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February 6, 2024

Announcing the Launch of Untold Stories of the Torah

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It is with great excitement and a heart full of anticipation that I announce the launch of a new endeavor in the realm of Torah education and Jewish history: the “Untold Stories of the Torah” podcast. This new series is available on Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Podcasts.

You can start listening today by visiting Spotify.

Our Mission

The “Untold Stories of the Torah” podcast aims to illuminate the rich tapestry of our heritage, bringing to light the myriad of stories, insights, and teachings that have shaped our identity as a people. Through this podcast, we strive to bridge the gap between ancient texts and contemporary life, making the timeless wisdom of the Torah accessible and relevant to everyone, regardless of their background or level of observance.

Source Material and Methodology

In crafting the episodes of this podcast, I draw upon a wealth of sources and commentaries that have been the bedrock of my Navi shiurim. These include the insights of Rashi, Mahari Kara, Radak, Tosafos Rid, Ralbag, Abarbanel, Metzudos Dovid, Yonason Eibschitz, Chida, Malbim, and Ben Ish Chai.

In addition to these traditional commentaries, the shiurim delve into the depths of the Gemaras, Midrashim — with a special emphasis on Medrash Rabbah, Medrash Tanchuma, Seder Olam, Yalkut Sheimoni, and Perkei D’Rebbi Eliezer — as well as Mefarshim on the Gemara and Medrash, and Targum.

Crucially, the teachings of Chassidus play a central role in the narrative and insights shared in each episode. These sources are not just references; they are the soul of our discussions, bringing a unique light and perspective to the stories of our ancestors.

Hashkafa of Teaching

In my approach to teaching Navi and crafting each podcast episode, I adhere strictly to the guidance and hashkafa set forth by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, especially as outlined in his famous letter to Rabbi Zevin. This means that while the stories and lessons shared are rich with inspiration and guidance for Avodas Hashem and Middos Tovos, they are firmly grounded in authoritative texts. Almost no personal interpretations are introduced; every insight and lesson is sourced from recognized, respected seforim or directly from Chassidus and the teachings of the Rebbeim.

Supporting Our Journey

Creating and sustaining a project of this magnitude requires not just time and dedication, but also resources. To ensure the continued production and expansion of “Untold Stories of the Torah,” we invite our listeners and the broader community to contribute. Your donations will directly support the creation of new episodes, the research required to ensure accuracy and depth, and the dissemination of this precious wisdom to as wide an audience as possible.

How to Contribute

Contributions can be made through a dedicated donation page linked in the description of each podcast episode and on our main podcast platforms. Every bit helps, and your support is invaluable in making Torah learning accessible to all.

Join Us on This Journey

As we embark on this exciting journey together, I invite you to join us in exploring the untold stories of our heritage. Whether you’re a longtime student of Torah or newly curious about Jewish history, “Untold Stories of the Torah” offers something unique for everyone.

By weaving together the rich narratives of our past with the profound teachings of our sages, this podcast aims to inspire, educate, and connect us all more deeply to our roots. Each episode is not just a lesson but an invitation to engage with our tradition in a meaningful, transformative way.

Subscribe, Listen, and Share

“Untold Stories of the Torah” is more than just a podcast; it’s a community of learners and seekers. I encourage you to subscribe on Spotify, YouTube Music, or Apple Podcasts, to ensure you never miss an episode. Share this journey with friends and family, and let’s build a community of Torah learning and inspiration together.

Additionally, leaving a review will greatly help other listeners find the podcast.

In closing, I extend my deepest gratitude to you, our listeners and supporters, for joining me in this new chapter of Torah education. Together, let us uncover the untold stories that await us and draw closer to the wisdom of the Torah, which lights our path through life.

With blessings and anticipation,

Rabbi Shmuel Aber

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