Mishpatim: There are no alternative factsHow did we obey before we knew the facts?
Prepare!There are many, many perspectives on how best to prepare but most of the various perspectives can be boiled down to a few universal steps.
As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strongThe singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man.
Denial is not a river in EgyptDenial doesn’t mean there are no consequences.
To grow, to become greatA new child is loved for what he may become...
Heasfu - Assemble!The Divine Presence rests only on one in a state of happiness...
Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lostRapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos
Can we learn from Laban?Our galut in the secular world.
Love and marriageThere should be a break between falling in love and marriage.
Matchmaking, a holy taskSo important, so weighty, so meaningful is the decision that it is sometimes a wonder that any of us manage to cross that threshold!
Until the waters lap at our feetKnowledge and faith. Noach’s faith was driven by his intellect; it had no passion or emotional intensity.
Confession: The Klausenberger Rebbe and Rabbi SoloveitchikThe nullity of being and the greatness of being.
Move de lineShalom Habayit. Shalom Aleinu. A Plea for Peace and Understanding
To be pure; to be wholehearted: Devarim 18:13A Jew’s faith must be complete. We believe.
Eikev: Who's the stranger?A mtzvah that appears 36 times in the Torah has to do with befriending the stranger, but to whom does it refer?
Who can legislate morality?Can we be commanded not to covet?
We have had three weeksThree Weeks to recreate a bond of Love, Respect and Passion.
Kashering and the art of living: Lessons from Matot-MaseiIn the world, of the world?
Chukat (Diaspora): To sing a new songOur children and students.
What our eyes seeWhen we see “to discover” rather than “to spy”, we open ourselves up to the wonder and beauty before us.
Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The gap yearTo teach, to inspire.
For Shavuot: Humility is not weaknessHow the labor of learning – unlike physical labor – can be anything but pleasant and wholesome.
Not a negative does not a positive makeRespect and praise in the age of criticism.
Behar (Diaspora):The numbers don’t lieBalance and symmetry.
A small people, a great impactIsrael is a light unto the nations.
Parshat Acharei Mot: Israel and moralityWhen in Rome...?
Talk is CheapBe quick to heal, not to judge. On the Women of the Wall.
In the eye of the beholderA good eye.
Shmini: The stork and what its name means for usDeeper meanings and understandings in a name.
Distinguishing blessing from curseDid Mordechai provoke Haman?
Build a fence to protect you from yourselfOOPS! is no excuse.
Revelation takes workHoliness is a step by step engagement.
Vayakhel: The power of beautyWomen, tzniut, holiness and the moon.
To approach the DivineGod gifts us with the ability to imitate His ways. Imperfectly, yes. But God-like nonetheless.
Tetzaveh: To Be Cloaked In GloryClothes, modesty, holiness.
Balance, the way of the Torah scholarBalance and real humility on the inside and out.
Mishpatim: Sticks and stonesInsults and how we react to them.
Rejoice: What meaning from adversity?Beyond our hurt and our tears, what becomes of us and who we are?
Oh, to win the lottery!The lure, and the curse, of sudden wealth, learned from the desert manna.
Upon our altarsMust we sacrifice our most precious gift, our children?
Enough!It is easier to take Jews out of Galut than to take the Galut out of the Jews - Chasidic Master.
Shmot: Parenting AnnouncementsParenting and a child's potential.
Each child to his own blessingJacob knew how to give each son the blessing that suited him, but he also saw that all of them were worthy of being blessed.
Benjamin and Jacob: Through the eyes of a childIn honor and loving memory of the writer's parents.
A dreidel storyRedemption is the ultimate miracle. Even for dreidels.
Yasher Koach: It’s nice to be acknowledgedWe all act differently if we know we will be acknowledged or our actions are being recorded.
Women rabbis? When in doubt, be guided by MesorahYou can be learned, pious, filled with spirituality. But, there are limits. A Yisrael cannot be a Kohen. A woman cannot be a rabbi. Here is why.
Thoughts about Toldot: The whispers of the cynicCynicism is incredibly toxic.The Ramban, at the conclusion of Parshas Bo, teaches that even the most meaningful event or experience can be transformed into something meaningless by a bit of cynicism. Nothing remains sacred when tainted by cynicism.
Matchmaker, matchmakerMatchmaking or something infinitely worse?
Welcoming guests at the Sabbath tableTo sit at Henny Machlis' table, at the home of the famous Jerusalem couple whose open house welcomed thousands over the years for Shabbat and holiday meals, was to meet a modern day Abraham and Sarah.
Mamzerim and the Cry of the Secular WorldLove the sinner, not the sin.
Shoftim The Value of LifeThe agreement with Iran in the light of Torah.
Re'eh: To Swim With The FishesWe are what we eat.
The Challenge of WealthIs one supposed to enjoy his wealth or live as a poor man?
The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…Is my father’s lesson, that those who perished left us with a clear mission – to live and thrive, to build a Jewish world, true?