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Rabbi Avi Geller

Rabbi Avi Geller has been a senior lecturer at Aish Hatorah since 1980. He is an alumnus of Lakewood, Be'er Yaakov and Mir yeshivas, and gives a popular weekly parsha class in Jerusalem's Old City. His audio lectures are available at Aish audio center, including tapes on the entire Chumash, Mitzvah series, and Holiday series. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 8 children.

Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

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"But how can I go to study Torah?" cried Akiva. "I'm 40 years old and haven't even learned the Aleph Bet! Are you suggesting that I sit in ...


The Special Reading for Simchat Torah Includes Moses' Blessing to Each Tribe

The Special Reading for Simchat Torah Includes...

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"My business is fine fabrics, and I intend to make a big profit from this trip," proclaimed Marc. "My business is gold vessels and the market is ...


The Shofar Helps Us Reclaim Our Citizenship

The Shofar Helps Us Reclaim Our Citizenship

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"When the cat's away, the mice will play." When the king was on a distant journey, Robert -- the servant who always cleaned the king's bedroom -- ...


Lively Parsha Yom Kippur

Lively Parsha Yom Kippur

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The silence in the desert shattered. Hagar's cries, as her child lay dying of thirst, reverberated to the Heavens. The angel called to her: "The ...


Insights and Stories to Share on Seder Night

Insights and Stories to Share on Seder Night

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The sign proclaimed "International Holocaust Survivors Meeting." The hall was filled with elderly delegates from all over the globe, many confined to ...


Lessons and Symbolism of the Sukkah and the Four Species

Lessons and Symbolism of the Sukkah and the Four...

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Mr. Jack finally arrived in the village of Radin, Poland. After a five-hour train ride from Warsaw, and a two-hour horse and buggy excursion, Jack ...


Tales of the Talking Donkey!

Tales of the Talking Donkey!

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"Mrs. Ed, you silly donkey!" cried Bilaam the Grand Wizard of Midian. "This is the third time you have played this sit-down game on me! What do you ...


Tales of the Red Cow, and Moses Hits the Rock

Tales of the Red Cow, and Moses Hits the Rock

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Jacob rubbed his eyes. Every path he took was a dead end. He was hungry and tired, and now it looked as if he would remain in this maze forever! "If ...


Lively Overview of Tu B'Shvat

Lively Overview of Tu B'Shvat

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The tree as a metaphor for personal growth.


The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth

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For the Shabbat Torah Portion in Israel, please click here: http://www.aish.com/torahportion/livelyparsha/Lively_Parsha_Naso.asp "I don't ...


Lively Megillah Overview

Lively Megillah Overview

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The Book of Esther, based on the Talmud, Midrash and commentary of the Malbim.


Lively Overview of Chanukah

Lively Overview of Chanukah

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Insights from the Midrash and contemporary sages.


Perilous predictions for the Jewish future.

Perilous predictions for the Jewish future.

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Mike was nervous. The mikveh (ritual bath) was crowded and the floor was slippery. This was Mike's first Yom Kippur since becoming religious. He now ...


All about human honor, and the holidays.

All about human honor, and the holidays.

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Scene: The "International Committee of Bible Writers." Authors X, Y, and Z are debating suggested additions to the Bible. "What a ridiculous ...


Lively Shabbat Overview

Lively Shabbat Overview

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It's the glue that holds together the Jewish family and the Jewish nation.


Striving To Be On Our Best God-like Behavior

Striving To Be On Our Best God-like Behavior

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"Oh great Caesar, my noble uncle! As a man of the world with great knowledge and experience I humbly seek your counsel." "Ask, my nephew," replied ...


High holiness on Yom Kippur and in personal relations

High holiness on Yom Kippur and in personal...

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It was the confrontation of the millennia! A duel between one prophet of God and 400 priests of the idol Baal. Elijah challenged the Jews who were ...


More Fascinating Aspects of the Temple Offerings.

More Fascinating Aspects of the Temple Offerings.

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"What a beautiful view," exclaimed Greg. "I'll hike down a little further so I can see the entire panorama." Greg, a beginner student at Aish ...


The Israelites Bring Donations to Build the Tabernacle

The Israelites Bring Donations to Build the...

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"Of all the nerve!" cried Yankel. "Every year, I give a donation from my hard-earned money to that new yeshiva in Volozhin so that the boys can ...


Moses Makes an Accounting of the Tabernacle Donations

Moses Makes an Accounting of the Tabernacle...

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Dateline: The ninth of Av - Year 3338 from creation Place: Jerusalem Scene: The Holy Temple in flames As the Babylonians (and 490 years later, on ...


Lively Overview: The Book of Ruth

Lively Overview: The Book of Ruth

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The Book of Ruth is read in synagogue on Shavuot morning. A chapter-by- chapter explanation.


Overview: Book of Lamentations

Overview: Book of Lamentations

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Jeremiah describes the tragedy of the Temple's destruction. The lessons are true still today.


On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his 12 sons

On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his 12 sons

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Dateline: 1890 Place: Krakow, Poland The elegant carriage stood in front of the humble dwelling, surrounded by a swarm of black-clad chassidim. ...


Joseph Reunites With His Brothers, and the Whole Family Settles Down in Egypt

Joseph Reunites With His Brothers, and the Whole...

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The tension was palpable. The confrontation, inevitable. Twelve brothers faced each other and the stakes were no less than the future of the Jewish ...


Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream, Then Tries To Get His Own Dreams Fulfilled

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream, Then Tries To...

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It was the middle of the night. Joseph was sleeping in his prison chamber, regretting ever having trusted an Egyptian butler. Two years had passed ...


Joseph Dreams, Gets Thrown Into a Pit, and Begins His Rise to Egyptian Power

Joseph Dreams, Gets Thrown Into a Pit, and Begins...

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As the scorpions lunged at his feet, Joseph again appealed to his brothers. "Have compassion! This pit is full of snakes and scorpions!" Joseph's ...


Adventures of Jacob's Return to the Land of Israel

Adventures of Jacob's Return to the Land of Israel

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They told him he's on his way. "Now is my chance to get even with that despicable cheater, Jacob," Esau thought, as he sharpened his sword ...


Jacob Goes to Yeshiva and Starts a Large Family

Jacob Goes to Yeshiva and Starts a Large Family

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It was the morning after their wedding. Jacob looked into the eyes of his loving bride Rachel and suddenly noticed that her eyes were very soft. ...


Lively Overview of Sukkot

Lively Overview of Sukkot

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Lessons and symbolism of the Sukkah and the four species.


The Early Years of Twins Jacob and Esau

The Early Years of Twins Jacob and Esau

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Dateline: 1880 Place: Czarist Russia, on the road to Moscow Speeding along the highway is a handsome carriage drawn by six snow-white stallions. ...


Abraham Buries Sarah, and Arranges a Wife for Isaac

Abraham Buries Sarah, and Arranges a Wife for...

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A True Story: Rachel, the beautiful bride, peered nervously out the window. "When will he finally arrive?" she asked herself repeatedly. Today was ...


Abraham passes 10 tough tests

Abraham passes 10 tough tests

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Over the mountains was a little cloud, unlike any cloud he had ever seen. "This must be the spot," Abraham proclaimed to his son Isaac. As Isaac, ...


Abraham Promotes Monotheism, and Fights in the First World War

Abraham Promotes Monotheism, and Fights in the...

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The sign proclaimed "Terach's Idol Store." Martha approached the young man behind the counter with trepidation. ("How's business?" "Thank gods!") ...


The Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel

The Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel

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The sight was simply mind-boggling! Every species of land animal was lined up 2-by-2 in front of that gigantic edifice Noah had constructed with his ...


Creation of the World, and Adventures of the First Humans

Creation of the World, and Adventures of the First...

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Dateline: December 1968 From his window he could watch the blue orb of planet earth getting smaller and smaller. Looming in front of him in all its ...


Lively Parsha Ha'azinu

Lively Parsha Ha'azinu

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The fishermen's nets were everywhere. The poor trout, bass, and whitefish were frantically swimming in all directions in an effort to avoid the ...


Prophecy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and Moses' Final Day

Prophecy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and...

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"Excuse me sir, can you help me?" asked the girl as she stood at the entrance of the synagogue of Dublin. "I'd like to go to Israel to work on a ...


Prophesy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and Moses' Final Day

Prophesy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and...

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"Excuse me sir, can you help me?" asked the girl as she stood at the entrance of the synagogue of Dublin. "I'd like to go to Israel to work on a ...


A Series of Terrific Blessings and Terrifying Curses

A Series of Terrific Blessings and Terrifying...

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"Rabbi Elijah Kramer of Vilna", called out the bailiff, "You stand accused of assisting John the Christian in abandoning the faith of his fathers to ...


The Laws of Judges, Witnesses, Officers and Kings

The Laws of Judges, Witnesses, Officers and Kings

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"Please purchase a tin of snuff," Rabbi Weiss requested from his attendant. Meanwhile, Ralph and Jake were two litigants waiting in the rabbi's ...


Lively Introduction to Blessings

Lively Introduction to Blessings

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Showing gratitude for all God's goodness.


More Mitzvot; Choose Life!

More Mitzvot; Choose Life!

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The situation in Israeli intelligence was very tense. The danger that loomed over the Jewish state was too horrible to imagine. Iraq was on the ...


Lively Introduction to Prayer

Lively Introduction to Prayer

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Tapping into one of the most potent forces in the universe.


Lively Parsha Ekev

Lively Parsha Ekev

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"I can identify all the Jewish children in two minutes," proclaimed Rabbi Eliezer Silver. His long beard and crisp, new army uniform were an odd ...


The Importance of National Revelation and the Shema

The Importance of National Revelation and the...

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They had worked on it for over a year, putting all of their fictional writing talents into this masterpiece. How many screenplays and television ...


Moses Reviews the Desert Experience

Moses Reviews the Desert Experience

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The boy was deathly ill. His father, the king, took him in the royal carriage to his doctor who lived in a far-off land. "We must get him to the ...


Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

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"But how can I go to study Torah?" cried Akiva. "I'm 40 years old and haven't even learned the Aleph Bet! Are you suggesting that I sit in ...


Jewish Lineage and the Public Debacle

Jewish Lineage and the Public Debacle

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A true story: His shoulder-length ponytail, dangling at his neck, attracted the stares of many an eye. Howie looked around the yeshiva. A member of ...


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