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Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

Fasting: What For?

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

Reflections on the Uniform of the IDF

HaRav Tzvi Yehuda Kook: "...the holiness of the army uniform in Israel is fundamental, inherent holiness. This is the holiness of accessories of a mitzvah, from every perspective…", 7/10/2013, 11:28 AM

Strangers Among Us

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

Looking for Light

The Jewish calendar - a spiritual quest., 6/14/2013, 9:10 AM

A Jew for All Jews: Donald Butler

In memory of someone who was a giant of the Jewish American community, a fierce upholder of Orthodox Jewish values - and a dear friend., 5/3/2013, 11:23 AM

A Jewish Carpe Diem - Hayom is the Day!

What more concrete example of the importance of Torah and the power of days than the counting down from the end of Pesah to the Chag Matan Torah?, 4/25/2013, 9:56 AM

Words Matter: Chasid, Chesed and Chasidah

Deeper meanings and understandings of a word in the parsha that is related yet different from similar words we use everyday., 4/4/2013, 7:55 PM

Hakarat Hatov: Not Just "Thank You", Dayeinu

Our service to God is not for His need but for our own. And what are we thanking God for? For inspiring us to give thanks. , 3/21/2013, 8:30 PM

The Hillel Sandwich

Symbol or meal?, 3/13/2013, 11:34 PM

Trumah: Tzedakah is a Mirror of the Divine

Giving charity and acting with lovingkindness is holding a mirror up to the Divine., 2/14/2013, 7:11 PM

Violent Video Games and the Slaughter of Our Children

If the gamer does not become more violent by virtue of his experience in playing video games, he becomes desensitized to the violence around him., 1/31/2013, 11:46 PM

It's Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn

Rosh Chodesh and Parshat Bo are linked by a profound lesson in Jewish history., 1/17/2013, 11:22 AM

Vegetarianism and Kashrut: Jewish vs. Egyptian Approach

What we value and the hierarchy of life, 12/20/2012, 12:22 PM

Hanukkah for a Generation in Need of Rededication

Judah Macabee’s enemy was clear. Can the same be said for our own? This year, do your share to let the light in., 12/8/2012, 6:24 PM

Vayetze: The Measure of Time

Yaakov considered the seven long years he labored to marry Rachel but a few days - how could that be?, 11/22/2012, 9:39 PM

Chessed, Then and Now

Widen your field of vision, sit outside the tent - and see what has to be done., 11/1/2012, 9:36 AM

Marking Time in the New Year

Who controls our calendar, the moments in our lives?, 9/12/2012, 12:43 PM

Parshat Re'eh: Everyone Eats

How is a Jew to respond when challenged as to why he imposes upon himself not ceremonies dedicated solely to the enjoyment of eating, as the rather strict limitations on what he can eat? , 8/16/2012, 5:46 PM

Post-Tisha B’Av: Tears for Shavel

Rabbi Soloveitchik emphasized that Tisha B’Av is a day devoted not only to the destruction of the two Temples, but also to our “historic recollection of all the tragedies that have befallen our people over the centuries… , 8/10/2012, 4:56 PM

Veshinantam: Your Son, Your Student

The four keys to successful teaching, for parents and educators. And a plea to hold on to those who need their teacher's guidance the most., 8/2/2012, 9:25 AM

When We Kasher, What Are We Kashering?

The methods of making utensils kosher have a spiritual parallel in Jewish life., 7/19/2012, 6:00 PM

A Wise and Caring Wife - The Best of All Worlds

Ohn was one of Korach's organizers, but his wife made him see reality., 6/22/2012, 2:15 PM

A Wise and Loving Wife - What Could be Better?

A wise woman acts in many ways so as to strengthen and build up her home - meaning family - said our Sages. Ohn, one of Korach's organizers, had good reason to agree., 6/21/2012, 1:14 AM

Moments of Redemption in Our Lives: Jerusalem

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle".- Albert Einstein , 6/1/2012, 4:47 PM

Bamidbar: Personal Responsibility, not Bureaucracy

When we focus on a task that is solely ours to accomplish, we work to our fullest capability. When there are others who share responsibility, we tend not to perform to our highest potential , 5/23/2012, 10:28 AM

Siyum - A Pivot Point in Time

There is a profound difference between counting baOmer and laOmer. It is important that we count to know where we are… and where we are yet to go. , 5/9/2012, 11:05 AM

A Day Worthy of Celebration

, 4/19/2012, 7:29 AM

Who Knows Thirteen? Who Knows One?

The Seder reminds us of the special relationship we have with G-d, and the numbers are part of it., 4/4/2012, 1:24 PM

Community, Unity and The Command to Be Drunk on Purim

Did our Sages really want us to confuse Haman and Mordechai? A fresh look at drinking on Purim., 3/3/2012, 11:20 PM

Teacher! Love Your Students!

Students need more than chapters, pages and lessons., 2/23/2012, 11:32 PM

For Holocaust Day: A Lesson in Renewal

Wherein lies the mystery of Rosh Chodesh? Just as at given times of the month it is impossible to contemplate or even imagine a moon, so at given points of history it will be hard to imagine Jews and Judaism. For Holocaust Remembrance Day. , 1/27/2012, 8:22 AM

A Lesson in Renewal

Titus’ statement of conquest and humiliation was transformed into a symbol of Jewish pride. Jews live and exist even in darkness, they continue to shine even when persecuted and humiliated. , 1/18/2012, 6:42 AM

Fathers and Sons

Yaakov's mourning for the loss of Yosef was inconsolable, as it was the grief of a father for his child., 12/30/2011, 1:25 AM

Jewish Optimism

Psalm 27, said daily from 2nd Elul to Hoshana Rabba: "...The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid"?, 9/15/2011, 7:36 PM

Man Alone and in Community

, 9/1/2011, 8:19 PM

Iasi Pogrom-A Stain on History

“Now I understand,” whispered my sister, bending down and picking up the document I had given her, “now I understand everything…”. Her recurring nightmare had been real. , 6/24/2011, 3:47 PM

The Nazir: Live in Moderation

The Nazir's sin is that he cannot live with moderation. He cannot live within the norm. He can find peace only in the extreme. For this he is condemned and must seek atonement., 6/2/2011, 1:48 PM

Behar: Numbers are Significant

No number has the power and significance of the number seven., 5/12/2011, 2:45 PM

Metzora: The Art of Speech

Speech is power. And with power comes danger., 4/8/2011, 5:01 PM

Shmini: The Power of Humility

Only the truly humble can be made great., 3/24/2011, 4:48 PM

Get Into the Real Purim Spirit

Klal Yisrael. All of Israel. One people. One community. One. Would that it were always so!, 3/10/2011, 11:57 AM

Pikudei: The Personal Touch

A lesson for the last portion of Exodus, read this week., 3/3/2011, 11:59 AM

Ki Tisa: Asking the Impossible

How can we know G-d?, 2/17/2011, 7:11 PM

Tetsave: The Perfect Community

“AND YOU SHALL command the children of Israel.”, 2/10/2011, 8:50 PM

Love: The Key to Education

Is there a standardized lesson plan from which we can derive instruction as to how to transmit more than just dry knowledge and information to students? , 2/6/2011, 11:16 PM

Manna--The Tough Free Food Test

Which position presents a greater challenge – readily available cuts of prime ribs or the continued dependence on G-d’s manna? A Divine question, indeed., 1/13/2011, 3:22 PM

How Much Does a Child Cost?

It seems that HaShem intended for the baby - the Jewish People- to first crawl and then walk., 12/30/2010, 8:51 AM

Shmot: Birth Announcements

, 12/23/2010, 12:01 PM

Chanukah: Display and Meaning

Chanukah is a holiday with outer display, but inner meaning., 11/30/2010, 10:19 PM

Kosher Food--A New Trend?

Food matters., 9/21/2010, 2:56 AM

For a Nation to Mourn as One

There are times when the community functions as an individual, and other times then, when the individual is one with the community. Tisha B'Av is one such time., 7/13/2010, 4:00 PM

Revisiting a Familiar Narrative

The four sons are familiar to us, but here is another way of interpreting their roles., 3/29/2010, 12:48 AM

The Significant Seder Sandwich

Our daily bread is more than the sum of its calories and the Hillel sandwich we eat at the Passover seder is more than a sandwich. It is a symbolic message about freedom and salvation., 3/16/2010, 2:55 PM