Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

Vayigash:: We Are Family

There is more that binds us than what divides us., 12/26/2014, 8:58 AM

Vayeshev: At Home

We 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., 12/11/2014, 1:57 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

Beshalach: From Many - One

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

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

Discipline Your Child - With Love

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

Vayera: When Weakness is an Obsession

We lose sight of the forest because we become obsessed with a particular tree. Rather than working for the purpose of supporting our family, work becomes the largest objective of our lives., 11/9/2011, 5:38 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

Lech Lecha: Save the Planet!

Abraham did not surrender and neither shall we., 10/29/2009, 10:04 AM

Simchat Torah: The Dancing Souls

A story of the bond between G-d and Jew., 10/8/2009, 11:23 PM

Sukkot: Displays of Jewish Pride

Are you Jewish outside or only inside?, 10/1/2009, 4:06 AM

Shofar: Humility and Strength

The order of these blasts is curious., 9/14/2009, 11:56 PM

Ki Tavo: Doing It G-d's Way

Reflection on our relationship with HaShem., 9/4/2009, 1:10 AM

Shoftim: Torah or Democracy

Is there a better way?, 8/21/2009, 1:10 AM

Re'eh: A Cup of Coffee

The right size lid is only half of it., 8/12/2009, 1:08 PM

Vaetchanan: Lesson From the Moon

Before the age of Apollo missions and space walks., 7/31/2009, 2:49 AM

Matot-Masei: An Anchored Journey

The message of the double Torah portion., 7/16/2009, 6:40 PM

Pinchas: A Living Heritage

Lessons from the International Dateline., 7/9/2009, 2:10 PM

Sacred Memories

The meaning of empty shoes., 6/3/2009, 11:07 AM

Shavuot: A Bailout Package

G-d also offers bailouts., 5/27/2009, 1:00 PM

Emor: Fight Them With Love

How sin highlights our strengths., 5/6/2009, 9:58 AM

Legislating Moral Conduct

Human rights commissions in light of Torah values., 5/1/2009, 12:11 AM

Tazria-Metzora: A Chance Meeting

Removing the veil - the essence of circumcision., 4/22/2009, 12:32 PM

Shemini: Passover and Beyond

Eight represents a metaphysical order., 4/17/2009, 1:08 PM

When the Sun Sings Again

A constant melody sung by the sun in praise of G-d, 4/3/2009, 12:56 AM

Vayikra: Humility in Gratitude

Let us take a lesson from the Temple sacrifices., 3/25/2009, 1:00 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Monetary Unity

When charity is celebrated., 3/18/2009, 10:53 PM

Zachor: Combating the Skeptic

Amalek is the quintessential skeptic., 3/4/2009, 11:58 AM

Mishpatim: The Baby’s World

Serving G-d simply because we must., 2/18/2009, 11:56 PM

Bo: The Miracle of Nature

The spiritual significance of two calendars., 1/28/2009, 1:46 PM

Va'era: Faith Breeds Confidence

We have spent decades dragging ourselves down., 1/21/2009, 1:00 PM

True Guardians

Legality does not always equate with morality., 1/11/2009, 10:00 AM

Vayeshev: Changing the World

A simple action has far-reaching effects., 12/17/2008, 12:18 PM

Vayishlach: Our Angels

We marvel at Jacob’s familiarity with angels., 12/10/2008, 8:49 PM

Taking a Stand

In a war of values there are no sidelines., 12/2/2008, 12:36 AM

Chayei Sarah: Faith & Suffering

Does faith leave room for grief?, 11/19/2008, 1:37 PM

Lech Lecha: The True You

The real me - what does he look like?, 11/5/2008, 11:00 PM

Noach: Seeds of Light

The moment growth begins., 10/30/2008, 12:41 PM


It is our natural state of equilibrium., 9/1/2008, 12:15 AM

Taking the Plunge

The soul is reluctant to jump, but God guides it., 8/4/2008, 5:53 PM

What's the Jewish Take on Assisted Suicide?

It's forbidden to help someone take their own life, 3/30/2008, 10:03 PM

In the Wake of the Yeshiva Massacre

They lived by the highest ideals known to mankind., 3/11/2008, 8:08 PM

<I>Tezaveh</I>: United We Study

Moses was charged with uniting the people., 2/15/2008, 1:26 AM

<I>Terumah</I>: Messages Within Every Hebrew Word

The Hebrew language is eminently precise., 2/6/2008, 4:08 PM

<I>Yitro</I>: Equality and Unity

What did Jethro hear? What did the nation see?, 1/24/2008, 11:56 PM

<i>Bo</I>: Plagues and Prophecies

When Pharaoh banned Moses from his palace., 1/9/2008, 5:55 PM

A 'Family' Christmas Party?

My extended family is not speaking to us., 12/17/2007, 12:06 PM

<i>Miketz</I>: Dreaming and Effecting Change

Even incidental details in Torah contain messages., 12/7/2007, 2:11 PM

<I>Vayeshev</I>: In Heaven and on Earth

The objective is to connect Heaven and Earth., 11/28/2007, 12:54 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: The Struggle - Inside and Out

Jacob struggled with an angel and prevailed., 11/21/2007, 2:15 PM

<I>Chayei Sarah</I>: Living a Full, Worthy Life

Abraham lived all the years of his life., 10/31/2007, 5:48 PM

<I>Vayera</I>: Prayers, Promises and Good Deeds

The when, who, what, how and why of the parsha., 10/24/2007, 3:20 PM

Sukkot - Inside and Out

Mundane activities can be labeled holy., 9/26/2007, 1:26 AM

<I>Shoftim</I>: Rabbinical Enactments

On what authority do rabbis legislate new laws?, 8/15/2007, 7:30 PM

<I>Matot-Masei</I>: Purposeful Living

There must be more to life than just this., 7/11/2007, 6:27 PM