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April 6, 2017

I noticed a quote from Rabbi Danny Mirvis as Ben Zoma taught, “Who is wise? One who learns from all people” (Avot 4:1)

This week’s Torah portions Tzav in a nutshell from

G‑d instructs Moses to command Aaron and his sons regarding their duties and rights as kohanim (“priests”) who offer the korbanot (animal and meal offerings) in the Sanctuary.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning at all times. In it are burned the wholly consumed ascending offering; veins of fat from the peace, sin and guilt offerings; and the “handful” separated from the meal offering. 

The kohanim eat the meat of the sin and guilt offerings, and the remainder of the meal offering. The peace offering is eaten by the one who brought it, except for specified portions given to the kohen. The holy meat of the offerings must be eaten by ritually pure persons, in their designated holy place and within their specified time. 

Aaron and his sons remain within the Sanctuary compound for seven days, during which Moses initiates them into the priesthood.

I planned a Blog last week, but did not get a chance to prepare it, but over Shabbos I was able to reflect on this idea and this week’s Parsha continues the theme of sacrifices.

In last week’s Parsha Vayikra,  I was able glean some beautiful thoughts that I will incorporate into my Blog.

In Rabbi Frand’s Dvar Torah[i] he brought down an idea regarding the offerings. HaKsav v’HaKabalah[ii] writes that when a person brings a korban (a sacrifice) he wants to do Teshuva (repentance). Korban comes from the word karev — which means coming closer. When a person brings a korban that says he wants to be better.

I think that this applies to so much in our lives. To learn and grow we need to make the effort and make ‘sacrifices’. So, when we download a Podcast, we are making this effort.

Over the last few years I have learnt so much from the Podcasts that I listen to. I would like to share a list of some of these Podcasts that I regularly listen to, as people have asked me what Podcasts I listen to:IMG_3724 2

  • Rich Roll – Plant powered Wellness Advocate, Bestselling Author, Ultra-Athlete & Podcast Host Rich Roll
  • The Daily Halacha – Rabbi Eli J. Mansour
  • MaccaX Uncensored. By Chris “Macca” McCormack
  • MamaMia uncensored – Mia Freedman has no filter. Not in life, not in work, not ever. This is a podcast where she chats to interesting people about their careers, their families, and what makes them tick. It’s a one on one conversation with no filter. Nothing is off limits. From the dressing rooms of famous media faces, to the offices of some of Australia’s most powerful minds, Mia takes you there. Unedited, unabashed, unfiltered.
  • Osher Gunsburg Podcast – A weekly conversation of inspiration with someone who’s figured out how to get paid to do what they love.
  • The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong – The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong’s conversations with some of the most interesting people he’s met through the years. The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and information every week.
  • WITSUP Podcast – The WITSUP, women in triathlon, podcast is a lot more than just swim, bike and run. It’s all about getting to know the person behind the triathlete
  • Office of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  • Ask Prof Noakes Podcast – is your chance to ask Professor Tim Noakes your questions relating to the LCHF or Banting Diet
  • Others including: The Tim Ferris Show, No Meat Athlete, TRS Radio, TriSpecific

“In reality G-d has given each of us our own unique mission and role in this world. Determining our role, hearing our own personal “Vayikra” (Calling) and then following it to the best of our abilities is a mighty challenge, but also the thing which will bring most meaning and fulfilment to our lives.” – Based upon the works of Rabbi J Sacks. This can only be found by seeking out, learning and expanding our minds from all these teachers, Podcast hosts and especially from their guests.

I often hear Podcasts hosts talking about all the work involved in finding guests, planning the Podcasts, researching the guests and preparing the Podcasts for upload. This really resonates as the husband of a teacher.  In Chief Rabbi Mirvis’s weekly Dvar Torah[iii], he mentions how teachers are undervalued and not fully appreciated. I most definitely appreciate all my wife’s effort and especially her hard work, commitment, her love for teaching and the pupils that she teaches.

“‘Mimtim Yadcha Hashem’, in truth, we learn from this last week’s Parasha that it is our teachers who are the greatest.” – Chief Rabbi Mirvis[iv]. He goes on to say “…They (teachers) are the ones who are moulding and shaping the minds and the hearts of the next generation…

With Pesach next week, I will share a nice thought that I read from Rabbi Yacov Nagen[v] on the four sons that are mentioned in the Haggadah.

“The Torah speaks of four children: One is wise, one is wicked, one is simple and one does not know how to ask.” – The Haggadah

The four children represent four different types of personalities. Because life is dynamic, each person, during his or her lifetime, often incorporates aspects of all four of these personalities. The transformation between the different identities may be confusing and frustrating, especially when it is from a “positive” personality, to one which is considered “negative”. Therefore, it is important to understand that each of the four personalities mentioned in the Haggadah reflect four stages of spiritual searching.

The difference between three of the sons and the wise son is that none of the three tries to view the world through spectacles of questioning and searching. The first son does not know how to ask, the second son thinks that all his questions have been answered, and the third son thinks that his questions have no answer — so there is no point in asking and searching. As opposed to them, the wise son returns to the questions. He is willing to return and re-ask the questions.

The wise son of the Haggadah did not get his name from his sharp answers, but because of the questions he asks. He is the only one out of the four sons who knows that he does not know.

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry[vi]




[ii] Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Meklenburg (1785–1865)






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  1. Darron Goralsky permalink

    Great blog Ian

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