Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

Mishpatim: There are no alternative facts

How did we obey before we knew the facts?, 2/24/2017, 8:00 AM


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. , 2/19/2017, 1:17 AM

As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strong

The singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man., 2/11/2017, 10:16 PM

Denial is not a river in Egypt

Denial doesn’t mean there are no consequences., 1/30/2017, 9:16 AM

To grow, to become great

A new child is loved for what he may become..., 1/23/2017, 11:13 AM

Heasfu - Assemble!

The Divine Presence rests only on one in a state of happiness..., 1/14/2017, 11:14 PM

Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lost

Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos , 12/27/2016, 6:00 PM

A mile in his shoes

, 12/22/2016, 10:51 PM

Can we learn from Laban?

Our galut in the secular world., 12/16/2016, 2:18 AM

Love and marriage

There should be a break between falling in love and marriage., 12/8/2016, 12:19 AM

Matchmaking, a holy task

So important, so weighty, so meaningful is the decision that it is sometimes a wonder that any of us manage to cross that threshold!, 11/26/2016, 7:15 PM

Lot, who are you?

, 11/13/2016, 8:15 AM

Until the waters lap at our feet

Knowledge and faith. Noach’s faith was driven by his intellect; it had no passion or emotional intensity. , 11/4/2016, 7:58 AM

Confession: The Klausenberger Rebbe and Rabbi Soloveitchik

The nullity of being and the greatness of being., 10/11/2016, 1:11 PM

Move de line

Shalom Habayit.  Shalom Aleinu. A Plea for Peace and Understanding , 9/19/2016, 7:01 AM

To be pure; to be wholehearted: Devarim 18:13

A Jew’s faith must be complete. We believe., 9/8/2016, 10:18 PM

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?, 8/25/2016, 12:10 PM

Who can legislate morality?

Can we be commanded not to covet?, 8/22/2016, 11:01 AM

We have had three weeks

Three Weeks to recreate a bond of Love, Respect and Passion. , 8/14/2016, 11:59 PM

Kashering and the art of living: Lessons from Matot-Masei

In the world, of the world?, 8/5/2016, 9:15 AM

Chukat (Diaspora): To sing a new song

Our children and students., 7/17/2016, 1:20 AM

What our eyes see

When we see “to discover” rather than “to spy”, we open ourselves up to the wonder and beauty before us., 7/4/2016, 2:10 PM

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The gap year

To teach, to inspire., 6/23/2016, 7:56 AM

For Shavuot: Humility is not weakness

How the labor of learning – unlike physical labor – can be anything but pleasant and wholesome. , 6/9/2016, 5:00 PM

Not a negative does not a positive make

Respect and praise in the age of criticism., 6/2/2016, 9:23 PM

Behar (Diaspora):The numbers don’t lie

Balance and symmetry., 5/27/2016, 11:40 AM

A small people, a great impact

Israel is a light unto the nations., 5/11/2016, 7:02 PM

Parshat Acharei Mot: Israel and morality

When in Rome...?, 5/5/2016, 8:40 AM

Talk is Cheap

Be quick to heal, not to judge. On the Women of the Wall., 4/14/2016, 10:16 AM

In the eye of the beholder

A good eye., 4/7/2016, 11:01 AM

Shmini: The stork and what its name means for us

Deeper meanings and understandings in a name., 3/31/2016, 9:15 AM

Distinguishing blessing from curse

Did Mordechai provoke Haman?, 3/23/2016, 4:18 PM

Build a fence to protect you from yourself

OOPS! is no excuse., 3/16/2016, 10:29 PM

Revelation takes work

Holiness is a step by step engagement., 3/11/2016, 11:07 AM

Vayakhel: The power of beauty

Women, tzniut, holiness and the moon. , 3/3/2016, 9:36 AM

To approach the Divine

God gifts us with the ability to imitate His ways.  Imperfectly, yes.  But God-like nonetheless. , 2/27/2016, 9:21 PM

Tetzaveh: To Be Cloaked In Glory

Clothes, modesty, holiness., 2/18/2016, 9:47 AM

Balance, the way of the Torah scholar

Balance and real humility on the inside and out., 2/12/2016, 4:10 AM

Mishpatim: Sticks and stones

Insults and how we react to them., 2/4/2016, 12:05 PM

Rejoice: What meaning from adversity?

Beyond our hurt and our tears, what becomes of us and who we are?, 1/28/2016, 10:49 PM

Oh, to win the lottery!

The lure, and the curse, of sudden wealth, learned from the desert manna., 1/21/2016, 11:07 AM

Upon our altars

Must we sacrifice our most precious gift, our children?, 1/14/2016, 8:46 AM


It is easier to take Jews out of Galut than to take the Galut out of the Jews - Chasidic Master., 1/7/2016, 9:57 AM

Shmot: Parenting Announcements

Parenting and a child's potential., 1/1/2016, 12:11 PM

Each child to his own blessing

Jacob knew how to give each son the blessing that suited him, but he also saw that all of them were worthy of being blessed., 12/25/2015, 10:10 AM

Benjamin and Jacob: Through the eyes of a child

In honor and loving memory of the writer's parents., 12/17/2015, 8:10 AM

A dreidel  story

Redemption is the ultimate miracle. Even for dreidels., 12/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Yasher Koach: It’s nice to be acknowledged

We all act differently if we know we will be acknowledged or our actions are being recorded., 12/6/2015, 4:28 AM

Women rabbis? When in doubt, be guided by Mesorah

You 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., 12/2/2015, 8:53 PM

Thoughts about Toldot: The whispers of the cynic

Cynicism 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., 11/12/2015, 9:37 AM

Matchmaker, matchmaker

Matchmaking or something infinitely worse?, 11/6/2015, 9:03 AM

Welcoming guests at the Sabbath table

To 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., 10/22/2015, 8:23 AM

Mamzerim and the Cry of the Secular World

Love the sinner, not the sin., 8/28/2015, 9:23 AM

Shoftim The Value of Life

The agreement with Iran in the light of Torah., 8/20/2015, 9:42 AM

Re'eh: To Swim With The Fishes

We are what we eat., 8/13/2015, 6:03 AM

The Challenge of Wealth

Is one supposed to enjoy his wealth or live as a poor man?, 8/7/2015, 10:04 AM

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?, 7/21/2015, 5:49 AM