Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg

Perfect balance

“You inclined Your right hand; the earth swallowed them up.”, 1/25/2018, 7:21 AM

Unsteady belief?

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Vayigash: No soap opera here

Was this the same Joseph who Jacob saw as being a future leader of the Jewish people? Or had he been corrupted by his surroundings?, 12/20/2017, 5:54 PM

Miketz: The Sommelier

A person who see himself as a purely independent existence can have little room for God. , 12/15/2017, 12:05 PM

Vayeshev: The evil wife

All the wrong reasons., 12/7/2017, 7:47 AM

We bid you adieu

The ideology presented by Yaakov could not tolerate the intrusion of anything foreign. , 11/26/2017, 11:27 PM

Divergent paths

No mechanism within Judaism exists to tolerate a communal religion., 11/9/2017, 10:00 PM

Good or bad?

A heavy burden., 10/29/2017, 8:24 PM

To look or not to look

During the flood, God was enacting a punishment, a clear demonstration of the idea of Divine judgment. , 10/25/2017, 4:25 PM

10 reasons for blowing the shofar

Can one sound really do so much?, 9/19/2017, 7:50 AM

The real blessing

The Torah lists blessings, but what is good about being so blessed?, 9/10/2017, 10:14 AM

Three in order

About priorities., 8/20/2017, 12:50 AM

Internalizing the tragedy of Tisha B'Av

Should it be a struggle to internalize the reality of the loss of the Temple? , 8/1/2017, 1:09 PM

Standing in for Moshe

Hearing the right voice., 7/21/2017, 12:43 PM

What Is fair?

Adapting the Torah to what is accepted as fair by the surrounding world is a direct rejection of its Divine objectivity., 6/25/2017, 12:14 AM

No menial task

Why is all of the information here important, especially in light of the fact that the various assignments in the parsha were particular to the sojourn of the Jews in the wilderness?, 5/28/2017, 11:20 PM

Threading the line

The universe is fine-tuned for the existence of life as we know it., 4/11/2017, 8:50 PM

Purim ushers in a new era

The different faces of Mordechai., 3/11/2017, 7:28 PM

The fall of the Egyptian Empire

Torah from the city of Modiin, the area lived in by the Maccabees., 2/3/2017, 8:22 AM

Mr. Nice Guy

The Torah begins with chesed, kindness, and ends with chesed., 11/18/2016, 2:31 PM

Please be compassionate

Compassion takes one to a different level of understanding., 10/12/2016, 9:22 PM

Natural order

Man needs to guard himself from chance occurrences that are usual in the world - Sefer Hachinuch., 9/20/2016, 5:44 AM

New ideas in the festivals

If one would briefly analyze the festivals, it would become abundantly clear that each one is “built” around a specific theme of the Divine relationship with the Jewish people., 9/4/2016, 12:30 AM

Balak (Diaspora): No one is perfect

The Torah does not hide the faults of our founders. The notion of applying superhuman qualities to a human being is not a Jewish idea., 7/21/2016, 9:06 AM

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The mysterious sin

What is the sin that is not elucidated?, 6/24/2016, 10:36 AM

Bechukotai (Israel):Following the formula

To learn about the punishments stated in the parsha is to gain insights into ourselves as a nation, and to ensure our relationship with God remains strong., 5/27/2016, 11:57 AM

Parshat Kedoshim: Yes, it is harmful!

If someone seeks out the concepts of idolatry solely for a greater understanding of this area, he is giving value to that which by definition cannot be of any worth at all., 5/6/2016, 1:27 PM

Looking back at the Seder: Hallel Hagadol

Take the time to respond., 4/24/2016, 10:44 PM

The Purim story is not just the good guys against the bad guys

We can plan all we want, but we can never have complete knowledge of the world of cause and effect. , 3/24/2016, 7:27 PM

The Mishkan of Edut

The Midrash helps us understand the concept of "edut"., 3/11/2016, 4:12 PM

Ki Tisa: Unfolding tragedy

The sin of the Golden Calf was without question one of the darkest moments in the history of the Jewish people. , 2/25/2016, 7:58 AM

Mishpatim: Breaches in chronology

The Torah is not a history book, but one can learn from everything in it, even its order., 2/4/2016, 12:23 PM

Yitro: What was it like at Sinai?

The commentators try to explain the experience of Sinai., 1/27/2016, 11:45 PM

Vaera: Pharaoh’s last chance

Pharaoh acts against all reason., 1/7/2016, 9:11 AM

G-d of the Hebrews

Moses and Aaron talked theology with Pharaoh., 1/2/2016, 10:08 PM

Vayigash: Understanding your adversary

An analysis of Judah's leadership., 12/17/2015, 8:04 AM

A tale of two names

Why did Jacob call his son by a name different from the one given by his dying wife Rachel?, 11/27/2015, 2:22 PM

Esau's Adieu

Was Esau somewhat delusional in marrying the daughter of Ishmael?, 11/12/2015, 9:22 AM

Rebuke in the parsha and in our lives

Avraham admonishes Avimelech on two planes and gives us a lesson in personal relationships., 10/29/2015, 5:13 AM

The Many Faces of Courage

We have seen those faces this week., 10/15/2015, 8:02 AM

Why Shmini Atzeret

Let us not let Simchat Torah overshadow this holiday., 10/4/2015, 6:26 AM

Ki Tavo: The Milestone of Turning Forty

Disclaimer – this author turned forty this past summer, but you must believe he is being objective., 9/3/2015, 9:24 AM

Shoftim: The Quest for Security

A perfect example of idolatry., 8/20/2015, 8:56 AM

Eichah- The Sodom Comparison

How was our fate worse than that of Sodom?, 7/23/2015, 3:28 PM

Elijah and Moses: The Traits of Leadership

A leader may not necessarily have the right personality traits for the nation or for the individual. He may need to realize he is not the right person for the job., 7/10/2015, 4:04 PM

Chukat: Well-Deserved Praise

Two wells, several meanings., 6/25/2015, 9:08 AM

A Kohen's View of Kehuna

Analysis of the distinct privileges and responsibilities of being a kohen., 5/1/2015, 12:16 PM

How Far Does the Exodus Story Go?

Why does the Haggada jump from one theme to the next?, 4/5/2015, 12:24 AM

The Limitations in Knowing Yourself

There is a limitation in our knowledge of the self, and that only God has complete knowledge. , 3/23/2015, 10:41 AM

Negotiations Done in Bad Faith

Abraham vs. Ephron the Hittite., 3/15/2015, 1:00 PM

Parshat Shkalim and Yehoash’s Fund Raising Campaign

Parshat Shkalim, about Temple funds, is read at the end of the regular Torah reading, the first of four special readings that begin with this Shabbat. The haftarah shows the importance of the way the Jewish people relate to the Temple., 2/13/2015, 11:00 AM

Parshat Bo: No Room for Doubt

Three events show God’s Justice and God as the Creator, the two main avenues of God’s relationship to the universe., 1/22/2015, 8:23 AM

"How Many are the Days of the Years of Your Life?"

What did Jacob's answer to Pharaoh intend to convey?, 12/26/2014, 8:49 AM

The Al Hanisim Prayer II: Well Planned

In describing the Hellenic planning, the word “amda” is used. The same word is used when describing God’s intervention. Why would the Sages use the same word in describing each?, 12/21/2014, 1:03 AM


Machane is a camp; machanaim, two camps. Jacob was part of both., 11/29/2014, 6:48 PM

The Olive Branch

The debate within the Midrash on the source of the olive branch concerns the two potential changes that could have emerged from the remains of the generation of the flood., 10/23/2014, 8:49 AM

Holiday Reading: The Supremacy of the Blessing of Asher

Each blessing given to each tribe had two features to it., 10/14/2014, 10:30 PM