Posts Tagged With: Rabbi David Fohrman

Purim A-Z

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It is traditional to make and send out gift baskets to the poor at Purim. Well, Rabbi David Fohrman has done this electronic style by making a Purim smorgasbord for all of us. There are treats for people of all ages and every level of study. I encourage you to gather the family together and join Rabbi Fohrman this Purim to learn even more about this “mysterious” celebration.

Purim A-Z with Rabbi Fohrman

Enjoy! and Happy Purim!!!

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Why Jonah?

 

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Why Do We Read Jonah During Yom Kippur?

Is this book about repentance (teshuvah)? Is it about second chances? Does the story focus on Nineveh or Jonah? Do you find Jonah’s attitude unwarranted? What is it about that plant or gourd that grows up and shades Jonah and then dies and withers from a worm? What does this all really mean for us at Yom Kippur?

These questions are always on my mind (lev) as we read Jonah on Yom Kippur. But this year, I had some new information come to my attention that has finally answered some of the paradoxes I’ve felt when I’ve read Jonah’s story in the past. I mean, how could Jonah literally want to die because God pardoned Nineveh? What was happening that I don’t understand? What’s the REAL message I am to receive from this story? Is it just about second chances or is there more to it than that?

When my boys were younger, we used to watch the Veggie Tales movie “Jonah” around Yom Kippur. The song “God of Second Chances” rings in my ears still to this day when I think of Jonah. I believe that Rabbi David Fohrman has finally put that ear worm to rest this year. In his segment of teachings on Jonah at AlephBeta Academy, Rabbi Fohrman digs deeply into the Hebrew of the narrative to bring forth quite a few rubies and diamonds. I really hope you will take the time to listen to all 6 segments as you afflict your soul this Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Fohrman has a way of teaching and speaking that just affects me greatly. (Or as the Veggie Tale tomato would say, “It moved me Bob”.) With this series on Jonah, Rabbi Fohrman has once again peeled back the layers of a familiar story to reveal a simple yet profound truth to me. In total, the segments are only about 40 minutes long— an easy feat for Yom Kippur. Why do we need both Justice and Compassion? Find out why in these segments.

Segment 1  “What’s Jonah really About?” by Rabbi David Fohrman  (You can move to the next segment by clicking the arrow button pointing to the right under the display window at AlephBeta Academy.)

 

But WAIT, there’s more!

I have one more sweet treat for you on Yom Kippur. Dr. Hollisa Alewine has two great teachings that she has posted on the Creation Gospel Facebook page related to Yom Kippur. Obviously, you facebookers can go to her page and read these articles there. But for those of you that don’t do Facebook, I’ve provided the links to the posts below. These require some chewing, but they are a timely message about the True Spirit of the Moedim (Feasts). Enjoy!!

A Letter from Hollisa Alewine

Yom HaKippurim: A Day Like Purim

 

May you have an easy fast (tzom kal)!

 

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Sabbath Observance: One Perspective

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Most of my readers follow the weekly Torah reading cycle. Whether you are one of them or new to this weekly reading schedule, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite Jewish commentators on the portions. Some of you will already be familiar with Rabbi David Fohrman. (By the way, he is also one of my favorite book authors; check my widget called “Read These”)

Rabbi Fohrman has a website called AlephBeta Academy. I love it! (Though that doesn’t mean that I agree with 100% of what he says.) I urge you to sign up for at least the free version of his website and emails for the weekly parsha (portion). You will not be disappointed.

Today, I received an email from his organization about Rabbi Fohrman’s favorite parsha. I couldn’t help but to share it with you all. It is not this week’s portion, but may help clarify some of the thinking behind Jewish tradition on Sabbath “work” restrictions.

No matter how much or how little Jewish tradition you adhere to in regard to keeping the Sabbath, this 10 minute video will offer you a peak into the window of the heart of our brother Judah. In my opinion, too many non-Jewish Torah keepers are too quick to dismiss Judah’s vast well of wisdom in regards to proper halachah and Scripture interpretation.

The issue of what to do and not do on Shabbat is always a hot topic with those returning to Torah. The 39 prohibitions in traditional Judaism are often viewed as rigid and burdensome. And I freely admit that I recommend that newcomers take baby steps no matter the expected halachah. However, in this short video, Rabbi Fohrman has explained in 10 minutes what years of consistent reading, study, and practice have failed to convey to me. Perhaps it will change your perspective on the 39 traditional prohibitions as well. I hope that you will find it as refreshing as I did. Or, at least, I hope it offers you a new way of viewing an old tradition.

Rabbi Fohrman’s video on Vayakhel

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