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Vayera: The Final Journey

The Torah doesn’t say that Abraham built an inn, but that he planted an inn., 11/6/2014, 5:41 PM

Noah: Unity of Thought

Entering the ark, entering the words of the Torah., 10/23/2014, 8:44 AM

Simchat Torah: Festival of Transformation

It is the season of transformation as well., 10/14/2014, 10:31 PM

Ki Tavo: The Ice bucket Challenge

When ice buckets started raining down on North America, rockets stopped raining down on Israel., 9/10/2014, 6:10 AM

Jewish Pride

Mount Sinai was smaller than all the other mountains., 5/8/2014, 9:04 AM

Metzora: The Jewish House

It was important to G-d that we know the value of a Jewish house., 4/3/2014, 9:06 AM

Purim Celebrates Reversing Assimilation

Exploring the word Shushan, leads to an interesting conclusion., 3/15/2014, 8:39 PM

Pikudei: To Serve Him

This essay is about silver coins because we will reference it twice in this week’s Torah reading., 2/27/2014, 5:03 PM

Vayakhel: Love

Why have the Sabbath (Shabbat) on Saturday?, 2/20/2014, 10:22 AM

Golden Calf Syndrome

Spend more time with your family. Play more often with your children. Spend more money on gifts. Give more than you take., 2/12/2014, 10:55 PM

The Sanctuary

Why 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?, 1/30/2014, 9:08 AM

Beshalach: From Many - One

We are drawn by our very nature to the unifying factor., 1/8/2014, 9:13 AM

Hebrew Months - An Inspiring Explanation

A fascinating exploration of the history of Jewish months and their names based on Ramban (Nachmanides)., 1/2/2014, 3:12 PM

No Break

It is only because those years were so good that the suffering that followed was so difficult. , 12/14/2013, 10:23 PM

Vayeshev: You Are a Gem

Why Israel and Jacob are both used for the Jewish people., 11/21/2013, 12:47 PM

No Generation Gap

The Torah guides us in grandparent-parent-child relationships., 11/1/2013, 8:53 AM

Eshel Avraham: Eat and Drink

, 10/17/2013, 9:49 AM

The Proselyte's Soul

Creating souls., 10/10/2013, 10:29 AM

Devarim: Your Dying Words

Moses 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., 7/12/2013, 11:32 AM

The Torah's Answer to Peer Pressure

It is right here in the weekly reading if you look for layers of meaning., 7/4/2013, 4:57 PM

Does Judaism Mandate Withdrawal or Engagement?

How are we expected to deal with the world?, 6/13/2013, 8:59 AM

Shlach: On the Fringes of Tolerance

Truthfully, 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., 5/30/2013, 7:29 AM

Acharei Mot: Response to Tragedy

When 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. , 4/18/2013, 10:41 AM

The Temple of Our Home

, 3/7/2013, 2:41 PM

Mishpatim: Finding the Truth

Listening, thinking, debating - what are judges to do, according to the Torah?, 2/7/2013, 6:24 PM

Vayigash: Master of Self

The more powerful your personality, the more difficult it is to overpower yourself. Look at Joseph., 12/20/2012, 12:16 PM

Thoughts on the Tragic Connecticut School Massacre

The killers of children were once school children themselves. Perhaps there is where we have to start., 12/17/2012, 10:31 AM

Miketz: Emotional Starvation

Why did the thin cows swallow the robust cows and remain thin?, 12/13/2012, 8:26 AM

Civilian Casualties: The Ethical Dilemma

Jacob 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., 11/25/2012, 8:51 PM

Can I Be Happy for You?

, 11/22/2012, 9:47 PM

Vayera: Selfishness is Cruelty

The lessons of Sodom easily are transferred to the context of today., 11/1/2012, 9:16 AM

Trickledown Religion-omics

Abraham was advised to try the trickledown approach when G-d told him to step away from his father’s home, birthplace and land., 10/25/2012, 8:35 AM

Sukkot: Topping Yom Kippur

Now the work of Teshuva begins in earnest, said the sixth Rebbe of Chabad. , 9/30/2012, 2:34 PM

Mattot-Masei Lead Us Home

In 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., 7/19/2012, 4:30 PM

Naso: Judaism is Egalitarian

The Jew never sought out an easy life. The Jew seeks a meaningful life., 5/31/2012, 2:00 PM

Shavuot: How to Celebrate Anniversaries

Shavuot is the anniversary of the wedding of G-d and the Jewish people at Mount Sinai., 5/23/2012, 1:45 PM

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. , 5/3/2012, 11:59 AM

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., 4/21/2012, 8:50 AM

Ki Tisa: The Cruelty of Abuse

When our ancestors worshipped the Golden Calf they were in national infancy. When they sinned, they needed reassurence., 3/9/2012, 12:19 AM

Discipline Your Child - With Love

There are two options for discipline, but they have a common denominator., 3/2/2012, 12:47 PM

Escapism is not a Solution

There are those who fix and those who flee, those who take responsibility and those who lay blame., 2/23/2012, 10:09 PM

Yitro: Should Freedom Be Imposed?

It sounds like an oxymoron, until we understand that Torah is our freedom app., 2/9/2012, 6:54 AM

B'Shalach: Prayer is the Interface of Love

Strike while the iron is hot, while opportunity lives. Tap into the intense flow of love brought to the fore by our momentous bond with G-d during prayer and you will see “water flow from the rock.” , 2/1/2012, 8:30 PM

Mezuzah: Interfacing with G-d

The mezuzah has a deeper meaning than protection., 1/27/2012, 8:16 AM

Rewrite Your Script

We can change our scripts because they are ours, they belong to us. No one scripts them for us and no one foists them on us. , 12/9/2011, 1:07 AM

In the Clouds, On the Street

Can we emerge from our protective spiritual cocoons without compromising our piety and integrity?, 11/3/2011, 10:21 AM

The Key is Education

We can all be young at heart with a thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm for learning. Let us therefore commit ourselves to the best of Jewish education for our children and ourselves., 9/22/2011, 12:04 PM

Giving With Your Whole Heart

The more often we give the more determined G-d is to continue the act of creation. , 8/25/2011, 3:53 AM

Eikev: Feeling the Crunch? Be Strong

What is popular is not necessarily right and if this is true of the markets it is even truer of religion., 8/19/2011, 4:00 PM

What I Learned from the US Debt Crisis

There are all kinds of deficits. You don't want to default on the one the writer describes., 8/6/2011, 10:28 PM

Dvarim: Whom Do You Love?

We, in the current era, place barriers around ourselves to prevent our entry into the virtual Holy Land., 8/5/2011, 10:39 AM

Brain Death

To those who argue that Torah without science is incomplete, the author responds that science without Torah is tragic., 3/27/2011, 11:24 PM

Purim: When Hebrews Became Jews

Did you know that the first time the word Jews is used to describe the Chosen People, is in the text of the Scroll of Esther?, 3/10/2011, 12:09 PM

The Jewish Woman

Women are the vanguard of the Jewish people. What is their secret?, 2/27/2011, 12:10 AM

The Case for the Old Values

The oldest trade in the world is properly judged by the oldest, unchanging ethical values in the world. , 12/21/2010, 5:19 PM

Chayei Sara: The Sacred Space

Women are different from men; as different as different can be. Yet despite the differences or perhaps because of them, a marriage can thrive. G-d is different from us, yet because of those differences our marriage with Him also thrives., 10/28/2010, 9:52 AM