This Jewish Life - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

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Rabbi Yaakov Wolbes Torah Lectures

Episodes

  • The Rest of the Story with Esther Kaplan (Part 2: March 2021)

    The Rest of the Story with Esther Kaplan (Part 2: March 2021)

    06/04/2021 Duration: 01h07min

    Esther Kaplan (née Wolbe), along with her husband AJ, experienced the worst nightmare parents can undergo when their adorable and perfect son Shlomo passed away only 16 weeks into his life. This intimate and stirring conversation follows up on the one we had in 2018 in which Esther shares the story of Shlomo’s life and […]

  • Reflections on Loss, Tragedy, and Bereavement: An Interview with Esther Kaplan (Part 1: March 2018)

    Reflections on Loss, Tragedy, and Bereavement: An Interview with Esther Kaplan (Part 1: March 2018)

    05/04/2021 Duration: 01h08min

    Esther Kaplan (née Wolbe), along with her husband AJ, experienced the worst nightmare parents can undergo when their adorable and perfect son Shlomo passed away only 16 weeks into his life. In this intimate and stirring conversation Esther shares the story of Shlomo’s life and opens up about how parents absorb and process such an […]

  • Pharaoh and the Haggadah

    Pharaoh and the Haggadah

    21/03/2021 Duration: 57min

    On Pesach we celebrate the Exodus from Egypt. Our nation endures hundreds of years of servitude and enslavement and unimaginable suffering and torment under the ruthless rule of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. But God did not forget His covenant. In keeping with His promise to Abraham, the Almighty redeemed us from Egypt with an outstretched […]

  • Pesach: The Lifeblood of our People

    Pesach: The Lifeblood of our People

    16/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    The Exodus from Egypt is the founding episode of our nation. The Almighty plucked us out, a nation from amidst a nation, and chose us to be His people. What were the preconditions of the Exodus? What had to happen in order to facilitate our freedom? When we examine the Exodus carefully we learn about […]

  • TORCH Fundraiser: A Conversation with our Board President, Dan Kullman

    TORCH Fundraiser: A Conversation with our Board President, Dan Kullman

    04/03/2021 Duration: 24min

    Please support The TORCH Podcasts and the annual TORCH fundraiser at giveTORCH.org Every donation will be TRIPLED Show your support for TORCH and the TORCH Podcasts and donate to the annual fundraiser at giveTORCH.org – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

  • Havdalah and its Secrets + TORCH Fundraiser

    Havdalah and its Secrets + TORCH Fundraiser

    02/03/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Please support This Jewish Life Podcast and the annual TORCH fundraiser at giveTORCH.org Every donation will be TRIPLED Show your support for TORCH and This Jewish Life Podcast and donate to the annual fundraiser at giveTORCH.org – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

  • Esther on an Allegorical Level

    Esther on an Allegorical Level

    22/02/2021 Duration: 01h37min

    On Purim we read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of the Purim miracle. The Persian king Achashverosh conspires with his Amalekite viceroy Haman to eradicate the entire Jewish nation, but God refused to allow their plans to unfold. Queen Esther, together with her relative Mordechai, spearhead the effort to turn the plan on […]

  • A Life of Joy

    A Life of Joy

    19/02/2021 Duration: 35min

    When Adar enters, we increase in Joy (Talmud Taanis 29a). Adar, the month in which contains the Festival of Purim, kickstarts the season on joy in the Jewish calendar. On this month we were saved from Haman’s genocide, and it is closely followed by Nissan, the month of the Exodus. What does the Torah mean […]

  • Tu B’Shevat: The Essence of the Rosh Hashana for Trees

    Tu B’Shevat: The Essence of the Rosh Hashana for Trees

    25/01/2021 Duration: 58min

    The fifteenth day of the Jewish month of Shevat – known as Tu B’Shevat – is the New Year for trees and fruits. All the fruits that sprout before this cutoff are associated with the previous year’s yield and the ones that come afterwards are attributed to the new year’s. If that was all that […]

  • Chanukah and Joseph

    Chanukah and Joseph

    11/12/2020 Duration: 28min

    Every year, Chanukah falls out during the weeks in which we read about Joseph and his exploits in Egypt. Our Sages tell us that there is a deep connection between Joseph’s and the Maccabean heroism.  Many connections have been proposed, and in this podcast I suggest a new approach to understanding how Joseph precisely embodies […]

  • The Shabbat Dinner: Customs, Rituals, and Practices

    The Shabbat Dinner: Customs, Rituals, and Practices

    07/12/2020 Duration: 59min

    Shabbat is the beating heart of the Jewish family and the Jewish week. It is the portal through which the spiritual vitality for the entire week flows. This podcast idea was proposed in my email newsletter (visit rabbiwolbe.com/newsletter to subscribe). I had thrown out the idea of going through a Shabbat dinner and detailing all […]

  • Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah: The Meaning of Sukkot’s Climax

    Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah: The Meaning of Sukkot’s Climax

    08/10/2020 Duration: 56min

    The Festival of Sukkot ends with a three-day constellation of significant days: The seventh day is Hoshana Rabbah, the eighth is Shemini Atzeres, and the ninth is Simchas Torah. These days have unique customs not found in any other day in the Jewish calendar. In this sweeping podcast episode, we explore these days, plumb their […]

  • The Sukkah and The Lulav

    The Sukkah and The Lulav

    01/10/2020 Duration: 58min

    The two mitzvos of the Festival of Sukkos (Sukkot) are the shaking of the Lulav and the Four Species and the dwelling in the Sukkah. What is the deeper meaning behind these mitzvos? In this special pre-Festival episode, we examine the two mitzvos of Sukkos and see what they teach us about the Festival in […]

  • The Repentance Continuum

    The Repentance Continuum

    23/09/2020 Duration: 41min

    The Ten Days of Repentance, beginning with the two days of Rosh Hashana and culminating in Yom Kippur, are the season of repentance in the Jewish calendar. On these days, the Almighty is close to us. Our prayers are more efficacious. Our spiritual accomplishments are amplified and accelerated during these powerful, awesome days. Our Sages […]

  • Yom Kippur Reading: The Book of Jonah on a Deeper Level

    Yom Kippur Reading: The Book of Jonah on a Deeper Level

    22/09/2020 Duration: 02h05min

    On Yom Kippur afternoon, we read the 48-verse Book of Jonah, which tells of a renegade prophet, Jonah, who defies the directive of God and refuses to castigate the people of Nineveh and instead escapes from God to Tarshish – with mixed results. A simple reading of the story reveals a tale of repentance, both of […]

  • Rosh Hashana: Customs, Rituals, Ceremonies, and Practices

    Rosh Hashana: Customs, Rituals, Ceremonies, and Practices

    15/09/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    The two days of Rosh Hashana are two of the most important days in the year. These festival days are celebratory and joyous, but are also dedicated to prayer, to introspection, and repentance. Rosh Hashana is a time when we try to strike a delicate balance of festivities and trepidation due to the Day of […]

  • Rosh Hashana Reading (2nd day – Genesis Chapter 22: The Binding of Isaac)

    Rosh Hashana Reading (2nd day – Genesis Chapter 22: The Binding of Isaac)

    14/09/2020 Duration: 54min

    On the second day of Rosh Hashana, we read the Torah section of Genesis chapter 22 that tells the very famous and quite troubling episode of the Binding of Isaac. Abraham – the same Abraham who railed against the ways of child sacrifice of the pagans – is instructed by God to take Isaac – the same Isaac […]

  • Rosh Hashana Reading (1st day – Genesis Chapter 21)

    Rosh Hashana Reading (1st day – Genesis Chapter 21)

    13/09/2020 Duration: 59min

    The Torah readings for the two days of Rosh Hashana were not arbitrarily chosen. There are very good reasons why on the first day of Rosh Hashana we read Genesis chapter 21, which tells of the conception and birth of Isaac, and the banishment of Ishmael, his brush with death, and his salvation. In this […]

  • Thanks a Million!

    Thanks a Million!

    09/09/2020 Duration: 32min

    Of all the episodes that I have recorded over the years, this will be perhaps the most unique one. For one, it will be released simultaneously on all 6 channels that I am fortunate enough to host: The Parsha Podcast, The Jewish History Podcast, The Mitzvah Podcast , This Jewish Life, The Ethics Podcast, and […]

  • The Essence of Elul

    The Essence of Elul

    26/08/2020 Duration: 30min

    These 40 days from the beginning of the month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar, and Yom Kippur are the most powerful days of the year. These 40 days coincide with the 40 days that Moshe was in Heaven for the third 40 day stint when he received the second set of […]

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