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August 9, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 50

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August 9, 2018. Rabbi Tzvi talks about serving God with all your heart, soul, and your abilities. Also, tune in for trending news, and what bees have to do with war.

July 26, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 48

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July 26, 2018. Special guest Aleeza Ben Shalom joins Rabbi Tzvi in studio. She is a dating coach coming to discuss just that along with her book, “Get Real Get Married.”

July 12, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 46

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July 12, 2018. Special guest Deborah Levine joins Rabbi Tzvi to discuss her book, “The Liberators Daughter.” Plus, Deborah’s role in Jewish federations and how her father’s role impacted her life.

June 14, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 42

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June 14, 2018. Special guest Nina Yahalomi Klevitsky joins the Rabbi in studio. Talking about a great local event. Also, getting ready for Father’s Day.

June 10, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 41

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June 10, 2018. Topics discussed today are spies and slander, the land of Israel and it’s fruits, fundraising events, and the always anticipated word of the week!

January 28, 2018

Let’s Talk Torah – Episode 24

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January 28, 2018. Special Guest – Steve Weisberg. Bishalach; Leaving Egypt; Bones of Joseph; Splitting the Red Sea; Amazon grocery store; Couple accidentally donates money savings in can food drive; Detroit International Auto Show; Hallelujah.  

March 30, 2018

What’s With the Number 4?

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Did you ever notice how many times the number 4 comes up at the Passover seder?

There are
4 cups of wine,
4 questions,
4 sons, and
4 steps to the salvation from Egypt.

Is there anything special about this number in regards to Passover?

The Vilna Gaon (an 18th century Torah scholar) explains, during the time of the Temple, when a person wanted to thank G-d, he would bring a special thank you offering. There were 4 people who were required to bring this sacrifice (others could also bring this sacrifice but in 4 cases it was an obligation): a person who crossed a sea, a person who crossed a desert, a person who was healed, and a person who got out of jail. If you think about it, you will notice all these happened to the Jewish people when they left Egypt.

We went out into the desert, crossed the Red Sea, left the jail of Egypt, and the Talmud says all the sick were miraculously healed. The night of Passover is one in which we need to remember to thank G-d for all the miracles he did for us, and the number 4 helps us remember them.

Think about it!


About the Author

Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

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I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children.

I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.

Hide and Seek
April 16, 2018

Hide and Seek

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This week’s Torah lesson: G-d says to us, He will hide His face from us. What does that mean?

About a century ago, a university professor once challenged his students: Did G-d create everything that exists? When the students answered yes, the professor said, Well, if G-d created everything, then G-d created evil. Since we are defined by our works, we can assume G-d is evil. (Interesting philosophical question).

One student raised his hand, “Sir, I have a question. Does cold exist?”

“Of course cold exists!” replied the professor!

“Cold does not exist,” the young man replied, “according to the laws of physics, cold is the absence of heat. Cold just describes how we feel.” (at this point the professor should have stopped the conversation)

The student continued, “does darkness exist?”

The professor said, “yes it does!”

The student replied, “you are wrong, darkness is the absence of light.” The student then asked, “does evil exist?”
(Some people never realize when they are being set up.)

The professor answered, “yes, evil exists, we see it all the time.”

“No, sir,” said the student. “Evil does not exist on its own. Evil happens in the absence of G-d, Evil is the like the cold when there is no heat, or the darkness when there is no light.”

The young man’s name? Albert Einstein.

Whether the story is true or not, when the Torah tells us G-d will hide his face, and terrible things will happen, that is all because we forgot about G-d and we allowed evil to fill His place.

Looking around in our world today I would say,  “Think about it!”


About the Author

Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

Let's Talk Torah on New Radio Media

I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children.

I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.

March 15, 2018

Gratitude -Who is it for?

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The first two plagues, “blood” and “frogs” were started when Aaron hit the Nile River with his stick.

If Moses is the main player to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt why doesn’t he start the first two plagues himself? Rashi (a 12th century commentator) explains it would show a lack of gratitude on Moses’s part if he were to hit the water. When Moses was a baby and his parents put him in the river, the river did not engulf his basket, instead the basket survived until Pharaoh’s daughter came and took Moses out of the water. Therefore, Moses shows his gratitude to the river and the plague doesn’t start through him.

The question is: water is not a person, it has no feelings; what possible gratitude can there be toward an inanimate object?

When it comes to gratitude, I have to recognize a favor was done to me, and recognize what I received. However, besides the fact that “I owe you one,” when you do a favor for me, what kind of person would I be if I showed a lack of gratitude? I have to show gratitude because I need to understand the world doesn’t revolve around me. I get through life because of others. Moses has to show gratitude to the river, not for the river’s sake but for his own sake. Something to keep in mind when a favor is done for us.

Think about it!


About the Author

Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children. I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.