Universalism, Particularism, and the Jewish Mission to the World (Episode 32)

The holiday of Hanukkah is famous for its nightly candle lighting, but there’s an equally important Jewish practice that also takes place during the eight days of the holiday: the recital of Psalms 113-118, the Hallel. Why do we say Hallel at all on Hanukkah, given that the military victory we celebrate was short-lived? And doesn’t Hanukkah teach that Jews must be insular and protective of their heritage, which seems to mitigate the very idea of interfaith dialogue? Join Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn (sitting in for David Nekrutman) as they tease out the deeper meaning of Hanukkah, and the message it embodies vis-a-vis the Jewish mission to humanity.

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Join David Nekrutman and Rabbi Pesach Wolicki for an in-depth discussion of Psalms 113-118, known as Hallel – Psalms of Praise. Why were these Psalms chosen for Jewish Holy Days? How are End Times prophecies fulfilled when we recite them? Uncover layers of meaning in Scripture you never knew existed. You will be amazed by the powerful messages that these Psalms contain for both Jews and Christians.

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  • Universalism, Particularism, and the Jewish Mission to the World (Episode 32)

    The holiday of Hanukkah is famous for its nightly candle lighting, but there’s an equally important Jewish practice that also takes place during the eight days of the holiday: the recital of Psalms 113-118, the Hallel. Why do we say Hallel at all on Hanukkah, given that the military victory we celebrate was short-lived? And doesn’t Hanukkah teach that Jews must be insular and protective of their heritage, which seems to mitigate the very idea of interfaith dialogue? Join Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn (sitting in for David Nekrutman) as they tease out the deeper meaning of Hanukkah, and the message it embodies vis-a-vis the Jewish mission to humanity.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

  • Ignore the Theology, Embrace the Mystery (Episode 31)

    Although G-d “fulfills the desires of those who fear Him,” and promises to teach them His secrets and the secret of the covenant, it’s difficult to understand why these particular rewards are given to “Fearers of the Lord.” What is the connection between fearing G-d and understanding secrets? Does G-d actually promise to gift a Lamborghini to someone who fears Him, if that’s what he wants? And what on earth is the secret of the covenant? Join David Nekrutman and Rabbi Pesach Wolicki for a discussion that not only addresses these questions, but might even change the way you understand your relationship with G-d.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

  • Do You Fear The Lord, or Are You a Fearer of The Lord?

    Psalms 115:11 says, “O fearers of the Lord trust in the Lord; He is their helper and their shield” – a nice sentiment indeed. But as usual, David Nekrutman and Rabbi Pesach Wolicki ask penetrating questions in order to discover the deeper meaning implicit in the words. The Psalmist already instructed Israel and the House of Aaron to trust in the Lord in the previous verses, so who is being referenced in this third category? What is the difference between fearing the Lord and being a Fearer of the Lord? What is the Biblical Principle of First Usage? And what does any of this have to do with the time Rabbi Wolicki was on stage with Penn and Teller? Listen to the Cup of Salvation Podcast to gain a deeper appreciation for Scripture, and to deepen your relationship with G-d.

    This podcast is a tribute to Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

  • Individual Leaders, Collective Nation (29)

    Psalms 115:10 tells “The House of Aaron” – that is, the priestly tribe – to trust in the Lord… a message relayed to the entire People of Israel in the previous verse. If the priests are part of Israel, then the latter verse appears to be superfluous. Is the Bible saying that the leaders need to see themselves as separate from their flock, or is Scripture offering a deeper message about the nature of true leadership? Join Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and David Nekrutman for a fascinating discussion about leadership, the role of priests in ancient Israel, and the role of Israel among the nations of the world.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

  • Helper and Shield (Episode 28)

    Psalms 115:9 describes G-d as the “helper” and “shield” of Israel. Is that the same as a savior? What exactly is G-d helping us with? Who is the verse speaking to? And what is this strange ritual that Rabbi Pesach Wolicki engages in whenever he flies overseas? Join David Nekrutman as he and Rabbi Wolicki delve into the precise Hebrew to find the answers – and a relevant message for all who do battle for the Lord.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

  • Trust in Him (Episode 27)

    Psalms 115:9 instructs Israel to trust in the Lord, but does that mean to believe in Him, or something more subtle? Rabbi Pesach Wolicki and David Nekrutman suggest that trust in G-d is something quite different from faith in His existence, or even belief in His word. What are Scriptural examples of people who believe but don’t trust? And why is Joseph the ultimate example of pure trust – and how is this connected with the shocking fact that Scripture never describes Joseph praying? Listen in and discover a whole new dimension to our religious experience.

    We are grateful to our sponsors: June White in memory of Dolores Talley Brewer, Zion’s Gate International, and Sherry & Randy Lush.

    For information about how you can sponsor the Cup of Salvation Podcast, go to cupofsalvation.com.

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