8 episodes

Into the Verse is dedicated to bringing you Torah that is timely and relevant to your life. Using the parsha and the Jewish calendar as inspiration, this podcast is filled with rich and uplifting insights based on analysis of the Hebrew text itself. Take a listen and enjoy! Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org.

Into the Verse - A Parsha Podcast Aleph Beta

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 73 Ratings

Into the Verse is dedicated to bringing you Torah that is timely and relevant to your life. Using the parsha and the Jewish calendar as inspiration, this podcast is filled with rich and uplifting insights based on analysis of the Hebrew text itself. Take a listen and enjoy! Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org.

    Chukat: Why Do We Need a Red Heifer?

    Chukat: Why Do We Need a Red Heifer?

    The laws of the red heifer in Parshat Chukat are notoriously difficult to explain. Why does the Torah require its ashes to be mixed with water? How does this water “purify” those who have come into contact with death? Is there anything we can still learn from this ancient ritual? And one more question: Is there a reason why the heifer needs to be red?
    Join Rabbi Fohrman and Daniel Loewenstein in a fascinating exploration of the ideas behind the parah adumah. Their conversation takes us to a surprising place: out of the realm of laws and back to one of the Torah’s earliest stories. As they reflect on the first death in the Bible, we begin to understand what the red heifer can teach us about the meaning of being human… even today.
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 29 min
    Korach: Why Did Korach Rebel?

    Korach: Why Did Korach Rebel?

    What was really motivating Korach? Was it idealism, jealousy, thirst for power? We may just get a clue from the letters of Korach's name: Kuf, Reish, Chet. Somewhere in those letters lies a fascinating answer that the Torah is just waiting for us to uncover.
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 20 min
    Shelach: The Spies and Echoes From the Past

    Shelach: The Spies and Echoes From the Past

    In Parshat Shelach, we read the story of the spies who ventured to the land of Israel and brought back a false report to the Israelites. Have you ever noticed that their report is strikingly similar to another story from earlier in the Torah? Think about it: a group of twelve men, ten of whom committed a terrible sin and two of whom were innocent... sound familiar? Join Beth Lesch and Rivky Stern as they explore the echoes that resound in the story of the spies.
    Looking for the Tisha b'Av course that Imu mentions at the end, in which he and Rabbi Fohrman further explore these parallels? Check it out here. 
    Curious to learn more about the "Vayeishev" theory that Beth and Rivky mention? Check out Rabbi Fohrman's course here.
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 26 min
    Beha’alotcha: What started the Israelites’ downward spiral?

    Beha’alotcha: What started the Israelites’ downward spiral?

    In Parshat Beha’alotcha, we see the beginning of the dramatic downfall of the generation of the exodus. This dive leads, eventually, to 40 years of wandering in the desert and death to the entire generation. What happened? What catastrophic event tipped the scales of the Israelites’ fate so significantly? Rabbi Fohrman explores this question and finds a link to another event with cataclysmic results, not just for the Israelites, but for all of humanity.
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 24 min
    Naso: What Are the Laws of Sotah Really About?

    Naso: What Are the Laws of Sotah Really About?

    Parshat Naso introduces us to one of the oddest laws in the Torah, the ceremony of the Sotah – a woman who has been accused of committing adultery. The priest makes a mixture of water and dust, writing the law of the sotah on a piece of paper and dissolving it in the water, and gives it to the woman to drink. The Torah warns that if she was guilty, she will die a gruesome death — but if she was innocent, she will not only survive but become pregnant. It's a bizarre ritual, to say the least. In this episode, Rabbi David Fohrman and Rivky Stern explore this strange ceremony and tackle the question: How are we in the 21st century meant to relate to it? 
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 26 min
    Part 2 Why Isn't Our Version of Shavuot in the Torah?

    Part 2 Why Isn't Our Version of Shavuot in the Torah?

    (Part 2 of 2) If you were asked what we remember on Shavuot, what would you say? The giving of the Torah, right? But the Biblical commandment to celebrate Shavuot doesn’t even mention receiving the Torah! Instead, we hear that Shavuot is a harvest holiday, a day to remember that God took us out of Egypt, a day to be joyful with our families and to include others in our celebration. So which one is it: a harvest festival or a commemoration of the Revelation at Sinai? 
    In this episode, Rabbi Fohrman embarks upon a sweeping journey, closing the mysterious gap between the Biblical Shavuot and Shavuot as we know it – and most importantly, uncovering the hidden depth in this all-important holiday.
    You can find Rabbi Fohrman’s course on the Book of Ruth here: The Meaning of the Book of Ruth
    Into the Verse is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of over 1,000 videos and podcasts, please visit www.alephbeta.org. 

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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73 Ratings

73 Ratings

CheerioPoet ,

Insight on Korah’s Rebellion

Thank you for your insights on Korah’s rebellion and a righteous way to grieve. As a Christian who reads the Hebrew Scriptures on a regular basis, I enjoyed your perspective and the words in Hebrew. Thank you.

TrueBlueBeilever ,

insightful/ thought provoking textual analysis

I love the insightful and thought provoking textual analysis that enhances the spiritual understanding

KerenRitz ,

Into the Verse

This is an exceptional podcast. The format is very easy to integrate into our modern lives and makes you think more deeply. Thank you!!

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