Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

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

<I>Chukat</I>: The Nature of a Leader

The natural is as astounding as the supernatural., 6/21/2007, 12:30 AM

<I>Korach</I>: Turning the Other Cheek

Moses never grew angry over Datan and Abiram., 6/14/2007, 7:08 PM

<I>Shelach</I>: Another Perspective

Human beings are wired to deny the inscrutable., 6/6/2007, 6:58 PM

<I>Naso</I>: A Healthy Environment

Go the extra mile., 5/25/2007, 12:45 AM

<I>Behar-Bechukotai</I>: Liberty and Misery

Is there room for self-expression in Judaism?, 5/10/2007, 12:14 AM

<I>Emor</I>: Meaningful Choices

Forbidden temptation is what makes us human., 5/3/2007, 10:13 PM

<I>Metzora</I>: Priest and Pariah

Ulterior motives in performing Torah commandments., 4/20/2007, 11:08 AM

Passover: A Contemporary Tale?

There are four stages of slavery - and of freedom., 4/1/2007, 12:45 PM

<i>Vayikra</i>: Are Animal Sacrifices Cruel?

Animal sacrifice is still condoned., 3/22/2007, 12:43 AM

<I>Ki Tisa</I>: The Anatomy of Fear

There is a good kind of fear, FDR notwithstanding., 3/8/2007, 12:16 PM

<I>Tetzaveh</I>: When Right Meets Left

The meaning of right and left, north and south., 2/28/2007, 4:47 PM