About the Author


Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman is the founder and CEO at Aleph Beta Academy. He is author of "The Beast that Crouches at the Door," finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and "The Queen You Thought You Knew." Rabbi Fohrman seeks to open layers of meaning of Biblical text and to help the reader develop a relationship with the texts that make us who we are. For more of his work, see www.alephbeta.org.


The Deeper Meaning of Giving Gifts on Purim

The fascinating backstory of Mordechai and Esther's secret gifts.

Why Do We Celebrate Sukkot?

Unlike Passover and Shavuot, it doesn't seem to commemorate an important historical event for our national history!

Rosh Hashanah: Is Judgment Day Supposed To Be Joyful?

Should we tremble with fear or rejoice in crowning God as our King? A 5-part video course on the essence of Rosh Hashanah.

Tisha B'Av: Is This Ancient Tragedy Still Meaningful?

In this video, Rabbi Fohrman asks us two questions: how do we deal with grief, and how can we understand modern redemption?

What Is 17th of Tammuz Really About?

What is the relevance of the 17th of Tammuz today?

Why Do We Celebrate ‘Law Day’?

What's so joyful about law? An in-depth exploration of the meaning of Shavuot.

Passover: How To Read The Haggadah

In these videos, Rabbi Fohrman teaches us how to really read the Haggadah.

The Viceroy: Mordechai's Hidden Story

Why was Mordechai really defying Haman, and what can we learn from him?

Reindeer and Latkes: Aren't The Winter Holidays Suspiciously Similar?

Is Hanukkah just a Jewish version of Christmas? What makes Hanukkah special?

Rosh Hashanah: Just How Guilty Should I Feel?

A 30-min video on how to overcome your guilt and embrace the incredible opportunities of the High Holy Days.

Shavuot: Why Isn’t the Day Mentioned in the Torah?

An in-depth video series exploring the meaning of Shavuot.

Passover: The Exodus That Could Have Been

Rabbi Fohrman fascinating explanation on the big picture of the Exodus story and the destiny of the Jewish people.

Purim: The Queen You Thought You Knew

An in-depth exploration that will transform your understanding of Purim and the Book of Esther.

Harlots & Coats & Goats, Oh My!

How can I understand Tamar and Judah's seemingly scandalous rendezvous? What can it possibly mean to me?

The Book of the Maccabees Uncovered

An epic journey into the history of Hanukkah.

Difficult Conversations

Join us as we try to tackle the story of the rape of Dina with the respect and understanding it deserves.

To Deceive Or Not To Deceive, That Is The Question

Jacob - the final of the three forefathers, has some of the most complicated and unbelievably beautiful narratives in Biblical literature. Let's explore together.

All's Well That Ends Well

What is the significance of Isaac and the wells?

Find Me A Find, Catch Me A Catch!

Rebecca and the unique characteristics we need to perpetuate our heritage.

The Power of Abraham's Influence

Probe the depths of the parsha with this thought-provoking video.

The Failure of Humanity

Exploring the overarching theme of the Torah portion.

Tisha B'Av: The Power Of Rachel's Tears

Crying isn’t enough. Exploring the real work to do on Tisha B’Av.

What Is True Leadership?

Why Moses’s death is mentioned in this week’s portion.

What Is Israel's Purpose In The World?

How Jews are supposed to be a source of blessing to the world.

Why Did Korach Rebel?

Understanding the roots of the rebellion.

Where It All Went Wrong

Mankind's existential battle with food and independence.

The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth and Boaz

How two stories of Genesis shed light on the book of Ruth, Shavuot and the meaning of kindness.

What Does Aaron Teach Us About Loss?

Exploring the deaths of Aaron’s two sons.

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