Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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

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

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

The Art of Preparation

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

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

The Music of a Community

It takes a village..., 3/1/2015, 10:36 AM

To Walk Behind God

When We Give, Our Greatest Gift is Dignity, 2/16/2015, 8:18 AM

The Kippa: Crown of Honor, Sign of Humility, Target

Would 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. , 2/12/2015, 8:59 AM

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., 2/5/2015, 9:01 AM

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

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

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

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

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