Episodes

Pulled Over for Speeding (Haazinu/Sukkos)

Oct. 6, 2022

Did you know that the first person convicted of speeding was driving a whopping 8 mph? Times have surely changed! Like everything, though, there is an important lesson to be gleaned from this, and it connects with the Song o…

The Greatest City in America (Vayelech/Shabbos Shuva)

Sept. 29, 2022

What is The Greatest City in America? Is this even a fair question? Tune in to this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast to find out the truth about Teshuva and how Hashem's love for us is as real as real gets. Check o…

Writer's Block and Rosh Hashanah (Nitzavim/Rosh Hashanah)

Sept. 22, 2022

In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss how an experience of writer's block actually gave the writer inspiration of what to write about. We also talk about the significance of the number 458 and 581 an…

Roomba Got Stuck Again (Ki Savo)

Sept. 15, 2022

There is an oft quoted saying, "Don't tell Hashem how big your problems are, rather, tell your problems how big Hashem is." How in the world does this idea connect to the Mitzvah of Bikkurim? And furthermore, how does the fa…

Travel the World in One Day (Ki Seitzei)

Sept. 8, 2022

What is the fastest way to visit the Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, and the Burj Khalifa all in the same day? All you need to do is take three steps back and three steps forward. If you are unclear what this mea…

The Mysterious Light Switch (Shoftim)

Aug. 31, 2022

Everyone has a light switch in their home that is mysterious; the members of the house have no idea what it controls. In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we talk about the unsolved mystery of the dead corpse …

Bigger than a Rhino (Re'eh)

Aug. 25, 2022

We can clean messages from anyone. Even from a little girl at the Baltimore Zoo? Yes, even from a little girl at the Baltimore Zoo. In this episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we explore the fundamental idea of realizing th…

A Pound of Feathers (Eikev)

Aug. 18, 2022

What is heavier, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers? You've probably heard this question before. Even if you've heard the answer before, you probably have not heard why this connects with Parshas Eikev. Tune in to this…

On Top of Mt. Everest (Va'eschanan)

Aug. 11, 2022

What happened to the most stunning painting ever painted atop of Mt. Everest? What does this have to do with Shema Yisroel? And how does this all connect to Shabbos Nachamu and the idea of consolation? Tune in to this week's…

Dark Adaptation (Devarim)

Aug. 4, 2022

There's a technical term for everything. Even for "getting used to the dark"? Yes. It's called "dark adaptation." In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss the importance of not getting used to the darkn…

Mr. Macho (Matos/Maasei)

July 28, 2022

Can you really be called Mr. Macho if you scream every time you hear a creaking noise in your home? Tune in to this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast to hear about the spiritual power of hypervigilance and how we ca…

Put on Your Life Jacket (Pinchos)

July 21, 2022

For all those who don't know, sailing is a real sport, and it may not always be as chilled as it looks. In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss an epic story of a sail boat capsizing and its connection…

The Story of the Missing Keys (Balak)

July 14, 2022

What happens when the story doesn't end with "happily ever after"? Does that mean G-d doesn't love you? What happens when you daven so hard for something and Eliyahu Hanavi does not appear right in front of you with the answ…

Tennis Grunting and the Red Heifer (Chukas)

July 7, 2022

It is not so uncommon for people watching a tennis match to turn off the volume. Why? Because they can't stand those annoying grunting noises. But did you ever stop for a moment and think about why tennis players grunt? Find…

Ice Cubes and the Slippery Slope (Korach)

June 29, 2022

I know what your thinking. Isn't it ironic that the word Korach in Hebrew is spelled the same as Kerach, which means ice? Why is this? What's going on? Is there any connection? Tune in to this week's episode of The Torah Spa…

Two Dots Next to Each Other (Shelach)

June 23, 2022

In this week's episode of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we do not talk about the difference between alligators and crocodiles. But we do talk about the importance of respecting others, as depicted in an amazing story with the Ru…

Ask the Front Desk (Ba'haloscha)

June 15, 2022

Welcome back to The Torah Sparks Podcast. In this week's episode, we discuss the imperative difference between viewing others as people or as mere objects. Is it correct to refer to the person behind the front desk as "the f…

Marshmallows Can Hurt (Nasso)

June 9, 2022

In this week's version of The Torah Sparks Podcast, we discuss the painful reality of being a bar mitzvah boy and being the target of fast moving projectiles in the form of soft candy. It is usually the boy who claims to be …

Move Closer to Home (Bamidbar/Shavuos)

June 3, 2022

Besides for the price, there is a major difference between those who sit in the bleachers at a baseball game and those who sit closer to home plate. In this week's version of The Torah Sparks Podcast, the host discusses a po…

Don't Yell at the Screen (Bechukosai)

May 26, 2022

Did you ever yell at the screen during a climactic part of a movie? Did you expect that the actors on the screen would listen to your concerns? Were you subsequently "shushed" by the entire audience? This week, in The Torah …

Humble Haughtiness (Behar)

May 19, 2022

In the latest episode of the Torah Sparks Podcast, we discusses the importance of being humble and "haughty" at the same time. How exactly does that work? Aren't they mutually exclusive? Tune in to find out more! This week, …

30 Day Pet Food Challenge (Emor)

May 12, 2022

Did you hear about the lady who challenged herself to eat pet food for an entire month? In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, we discuss this crazy story and how the period of Sefiras Haomer teaches us a lesson in stark contr…

Skeleton in the Back Seat and Holiness (Kedoshim)

May 5, 2022

In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, the host discusses the notion of projection, namely, that -as humans - we tend to see others how we see ourselves. As such, if we see ourselves as bad, we will likely see others as bad as…

Milk's Favorite Cookie (Acharei)

April 27, 2022

When Nabisco changed it's slogan for the famous Oreo cookie from America's Favorite Cookie to Milk's Favorite Cookie in 2004, no one thought this would be newsworthy enough to be featured in a Jewish podcast in 2022. Even mo…