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.
Mishpatim: Finding the TruthListening, thinking, debating - what are judges to do, according to the Torah?
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.
Trickledown Religion-omicsAbraham was advised to try the trickledown approach when G-d told him to step away from his father’s home, birthplace and land.
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.
Ki Tisa: The Cruelty of AbuseWhen our ancestors worshipped the Golden Calf they were in national infancy. When they sinned, they needed reassurence.
Discipline Your Child - With LoveThere are two options for discipline, but they have a common denominator.
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.
B'Shalach: Prayer is the Interface of LoveStrike 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.”
Mezuzah: Interfacing with G-dThe mezuzah has a deeper meaning than protection.
Rewrite Your ScriptWe 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.
In the Clouds, On the StreetCan we emerge from our protective spiritual cocoons without compromising our piety and integrity?
The Key is EducationWe 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.
Giving With Your Whole HeartThe more often we give the more determined G-d is to continue the act of creation.
Eikev: Feeling the Crunch? Be StrongWhat is popular is not necessarily right and if this is true of the markets it is even truer of religion.
What I Learned from the US Debt CrisisThere are all kinds of deficits. You don't want to default on the one the writer describes.
Dvarim: Whom Do You Love?We, in the current era, place barriers around ourselves to prevent our entry into the virtual Holy Land.
Brain DeathTo those who argue that Torah without science is incomplete, the author responds that science without Torah is tragic.
Purim: When Hebrews Became JewsDid 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?