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Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist and father to six – shares a straight shot of Torah on topics of current interest from his Pardes classroom, his research and from his shul in Zur Hadassa. L'chaim!

A Shot of Torah Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

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Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper, the Maggid of Melbourne, teacher of Hasidut, community rabbi, lawyer, IDF reservist and father to six – shares a straight shot of Torah on topics of current interest from his Pardes classroom, his research and from his shul in Zur Hadassa. L'chaim!

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum Episode 2

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum Episode 2

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum

    The recital of Kaddish by mourners is a quintessential part of the Jewish bereavement process. It is often an emotional journey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kaddish recital has often been challenging. Regional lockdowns, quarantine orders, and crowd-limiting measures have hampered the possibility of reciting Kaddish in the traditional forum. In this series, we will explore the various solutions to the conundrum and assess whether any of the solutions will survive the pandemic.



    Episode 2: Kaddish Substitutes

    Description: Substitutes for Kaddish came in two forms: Shades and Replacements. Shades of Kaddish mimicked the traditional prayer, while Replacements suggested alternative action to Kaddish recital. While there are ample precedents for these solutions, they were seldom championed during the Coronavirus pandemic and generally not embraced.



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    Credits - This podcast series is a production of Pardes North America.

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Rabbi Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum Episode 1

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum Episode 1

    This Covid Life: Corona Kaddish Conundrum

    The recital of Kaddish by mourners is a quintessential part of the Jewish bereavement process. It is often an emotional journey. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kaddish recital has often been challenging. Regional lockdowns, quarantine orders, and crowd-limiting measures have hampered the possibility of reciting Kaddish in the traditional forum. In this series, we will explore the various solutions to the conundrum and assess whether any of the solutions will survive the pandemic.



    Episode 1: Ad Hoc Quorums

    Description: The formation of ad-hoc quorums provided an opportunity for mourners to recite Kaddish. These quorums came in different forms: pirate minyanim, balcony minyanim, and various outdoor gatherings including the backyard, courtyard, street, and sidewalk. Ad hoc quorums were not organized in order to solve the Corona Kaddish conundrum. Notwithstanding, they provided a solution for mourners.



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    Credits - This podcast series is a production of Pardes North America.

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Rabbi Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 4: From Theory to Practice

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 4: From Theory to Practice

    Pardes North America Presents: A Shot of Torah with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 4: From Theory to Practice

    With no great rivers coursing through the Land of Israel, we are heavily dependent on rain. This need is expressed in the immemorial Yom Kippur prayers. At the end of Sukkot we start mentioning rain in our daily prayers. Yet with the fields lying fallow during this Sabbatical year, need we ask for rain? Who might we have in mind as we hope and pray for a rainy winter? Thinking more broadly: What might the prayer for rain during Shmitta tell us about the Jewish religious experience and spiritual quest?



    This is a 4-part series:



    Episode 1: A Land Flowing, but Not with Water

    Episode 2: For the Sake of Non-Jews and Sinners

    Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Episode 4: From Theory to Practice



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    Whether or not you have the pleasure and privilege of being physically present in our Beit Midrash, this is a golden opportunity to learn Torah with the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper. An enchanting adventure from the Bible, on to the Medieval Rabbis, and through to the beginning of the twentieth century. There is only one more thing to say: TO THE BEIT MIDRASH!



    Credits

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    • 10 min
    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Pardes North America Presents: A Shot of Torah with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    With no great rivers coursing through the Land of Israel, we are heavily dependent on rain. This need is expressed in the immemorial Yom Kippur prayers. At the end of Sukkot we start mentioning rain in our daily prayers. Yet with the fields lying fallow during this Sabbatical year, need we ask for rain? Who might we have in mind as we hope and pray for a rainy winter? Thinking more broadly: What might the prayer for rain during Shmitta tell us about the Jewish religious experience and spiritual quest?



    This is a 4-part series:



    Episode 1: A Land Flowing, but Not with Water

    Episode 2: For the Sake of Non-Jews and Sinners

    Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Episode 4: From Theory to Practice



    Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore Newsletter







    Whether or not you have the pleasure and privilege of being physically present in our Beit Midrash, this is a golden opportunity to learn Torah with the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper. An enchanting adventure from the Bible, on to the Medieval Rabbis, and through to the beginning of the twentieth century. There is only one more thing to say: TO THE BEIT MIDRASH!



    Credits

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    • 8 min
    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 2 – For the Sake of Non Jews and Sinners

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 2 – For the Sake of Non Jews and Sinners

    Pardes North America Presents: A Shot of Torah with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 2 - For the Sake of Non Jews and Sinners

    With no great rivers coursing through the Land of Israel, we are heavily dependent on rain. This need is expressed in the immemorial Yom Kippur prayers. At the end of Sukkot we start mentioning rain in our daily prayers. Yet with the fields lying fallow during this Sabbatical year, need we ask for rain? Who might we have in mind as we hope and pray for a rainy winter? Thinking more broadly: What might the prayer for rain during Shmitta tell us about the Jewish religious experience and spiritual quest?



    This is a 4-part series:



    Episode 1: A Land Flowing, but Not with Water

    Episode 2: For the Sake of Non-Jews and Sinners

    Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Episode 4: From Theory to Practice



    Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore Newsletter







    Whether or not you have the pleasure and privilege of being physically present in our Beit Midrash, this is a golden opportunity to learn Torah with the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper. An enchanting adventure from the Bible, on to the Medieval Rabbis, and through to the beginning of the twentieth century. There is only one more thing to say: TO THE BEIT MIDRASH!



    Credits

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    • 9 min
    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 1 – A Land Flowing but Not with Water

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 1 – A Land Flowing but Not with Water

    Pardes North America Presents: A Shot of Torah with Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

    Praying for Rain During Shmitta: Episode 1 - A Land Flowing but Not with Water

    With no great rivers coursing through the Land of Israel, we are heavily dependent on rain. This need is expressed in the immemorial Yom Kippur prayers. At the end of Sukkot we start mentioning rain in our daily prayers. Yet with the fields lying fallow during this Sabbatical year, need we ask for rain? Who might we have in mind as we hope and pray for a rainy winter? Thinking more broadly: What might the prayer for rain during Shemitta tell us about the Jewish religious experience and spiritual quest?



    This is a 4-part series:



    Episode 1: A Land Flowing, but Not with Water

    Episode 2: For the Sake of Non-Jews and Sinners

    Episode 3: Water Cisterns, Trees, and the Needy

    Episode 4: From Theory to Practice



    Subscribe to the Hasidic Lore Newsletter







    Whether or not you have the pleasure and privilege of being physically present in our Beit Midrash, this is a golden opportunity to learn Torah with the Maggid of Melbourne, Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper. An enchanting adventure from the Bible, on to the Medieval Rabbis, and through to the beginning of the twentieth century. There is only one more thing to say: TO THE BEIT MIDRASH!



    Credits

    Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper - Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host

    Adam Titcher - Executive Producer

    • 9 min

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