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Length: 33 minutes
Tu B’Shevat (the 15th day of Shevat) is the new year for the trees- the day when the sap starts to rise in the trees in order to begin the formation of fruit. The significance of this day demonstrates that the very early stages are critical to the outcome. We should not view our lives as independent, isolated days, but rather as a cumulative growth process, building from the very beginning.
Length: 55 minutes
In the first aliyah (section) of Parshas Beshalach, the Jews turn back toward Mitzrayim, and the Egyptians come to chase after them. Hashem is setting the stage for the complete destruction of the Egyptians to demonstrate His absolute power. The end of the powerful Egyptians teaches Bnei Yisroel the fundamental message of Hashem’s total control over everything, giving them the eternal knowledge and understanding that no other nation or force has power other than Him.
Length: 1 hour
Pharaoh saw miracle after miracle, yet he still resisted seeing Hashem’s hand. Hashem purposefully plays with Pharaoh. Pharaoh is a lesson that one can experience many things and completely ignore it. The Jewish people have to remember Mitzrayim and reflect on the experience to really know Hashem.
Length: 53 minutes
We see that after Krias Yam Suf takes place, the Jewish People sing a shira, they daven to Hashem. We might wonder why they waited until after Krias Yam Suf? Why not sing shira immediately after Yetzias Mitzrayim? Krias Yam Suf was a time when Bnei Yisroel were instructed to stand and watch what Hashem can do. We learn that tefillah comes at a time when we recognize that everything is from Hashem. A true tefillah comes from humility, from understanding that it isn’t a team effort between me and Hashem, but rather Hashem is doing it all. When we recognize that it is all in Hashem’s hands, that is when we see things clearly and are truly able to daven.
Length: 53 minutes
Typically when Bnei Yisroel travel in the desert they are preceded by the pillar of cloud during the day and the pillar of fire at night. Hashem Himself leads the way, and indicates when it is time to travel. When the Jewish People were crossing the Yam Suf, the cloud and fire followed behind them, separating them from the Egyptians. During this specific moment, Hashem was acting from din, from a place of judgement, as He waged war on the Egyptians. At the same time, Bnei Yisroel were stepping forward, bringing about the yeshua, the salvation, which moved us to then sing a shira. The shira welled up within the Jewish People, and they burst forth in song that was born through their initiative.
Length: 1 hour
In the sixth aliyah (section) of Parshas Beshalach, the gift of the mann is intertwined with the gift of Shabbos. The mannwas not simply bread from the heavens, sustaining their physical bodies; rather, it was a heavenly sustenance that nourished their souls. We double our work on Friday so that we will have what to eat on Shabbos; similarly, Hashem created Adam on Friday, although he is really a Shabbos creation. The connection between the manand Shabbos demonstrates that we can be sustained by the presence of Hashem, and should not only wish to be sustained through physical means.
Length: 55 minutes
At the end of Parshas Beshalach in the 7th Aliyah we have a war with Amalek. We would have thought that the victory at Krias Yam Suf, the splitting of the sea, would bring us straight to Har Sinai to receive the Torah, as all of the nations were trembling and afraid of the Jewish People. Amalek however, decided to start up with Bnei Yisroel. The war that we fought against Amalek was a physical battle, fought with our hands, yet at the same time, Moshe Rabbeinu was davening, his hands raised in prayer. Our job in this world is to try to bridge that gap between heaven and earth through tefillah, prayer, as that is what will enable us to eradicate Amalek and ultimately build the final Beis Hamikdash.
Length: 53 minutes
As the leader of the women and their teacher of Torah, Miriam characterizes the strength and emunah (faith) that the Jewish women had in Mitzrayim. Because of her nevuah (prophecy) and strong faith, she encouraged her father Amram to remarry Yocheved, thus playing an important role in the birth of Moshe. She led the women with her optimism, sense of possibility and renewal, providing them with the strength to continue and tools that would help them merit the redemption.
Length: 53 minutes
The patterns established in Sefer Bereishis unfold throughout history. The story of Yetzias Mitzrayim and Krias Yam Suf relates to Avraham’s bris milah and bris (covenant) of chessed (kindness). The bris milah affects a change in the physical body of a person, enabling him to have a more direct relationship with Hashem. This transformation that Avraham experienced is the same one that Bnei Yisroel experience after the miracles of Krias Yam Suf, when they perceived in a profound way. Avraham’s bris of chessed is related to this as well-the less a person’s physical self takes over, the more room there can be for giving to another.
Length: 1 hour 5 minutes
Often we are driven to daven to Hashem for our physical needs, such as health, parnassah, and success. The shira of the Jewish People after crossing the Yam Suf teaches us that the first step of a tefillah is recognizing to Whom you are praying. Before crossing the Yam Suf, it seems that Hashem is cutting short their tefillah, their cry for help. After experiencing this incredible miracle, the Jewish People recognize Hashem as their G-d, the One Who has redeemed them from the terrible slavery in Mitzrayim, and are able to daven to Him from that state instead.
Length: 54 minutes
Before Krias Yam Suf, Bnei Yisroel cry out to Hashem and they complain to Moshe. We also see that Moshe cries out to Hashem. Hashem seems to stop both of these tefillos, which is difficult to understand. When we are going through something difficult isn’t that what we are supposed to do? The language used here is vatitzak, screaming out, which connotes desperation. After Krias Yam Suf, their tefillah was a completely different type of prayer, as they were davening with confidence in Hashem. They recognized that Hashem’s tremendous kindness was out of His love for us. Davening from confidence is a whisper from your neshama, communicating directly with Hashem, with the utmost belief in His care and His abilities.
Length: 59 minutes
Krias Yam Suf is a significant part of the redemption process. As opposed to the 10 plagues, the splitting of the sea is Hashem performing miracles for the sake of the Jewish people. Geula does not simply mean being saved, it means going back to the original relationship. Krias Yam Suf is the beginning of that relationship being forged.
Length: 1 hour 4 minutes
Here we explore the connection between bris milah and krias yam suf. Bris milah enables the physical being to be integrated with the spiritual. Only then can the Jewish people experience Krias Yam Suf and see Hashem.
Length: 1 hour 1 minute
As the Jews stand right before Krias Yam Suf crying out to Hashem, He tells them not to daven. This puzzling statement teaches a fundamental message about relating to Hashem. Hashem does not want the Jews to be concerned with the physical details of winning against the Egyptians; rather, this is the time to engage in a completely spiritual relationship with Hashem as He takes care of the physical concerns. It is with this understanding that we connect geulah (redemption) to tefillah, praising Hashem with the shira (song) that Bnei Yisroel sang after Krias Yam Suf with newfound clarity and connection.
Length: 43 minutes
We continue our studies in the Gur Aryeh, the commentary of the Maharal on Rashi.

During the weeks of Shovevim (the 6 week period between Parshas Shemos through Mishpatim, extended through Tetzaveh in a leap year), there is a traditional consciousness developed for matters of kedusha (holiness) and purity specifically in the realm of relationships. This coincides with our reading of the developed of the Jewish nation from Mitzrayim, a nation specifically debased in relationships. We will be featuring shiurim relating to these topics, including Shalom Bayis and Taharas Hamishpacha (family purity).

In this comprehensive review of family purity laws, we discuss the entire process of keeping this laws, from the days of nidus through the mikvah.

Length: 1 hour
In the fourth segment of this 5 part series, we discuss the idea of a “Rorschach test” in terms of our thoughts and ideas related to this area of life. If a person has the proper attitude and perspective, it changes the entire framework of the experience. We should strive to be like the students of Avraham Avinu, living not for ourselves, but with the drive to give to others, creating a giving, loving relationship.
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