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Spirituality of Pesach and Omer Customs
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Spirituality of Pesach and Omer Customs

As an educator, I experiment with different types of teaching. Most often, in my videos, I present all sorts of academic, historical, biblical, and religious information in lecture format. Occasionally, I lead spiritual discussions, which are also educational, but they are meant to be a learning of a different sort....

The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (40-66)
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The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (40-66)

This multi-part seminar, "The World of Hebrew Prophets," explores the ancient messages by seeking to understand the world, the events, and the circumstances that surround the lives of prophets and their audiences. These recordings are segments of an undergraduate class I taught at a Christian college. These are...

The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (1-39)
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The World of Hebrew Prophets: Isaiah (1-39)

This multi-part seminar, "The World of Hebrew Prophets," explores the ancient messages by seeking to understand the world, the events, and the circumstances that surround the lives of prophets and their audiences. These recordings are segments of an undergraduate class I taught at a Christian college. The entire...

The Image of Dan as a Serpent
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The Image of Dan as a Serpent

In Genesis 49, Jacob blesses each of his sons. The words he speaks are beautiful but could be hard to understand. When he gets to Dan, he compares his son to a serpent. A strange blessing for a child. Thus, commentary on this imagery has brought forth some very curious...

Love Human, Love Divine
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Love Human, Love Divine

These videos are inspirational talks and teachings about love. It is not an academic topic but an interactive conversation about the meaning of love and how we should make sense of it. The talk was recorded in front of a live audience, and a number of interactions with the audience...

Shema: One God, One People, One Prayer (Part 2)
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Shema: One God, One People, One Prayer (Part 2)

The lectures presented here were recorded with live audience participation and many of the questions and comments from the auditorium are included in the videos. The full Shema consists of Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21, and Numbers 15:37–41. Its words communicate an entire set of deeply...

Shema: One God, One People, One Prayer (Part 1)
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Shema: One God, One People, One Prayer (Part 1)

In Jewish life, Shema is not exactly a typical prayer. It's a recitation of 3 paragraphs from the Torah: Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21, and Numbers 15:37–41. What stands behind these sentences, however, communicates an entire set of deeply held spiritual beliefs, practices, and...

Sukkot Commandments and Customs
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Sukkot Commandments and Customs

This is a shiur, a recording of short thematic live and interactive teaching (broken up into 3 segments, about 50 minutes long in total). The lesson surveys the commandments and customs of the Festival of Tabernacles and examines some ancient texts that possibly reflect on the Sukkot customs practiced during...

Heshbon Nefesh: Watching Our Speech
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Heshbon Nefesh: Watching Our Speech

Delve into the profound significance of how we misuse our speech with these series of interactive devotional discussions. Join me and the live audience as we embark on a journey through the Jewish practice of Heshbon Nefesh (searching one's heart). In these lessons, we seek to examine our...

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