Audio Lectures on the Torah Portions of Devarim

Devarim: The World’s Favorite Mountain   (32:30 min):
“Could this really be happening?” Y asked herself as the plane she was on approached the Land of Israel. “Is Mashiach really here, or am I dreaming?” Her thoughts were interrupted by the voice of the pilot. “Before flying south to Jerusalem,” he announced with anticipation, “we will be making a short stop on Mount Hermon. There’s an essential vantage point there that we can’t afford to miss…” 


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Devarim Av 5764 (July 2004).


Va’etchanan: Is Mashiach in the Chimney?  (39:46 min):
“Hear O’ Israel, God is our God, God is One” is the quintessential expression of Jewish faith in the absolute unity of God. Although God is above form, proper meditation on this verse paradoxically awakens many images. When we connect to these images, we are conduits to bring the unity of God into every iota of reality. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh guides us through three meditations on the absolute unity of God, the descent of our souls through the seven firmaments, down the chimney, through the window and finally to the ultimate union of love between God and Israel. 
 

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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Va’etchanan Av 5764 (July 2004).


Ekev: The Land of the Supernal Crown  (25:16 min):
The ultimate mission of the People of Israel is to reveal that all is God and God is all. The place from which this mission is to be accomplished is the Land of Israelwhere God’s purpose in creating the world becomes manifest. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh guides us through the praises of the Land of Israel, creating a deep understanding of how the Land’s physical qualities are actually a reflection of its essential Divine nature. 


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Ekev Av 5764 (August 2004).


Re’eh: The Mystical Mountains   (35:46 min):
The image of the mountain is the image of our Patriarchs. From this starting point of faith in God, the Jewish People received their Divine mission to bring the knowledge of God to the entire world. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh expounds upon the image of the two mountains in this week’s Torah portion, and their intrinsic connection to the Torah, the Temple, the Mashiach and the mission of the Jewish People to spread the knowledge of the Divine Nothingness throughout the world.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Re’eh Av 5764 (August 2004).


Shoftim: The Seven Paths of the Tree of the Field  (23:10 min):
The image of man as the tree of the field in this week’s Torah portion is the image of a potent energy field. What is this energy, and where should it be directed? In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh guides us through a meditation on the tree of the field. When we contemplate on this image, we arrive at a deeper understanding of how to direct our potent energies, and where all the paths of our service of God should lead us — to know Him in every facet of our lives.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Shoftim  Elul 5764 (August 2004).


Ki Tetzeh: The Electrifying Fence  (30:55 min):
On the surface, the Torah directive to encircle one’s roof with a fence is obvious and practical. As with all the words of the Torah, though, layers of meaning are concealed within. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh traces the inner significance of the image of the home, the roof and the fence. When we live our lives according to the inner meanings of these concepts, we can harness the electrifying energy necessary to redeem the 288 primordial fallen sparks, and hasten the redemption.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Ki Tetzeh  Elul 5764 (August 2004).


Ki Tavoh: The Secret of the Altar of Joy (26:20 min):
Mount Eval is the mountain of curse. Concealed in the deep significance of the altar built there, though, we understand that Mount Eval is a source of joy. What is it about Mount Eval that transforms it from a barren mountain to the concealed potential of the Tree of Life? In this audio meditation on the Torah portion of Ki Tavo, Rabbi Ginsburgh delves into the deep significance of the miraculous altar on Mount Eval and how this image reflects the epitome of our service of God and its resulting joy.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Ki Tavoh  Elul 5764 (Sept. 2004).


Netzavim Vayelech: The Key to Choosing Life   (26:54 min):
Every day of our lives is a series of choices: between good and evil, blessing and curse and life and death. On the surface, the choice is not always clear. Often, we must peel away the outer shell of reality to discover the inherent good concealed in the choices that we face. In this audio lecture, Rabbi Ginsburgh presents us with the key to choosing life — focusing on the innate good in all reality. When we optimistically focus on the good in our world, we are empowered to actualize the blessing of life in all that we touch.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Netzavim Vayelech  Elul 5764 (Sept. 2004).


Ha’azinuDo We Hear the Music of our Messianic Flight?   (27:24 min):
All of us wait and yearn for the redemption. The image of redemption is the image of Israel being lifted on the wings of the eagle. Even before he reaches his fledglings, the eagle’s wings create music to prepare them for his imminent approach. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh develops the image of the Messianic eagle and of his waiting fledglings, the Jewish People and all humanity. When we connect to this image, we can begin to attune our ears to hear the music of the approaching eagle, and prepare ourselves for the imminent redemption.


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Ha’azinu  Tishrei 5765 (Sept. 2004).


 BrachaThe Death of Moses, the Birth of Mashiach  (36:38 min):
More than anything else, Moses desired to enter the Promised Land. He knew that if he would enter the Land of Israel, all of reality would be rectified, bringing the redemption. Now it is time for him to die. Although God shows him the entire Land from the summit of Mt. Nevo, Moses will not step foot there — yet. With his eyes, Moses lovingly embraces every point in the Land for which he yearns — from Dan to Naftali to Efraim to Menashe and to Judah. Why are the names of only five of the twelve tribes explicitly mentioned here? What is the message of these tribes for Moses and what is their inherent message for us?
    


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This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel  for the weekly Torah-portion of Bracha  Tishrei 5765 (Oct. 2004).

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