Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

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

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