Shavuos – Clash of Cultures – Episode 30

Shavuos – Clash of Cultures – Episode 30

This week we take a look at the custom of Akdamus. Lots of clasehs between cultures have taken place over this poem. We trace the history and origins of this holy hymn. Listen now! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Behar-Bechukosai – Selling Shemittah – Episode 29

Behar-Bechukosai – Selling Shemittah – Episode 29

This week we trace the historical development of Shemittah observance throughout the ages, including the still hotly debated Heter Mechirah. A must listen! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Emor/Lag Baomer – Rashbi’s Yahrtzeit – Episode 28

Emor/Lag Baomer – Rashbi’s Yahrtzeit – Episode 28

This week we delve into the Lag Baomer celebration at Meron. Is it really Rashbi's yahrtzeit or is there some other reason? Find out more! Show Notes and Links For more info about Lag Baomer and Rashbi's yahrtzeit, look at this article from Seforim blog. Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Acharei Mos Kedoshim – Fiery Sacrifice – Episode 27

Acharei Mos Kedoshim – Fiery Sacrifice – Episode 27

This week we analyze the fire worship of Moloch, its' purpose, and the methods used in this barbaric practice. Why did the people feel an attraction to this repulsive act? Listen for more info! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Tazria Metzorah – The Leper’s Spots – Episode 26

Tazria Metzorah – The Leper’s Spots – Episode 26

This week we discuss the nature of tzaraas. Is it physical or spiritual? What about other people mentioned in the parsha such as the zav? Find out now! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Pesach – The Seder Symposium – Episode 25

Pesach – The Seder Symposium – Episode 25

This week we discuss the Seder, how it was formed, and what its' purpose is. Learn more about the ritual we do every year! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Tzav – Blood Cuisine – Episode 24

Tzav – Blood Cuisine – Episode 24

This week we discuss the prohibition against eating blood, the reasons why the Jews would want to eat it, and the place that blood has found in cuisine in many cultures. Check it out! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Vayikra – Sacrificing Temple-less – Episode 23

Vayikra – Sacrificing Temple-less – Episode 23

This week we discuss the controversy regarding bringing korbanos today and its' historical precedents. Did people actually bring korbanos after the destruction of the Temple or not? Listen to find out! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Vayakhel Pekudei – The Mirrored Washbasin – Episode 22

Vayakhel Pekudei – The Mirrored Washbasin – Episode 22

This week we take a look at the kiyor (washbasin) made from copper mirrors. How did these mirrors work and what were they used for? Check it out! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Ki Sisa – The Golden Calf and the Holy Cow – Epsiode 21

Ki Sisa – The Golden Calf and the Holy Cow – Epsiode 21

This week we examine why the Jews made a golden calf specifically, visit a "holy cow", as well as a mention of Esther in this context. Listen for more info! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Tetzaveh – Purim and Priestly Vestments – Episode 20

Tetzaveh – Purim and Priestly Vestments – Episode 20

This week we explore the priestly vestments (bigdei kehuna). their function, and their relationship to the Purim story. A detailed background to the Purim story as well! A must listen! Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Terumah – The Golden Menorah – Episode 19

Terumah – The Golden Menorah – Episode 19

This week we explore the famous golden Menorah. How was it made, what did it look like, and what happened to it. Is it still hiding in the recesses of the Vatican basement? Listen to find out more! Show Notes and Links For more information about the Yeshiva University (YU) project click here. For details on the Vatican holding the menorah today look at this. Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Mishpatim – Justice Served – Episode 18

Mishpatim – Justice Served – Episode 18

This week we discuss the importance of the judicial laws of the Torah. We examine the prophets' exhortations to follow justice and redress wrongdoings, with two real life examples from ancient letters. Listen now! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Yisro – Har Sinai’s Location – Episode 17

Yisro – Har Sinai’s Location – Episode 17

This week we explore the various possibilities for the location of Har Sinai (Mt. Sinai). A must listen! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Beshalach – Red Sea Crossing – Episode 16

Beshalach – Red Sea Crossing – Episode 16

This week we explore the various possibilities for the location of the Red Sea crossing, as well as explain the route of the crossing. A few words on some interesting theories that are circulating around. A must listen! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
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Bo – Ravenous Locust – Episode 15

Bo – Ravenous Locust – Episode 15

This week we analyze how the locust could have blocked out the Egyptian sun, eaten all the food, and what happened to them after it was all over. Listen to find out more! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check this website out for a detailed mathematical analysis of the area of a locust swarm. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vaera – Egyptian Magic – Episode 14

Vaera – Egyptian Magic – Episode 14

This week we discuss how the Egyptians tried to copy Moshe and Aharon's signs and the ten plagues. Was it supernatural or just an illusion? Listen to find out more! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. You can check this out for more information about the modern-day stick to snake trick. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Shemos – Slavery and Bricks – Episode 13

Shemos – Slavery and Bricks – Episode 13

This week we discuss how Pharaoh managed to enslave an entire nation, and the brick-making process they were forced to do. Find out how by listening now! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vayechi – Mummies – Episode 12

Vayechi – Mummies – Episode 12

This episode goes into details about how mummies were produced, and was Yaakov really mummified like that or not. Be sure to listen to find out! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vayigash – Abonimable Shepherds – Episode 11

Vayigash – Abonimable Shepherds – Episode 11

This week we explore the love/hate relationship the Egyptians had with sheep and shepherds. Highlights include shepherd food and sacred animals. Listen now! Show Notes and Links Please take the survey to help me help you! If the link doesn't work, you can access it at torahdiscoveries.com/survey. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Mikeitz – Yosef’s Rise to Power – Episode 10

Mikeitz – Yosef’s Rise to Power – Episode 10

This week we look at the various symbolisms Pharaoh places on Yosef as he climbs to power. Discussions include chariots, horses, necklaces, and clothing. Check it out! Show Notes and Links Check out this article on various necklaces worn in Ancient Egypt. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vayeishev – Potiphar – Episode 9

Vayeishev – Potiphar – Episode 9

This week we discover who is Potiphar, why does his name change, and his career trajectory. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vayishlach – Shechem and its’ cities – Episode 8

Vayishlach – Shechem and its’ cities – Episode 8

In this podcast we explore the story of Shechem and Dinah, the relationship of Shechem to the surrounding cities, and Yaakov's reaction to Shimon and Levi's deeds.   Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Vayetzei – Yaakov’s Sheep – Episode 7

Vayetzei – Yaakov’s Sheep – Episode 7

In this podcast we explore how Yaakov changed sheep colors. Lots of faniscating fun facts along the way! Show Notes Click here for the article eplaining Yaakov manipulating sheep genetics through selective breeding. Click here for the Time magazine article about epigenetics. For the website about Yaakov's sheep using epigenetics click here. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Toldos – Edom and Rome – Episode 6

Toldos – Edom and Rome – Episode 6

In this weeek’s episode we explore the connection between Eisav (Esau) and Rome! Are the Romans Edomites or does it mean something else? Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Chayei Sarah – Mearas Hamachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) – Episode 5

Chayei Sarah – Mearas Hamachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) – Episode 5

In this weeek's episode we trace the history of Mearas Hamachpela (the Cave of the Patriarchs) from the Torah down to the present day. Highlights include a daring escapade down into the bowels of the cave in 1981! Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Questions? Comments? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com. Show Notes and Links Check this out for the account of those who descended. See also here for the full interview. This is a map based on their experiences.
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Vayera – Hieroglyphic Homonyms – Episode 4

Vayera – Hieroglyphic Homonyms – Episode 4

In this week's episode we compare and contrast Sarah's abduction by Pharaoh and by Avimelech. Life and death are in the power of the tongue! Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Question? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Lech Lecha – In Avraham’s Footsteps (Episode 3)

Lech Lecha – In Avraham’s Footsteps (Episode 3)

In this episode we trace Avraham's (Abraham) route through the Land of Canaan and use clues from the Torah to discover what was going on at the time which matches the picture given from archaeological sources as well. Check out my website at torahdiscoveries.com. Please rate, review, and subscribe! Question? Send me an email at zvi@torahdiscoveries.com.
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Episode 2: Noach – Digging in the Dirt

Episode 2: Noach – Digging in the Dirt

In this week's episode we get into the details discussing how historians and archaeologists date their findings. For more information, please visit torahdiscoveries.com. Thank you for listening. Please subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast player.
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Episode 1: Bereishis – The Search for Eden’s Rivers and the Lands Around them

Episode 1: Bereishis – The Search for Eden’s Rivers and the Lands Around them

In this episode we explore the River that flows from Eden, its' four offshoots, and the lands that they surround. Mankind has always been, and still is, searching for lost things and lost places. Explorers always head to the frontier and venture beyond, in search of discovery and glory. Most fail, but a few succeed. Man has always been enamored with gold. The Gold Rushes of the 1800's bear vivid testimony to the eternal human lust for this yellow precious metal. Wars have been fought over it and people live and die because of it. The economy flourishes and booms based on gold. It is the ultimate love-hate relationship. The search for the lost rivers of Eden and the golden lands around them. For more information about the content in…
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Brand New Podcast Launching Soon!

Brand New Podcast Launching Soon!

I am happy to announce the launch of my brand new podcast "Torah Discoveries" the week of October 8th!! The podcast will be focused on providing content geared toward understanding the Torah using historical, archaeological, geographical, and scientific information. This will allow listeners to interact with the Torah/Bible in a way they never have been able to. The podcast will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher, as well as most podcasting platforms. Looking forward! Can't wait to start! Will let you know when we finally launch!!
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