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Acharei-Kedoshim Videos

How to be Holy... Kind Of
Kedoshim Parshah Report
Gefilte fish, master of relaxation and the art of meditation, teaches us how to be Holy, breath deeply, and scream at our friends... Hey, are we missing something?
Does Priesthood Imply Celibacy?
The inner principle of celibacy is self-removal from the temptations and distractions of mundane daily life for the sake of a pursuit of holiness. According to the Torah, however, the holiest of holy possibilities is to be found precisely in the most mundane aspect of existence.
A Tale of Two Doctors
In explaining why Aaron was forbidden to enter ‘at any time’ into the inner sanctum of the Sanctuary, Rashi employs a parable concerning an ill patient and the advice he receives from two doctors. This class will reveal the deeper meaning of this unusual parable and its poignant message especially as it relates to the current ‘Omer’ period. (Likkutei Sichos, volume 7)
Parsha Gems: Acharei-Kedoshim
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Holiness Unplugged
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Holiness Unplugged
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Acharei-Kedoshim
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
Who Lives the Quintessential Life?
To study G-d’s wisdom as it is revealed in the Torah is arguably the most sublime activity a human being can do. And yet the Torah itself is about activities other than Torah study.
A Response to Personal Suffering
Parshat Acharei Mot
When Aaron experiences the greatest pain imaginable—the death of his two sons—he was silent. What did his silence mean? And how should we react to personal suffering?
Kedoshim – Holy Cow!
In the Jewish vernacular we hear phrases such as "the Holy Shabbat" or "the Holy Torah"; but what is "holiness"?
Torah in Ten: Kedoshim
Topics include: A homiletic interpretation of the mitzvah to leave the corners of the field unharvested, the beard as a symbol for the flow of Divine blessing, one reason why a person's soul might reincarnate as an animal.
True Love!
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True Love!
How to love every Jew
What is true love and how do we attain it?
How to Become Holy
Something Spiritual on Parshat Kedoshim
We Use Two Sets of Clothing
Something Spiritual on Parshat Acharei
Holiness In Unexpected Places
Growing Weekly: Parshat Acharei-Kedoshim
The Sanctity of Marriage
Practical Parshah - Acharei
In this portion that lists all of the many forbidden relationships, we examine how Torah expects us as Jews to conduct ourselves in the most private and holy aspect of our lives.
The Beard
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The Beard
Practical Parshah—Kedoshim
A detailed explanation of how the commandment “Do not destroy the corners of your beard” (Lev. 19:27) is understood in various communities.
Be My Brother
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Be My Brother
The Tzadik and the Baal Teshuvah
In interpreting the verse in the Song of Songs, "If only you would be to me a brother", our Sages differ as to whether our request of G-d is to treat us as Yosef treated his brothers who had sold him or as Yosef treated his innocent younger brother Binyamin. This class will reconcile the two views and in so doing will address the contrasting virtues of the righteous (tzadik) and the penitent (baal teshuvah) and where they ultimately converge. (Based on the maamar "Kedoshim Tiheyu" Sefer Mamorim Toras Menachem vol. 3 p. 249)
Fair Weights and Measures
Parsha Kedoshim
Why does Maimonides equate the commandment of keeping fair weights and measures to the commandment of believing in the Exodus? The answer leads to a better understanding of the Exodus as the foundation of all commandments and also the issue of free choice in the face of Divine decree. (Based on Likkutei Sichos, vol. 27, pp. 149)
How to Give a Hand
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How to Give a Hand
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Acharei
Before the scapegoat was taken into the wilderness, “Aaron the High Priest placed his hands upon its head and confessed all the sins of the Jewish People." (Leviticus 16:21) The verse is written "yado" meaning "his hand," the way we recite it, however, is "yadav," meaning "his hands."
A Stumbling Block Before the Blind
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Kedoshim
"Do not place a stumbling block before the blind" (Leviticus 19:14) can also mean not to knowingly give bad advice. The Hebrew word for "stumbling block" appears 12 times in the Torah and Prophets and this is the only time it is spelled with a vav. How does this missing letter teach us the difference between good advice and bad?
How to Be Holy
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How to Be Holy
How to Study Torah - Acharei-Kedoshim
The Torah commands us "to be holy." What does this injunction mean? Many commentaries explain that it refers to not indulging even in permissible pleasures. What is the difference between asceticism and holiness?
Loving Your Fellow as Yourself
Five Levels of Love
The verse states: you shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). How can we love our fellow Jew as our self? Five interpretations into mitzvah of ahavat yisroel.
Blood: The Father of all Mitzvahs
The Mitzvah to Cover the Blood with Earth
Upon ritual slaughtering of fowl or undomesticated animals, we are commanded to cover the spilled blood with earth. Gain a deeper understanding of this mitzvah of Kisuy HaDam (covering the blood) on five levels.
Parshah Insights: Kedoshim
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
The Baffling Bloody Ban
Parshah Curiosities: Acharei-Mot
This class probes beneath the skin of the Torah’s strange aversion to blood; after all if meat’s kosher, what’s so bad about the red fluid found within? A wide range of vital life sources are analyzed, and their messages are effectively decoded as the profound ideas and philosophies of this bloodless Mitzvah mandate gush forth. Most profoundly we learn to appreciate how and why blood is thicker than water when it comes to our relationship with G-d!
Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
A timely and incisive discovery about the foundational biblical cornerstone; “Do not stand by as your fellow’s blood is being shed.” Presented in Toronto on the day after a horrific vehicular terrorist attack kills 10 innocent pedestrians on the peaceful city streets. This profound rumination about the extent of responsibility for others carefully scrutinizes the Oral Torah’s sacred teachings that accompany the scripture; concluding with a climatic analysis of Rashi’s unique commentary as illuminated by the Rebbe. This dissertation also offers critical commentary on the dangerous state of affairs in the Western World and its glaring lack of moral clarity!
Spiritual Safety Warning
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Intermediate
Spiritual Safety Warning
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the warning not to enter the Holy of Holies
Rashi presents two intriguing details on how Moses was to warn Aaron not to enter the Holy of Holies at the wrong time. The Rebbe shows us how Rashi is actually teaching a deeper lesson about how to balance high-level inspiration with practical application.
Learning the Haftorah: Acharei
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Is It Possible to Love Another As We Love Ourselves?
A Taste of Text—Kedoshim
On a simple level, loving another means treating them with the respect with which you would want to be treated. On a deeper level, it is the ability to love another, like a father loves a child, regardless of who and what they are.
Rabbi Gordon - Acharei-Kedoshim: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Acharei-Kedoshim: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Acharei-Kedoshim: 7th Portion
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