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Rabbi Avishai David

An accomplished Talmid Chacham and veteran educator, Rabbi Avishai David is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivah Torat Shraga in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. As the founding Dean of Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim and popular lecturer at Michlala Jerusalem, Rabbi David has contributed immeasurably to the advancement of Jewish women's Torah education. Rabbi David is well-known for his high-level shiurim, which cover extensive amounts of material in a relatively short time. His shiurim are a unique blend of intellectual stimulation, emotional appeal, and upbeat interaction. His classes both inspire and challenge the listener, as he shares the depth and beauty of Torah. A long-time talmid of HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik ztz"l, Rabbi David applies his rebbe's unique methodology to all the topics that he teaches in his shiurim- Talmud, Navi, Halacha, or Chumash. In explaining Gemara concepts or verses in the Torah, Rabbi David focuses on the nuances and distinctions within a given text, presenting the listener with eye-opening insights and a new perspective on the precision of every word of Torah.

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Focuses on the incredible phenomenon of mass suicide in various Jewish communities faced with the choice of death or conversion to Christianity.Kinna 22: Mass Suicide For Hashem's NameDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 56:38

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Explains the background and meaning of the kinna by Elazar haKalir entitled 'V'ata amarta, heitiv eitiv imach'. In this kinna, the special relationship of the Jewish People with Hashem as promised seems to be shattered, as troubles and tribulations are unleashed on the Jewish nation during the time of the Churban.Kinna 18: Broken RelationshipDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 55:51

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Explains kinna number nine, "Eicha Tifarti", in detail. The kinna describes the tragedies of Jewish history, and the terrible consequences of distorting its causes.The Lessons of Jewish HistoryDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 54:34

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Explicates the themes and structure of the kinna "Eicha Atzta B'Apecha", Examining the reaction of the Jewish people to the destruction of the exile.Bemoaning G-d's AngerDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 54:13

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Analyzes the themes of the first kinna. This Kinna describes the sudden shock of the Churban, as well as the mourning of both Hashem and the Jewish People at the unbelievable loss of the Beit Hamikdash.Spiritual DestructionDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 52:48

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An overview of the dual nature of Tisha B'av as a day of mourning and a public fast day. Rabbi David then reviews Megillat Eicha, and shows how it parallels many of the themes of the Kinnot.Eicha: Yirmiyahu's KinnaDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2018-10-09 53:29

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Wrapping up Perek 81, Rabbi David analyzes the use of the word "shema", listen, in the perek, and the connection between its two parts.Listening to G-dDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-07 57:46

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In this class, Rabbi David discusses Tehillim Perek 81. This perek, said as the Shir Shel Yom of Thursday, describes the joy and ecstasy of praising Hashem and at the same time serves as a warning to Am Yisrael to stay on the right track.Perek 81, Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-07 59:03

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Focusing once again on Perek 94, Rabbi David focuses on the theme of the perek, exploring the time old question of "tzaddik v'ra lo."Good and Evil in This WorldDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-07 1:00:54

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Continuing with the theme of Shir Shel Yom, Rabbi David analyzes Tehillim Perek 94 with its theme of the often confusing elements of good and bad in this world. Perek 94DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-01 58:53

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In this class, Rabbi Avishai David discusses Tehillim Perek 82. This perek, said every week as a shir shel yom, expresses the theme of justice and truth within our ideal world.Perek 82DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-01 57:08

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In analyzing the Tefillah of Ashrei, we gain an appreciation of G-d's transcendence and at the same time His focus on each individual. Perek 145 Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-01 58:49

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Tehillim Perek 145 is familiar to all as the tefillah of Ashrei. In this class, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes and explores the significance of this essential prayer.Perek 145 Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-01 1:00:23

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In light of the previous classes on Perek 107, the obligation of "birkat hagomel" is analyzed from a halachic perspective. Thanking G-dDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2018-01-01 1:01:12

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Continuing from last week, Rabbi David delves into the historical background of Tehillim Perek 107. Perek 107 Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2017-12-27 51:52

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Throughout life we encounter difficult situations and rely on G-d to help save us. There are four specific circumstances in which one is obligated to thank Hashem for His salvation. In his discussion on Tehillim Perek 107, Rabbi David details these situations and describes one's obligation of gratitude toward the Almighty.Perek 107, Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2017-12-27 58:40

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In this shiur on Tehillim Perek 24, Rabbi Avishai David expounds on the theme of "malchiot."Perek 24, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2017-12-27 57:40

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Rabbi Avishai David presents a "pshat" based analysis of perek 24 of Tehillim. Perek 24, Part 1DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2017-12-27 59:37

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses Tehillim Perek 122 which speaks about the joy and beauty of Yerushalayim.Tehillim for Israel: Perek 122DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2017-12-25 59:32

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Rabbi Avishai David continues his explication of Maoz Tzur, the hymn sung after candle lighting on Chanuka. Part of the obligation to publicize the miracles of Chanuka (pirsumei nisa) is to verbally praise Hashem for them. Maoz Tzur incorporates praise for the miracle of the oil, as well as for the victory on battle, and also discusses the hardships and salvation experienced by the Jewish nation throughout history. Appreciating Miracles: Maoz Tzur, Part 2DescriptionChanukaRabbi Avishai David2017-12-05 55:01

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Chanuka, Rabbi Avishai David explicates the beautiful poem sung by Jewish families throughout the world after candle lighting, known as Maoz Tzur. Rabbi David discusses the historical background of the liturgical poem, how it became customary to recite it during Chanuka, its roots in Tanach, as well as its structure and its themes of galut (exile) and geula (redemption). Maoz Tzur, Part 1DescriptionChanukaRabbi Avishai David2017-12-05 59:02

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Parshat Mattot-Masei, teaches us the important lesson of true love of the land.Parshat: Matot Maasei: Love of the LandDescriptionParshat Matot-MaseiRabbi Avishai David2011-07-12 7:33

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Rabbi David discusses this weeks Torah Parsha, Parshat Pinchas. In choosing Yehoshua as Moshe Rabbeinu's successor, Hashem imparted a fundamental lesson in the qualifications of a Jewish leader.Qualifications of LeadershipDescriptionParshat PinchasRabbi Avishai David2011-05-28 9:29

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David completes his in-depth course on the Sefer. Rabbi David shows the parallels between this chapter and the chapter in Melachim describing the capture of Tzidkiyahu, and the final suffering of the Jewish captives. The reason for this repetition is to demonstrate the truth of Nevua, prophesy. The class ends with the legendary tales of Yirmiyahu and Plato and Yirmiyahu and the Ari Hakadosh. Perek 52: The Final ChapterDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-24 47:28

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the problem of the punishment of the enemies of the Jewish people, such as the Babylonians. The Babylonians were clearly G-d's messengers of destruction, yet they were punished for their wicked deeds. Perek 51: The Destruction of BavelDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-23 54:44

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the prophesies pertaining to the non-Jewish nation of Ammon. Through a variety of sources, Rabbi David describes the nature of the Amonite character, and the reasons for their ultimate downfall. Perek 50: The Destruction of BavelDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-21 48:29

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches the prophesies of Yirmiyahu regarding the nation of Edom, the descendants of Esav. This fascinating discussion reveals the unique traits of Edom and its relationship with the Jewish people. Perek 49, Part 2: The Nation of EdomDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-20 48:01

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Rabbi Avishai David explains the prophesies pertaining to the non-Jewish nation of Ammon. Through a variety of sources, Rabbi David describes the nature of the Amonite character, and the reasons for their ultimate downfall.Perek 49, Part 1: The Nation of AmmonDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-19 46:47

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches chapter 48, and explains the flaw of gaa'va, haughtiness, which was the source of Moav's downfall. Perek 48: The Downfall of MoavDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-14 56:30

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David introduces chapter 48 with a discussion of the role of the nation of Moav in relating to Jewish history. Moav's Place in Jewish DestinyDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-06-13 53:29

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches chapter 47, which describes the destruction of the Pelishti nation. Rabbi David discusses the origins of the Philistine nation, and explains why they deserved destruction. Perek 47: The Destruction of the PelishtimDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-05-23 53:23

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David expounds on Yirmiyahu''s prophesy of desctruction for Egypt. Just as they were arrogant and boastful at the time of Yetziat Mitrayim, the redemption from Egypt, and they were destroyed, Hashem will destroy this arrogant nation again.Perek 46: Egypt's DownfallDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-05-16 53:24

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David illustrates more of the conditions needed in order to receive nevua. One condition is being in Eretz Yisrael. Another is being deemed worthy. Some holy people may study to be a navi for years, but if they do not have a certain genetic predisposition, they will not merit speaking with Hashem through the medium of Nevua.Perek 45: More Conditions for NevuaDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-05-09 50:29

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the process of becoming a Navi, using the Rambam and other sources, and shows how this affected Baruch ben Neria's failed quest to become a Navi. Perek 45, Part 2: The Process of Becoming a NaviDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-05-02 56:02

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David expounds upon the short chapter 45, which contains the prophesy of destruction which Yirmiyahu told his student Baruch ben Neria. Perek 45: Yirmiyahu's Prophesy to Baruch ben NeriaDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-04-25 54:29

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses perek 44. Perek 44DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-03-07 51:56

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In this Torah class on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches chapter 43, which describes the escape of the remaining community of Judea to Egypt, after the slaying of Gedalia ben Achikam. Yirmiyahu warns them not to take this step, and prophesies the ultimate subjugation of Mitzrayim to Nevuchadnetzar king of Bavel.Perek 43: Journey to EgyptDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-02-21 50:20

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches Perek 42, and examines the Malbim's understanding of the perek. Perek 42DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-02-14 51:53

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 41, which describes the tragic end of Jewish settlement of Eretz Yisrael after the churban. This happens because of the wicked murder of Gedalyahu ben Achikam. Perek 41: The Tragedy of GedalyahuDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-31 55:30

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the moving episode of Yirmiyahu's choice after the Churban. Nevuchadnetzar offers Yirmiyahu the option of staying in the destroyed city of Jerusalem with a small remnant of the Jewish popluation, or going down to Babylon with the majority of the Jewish people. Yirmiyahu chooses to stay in Eretz Yisrael, so that Hashem will accompany His children in galut. Rabbi David ends with a discussion of the nature of 'Shechinta b'Galuta", Hashem in Exile. Perek 40: Hashem in GalutDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-24 51:48

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 39, which describes the conquest of Jerusalem and the exile of Tzidkiyahu and the Jewish people. Ironically, Yirmiyahu is protected by Nevuchadnetzar, while those powerful Jews who thought they would persevere are exiled. Perek 39: The Destruction of JerusalemDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-17 52:24

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 38. Tzidkiyahu, the righteous king of the remnant of the Jews left in Yerushalyaim, is captive to the evil courtiers surrounding him. He secretly meets with Yirmiyahu and saves Yirmiyahu from death. Ultimately, Tzidkiyahu is captured and taken to Bavel, where his eyes are blinded and his children are killed in front of him. At this painful moment, Tzidkiyahu acknowledges that he deserved this punishment, and that all of the prophesies of doom had been fulfilled. Tzidkiyahu: King in CaptivityDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-10 49:54

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches chapter 38. In this perek, the tension between Yirmiyahu, the noblemen, and Tzidkiyahu is apparent. The tension leads to the nobles throwing Yirmiyahu into a lime pit for his prophesies, and Tzidkiyahu removing him and meeting with him secretly. Perek 38: Yirmiyahu in the PitDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-03 56:26

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David compares two kings who ruled at the end of of the era of the first Beit Hamikdash, Tzidkiyahu and Yehoyakim. The Beis Halevi explains that Yehoyakim was a wicked king who lived in a generation of righteous people, while Tzidkiyahu was a righteous king who ruled in a wicked generation. Perek 37: Tzidkiyahu and YehoyakimDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2010-01-02 55:42

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the details and nuances of perek 36. In this perek, Yirmiyahu writes a scroll describing the future destruction of the kingdom of Yehuda. Instead of responding with teshuva, the king Yehoyakim burns the scroll, and the result is disastrous for his future.Perek 36: The Burnt ScrollDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-12-20 59:53

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 35, which tells of the righteous Yonadav, his family, and their reward. Yonadav is a symbol of simplicity and satisfaction with limited material acquisitions, and his family is held up as an example of steadfast loyalty to their father. In contrast, the Jewish Nation has neglected to listen to Hashem's commandments. Perek 35: The Children of YonadavDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-11-22 57:47

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 34, which begins with the prophesy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the capture of King Tzidkiyahu. Yirmiyahu commands the Jewish people to free their servants, yet many people free their slaves, only to recapture them and force them back into servitude. This sin elicits a strong prophesy of destruction and suffering to the Jewish people. Perek 34: The Failed Release of Jewish ServantsDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-11-15 59:37

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 33. This perek contains within it elements of both destruction and rebuilding, and emphasizes the everlasting covenant that Hashem keeps with the Davidic dynasty and with the Kohanim and Leviim, which will ultimately herald the era of Mashiach. The many words used to describe Creation in this perek convey the message that the world was created for our sake, yet everything depends on our observance of Torah and Mitzvot. Perek 33: Creation for Our BenefitDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-11-05 55:24

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu Perek 32, Rabbi Avishai David continues to explore the philosophical meaning of Hashgachat Hashem, as it is described in pasuk 19 of this perek. The class includes the writings of the Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim, the Ramchal, and the Sefer Hachinuch, in explaining Divine Supervision of the world. Individual and General HashgachaDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-10-18 1:02:10

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Perek 32, Rabbi Avishai David explains pasuk 19 in depth. This verse talks about G-d's constant supervision of mankind, and His Divine Intervention in the world as a reaction to our deeds. Rabbi David uses pasuk 19 as a basis for an exploration of the topic of Hashgacha, Divine Providence.Understanding Hashgachat HashemDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-10-17 50:32

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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 worldPerek 135, Part 2: Jewish Destiny as a Path to G-dDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-06-24 54:35

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David completes his analysis of chapter 32. Rabbi David delves into the Torah law of redeeming one's relatives inherited field, and ties in this episode with the parts of Megillat Rut and Parshat Behar that deal with this topic. Perek 32, Part III: Redemption of Chanamel's FieldDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-06-24 52:01

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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). Psalm 135, Part 1: Creator and MasterDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-06-14 50:47

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the Gemara Yuma 69, which juxtaposes the tefillot of Yirmiyahu in this perek, and Daniel, showing the 'amitiut', truthfulness, of their prayers, as opposed to ours. Despite our failings in this area, we must attempt to feel some of the awe of Heaven and the pain of the Shechina when we daven. Perek 32: Real PrayerDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-06-14 50:34

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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. Perek 90, Part 2: Fear and LoveDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-06-07 53:39

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explicates chapter 32. This chapter contains contradictory prophesies, on the one hand predictions of the impending destruction of the kingdom of Yehuda, and on the other hand the command to Yirmiyahu to go redeem his relative's field, paying for its full value, with documents and witnesses. Yirmiyahu follows Hashem's command though it seems to contradict reality, and then asks Hashem for an explanation. Hashem explains that though there will be a terrible exile, the Jews will return to Eretz Yizrael and once again property will be bought and sold here. This class includes a vort by Rabbi Soloveitchik comparing Yirmiyahu's dilemma to that of Avraham Avinu before the Akeida, as well as an explanation of Hashem's 13 Attributes of Mercy, which appear in this perek in truncated form.Perek 32: Contradictory ProphesiesDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-06-07 54:32

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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. Perek 90, Part 1: The Eternity of HashemDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-06-02 54:29

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David completes his analysis of chapter 31, with a discussion of the remarkable sacrifice of Rachel Imeinu and her subsequent reward, and the different exiles that the Jewish people experienced, according to the explanations of the Malbim, Rav Yisrael Salanter, Rav Shalom Shwadron, and Rav Chaim Soloveitchik.Perek 31, Part 3DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-06-02 51:12

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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.Perek 131: Pride and HumblenessDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-05-24 58:22

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explicates the prophesies of Jeremiah predicting the suffering of the Jewish people in exile, their repentance, and their ultimate return to the land of Israel. The class includes a discussion of Rabbi Soloveitchik's explanation of Yerida l'tzorech aliyah (a spiritual fall that results in ultimate spiritual transcendence), and the Netziv's essay on antisemitism and the role of the Torah in the in-gathering of exiles.Perek 31: Kibbutz GaluyotDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-05-24 52:28

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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.Perakim 70 and 71, Part 2: Faith Amid JudgmentDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-05-17 50:32

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the beautiful prophecies of return and rebuilding found in chapter 31. In this chapter, Rachel Imenu pleads with Hashem to allow her children to return to the land of Israel, in the merit of her self-sacrifice when Leah married Yaakov. Rachel is promised that her children will return to Eretz Yisrael, and the prophesy of a renewed covenant between Hashem and the Jewish people, with the Jews once more re-established in the holy land follows. Perek 31: Rachel's ConsolationDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-05-17 54:50

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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.Perakim 70 and 71, Part 1: Salvation and ThanksDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-05-10 49:44

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explicates perek 30 and its beautiful description of the future redemption of the Jewish people. Through many references in this chapter, Rabbi David shows the connection between the restoration of the Davidic Dynasty with the arrival of Mashiach, and the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash. Perek 30: GeulahDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-05-10 52:54

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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.Perek 22, Part 3: The Gradual Break of DawnDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-05-03 53:19

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes chapter 30, a perek filled with references to the former majesty of the Beit Hamikdash, the horror of its destruction, and its future splendor. Rabbi David analyzes the structure of the perek, as well the beautiful prophesies contained within it. Perek 30: The Mikdash in its Glory and DestructionDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-05-03 56:54

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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. Perek 22, Part 2: From Desperation to SalvationDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-03-22 50:24

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Perek 29-30YirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-03-22 53:53

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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.Perek 22, Part 1: From Abandonment to RevelationDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2009-03-15 52:32

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes some of the ramifications of going into exile, such as the obligation to pray for the welfare of one's host country, and the expected reaction to galut - repentance and prayer.Perek 29: Galut: Resposibilities and ReactionsDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2009-03-15 58:05

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Rabbi Avishai David expounds on the various miracles of Chanuka, and on the anava (humbleness) of the Maccabees, which was the responsible for their victory. Chanuka: Humble WarriorsDescriptionChanukaRabbi Avishai David2008-12-20 51:53

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses the background of Chanuka, the distinctions between Chanuka and Purim, Pirsumei Nisa, the Yesod of Chanuka, and the difference of order between the Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch, in memorial of the Mumbai victims.Chanukah: Essence of the JoyDescriptionChanuka, In Memorial: Response to TragedyRabbi Avishai David2008-12-08 1:00:27

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Is loving one's fellow Jew an obligation from the Torah? Rabbi David explores this topic, tracing the mitzvot relating to Ahavat Yisrael starting from the pesukim in the Torah. He then discusses the comments of the Rambam and the Ktav V'Hakaballah on the application of these mitzvot, including examples of the levels of Ahavat Yisrael that were reached by great Jews like R' Aryeh Levine.Ahavat Yisrael: What is One's Obligation?DescriptionJewish UnityRabbi Avishai David2008-07-06 57:14

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Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the comparison of Klal Yisrael to animals and birds and the analogy of sin to sickness, and discusses the importance of avoidance of 'sheker'.Perakim 8 & 9DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2008-02-10 1:02:28

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Rabbi Avishai David focuses on the theme of Perek 7 in Sefer Yirmiyahu. Perakim 7 & 8DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2008-01-13 59:15

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In his continued discussion on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David speaks about how this Perek is the fulcrum of Perakim 5-9. Perek 7DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2008-01-06 1:05:52

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In his continued discussion on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David demonstrates the structure of perakim 5-9. In addition, he discusses the false sense of security encouraged by the leaders of Yirmiyahu's time, who assured the population that the Temple would never be destroyed. Perakim 5-9: False SecurityDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-12-30 1:11:30

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In his discussion on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David does an overview of Perakim 5 & 6, and then contrasts the two. Perakim 5 & 6DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-12-23 1:05:42

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Rabbi Avishai David does an overview of Perakim 2, 3, and 4, in Sefer Yirmiyahu, and discusses the differing tones in each perek. Perakim 2, 3, and 4DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-12-16 1:04:27

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Rabbi Avishai David talks about the role of the Jewish people, Klal Yisrael, as being the epicenter of everything, as well as the role of the land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael. Perek 2DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-11-25 1:13:18

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In this class, Rabbi Avishai David gives an examination of the first Perek of Sefer Yirmiyahu.Perek 1DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-11-11 1:16:42

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Rabbi Avishai David ends his introduction to Sefer Yirmiyahu with the Abarbanel's comparison of Yirmiyahu with Moshe Rabbeinu and the Malbim's critique of this description. Yirmiyahu, A Leader Like Moshe?DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-11-11 1:15:38

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In this class on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David gives an examination of the historical backdrop of Yirmiyahu HaNavi, and the circumstances that prompted his Nevu'ah.A Historical ExaminationDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-11-04 1:23:00

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Rabbi Avishai David continues his Introduction to Prophecy with a definition of one who can be considered a true Prophet.The True ProphetDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-10-28 1:15:00

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Rabbi Avishai David continues his class on Sefer Yirmiyahu by exploring the distinctions between Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. The Distinction Between Torah, Nevi'im, and KetuvimDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-10-21 59:45

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Rabbi Avishai David begins his class on Sefer Yirmiyahu by exploring certain issues relating to the 24 sefarim (books) of the Tanach. What is Prophesy?DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2007-10-14 59:31

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses the origins of the holiday of Chanuka.ChanukaDescriptionChanukaRabbi Avishai David2006-12-18 57:48

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Avishai David explores the origins of the tradition to blow the shofar on motzei Yom Kippur, bringing to light ideas about Yom Kippur and teshuva. Blowing the Shofar on Motzei Yom KippurDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Avishai David2006-12-10 55:49

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Pesach, Rabbi Avishai David surveys the halachic opinions of the Ibn Ezra, Rambam, the Vilna Gaon, the Chizkuni, and others, in regards to the Mitzvah of Eating Matza on the night of the Seder and for the rest of the holiday of Pesach. This class thoroughly covers the topic of eating Matzah from a halachic and hashkafic perspective. The Mitzvah of Eating MatzahDescriptionPesachRabbi Avishai David2006-11-18 57:58

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In this class on Pesach, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the ideas behind the song of Echad Mi Yode'a, which is said at the end of the Seder.Echad Mi Yode'aDescriptionPesachRabbi Avishai David2006-09-15 44:28

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In this Torah shiur (class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David speaks about the prerequisites for prophesy.Prerequisites for ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-15 53:04

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In this Torah shiur (class) on the nature of Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David explains the various roles a Navi fills in society. The prophet must inspire and guide the people to correct wrongdoings and strengthen mitzvot and halachot that have weakened. The impact of the Navi is felt because of the force of his personality and charisma. However, this magnetism stems from his perfection of character and self-development. Role of the NaviDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-14 48:46

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Pesach, Rabbi Avishai David explores the piyut of Vayehi B'Chatzi Halayla, which is said at the end of the Pesach Seder. Vayehi B'Chatzi HalaylaDescriptionPesachRabbi Avishai David2006-09-13 47:53

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In this Torah class on Nevua, prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the centrality of the land of Israel to Jewish prophesy. All prophesies either took place in Eretz Yisrael or were about the Holy Land. Intersetingly, Rabbi David points out that the split between Yitzchak and Yishmael and Yaakov and Esav were both centered on ownership of Eretz Yisrael. Prophesy in IsraelDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-13 45:12

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In this shiur (Torah class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David delves into the Torah's treatment of false prophets, the prophets for Ba'al, and sorcerers. Through a thorough study of various areas of Tanach, Rabbi David demonstrates that a big goal of true prophets was removing the influence and power of the false prophets and soothsayers. Idolatrous 'Prophets'DescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-13 41:23

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Nevua, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the question of whether a non-Jew can become a prophet.Non-Jewish ProphetsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-12 46:55

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In this Torah shiur (class) on the nature of prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David presents an overview of the many prophesies which were said regarding the nations of the world, and their messages for the Jewish people.Prophesies Regarding Other NationsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-11 48:51

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In this shiur (Torah class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David explains the use of other nations as the tool with which to punish the Jewish people for their sins. This class also describes how the Neviim perceived their visions.The Other NationsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-10 53:34

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In this Torah class (shiur) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David describes the phenomenon of the 'b'nei hanevi'im', the student of the Neviim, who worked to try and attain the level of prophesy. Rabbi David also discusses the unique relationship of Eliyahu and Elisha, and ends with a description of the difficulties and challenges that prophets faced from the Jewish people. Prophetic StudiesDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-09 54:32

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Pesach, Rabbi Avishai David continues exploring the recitation of Hallel on Pesach. Hallel on Pesach, Part 2DescriptionPesachRabbi Avishai David2006-09-08 49:09

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In this shiur (Torah class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the process of studying under a Navi, and delves into the details of two famous Navi-Disciple relationships; Moshe Rabbenu with Yehoshua bin Nun, and Eliyahu Hanavi with Elisha Hanavi. Disciples of NeviimDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-08 42:48

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Pesach, Rabbi Avishai David speaks about the mitzvah of reciting Hallel on Pesach. Hallel on PesachDescriptionPesachRabbi Avishai David2006-09-07 49:32

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In this Torah class on the nature of prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David describes the various leadership roles presented in the Torah. The Jewish people are led by the Melech (king), the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court of Jewish Judges), the Cohen Gadol (High Priest), and by the Navi (prophet). This shiur focuses on the unique relationship and interaction between a Navi and Melech. The Navi as LeaderDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-07 50:51

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In this Torah shiur (class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David teaches the definition of a false prophet, based on Maimonides' discussion in Mishneh Torah.False ProphetsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-06 51:36

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In this Torah class (shiur) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David explains the fantastic clarity of the Revelation at Sinai, and uses this as the basis for understanding differences between clarity and style of various prophets throughout history. Yeshayahu prophesied at a time when Jerusalem was in her full glory, and therefore gave the brief and concise descriptions of one who is accustomed to G-dly revelations. In contrast, Yechezkel's descriptions are lengthy, and both Yechezkel and Yirmiyahu were troubled by false prophets, as they both prophesied when the Shechina was leaving Jeruslaem and the destruction of the Temple was occurring. Clear Prophesy as a Sign of Heavenly ClosenessDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-05 56:02

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The comparison, made by the Mishna, between Avraham and Bilaam teaches us a lifelong lesson in choosing to use our strengths in the right way.The Choice of Every IndividualDescriptionParshat BalakRabbi Avishai David2006-09-05 8:14

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In this shiur (Torah class) on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David outlines the disagreement between the Rambam and his contemporaries regarding symbolic acts that are related to a given prophesy. Symbolic Acts: Vision or Reality?DescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-04 43:45

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Rabbi Avishai David teaches kapitel (chapter) 129, one of the perakim of Shir Hamaalot. This perek describes the travails, both physical and spiritual, brought on us by our enemies, and our ultimate salvation from them.Perek 129: Troubled by Our EnemiesDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-09-04 52:22

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the dispute between Yirmiyahu and the the false prophet Channania ben Azor regarding the fate of the keilim (the holy vessels) of the Beit Hamikdash. This dispute is really an argument over the future of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) and the presence of the Shechina among the Jewish people. Perek 27 and 28: Struggle for TruthDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-09-02 56:02

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Nevua, prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David explains the roots of the desire for shituf, mixing worship of hashem with idol worship, and the roots of our prohibition from believing or participating in such practices. The Prohibition of ShitufDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-02 53:08

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Rabbi Avishai David continues to explain some of the 15 Shir Hamaalot chapters which were sung on the steps leading to the Temple (Beit Hamikdash). In this perek, David Hamelech describes how the nations of the world vie with each other in order to control Yerushalayim during the times that the Jewish people is in exile.Perek 125: Jerusalem and the Nations of the WorldDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-09-02 48:54

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In Parshat Chukat, we learn about Parah Adumah. The chok of Parah Adumah is in essence the mystery of death, where on one hand there is a spiritual loss and yet G-d Himself is completely within the picture.The Mystery of DeathDescriptionParshat ChukatRabbi Avishai David2006-09-02 6:21

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In this shiur (Torah class) on the prayer of 'Unetaneh Tokef', Rabbi Avishai David discusses three possible ways of understanding this powerful prayer. The theme of this prayer is the awesomeness of judgment, which evokes fear and terror, followed by the relief that is felt upon the declaration that we can turn judgment into mercy through Teshuva, Tefilla, and Tzedaka.Merciful JudgmentDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Avishai David2006-09-01 52:37

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his study of perek 23, the famous Mizmor L'David sung every Shabbos. In this class, Rabbi David discusses why specifically this Psalm is sung at meals, the Psalm's emphasis on Torah study as the focus and ideal of every Jew, and the combination of din (judgment) and rachamim (mercy) in Hashem's relationship to us.Perek 23, Part 4: Torah Study: The Ultimate GoalDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-09-01 53:37

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses Yirmiyahu's nemesis Channania ben Azor, who he was and how he became a false prophet. Included in the class are the Rambam's differentiation between a positive nevuah (prophesy) and a negative one. Perek 28: The False Prophesy of Channania ben AzorDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-09-01 53:57

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Rabbi Avishai David describes the pure clarity in which the Jewish nation experienced Hashem during Matan Torah, and the unfortunate fall from this lofty level when the Jews departed from Sinai.Our Rise and Fall at Har SinaiDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-09-01 49:03

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Rabbi Avishai David explains some of the 15 Shir Hamaalot chapters which were sung on the steps leading to the Temple (Beit Hamikdash). This perek either refers to the Purim miracle, or to general galut. it describes the fierce hatred of our enemies, and the miraculous salvation we merit from Hashem.Perek 124: Salvation Within ExileDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-09-01 49:11

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of Perek 23, the famous perek Mizmor 'David'. In this class, Rabbi David discusses the structure of the perek, as well as the statements of complete trust in Hashem.Perek 23, Part 3: Loving RebukeDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-31 52:23

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David compares and contrasts perakim 135 and 136, which focus on Hashem's handiwork in Creation and History, as well as on His Role as Provider to the whole worldPerek 135: Hashem's Imprint on HistoryDescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-31 53:18

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 27. In this perek, Yirmiyahu sends wooden yokes to many nations, warning them that Nevuchadnetzar will be conquering them, and Hashem wants them to accept Nevuchadnetzar's rule. Rabbi David comments on the symbolism and significance of the wooden yokes, as well as the principle that all events in Jewish history are part of a master plan conceived by Hashem. Perek 27: Accepting BondageDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-31 55:40

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In this Torah class (shiur) on the nature of prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David shows the importance of the revelation at Sinai in the prophesy of Moshe Rabbenu and all future prophesies. Har Sinai as the Foundation of ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-31 51:06

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses the weekly parsha, Parshat Korach and how Korach's problem was his misunderstanding of the significant distinction between kedusha and bechirah, holiness and choice.Kedusha vs. BechirahDescriptionParshat KorachRabbi Avishai David2006-08-31 5:25

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Rabbi Avishai David summarizes the perek, compares and contrasts this perek with perek 103, and shows the harmonious interplay of the entire mizmor.Perek 104, Part 3DescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-30 53:24

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues with his analysis of Perek 23. He discusses the issue of balancing bitachon (reliance on Hashem) with the obligation for hishtadlus (expending effort in order to achieve a goal). In this class, Rabbi David relates this tension to the disagreement between R' Yishmael and R' Shimon bar Yochai, and shows how this perek reflects the experience of the Jews in the midbar (desert). Perek 23, Part 2: Total Reliance on G-dDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-30 53:35

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains Psalm 136 as the ultimate prayer of thanksgiving to Hashem. This unique perek lists many of the kindnesses Hashem does for the world, followed by the refrain 'ki l'olam chasdo', (for His Kindliness is Eternal). Perek 136: Pinnacle of ThanksgivingDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-30 56:10

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes perek 26. In this perek, Yirmiyahu speaks of the role of the Navi as Hashem's messenger and servant, and of the Beit Hamikdash as the center for guidance in worship of Hashem. Perek 26: Servant and MessengerDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-30 53:32

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David continues the fascinating topic of Moshe Rabbenu's special level of prophesy, where his physicality did not present a barrier between him and Hashem. Moshe Rabbenu: Prophesy With No BarriersDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-30 53:03

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Rabbi Avishai David compares Perek 104 with Perek 103, and points out the distinctions between them. Rabbi David analyzes the different components describing the process of creation, and points out how the idea of Ahavat Hashem is embedded in the mizmor.Perek 104, Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-29 49:48

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This Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim by Rabbi Avishai David analyzes Psalm 23, known as 'Mizmor l'David'. This mizmor is sung many times over Shabbat, and is famous for its themes of complete trust in Hashem's goodness in every situation, and of the soul's natural yearning for spirituality and connection with Hashem.Perek 23, Part 1: Mizmor L'DavidDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-29 53:31

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of Perakim 14 and 53, two perakim in Tehillim that are almost identical, yet contain a number of distinctions.Perakim 14 & 53, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-29 54:12

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyhau, Rabbi Avishai David examines the question of whether the persecutors of the Jewish People should be punished for their actions, as they are actually agents of Hashem. In this class, Rabbi David also discusses Hashem's anger when the Jews serve avoda zara (idolatry).Perek 25: Bavel: Evil Persecutor or G-dly Messenger?DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-29 52:58

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In this Torah class shiur on the nature of prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David continues to explore the unique quality of Moshe Rabbenu's prophesy. Only Moshe prophesied with the exact formulation of 'zeh hadavar asher diber Hashem', 'this is the matter which Hashem spoke...'; Other prophets used the more general 'ko amar Hashem', 'so said Hashem'. The Unique Clarity of Moshe's ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-29 50:24

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In the first class of his Tehillim series, Rabbi David analyzes Tehillim, Perek 130: Shir Hamaalos Mimaamakim.Perek 130DescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 48:46

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Rabbi Avishai David examines the Ramban which accentuates the importance of praising Hashem, presents three possibilities of how to structure the mizmor, and shows how the mizmor can be divided into two parts. Perek 104, Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 51:43

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of chapter 26. Rabbi David describes the structure of the perek, and delves into some of its themes, such as the inner worth of every Jew, repeating positive behaviors as the key to repentance, and how to approach Hashem in prayerPerek 26 Part 2: Behavioral TeshuvaDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 53:11

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David analyzes two perakim in Tehillim that are almost identical, yet contain a number of distinctions.Perakim 14 & 53, Part 1DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 53:01

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In this shiur on the 17th chapter of Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David talks about the different levels of Bitachon, Trust in G-d, as mentioned by Yirmiyahu Hanavi. Rabbi David includes the famous disagreement of the Rambam and the Ramban about effectiveness of modern medicine, and the contrasting opinions of Rabbenu Bachya and R'Avraham ben HaRambam regarding Bitachon. Rabbi David explains that the balance of Bitachon and Hishtadlut is the realization that ultimately, one's salvation is entirely in the Hands of Hashem. Perek 17: Striking a Balance - Bitachon and HishtadlutDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 53:15

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David reviews perek 23, and explicates the difficulties in Perek 24. The dream of Yirmiyahu described in this perek has a remarkable parallelism to the dreams of Pharoh in Parshat Miketz. Rabbi David also discusses who exactly the 'Choresh U'masger' were.Perek 24: The Prophetic Vision of YirmiyahuDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 55:00

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In this shiur (Torah class) on the nature of Nevua, prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David carefully analyzes the episode of Eldad and Medad prophesizing negatively about Moshe Rabbenu, through the explanations of the Drashos HaRan. Understanding Eldad and Medad's Negative ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 49:49

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses this week's Torah parsha, Parshat Beha'alotcha. From the exchange between Moshe Rabbeinu and his father in law, Yisro, we can learn a timely lesson of what is our ultimate goal in life.Ultimate EternityDescriptionParshat BehaalotechaRabbi Avishai David2006-08-28 4:53

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Rabbi Avishai David provides a deeper understanding of Tehillim perek 30: Our need to cling to Hashem even in times of hardship.Perek 30DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 58:29

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Rabbi Avishai David illustrates how Perek 150 of Sefer Tehillim can be divided into four sections. In addition, he discusses the different musical instruments and describes how this perek is the epicenter of the previous prakim. Perek 150DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 52:12

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Tehillim chapter 27, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the themes, structures, and lessons of this perek. This chapter of tehillim, known as 'L'Dovid Hashem Ori V'Yishi', is read twice a day after regular prayers during days from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Hoshana Rabba. Perek 27: Hashem is My LightDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 55:00

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains the structure and content of Psalm 26, which describes David's tefillot to Hashem regarding himself and the Beit HamikdashPerek 26 Part 1: Calling Out from the SanctuaryDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 1:01:55

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues explicating the chapters of Hallel, with Perek 118. Perek 118, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 50:49

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Rabbi Avishai David speaks about Sefer Yirmiyahu perakim 16 and 17. Perakim 16 & 17DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 55:38

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In this Torah shiur on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David describes the role of false prophets, Nevi'ei Sheker, throughout Yirmiyahu's career as a Navi. Rabbi David examines the two descriptions of a Navi Sheker in the Chumash, and applies them to the types of false prophets found in Sefer Yirmiyahu. Rabbi David also explains how the test of a true Navi is found in this perek. False ProphetsDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 56:15

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Moshe Rabbenu and His Unique ProphesyUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-27 52:03

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Rabbi Avishai David examines the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer, and discusses the two types of "zecher le'mikdash". Sefirat HaOmerDescriptionSefirahRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 55:43

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses Tehillim Perek 48 and how Yerushalayim is a merger of Kedusha and Malchus. Perek 48DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 1:02:59

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Rabbi Avishai David explains the Torah message of Tehillim, Perek 149: G-d's salvation is brought about through both the prayers and the physical efforts of His people. Perek 149: Prayer & WarDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 52:08

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In this class on perek 97 in Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the three themes that can be found throughout all of the six mizmorim of Kabbalat Shabbat. These themes are Hashem's Kingship, His Justice, and all idol-worshipers' ultimate recognition of Hashem's Dominion. Perek 97: Three Themes in Kabbalat Shabbat:DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 47:35

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explains Perek 6, which is said during the Tachanun prayers at the end of Shacharit. Rabbi David describes the dialectic between the Amida of Shemoneh Esrai and the Tachanun that follows it. This demonstrates the interplay of Din and Chessed or Ahava and Yirah. Rabi David then discusses the power of the Tachanun prayer, based on various Gemaras and the commentary of the Bais Yosef. Perek 6 part 2: TachanunDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 55:23

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues explicating the chapters of Hallel.  Chapter 118 contains the unique aspect of repetition and dialogue, as the chazzan reads and the congregation responds to him.  Rabbi David explains this phenomenon as an echo of the kedusha and kaddish prayers.  The goal of this perek is to increase Kiddush Hashem like the Kaddish and Kedusha in the tefillot.Perek 118, Part 1: The Symphony of HallelDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 57:40

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Rabbi Avishai David delves into and explains Sefer Yirmiyahu perek 16, contrasting the Truth of Hashem with the uselessness of idol worship, and discussing the prophesies of future recognition of Hashem's Sovereignty.Days Are ComingDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 45:02

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the content of Perek 23. Rabbi David compares the similarities and distinctions between Perek 23 and 33. In the class, Rabbi David describes the two types of Geula (redemption)- B'ita, in its proper time, and Achishena, before it's time, as described in the Gemara Sanhedrin. Rabbi David explains the Malbim's approach to the different types of redemption. The perek ends with a description of the false neviim, and the idea of Nevua (prophesy) as a Masa. Perek 23: Two Forms of RedemptionDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 54:46

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In this fascinating shiur on Nevua, prophesy, rabbi David lists and explains the twelve levels of prophesy as described by the Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim. These twelve levels fall into three categories: pre-Nevua, prophetic dreams, and prophetic visions. The prophesy of Moshe Rabbeinu is the highest level possible. The Twelve Levels of NevuaDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 57:12

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Rabbi Avishai David explains that, on Shavuot, we not only commemorate the giving of the Torah, but we also try to relive the experience itself. We re-experience the drama of our receiving the Torah at Sinai.Reliving the Giving of the TorahDescriptionShavuotRabbi Avishai David2006-08-26 6:31

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In this Torah shiur (class) on the Selichot prayers, Rabbi Avishai David explicates the Selichot, specifically the themes of repentance and forgiveness. One of the main themes of the Selichos is that our neshama is incorruptable, and we must use this opportunity to return the part of ourselves that remains pure despite our sins. Selichot: Keys to Forgiveness, Part IIDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 51:05

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses Tehillim Perek 137, and presents a vivid description of the Churban and our yearning for Yerushalayim.Perek 137DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 58:08

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In his explanation of Tehillim Perek 148, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the dual structure of the mizmor, the yesod of the angels saying shirah based on the shirah of Klal Yisrael, and the connectivity of Klal Yisrael to Hashem as opposed to universal shirah. This Torah class is available online in streaming video and for download in mp3 and ipod video formats.Perek 148, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 52:15

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek 6, the heatfelt cry to Hashem during one's hour of need. Perek 6 Part 1: A Poignant CryDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 52:49

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his explanation of Hallel, with an overview of perakim 116 and 117. In these perakim, both Jews and non-Jews are exhorted to praise Hashem, each for different reasons.Obligation for PraiseDescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 51:50

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In this class on the 14th and 15th chapters of Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David discusses how Yirmiyahu could have davened to Hashem after he was told not to daven anymore. Rabbi David also talks about Hashem's dismal warning that He is disgusted with Klal Yisrael, and how even this negative prophesy is not absolute, as the Covenant between Hashem and the Jewish People can never be undone. Going on to the 15th chapter of Yirmiyahu, Rabbi David discusses the four punishments mentioned in the perek, and expounds upon the characteristics and outlook of Yirmiyahu Hanavi, who had the difficult job of prophesizing doom and destruction to his brothers.Yirmiyahu's Prayer: Perakim 14 and 15DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 54:06

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yrmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains the juxtaposition of perek 22, which bemoans the lack of justice during the reigns of many of the later kings of Judea, with Perek 23, which describes the perfect justice that will prevail during the reign of Moshiach. Rabbi David includes the Rambam's discussion of the ideal Jewish king, and compares similarities between this chapter and chapter 16 in Sefer Yirmiyahu. Perek 23: The Ideal KingDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 52:10

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David explains the Rambam's declaration that there are many levels of nevua. Rabbi David discusses the differences between Neviim, the Prophetic books, and Ketuvim, the Scriptures, according to the early commentators (Rishonim) Radak, Abarbanel, and Meiri, as well as the approach of Rav Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk.Varying Levels of ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 48:07

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Explains how perek 96 is a continuation and intensification of the previous perek, Tehillim 95. This shiur also focuses on the unique role of the number seven which appears in this chapter.Perek 96DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-25 51:03

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In this Torah shiur (class) on the Selichot prayers recited before Rosh Hashana and during the Yamim Noraim, Rabbi Avishai David presents an overview of Selichot. Rabbi David discusses the content of the Selichot, their themes, and their purpose. He also discusses why Selichot are recited at night and not during the daySelichot: Keys to Forgiveness, Part IDescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 52:19

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In his discussion Tehillim Perek 126, Rabbi Avishai David presents an exploration of Am Yisrael's descent into Galus and their subsequent redemptionPerek 126DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 58:13

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In his explanation of Tehillim Perek 148, Rabbi Avishai David extrapolates on the duality of the heavenly bodies and earthly bodies in the mizmor praising G-d, and he speaks about the parallel structure of the two segments. The praise is initiated by Klal Yisrael, the Jewish people, and the heavenly bodies respond to that praise. Rabbi David further discusses the mizmor's connection to Ashrei. Perek 148, Part 1DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 47:44

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In this class on chapter 95 in Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the overall structure of this mizmor and the following chapter's, which form a part of the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers said on Friday night. Specifically regarding this mizmor, Rabbi David discusses the two segments of the chapter as being universal to mankind and particular to the Jewish people, and examines the difference between the anger of Hashem after the Sin of the Meraglim, the Spies, and the Anger of Hashem after the Sin of the Eigel, the Golden Calf.Perek 95, Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 51:14

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his explanation of chapter 80. This chapter describes the Tefillot of the Jewish people as they are attacked by their enemies, and Hashem's response. The themes of the perek include 'hester panim' (Hashem 'hiding' Himself) vs. 'giluy panim' (Hashem revealing Himself), the distinctions between Esav and Yishmael, and differences between an 'oyev' and a 'sonei'. Perek 80, Part 2: A Nation Under AttackDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 54:54

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his exposition of Hallel, with an in-depth explanation of the second half of Psalm 116. David Hamelech undergoes a transformation in this perek, from one with gratitude for Hashem's kindness, to a completely devoted servant who never stops thinking of his MasterGratitude and SubservienceDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 55:50

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In his class on Sefer Yirmiyahu, chapters 14 and 15, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the importance of prayer as a means to receiving adequate rain. He then discusses Rambam's description of the function of a Navi. Going on to chapter 15, Rabbi David speaks about the concepts of reward and punishment, and deals with the question of how one can be punished for another's sins. The Navi ends this chapter on a positive note and Rabbi David focuses on the Malbim's question of how a Navi receives of prophecy of destruction, while he must be in a joyous state of mind to receive prophecy. Perakim 14 & 15: Menashe's LegacyDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 1:01:11

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David reveals the function of the kings of the House of David, as seen through the Torah and the Navi. Rabbi David examines the reign of various Kings of Judea, showing how they negated the principles of Mishpat and Tzedakka that they were supposed to uphold. The Heritage of the Kings of DavidDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 55:42

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Nevua, Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David presents various views of the commentators on whether actions taken together with a prophesy were literally performed, or were prophetic visions. Rabbi David describes the opposing opinions of Ramban and the Rambam, and the Abarbanel's compromise position. Prophetic ActionsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-24 48:47

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Avishai David contrasts the different levels of repentance and forgiveness, as seen through the various examples of penitents described in the Book of Yona.Elul: Universal Teshuva-Lessons of Yona Part 2DescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom KippurRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 59:55

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In continuing with the theme of trust, Rabbi Avishai David discusses Tehillim Perek 121, which describes the ascent of closeness between Hashem and the "boteach", one who trusts in Him.Perek 121DescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 1:00:32

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In his discussion on Tehillim Perek 147, Rabbi Avishai David reviews a few segments of the mizmor, examining its evolution and developmentPerek 147, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 52:01

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In this class on Tehillim, chapter 95, Rabbi Avishai David speaks about the structure of the mizmor, famous as the opening Psalm in the prayer of Kabbalat Shabbat. Rabbi David explains how the two segments of the mizmor reflect the dual nature of Hashem's Kingdom; universal on the one hand, and particular to the Jewish people on the other hand. Rabbi David also shows how this mizmor also relates to people traveling up to the Beit Hamikdash to serve Hashem. Perek 95 Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 50:23

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi David teaches mizmor 80, which describes the Jewish Nation as a vineyard that has been broken into and trampled, and begs Hashem to tend to His vineyard again. This perek has many thematic and linguistic comparisons with mizmor 44 and 79, which are pointed out and explained in the class.Perek 80, Part 1: G-d's VineyardDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 52:47

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David begins an exposition of perek 116. The Psalm can be divided into two parts, one focusing on a person's troubles and challenges, while the second focuses on prayers for salvation. Any time of pain or struggle should be a cause of increased prayer and dependence on Hashem.Hallel, Part 7: Pain and PrayerDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 58:56

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Rabbi Avishai David examines the structure of Yirmiyahu's three overtures. Perakim 14 & 15DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 1:02:26

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David compares the content and structure of perek 21, which is addressed to the king, and perek 22, which is addressed to the king and the nation at the Beit Hamikdash. Rabbi David quotes the works of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik and Rabbi Aharon Soloveitchik as he defines the nuances within justice, as demonstrated with the many terms for justice which are mentioned in the Torah. Perakim 21 and 22: Justice and CharityDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 55:11

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In this shiur (Torah class) on the nature of Prophesy, nevua, Rabbi Avishai David surveys the many examples of prophesies which were delivered together with a concrete action, which served as a portent of the future. Concrete PredictionsDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 48:09

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses the Torah concept that the way in which we "walk" with G-d in return effects the way G-d will "walk" with us.Parshat Behar: Walking with G-dDescriptionParshat BeharRabbi Avishai David2006-08-23 4:54

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In this class on Tehillim Perek 91, Rabbi Avishai David provides a deeper look at the relationship between the "boteach", one who trusts in G-d, and the Almighty.Perek 91DescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 1:00:34

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In his shiur on Tehillim Perek 147, Rabbi Avishai David discusses two different structures of the mizmor, as well as the Radak's commentary on the mizmor.Perek 147, Part 1DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 53:57

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Rabbi Avishai David presents the Radak's three approaches to this mizmor, and examines the mizmor's intensification and evolutionPerek 29, Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 52:41

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his analysis of perek (chapter) 44, looking at the perek from another angle.Perek 44, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 55:02

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues to explain the profound messages in the chapters which make up the Hallel prayers. Rabbi David shows how trust in Hashem leads to prayer, and ultimately, to praise and thanksgiving. Hallel, Part 6: Faithful PrayerDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 45:31

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In his class on Tehillim, Perakim 14 and 15, Rabbi Avishai David describes the attempts made by the prophet Yirmiyahu to intervene on behalf of Klal Yisrael, and Hashem's responses. Perakim 14 & 15DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 1:01:31

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek (chapter) 21. Perek 21DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 55:33

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Nevua, Rabbi Avishai David explain the concept of poal dimyon, an action which makes a given prophesy stronger, and teaches the Ramban's use of this concept to explain the relationship between the actions of the Avot and Jewish History.Poal Dimyon: Making Predictions ConcreteDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-22 54:15

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Avishai David explores the essence of the mitzva of teshuva and it's everlasting effects, as illustrated in the Book of Yona.Elul: The Unique Teshuva of Yona Part 1DescriptionElul, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, FeaturedRabbi Avishai David2006-08-21 59:55

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In his analysis of Tehillim Perek 20, Rabbi Avishai David reveals the development of bakasha (requests) into yeshua (salvation).Perek 20DescriptionTehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 57:45

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Rabbi Avishai David continues with his analysis of the structure of Tehillim, Perek 146. Perek 146, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 51:21

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Rabbi Avishai David shows the connection of this mizmor to Shemoneh Esrei, and to matan Torah. Perek 29, Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 48:58

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David explicates perek (chapter) 44. The perek begins with an expression of Hakara Hatov (gratitude) to Hashem for all of His Kindness, specifically His Kindness to the Avot, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. In the second part of the perek, Dovid Hamelech bemoans the chillul Hashem (desecration of G-d's Name) that occurs when the Jewish People are exiled form their land, Eretz Yisrael, yet proclaims our everlasting commitment to Hashem and His Torah despite the tragedy.Perek 44, Part 1: Commitment Amidst TragedyDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 55:52

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Tehillim Perek 115, Rabbi Avishai David continues to explain the mizmor. The Psalm begins on a troubled note, teaching that even in the midst of distress, there is a place for praise and prayer to Hashem. The theme of Hashem's blessing is found throughout this chapter of Hallel, teaching that the world is available for our enjoyment, as long as we recognize Hashem as the ultimate Ruler of heaven and earth.Hallel Part 5: Perek 115, Recognizing Hashem's BlessingsDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 45:14

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In this class on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David demonstrates the three fold overtures of Yirmiyahu on behalf of Klal Yisrael. Perakim 14 & 15DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 58:15

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek (chapter) 20. In this perek, we discuss how a G-d-given prophesy cannot be suppressed, whether the Navi wants to reveal it or not. The episode of Pashchur striking Yirmiyahu and putting him into jail, and Yirmiyahu's response, is discussed as well. Perek 20: Unsuppressed ProphecyDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 56:43

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In this Torah shiur on the nature of prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David surveys various places in Tanach (Scriptures) where there are contradictory prophesies, and how to understand them. The test of a true Navi is that his prophesies come true, yet the Gemara states that prophetic decrees can be overturned. Rabbi David explores this issue and resolves the difficulties. Can a Prophesy Be Changed?DescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 50:06

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses the Torah outlook on speech: Our speech has the ability to bring us closer to Hashem.Parshat Emor - The Power of SpeechDescriptionParshat EmorRabbi Avishai David2006-08-19 3:49

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In this class, Rabbi David discusses Tehillim Perek 142. Perek 142DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 54:51

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In his analysis on Tehillim, Perek 92, Rabbi Avishai David gives an analysis of the futuristic nature of the mizmor and its connection to Shabbat.Perek 92, Part 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 57:30

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Rabbi Avishai David shows how this mizmor (Tehillim Perek 67) is connected to Sefirat Haomer, and how the theme of the mizmor is reflected in its structure.Perek 67DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 47:28

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues explicating Mizmor (Psalm) 79. The second part of the perek discusses Hashem's Salvation of the Jewish Nation. Rabbi David discusses the difference between Ezer (help), and Yishua (Salvation). The class also analyzes Klal Yisrael's obligation to constantly praise Hashem, and talks about the importance of a Tzadik (righteous person) dwelling in a community. Perek 79 Part 2: Help and SalvationDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 54:27

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues his exploration of Hallel. This class analyzes Psalm 115, which asks Hashem to reveal His greatness, and remove the chillul Hashem that exists in the world because He hides Himself.Hallel, Part 4: Kiddush HashemDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 51:59

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Rabbi Avishai David reviews the entire Perek and presents a difference in opinion of the Rabbis regarding "Ma'asim Simli'im". Perek 13DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 57:00

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David teaches perek (chapter) 19. Rabbi David begins with an examination of the Malbim, who suggests that Yirmiyahu was punished and hit because he did not fulfill the requirements of his prophesy exactly. Rabbi David discusses this issue thorugh the comments of the Nafesh Hachaim, the Abarbanel, and the Rambam in Morah Nevuchim (Guide to the Perplexed). Rabbi David ends the class with an examination of the pasuk that speaks of the korbanot (sacrifices) of the Jewish people of the time of Yirmiyahu, as they relate to Akeidat Yitzchak.Perek 19: Yirmiyahu's SufferingDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 54:49

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In this Torah class on prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David continues his discussion of the Gemara Yoma 73, which states that a Navi's predictions can be overturned, and the statement that no two Neviim prophesied in a similar style. Prophesy is unique in that is it both the word of G-d and also the words of the Navi. A Prophet's Impact on his ProphesyDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-18 52:35

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Rabbi David analyzes the second perek of Tehillim. Perek 2DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 57:47

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In his class on Tehillim, Perek 92, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the famous 'Mizmor Shir L'Yom HaShabbat', the Psalm for Shabbat.Perek 92DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 56:57

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Rabbi Avishai David explains the connection between this mizmor and the previous mizmor, discusses the idea of the work ethic that redeems, and examines the role of the wife.Perek 128DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 47:43

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David expounds on Perek 79, the famous chapter which discusses the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) and the hope for Divine retribution. Despite the somber tone of the mizmor, the underlying point is that the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash actually saved the Jewish people from annihilation.Perek 79 Part 1: Tragedy and VengeanceDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 53:22

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David continues to explore the perakim of Hallel. Perek 114 is the triumphant chapter which describes the joy of the redemption from Egypt, B'tzeit Yisrael Mimitzrayim. Rabbi David explains both the structure and the messages of this beautiful Psalm.Hallel, Part 3: Perek 114DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 54:10

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Rabbi Avishai David concentrates on Pasuk 15 of Perek 11, and point out how the pesukim in Perek 12 parallel the pesukim at the end of Perek 11.Perakim 11 & 12DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 1:07:06

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains perek 19. In this perek, the sin of the Jewish people is presented as especially bad because it defiled the holy land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael.In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explains perek 19. In this perek, the sin of the Jewish people is presented as especially bad because it defiled the holy land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael. Therefore, the land will be physically abandoned when the Jews are exiled after the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple).Abandoned HomelandDescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 52:40

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In this Torah class (shiur) on Nevua (prophesy), Rabbi Avishai David discusses the machloket, dispute, between the Abarbanel and the Malbim 'over the freedom given to a Navi when he prophesies. Although the prophet transmits the word of G-d, he has some freedom in terms of how he expresses the ideas he must give over.Heavenly Messenger or Independent Speaker?DescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-17 56:54

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In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the first perek of Tehillim, which contrasts the personality of a Tzaddik with that of a Rasha.Perek 1DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 59:22

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In analyzing our obligation of personal and communal mourning of the Churban (destruction of the Beit HaMikdash), Rabbi Avishai David gives us a legal and philosophical understanding of the Torah's approach to mourning.Personal and Communal MourningDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 56:41

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Following last week's class, Rabbi Avishai David delves into the philosophical perspectives on mourning and consolation.Expressing PainDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 58:59

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In this class, Rabbi Avishai David discusses The Haftarot of the seven weeks following the Ninth of Av as a poignant Torah message of hope and comfort to the Exiled Jewish Nation. Rabbi David gives an in-depth analysis of these portions of Navi.Message of HopeDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 1:03:00

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In this shiur, Rabbi Avishai David continues with his examination of themes within Tehillim and also focuses on ideas within Parshat Vayeira. Hashem Over NatureDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 56:02

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Rabbi Avishai David points out the dual segments of the mizmor, the contrasting themes, and the role of Hishtadlut in conjunction with Hashem's role. Perek 127, Part IIDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 49:43

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In this shiur on Sefer Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David examines perek 99, one of the mizmorim recited on Friday night, discussing its distinctive elements, and the common themes it shares with the rest of the Friday night mizmorim.Perek 99DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 53:46

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim, perek 113, Rabbi Avishai David continues to describe the uniqueness of the Hallel prayer, which parallels the components of praise, request, and thanks found in the Shemoneh Esrai. In this perek, we see both Hashem's transcendence and His immanence, as tzaddikim can reach tremendous levels of connection with Him.Hallel Part 2: Connecting to G-d with PraiseDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 57:22

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Rabbi Avishai David explains the distinction between Klal Yisrael and the Umot HaOlam.Perakim 10 & 11DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 52:50

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Rabbi Avishai David delves into Perek 18 in this shiur on Sefer Yirmiyahu. Perek 18DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 53:31

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David continues his explanation of Nevua as a spiritual goal that all Jews should work toward. Experiencing G-dDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 59:20

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Rabbi Avishai David discusses how the contrast between the story of the spies in Parshat Shelach, and the one found in the Haftorah, provides us with a proper lens focused on the Land of Israel.Perspectives on the Holy LandDescriptionParshat ShlachRabbi Avishai David2006-08-14 7:59

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In this class on the Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av, Rabbi Avishai David discusses the background, content, purpose, and structure of Megillat Eicha. Rabbi David discusses the Tannaic disagreement over whether the Megilla is written as a rebuke or as a lament, and if it was written before or after the actual destruction of Yerushalayim. Rabbi David then reviews the content of each perek of the Megilla, and contrasts Perek Bet, which focuses on the Beit Hamikdash, with Perek Daled, which speaks about the fate of Klal Yisrael. Rabbi David ends this overview with an examination of the hopeful element found throughout the Megilla. Overview of Megillat EichaDescriptionThe Three Weeks, Tisha B'avRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 50:05

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Through an analysis of Tehillim Perek 19, Rabbi David explores man's struggle to emulate nature's service of God.Perek 19DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 55:47

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Rabbi Avishai David begins his Tehillim class by exploring the mizmor associated with erev Shabbat, the eve of the Sabbath.Perek 93 Part I: G-d's KingdomDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 45:00

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Rabbi Avishai David shows the division of the mizmor into two segments, and examines the Radak that relates the mizmor to the Beit Hamikdash.Perek 127, Part IDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 49:21

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Tehillim (Psalms), Rabbi Avishai David explains the themes of chapter 98. In this perek, the hope for the universal kingship of Hashem is realized, as the nations of the world recognize His sovereignty. Perek 98: Universal KingshipDescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 51:32

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In this shiur (Torah class) on Tehillim, Rabbi Avishai David begins teaching the chapters which make up the prayer of Hallel. In this class, Rabbi David introduces various halachic aspects of Hallel, as well as discussing the content and emotions that accompany this song of thanksgiving. Hallel Part 1: Perek 113DescriptionTanach, TehillimRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 51:39

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Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the position of the goyim and of Klal Yisrael regarding astrology,and explains the significance of 'Tamim T'hiyeh Im Hashem Elokecha.' Perek 10DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 1:15:06

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In this Torah shiur (class) on Sefer Yirmiyahu, Rabbi Avishai David explicates the prophecies and events of chapter 18. In this class, Rabbi David discusses the process of testing a Navi (prophet), according to the Rambam (Maimonides), and talks about the distinction between a positive Nevua (prophesy) and a negative Nevua.Truthful Prophecy: Perek 18DescriptionYirmiyahuRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 53:22

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In this Torah class (shiur) on the nature of Prophesy, Rabbi Avishai David introduces the concept of nevua, prophesy. Prophesy is a level of dveikut B'Hashem, connection to G-d, which is attained by a select group of individuals who have studied, worked to perfect themselves, and have trained under a master Navi. However, every Jew should strive to cleave to G-d as much as possible, with the ultimate goal of attaining Nevua.Nevua: Cleaving to Our CreatorDescriptionUnderstanding ProphecyRabbi Avishai David2006-08-13 57:23

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