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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

Emor (Diaspora): Today, every day

Change and the challenge of life., 5/20/2016, 5:28 PM

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

Enough!

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

Jealousy rots; envy can redeem

The story of a special grave., 11/27/2015, 2:59 PM

Love, the distorter of time

Could time really move at varying paces depending on our age? Yaakov is a perfect case in point., 11/20/2015, 9:59 AM

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

Marking Time - A Blink of an Eye and The Moments of Our Lives

We mark time, but we do not corral it. , 9/3/2015, 9:28 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

The Wise Zeide in the Parsha

The antidote to the urgency of now. , 7/16/2015, 9:01 AM

The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

The evil guard at Auschwitz saw only the smoke coming from the smokestacks of the crematoria. , 7/6/2015, 11:28 AM

Chukat: Can You “Google” It?

The power of paradox and mystery., 6/26/2015, 8:25 AM

Korach: No Man is an Island

Pride goes before a fall., 6/19/2015, 7:04 AM

Given Eyes to See

Seeing is not always believing., 6/12/2015, 10:00 AM

Come Up to Learn, Come Up to Inspire

Be what you would have your pupils be. All other teaching is unblessed mockery and apery - Thomas Carlyle., 6/4/2015, 1:11 AM

Peace, Peace, You Shall Pursue

Rodeph Shalom: peace as fullness, completeness and accepting divergent views within the framework of Torah., 5/27/2015, 4:49 PM

Yizkor: Remembering

In the past, we see our future., 5/22/2015, 2:18 PM

Behar:Seven

The power of numbers., 5/14/2015, 12:36 PM

Emor: This Day - Lag B'Omer Leads Us to Shavuot

Derech Eretz and the Study of Torah., 5/8/2015, 12:36 PM

Kedoshim: Love is More than the Negative of a Negative

The lesson of Kedoshim., 4/30/2015, 11:00 AM

Let He Who Does Not Live in a Glass House…

Humility is the prerequisite for genuine spirituality., 4/13/2015, 9:55 PM

The Art of Preparation

The preparation was no less significant that the actual receiving of the Torah. , 3/31/2015, 7:57 AM

OOPS! is no excuse

There is always a history to sin, always a “trail of missteps.”, 3/19/2015, 8:44 PM

Pekudei: Each and Every Day Holiness is Step by Step

What is the greater challenge, a moment of brilliance or a consistent, ongoing goodness? , 3/12/2015, 7:49 AM