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Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

Beshalach: Life as a Symphony

Shirah (poetry and song) and becoming an adult., 1/29/2015, 8:09 AM

Time and Meaning: "This month shall be for you.."

Each second, each moment., 1/23/2015, 7:59 AM

Enough!

"It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews" (Hassidic Master), 1/15/2015, 10:30 AM

To Be a Mentsch - Learning from Moses

Gratitude and consideration are the marks of a decent human being, a mentsch., 1/9/2015, 3:25 PM

Vayigash: Things Never Said

Why do we not hear about the feelings of Benjamin's sons at the thought that their father would be a captive? Why only Jacob's feelings are taken into account?, 12/25/2014, 6:49 AM

The Wisdom of the Dreidle

Comfort in an impossible world., 12/19/2014, 6:39 AM

“I Have Lived with Laban” - Exile in the Secular World

In instances too numerous to list, we have been terrorized. And each time, we returned to recite HaGomel. , 12/5/2014, 10:46 AM

On the Parsha: Failure is Our Only Option

Success is built on a foundation of failed attempts., 11/27/2014, 8:00 AM

The Blessings of a Father

Isaac was well aware of whom he was blessing and how., 11/20/2014, 7:48 AM

Who Watches the Watchman

When the watchman errs, who is there to watch the watchman? And why generalize from one aberration?, 11/17/2014, 7:20 AM

Hevron, from "Hibur" - Connection and Unity

Like Abraham, we continue to pay a high price for the land., 11/12/2014, 10:37 PM

Jonah and ISIS

Evil misunderstands a prophet of the Lord. , 9/28/2014, 7:27 AM

Criticism

The first step to teshuva is hakarat ha’chet, the recogni­tion that we sinned., 9/11/2014, 12:14 AM

Ki Tetsei: We Forget Amalek at Our Peril

The world would do well to mirror the courage and decisiveness of the IDF in acting to “wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.”, 9/4/2014, 4:53 PM

Shoftim: The Value of Each Life

In the history of warfare, has there been a fighting force more willing, more determined, to see its “enemy” not as the “other” but as individual human beings?, 8/28/2014, 11:46 PM

The Ten Commandments: Do not Covet

The Torah’s intention is to train the Jew that what is forbidden and prohibited is unattainable and therefore unthinkable. , 8/7/2014, 9:04 AM

Courage: Rabbi Yisroel Spira Zts"l of Bluzhev

Dignity before History, dignity before G-d. , 8/4/2014, 10:46 AM

The Journey of Our LIves

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. (Ernest Hemingway) , 7/24/2014, 4:05 PM

Extremism is not Religious Fervor

The Lubavitcher Rebbe and NCSY have much in common., 7/17/2014, 10:28 AM

The Argument Against Extremism

Elijah (Eliyahu) and Pinchas., 7/10/2014, 12:38 AM

Chukat: Singing with the Children

When to sing with them and when to let them sing solo., 6/26/2014, 1:31 AM

Given Eyes to See

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes, when we think we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick…, 6/12/2014, 8:57 PM

Justice for the Agunah

Beit Din, the Sabbath and he who would withhold a get., 6/10/2014, 8:01 AM

The Nazir: Man's Desire for Meaning

Turning away vs. turning towards. For Parashat Naso, this week's Torah reading., 5/29/2014, 6:44 AM

Finding Our Way

After escaping Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in a place with no street markers, no sign posts, and no corner filling stations., 5/26/2014, 12:53 PM

Ethics of the Fathers: Live and Let Live

A chapter of Pirke Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, is read each Sabbath starting with Passover. This week's reading analyzes the idea to "live and let live"., 5/17/2014, 10:44 PM

Pirkei Avot: Before Whom One Toils

From Passover on, a chapter of Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot) is read on each Sabbath afternoon. , 5/10/2014, 11:10 PM

Yom Hazikaron, Yom Haatzmaut: Who Are We?

The question – and its answer – must be weighed against the awesome backdrop of our history., 5/3/2014, 9:40 AM

A True Friend: Lesson on Pirkei Avot

The rabbis put getting a teacher and acquiring a friend in one exhortation - might not the rabbis have confused the two?, 4/26/2014, 10:01 PM

4 Sons - A Lesson for Parents and Teachers

On finding the right method for each student., 4/9/2014, 6:01 AM

The Art of Preparation

Being prepared for an event is part and parcel of experiencing it., 4/2/2014, 5:19 PM

Words Matter

Three words with the same root, but learn the different meanings., 3/20/2014, 4:08 PM

Behind Our Masks

Who am I?, 3/15/2014, 9:12 PM

Sacrifices

Maimonides and halakha., 3/7/2014, 6:45 AM

Each and Every Day

Holiness is step by step., 2/27/2014, 4:41 PM

Open Orthodoxy: How to Lead; How to Follow

What Makes a Community a Community? A message to Open Orthodoxy., 2/6/2014, 10:12 AM

G-d Loves Our Lost Children

A parent’s love for his or her child must be unqualified, as God’s is for His people. , 1/30/2014, 5:28 PM

To Speak for the Trees…(For Tu Bishvat)

The Jewish New Year for Trees, Tu Bishvat (15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat), is on Thursday, January 16, this year., 1/16/2014, 11:25 AM

The New Month - A Lesson in Renewal

Was it irony or fate that this symbol of a strong, dynamic and re­newed State of Israel was taken directly from the Arch of Titus? That Titus’ statement of conquest and humiliation was transformed into a symbol of Jewish pride. , 1/2/2014, 3:19 PM

“Selfies”; A Sad Phenomenon of Our Time

The Oxford English Dictionary, the most prestigious guardian of the English language, has declared “selfie” to be the word of the year., 12/26/2013, 5:18 PM

Birth Announcements

Rearing a child, particularly in the midst of a galut, in a secular society and in challenging times, not only deserves but demands high praise and recognition. , 12/22/2013, 10:12 PM

Disposable Students: When a Student "Doesn't Fit In"

It is registration time for yeshivas and ulpenas (girls' religious high schools) again. It is also the time when there is "weeding out" of students who do not 'fit in'. An impassioned plea., 12/19/2013, 10:50 AM

To Confer a Blessing

A Blessing Makes Us Aware, Not of Sameness but of Uniqueness. , 12/12/2013, 10:57 AM

Miracles: The Safran Dreidle Collection (Photo Essay)

Be realistic; plan for a miracle (Osho). , 12/2/2013, 11:03 AM

Celebrity? Stardom? Glory?

We have so little understanding of much that we do – or its consequence., 11/21/2013, 12:53 PM

Religious Divorce Must Not Be an Emotional Weapon

Breaking up is hard to do, but we must not have a situation where we marry as Bnai Torah and divorce like terrorists. A response to an issue making headlines in NY., 11/20/2013, 5:49 PM

A Match Made in Heaven - Chaye Sarah

Man proposes, God disposes, even in the world of Biblical matchmaking., 10/24/2013, 9:19 AM

Teaching Students, Not Subjects

And when you throw them out, where do you think they will go?, 10/17/2013, 9:09 AM

Noah - A Human Faith

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Fractured Man, Whole Man

The nullity of being and the greatness of being vie for their role in our lives., 9/10/2013, 7:35 AM

To Know Before Whom One Toils

Who decides who is good enough?, 8/22/2013, 8:17 AM

Psalm 27: Jewish Optimism

This psalm is said from the first day of the month of Elul through the last of Sukkot. What does it tell us?, 8/15/2013, 7:04 PM

Move de Line: Agunot and Shalom Bayit

Shalom Bayit. Shalom Aleinu: A Plea for Peace and Understanding , 8/13/2013, 8:45 AM

Fasting: What For?

Is fasting an exercise in righteousness or just hunger pangs?, 7/14/2013, 12:54 PM

Strangers Among Us

Zealousness that can be praised., 6/27/2013, 6:30 PM