Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

What does it take?

Humility is Only for the Strong Teshuva Only for the Humble, 9/10/2017, 10:32 AM

What's love got to do with it?

Love, yes, but also hard work., 9/5/2017, 7:06 PM

Data Plan? Who decides – you or your IPhone?

A Jew must be master of his movement in the world; he cannot allow himself to be swayed by outside forces.  , 8/17/2017, 8:41 PM

We're all in this together

Comfort, presence and prayer., 8/2/2017, 5:36 PM

The present rests upon the past, the future upon the present

Make sure your children know from whence they came., 7/16/2017, 12:46 PM

Out of the mouths of spin, propaganda,lies

Cable, network, print media – we live in an “age of Bilaam,” the biblical "talking head.", 7/10/2017, 7:12 AM

Chukat: So hard to say goodbye

A lesson in facing a loved one's death, here in the Parsha., 6/30/2017, 6:01 AM

Once is not enough

, 5/23/2017, 4:37 PM

Shabbat and holidays: In the parts is the way to the whole

Sabbath and the holidays each have a unique role., 5/14/2017, 11:24 PM

Political correctness is no substitute for truth

We must show compassion and sensitivity to the person, not the act. , 5/5/2017, 10:11 AM

A simple task? A menial task? A mitzvah

The kohanim would draw lots to determine who would have the privilege of cleaning the ashes!  , 4/8/2017, 11:35 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Details

As God tends to our needs and wants, doesn’t it make sense to likewise orient ourselves to the needs and wants of our wives?, 3/24/2017, 11:54 AM

Student, scholar

Inside and outside must match., 3/4/2017, 11:59 PM

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

Fins and scales

Fish, children and scholars., 9/4/2016, 12:25 AM

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

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