Knock Off The CobwebsDust is not Chametz, but when it settles over a surface, it conceals it.
Fear Iran? Fear G-dNetanyahu invoked the story of Purim and from it we must learn a lesson.
Tetzaveh and the News: Light In The DarknessIt is easy to fall into despair, but the deeper the darkness the brighter the light.
Keeping the Torah: If we will it, it will be.The Ten Commandments are singled out from the others because of their fundamental relevance and critical importance to all others.
Beshalach: Miracle of LoveWhy is the splitting of the sea considered "salvation" rather than the Exodus itself?
Vaera: The WorkloadIn Egypt our people experienced shortness of spirit. They didn’t study the Torah much, many worshipped idols; they simply weren’t equipped to receive Moses’ prophecy.
Vayechi: A False WorldA litigant once slipped a five coin bribe to the judge during a trial. Trusting that the coins were golden, the judge ruled in the litigant’s favor. Upon leaving the courtroom the judge noticed that the coins we copper. He lifted his eyes heavenward and muttered, O’, what a false world you created.
Vayigash:: We Are FamilyThere is more that binds us than what divides us.
The Diaspora Mindset and HanukkahDon’t buy into the notion that you can adopt western secular values without diluting your Jewish values. This fence cannot be straddled.
Vayeshev: At HomeWe are in the diaspora for a purpose. To help make these lands a holier and more G-dly place. But that is our job. It’s not our home.
Jacob and Esau: Why We GiveThat there are two basic reasons for offering a gift. One is to help the needy, the other is to gain favor with the wealthy.
On the Parsha: Putting Children FirstWhen you enter marriage to build a family, you view the entire family, children and parents, as a single unit.
The Secret of Jewish SurvivalIt is not only our physical survival that evokes wonder, it is the survival of our spirit.
The Joys of Hard Work - Learning from AbrahamWhat we can learn from Abraham is that rest is overrated.
Vayera: The Final JourneyThe Torah doesn’t say that Abraham built an inn, but that he planted an inn.
Noah: Unity of ThoughtEntering the ark, entering the words of the Torah.
Simchat Torah: Festival of TransformationIt is the season of transformation as well.
Ki Tavo: The Ice bucket ChallengeWhen ice buckets started raining down on North America, rockets stopped raining down on Israel.
Jewish PrideMount Sinai was smaller than all the other mountains.
Metzora: The Jewish HouseIt was important to G-d that we know the value of a Jewish house.
Purim Celebrates Reversing AssimilationExploring the word Shushan, leads to an interesting conclusion.
Pikudei: To Serve HimThis essay is about silver coins because we will reference it twice in this week’s Torah reading.
Vayakhel: LoveWhy have the Sabbath (Shabbat) on Saturday?
Golden Calf SyndromeSpend more time with your family. Play more often with your children. Spend more money on gifts. Give more than you take.
The SanctuaryWhy the Replica? Have you ever noticed that we go out of our way to turn the Sanctuary into a replica of the Bet Hamikdash, the ancient temple?
Beshalach: From Many - OneWe are drawn by our very nature to the unifying factor.
Hebrew Months - An Inspiring ExplanationA fascinating exploration of the history of Jewish months and their names based on Ramban (Nachmanides).
No BreakIt is only because those years were so good that the suffering that followed was so difficult.
Vayeshev: You Are a GemWhy Israel and Jacob are both used for the Jewish people.
No Generation GapThe Torah guides us in grandparent-parent-child relationships.
The Proselyte's SoulCreating souls.
Devarim: Your Dying WordsMoses was wise to wait till the end with his reprimand because a dying person is given more leeway. If a healthy person reprimands it provokes defensiveness and resentment.
The Torah's Answer to Peer PressureIt is right here in the weekly reading if you look for layers of meaning.
Does Judaism Mandate Withdrawal or Engagement?How are we expected to deal with the world?
Shlach: On the Fringes of ToleranceTruthfully, the only times we can be tolerant is if we are not truly invested in the values or in those who hold them. Tolerance for every possible opinion can only mean that you cherish no opinion as sacred truth.
Acharei Mot: Response to TragedyWhen we can no longer be happy, we discover that happiness was never the goal. The goal was greater than us and in that there is meaning, happiness and infinite achievement. In this there is G-d.
Purim: G-d Wants To Be ChosenThe Purim story showed for the first time that when we chose G-d at Sinai, we did it for G-d, not for us. Had it been only for what we got from G-d, we would have abandoned Him at Purim.
Mishpatim: Finding the TruthListening, thinking, debating - what are judges to do, according to the Torah?
Manna from Heaven: Gift WrapGift wrapping sends a message to the recipient beyond the gift itself.
Vayigash: Master of SelfThe more powerful your personality, the more difficult it is to overpower yourself. Look at Joseph.
Thoughts on the Tragic Connecticut School MassacreThe killers of children were once school children themselves. Perhaps there is where we have to start.
Miketz: Emotional StarvationWhy did the thin cows swallow the robust cows and remain thin?
Civilian Casualties: The Ethical DilemmaJacob was concerned about collateral damage. He worried that others might be killed in the heat of battle. He was not worried about harming Esau, who was out to kill him.
Vayera: Selfishness is CrueltyThe lessons of Sodom easily are transferred to the context of today.
Sukkot: Topping Yom KippurNow the work of Teshuva begins in earnest, said the sixth Rebbe of Chabad.
Mattot-Masei Lead Us HomeIn Israel I am religiously at home. Everything falls into place. The land itself is holy. Its spirit resonates with mine, its rhythms match my own and its history is my-story. The feelings of a Jew who has yet to make aliyah.
Naso: Judaism is EgalitarianThe Jew never sought out an easy life. The Jew seeks a meaningful life.
Shavuot: How to Celebrate AnniversariesShavuot is the anniversary of the wedding of G-d and the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.
Why Doesn’t G-d Do Miracles Anymore? (Israel Reading)The natural order was established by G-d, who prefers to leave it unchanged. A believer sees the natural order as a continuous string of miracles put in place by G-d.
Tazria Metzora: Do We Really Have Free Choice?We are familiar with the famous dictum Ubacharta Bachayim, you shall choose life. The Torah’s use of the word, choose, enshrines the principle of free choice. But many are surprised to learn that this is not always so.
Escapism is not a SolutionThere are those who fix and those who flee, those who take responsibility and those who lay blame.
Yitro: Should Freedom Be Imposed?It sounds like an oxymoron, until we understand that Torah is our freedom app.