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Shemini Videos

A Reaction to Personal Tragedy
A Taste of Text—Shemini
Though we are not expected to react like Aaron, our own lives are rarely easy. To accept life’s challenges, we need to cultivate our faith that G‑d runs the world.
Is It All About Getting Spiritually High?
Our natural human desire to get close to G-d sometimes leads us to pursue methods of religious ecstasy. Yet our human desire to be close to G-d may well be at odds with G-d’s divine desire to be close to us.
You are What You Eat—in More Ways than You Think!
Parshat Shemini
Daily, we learn about new hidden toxins in our food. But does our food also affect us spiritually, influencing our character and tendencies?
Torah in Ten: Shemini
Topics include: Moses and Aaron as they represent masculine dominance and feminine nurturing respectively, sin as a "spiritual pollutant" and how it brought about the gruesome deaths of Aaron's two sons, the positive lesson we can learn from them.
The Ultimate Test of Faith
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shemini
Human Effort and Acknowledging the Divine
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shemini
The Trademark of a Jewish Leader
Something Spiritual on Parshat Shemini
Disproportionate Returns
Growing Weekly: Parshat Shemini
Kosher Food
Video | 55:00
Kosher Food
Practical Parshah—Shemini
The biblical criteria for determining which animals are kosher, and their practical application today.
The Miraculous Number Eight
Life Lessons from Parshat Shemini
The name of this Torah portion means eight, which is extremely special and central in Judaism. Explore the significance and the many areas where this number is expressed throughout Jewish life.
Laws of Ritual Purity and Impurity
Parsha Shemini
How does a food item become susceptible to ritual defilement? This class analyzes the three requisite conditions in Halacha and relates each to a parallel in the service of G-d. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 27, pp.74)
Can a Snake Become Kosher?
Letters and Numbers of Torah—Shemini
In the verse (Leviticus 11:42) that prohibits the eating of creatures that slither on their bellies, the Hebrew word for belly (gachon) is spelled with a large-sized letter vav. How does this allude to our inner struggle against the evil inclination, which is likened to a snake?
The Eighth Day
Video | 50:00
The Eighth Day
How to Study Torah - Shemini
An overview of what transpired on the eighth day of the inauguration of the Sanctuary climaxing with Aaron alone, and then he and Moses blessing the people, and the appearance of G-d's presence.
Parshah Insights: Shemini
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Shemini
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Shemini contains 91 verses and the mnemonic for it is the word ‘Ovadiah’. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
The Transcendent Power of Obedience!
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Shemini
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
Hashem’s Presence, through Love
11 Nissan, 5742 • April 4, 1982
Even after a week of consecration for the Holy Tabernacle, the Jews still did not merit for G-d Himself to consecrate the Tabernacle. Only when Aaron brought his sacrifice on the eighth day, did G-d finally manifest His awesome Glory. The sages teach: “Be a student of Aaron: love peace, pursue peace, love all creatures, and bring them close to Torah.” These virtues of Aaron accomplished more than all the Seven Days of Consecration.
A Direct Connection
G-d’s presence didn’t rest in the Tabernacle until they offered atonement for the Golden Calf. Now, the Golden Calf didn’t deny G-d’s existence; it merely rejected the idea that a person could relate to G-d directly.
The Song of Death and the Song of Life
How we mourn our loved ones
The Danger of Ambition Without Values
We’re inspired by ambitious people. But ambition that isn’t backed by strong values can be dangerous.
Will Pork be Kosher?
A survey of the material in Jewish law regarding the future permissibility of pork during the Messianic era.
The Foreign Fire of Aaron’s Two Sons
Why were the sons of Aaron punished? What exactly was their sin? Rashi, as recorded in the Manuscrips, sheds light on this curious episode.
Parsha Gems: Shemini & Acharon-shel-Pesach
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Truth vs. Kindness
Video | 45:36
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Truth vs. Kindness
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Aaron not eating the Sin Offering
Moshe and Aharon have a difference in opinion over how Judaism should be practiced, teaching us a spectacular lesson in how to relate to Jewish growth – in ourselves and in others.
Learning the Haftorah: Shemini
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Can You See G-d?
Video | 17:18
Can You See G-d?
Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 18
Upon completing the building of the Sanctuary in the desert, everyone was able to behold G-d's presence with their physical eyes. When Moshiach comes, G-d will be seen everywhere by everyone. What does it mean to see G-d and why can't we see him all the time? Guest Expert: Manis Friedman. (From “Messages”—Season 4, Episode 18)
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Shemini: 7th Portion
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