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Bereishit Videos

Kosher Kung Fu
Video | 1:30
Kosher Kung Fu
What’s really hiding under the ugly face of darkness?
There’s only one way to transform the ugliest, nastiest, darkest gunk of this world: by letting it make you stronger. That’s when you’ve ripped off its mask . . .
In the Beginning...
Parshat Bereishit
There’s always a first time, but that can be kinda scary. Especially with a new device like a Parshafier.
Handling Our Mistakes Without Hiding
“Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Was it me, no you! Couldn’t be. Then who?” This childhood ditty encapsulates one of life’s major issues. Do we admit our wrongdoings? Try to blame the other? How do we react to our failings? Learn why evading our own misdeeds can be so damaging and how we can move towards taking greater responsibility, react with greater integrity, and provide a safe haven of growth for others who err.
Why Human Beings Matter
What we learn from the first moon landing.
Conquer Your Clutter
A short insight on Parshat Bereishit
Do you have too much "stuff" in your life? Here's how to master your clutter without letting it master you.
Torah in Ten: Bereishit
Topics include: The Tree of Knowledge, the reincarnations of Cain and Abel and a hidden reference to Lilith.
A Wife's Greatest Complaints
Five on Five—Bereishit
Women are complaining to their husbands that they feel taken for granted. Men are complaining to their wives that they are constantly being criticized. The first passages of Genesis teach us how to overcome these common relationship problems.
Why Was Man Named Adam?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Bereishit
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Practical Parshah—Bereishit
In the first portion of the Torah, Adam and Eve receive the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply.” What are the parameters of this mitzvah today?
Life Lessons from Parshat Bereishit
Rabbi Gordon shares five inspirational lessons we derive from the Torah portion of Bereishit.
The Torah's Feminine Beginning
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Bereishit
Why is the very first letter of the Torah the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet? According to Rabbi Akiva, it hints to the special qualities of women as being the foundation for all human achievement.
G-d's Partner in Creation
The Unique Role of the Human Being
How we serve as G-d's partners by using the physical world around us to serve a higher purpose.
Parsha Gems: Bereishit (Sukkot)
Parshah Insights: Bereishit
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Bereishit
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Bereishit contains 146 verses and the mnemonic are the names of the kings Amatzya and Chizkiyahu. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
Soulmates or Stalemates?
A Taste of Text—Bereishit
Women often seek love and connection. Men often seek respect and appreciation. Embedded within the Torah is advice on how to create a successful relationship.
The Small Luminary
The book of Genesis relates that on the fourth day of creation G-d created the two luminaries; the great luminary, the sun, to shine by day, and the small luminary, the moon, to shine by night.
A Right to the Land
Torah is replete with references about the special connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. Yet Rashi, the foremost commentator of Torah, sees it in the very first words of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the Earth.”
Soul of the Letters: Sh'va
The Hebrew Vowel Signs
Why is the first vowel of the Torah a sh'va? Learn the inner meaning of its name, phonetic sound, and graphic design.
Be Fruitful and Multiply!
Parsha Noach
This commandment was addressed to both Adam and again to Noah and his offspring. More than just a repetition of a previous obligation, G-d reveals to Noah the extraordinary virtue of bearing many children. An analysis of Maimonides' treatment of the obligation to populate the world. (Likutei Sichos vol. 30)
Water, Water Everywhere
A Failed Experiment?
With the Great Flood the Almighty returned the world to its original state when "the spirit of God hovered above the waters". In analyzing a fascinating passage from the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 5:1) that speaks of 'mute inhabitants' and 'intellectual inhabitants', this class addresses one of life's big questions and offers a surprisingly refreshing answer. (Based on the Maamor Bereishis Boro 5727)
Original Sin Revisited
Video | 1:24:52
Original Sin Revisited
The Tree of Knowledge - What Really Happened?
Discover the mystical understanding and timeless significance behind the very first sin of man: eating from the Tree of Knowledge.
The Importance of Work
Three Models for Living: Part 2
The first two Torah portions (B'reishis and Noach) represent two opposite models for life. The first begins happily but ends in turmoil, the second begins with difficulty but ends with success. The difference highlights the importance of hard work.
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Peru U’revu: The mitzvah to bear children
The first mitzvah in the Torah is to have children. This class examines details of this commandment and five levels of understanding.
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion - I
Part 1
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion - II
Part 2
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion - III
Part 3
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion - IV
Part 4
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 1st Portion - V
Part 5
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Bereishit: 7th Portion
Kosher Capitalism?
Some people have argued that capitalism is legalized greed. Compassion for others is certainly a cardinal Jewish value; but do free markets run contrary to that ideal? What does the Torah say?
The Creator
Video | 0:36
The Creator
Someone who thinks he's G-d -- on a New York City subway (where else?)
Biblical Creation & Modern Science
Professor Nathan Aviezer, offers a new and revolutionary approach, which is true to both tradition and science.
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