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A Taste of Text

Texts from the Weekly Torah Portion

Each 20-minute video class uses a text from the weekly Torah portion to convey a contemporary insight on leading a more enriched life. Source sheets are included to help students follow along and gain a "taste" of the actual texts studied.

19:51
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.
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20:51
A Taste of Text—Noach
When life is rushing by leaving you with an endless to do list, when you feel swamped with the demands of life, how can you cope?
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17:57
A Taste of Text—Lech Lecha
Things do not always go according to our plans and expectations. In fact, they rarely do.
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17:50
A Taste of Text—Vayeira
We hear of the miracles that great people’s prayers can accomplish. But is prayer also for us regular folk?
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18:34
A Taste of Text—Chayei Sarah
We often reminisce about the yesteryears of our lives. Impatiently, we may look forward to the tomorrows. But are we as successful with living fully in the present?
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23:32
A Taste of Text—Toldot
A child shouldn’t be expected to be a miniature replica of his parent. Individual character traits need to be honed and channeled.
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19:38
A Taste of Text—Vayeitzei
There are some moments in our lives when we are at peace with our inner, spiritual selves. The majority of our experiences are strenuous, often painful, and challenge us to overcome the negative urges of our psyche.
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19:33
A Taste of Text—Vayishlach
How to react when confronted with an opportunity that may challenge, tempt or oppose your beliefs or goals . . .
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26:15
A Taste of Text—Vayeishev
Anger and self-pity rob us of our serenity. Bitterness and victimization blind us from seeing another’s pain.
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21:05
A Taste of Text—Mikeitz
During the good times, spiritually, emotionally or materially, we need to nurture our priorities and cultivate a sincere bond with G‑d. The time and energy invested will provide us with the tools to survive during the crisis years of famine.
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20:47
A Taste of Text—Vayigash
We can educate, inspire and assist another, but ultimately, the only one who can effect any real and lasting change is the person himself.
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24:17
A Taste of Text—Vayechi
Can we look beyond the faults or inadequacies of another to envision what our matriarch saw?
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23:09
A Taste of Text—Shemot
When confronted with a situation that seems hopeless, don’t resign yourself to inactivity with the excuse that the little you can do can’t possibly make a difference.
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29:01
A Taste of Text—Va’eira
Times of extraordinary illumination from above are preceded by periods of profound darkness.
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19:36
A Taste of Text—Bo
The catalyst for any awakening is action. Transformation begins as soon as we are ready to take the first step in the right direction.
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19:12
A Taste of Text—Beshalach
Inspiration alone is insufficient. An awakening must be followed by action, or doubt can easily neutralize it.
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17:03
A Taste of Text—Yitro
The gateway to tolerance is humility; but humility must be tempered with healthy and guarded self-assurance.
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23:59
A Taste of Text—Mishpatim
Unquestioning acceptance of G‑d’s commandments does not mean that we are to perform them with mindless obedience.
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22:07
A Taste of Text—Terumah
The Tabernacle was to be built by every man, woman and child. Even a Jew who may appear to be a sinner is still obligated and capable of building a dwelling for G‑d.
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20:14
A Taste of Text—Tetzaveh
When “giving in” can actually help you achieve what you essentially want.
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24:49
A Taste of Text—Ki Tisa
When one partner betrays the other, for reconciliation to occur, each must feel that “we are so connected that you mean more to me than whatever it was that you did.”
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25:52
A Taste of Text—Vayakhel
Do you define yourself by who you are, or by what you do?
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30:10
A Taste of Text—Tzav
When you love life, you’re less likely to feel weighed down by your inadequacies.
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33:34
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.
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24:21
A Taste of Text—Tazria
Can you imagine a world bereft of evil talk, rumors, slander and gossip? What would it look like?
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31:57
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.
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24:36
A Taste of Text—Emor
The holidays are spiritual days that “call to us” to stop the ordinary activities of our lives. They also enable us to “call forth” and tap into the spiritual resources that these days hold.
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30:00
A Taste of Text—Bechukotai
In a healthy relationship, the love must deepen and grow, or the relationship is at risk of becoming static and stale. The same is true in our relationship with G‑d.
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26:19
A Taste of Text—Bamidbar
When we realize the importance of our individual roles, we are empowered to tackle and transform our personal wildnerness.
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25:18
A Taste of Text—Naso
We are still “married” to our ideals and spiritual vision; we simply need to be reunited with our true, inner selves.
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23:12
A Taste of Text—Behaalotecha
Lighting up another means helping to ignite his latent abilities by appreciating his unique role and mission in this world.
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21:15
A Taste of Text—Shelach
Why the mitzvah of separating challah is integral to bringing G‑d into our lives.
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19:06
A Taste of Text—Korach
Our to-do lists are filled with mundane and important chores, little and big things that all require our immediate attention. It can be difficult to keep our eyes on the big picture. Surprisingly, Korach teaches us an important lesson in how to keep our priorities in order.
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16:40
A Taste of Text—Chukat
While devoting yourself to helping others, safeguard time for your own spiritual and emotional growth. Focus energy inward as well as outward.
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26:31
A Taste of Text—Balak
The face evil presents to us is powerful and compelling. But in essence it is an illusion.
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29:05
A Taste of Text—Pinchas
Only by making itself vulnerable to the mortality and pitfalls of the physical state can the soul of man gain the power to make of itself more than it is.
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28:59
A Taste of Text—Massei
The six constants that apply to every Jew, at all times and in all circumstances, are readily accessible to one who seeks refuge from his failings.
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19:55
A Taste of Text—Devarim
No one is immune to feeling hurt when being admonished. Moses teaches us how to rebuke carefully and sensitively.
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24:01
A Taste of Text—Va’etchanan
Even though Moses’ fervent prayer seems to not have been granted, he teaches us to never give up on our prayers being answered.
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18:44
A Taste of Text—Eikev
We cannot ignore the “heel” mitzvot. They must be done with the same enthusiasm as the “head” mitzvot, because ultimately they are both the wish of G‑d.
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17:56
A Taste of Text—Shoftim
There is always some explanation, some justification, some perspective for another’s behavior. If you cannot see it, you are not fit to be a judge.
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21:57
A Taste of Text—Ki Teitzei
Set up guardrails to carefully control and temper your ego.
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25:58
A Taste of Text—Ki Tavo
In the myriad responsibilities of the daily grind, realize what most important to you and give it precedence.
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21:16
A Taste of Text—Nitzavim
How can we truly unite with another? Only by realizing that every person has a quality that is unique that only he or she can contribute.
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