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Parshas Terumah: Hashem’s Role/ Man’s Role- Finding the Balance


In this week’s parsha, why does Hashem explain to Moshe how to make Menorah when it’s created miraculously? This question underpins one of the fundamental concepts in Torah hashkafa: the delicate balance between bitachon and hishtadlus. Whether it’s health, shidduchim or parnassah, how much effort are we expect... Read more

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February 23, 2020 48 min

Before Esther went into Achashverosh, Mordechai commanded the Jewish nation to fast for three days. Rashi tells us that those three days included the first day of Pesach. That means that Mordechai abolished the mitzvos of eating matzah, drinking the four cups, and eating marror that year. Since there were more than eleven months until the decree was to take place, what was the sudden need for action? W... Read more

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February 23, 2020 60 min

Megillas Esther Session Three: Esther’s Big Deal Request

Esther stands at the threshold of the throne room, prepared to forfeit her life in this world and the next. Instead, she is assisted by three melachim, achieves ruach hakodesh and is the catalyst for Klal Yisroel’s eventual salvation. Aside from the obvious message that Hashem can always flip things around in an instant, there are m... Read more

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February 16, 2020 43 min

Parshas Mishpatim-Torah: Rocket Fuel for the Soul


The Jewish contribution to mankind is astounding. In every industry, in every profession, the Jewish people consistently play a significant role, far surpassing our tiny population. It’s clear that we are the am segula, the messengers for revealed good in the world. Nevertheless, our gan eden isn’t dependent on whether we are chess c... Read more

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February 16, 2020 79 min

Megillas Esther Session Two: Mordechai Won’t Wait

Mordechai’s timings were extraordinary. He demanded that Esther risk her life and approach Achashverosh, even though Achasverosh was imminently due to summon her. He refused to delay a national taanis, and instead called for Klal Yisroel to fast from the first day of Pesach, forgoing the zechus and mitzvas aseh of achilas matz... Read more

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February 16, 2020 61 min

The dor haflaga had an explicit mission to rebel against Hashem and were in many ways worse than the generation of Noach. Why didn’t Hashem destroy them? Rashi tells us it was because they acted towards one another with love and friendship. In fact, it was only when the languages were mixed up that the fighting began. In this shmuz on interpersonal relationships, Rabbi Shafier studies the ingredients of a macklokes and ... Read more

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February 9, 2020 56 min


The Six Constant Mitzvos are the six keys that are vital to connecting with Hashem and understanding our role in this world. As the Mishnah Brurah explains, we are created to be ovdei Hashem, and our every thought and action should be a reflection of this awareness. You see if we really believed that Hashem is right here, observing everything we do, we would undoubtedly serve Hashem very differently. This S... Read more

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February 9, 2020 67 min

Megillas Esther Session One: What to do with a Problem Like Vashti?

In the first class on Megillas Esther, Rabbi Shafier explains how the Megillah begins-the history, the context and the background of the story. Learn why Achashverosh was reluctant to kill his queen, the motivations behind Haman’s bizarre marriage advice and how incredible hashgacha pratis was evident from the very beginning. This perek-by... Read more

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February 6, 2020 41 min

What’s the minimum level that’s required to get into Gan Eden? The Derech Hashem addressed this question three hundred years ago-and says something remarkable. Tune into this shmuz to get an understanding of the possible reasons for wealth, poverty, suffering and reward in this world. It will flip your world view upside down.

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We see in the Torah that tefillah is powerful. Through tefillah, Sara Imeinu is given a child, a miracle comparable to techias hameisim. Yismael cries out to Hashem and is saved in the desert, despite his rishus. What gives davening it’s incredible potency? In the third class of the Tefillah Project, Rabbi Shafier describes how Hashem feels our pain like a father, and can change decrees simply because of His un... Read more

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February 2, 2020 52 min

The Mitzrim endured the makos, witnessed krias yam suf and were prevented from attacking B’nei Yisroel by the impenetrable cloud of glory. These events form the basis of our emunah system, and yet they didn’t seem to have such a profound effect on the people living in Egypt. Until the bitter end they denied Hashem’s existence and control over every facet of physicality. 


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If we really understood the holiness of a neshama, we’d be blown away. Yet our reality is that we don’t appreciate the incredible potential enclosed within each of us-we don’t even appreciate ourselves. It’s not supposed to be this way. We were meant to achieve great spiritual heights during our lifetime, so what holds us back? In this shockingly honest shmuz Rabbi Shafier discusses his own challenges with growth and gives us so... Read more

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January 26, 2020 65 min

In the second part of the Tefillah Project, Rabbi Shafier outlines how Hashem is the ultimate energy source of everything, constantly maintaining physicality and keeping everything in existence. Despite the fact that Hashem is outside of our frame of reference, we are commanded to develop a feeling of yirah and ahavas Hashem. How do we achieve this? In this class, discover how to cut through the darkness and see H... Read more

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January 23, 2020 47 min

In this powerful Shmuz, Rabbi Shafier discusses the spiritual forces that cause cognitive dissonance and shows us how we can have a chance at living a more authentic and truthful existence. If you want to have the clarity to move forward through this thing called life, you need to understand what motivates and drives you. This shmuz will change everything you ever thought about yourself.

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January 22, 2020 31 min

Don’t you wish life came with an instruction manual?

It does…

Using real life situations, powerful examples, and meaningful observations, it brings basic Torah wisdom to making sense of out why HASHEM made us, what we are doing here, and what we need to be truly happy.

It deals with the fundamental issues facing a growing person in our hectic, confusing times.

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· Why is life often so dif... Read more

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If you do the math, we spend around two hours a day davening. In plain language, by the time someone’s reached twenty years old, that’s ten thousand hours they’ve invested in tefillah. What do we have to show for this dedication of our time? Are we davek with Hashem, baalei emunah? Unfortunately, most of us have difficulty connecting. Our senses deny Hashem, and we struggle to communicate with Something beyond our... Read more

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January 19, 2020 56 min

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January 16, 2020 61 min

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