In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes Psalm 22, which refers to the struggles of both David Hamelech and Queen Esther. This perek is a beautiful progression from initial feelings of abandonment and helplessness, which lead to prayer and bitachon, to eventual revelation, salvation, and joyous thanks to Hashem. The final praise is so intense that it begins with personal thanks, and spreads to include all of klal Yisrael (the Jewish people), the malachim (angels), and eventually the entire universe.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of Psalm 22, which was said by Esther before she went to Achashverosh. This poignant prayer reflects both the helpless desperation felt in a time of harsh decrees, as well as the overwhelming joy and light of salvation.
In this shiur (Torah class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of the intriguing chapter 22, which refers to the travails of both Queen Esther and King David. The perek is also a parable for the the difficulties of galut and the nature of geula (redemption), and the dual reality of Hashem’s hiddenness and His guidance during difficult periods of history.
In this Torah class (shiur) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the themes of chapters 70 and 71, focusing on both the distress felt at the beginning of the psalms, and the ultimate thanks and praise that characterize their end.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues explicating psalms 70 and 71, which describe the judgment and concealment of G-d’s Presence amidst our enemies’ attacks, and King David’s unwavering faith during troubled times.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains various aspects of Psalm 131. This perek focuses on the evolution from ga’avah (pride) to anava (humbleness), and its relevance to the life of David Hamelech.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains the structure and themes of Psalm 90. This chapter, similar in theme to the prayer of U’netaneh Tokef on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, contrasts the eternal nature of Hashem and His Torah with the transience of Man’s existence. The perek ends with a plea for Divine assistance in repentance, and a life of blessing and fulfillment.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehilim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of Psalm 90. Rabbi David notes the dialectic of fear and love in our relationship with Hashem, which is prominent in this chapter, and compares it to the themes of Unetaneh Toekf and Neila, important prayers of the High Holy Days.
In this Torah class (shiur) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains the various segments of perek 135. Hashem is praised as both the Creator of the world, and the One who intervenes in all world events. Through the names of Hashem in the chapter, we learn His of His interaction with us through Middat Hadin (justice). The greatness of klal Yisrael lies in our commitment to Hashem and His Torah even in times of hester panim (Hashem’s hiddenness).
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains the lessons of psalm 135. There are two ways to reach true emunah, belief in G-d, through Nature and through recognition of Hashem’s intervention in Jewish history. The latter way is the ideal approach, as it reflects our understanding of Hashem’s absolute control of the world