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!Short Clips!

!Short Clip! Bread in the Basket – Behar (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares in this !Short Clip! about Shmitta teaching us about faith and furthermore that when it comes to us we are responsible to have faith but when it comes to others needs we do not rely on faith but take action to help others (spirituality through action). Two different approaches based on who its for – us or someone else.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ovvuma-g2VQ%3Fstart%3D1980%26autoplay%3D1

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Weekly Torah Portion

!Shabbat Shalom! Perfect Marriages – Emor (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares about how the Kohen Gadol is the closest representative on Earth to Adam Ha-rishon before the original sin (who represented perfection). Adam was not subject to death or illness and was to be eternally married to Chava (Eve) prior to that original sin. The Kohen Gadol reminds us of that in that he was restricted from marrying only someone who was never with a man before, could not be in contact with anyone (even a close family member) who dies, and could not serve in the Beis Hamikdash (the Temple) if he had a physical imperfection (parallel to an illness).

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Weekly Torah Portion

A Humble Reminder – Tzav (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares about the upcoming weekly Torah portion (Tzav). Some of the highlights:

  1. One is energetic about things they have a love for.
  2. It’s proper to have an internal fire without having to show it off externally.
  3. Humility of ones skills are essential since they are gifts from Hashem.
  4. Anger comes from one’s ego.
  5. Wanting to be in conrol comes from one’s ego.
  6. The Mincha offering (with a Kometza measurent of flour) teaches us that the Torah has a recipe which is meant to be followed (precisely).

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Jewish Holidays

Bye Bye Vashti – Megillas Esther PT 1 (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Jewish Holidays)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Starts to go through the Megilat Esther and what we can learn from it as we get closer to Purim. All the coincidences in the Megilah parallels our own coincidences that are really miracles in disguise. These videos are a great synopsis of the Megilah.

Part 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aWZ4RCoLyY

Part 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe1DnX2O4is

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Weekly Torah Portion

!Shabbat Shalom! The Three Pillars – Vayakhel (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Three sins are sourced in the original sin of Adam and Eve – Desire, Jealousy, and Kavod. These three show themselves both to repeat and to repent/tikun (fix) from throughout Jewish history. During the time of the flood of Noah and the tower of Babel they repeat. During the time of the three Avot (Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov) and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai they fix. This weeks parasha reveals the parts for the construction of the Mishkan (the Temple in desert) which fixes by manifesting the parts (the physical) into and representing the spiritual. This fixes and helps bring tikun to fix those three sins that make up the original sin of Man. Shabbat Shalom!

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Mitzvot

Pidyon Haben Ceremony 2024 (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares about the ceremony called a Pidyon Haben which directly comes from the Torah (Mitzvah D’Oraita). If you are a first born son you may be required to have this relatively simple ceremony performed by a Kohen (a member of the priestly tribe decending from Aaron Hakohen). There are some disqualifying attributes that nulify the need for this ceremony which Rabbi Kaplan explains in the video. The person in the video who is the main participant in the ceremony is newly religious (Bal Teshuva – returning to Hashem) and realized he did not have this done when he was a baby and has taken it upon himself to right this error.

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Weekly Torah Portion

Environmental Influence – Tetzaveh (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares about how the concept of clothing is actually a negative reflection of the original sin of Adam and Eve, how much we are influenced by our environment particularly how we and others are dressed, and how important the clothing by the Kohen Gadol and the environment in the Beis Hamikdash (Temple) affects our level of teshuva (repentance).

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Weekly Torah Portion

!Shabbat Shalom! Parashat Terumah (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – In these two videos Rabbi Kaplan goes through various aspects of the building of the Mishkan (the Temple in the desert) and how it relates to us personally and also in our current time and how we can take it into our own lives today.

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Weekly Torah Portion

The Thinnest Books Ever Written – Beshalach (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares the source for every sin we commit and that source is from the original sin of Adam and Eve. Jealously, Desire, and Honor. The original sin included all three and each sin today has at least one of these core elements.

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Weekly Torah Portion

Bitter People – Beshalach (Rabbi Dovid Kaplan) (Weekly Parsha)

Rabbi David Kaplan – Shares about the most recent weekly parsha (Beshalach) and what happened after the Sea split. The Jews complained that there was no potable water – that the water was bitter. Rabbi Kaplan points out that it wasn’t the water that was bitter but that the People were bitter because Moshe dragged them away from collecting more riches from the dead Egyptians. We conclude from this that it usually isn’t the “bad” situations that are bitter in our life but our perspective is bitter. An attitude of gratitude is the solution to our bitterness.

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