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A Guide For...Parenting?

Naso(Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Everything you need to know about parenting is in this week’s Torah portion.

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Visitor Comments: 9

(8) Darlene, June 1, 2014 8:55 PM

First time watching your videos

First I watched your videos on Ruth and now this. I think your videos are amazing. (No, I don't tend to flatter.) You ask questions and make connections that I've never thought of before.
I wish they were also available in Hebrew (especially the one about Ruth) so that I could share them with my Israeli friends.

(7) Anonymous, June 1, 2014 2:34 AM


It's an awesome and wonderful explanation of the video!! Is it possible that you explain other parts of the blessing as I am a kohen and want to have the proper kavana while reciting the blessing.

Thank you!

(6) Anonymous, May 30, 2014 9:39 PM

Fabulous exegesis! I am a Christian who loves the Jewish people and Israel. I don't know Hebrew but I loves hearing what you said about the language and how the Lord conveys mutiple meanings, meanings within meanings with the marvelous Hebrew language. I am smiling now and will share this with my Christian friends! Bless Rabbi!

(5) Ana Capunong, May 30, 2014 1:46 PM

Compassion is one of 13 attributes of G-d

I think this is how HaShem treat us he bless us, guard us and He is always compassionate to us.
I'm not yet a parent but I'm grateful because I already have an idea how to become a good parent someday.
the word compassion and womb in Hebrew is worthy to take note of. Abba is like a womb that nourish and guide His children. Sounds fascinating.

(4) Rachelle, May 30, 2014 1:42 PM

I hope we'll get to see the continuation!

I love your insights and the animation that goes with them! The animation looks so simple, yet the insights are so deep.
My take on the next two pesukim are as follows: You spoke about parents helping their kids to grow in all areas and the discipline that goes with it. The next passuk uses the phrase of HE'ARAT PANIM. This is the opposite of HESTER PANIM and I understand it as Hashem smiling at us (we are supposed to be MA"IR PANIM to others). Then there is VIYCHUNEKA - this is giving to the undeserved - giving something for nothing - CHINAM. Once the framework for growing (1st passuk) is established, we have to smile at our children and we can even spoil them somewhat, because they know their limits (1st passuk). There has to be a positive, happy atmosphere in the home in order to achieve what we want to in the education of our children. This would be in the child/teen years until adulthood when our kids are still at home. Then we have the third passuk with NESI'AT PANIM and finally SIMAT SHALOM. Perhaps this is the climax when we get the nachas we want so much. LASET PANIM is to show favoritism (the expression used for what a judge may not do). If we have done it right and our grown kids give us satisfaction, then we should be able to "show favoritism" to them in their adulthood - we should be able to see that they are wonderful children for us - better than any others. Then the ulimate - SIMAT SHALOM - the G-d-given finale of being SHALEM - whole in health, whole in material matters and whole in spiritual matters - like when Ya'akov came to Shalem -"shalem be'gufo, shalem be'memono, veshalem beTorato" May we merit that from Hashem, and may we see it come true in our children!
I will certainly have a different kavana when I bentch my children tonight! Thanks!

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