Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg

The new era of humankind

G-d's Covenant with Noach brought to light the psychological boost required to restart civilization. , 10/31/2019, 2:55 PM

Having to or wanting to fast?

Yom Kippur presents a unique opportunity. It is a day where one is defined as a sinner, and one faces this reality., 10/7/2019, 5:59 AM

Rabbeinu Bechaye shows us the blueprint for success in the parasha

Rabbeinu Bechaye (1255-1340), in his commentary on the Torah, offers an explanation as to what is being referenced in the verse: “You shall follow the Lord, your God, fear Him, keep His commandments, heed His voice, worship Him, and cleave to Him.” , 8/30/2019, 3:15 PM

We cannot live without them

, 8/25/2019, 9:49 PM

A not quite national census

Bamidbar Torah Reading: This past Shabbat in Israel and this coming Shabbat in the Diaspora., 6/3/2019, 9:00 AM

The dawning of a new covenant

With the first covenant ceasing to exist, a new covenant was mandated., 5/19/2019, 9:46 PM

Parashat Hachodesh and Tazria: The final act of destruction

The Egyptians were as much a part of the Divine plan as the Jews., 4/5/2019, 10:56 AM

The moment it came to an end

How could Haman have blundered so badly? Presenting to the king the idea of dressing someone else up as king could only be translated as a potential threat to the throne., 3/22/2019, 5:21 AM

Moses' pivotal blessing

When we pray, we express the reality of how we are dependent existences. However, we cannot approach prayer as if there will be a definitive result., 3/12/2019, 11:50 AM

Why do we need an Oracle?

While the issues of when the Urim VeTumim was to be used or who made use of it are important, the very necessity this metaphysical system is the deeper question that needs to be analyzed. , 2/18/2019, 3:43 PM

The placement of the table and the menorah: Reflections of humanity

Every aspect of the Temple reflected the infinite wisdom of God, from the measurements to the materials to the shapes of the keilim to the locations., 2/7/2019, 12:20 AM

Taking the plunge

Kiddush Hashem, the sanctification of G-d's name, is not a simple decision. When the opportunity presents itself, an individual is involved in a tremendous internal battle. The natural action would be not to perform such an action.., 1/17/2019, 1:10 PM

Skin deep - who needed a plague of boils?

The chartumim clearly recognized the superiority of the power of God. However, they lacked any notion of His power being exclusive., 1/4/2019, 2:43 PM

Joseph: Lessons in leadership

Why does the Torah dedicate so much real estate to Joseph's solution to the famine?, 12/14/2018, 10:07 AM

Vayetze: The truth about Lavan

Lavan was guided by his unquenchable thirst to be in control and used his remarkable abilities to manipulate others towards this end., 11/16/2018, 1:41 PM

Eliezer's moment as patriarch

Eliezer’s decision regarding Rivka was truly a complete fulfillment of the mission laid out for him by Avraham., 11/1/2018, 2:37 PM

Departing words

Why are the Jewish people "fortunate? ", 9/30/2018, 11:00 AM

Viduy: Lost in translation

The question here is: what exactly is the importance of this verbalization? Viduy with teshuva is not a confession in the standard sense of the word., 9/18/2018, 7:38 AM

The superiority of Tefillah

Tefilah lends itself to a more flexible expression of our relationship with G-d., 8/31/2018, 3:20 PM

To be a great nation

Jews are not naturally superior nor are they genetically so., 8/24/2018, 12:52 PM

Searching for solace

Nevuzaradan understood there was something unique about these people, and normal military techniques could not work. He needed Divine assistance., 7/21/2018, 9:39 PM

Balaam's worldview

Understanding Bilaam’s perspective becomes important when observing how it is in stark contrast to the approach of Judaism., 6/29/2018, 2:59 PM

Keep at a distance from the sinners

Prior to God acting, He commands Moshe and Aharon to separate themselves from the group. Why does it matter?, 6/15/2018, 11:29 AM

The perfect food

Delusional memories, tepid defense., 6/1/2018, 3:48 PM

Haftarat Naso: What's your name?

Both Jacob and Manoach asked for the name of the angel who appeared to them - but how different their questions were from each other., 5/25/2018, 8:30 AM

The impact of Sinai

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Waving away the conflict

The idea of waving the omer, known as tenufa, is something we see several times in the Torah. What does it signify?, 4/27/2018, 5:03 PM

Internalizing a Torah Ideal

The centrality of self-control is evident in the admonition offered concerning the Divine presence., 4/13/2018, 4:42 PM

Ha Lachma Anya – A redundant invitation?

A short set of statements in Aramaic plays an essential role in laying out the foundation for the evening ahead., 3/28/2018, 7:10 AM

Parshat Para: Similar, but so different:

Beyond the technical connection between the bringing of the para aduma, rendering someone who is tameh now tahor, and the upcoming korban Pesach., 3/9/2018, 8:43 AM

Megillat Esther: The moment of decision

The path to genocide., 2/28/2018, 11:27 PM

Everlasting impact

The idea of a Divine Revelation to a mass of people, and their personal recollections passed down from generation to generation, serves as the bedrock for belief in God. , 2/1/2018, 10:14 PM

Perfect balance

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

Unsteady belief?

, 1/13/2018, 7:10 PM

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