Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beshalach: Rich and humble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

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

Shoftim: Honest Courts

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

Ekev: Study First

There are two sections in the Shema that we chant every day. Both reference study and practice., 8/6/2015, 7:01 AM