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Ki Tavo: How to Make a Relationship Grow

In this analysis, we encounter the depth of the Torah’s wisdom, where a single word can unveil a masterful and multifaceted teaching. , 9/16/2011, 5:31 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

Lessons from Japan

What significance the infinitesimal has!, 4/4/2011, 9:50 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

The Jewish Flu in Lech Lecha

Sometimes we just don’t think. We are aware of the dangers, but we look the other way., 10/14/2010, 1:24 PM

Parshat Re’eh: True Kindness

The truest form of charity is to provide without discrimination. This means that we leave it to the poor to decide what is important and what is not. , 8/5/2010, 1:19 PM

Ekev: The Art of Translation

Mediator or translater? What is suitable when hearing Divine words?, 7/29/2010, 1:57 PM

Balak: What the Mitzvah Reveals

Through the Torah portion of Balak, we learn how how every Jew has the power to bring about Moshiach through observing the commandments., 6/24/2010, 2:42 PM

Lessons from a Market Crash

There is a lot to learn from the recent near crash. , 5/5/2010, 5:33 PM

Emor-The Ironic Act of Love

In this coming Sabbath Torah reading, we read of the blasphemer in the desert. The punishment he received had a purpose., 4/28/2010, 10:07 AM

Priorities: Tazria-Metzora

The order in which the forms of tsara'as appear in the text is meaningful., 4/15/2010, 9:36 PM

Shemini: G-d and the Holocaust

How should we respond to the Holocaust? Is the response of Aaron the High Priest to the death of his sons, read this week, a lesson in grieving?, 4/8/2010, 10:54 PM

We Will Survive

The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught the writer that every storm contains a silver lining. The sojourn in Egypt was proof of this., 1/14/2010, 7:54 AM

Shemot: The Innocent Evil

The impact of slander reaches the Heavens., 1/7/2010, 11:48 AM

Vayechi: Leave No Word Unspoken

An opportunity to soothe Joseph's heart., 12/31/2009, 12:06 AM

Lights of Joy and Inspiration

It is up to you, so kindle that light., 12/13/2009, 9:28 PM

Vayishlach: Getting Involved

We belong at our father's table, together., 12/3/2009, 12:25 AM

Vayetze: Grappling With Sin

The dialectic between our holy and selfish aspects., 11/25/2009, 11:30 PM

Vayera: Can You Feel My Pain?

Let us resolve to continue what they began., 11/4/2009, 11:30 PM

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

Unity

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