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.
Emor (Diaspora): Today, every dayChange and the challenge of life.
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.
Jealousy rots; envy can redeemThe story of a special grave.
Love, the distorter of timeCould time really move at varying paces depending on our age? Yaakov is a perfect case in point.
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.
Marking Time - A Blink of an Eye and The Moments of Our LivesWe mark time, but we do not corral it.
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?
The Wise Zeide in the ParshaThe antidote to the urgency of now.
The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…The evil guard at Auschwitz saw only the smoke coming from the smokestacks of the crematoria.
Chukat: Can You “Google” It?The power of paradox and mystery.
Korach: No Man is an IslandPride goes before a fall.
Given Eyes to SeeSeeing is not always believing.
Come Up to Learn, Come Up to InspireBe what you would have your pupils be. All other teaching is unblessed mockery and apery - Thomas Carlyle.
Peace, Peace, You Shall PursueRodeph Shalom: peace as fullness, completeness and accepting divergent views within the framework of Torah.
Yizkor: RememberingIn the past, we see our future.
Behar:SevenThe power of numbers.
Emor: This Day - Lag B'Omer Leads Us to ShavuotDerech Eretz and the Study of Torah.
Kedoshim: Love is More than the Negative of a NegativeThe lesson of Kedoshim.
Let He Who Does Not Live in a Glass House…Humility is the prerequisite for genuine spirituality.
The Art of PreparationThe preparation was no less significant that the actual receiving of the Torah.
OOPS! is no excuseThere is always a history to sin, always a “trail of missteps.”
Pekudei: Each and Every Day Holiness is Step by StepWhat is the greater challenge, a moment of brilliance or a consistent, ongoing goodness?
The Music of a CommunityIt takes a village...
To Walk Behind GodWhen We Give, Our Greatest Gift is Dignity
The Kippa: Crown of Honor, Sign of Humility, TargetWould that the ugliness of anti-Semitism were a thing of the past, a relic of time that saw its most horrific expression less than a century ago. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Thou Shalt Not Covet: Who Can Legislate Morality?Judaism teaches that a person may not contemplate or desire that which he may not attain or that which is forbidden to attain.