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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.

Acharei mot; The (Surprising) Point of Yom Kippur

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Haggadah: Why Was Slavery Part of God's Plan?

Haggadah: Why Was Slavery Part of God's Plan?

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Looking at the Passover Haggadah with fresh eyes.


The Bizarre Purification of the Metzora

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Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu?

Shemini: Why Did God Reject Nadav and Avihu?

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Examining their puzzling deaths.


Tzav: What Does It Mean To Survive?

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The four people who need to give thanks.


Purim: Why Name A Holiday After The Enemy?

Purim: Why Name A Holiday After The Enemy?

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An in-depth video series exploring Esther’s true role in the Purim story.


Can Leaders Make Mistakes?

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When the president does it, is it still illegal?


A Giant Chiasm In Sefer Shmot

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What Does It Mean to Be Created In the Image of God?

What Does It Mean to Be Created In the Image of...

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What does the construction of the Tabernacle have to do with the Sabbath?


Moshe's Benevolent Chutzpah

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Where Is God In The Physical World?

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Is There a Face Hiding in the Mishkan?

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Female Servitude...Wait, What?

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The Marriage of God and Israel

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What Does It Mean To Have Faith?

What Does It Mean To Have Faith?

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Why did Miriam feel a need to sing her own song at the Red Sea?


Did God Really Need Ten Plagues?

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Did God Take Away Pharaoh's Free Will?

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If Midrash is Real, Why Isn't it Peshat?

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Who is Joseph's Real Father?

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The Epic Confrontation Between Judah and Joseph

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Why Didn't Joseph Write Home?

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Who Really Sold Yosef?

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Hanukkah & Thanksgiving: A Torah Perspective

Hanukkah & Thanksgiving: A Torah Perspective

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What role does giving thanks play in this holiday?


Become a Person of Integrity

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The Tears of Yaakov and The Tears of Esav

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A Conversation for the Ages

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What Makes For A Successful Life?

What Makes For A Successful Life?

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Was Abraham A Bad Father?

Was Abraham A Bad Father?

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Lech Lecha: A Deal with God

Lech Lecha: A Deal with God

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Noah: Why did God Destroy the World?

Noah: Why did God Destroy the World?

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Teshuvah: What Is Real Repentance?

Teshuvah: What Is Real Repentance?

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How can there be objective laws that govern something as subjective and personal as Teshuvah?


Tisha B'Av: The Secret to Jewish Survival

Tisha B'Av: The Secret to Jewish Survival

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How can we feel sincere when mourning on Tisha B'Av?


The Hidden Structure of the Ten Commandments

The Hidden Structure of the Ten Commandments

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Exploring Judaism’s central spiritual principle at the heart of the Ten Commandments.


Passover: What Does it Mean to  be Chosen?

Passover: What Does it Mean to be Chosen?

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Exploring the depth of God’s agenda in the Exodus story. A thrilling 8-part video series.


The Hidden Story of Queen Esther: A Video Series

The Hidden Story of Queen Esther: A Video Series

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A startling 6-part series that reveals the profound relevance of Purim.


Understand Purim in 5 Minutes or Less

Understand Purim in 5 Minutes or Less

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The quick scoop on Judaism’s most enigmatic holiday.


Heaven Can Wait: The Sabbath, Part 3

Heaven Can Wait: The Sabbath, Part 3

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If heaven's eternal bliss really lasts for an eternity, why doesn't it get boring?


Big Creator, Little Creator: The Sabbath, Part 2

Big Creator, Little Creator: The Sabbath, Part 2

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Rest is far more than the absence of work.


Does God Get Tired? The Sabbath: Part 1

Does God Get Tired? The Sabbath: Part 1

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Why would an All-Powerful God need to rest?


Exodus Conclusion: The Hidden Agenda

Exodus Conclusion: The Hidden Agenda

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Rabbi Fohrman completes his fascinating journey of the Exodus.


Exodus 20-23: The Hidden Agenda

Exodus 20-23: The Hidden Agenda

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Rabbi Fohrman continues the journey to discover a hidden side to the Exodus.


Exodus from Egypt: The Hidden Agenda, Part 14 - 19

Exodus from Egypt: The Hidden Agenda, Part 14 - 19

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Rabbi Fohrman continues the journey to discover a hidden side to the Exodus.


Exodus 10-13: The Hidden Agenda

Exodus 10-13: The Hidden Agenda

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Rabbi Fohrman continues the journey to discover a hidden side to the Exodus.


A Relationship with God

A Relationship with God

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What happens when God doesn't answer our prayers?


Exodus 06-10: The Hidden Agenda

Exodus 06-10: The Hidden Agenda

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Rabbi Fohrman continues the journey to discover a hidden side to the Exodus.


Exodus 01-05: The Hidden Agenda

Exodus 01-05: The Hidden Agenda

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Join Rabbi Fohrman in this groundbreaking video podcast, as he takes you on a journey to discover a hidden side to the Exodus.


Serpents of Desire: Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden. An Introduction

Serpents of Desire: Good and Evil in the Garden of...

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Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes.


Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room - Serpents of Desire, Part 1

Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room - Serpents...

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Why would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us?


A Tale of Two Trees - Serpents of Desire, Part 2

A Tale of Two Trees - Serpents of Desire, Part 2

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Mankind's undetermined nature, perched precariously between mortality and immortality.


The Dark Side of Paradise - Serpents of Desire, Part 3

The Dark Side of Paradise - Serpents of Desire,...

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The mystery of the walking, talking snake.


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