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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.

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.


The Naked Truth: Serpents of Desire, Part 4

The Naked Truth: Serpents of Desire, Part 4

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Discovering the key to the deeper layers of meaning beneath the narrative.


What's In It for the Snake? Serpents of Desire, Part 5

What's In It for the Snake? Serpents of Desire,...

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Forbidden Fruit and the assassination attempt.


Beauty and the Beast: Serpents of Desire, Part 6

Beauty and the Beast: Serpents of Desire, Part 6

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Which Divine voice should you listen to? The voice of God that comes to you in words, or the voice of God that pulses inside you, that animates your very being?


A World of Broccoli and Pizza: Serpents of Desire, Part 7

A World of Broccoli and Pizza: Serpents of Desire,...

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Knowledge and the nature of good and evil.


A Dark and Rainy Night in Manhattan: Serpents of Desire, Part 8

A Dark and Rainy Night in Manhattan: Serpents of...

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The boxer named Desire.


The I of the Beholder: Serpents of Desire, Part 9

The I of the Beholder: Serpents of Desire, Part 9

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Desire can confound our perception of the way things really are. A biblical case study.


Friedrich Nietzsche and the Disc Jockey: Serpents of Desire, Part 10

Friedrich Nietzsche and the Disc Jockey: Serpents...

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Torah as the Spice of Life.


History's First Question: Where Are You?  Serpents of Desire, Final Chapter

History's First Question: Where Are You? Serpents...

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Even as God banished us from Eden, He bequeathed to us the tools we would need to make it in the new world of our own making.


Rejected Gifts The World's First Murder, Part 1

Rejected Gifts The World's First Murder, Part 1

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Why does God reject Cain's gift? Doesn't He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry?


The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World's First Murder, Part 2

The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World's First...

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The story of Cain and Abel is not a simple scenario of sibling rivalry.


Echoes of Eden The World's First Murder, Part 3

Echoes of Eden The World's First Murder, Part 3

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The connection between the story of Cain and Abel and the story of Adam and Eve is not easily deduced, but very relevant.


Blood on the Ground: The World's First Murder, Part 4

Blood on the Ground: The World's First Murder,...

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If it was up to you to sentence the first murderer in the history of the world, what punishment would you impose?


Eve Acquires a Son: The World's First Murder, Part 5

Eve Acquires a Son: The World's First Murder, Part...

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Eve's reaction to the birth of her son gives us insight into Cain's nature and motivations.


Partnering With God: The World's First Murder, Part 6

Partnering With God: The World's First Murder,...

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Can we co-create with the Creator? Or are we just a tool He uses to create new life?


Creator or Owner: The World's First Murder, Part 7

Creator or Owner: The World's First Murder, Part 7

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What happens when something you make means so much to you that you view the wondrous creation as an expression of your deepest self?


Cain Buys Insurance: The World's First Murder, Part 8

Cain Buys Insurance: The World's First Murder,...

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What can you give to someone who has everything? The gift of gratitude is always appreciated.


The Blame Game: The World's First Murder, Part 9

The Blame Game: The World's First Murder, Part 9

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Cain thinks his problems are because of other people's choices, even God's.


Can Desire be Divorced from Need? The World's First Murder, Part 10

Can Desire be Divorced from Need? The World's...

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Eve's desire for her husband is not necessarily based on her needs.


An Overflowing Cup. The World's First Murder, Part 11

An Overflowing Cup. The World's First Murder, Part...

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When you have more than what you need, it is natural to want to give.


Cain's Creative Passion. The World's First Murder, Part 12

Cain's Creative Passion. The World's First Murder,...

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Our passions can be directed to drive us to greatness, or they can pull us into the depths of self-destruction.


Thank You Presents The World's First Murder, Part 13

Thank You Presents The World's First Murder, Part...

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When giving a thank you gift there is always the danger that our intentions may be to insure our place in the relationship, rather than express our gratitude.


There's No Place Like Home: The World's First Murder, Part 14

There's No Place Like Home: The World's First...

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Our connection to the land has similarities to our connection to God.


The Death of Cain. The World's First Murder, Epilogue

The Death of Cain. The World's First Murder,...

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Does the one who brings death into the world deserve protection from God?


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