Episodes

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…

Please Remove Your Yeezys (Pesach/Passover 2022)

April 14, 2022

In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, we talk about the importance of detoxifying from all the sprays used to clean for Passover as well as the importance of realizing what it is that truly makes the Jewish people special. S…

Dilation of the Pupil (Metzora/Shabbos Hagadol)

April 7, 2022

Did you know? The difference in size between your pupils, when they are most dilated vs. when they are least dilated, is 17 times! Tune in to this week's Torah Sparks podcast to hear an interesting perspective on the human e…

230,000 Minutes of Gossip (Tazria)

March 31, 2022

Why do humans love to gossip? In this Torah Sparks episode, we discuss the psychology behind why it is people like to gossip and how the Torah remedies this approach. We also talk about the imperativeness of not speaking Las…

Why Don't Humans Eat More Bugs? (Shemini)

March 24, 2022

In this episode of Torah Sparks, we discuss the global rise in consumption of edible insects, and why despite its various health benefits, G-d does not allow the Jewish people to eat them. Join me on this eye-opening, fun-fi…

Shaloch Manos Trackers (Purim/Tzav)

March 16, 2022

Afraid your Shaloch Manos is being given to someone else after you already gave it? Introducing the all new S.M.T.'s - Shaloch Manos Trackers. Tune in to this week's Torah Sparks podcast to find out more about these unique t…

Redwood Trees (Vayikra/Zachor)

March 10, 2022

It's fascinating that you can be on a WhatsApp chat for months and no one will know until the day you leave. As humans, it is so much easier to focus on the negative rather than the positive. The Jewish people take pride in …

One Wordle Per Day (Pekudei)

March 3, 2022

The relatively new game, Wordle, has taken the world by storm. One of the most epic and unique things about the new Wordle craze is that you can only play it ONCE a day. In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, we talk about a p…

Special Guest: David C. Milke - Holy Dumpster Diving (Vayakhel)

Feb. 23, 2022

In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, we interview a special guest - David Charles Milke, owner of DCM Custom Painting, LLC - who reveals to us an incredible story of Mesiras Nefesh to "do the right thing." If you want to hea…

Stubbed Toes (Ki Sisa)

Feb. 17, 2022

I think we can all agree that no one ever planned on stubbing their toe. It kind of just happened, at a really annoying moment. Ouch! In this week's Torah Sparks podcast, we discuss a mysterious commentary from the Chizkuni …