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Does the Torah really come from heaven? Could a document written thousands of years ago in the desert have practical applications to our lives in a modern world? Does any other religion fit for the Jew? Does Judaism leave room for pluralism?...

Bible Criticism Part 1
Part 1 of 2
Did the Torah really come from heaven, or is it a product of powerful human imagination? An unapologetic response to bible criticism.
Bible Criticism Part 2
Part 2 of 2
Was Torah progressive enough in its creation? Is capital punishment just? What about slavery and animal sacrifices mentioned in the Torah? Questions and Answers to Bible Criticism
Anti-Semitism Again?!
Are we Paranoiac or is it a Pandemic?
Rabbi Yossy Goldman, one of South Africa’s most prominent pulpit rabbis, explores the old/new question: Why the Jews? This talk was part of a symposium on anti-Semitism in Johannesburg, SA.
An Age Old Torah in a Modern World
Could a document written thousands of years ago in the desert have practical applications to our lives in a modern world? The difference between religion and culture.
Missionary Impossible
Audio | 2:32:24
Missionary Impossible
What religion should one choose? Does any other religion fit for the Jew? In this fascinating lecture Rabbi Schochet, a leader in responding to missionaries, disputes their claims.
Unity vs. Pluralism
Audio | 41:39
Unity vs. Pluralism
Does Judaism leave room for pluralism? By understading Unity, one of the basic cconcepts in Jewish thought and belief, we can explore this question.
The Jewish Pathology
Audio | 1:09:02
The Jewish Pathology
“You Can Run but You Can’t Hide!”
Through humor and inspirational stories, this lecture will examine the deep and awesome dynamics of the Jewish soul and its identity.
What Does Judaism Say About Money?
What is the Jewish attitude towards money and making a livelihood? What economic system does the Torah advocate? What are our responsibilities as a community?
Why We Believe
Audio | 1:31:41
Why We Believe
The Rabbi and the Scientist
Recently some atheists in academia have launched venomous attacks on religion and belief in G-d. Join us for an up-close examination of religious belief under the critical light of reason.
Why Me? (1)
Audio | 44:13
Why Me?
Handling Grief - Part 1 of 2
Why do the righteous suffer? Rabbi Friedman examines the source of the question and redirects our thinking about Divine justice and our place in the vast eternal plan, thereby moving us to a better understanding of ourselves.
Why Me? (2)
Audio | 48:59
Why Me?
Handling Grief - Part 2 of 2
Do bad things happen at all? For this we need to better understand the nature of divine providence and free choice.
Jewish Martyrdom
Audio | 51:10
Jewish Martyrdom
Alqaeda vs. the Akeida
The akeida, binding of Isaac, represents the epitome of self sacrifice in the Jewish tradition; what distinguishes Abraham from the many others who sacrificed their life because of their faith?
Astrology & Kabbalah
Audio | 1:09:54
Astrology & Kabbalah
Horoscopes: Fact or Fiction?
The entire subject of astrology is something that leaves many people scratching their heads, wondering if it’s merely in the realm of the gullible. Yet there are ample references in Judaic sources….
G-d Choosing the Jewish People
Audio | 47:50
G-d Choosing the Jewish People
This class addresses the controversy of the Jews as the Chosen People, what it means and how it differs from others who claim to be special.
The Torah View on Astrology
Audio | 51:06
The Torah View on Astrology
This class addresses the Torah view on astrology, constellations and the zodiac: the mystical concept of ‘mazal’.
The Torah View on Vegetarianism
Audio | 42:49
The Torah View on Vegetarianism
The Torah perspective on vegetarianism and the deeper significance of food in Jewish life.
The Secret of the Sun
Audio | 1:22:10
The Secret of the Sun
The Great Luminaries, Redemption and the Clarification of Reality
From the perspective of Kabbalah, we will examine the inner meaning of the custom of the blessing of the sun and reflect upon its relevance within the framework of current events in the world today.
The Reality of Organ Transplants - Part 1
Part 1: Legal or Not?
The issue of organ donation is riddled with controversy and moral questions. Explore the halachic perspective on the legality and limitations of donating and selling organs.
The Reality of Organ Transplants - Part 2
Part 2: The Ethical and Moral Perspective
The issue of organ donation is riddled with controversy and moral questions. Join us as we probe the ethics and morality associated with organ donation.
A Pastor’s Journey to Judaism
Once an evangelical pastor, Yaakov Parisi shares the fascinating story of his lifelong journey to becoming Jewish. Recorded at Chabad of Oxford University.
Belief in G-d After the Holocaust
A child survivor of Auschwitz
Rabbi Nissen Mangel was a 10-year-old child when he came to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. There he witnessed unspeakable atrocities, but he also witnessed amazing acts of faith. In this moving and powerful talk, Rabbi Mangel tells his firsthand account of what he saw. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)
Do We Really Have Free Will?
Free Choice, Determinism, and G-d's Knowledge
If G-d knows what we will choose, do we really have free choice? In this challenging 1-hour lecture, Rabbi New tackles this profound paradox.
Soul to Soul
Chai FM Radio from Johannesburg
Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events
Explore compelling cases ripped from today’s headlines that will challenge your legal and ethical convictions. You’ll have the opportunity to analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic source texts to arrive and fascinating resolutions to gripping real-life drama.
21st Century Jew Podcast
Listen to though-provoking discussions on applying Torah truths to contemporary life in modern times.
Why Can’t I Marry Her?
A thought-provoking parenting lecture on how to help our children with the challenge of intermarriage. Join Rabbi Eliezer Shemtov, author of “Dear Rabbi, Why Can't I Marry Her? A dialogue on Intermarriage”, for an informative discussion on this important topic (recorded at Chabad Flamingo in Toronto).
Pleasure, Passion and Delight in Judaism
What is pleasure? Where does it come from? Why do we need it? And what can it accomplish?
A podcast hosted by Rabbi Aron Moss, noted author and speaker on real life issues with a Jewish twist. Listen to dialogues and debates, catch ups and conversations with ordinary people who have extraordinary stories.