Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

A palm frond

Why not use the dates instead of the frond? And why is the whole group of 4 species often called the lulav alone?, 9/22/2018, 7:37 PM

Shabbat Shuva: On credit

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuva - the haftorah starts with the word "shuva" and it meaning is to return to G-d., 9/13/2018, 8:34 PM

Onward to Israel

Those who live in the diaspora because it is more comfortable or safe, or more luxurious, should pack their bags and move to the holy land., 8/28/2018, 8:30 PM

Shoftim: City of Refuge

It goes without saying that this is not a carte blanch license to kill a sinner., 8/15/2018, 11:55 PM

The missing holiday

It is thrilling to discover that what seems like chaos is really order, what appears like madness is really methodical. , 8/9/2018, 8:10 AM

Do you own a boat?

The sea of life represents the many burdens that we encounter every day. , 8/5/2018, 7:36 AM

Rabbi Akiva laughed and the Sages cried

Sometimes we are too clever for our own good., 7/21/2018, 9:33 PM

Weed is legal in Canada

The permissive freedoms prevalent in modern democracies, allow its citizens to practice choosing the right path of their own volition rather than being coerced into it., 6/28/2018, 3:21 PM

Chukat: Live or die

What do you think Judaism advocates, that we live for G-d or that we die for G-d?, 6/21/2018, 4:21 AM

Can you accept instruction?

Do you thank those who teach you or do you berate them for treating you like a child?, 6/17/2018, 9:29 AM

Beha’alotcha: The Travel Codes

There were approximately two million Jews traveling across the desert and it would have been impossible for a human voice to be heard over the din, so G-d commanded the use of different trumpet blasts., 5/31/2018, 8:51 AM

Naso: To be lifted

When you have the privilege of carrying the Holy Ark, you don’t hand the mitzvah over to an ox. If we take the easy route and don’t lift with our shoulders, our children do the same., 5/25/2018, 3:48 PM

Bamidbar: Count for something

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Behar Bechukosai: True Freedom

Why is the seventh year described as a Sabbath unto G-d, rather than simply as a year of rest?, 5/9/2018, 5:41 PM

Chai to life

Why is chai rather than vav or any other word with a numeric value of six, the Hebrew word for life?, 4/24/2018, 9:32 PM

Tazria Mezora: Judging from past behavior

A penitent is not to be treated the same as a sinner., 4/15/2018, 6:34 AM

No salt rule

Salt represents the very opposite of matzah, which is why matzah has a no salt rule., 3/29/2018, 12:01 PM

Coming to shul

What is the value in urging a Jew to come to shul if he or she really doesn’t want to be there?, 3/19/2018, 12:00 AM

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing host to G-d

When G-d invited us to Mount Sinai, every single Jew showed up. However, when the host entered the party, most Jews fled., 3/7/2018, 6:20 PM

Purim: The nature of miracles

Why did G-d treat Haman’s threat differently from his grandfather’s threat?, 2/28/2018, 11:24 PM

Tetzaveh: Good to the last drop

Why we begin each day with prayer., 2/22/2018, 8:22 AM

Marriage tips

This week's Torah reading on the cherubs above the ark is a primer for marriage., 2/16/2018, 9:41 AM

Mishpatim: Sift and sort

This Torah portion prompts us to sift and sort the false from the truth, so that we can gain a glimpse of our true motivations and interests., 2/7/2018, 6:24 PM

Why from a distance?

When we reach for G-d, we split our sea. We discover a store of spiritual potential that we never knew we had., 1/26/2018, 2:53 PM

Doing our best- always

We don't have to be tops, but we do have to maximize our potential., 1/11/2018, 7:33 AM

Wear your Judaism with pride

We need to walk with Jewish pride and be ready to explain what a Kipah means., 1/4/2018, 6:21 PM

Our parents

We learn a lot about parents and estranged children from revealing comments made by Jacob upon reuniting with his son Joseph after twenty-two years of separation. , 12/20/2017, 5:48 PM

The real heroes of Hanukkah

Are the real heroes the Maccabees, the guerilla fighters - or others?, 12/10/2017, 10:32 AM

Vayeshev: Prosperity and tranquillity

Joseph is given the chance his father sought., 12/7/2017, 7:51 AM

Family feuds

The saddest family feud is not between siblings, but between parents and children., 11/30/2017, 8:21 AM

VayetzeL Fusing stones

Let's unpack Jacob's stones and see the message they carry., 11/23/2017, 7:20 AM

What is the purpose of wealth?

It is hard to remain humble when you are wealthy., 11/18/2017, 11:07 PM

Why we bury

This conversation cannot wait until the family faces a practical decision. We rabbis must talk about this subject while it is still theoretical., 11/12/2017, 9:53 PM

Israel is home

Israel is where the Jewish soul plugs into its source. , 10/29/2017, 7:38 PM

Noach: Inner peace

Noah reconciled the internal conflict between body and soul. , 10/20/2017, 12:45 AM

Sukkot: G-d’s Holiday

Why do we celebrate after the High Holydays?, 10/3/2017, 11:01 PM

A New Year greeting to readers

For all there is a season., 9/24/2017, 6:07 AM

A matter of perspective

So many restrictions; if you choose to see them as such., 9/13/2017, 10:29 AM

The trouble with courts

Rabbinic courts must bear the fact that the public may slander them., 9/3/2017, 4:52 PM

Life and death

Judaism deals with every aspect of life - and death., 8/21/2017, 5:07 PM

I did it my way

When G-d created us, He poured a different mold for each of us., 8/12/2017, 10:32 PM

Va'etchanan: Recovering from grief

The Rebbe showed the way., 8/3/2017, 10:19 PM

Dvarim: A healthy waste

How could G-d destroy the Temple?, 7/27/2017, 3:31 PM

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

Hanukkah: Tomorrow will be much better

Shrink the negative or grow the positive?, 12/24/2016, 5:50 PM