Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

Parshat Balak: I am blessed

A look at the numerical value of two key words., 7/6/2017, 8:09 AM

Chukat: For another

G-d cares., 6/30/2017, 3:15 PM

Korach: I'm overqualified

It is a mistake to think that only the leadership roles require the most qualified people and the other roles can be populated by inferior people., 6/21/2017, 10:30 PM

Behaalotcha: Club rules

The trick is to continue to follow the club rules after we become accustomed to the club., 6/7/2017, 11:46 PM

Does being one of the Chosen People make you uncomfortable?

On Shavuot, we were chosen to keep G-d's Torah. What does being chosen mean?, 5/29/2017, 10:21 PM

B’har Bechukota: Grassroots

The last two portions of Leviticus are read today., 5/21/2017, 12:30 AM

Emor: Social Media

Make sure you plug into your own space, your own headspace, and preserve your sense of self, before you embark on sharing. , 5/12/2017, 7:38 AM

Vayikra: The Daily Offering

What is the value of an offering that costs almost nothing?, 3/30/2017, 10:10 AM

Tetzaveh: Hard Work

Producing a full cup of oil from the first drop is hard work, but good people don’t shy away from hard work. , 3/10/2017, 4:00 PM

Terumah: What is your tower?

Do our possessions and achievements bring glory to us, are they our tower, or are they for G-d’s glory, are they G-d’s tower?, 3/2/2017, 12:29 AM

Beshalach: Rich and humble

Is it possible to be rich and humble or is that an oxymoron?, 2/9/2017, 11:47 AM

The beloved teacher

The teachers who taught me most, were those I was most willing to learn from. And those were the teachers who showed me kindness., 1/22/2017, 10:01 AM

Vayechi: Our mother

Mother Rachel is everyone's mother. , 1/12/2017, 10:30 AM

Believe in your child

Believe in a child and he will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and he will prove you right., 12/16/2016, 2:21 AM

Chayei Sarah: In the Moment

When you are in flow, you don’t get stuck on the hard parts, the difficult challenges of life., 11/27/2016, 11:40 PM

Vayera: Finding G-d

When a man at an advanced age performs circumcision, utilises an organ notoriously associated with personal pleasure, to fulfill a divine commandment, he has put himself aside and made G-d his epicenter., 11/18/2016, 2:39 PM

What's in a name?

Science is catching up with mysticism., 10/29/2016, 8:09 PM

Why two customs ensure Jewish survival

Hoshanot and Simchat Torah are not of biblical origin., 10/23/2016, 3:18 PM

Sukkot: The strength to emerge

After Yom Kippur, we emerge from our synagogue and home and go out to the Sukkah., 10/18/2016, 12:29 AM

A Rosh Hashanah message: Sunny side up

Everything that comes from G-d is for the good, sometimes the good is discernible and sometimes it is not., 10/1/2016, 10:20 PM

Ki Tavo: Reach Out

The Torah teaches us to reach out. In every way shape or form, the Torah wants us to reach out., 9/23/2016, 9:27 AM

Shoftim: The j(oys) of parenting

Why do we take it on? Why we do we volunteer for a task that we know will try our patience, stretch our abilities, and never give us a break?, 9/8/2016, 10:27 PM

Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude

Seeing the blessings in every day., 8/24/2016, 10:04 PM

Vaetchanan: A woman’s comfort

I decided to be like my wife., 8/17/2016, 10:15 AM

Masei: Back to the basics

And back to reading the same parsha in Israel and the Diaspora., 8/4/2016, 9:38 AM

The Yiddishe Mama and childrearing

The role of the Yiddishe Mama begins much earlier than the task of the Yiddishe father.  And what do they contribute?, 7/19/2016, 2:20 PM

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Just because

Who says love must be reciprocated? , 6/23/2016, 7:50 AM

For Shavuot: A four step program

In preparation for Shavuot, we present Judaism’s four step program., 6/9/2016, 5:10 PM

Behar (Diaspora): Alone in the world

The parasha is talking about timeless patterns, talking to today., 5/27/2016, 11:00 AM

Emor: Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

Neither failure or success should stop you from going on., 5/15/2016, 7:57 AM

Parshat Acharei Mot: For the people

This parsha contains a pivotal moment that set the tone for Jewish leadership for all times. , 5/6/2016, 1:22 PM

Counting the Omer and your self-worth

This is a process of growth from infancy to adulthood. It is a time to parley self-worth into self-esteem by discovering the things we do well. , 4/28/2016, 8:39 AM

Pesach thoughts: A personal spark

The mystics taught that when G-d created the world He embedded sparks of Divinity in it. When a Jew uses a physical object for holy purpose, the spark is released from captivity within that object., 4/17/2016, 8:44 AM

Oh no! My home!

When G-d allows something bad to happen, it is only on account of enormous good that will come from it. , 4/14/2016, 7:44 PM

Tazria: Fix Me Don’t Break Me

How to change things., 4/7/2016, 11:00 AM

Purim: The Divine curveball

One day, out of the blue, G-d threw the Jews a curveball by the name of Haman, but nobody's curveball is as good as His., 3/24/2016, 4:34 PM

Vayakhel: Right down the middle

When we are right down the middle, we can favor or relate to either side., 3/2/2016, 11:31 PM

Judaism ingrained in the pattern of life

Jewish festivals are connected both to history and to the yearly calendar, 2/6/2016, 6:59 PM

Yitro: An unpleasant truth

Is there a way to perceive that which is higher than our own minds?, 1/28/2016, 12:10 AM

Vaera: The bane of arrogance

Of kings and subjects., 1/7/2016, 10:30 AM

Shmot: In flow

Let's use the Exodus' lessons to galvanize another Redemption., 12/31/2015, 6:05 AM

Vayechi: What are your life goals?

Means and ends., 12/24/2015, 7:15 AM

Jacob and Joseph: A special moment

Treasure the moment one meets with a loved one after a long separation., 12/17/2015, 8:20 AM

Hanukkah and the unbreakable Jewish core

It was not the Maccabees spiritual value or scholarly abilities that galvanized the nation. It was their perfect faith, 12/12/2015, 11:31 PM

True to our faith

Living with ntegrity., 12/6/2015, 4:44 AM

Vayetze: The Jewish spectrum

The differences between Jacob’s sons could be measured in inches. And ours?, 11/19/2015, 10:06 AM

Toldot: To really trust

The ability to trust in a higher power is the source of all life. Without that, there is only me, here and now, 11/11/2015, 9:17 PM

Abraham's methods and this week's Chabad Kinus Hashluchim

The Rebbe did not bring Torah to America, but the brought America to Torah. He brought Torah out of the academies and into the streets. , 11/5/2015, 8:42 AM

Vayera: Daily sacrifice

Shedding light on the sacrifice of Isaac., 10/29/2015, 5:08 AM

Bereshit: Is Your Wife Against You or Behind You?

"It is not good for man to live alone, I shall make an assistant against him," said G-d. What does that mean?, 10/8/2015, 4:58 PM

Another Look at the Sukkah: Reason and Faith

The festival of Sukkot teaches us that reason and faith should not be used separately., 10/2/2015, 10:33 AM

Sukkot: Winning The Appeal

The Midrash teaches that the first day of the festival of Sukkot is first for the count of sins. , 9/27/2015, 7:02 AM

The Long Shofar Blast

Why repeat the long blast? What does it tell us?, 9/13/2015, 7:27 AM

Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

You have to want to get out to succeed in doing so., 9/10/2015, 1:10 PM

Ki Tetze: Character Lessons

Three prohibitions in this week's Torah reading in their modern, all too common, forms., 8/28/2015, 9:44 AM

Lessons from the Ashley Madison Hack

Our Sages warned: Remember what is above you: an eye watches, an ear listens and all your deeds are recorded. , 8/22/2015, 10:37 PM

Shoftim: Honest Courts

Who is the prime mover of the justice system, the defendant or the judge?, 8/20/2015, 10:10 AM