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TORAH 101 - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

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TORAH 101 - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe
TORAH 101 - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

TORAH 101 - By Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe

17
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31
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An Intellectual’s Introduction to Torah. This podcast will address the critical philosophical foundations of Torah. Among the weighty topics covered: The divinity of the Torah; a critical examination of Bible criticism, Written Torah and Oral Torah and their Interrelationship; Torah and Science; and a study of Rambam’s Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith. If you are interested in thoroughly examining the fundamental tenets of Torah, TORAH 101 is the podcast for you. Please send questions, comments, and feedback to rabbiwolbe@gmail.com.

Latest Episodes

#22: God Alone is Worthy of Worship

In the fifth of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Rambam codifies that God alone is worthy of our worship and that we ought not worship anything else, nor worship God via intermediaries. What is the general concept of worshipping God and why it is such a central pillar of our religion that it merits a […]

59 MIN2 w ago
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#22: God Alone is Worthy of Worship

#21: Torah and Science: Can they be Reconciled?

There are many areas where Torah and the consensus of modern scientists seem to irreconcilably differ. The Torah indicates that the first man, Adam, lived around 6,000 years ago, and the universe is roughly that age. The consensus of the scientists is that the universe is multiple billions of years old. Can that gulf be […]

57 MINSEP 17
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#21: Torah and Science: Can they be Reconciled?

#20: Creation Ex Nihilo and the Age of the Universe Question

In the Fourth of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Rambam codifies the distinction between God and everything else and the manner through which God effectuated Creation Ex Nihilo. In doing so, Rambam departs from the positions of Plato and Aristotle and explains the critical flaw in their thinking that made them incapable of distinguishing between […]

54 MINJUL 29
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#20: Creation Ex Nihilo and the Age of the Universe Question

#19: The Incorporeality of God

The Third Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith states that God is incorporeal: He has no body, nor does He behave in a bodily way, and all indications in Scripture and other Torah literature to the contrary must be understood as analogies and metaphors. – – – – – – – – – […]

44 MINJUL 8
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#19: The Incorporeality of God

#18: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Three Torah Perspectives on this Vexing Problem

The question of theodicy is one that all people of faith grapple with. The Talmud records multiple conversations between Moses and the Almighty on this subject, and even the ministering angels, and Adam before his Sin weighed in on it. It is a very difficult subject to understand, and doubly hard to find answers that […]

55 MINJUN 17
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#18: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Three Torah Perspectives on this Vexing Problem

#17: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: An Introduction to Jewish Theodicy

Our nation is no stranger to suffering. Jewish history is a litany of pogroms, holocausts, expulsions, blood libels, and all manners of persecution and oppression. We believe that the Almighty is in full control of everything that transpires in the world. Nothing can happen against His Will. We also believe that the Almighty is good, […]

60 MINJUN 3
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#17: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: An Introduction to Jewish Theodicy

#16: How can Humans have Free Will if God is in Total Control?

In the previous podcast we discussed the Second Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, that God is the sole Singular Power. How can that precept be reconciled with another pillar of Jewish faith – that man is in control of his own destiny and choices via his free will. Is man in charge or […]

57 MINMAY 20
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#16: How can Humans have Free Will if God is in Total Control?

#15: The Singularity of God

The Second Principle of Jewish Faith declares that God is One. Butnot like one of a pair; and notlike one of a group; and not like one person that can be divided into many [smaller] units; and not like a thing which is numerically one but can be infinitely divided, rather He – God, may […]

53 MINMAY 7
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#15: The Singularity of God

#14: Faith vs. Emunah: Understanding the Difference between Intellectual and Instinctual Belief in God

The Thirteen Principles of Faith are the foundations of our religion. Just as the foundation of a structure is indispensable for ensuring the integrity of the building; these principles are necessary prerequisites for Jewish faith. But just as is the case in a building, the foundations are in the background – no one resides in […]

55 MINAPR 23
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#14: Faith vs. Emunah: Understanding the Difference between Intellectual and Instinctual Belief in God

#13: Does God’s Creation of the Universe Conflict with the Principle of God’s Perfection?

This podcast attempts to reconcile a knotty philosophical dilemma: The First Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Faith teaches us that God, Creator of heaven and earth, is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Perfect. If God is Perfect and lacks nothing, then why did He create the universe? Intellect only acts when seeking a certain outcome. There […]

51 MINAPR 9
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#13: Does God’s Creation of the Universe Conflict with the Principle of God’s Perfection?

Latest Episodes

#22: God Alone is Worthy of Worship

In the fifth of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Rambam codifies that God alone is worthy of our worship and that we ought not worship anything else, nor worship God via intermediaries. What is the general concept of worshipping God and why it is such a central pillar of our religion that it merits a […]

59 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#22: God Alone is Worthy of Worship

#21: Torah and Science: Can they be Reconciled?

There are many areas where Torah and the consensus of modern scientists seem to irreconcilably differ. The Torah indicates that the first man, Adam, lived around 6,000 years ago, and the universe is roughly that age. The consensus of the scientists is that the universe is multiple billions of years old. Can that gulf be […]

57 MINSEP 17
Comments
#21: Torah and Science: Can they be Reconciled?

#20: Creation Ex Nihilo and the Age of the Universe Question

In the Fourth of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Rambam codifies the distinction between God and everything else and the manner through which God effectuated Creation Ex Nihilo. In doing so, Rambam departs from the positions of Plato and Aristotle and explains the critical flaw in their thinking that made them incapable of distinguishing between […]

54 MINJUL 29
Comments
#20: Creation Ex Nihilo and the Age of the Universe Question

#19: The Incorporeality of God

The Third Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith states that God is incorporeal: He has no body, nor does He behave in a bodily way, and all indications in Scripture and other Torah literature to the contrary must be understood as analogies and metaphors. – – – – – – – – – […]

44 MINJUL 8
Comments
#19: The Incorporeality of God

#18: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Three Torah Perspectives on this Vexing Problem

The question of theodicy is one that all people of faith grapple with. The Talmud records multiple conversations between Moses and the Almighty on this subject, and even the ministering angels, and Adam before his Sin weighed in on it. It is a very difficult subject to understand, and doubly hard to find answers that […]

55 MINJUN 17
Comments
#18: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: Three Torah Perspectives on this Vexing Problem

#17: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: An Introduction to Jewish Theodicy

Our nation is no stranger to suffering. Jewish history is a litany of pogroms, holocausts, expulsions, blood libels, and all manners of persecution and oppression. We believe that the Almighty is in full control of everything that transpires in the world. Nothing can happen against His Will. We also believe that the Almighty is good, […]

60 MINJUN 3
Comments
#17: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: An Introduction to Jewish Theodicy

#16: How can Humans have Free Will if God is in Total Control?

In the previous podcast we discussed the Second Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Faith, that God is the sole Singular Power. How can that precept be reconciled with another pillar of Jewish faith – that man is in control of his own destiny and choices via his free will. Is man in charge or […]

57 MINMAY 20
Comments
#16: How can Humans have Free Will if God is in Total Control?

#15: The Singularity of God

The Second Principle of Jewish Faith declares that God is One. Butnot like one of a pair; and notlike one of a group; and not like one person that can be divided into many [smaller] units; and not like a thing which is numerically one but can be infinitely divided, rather He – God, may […]

53 MINMAY 7
Comments
#15: The Singularity of God

#14: Faith vs. Emunah: Understanding the Difference between Intellectual and Instinctual Belief in God

The Thirteen Principles of Faith are the foundations of our religion. Just as the foundation of a structure is indispensable for ensuring the integrity of the building; these principles are necessary prerequisites for Jewish faith. But just as is the case in a building, the foundations are in the background – no one resides in […]

55 MINAPR 23
Comments
#14: Faith vs. Emunah: Understanding the Difference between Intellectual and Instinctual Belief in God

#13: Does God’s Creation of the Universe Conflict with the Principle of God’s Perfection?

This podcast attempts to reconcile a knotty philosophical dilemma: The First Principle of the Thirteen Principles of Faith teaches us that God, Creator of heaven and earth, is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Perfect. If God is Perfect and lacks nothing, then why did He create the universe? Intellect only acts when seeking a certain outcome. There […]

51 MINAPR 9
Comments
#13: Does God’s Creation of the Universe Conflict with the Principle of God’s Perfection?