The Great Sources with Rabbi Shnayor Burton

By Rabbi Shnayor Burton

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Lecture series in Jewish Philosophy. What was the purpose of Creation? What is man's place in the world? What are prophecy and prayer about? What is the significance of Shabbos and the Promised Land? Explore these fundamental questions of Judaism from their sources, and become familiar with the systems developed by the great Torah thinkers: R' Saadiah Gaon, R' Yehuda HaLevi, R' Bachya ibn Paquda, Rambam and the school of the Mekubalim. Opportunities for sponsorship of podcasts are available. Rabbi Burton can be reached at: oros.yaakov@gmail.com

Episode Date
S7, E5 The Guide of the Perplexed, The Problem of Evil, 01: What Does "Good" Mean & Why is Existence Good?
Jul 10, 2024
S5, E25 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 19: Revisiting Prophetic Judaism: The Paradox of Decline
Jul 01, 2024
S5, E24 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 18: Criticism of the Bible Critics
Jul 01, 2024
Galus, Gerus, and Yemos HaMashiach: The Dynamic Relationship Between Yisrael l'Amim
Jun 11, 2024
S5, E23 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 17: Walking the Path: A Guide to Spiritual Perfection
Jun 03, 2024
Will We Redeem Ourselves or Will We Be Redeemed?
May 31, 2024
How to Make the Torah Come True, pt. 2: Finding Unity Between Good and Evil
May 24, 2024
S5, E22 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 16: Man’s Crooked Heart and its Remedy
May 20, 2024
How to Make the Torah Come True: Sh'ma and the Redemption
May 17, 2024
S5, E21 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 15: Baring the Soul before Hashem
May 03, 2024
The Haggadah: Its Structure, Meaning and Message
Apr 19, 2024
S5, E20 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 14: Funding the Divine: The Moral Foundation of Temple Economics
Apr 15, 2024
S5, E19 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 13: The Temple Yaakov Didn’t Build
Apr 01, 2024
S7, E4, The Guide of the Perplexed, Creation, 04: Creation ex Nihilo as the Essence of the Torah's Teaching
Mar 20, 2024
S5, E18 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 12: The Moral Limits of “An Eye for an Eye”
Mar 18, 2024
S7, E3, The Guide of the Perplexed, Creation, 03: Is Creation ex Nihilo Known via Philosophy or Prophecy?
Mar 13, 2024
S5, E17 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 11: The Development of Yaakov’s Character
Mar 07, 2024
S7, E2, The Guide of the Perplexed, Creation, 02: Creation from Nothing and Legislated Beliefs
Mar 05, 2024
S5, E16 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 10: Analyzing a Tsaddik’s Character with Reverence and Truth
Feb 28, 2024
S7, E1, The Guide of the Perplexed, Creation, 01: Why Creation from Nothing is so Central to Religion
Feb 21, 2024
S6, E12 Shemona Perakim; Should a Person be Moderately Humble or Extremely Lowly?
Feb 08, 2024
S6, E11 Shemona Perakim; Moderation vs. Extremism
Jan 31, 2024
S5, E15 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 9: Yaakov’s Fear and the Unfinished Quest for Divine Understanding
Jan 29, 2024
S6, E10 Shemona Perakim; Is a Good Imagination Part of Being a Good Person?
Jan 25, 2024
S5, E14 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 8: Good Character
Jan 15, 2024
S6, E9 Shemona Perakim; Which Parts of the Soul Participate in Human Excellence?
Jan 11, 2024
S5, E13 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 7: Anti-Faith and Indirect Knowledge
Jan 01, 2024
S6, E8 Shemona Perakim; Was Moshe an Angel?
Jan 01, 2024
S6, E7 Shemona Perakim; Why Know God? Knowing God as the Perfection of a Human Being
Dec 28, 2023
S6, E6 Shemona Perakim; Man as Explicator and the Limits of Explanatory Power
Dec 21, 2023
S5, E12 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 6: Faith before Knowledge, Engagement before Marriage
Dec 19, 2023
S6, E5 Shemona Perakim; Scientific Knowledge and its Basis in the Eternity of the Universe
Dec 07, 2023
S5, E11 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 5: How to Train a Prophet: The Path of Knowledge
Dec 05, 2023
Presentation of הארץ אשר אראך at the Congregation Shomrei Torah Sefer Fest: "The Second Temple: a Partial Redemption"
Dec 04, 2023
S6, E4 Shemona Perakim; What is a Human?
Nov 30, 2023
S6, E3 Shemona Perakim; How to Properly Change the Torah and how Maimonides Once Did so Himself
Nov 16, 2023
S6, E2 Shemona Perakim; Character Perfection as the Path to Prophecy
Nov 09, 2023
S5, E10 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 4: Knowledge in the Land
Nov 07, 2023
S6, E1 Shemona Perakim; Avos as Training to be a Divine Legislator
Nov 02, 2023
S5, E9 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 3: When Was the Name of Hashem Revealed?
Oct 24, 2023
S5, E8 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 2: The Profound Meanings within the Simple Narratives of the Torah
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E7 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 2, Chapter 1: Prophecy: A Definition
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E6 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 1, Chapter 3: A Chronology of Judaism
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E5 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 1, Chapter 2: The Vanishing Essence of Judaism
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E4 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Sec. 1, Chapter 1: Has Judaism Come to an End?
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E3 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Introduction, Part 3: How to Elicit the Torah's Deepest Secrets
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E2 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Introduction, Part 2: Torah Subjects, Stories and Heroes
Sep 26, 2023
S5, E1 Exodus, Exile and Redemption, Introduction, Pt. 1: The Unseen Author and the Human Drama
Sep 26, 2023
S4, E5 Universalism vs. Particularism: Israel and the Nations in the End of Days
Sep 05, 2023
S4, E4 Universalism vs. Particularism: What is the Reason of Jewish History?
Aug 29, 2023
S4, E3 Universalism vs. Particularism: Is Hashem Manifest in Eretz Yisrael more than in the Diaspora?
Aug 22, 2023
S4, E2 Universalism vs. Particularism: Do We Need to Understand Redemption in Order to Effect it?
Aug 15, 2023
S4, E1 Universalism vs. Particularism: A Sketch of the Problems
Aug 09, 2023
Lecture on the Oaths and the Prohibition to Leave Bavel
Aug 06, 2023
S3, E23 אור השם, The Light of Hashem, Part #2 – Free Will; Reward and Punishment; Torah; Immortality of the Soul
Mar 13, 2023
Presentation of הארץ אשר אראך at the YU Seforim Sale: The Babylonian Community in the Second Temple Era
Feb 22, 2023
S3, E22 אור השם, The Light of Hashem, Part #1 – Positive Attributes of God
Jan 30, 2023
S3, E21 מורה נבוכים, The Guide of the Perplexed, Part #4 – Prophecy
Jan 09, 2023
S3, E20 מורה נבוכים, The Guide of the Perplexed, Part #3 – Creation ex Nihilo
Dec 12, 2022
S3, E19 מורה נבוכים, The Guide of the Perplexed, Part #2 – What is Man? What is His Perfection and Imperfection?
Nov 28, 2022
S3, E18 מורה נבוכים, The Guide of the Perplexed, Part #1 – Was the Guide Written with Divine Inspiration?
Nov 14, 2022
S3, E17 האמונה הרמה, The Exalted Faith, Part #5, Essay 2 - Angels; Providence; Omniscience; Evil; Free Will; Essay 3 - Torah
Oct 31, 2022
S3, E16 האמונה הרמה, The Exalted Faith, Part #4, Essay 2 - Angels; Prophecy; Torah
Oct 03, 2022
S3, E15 האמונה הרמה, The Exalted Faith, Part #3, Essay 2 - The Principles of Judaism: God; His Unity; His Attributes; Angels
Sep 12, 2022
S3, E14 האמונה הרמה, The Exalted Faith, Part #2, Essay 1 - Aristotelian philosophy: Motion; The Soul; Its Immortality; The Heavens
Aug 29, 2022
The Meaning of Ownership of EY
Aug 16, 2022
Advanced אראך – Seeing the Land and Seeing the Woman
Aug 15, 2022
S3, E13 האמונה הרמה, The Exalted Faith, Part #1, Intro - Free Will and God's Control; Essay 1 - a crash course in Aristotelian philosophy
Jul 18, 2022
S3, E12 ספר הכוזרי, The Kuzari, Part #4, Essays 4-5: The Book of Creation; Philosophy; Kalam; free will; a journey to Eretz Yisrael
Jun 27, 2022
S3, E11 ספר הכוזרי, The Kuzari, Part #3, Essays 3-4: The Oral Law; God's names; prophetic knowledge; other religions and philosophy; exile
Jun 13, 2022
S3, E10 ספר הכוזרי, The Kuzari, Part #2, Essays 2-3: Divine attributes; Eretz Yisrael; Israel and the nations; Mitzvos; the Hebrew language; piety; blessings; prayer
May 16, 2022
S3, E9 ספר הכוזרי, The Kuzari, Part #1, Essay 1: Philosophy, Chritianity, Islam and the fundamentals of Judaism; different levels of people; connecting with the divine; the Golden Calf; the Afterlife
May 02, 2022
S3, E8 חובות הלבבות, The Duties of the Heart, part #4, Repentance; Examining the Soul; Abstinence; and Love of God
Apr 11, 2022
S3, E7 חובות הלבבות, The Duties of the Heart, part #3, Trust; Devotion; and Submission
Mar 28, 2022
S3, E6 חובות הלבבות, The Duties of the Heart, part #2, Examination and Service of God
Mar 14, 2022
S3, E5 חובות הלבבות, The Duties of the Heart, part #1, Introduction and Unity of God
Feb 28, 2022
S3, E4 אמונות ודעות, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, part #4, Redemption; The World to Come; Ideal Human Conduct
Feb 07, 2022
S3, E3 אמונות ודעות, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, part #3, Merits and Demerits; The Soul and Death; Resurrection in This World
Jan 24, 2022
S3, E2 אמונות ודעות, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, part #2, Unity of God; Commandments and Prohibitions; Obedience and Rebellion
Jan 10, 2022
S3, E1 אמונות ודעות, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, part #1, Introduction and Creation ex Nihilo
Dec 27, 2021
S3, E0 Intro to Season Three: Fundamental Books of Torah Thought
Dec 12, 2021
Eretz Yisrael – Magical Protection Against Sin?
Oct 14, 2021
S2, E28 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 7, How to do Geulah
Sep 12, 2021
S2, E27 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 6, How to See Beneath the Surface
Sep 05, 2021
S2, E26 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 5, The Time has Come to Rectify the Sin of the Meraglim
Aug 30, 2021
S2, E25 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 4, How to Make Heaven on Earth
Aug 22, 2021
S2, E24 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 3, Seeing the Good and Doing the Good
Aug 15, 2021
S2, E23 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 2, Knowing Hashem
Aug 08, 2021
S2, E22 What Makes Eretz Yisrael Special? Part 1, Seeing as Hashem Sees
Aug 01, 2021
S2, E21 Living in Eretz Yisrael – Summary and Conclusions
Jul 25, 2021
S2, E20 Must We Rectify the Problem that the Mitvzos Ha’Teluyos Ba’Aretz Present Before We Can Return?
Jul 11, 2021
S2, E19 Do the Mitzvos Ha'Teluyos Ba'Aretz Pose an Insurmountable Challenge?
Jun 27, 2021
S2, E18 The Theology of Jewish History – From Revelation to Exile and on to Redemption
Jun 20, 2021
S2, E17 Knesses Yisrael’s Trial – Did We Pass or Fail?
Jun 13, 2021
S2, E16 The Sin that Marred the Second Temple
Jun 06, 2021
S2, E15 Is Redemption Really Dependent on Us?
May 30, 2021
S2, E14 The Thousand-Year Exile, Divine Plans and Divine Rules
May 23, 2021
S2, E13 Exilic Times – When Do Jews Not Belong in EY?
May 13, 2021
S2, E12 To Go or Not to Go: The Debate about Babylonian Jewry in the Second Temple Era
May 09, 2021
S2, E11 Choosing Exile – Babylonian Jewry in the Second Temple Era
May 02, 2021
S2, E10 People who Lived Outside of Eretz Yisrael
Apr 25, 2021
S2, E9 Awaiting Redemption or Effecting Redemption?
Apr 16, 2021
S2, E8 Eretz Yisrael without the Shechinah
Apr 11, 2021
S2, E7 The Decree of Exile
Mar 21, 2021
S2, E6 How to Keep the Oaths: Halachah L'maaseh
Mar 14, 2021
S2, E5 Jewish Nationhood and the Historical Process
Mar 07, 2021
S2, E4 The 3 Oaths – The Peril of Jewish Destiny
Feb 28, 2021
S2, E3 The Awesome Oaths: Dreadful Sin? Or Dreadful Danger?
Feb 21, 2021
S2, E2 Is there a Mitzvah to Live in Eretz Yisrael?
Feb 14, 2021
S2, E1 Living in Eretz Yisrael, an introduction
Feb 07, 2021
S1, E50 The Reasons for Mitzvos, according to the Rambam
Jan 16, 2021
S1, E49 Eretz Yisrael, according to the Rambam
Jan 10, 2021
S1, E48 The Messiah and the Messianic Era
Dec 27, 2020
S1, E47 What is Chanukah? The Danger of a False Dawn
Dec 13, 2020
S1, E46 Light and Darkness: Chanukah, Adam and the Greeks
Dec 06, 2020
S1, E45 Hebrew, Greek, and the 70 Languages
Nov 29, 2020
S1, E44 Holy Names and their Uses
Nov 22, 2020
S1, E43 Angels and Angelology, an introduction
Nov 15, 2020
S1, E42 Love of God, according to the Mekubalim
Nov 08, 2020
S1, E41 Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov, Pillars of the World
Oct 31, 2020
S1, E40 Love of God, according to Rambam and R' Bachya ibn Paquda
Oct 25, 2020
S1, E39 The Unification of God, according to the Mekubalim
Oct 18, 2020
S1, E38 Hashem, Source of Living Water: Eden, Sukkos and Sodom
Sep 27, 2020
S1, E37 The Power of Repentance
Sep 21, 2020
S1, E36 The Day of Judgment
Sep 13, 2020
S1, E35 The Oneness of God, according to R' Bachya ibn Paquda
Sep 06, 2020
S1, E34 The Jewish Credo – Shema and its Translations
Aug 30, 2020
S1, E33 Tzitzis and the Holy Land; Rectifying the Sin of the Spies
Aug 23, 2020
S1, E32 A Nation's Original Sin: Rejecting the Promised Land
Aug 16, 2020
S1, E31 Eretz Yisrael, Land of Holiness, according to the Kuzari
Aug 09, 2020
S1, E30 Man, Center of Reality
Aug 02, 2020
S1, E29 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 2
Jul 26, 2020
S1, E28 The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Empire, part 1
Jul 26, 2020
S1, E27 Negative Theology; from Rabbeinu Sa'adiah Gaon to the Mekubalim
Jul 19, 2020
S1, E26 The Chosen People, according to Kuzari and Shaarei Orah
Jul 12, 2020
S1, E25 Reincarnation of Souls, from Rabbeinu Sa'adiah Gaon to Ramchal
Jul 05, 2020
S1, E24 The Relationship between Man and Woman
Jun 28, 2020
S1, E23 Torah vs Prophets: Knowing God
Jun 21, 2020
S1, E22 Torah vs Prophets: Sacrifices
Jun 14, 2020
S1, E21 One God, Un-gods and Other Gods
Jun 07, 2020
S1, E20 Keeping Time; Sefiras Haomer, Pesach and Shavuos
May 24, 2020
S1, E19 Tests and Trials
May 17, 2020
S1, E18 The Second Temple, the Greeks, and the Oral Law
May 10, 2020
S1, E17 The Tree of Knowledge, according to the Rambam
May 03, 2020
S1, E16 The Nature of Evil, according to the Rambam and Avodas Hakodesh
Apr 26, 2020
S1, E15 The Significance of Shabbos
Apr 19, 2020
S1, E14 The Meaning of Matzah
Apr 05, 2020
S1, E13 Resurrection of the Dead, according to the Rambam and Avodas Hakodesh
Mar 29, 2020
S1, E12 Why do the Righteous Suffer?
Mar 22, 2020
S1, E11 Prayer: What and How
Mar 15, 2020
S1, E10 The Holy Tongue, Prayer and Prophecy
Mar 08, 2020
S1, E9 The Interdependence of Prophecy and Idolatry, according to Reb Tzadok
Mar 01, 2020
S1, E8 Understanding the History of Judaism; an alternative to Kuzari
Feb 23, 2020
S1, E7 The Lost Judaism; an introduction to Kuzari
Feb 15, 2020
S1, E6 Man's Divine Image, according to the Shaarei Orah
Feb 09, 2020
S1, E5 Imitatio Dei – Going in Hashem's Ways, according to the Rambam
Feb 02, 2020
S1, E4 The Nature of Shedim, according to the Rambam and the GR"A
Jan 26, 2020
S1, E3 The Purpose of Creation, according to the Ramchal
Jan 19, 2020
S1, E2 The Purpose of Creation, according to the Avodas HaKodesh
Jan 10, 2020
S1, E1 The Purpose of Creation, according to the Rambam
Jan 03, 2020