Vayikra: The Book of Calling (23.21 min)
Every person has a God-given mission in life. But how can we know what that mission is, and what it demands of us? The book of Vayikra, which means “And He called,” revolves around the main service of the Tabernacle–sacrifices to God. In this meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh analyzes the inner meaning of the sacrifice to God, and how our service of Him is intrinsically linked to first hearing His call.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel on Sunday night the 28th of Adar 5764 (Mar 21) for the weekly Torah-portion of Vayikra.
Tzav: Rectifying Pleasure and Will in Our Soul (19.55 min)
When the Temple stood, the way to serve God was to penetrate one’s unconscious, rectify it and offer it to Him. Today, two remnants of that all encompassing service remain: the prohibition to eat the blood and certain choice fats of a kosher animal.
In this meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh explains the inner significance of these two elements of the sacrifice and how we can harness their energy to unite with God.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel on Sunday night the 6th of Nissan 5764 (Mar 28) for the weekly Torah-portion of Tzav.
Shemini: The Miracle of Flying Fish (30.39 min)
Among the laws discussed in the Torah portion of Shemini are the identifying signs of kosher fish–fins and scales. A person who learns the inner dimension of the Torah is likened to a fish. In this meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh explores the deep significance of the fins and scales of fish, opening our eyes to the miracle of study of both the revealed and inner dimensions of the Torah.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel for the weekly Torah-portion of Tzav –Nissan 5764 (April 2004).
Tazria Matzora: The Messianic Power to Cure (25.50 min)
The Torah portions of Tazria and Metzora, which discuss the archetypical disease of tzara’at and its cure, are possibly the most messianic portions in all the Torah. In this meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh explores the source of the disease of tzara’at–Messianic frustration. By understanding the depths of this existential frustration we open the door to its ultimate cure–the redemption and arrival of the Mashiach.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel for the weekly Torah-portion of Tazria Metzora–Nissan 5764 (April 2004].
Acharei-Kedoshim: The Redemption of Natural Consciousness (33.25 min):
The Torah delineates specific laws pertaining to eating of the fruits of the trees that the Jewish People plant in the Land of Israel. These laws guide one as he redeems himself from both his overt and unconscious evil. In this meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh describes how these laws rectify our external environment, body and soul, and channel us to a state of natural, flowing consciousness with our Creator.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel for the weekly Torah-portion of Acharei-Kedoshom — (Iyar 5764 [May 2004]).
Emor: Do Our Hearts Have Room for God? (29.43 min):
The commandment to sanctify God’s Name–even if this leads to death–is the most intense commandment in the Torah. In this week’s audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh explores the commandment of sanctifying God’s Name and its counterpart, the prohibition against desecrating His Name. When we unlock the source of these two complementary commandments in our psyche, we can transform our hearts to shine brilliantly with God’s transcendence and omnipresence.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel for the weekly Torah-portion of Emor –Iyar 5764 (May 2004).
Bhar-Bechukotai: Rain: Harmony in all Three Dimensions of Reality (16.48 min):
Lag Ba’omer, the day of the passing of the author of the Zohar, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, is considered the day of the giving of the inner dimension of the Torah. This festive day usually falls in the week that we read the Torah portion of Bechukotai. In this audio meditation, Rabbi Ginsburgh discusses the three dimensions of blessing promised in our Torah portion, revealing how we can merit this blessing by connecting to the secrets of the inner dimension of the Torah.
This lecture was recorded live in Kfar Chabad, Israel for the weekly Torah-portion of Behar-Bechokotai –Iyar 5764 (May 2004).