18/202427 minutes, 41 seconds
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Purim and Parshas VaYikra: What's Up With the Angels, the Korbanos, and Vashti?

Reading the megillah in a two-tiered fashion ( הַמֶּלֶךְ)
3/17/202429 minutes, 19 seconds
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Consequences of Jewish disunity and irresponsibility during the current war

What provoked Schumer's speech? Do Israelis care about the USA and its interests?
3/15/202427 minutes, 3 seconds
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Why is Purim not on the day of the victorious fight, but on the day after?

R Katz suggests a chronology of the historical development of the acceptance of the holiday of Purim
3/15/202431 minutes, 55 seconds
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R’ Moshe Provenzalo of Renaissance Italy (Mantua)

Great Italiani gaon, whose rabbinical opponents tried to get him fired by his own בַּעֲלֵי בָּתִּים
3/13/202452 minutes
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Why did Shlomo stash-away his father's gold?

Why the extra (and indeed omnipresent) cherubs and pictures of cherubs all over the Temple?
3/11/202432 minutes, 56 seconds
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Parshas Pekudei: When is a Mishkan a Full-Blown Mishkan? And When is it Just a Glorified בָּמָה?

The strange history of the 71 years of הֶתֵּר הַבָּמוֹת
3/11/202434 minutes, 48 seconds
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Recent Trends in Antisemitism in America - An Analysis by R’ Katz

The bad guys are trying to change PC to say it is ok, indeed correct, to be anti-Semitic.
3/6/202430 minutes, 19 seconds
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The מַחְבֶּרֶת of Menachem Ben Siruk- The New Edition of This Tragic 10th Century classic

The first real Hebrew dictionary, dissed by jealous rivals, used by Rashi and defended by Rabbenu Tam
3/5/20241 hour, 1 second
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Who was this Hiram of Tyre who was King Solomon's " Michaelangelo?"

Solomon's pragmatism in building the Temple: Good move or bad?
3/4/202436 minutes, 22 seconds
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Parshas VaYakhel: Why Make Keruvim After the Fiasco of the Golden Calf?

The story of the three material objects: The שִׁבְרֵי לוּחוֹת רִאשׁוֹנוֹת, the עֵגֶל הַזָּהָב , and the כְּרוּבִים
3/3/202432 minutes, 31 seconds
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What ever happened to the tablets Moshe shattered?

What happened to the wooden box Moshe constructed for those three months?
3/1/202432 minutes, 24 seconds
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The 1555 Edition of HaChasid Yavetz on Pirkei Avos Being Offered by Genazym

R’ Yosef Yaabetz (1440-1508), premier Sefardi דרשן who tries to understand the Expulsion from Spain in 1492
2/28/202454 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Confusing Story of 12 Adar - יוֹם טְרָיׇנוּס

What was the real story of the great Jewish revolt against Trajan? Who exactly were the הֲרוּגֵי לֹד?
2/28/202436 minutes, 11 seconds
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Haftarah Ki Sisah: Elijah "Twists the Arm of G-d" (כִּבְיָכוֹל)

Some Prophets are "messenger boys," others are subordinates who display initiative
2/26/202429 minutes
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Sefer Shalsheles HaKabbalah, the Renaissance Classic, is Being Offered in the New Genazym Catalog

Famously controversial chronicle, dissed by the historians, but beloved by the masses
2/26/202449 minutes, 51 seconds
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Parshas Ki Sisah: What exactly was the אִסּוּר of making an image of Hashem?

Why did Moshe segregate the עֵרֶב רַב at מַתַּן תּוֹרָה? What were the consequences?
2/25/202432 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why did the Jews build the Second Temple according to the dimensions of נבואת יחזקאל הנביא ?

Why does the Altar have to be in an exact spot, witj no deviation?
2/21/202433 minutes, 17 seconds
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Historic Handwritten Letter by R’ Chaim Brisker from 1909 Auctioned by Genazym

R’ Katz explains the context of this letter and the elections to the Russian government's " Rabbinical Commission " to which R Chaim was indeed elected
2/20/202448 minutes, 50 seconds
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Parshas Tetzaveh: Use of the Spoils of Egypt for the Mishkan

The Netziv's theory of the אָרוֹן and the Menorah
2/19/202431 minutes, 33 seconds
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Mantua Zohar part 3. The "Litvish" defense by R Moshe Provenzalo of Mantua

1.) Private notes 2.) Manuscript given out to copy 3.) Printed books
2/18/202446 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mantua Zohar Controversy part 2. Arguments pro and con

What's better? The Zohar or Boccacio? .
2/18/202443 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Mantua Zohar Controversy of 1558-1560 part 1. Should Kabbalah be put into the public domain?

What does a yeshiva study when all the Gemaras are burned? The toxic Catholic Reformation & the Babylonian Talmud
2/16/20241 hour, 38 seconds
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Was Shlomo's labor force Jewish? Canaanite? Converts?

Why did both מִשְׁכָּן and בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ have such a large non-Jewish role in their construction?
2/14/202436 minutes, 3 seconds
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Parshas Terumah: Will the Third Temple have any technology?

God tells Moshe He doesn't need to impress anyone. The miskan is more about intimacy
2/13/202431 minutes, 40 seconds
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R’ Yehudah Moscato and his Commentary, Kol Yehudah, on the Kuzari

Supposed to be a commentary , but is more an independent tour de force of incredible Renaissance philosophical erudition
2/12/202451 minutes
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The Prosposed Jewish university in Mantua @the time of Moscato

It would have been a YU in the 16th century. In the best sense of the term
2/11/202454 minutes
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Some thoughts on the Gaza War as it enters its 4th month

Biden and his role in Jewish history
2/7/202425 minutes, 27 seconds
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Isaiah 66: The Temple of the Future Will Have Many Non-Jews (Haftarah Mishpatim)

G-d will reject the other religious groups who set up institutions on the הַר הַבַּיִת
2/7/202426 minutes, 16 seconds
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Parshas Mishpatim: Warning About the Keruvim in the Temple

Don't confuse keruvim with idols when you visit the Temple on שָׁלוֹשׁ רְגָלִים
2/6/202427 minutes, 28 seconds
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R’ Yehudah Moscato (1532-1590), Pt. 2: Famous Italian תַּלְמִיד חָכָם וְדַרְשָׁן

A Renaissance Rabbi? Or a Rabbi who lived during the Renaissance?
2/5/202458 minutes, 42 seconds
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Yisro v. Ruth: Two Archetypes

Why does Yisro skip the מַעֲמַד הַר סִינַי? Wasn't he a high religious figure?
2/4/202429 minutes, 44 seconds
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Haftarah Yisro:Unlike Moshe, the prophetic experience of יְשַׁעְיָהוּ is a mediated one

Characterized by the presence of others (מַלְאָכִים) and a smoke-filled room
2/1/202431 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Famous R’ Yehudah Moscato of 16th Century Italy: A Recently Discovered Remarkable Episode

Arrested by the Duke and tortured for trying to prevent a Jew from converting. It's like a novel!
1/31/202453 minutes, 31 seconds
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Was יִתְרוֹ a good guy? The arguments in favor.

When you swear by God, and then God says you don't have to keep your oath.
1/30/202433 minutes, 15 seconds
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Moshe Rabbenu: Intellectual or motion?

Two schools of thought re: the uniqueness of Moses, particularly in connection with the receiving of the Torah
1/29/202438 minutes, 2 seconds
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What is the meaning of the babyish truculence of the Jews at the Red Sea?

Why does Moshe (and God!) indulge their truculence?
1/28/202434 minutes, 12 seconds
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Parshas Beshalach: The connection between Circumcision and קְרִיעַת יַם סוּף

Removing עָרְלַת הַגּוּף symbolizes the drive to remove עָרְלַת הַלֵּב
1/22/202433 minutes, 27 seconds
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Haftarah Bo: The two Babylonian invasions of Egypt? Who cares?

A foreshadowing of Word War III on the Messianic Era. The collapse of belief systems
1/19/202431 minutes, 7 seconds
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R’ Mordecai Banet (1753-1829): Chief Rabbi of Moravia

Rare case of "poor boy" who rose to the top of the Rabbinic and Torah world's.
1/18/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 9 seconds
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Parshas Bo: Why Exactly is Moses Commanded לַחֲלֹק כָּבוֹד לַמַּלְכוּת?

A powerful Pharaoh was a necessary component of a successful יְצִיאַת מִצְרַיִם
1/17/202427 minutes, 8 seconds
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Parshas Bo: What does G-d mean when He says He will punish the gods of Egypt?

Is there any reality to the gods of Egypt? How could there be?
1/16/202430 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Famous Yad Malachi of Livorno (1700-1771)

R ‘ Malachi Cohen and his wonderful encyclopedia, a long time favorite for "cheaters '
1/12/20241 hour, 33 minutes, 17 seconds
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What is going on with the conversation re: אֶה יֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה?

Why is the name immediately changed to just אֶהְיֶה?
1/10/202428 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ezekiel: Egypt will suffer because it cynically & unscrupulously"played" Israel and Judah

Abarbanel: Egypt will be invaded and devastated by Christians in the אַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים
1/10/202431 minutes, 22 seconds
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Parshas VaEra: How Did the Jews Maintain Their Family Units Under Slavery ?

Did they view the mistakes of the story of Joseph & brothers as an abject lesson?
1/9/202430 minutes, 16 seconds
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The 1947 UN Partition Vote, and the Arabs and Jews Prepare for War

“After the Hurricane: The Struggle for Israel, 1945-1949” - Rabbi Katz’ 2011-2012 Winter Lecture Series
1/9/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 8 seconds
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Isaiah blasts the drunken tyrants of the Northern Kingdom

They imitated King Solomon's vices, but not his virtues!
1/4/202434 minutes, 17 seconds
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If they had yeshivos in Egypt, why did most Jews go off the derech?

What was their conception of deity, anyway, if they believed in Hashem at the same time they believed in Egyptian gods?
1/3/202433 minutes, 20 seconds
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Galus as a Core Component of Judaism and Jewish history

The effects of the galus in Egypt: similar to today?
1/1/202428 minutes, 18 seconds
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American Judaism a Century Ago (1880-1950)- Some Thoughts

Why did Orthodox Judaism fail so miserably in old America?
1/1/202448 minutes, 25 seconds
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Joseph's class-act in burying Jacob next to Leah

Although Leah is in מְעָרַת הַמַּכְפֵּלָה, it is Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem that captures the imagination of the Jewish People
12/27/202335 minutes, 37 seconds
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Haftarah VaYigash: David is Enraged at Joab. Why, Exactly?

Joab, to save his own life, revealed David's secret order to arrange the death of Uriah but make it look like accident
12/27/202344 minutes, 3 seconds
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R’ Eliyahu Mizrachi of Istanbul, the Greatest Romaniote Gadol

A great Gadol and Posek, also mathematician; his fame in כְּלַל Klal Yisroel came from his fundamental פֵּרוּשׁ לַחֻמָּשׁ-רַשִׁ"י
12/26/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 12 seconds
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Arafat, Hamas and Terrorism: The Aftermath of Oslo

From Rabbi Katz’ 2022-2023 Winter Lecture Series entitled “Oslo, Immigration and Assassination-The State of Israel and the Jewish People, 1992-1996”
12/26/20231 hour, 21 minutes, 34 seconds
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Parshas VaYechi: An Original Interpretation of Why Yehudah Got the Malchus- from the מֶשֶׁךְ חֲכָמָה

In war, there is no substitute for total victory!
12/25/202334 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Israeli Offensives in the War for Independence: Brilliant Successes and Devastating Failures

From Rabbi Dr. Katz’ 2011-2012 Lecture Series: The Struggle for Israel, 1945-1949
12/22/20231 hour, 25 minutes, 52 seconds
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Yosifon's Counterhistory of the Translation of the Torah into Greek

As a result of the translation, Pharaoh freed 150,000 Jewish slaves ( Yosifon)
12/22/202327 minutes, 56 seconds
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After the dry bones comes the achdus, then מִלְחֶמֶת גּוֹג וּמָגוֹג

Is this haftarah theological or political?
12/20/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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Asarah B’Teves: Fasting to Mourn the Septuagint Translation?

Different ancient accounts of the translation of the Torah into Greek. Which stories are accurate? Different reactions: a.) Feast day b.) Fast day
12/19/202355 minutes, 5 seconds
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Parshas VaYigash: Joseph's References to His Kavod

How did the brothers feel now about everyone bowing to Joseph? About having tried to prevent that?!
12/19/202332 minutes, 18 seconds
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Israel’s War of Independence: The Arab Offensive in Palestine, December 1947-April 1948

From Rabbi Katz’ 2011-2012 Lecture Series: The Struggle for Israel, 1945-1949
12/18/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 58 seconds
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What exactly is זֹאת חֲנֻכָּה ?

When do the יָמִים נוֹרָאִים come to an end? On the last day of חֲנֻכָּה!
12/15/202333 minutes, 4 seconds
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Again, Why didn't Viceroy Joseph Contact His Father? (Parshas Mikeitz)

Why did the brothers try to kill אָסְנַת?
12/14/202333 minutes, 13 seconds
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Reflections on Hellenists, Then and Now

Hellenist mercilessness and Maccabean retaliation. They never did find common ground!
12/13/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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Haftorah Mikeitz: King Solomon and the two "mothers"

Why did a frum king tolerate זוֹנוֹת וּקְדֵשׁוֹת?
12/12/202327 minutes, 44 seconds
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Parshas Mikeitz: Joseph uses his prison time to learn Egyptian culture and politics

Joseph also learns discretion!
12/12/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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Judah Maccabee Storms Gaza- עַל פִּי יוֹסִיפוּן

The Hasmoneans implement a "day-after" strategy
12/10/202332 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rambam in אִגֶּרֶת תֵּימָן: the "two-pronged" attack on Judaism... and Chanukah

The current propaganda war against Israel & Jews is part of an existential feature of our history(Rambam)
12/8/202330 minutes, 32 seconds
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Outbreak of the Revolt - 3 different versions of the story (Chanukah)

Sifting through conflicting accounts. Welcome to the "history " of חֲנֻכָּה
12/8/202346 minutes, 13 seconds
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Chanukah: Why does Josephus call the holiday not Chanukah, but Festival of אוֹר?

"The actual נֵרוֹת חֲנֻכָּה can be מַגִּידִים עֲתִידוֹת." What does that mean?
12/6/202341 minutes, 13 seconds
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Haftarah Chanukah: The High Priest is Given a Pass in the Heavenly Court, as a Shoah Survivor

Zechariah's vision of miraculous oil fueling the heavenly menorah. This came true in the נֵס חֲנֻכָּה
12/5/202331 minutes, 59 seconds
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Parshas VaYeshev: Oy, מַעֲשֵׂה אָבוֹת סִימָן לַבָּנִים in a Negative Way - the Sale of Joseph

The goat theme Jacob, Joseph, Judah
12/5/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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Henry Kissinger: Good for the Jews? Bad?

The unique and weird relationship between Richard Nixon and Kissinger in retrospect
12/3/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 23 seconds
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Haftarah VaYishlach: Who Exactly was Ovadiah? When Did He Live?

The problem with Eisav is not open entity, but treachery
12/1/202333 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Israeli Hostages - Is the Story of David Rescuing the Hostages Relevant to Gaza?

Does Netanyahu & Co. have an אֵפוֹד אוּרִים וְתֻמִּים?
11/30/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Parshas VaYishlach: Shimon & Levi - Proportionate Response?

Whatever happened to the surviving women & children of the town of שְׁכֶם?
11/27/202337 minutes, 54 seconds
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Rambam, Rav Zevin, & the קְהִלּוֹת יַעֲקֹב on fear in combat

Is a Jewish soldier allowed to be afraid of battle?
11/26/202335 minutes, 24 seconds
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Thanksgiving and Jewish History: Were the Pilgrims of 1620 Antisemites, Philosemites or Both?

The Pilgrims/Puritans and the rise of the modern State of Israel
11/23/202337 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Hostage Deal and Psalm 140: References to the Effective Propaganda Offensive of the Enemy

King David is confident he can beat them in physical combat, but fears their prowess in spin!
11/23/202324 minutes, 34 seconds
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Hostage Deals in Jewish History

The halacha was one thing. What they actually did was something else
11/22/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Haftarah Vayetzei: Remarkably Relevant to Current Events in Israel Over the Last Year

The sin of Israel? מַחְלֹקֶת! The cure? Words of אַחְדוּת, not a discourse of פֵּרוּד
11/22/202330 minutes, 46 seconds
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Parshas VaYetzei: Jacob's Character Development in This Parsha

Lavan, ancestor of the Jewish People
11/21/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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Thoughts on President Kennedy on the Anniversary of his Assassination 11/22/63

Son of a big antisemite, JFK enjoyed overwhelming Jewish support. Both financially, as well as in votes
11/19/202339 minutes, 34 seconds
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Thoughts of רַבָּנִים and חַזָּנִים in the last two centuries

Their competition and respective popularity reflected the difference between elite & popular culture
11/16/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ahab and Ben Hadad: A Cautionary Tale

Will Sinwar escape? Will Israel allow it?
11/15/202329 minutes, 25 seconds
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The inherent problem of hereditary (as opposed to meritocratic) authority

The Temple is supposed to inspire repentance, not demand it
11/14/202329 minutes, 15 seconds
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Parshas Toldos: The Difference Between the Relationships of יִצְחָק וְיִשְׁמָעֵאל vs. יַעֲקֹב וְעֵשָׂו

How have the two relationships played-out in history & in modern times?
11/13/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rabbinic influences on voting: in the old autonomous קְהִלּוֹת, and in modern democratic elections

Jews could not vote until modern times, but when they could, רבנים tried to influence
11/10/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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Psalm 91 and the Fighting in Israel and Gaza - Fits Like a Glove

The angels who protect our soldiers from harm, from the terrors of dark tunnels
11/8/202326 minutes, 11 seconds
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The central role of Nathan the Prophet

Team Adonijah rejected Nathan's version of the David-Bsthsheba story
11/6/202331 minutes, 25 seconds
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Abraham and Ephron in light of current events

Ephron (עֶפְרוֹן) the real estate speculator and the possibilities of a counterfactual history of Arabs & Jews
11/6/202329 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Machiavellian role of Iran in the current conflict. The significance of Sunni vs. Shiite

Iran dreams of reviving its imperial grandeur by destroying Israel. The reverse of כֹּרֶשׁ
11/5/202341 minutes
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Why did Elisha stay davka at her house?

She had previously experienced infant mortality and miscarriages
11/3/202326 minutes, 57 seconds
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Psalm 140 fits the current war in Gaza on many levels

The massacre, the Booby traps, the rockets
11/2/202325 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why was Abraham personally invested in the fate of Sodom?

The first case of concern for "civilian casualties?"
11/1/202338 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Current Amalekite Demonstrations Against the Jews in America

The screwball relationship between Egypt and the Gaza War
10/31/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Chazon Ish and Medinat Yisrael: Aspects of the Life and שִׁיטוֹת of the חֲזוֹן אִי"שׁ

How the encounter between the חֲזוֹן אִי"שׁ and Ben Gurion affects the current Israeli domestic crisis
10/31/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hashkafic Look at Psalm 79 in Light of War Against Hamas

Why does it say (Psalm 79:6) אֶל הַגּוֹיִים וְלֹא עַל הַגּוֹיִים? Two groups marching currently against Israel: a.) גּוֹיִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא יְדָעוּךָ b.) מַמְלָכוֹת אֲשֶׁר בְּשִׁמְךָ לֹא קָרָאוּ
10/27/202329 minutes, 1 second
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Isaiah predicts the current war against Hamas tunnels

Israel is a worm. But worms can penetrate anywhere and destroy mighty mountains
10/26/202326 minutes, 41 seconds
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Parshas Lech Lecha: The First Hostage Rescue Mission in History

Abraham Discovers אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל נִקְנָה בְּיִסּוּרִים
10/25/202342 minutes, 32 seconds
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Has Judaism ever sought converts in its history

The difference between Judaism OTOH and individual Jews who propagated the faith among gentiles
10/24/202337 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Dilemma of Civilian Casualties in Urban Warfare

How does one lure a snake off the honey jar? Gittin 56b
10/23/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Short History of the Hamas Tunnels in Gaza

Hamas, North Korea, and the tunnel-strategy: the challenge for צה"ל
10/20/202326 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Hashkafic Look at Current Events and a Hostile Media

Why do you believe reports from the other side when you know they like lying and support killing Jews?
10/19/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Two Front War in Israel? - R’ Katz analyzes the latest events in the Gaza War

In Gaza, there is a limited number enemy fighters. In Lebanon, there is an endless supply לדאבוננו
10/18/202327 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Yom Kippur War, Part 3: Affliction

From Rabbi Katz’ 2017-2018 Lecture Series on the Yom Kippur War
10/18/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 13 seconds
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Haftarah Noach: Isaiah 54:17 in Light of the War Against Hamas

How do you translate כָּל לָשׁוֹן תָּקוּם אִתָּךְ לַמִּשְׁפָּט תַּרְשִׁיעִי? Re: the Arab demonizers of Israel
10/17/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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The deadening of the moral sensibilities of the דּוֹר הַמַּבּוּל

If sin is "norm"alized, regret becomes impossible, and life becomes irremediably rotted: הִשְׁחִית כָּל בָּשָׂר
10/16/202334 minutes, 28 seconds
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R Katz discusses the Jewish " Rachavs" and their support for Hamas

The Jew who embraces certain progressive causes but is then disillusioned by progressive Antisemitism
10/15/202334 minutes, 28 seconds
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Tehillim and the Current War in Gaza: Read Psalms 79 and 60 and See the Parallels

Theology is a luxury pursuit. Fervent prayers ask for Theology to be cast aside in favor of pure רחמים
10/12/202325 minutes, 1 second
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Isaiah discusses the current situation in the Middle East. Really

The relevance to the crisis in Israel is uncanny
10/12/202327 minutes, 18 seconds
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Hamas' Error of Judgment? - More Analysis of the Current War Against Hamas

Will other Jihadists enter the fray?
10/11/202336 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Yom Kippur War, Part 2: Affliction

From Rabbi Katz’ 2017-2018 Lecture Series on the Yom Kippur War
10/11/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 59 seconds
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Thoughts on the Current War With Gaza

Some background, and why Israel was surprised
10/10/202336 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bereishis: God decided to take the land away from them and give it to us. Can He do the opposite?

How do secular Jews justify our claim to אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל?
10/9/202335 minutes, 1 second
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The Yom Kippur War, Part 1: Affliction

From Rabbi Katz’ 2017-2018 Lecture Series on the Yom Kippur War
10/9/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 48 seconds
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Shmini Atzeres: Its Role as Part of Sukkos, Not as a רֶגֶל בִּפְנֵי עַצְמוֹ

How you define שְׁמִינִי עֲצֶרֶת depends on how you define sukkos: עַנְנֵי הַכָּבוֹד or סֻכּוֹת מַמָּשׁ?
10/6/202342 minutes, 31 seconds
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R’ Katz Criticizes the Current Wave of Spitting in Light of Jewish History

Many Yidden have been killed, hurt, and persecuted because of some individual's spitting
10/5/202327 minutes
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An Analysis of the עֲרָבָה Ceremony on the Temple, and the Various Versions of How They Did It

How did beating palm fronds transition to our practice of beating עֲרָבוֹת?
10/4/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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R Aharon Shimon Shapiro of 17th century Prague: one of the greatest gedolim you never heard of

The remarkable story of the esrog!
10/4/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hashanah Rabbah: What is the meaning of יֹפִי לְךָ מִזְבֵּחַ?

Why praise the site of sacrifice?
10/4/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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Parshas V’Zos HaBrachah: An Explication of the Enigmatic Passage מְעוֹנָה אֱלֹהֵי קֶדֶם

Moses' last words on earth
10/2/202325 minutes, 52 seconds
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Koheles: Money (Like the Sukkah) is a Symbol of Impermanence

What would have happened had Shlomo maintained more modest lifestyle?
10/2/202331 minutes, 26 seconds
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Two different models on unity:the sukkah & the אַרְבַּע מִינִים

Just because you were an אֶתְרוֹג last year doesn't mean you won't be an עֲרָבָה this year!
9/29/202328 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Buildup to the Yom Kippur War

None are as Blind as Those Who Would Not See - From Rabbi Katz’ 2017-2018 Lecture Series on the Yom Kippur War
9/28/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 38 seconds
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King Solomon and the אַרְבַּע מִינִים

What's preferable? Something expensive that few can afford, or something inexpensive that everyone can join in?
9/28/202335 minutes, 39 seconds
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Unlike RH and Yom Kippur, Sukkos and ארבע מינים Cannot Be Done By a שָׁלִיחַ

Acc. to ילקוט שמעוני, how exactly do the frum need the non-frum?
9/28/202329 minutes, 1 second
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Sukkos: What Happened at the Town of Sukkos in Egypt?

Are the two versions of sukkos mutually compatible? Do they represent different family experiences?
9/27/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Yom Kippur War of 1973: Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary

The Israelis in 1973 were guilty of עֵינַיִם רָמוֹת וְעַזּוּת מֵצַח
9/27/202349 minutes, 45 seconds
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Yom Kippur: What If You Do a Partial Teshuvah?

Three שִׁיטוֹת on Less-than-total repentance
9/24/202325 minutes, 19 seconds
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7th of Tishrei - fast day (אֹרַח חַיִּים תק"פ)

What does אלול have to do with the עגל הזהב?
9/21/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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R’ Tzvi Hirsch Kaidenover and His 17th Century Classic, the Kav HaYashar

Part scary kabbalistic tales, part penetrating social criticism; one of the most popular seforim in Jewish history
9/21/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 57 seconds
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Haftarah Shabbos Shuva: Hoshea HaNavi Calls for the Religious Reform of the Northern Kingdom

"Abandon your religion of sacrifices (golden calf), and try a religion of prayer!"
9/20/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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Parshas HaAzinu: The Powerful Pessimism of HaAzinu

A frustrated Moshe Rabbeinu lets loose on Klal Yisroel, calling them every harsh name he can
9/18/202326 minutes, 8 seconds
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Rosh HaShanah: The Basic Three Sets of Blasts Correspond to מַלְכִיּוֹת זִכְרוֹנוֹת וְשׁוֹפָרוֹת

Now מַלְכִיּוֹת זִכְרוֹנוֹת וְשׁוֹפָרוֹת are three sides of the Jew-G-d relationship
9/15/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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Why is Moshe's rhetoric harsher in סֵפֶר דְּבָרִים than elsewhere in the Chumash?

God sent a three-person team to lead כְּלַל יִשְׂרָאֵל . By Deuteronomy, two are dead
9/13/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Eating Before Shofar: The Historical Source for the Yeshivos Having a Kiddush Before Shofar-Blowing

Did this practice start in the 19th century in Lithuania?
9/13/202336 minutes, 14 seconds
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R’ Joseph Ottolenghi: The One Whose Work You Skip Over in the Back of the Gemara

When Cremona was a center of Torah, Torah printing, and Torah burning
9/10/202344 minutes, 25 seconds
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Rabbi Katz is leading a tour of the Bible Museum in DC on חול המועד סוכות

The tour will take place on Tuesday Chol haMoed
9/8/20231 minute, 20 seconds
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R’ Menachem Mendel Gluskin of Minsk and Leningrdad: Trying to Be Jewish Under Stalin

The suffering of religious Jews at the hands of the regime and of the Jewish Communists
9/8/202358 minutes, 56 seconds
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The First Zohar Ever Printed-Cremona 1559 - Offered by Genazym

The same Pope who burned all the Gemaras and סִפְרֵי נִגְלֶה permitted publishing the Zohar...for nefarious reasons
9/6/202337 minutes, 56 seconds
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Isaiah's vision of the future : Redemption, but not followed by peace

Jerusalem is attacked. No one helps her, so Hashem personally intervenes and executes bloody vengeance
9/6/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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Parshas Netzavim-VaYelech: Moses' Demand for Perfection Runs into Human Nature

Although he originally demanded the Jews circumcise their own hearts, in the end he acknowledges it will have to come from G-d
9/5/202333 minutes, 6 seconds
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Elul: No Protection Against the Satan This Year on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah

Why did the חכמים prohibit the shofar on Shabbos?
9/4/202330 minutes, 1 second
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Responsa Mahari ben Lev From Genazym (1598)

Printed in the luxurious palace of Gracia Mendes' daughter in Constantinople in 1598. Gracia, Joseph Nasi, Donna Reyna, a family of exemplary Sephardic richie-riches
9/4/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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More on the New שׁוּ"ת חוּט הַשָּׁנִי Edition and the Famous Controversies of Yesteryear

The חוֹלֵץ who deliberately put the shoe on the wrong foot, to prevent his "in-laws" from cheating him
9/3/202356 minutes, 17 seconds
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Parshas Ki Savo: Abarbanel Applies the תּוֹכָחָה to the Marranos

Sforno decries the Jews who go to non-Jewish courts: אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים!
8/31/202335 minutes
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The Strange History of Shevarim

מַחְלֹקֶת רַאְבַ"ד וּבְעַל הַמָּאוֹר עַל פֵּרוּשׁ "עִרְבּוּב הַשָּׂטָן"
8/30/202336 minutes, 41 seconds
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Haftarah Ki Savo: Isaiah's Brilliant Use of אוֹר וְחֹשֶׁךְ, Not as Physical Light and Darkness

The Jewish triumph will be moral, not military. It won't have to be!
8/29/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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Sefer HaManhig: Genazym is Offering the Original Edition, By a Talmid of the ר"י בעל התוספת

This classic was written circa 1200, and is the first of the genre of minhag-litetature, evaluating the correctness of various halachic practices
8/28/202335 minutes, 14 seconds
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Genazym Auction: Original סֵפֶר "תּוֹרַת הָעוֹלׇה" לִרְמָ"א

The Rema"s unique Baroque explanation of the בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וְהַקָּרְבָּנוֹת.
8/27/202335 minutes, 4 seconds
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The שו"ת חוּט הַשָּׁנִי: Three Generations of Bacharachs

The kohen who suddenly decided he was not a kohen (to marry a rich divorcee)
8/27/202357 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why do we blow shofar on Rosh Chodesh? Why the rest of the month?

The controversial second "40 Days"
8/23/202332 minutes, 40 seconds
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Haftarah Ki Seitzei: Will We Be Ashamed of Our Many Past Sins in the Messianic Era?

Will G-d forget? Forgive?
8/23/202327 minutes, 39 seconds
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Parshas Ki Seitzei: Is the Yefas Toar Just פָּשׁוּט פְּשַׁט, or is It a Wider Metaphor Too?

When a person is חוֹשֵׁק, he doesn't consider the future consequences
8/21/202332 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Conversation w/ Gabe Aaronson, Chief Numbers-Cruncher for the OU

Has day-school enrollment in NYC plateaued? R' Katz and Gabe Aaronson analyze the latest statistics.
8/21/202331 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Mateh Ephraim: The Richest Gadol in Many Centuries - How Did He Excel in Business and Torah?

Wealthy enough not to be a rov or rosh yeshiva, but up there with the גְּדוֹלֵי הַדּוֹר
8/20/20231 hour, 42 seconds
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Why is there a זֵכֶר for the third round of 40 days, but not for the second?

Which round was תְּשׁוּבָה מִיִּרְאָה , and which was תְּשׁוּבָה מֵאַהֲבָה?
8/17/202330 minutes, 22 seconds
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Abraham Drabkin (1844-1927) a Reform rabbi in Czarist Russia?

From Volozhin to the JTS of Breslau to the Great Synagogue of St. Petersburg, Reform Russian style
8/17/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 53 seconds
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Isaiah says only הקב"ה can provide genuine comfort for all the sufferings of the Jews down the Ages

Genuine אֱמוּנָה requires seeing נִקְמַת מִדָּה כְּנֶגֶד מִדָּה
8/15/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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Analyzing the distinction between שופטים and kings (דְּרָשׁוֹת הָרַ"ן)

R,Katz distinguishes between courts who administered the justice of the original תּוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה and their later successors
8/14/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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The great גרש"ד Kahana, spirited out of the Warsaw Ghetto to become Rav of Old City of Jerusalem

The mammoth Aguna crisis in the aftermath of the Holocaust
8/14/202357 minutes, 26 seconds
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Parshas Re'eh and Jewish History: The Existential Tension in Jewish History Between the Centralizers and the Decentralizers

Moses' Stark Admonition That Everything is Either a Blessing or a Curse; Nothing is Neutral
8/9/202329 minutes, 55 seconds
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The consequences of stating that the soul is a חֵלֶק אֱלֹהַּ מִמַּעַל

If the soul "reunites " with God, then we are way beyond שְׂכַר וְעֹנֶשׁ
8/8/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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Haftarah Re’eh: Isaiah Envisions a World Where G-d Tells the Jews Which Minhag He Likes

The Arabs make peace with Israel when all other options fail...
8/7/202328 minutes, 46 seconds
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Parshas Re'eh: What is the Meaning of לְשִׁכְנוֹ תִדְרְשׁוּ וּבָאתָ שָׁמָּה?

How exactly did they later discover the site of the בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ? After all, it is not stated in the חֻמָּשׁ?
8/6/202333 minutes, 20 seconds
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R Shlomo Dovid Kahana, Pt. 2: Warsaw and Its Yeshivas

The diastrous effects of WW 1 on religiosity, and the efforts to respond to the crisis in Warsaw
8/6/202359 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Arizal and Summum Bonum: If People Have Multiple "Souls," Which Ones Go Where?

What happens when two persons have the same relationship to a mitzvah?
8/3/202330 minutes, 39 seconds
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15th of Av: Is יוֹם שֶׁהֻתְּרוּ הַשְּׁבָטִים לָבֹא זֶה בָּזֶה the same as יוֹם שֶׁהֻתַּר בִּנְיָמִין

Did the corpses of ביתר remain intact (though mutilated from battle and torture)? Or was it the skeletons which survived intact?
8/2/202359 minutes, 7 seconds
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Haftarah Eikev: Did G-d Divorce the Kingdom of Yisroel (Not Judah)?

Why kind of a marriage does כלל ישראל have today with HaShem?
8/2/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why the strange phrase "וְאָכַלְתָּ אֶת כָּל הָעַמִּים "?

Why the strange anthropormism that Hashem was "crazy in love" with the Patriarchs and Matriarchs?
8/1/202332 minutes, 9 seconds
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R’ Shlomo Dovid Kahana: The Greatest Gadol of the 20th Century You Never Heard of, Part I

A Litvish Gadol who ends up as Dayan of the largest hasidic community in the world Part 1
8/1/20231 hour, 31 seconds
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The Radbaz (Who was Big in Both נִגְלֶה וְנִסְתָּר) Describes the Rambam's Attitude Towards Gehinnom

The wicked are indeed destroyed, but not before they suffer torture
7/26/202332 minutes, 36 seconds
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Parshas VaEschanan: Moshe Says That the חֻקִּים Will Inspire the Admiration of the Gentiles. Why?

Moshe is describing the wonderfully flexible תּוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה of long ago
7/25/202331 minutes, 36 seconds
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What is a חָסִיד (in the classical sense of the term) supposed to think on תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב?

Luzzatto on אֲבֵלוּת לִשְׁמָהּ עַל הַחֻרְבָּן
7/25/202328 minutes, 36 seconds
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Lewis Strauss - A Story About a Famous Reform Jew and His Connection to Klal Yisroel

Close with Hoover, Truman, & Eisenhower. Nemesis of Robert Oppenheimer. Helped Israel get the Atomic Bomb
7/25/202359 minutes, 41 seconds
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Robert Oppenheimer and מִדָּה כְּנֶגֶד מִדָּה

The Jews can never be safe, and neither can the non-Jews , after the developments of 1939-1945
7/24/202341 minutes, 19 seconds
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Rabbi Katz’s Tisha B'Av Schedule This Year

Will take place at his shul. Google Beth Abraham Baltimore for info and livestream
7/24/20231 minute, 14 seconds
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Isaiah does not mention idolatry as the problem. He mentions social Injustice!

Isaiah punctures the self-satisfaction of Jerusalemites during the reign of Hezekiah
7/20/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why are some laws only in Devarim?

Do we have the original version of the חומש? Or a second (divinely-dictated) version?
7/20/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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RFK Jr. and Dangerous Rhetoric re: Jews and Corona

How John Spargo scotched Henry Ford's antisemitic campaign 100 years ago
7/18/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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שְׂכַר הַצַּדִּיקִים לְפִי הָרַמְחַ"ל

The Final Reward will be on Planet Earth
7/17/202332 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ramban's anxious letter to his son who lived with the Rich Jews at the Royal Court

"Stay Way from בְּנוֹת מוֹאָב!"
7/13/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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Haftarah of the Three Weeks: Digging wells that turn out to have no water

What were the faults of the kohanim and the Rosh yeshivas?
7/13/202326 minutes, 38 seconds
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Parshas Matos: Wars of Revenge?

Were the Jewish soldiers unaffected by their killing of children?
7/13/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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Traditionalist Jews in Israel and the question of religious coercion

What is the meaning in Judaism of מִכָּאן מוֹדָעָה רַבָּה לְאוֹרָיְתָא?
7/10/202332 minutes, 38 seconds
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Bastille Day 2023 - The Riots in France, and Jewish History

The differences between the American and French Revolutions and their effects upon כְּלַל יִשְׂרָאֵל
7/9/202343 minutes, 39 seconds
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Shivah Assar B’Tammuz: Who was Apostomus? What Exactly Did He Do?

Did he burn A Torah physically? Or THE Torah spiritually?
7/6/202332 minutes, 49 seconds
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Haftarah: Jeremiah, the descendant of רָחָב הַזּוֹנָה

His losing battle against cynicism, skepticism, and sarcasm
7/5/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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What is the meaning of the vague phrase: אֱלֹהֵי הָרוּחֹת לְכָל בָּשָׂר?

How does Moshe define a successful general?
7/4/202335 minutes, 4 seconds
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More on the Fourth of July and Klal Yisroel

The significance of the events of the 1780s
7/4/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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Cordovero's extremely vivid description of the different "departments" of heaven and hell

Hundreds of angels directing operations in different "rooms"
7/3/202327 minutes, 31 seconds
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Thoughts on the Historical Legacy of R’ Yaakov Ruderman

The role of culture in a society. Who gets to decide what parts of culture are important? Is it the power of ideas? The number of followers?
7/3/202341 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Fourth of July and the Jews

How the American Revolution affected the whole of כְּלַל יִשְׂרָאֵל
7/2/202342 minutes, 10 seconds
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Haftarah Balak: What is the מוּסָר הַשְׂכֵּל the Prophet extracts from the Bilam story?

When do קָרְבָּנוֹת appeal to God? When do they not?
6/30/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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Parshas Balak: Unlike Balaam, the Patriarchs built 7 altars but did not offer sacrifices on them

What was Balaams pitch to Hashem? Why was it an historic moment?
6/29/202332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Parshas Chukas: Are the Two Stories of Hitting the Rock (בשלח and חוקת) One and the Same?

When exactly was the final חומש text dictated to Moshe?
6/27/202328 minutes, 42 seconds
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Korach as a Leadership Type in Jewish History in the Diaspora

Gentile authorities had more to do with the Korachs than the Moshes
6/26/202330 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dvar Torah on כריתות at yahrtzeit siyum for R Katz's mother

אָשָׁם תָּלוּי -אַהֲבָה אוֹ יִרְאָה?
6/23/202337 minutes, 4 seconds
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Haftarah Korach: Why Did G-d (and Samuel) Choose the Inexperienced Saul?

Shmuel ha-Navi: A Class-Act
6/23/202329 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Burning of the Talmud in Paris on Parshas Chukas- Memory vs. History

The Pope and the Church: How they viewed the Talmud
6/22/202343 minutes, 38 seconds
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Parshas Korach: Korach and the Power of "Spin"

Are the masses existentially gullible?
6/21/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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R Cordovero on the Summum Bonum- different departments of Heaven

The different הֵיכָלוֹת and their different "rewards"
6/20/202345 minutes, 43 seconds
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Capsali's History of the Turkish Empire

Why Would a Chashuva Rov Write a History of the Turks? Could the Ottoman empire be the מַלְכוּת יִשְׁמָעֵאל, last of the Four Kingdoms, followed by מָשִׁיחַ?
6/19/202355 minutes, 15 seconds
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Haftarah Shelach: Was Rachav HaZonah an Idealist or an Opportunist?

What were the results of her marriage to Joshua?
6/14/202335 minutes, 43 seconds
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Parshas Shelach: What is the Meaning of כִּי לַחְמֵנוּ הֵם?

The Jews were afraid of a long, unending, bloody struggle. Moshe does not address these fears.
6/14/202340 minutes, 50 seconds
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R’ Eliyahu Kapsali, Pt. 2: His Account of the Expulsion from Spain

What would YOU do if you had been stuck in your house during Corona with zero phones, internet, etc…?
6/12/202357 minutes, 19 seconds
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Summum Bonum: The Style of the Kabbalists in Relating to All the Differing Chazals on Olam Haba, etc

Beginning the discussion on this complex matter
6/11/202335 minutes, 18 seconds
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20th of Sivan: R Katz analyzes some Cossack massacres from the perspective of 2023

When the Cossacks persuaded the Poles to betray the Jews, but were themselves then betrayed & killed by the Cossacks
6/11/202334 minutes, 26 seconds
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Haftarah בהעלותך: What will the gentiles do in the Messianic Era?

Judaism is about monotheism, but also about the inalienable superiority of עם ישראל, which is not so easy to "swallow "
6/8/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Did Moshe marry an Ethiopian גִּיּוֹרֶת after מַתַּן תּוֹרָה?

Did all the aunts married to nephews divorce after מַתַּן תּוֹרָה ?
6/7/202339 minutes, 1 second
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R Elyahu Kapsali 1480-1550): rare case of a Rov who was also a historian

Wrote history books during a "covid quarantine " in Crete to keep his sanity
6/6/202356 minutes, 31 seconds
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Intro to Cordovero (רמ"ק הקדוש) on the Summum Bonum

R’ Katz discusses the historical background of the Kabbalistic writings of the רמ"ק
6/5/202337 minutes, 32 seconds
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What is the sociological meaning of expelling undesirables from "the מַחֲנֶה"?

Some thoughts re: The approach of הָרַב גֵּרְשׁוֹן אֵדֶלְשְׁטֵיְן זצ"ל
6/1/202333 minutes, 13 seconds
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Simon Wolf (1836-1923) American Reform Jew who saved vast numbers of Eastern European Jews

One of the most successful Jewish lobbyists in Washington. Friend of many Presidents
6/1/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 48 seconds
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Haftarah Naso: Why do Chazal Say Manoach was an Am HaAretz?

The fascinating take of the רְמָ"א בְּסֵפֶר "תּוֹרַת הָעוֹלָה on the Samson story
5/30/202337 minutes, 3 seconds
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A 15th Century Letter Inviting All Ashkenazic Jews to Leave Germany and Move to Turkey

The famous אִגֶּרֶת רַב יִצְחָק צָרְפָתִי ת praising the Turks for their good treatment of the Jews
5/29/20231 hour, 44 seconds
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What Were the "Crowns" of Shavuos?

Crowns vs Mishkan: Two models of וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
5/25/202328 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Angel מְטַטְרוֹן and the Revelation on Shavuos

Attempting to unravel the chronology of the week of the first Shavuos, the original זְמַן מַתַּן תּוֹרָתֵנוּ
5/23/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 34 seconds
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Shavuos: The Symbolism of the Waving of the Breads and the Sheep Together

At Sinai, they saw no image, but they did hear a voice!
5/23/202336 minutes, 2 seconds
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Abraham Benvniste and the Yeshiva of Zamora in Castile: The Spanish "Lakewood" of the 15th Century

Patron of the revival of Torah scholarship in Spain
5/23/202348 minutes, 5 seconds
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Shavuos: The רמ"א in תּוֹרַת הָעוֹלָה connects the שְׁתֵּי הַלֶּחֶם to מַתַּן תּוֹרָה

Two types of נַעֲשֶׂה וְנִשְׁמַע: Real and fake
5/21/202331 minutes, 44 seconds
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Another reason שבועות is not mentioned as זמן מתן תורתנו in the חומש

Why was תהילים written davka by Ruth's grandson?
5/19/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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Hosea, himself married to a faithless wife, blasts the Jews for being unfaithful to God

But in the end both "Husband " and "Wife" decide to preserve the "marriage" and have a second אֵרוּסִין
5/18/202329 minutes, 45 seconds
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Shavuos and Matan Torah: Famous Critiques of the Chinuch-System of the Old Days

An exercise in pedagogy
5/17/202352 minutes, 33 seconds
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The logistics of the March from Sinai to The,Promised Land

A foreshadowing of the future history of the Jewish People in their march through history from Galus to Galus
5/16/202331 minutes, 24 seconds
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Post medieval opinions re: Summum Bonum -Kabbalistic

An infinitely-more complex understanding of life after death and שָׂכָר וְעֹנֶשׁ
5/16/202330 minutes, 8 seconds
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Three Items from the Era of Sabbatean Fights (Genazym)

Original Manuscript of סֵפֶר "שָׁרְשֵׁי שֵׁמוֹת" מֵהָרֶמֶ"ז, and two original classics from the Emden-Eibeschutz fights: לֻחוֹת עֵדוּת" וְ"סֵפֶר שִׁמּוּשׁ"
5/15/202338 minutes, 36 seconds
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Abraham Benveniste (15th Century): Restored Yiddishkeit to a Bleeding Spanish Jewry

He used his relationship with PM Alvaro de Luna to help his suffering fellow Jews
5/15/20231 hour, 7 seconds
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Genazym Offers a חומש from Prague from the בַּעַל שׁוּ"ת תְּשׁוּבָה מֵאַהֲבָה & His Close Catholic Friend

the Austrian Censor Carolus Fischer, the only copy the Austrian courts trusted that a Jew wouldn't lie
5/12/20231 hour, 38 seconds
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A Venetian Jewish MD and spy in the 17th century, liked by both sides

Israel Conegliano, a graduate of Padua, a fum Jew, physician to the highest Turkish officials, and a brilliant diplomat
5/10/202359 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Prophet Jeremiah attacks syncretism & demands radical severance from paganism

The gentiles say, "Our religion was completely false." What about the Jews?
5/9/202330 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bechukosai: The historical significance of וְאֶתְכֶם אֶזָּרֶה בַּגּוֹיִם

The negative effects of the lack of geographic contiguity in גלות in Jewish history
5/9/202330 minutes, 49 seconds
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Lag B'Omer: Why was Only R’ Akiva's Yeshiva Hit?

If they died every day, why didn't they repent? Why did all of them fail to modify their behavior, even as they all died?
5/8/202336 minutes, 16 seconds
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Genazym Offers the Notorious Giustiniani Edition of the Rambam, a Capitalist Fight of Long Ago

Giustiniani and מהר"ם פדובה played commercial hardball against each other, with disaster to all
5/7/202352 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Coronation of King Charles III: What is the Role of a King in Jewish Thought?

Thoughts on אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם and the Coronation in London
5/7/202328 minutes, 56 seconds
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Rabbi Isaac Cantarini of Padua (1644-1723), Rov & MD, and the pogrom of 1684

The "Purim of Padua (or Buda)". His סֵפֶר "פַּחַד יִצְחָק " on a pogrom, Venetian-style
5/5/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 7 seconds
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The bad כֹּהֲנִים who "went-along," and the good ones who remained loyal

Is the Rambam right that the Torah can NEVER be changed?
5/4/202333 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chasdai Crescas: Is G-d Omnipotence? Omniscience? Or Love?

Crescas on Olam Haba and Love that comes from perfection, not imperfection
5/3/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Parshas Emor: Did the Blasphemer Curse G-d? Or G-d's Name?

Why would having an Egyptian father psychologically predispose him to curse HaShem?
5/2/202338 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Famous Story About Abraham Benveniste, an Honest King, and an Attempted Blood Libel

From the classic שֵׁבֶט יְהוּדָה, written 600 years ago
5/1/202351 minutes, 3 seconds
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Abarbanel & Kli Yakar Summarize Opinions on Sumum Bonum

Why doesn't the חומש define the Sumum Bonum directly, explicitly, & clearly?
4/27/202329 minutes, 52 seconds
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Amos' Sumum Bonum in the here and now: a rebuilt prosperous Kingdom in אֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל

The Jews will be PERMANENTLY planted in Israel.
4/26/202330 minutes, 16 seconds
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Blood and the "battle" between the בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ and the בָּמוֹת

The מִצְווֹת are the ingredients; קְדוֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ is the cake
4/26/202330 minutes, 18 seconds
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Shem Tov ben Shem Tov: Looking for reasons for the Holocaust of 1391. Part 1

"The Rambam is responsible for the weakening of faith!"
4/24/202358 minutes, 42 seconds
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How will Christians and Muslims feel in the Messianic Era?

Abarbanel's take on Isaiah 66. תּוֹכָחָה? Or יִעוּד וְנֶחָמָה?
4/20/202343 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Political Crisis in Israel: Drafting the Bnei Torah, and Ketores Considerations

Is the חֶלְבְּנָה the רְשָׁעִים? Or is it the בַּעֲלֵי תְּשׁוּבָה?
4/20/202347 minutes, 19 seconds
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What's the meaning of Isaiah's reference to a new heaven & earth?

Will this world come to an end? Or will it be repaired and improved ?
4/18/202338 minutes, 35 seconds
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Parshas Tazria-Metzora: What is Unique About the Leprous House?

Difference between the לָשׁוֹן הָרַע of an individual, and that of a group
4/17/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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Shlomo Alami's contemporary harsh criticism of Spanish Jewry in the wake of 1391

His אִגֶּרֶת הַמּוּסָר calls a spade a spade. His assessment of the causes of the downfall of Spanish Jewry
4/16/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 14 seconds
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Crescas: Will the Moshiach be a Greater Prophet than Moshe?

Are we now in the fifth galus, or the first?
4/10/202332 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Rambam vs Shem Tov on the Theological Significance of קְרִיעַת יַם סוּף

קְרִיעַת יַם סוּף vs מַעֲמַד הַר סִינַי
4/10/202343 minutes, 29 seconds
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The crisis in Spanish Jewry 1391-1492. The Shem Tovs and their differences

Fighting a two-front intellectual struggle to save Spanish Jewry: חוּץ וּפְנִים
4/9/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Abarbanel's fascinating connecting the Jewish fate in Egypt to the מְכִירַת יוֹסֵף

Abrabanel shows how various aspects of Jewish suffering in Egypt were מִדָּה כְּנֶגֶד מִדָּה
4/3/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Haggadah 2023: What Does It Mean, "The רשע Would Not Have Been Redeemed?" Many Were!

Despite grandiloquent claims, we still are in גָּלוּת הַנֶּפֶשׁ, if you think about it intelligently
4/2/202332 minutes, 48 seconds
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The colloquy between the Wise Son and his father: a Second Temple Convers

Different meanings of אֵין מַפְטִירִין אַחַר הַפֶּסַח אֲפִיקוֹמָן and how it bothers the Wise Son
3/31/202342 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why Davka Elijah the Prophet as the Great Reconciler? (Haftarah Shabbos HaGadol)

In Egypt too there was a problematic relationship between the slaves worshipping idols, and their Patriarchs
3/29/202331 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Two Types of Sin Offerings: Outer and Inner

Why does the kohen (not the sinner) eat the meat?
3/28/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Korban Pesach: Why is a Goat OK? For the Original Passover in Egypt?

The goat fits better with Shmuel than with Rav. It blames the slavery on us, not the Egyptians!
3/27/202321 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Alshich - From the Golden Age of Safed in the 16th Century

Though a great Gaon, it was his sermons & speeches that "took-off" among the Jewish masses
3/26/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Four Sons historically considered

What was it like @that first Pesach if they were just the מְנוּיִים?
3/24/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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Did ALL the Jews Do the Original Korban Pesach?

The רָשָׁע actually has a good point!
3/23/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Great Philosopher Chasdai Crescas on תְּחִיַּת הַמֵּתִים

What is G-d's purpose in Resurrection? What is His purpose in any miracle?
3/21/202338 minutes, 31 seconds
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Haftarah Vayikrah: The Three Big Sins of the First Temple Era

a) Idolatry b.) Social Injustice c.) Neglect of sacrifices. Bringing a קרבן means giving to God. And giving something in return allows for a relationship
3/20/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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Parshas Vayikrah: Speaking to Moshe From the אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד, Not From the Adjacent Mt. Sinai

The "downstairs" model replaces the "upstairs " model. Why?
3/20/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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Yeshiva Politics from Nosson HaBavli: The Extreme Formality of the Yarchei Kallah - Gaonic Gossip

A system with it's emphasis on the public manifestation of hierarchy, as reflected in differentials in seating, money and other perks
3/19/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ramban on Olam Habah as a New Physical World

Imagine a world without war, hatred, jealousy, exploitation. Where G-d is not a matter of faith but of knowledge!
3/16/202333 minutes, 11 seconds
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Haftarah Vayakhel-Pekudei: Will Korbanos and other Mitzvos Change in the Messianic Era?

Chanaya explained our Haftarah's seeming clashes with the Chumash, but we don't have it today
3/14/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei: The Human Logistics of the Fundraising Campaign (Mishkan)

Thd three month agony of Moses waiting for erecting the structure
3/13/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Frum Cassandra: Zorach Wahrhaftig in 1939-‘40 Lithuania

Mizrachi hatzalah activist and his role in the escape of some Litvish Jews to Japan and Shanghai
3/13/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 48 seconds
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Haftarah Ki Sisa: Elijah the Religious Radical - “If you are not frum, get out of here!”

He is a forerunner of American Jewish Orthodox sociology in the late 20th century
3/9/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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Parshas Ki Sisa: The Second Tablets Contained More Than the First Tablets

After the disaster of the Golden Calf, Moshe needed more futuristic knowledge
3/9/202329 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ramban's Complicated Description of Gan Eden - The One "Downstairs" and the One "Upstairs"

For 12 months, the soul of the departed צדיק "hangs-around" the downstairs Eden, which is an actual place
3/8/202329 minutes, 57 seconds
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Gaonic Gossip: The Famous Description of the Inaugural Ceremonies of the Reish Galusah in Baghdad

The obsession with elaborate ceremony and protocol in Gaonic culture
3/8/202336 minutes, 40 seconds
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Rabbi Katz Responds to a Mischaracterization re: a Recent Podcast

Falsely conflating the case of Saul and the Amelakites with Israelis and Palestinians
3/6/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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The 7 year Machlokes Between Saadia Gaon and the Reish Galusah - Gaonic Gossip

And the grand reconciliation on תענית אסתר. Followed by a memorable סְעוּדַת פּוּרִים
3/5/202334 minutes, 32 seconds
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Gaonic Gossip from Nasan HaBavli: The Deposition of Ukvah the Reish Galusah

The famous chronicler of Yeshiva politics in the תְּקוּפַת הַגְּאוֹנִים 1000 years ago
3/3/202335 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Did They Know Heaven had Confirmed Purim (קִיְּמוּ לְמַעְלָה מַה שֶׁקִּבְּלוּ לְמַטָּה)?

Did Jews sell-themselves in an effort to escape impending death?
3/2/202343 minutes, 13 seconds
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Parshas Tetzaveh: The Moreh Nevuchim's Take on the Splendid Bigdei Kehunah

Overawe the masses and win them away from competing pagan temples. The masses go by externals, not by the inner (essential) realities.
3/1/202335 minutes, 1 second
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Purim: Esther’s Hidden Identity

How could Esther hide her identity when she had been married to Mordecai? The brilliant effect of כָּל אֻמָּה נִדְמְתָה לָהּ כְּאֻמָּתוֹ
2/28/202334 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Ramban's Detailed Description of the Sinner in Gehinnom - R’ Katz Discusses

Using mystical and (interestingly) psychological concepts to describe the suffering there
2/22/202325 minutes, 41 seconds
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Haftarah Terumah: Shlomo's Corvee was the Fulfillment of the Warning of שְׁמוּאֵל הַנָּבִיא

Was it really wise for Shlomo to have close (even if transactional) relations with Tyre?
2/21/202326 minutes, 39 seconds
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When was the Mishkan Commanded? During the First 40 days, or During the Third 40 days?

If the latter, when exactly during the third set of 40 days? The significance of this issue.
2/21/202325 minutes
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The Controversial but Popular מַסֶּכֶת פּוּרִים (Venice 1552) from the Genazym

Auction this Sunday, Feb. 26th. R’ Katz also discusses Purim Parody, in general.
2/20/202338 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sherira Gaon and Jewish Politics in 10th Century Babylonia

The fights to keep the Gaonic yeshiva alive in the face of economic hardships and personality-clashes
2/20/202357 minutes, 56 seconds
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Haftarah Shekalim: Why Didn't the King Just Raise the Money for the Temple by Appealing to the Public?

The synagogue vs. the house minyan: בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ vs. בָּמוֹת
2/17/202328 minutes, 59 seconds
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Nahmanides on Gehinnom - Sinners Do Actually Burn in a Certain Kind of Fire. It's Not an Allegory

There's an intermediate state of existence between the physical and the metaphysical, as evidenced by the soul being inside a specific body
2/16/202330 minutes, 45 seconds
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A יְרוּשַׁלְמִי שְׁקָלִים from the Famous Bomberg ש"ס of the 1520s - For Sale at Genazym

From the original edition of the בַּבְלִי וִירוּשַׁלְמִי in Renaissance Venice, with its strange history
2/16/202353 minutes, 6 seconds
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The unscrupulous "richie-riches" free the Hebrew slaves whom they have held too long

But discover they are addicted to the slavery-system and forcibly repossess them, engraging Hashem
2/15/202328 minutes, 20 seconds
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The connection between the מִשְׁפָּטִים and the Yisro incident

Who gets the better of whom? The lender or the borrower who becomes an עֶבֶד עִבְרִי?
2/13/202331 minutes, 3 seconds
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R’ Judah Mintz (1405 -1508), Who Turned Padua into the "Lakewood " of Italy

Famous for his responsa, and for his controversies over halachic matters
2/13/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ramban's Theory of the Sumum Bonum

Differs from the view of Maimonides. Olam Haba will occur here on physical earth
2/10/202333 minutes, 19 seconds
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Isaiah's Vision of G-d Seated on a Throne etc. Subjective Reality vs. Objective Reality

Stubbornness is a great crime in spirituality
2/8/202330 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chaim Grade (1910-1982): Some Thoughts About the Yiddish Novelist

A brilliant novelist who consistently "bet on the wrong horse." Atheist who learned with the Chazon Ish.
2/8/20231 hour, 26 seconds
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What exactly did Yisro mean that Moshe should be מוּל הָאֱלֹהִים ?

What is the meaning of נָבוֹל תִּבֹּל?
2/6/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eliyahu HaBachur HaAshkenazi (1470-1549)

Author of famous grammar works, but also of the original "Bava Maaseh" אֵלִיָּהוּ בָּחוּר הָאַשְׁכְּנַזִּי הֲכִי גָּדוֹל בְּדִקְדּוּק
2/6/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Aftermath of the Maimonidean Controversies, Lecture 7 of 7

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2022 Lecture Series, “Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle Ages”
2/6/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rambam on Resurrection (which is not part of nature)

Vs. עוֹלָם הַבָּא (which is indeed part of the natural world)
2/1/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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Haftarah Beshalach: How is the Story of Pharaoh Similar to That of Sisera?

Was Barak right not to care about his personal glory?
2/1/202335 minutes
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Parshas Beshalach: The Complaints Against Moshe's Leadership - "Heading the Wrong Way!"

You have already killed most of us!
1/30/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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R’ Moshe Alashkar: One of the Greatest Sefardi Gedolim Who Left Spain in 1492

And wrote authoritative responsa. Champion of a.) Maimonides and b.) עֲגוּנוֹת
1/30/20231 hour, 21 seconds
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Did Abraham and Sarah Actually Exist? The Fight over Philosophical Homiletics (Part 6 of 7)

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2021 Lecture Series - Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle Ages
1/27/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 32 seconds
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Parshas Bo: Why Does Moshe Deviate from His Instructions?

G-d told him to tell the whole people to shecht, but he decided to tell just the elders
1/26/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Rambam vs. Raavad and Others on the Difference Between תְּחִיַּת הַמֵּתִים וְעוֹלָם הַבָּא

Rambam's testy reply to his critics: אִגֶּרֶת תְּחִיַּת הַמֵּתִים
1/24/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jews Burning Books? (Part II) The Controversy in Montpelier and the Aftermath

Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle (Part 5 of 7)
1/22/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 14 seconds
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Moses Mendelssohn, Part 3

The controversial but complex legacy in an era that doesn't like complexities
1/22/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 59 seconds
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Moses Mendelssohn, Part 2

Stay tuned for part 3, the final episode
1/19/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jews Burning Books? The Controversy in Montpelier

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2021 Lecture Series - Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle Ages (Part 4 of 7)
1/18/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 4 seconds
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Haftarah VaEra: Egypt will Suffer a Nuclear Holocaust and will be Empty for 40 Years

But then will have a "שִׁיבַת מִצְרַיִם." The restored Egypt will, however, be a degraded, not a great, power
1/17/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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Parshas VaEra: The Role of Aaron in the Exodus Story - Negotiator with the Egyptians, acc. to Rashi

What arguments would an Aaron have offered Pharaoh to persuade him?
1/17/202326 minutes, 54 seconds
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Parshas Shmos: The Individual Unique Experience of G-d vs. the Common Joint Experience

אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם אֱלֹהֵי יִצְחָק וֶאֱלּוֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב אוֹ אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב
1/15/202319 minutes, 7 seconds
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The First of the Maimonidean Controversies: Attacking the “Live Lion” (Pt. 3 of 6)

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2022 Lecture Series, “Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle Ages”
1/12/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 5 seconds
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Maimonides the Great Popularizer - The Maimonidean Controversies (Part 2 of 7)

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2021 Lecture Series - Fundamental Disagreement: The Maimonidean Controversies Of the Middle Ages
1/10/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Maimonidean Controversies: Revelation, Rationality and Rationalism In the Middle Ages - Pt. 1

From Rabbi Katz’ Summer 2021 Lecture Series
1/8/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rabbi Katz Will Be in the Hospital This Week…

…due to open heart surgery and hopes to be home next week. דָּוִד הַכֹּהֵן בֵּן לֵאָה
1/5/20231 minute, 38 seconds
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A Dying David Has to Weigh Killing שִׁמְעִי בֶּן גֵּרָא for Insulting & Cursing Him

Or letting him continue as Shlomo's rebbe, where he exercised an excellent influence.
1/3/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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Asarah B’Teves: Why Do We Specifically Commemorate the BEGINNING of the Siege of Jerusalem?

On עֲשָׂרָה בְּטֵבֵת , we mourn, not just our political stupidity, but our inability to change
1/3/202332 minutes, 48 seconds
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Where Did Joseph Acquire His Knowledge of Public Administration and of Macro-Economic Planning?

Joseph made good use of his time in prison with high Egyptian economists & administrators
1/2/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1785), Pt. 1: The Frum Member of the "Republic of Letters"

Mendelssohn in his non-controversial "frum" phase. Not insular but very religious
1/2/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 38 seconds
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In His Mishnah Torah, the Rambam Gets into Greater Detail re: Summum Bonum - עוֹלָם הַבָּא.

What survives (maybe) is a certain type of נֶפֶשׁ, NOT the נְשָׁמָה! An unusual take
12/30/202242 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why did the Sages condemn the translation into Greek? Why is it different than Artscoll?

Where would Torah Judaism be today without translations and "cheater books" for the הָמוֹן עַם ?
12/29/202236 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ezekiel: First the Dry Bones Come Alive, Then They Join the Jewish People in a Real Unity

Imagine if the Ten Lost Tribes are rediscovered through DNA!
12/29/202229 minutes, 25 seconds
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Parshas VaYigash: Joseph has a Whole Plan of Revenge, but in the End He Couldn't Go-Through With It

Just as happened to the brothers, the whole thing got out of hand.
12/27/202230 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chanukah and the current war in the Ukraine

One may have multiple loyalties, but which loyalty trumps the others?
12/26/202234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Rambam on the Sumum Bonum - הָעוֹלָם הַבָּא

Rambam writes lucidly until he gets to clearly defining עוֹלָם הַבָּא, which is impossible
12/25/202246 minutes, 6 seconds
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Chanuka in the Context of History: A Q&A w/ Rabbi Katz

Live December 21, 2022
12/23/202242 minutes, 6 seconds
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The affairs of the High priest Joshua & his sons foreshadow the chanukah strife of the priesthood

Rambam vs Ramban on the phenomenon of the כֹּהֲנִים becoming מְלָכִים
12/23/202234 minutes, 8 seconds
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Joseph: A Rare Case of a Victim Finding Healing, Not Just Forgetfulness

HaShem turned the world upside down to cure Joseph's psychological pain
12/21/202229 minutes, 38 seconds
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The History of the Practice of הַדְלָקַת נֵרוֹת חֲנֻכָּה

A clash between Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews in Germany (18th century)
12/21/202259 minutes, 57 seconds
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Judah Maccabee: The Actual Historical Figure

His military victories and defeats; his controversial political policies
12/21/202251 minutes, 6 seconds
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שִׁיטַת הַ"כּוּזָרִי" עַל שָׂכָר וְעֹנֶשׁ

Forget עוֹלָם הַבָּא for a second. What's life going to be like in a transformed עוֹלָם הַזֶּה ? What changes!
12/16/202228 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Hellenistic Jews: What Exactly Provoked Them to Persecute the Frum?

Parallels between the political situation in Israel at that time and the situation today, December 2022?
12/14/202236 minutes, 3 seconds
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Amos: You (אֶפְרַיִם וּמְנַשֶּׁה) whose ancestor was unjustly sold, how can you do it yourselves?

God can tolerate idolatry, but not social-injustice and miscarriage of justice
12/13/202226 minutes, 39 seconds
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Parshas VaYeshev: How Did Joseph Handle His Mistreatment Psychologically? I Mean, נְחָשִׁים וְעַקְרַבִּים!

How did he change when he arrived in Egypt? His character-development
12/12/202231 minutes, 22 seconds
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רַבִּי אַבְרָהָם אֲחִי הַגְּרָ"א בַּעַל סֵפֶר "מַעֲלוֹת הַתּוֹרָה ". (1722 -1804)

Published same year as נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיִּים , but in a different style, though same message
12/12/202256 minutes, 8 seconds
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The view of שְׁלֹמֹה אִבְּן גַּבִּירוֹל מִסְּפָרַד on the nature of שְׂכַר וְעֹנֶשׁ

A remarkable passage in his poetic masterpiece כֶּתֶר מַלְכוּת
12/9/202222 minutes, 12 seconds
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Rabbi Katz's Israel Trip is a Month Away!

RabbiKatz describes the packed-week that will be his Jewish History tour of Israel
12/7/20226 minutes, 56 seconds
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Sefer Yosippon: A Historical Classic NOT Identical With the Books of Flavius Josephus!

A classic סֵפֶר once found in every intelligent Jewish home, including leading רִאשׁוֹנִים and אַחֲרוֹנִים. Where Jews once learned the stories of Chanukah and Tisha B'Av.
12/7/202242 minutes, 17 seconds
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Parshas VaYishlach: Esav Felt Cheated, but Didn't Allow that to Define His Life - He Built His Own

It is יַעֲקֹב who is still obsessed with the deception. Not עֵשָׂו!
12/5/202223 minutes
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R’ Dovid Kimchi, the Radak (1260-1335) as Grammarian - The World of דקדוק

Not so much a מְחַדֵּשׁ, but a brilliant מְחַנֵּךְ. Taught דקדוק to generations of Jews & gentiles
12/5/202254 minutes, 57 seconds
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R' Hai Gaon: Aspects of His Messianic Theology

Mainly about the messianic process, not what comes afterwards
12/2/202226 minutes, 46 seconds
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Haftarah VaYetzei: The Prophet Hosea Analyzes the Faults of Shevet Ephraim, Particularly Their Resentment of David

The Ephraimites are angry at the דַּרְכֵי הַשֵּׁם, ever since Rachel's being displaced by Leah
12/2/202231 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Shechita Book of R' Yaakov Weil (15th century) - One of the Most Popular Books in Jewish History

Reprinted 150 times. Dozens of commentaries. Taken to heart by Ahkenazic Jewry.
12/1/202252 minutes, 45 seconds
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R’ Yehoshua of Cracow (1578-1648): The Original פְּנֵי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ

First he learned the Gemara by itself, and he was always מְכַוֵּן לְפֵרוּשׁ רַשִׁ"י. Hence his מְגִנֵּי שְׁלֹמֹה
11/30/202249 minutes, 9 seconds
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Parshas VaYeitzei: Why did Yaakov Kiss Rachel? Why did He Cry?

The Patriarchs lived in a time when they could occasionally "break" rules - נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיִּים
11/29/202236 minutes, 11 seconds
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The 5th of Kislev - A Fast Day?

Yehoyakim and his shocking act of burning דְּבַר הַשֵּׁם to toast hot dogs
11/28/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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R’ Baruch Schick (1744-1808): A Maskil of the Type Approved by the Gra

Can you know הֲלָכָה of you're ignorant of science and technology?
11/25/202250 minutes, 42 seconds
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Malachi Blasts the Schmoozers & Boozers in Shul. What's the Problem with Jews & Davening, Anyway?

Aaron was able to be מְקָרֵב sinners only because בְּשָׁלוֹם וּבְמִישׁוֹר הָלַךְ. No hypocrisy
11/25/202228 minutes, 58 seconds
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Saadia Gaon's Version the Messianic Process - Two Alternative Scenarios

The proper way to stitch - together the various verses into a coherent narrative. From Saadia's סֵפֶר אֱמוּנוֹת וְדֵעוֹת
11/24/202241 minutes, 11 seconds
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Parshas Toldos: Why was it Predestined That in This Family, the Siblings Should Not Get Along?

The Abarnanel on the mindset of Isaac. נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיִּים on that of Jacob
11/22/202242 minutes, 12 seconds
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R’ Avraham ben HaGra: A Great Talmid Chacham But Also Interested in"Kosher Haskalah"

His Hebrew Geography book and his pioneering systematic study of the phenomenon of Midrashic literature
11/22/20221 hour, 31 seconds
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שִׁיטַת גְּאוֹנֵי בָּבֶל עַל יְמוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ וּתְחִיַּת הַמֵּתִים. תְּשׁוּבַת רַב הַאי גָּאוֹן

The Gaonim envision an imperfect State of Israel, without a בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ
11/18/202228 minutes, 40 seconds
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Abraham in his old age has a faithful-reliable Eliezer. King David has no one

Dovid destroyed his own health deliberately as an act of penance. But was this wise?
11/16/202241 minutes, 30 seconds
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Parshas Chayei Sara: Abraham, Efron, and "The Art of the Deal"

Eliezer, Besuel, and the role of the "Guardian Angel"
11/15/202245 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Israeli Supreme Court and Its Critics: A Discussion on the Controversy in Israel

If Israel doesn't have a Constitution, can the SC declare a law passed by the Knesset unconstitutional?
11/13/20221 hour, 50 seconds
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Look at how Elisha conducts himself around the woman

He is her best benefactor, but he doesn't speak directly to her. She OTOH grabs him by the hand and by the feet
11/11/202230 minutes, 6 seconds
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R Katz begins a new series, on Jewish theories of the Summum Bonum in לְעָתִיד לָבוֹא

How does Judaism envision the Final Utopia? Introductory remarks
11/9/202228 minutes, 23 seconds
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G-d, Abraham, and Theodicy. For Once G-d Explains Himself (Sodom)

What was the big sin of the angels? Two schools of thought in חַזַ"ל
11/9/202240 minutes, 6 seconds
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Yaakov Anatoli (1195-1256): Controversial Jewish Intellectual During the Maimonidean Controveries

His sefer מַלְמַד הַתַּלְמִידִים עַל פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ loved and hated down the centuries
11/7/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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Join Rabbi Katz's Jewish History Tour of Israel, January 9-15, 2023

R Katz discusses his intellectually -exciting itinerary for his upcoming tour. Israel with his "spin"
11/7/20226 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is מוֹדִים thanks for the protection of the nation, or is it thanks for our individual survival?

Is your soul identical with "you"? Who exactly are YOU?
11/4/202231 minutes, 2 seconds
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Isaiah salutes Abraham, who turned down the spoils of war because he was interested in higher things

If Isaiah says אַל תִּירָא,the Jews at that time must have been terrified... of Assyria
11/2/202226 minutes, 8 seconds
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Flavius Josephus' Description of Abraham's "Visit" in Egypt and It's Long Lasting Significance

Why are all the Biblical characters described as handsome or beautiful?
11/1/202230 minutes, 34 seconds
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רַבִּי יִצְחָק אַבּוּלַפִיָּה מִדַּמֶּשֶׂק בַּעַל שׁוּ"ת "פְּנֵי יִצְחָק " 1824-1910

A great Gaon deposed by his own community (Damascus). A tale of the Sephardic Rabbinic elites
10/31/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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R Ovadia Yosef and Edmund Burke

Rabbinical politics (in both sense of the term)
10/31/202253 minutes, 18 seconds
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Isaiah Compares the Assyrian Holocaust to a Biblical Flood

"No more floods! No more Holocausts!"
10/23/202230 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Flood - Who Won in the End G-d or the Snake? (Parshas Noach)

Why did Noah take the snake on the Ark? Would you?
10/23/202229 minutes, 2 seconds
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Is על הצדיקים a ברכה composed AFTER the preceding paragraph ( ולמלשינים )? Why the גירי הצדק?

What's with the second half re: בִּטָּחוֹן בִּגְאֻלַּת יִשְׂרָאֵל ?
10/21/202233 minutes, 17 seconds