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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

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

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

Drinking on Purim: When Ignorance is Bliss

On Purim we are challenged to transform the Hamans in our lives into Mordecais., 2/22/2013, 2:07 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

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

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

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

Rambam On Sacrifices: Integration and Harmony

Does Maimonides, “that famous Jew”, find harmony between halakhic man and reason? , 3/24/2012, 11:24 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

What the Dreidel Tells Us About Miracles

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. I made it out of clay…, 12/20/2011, 10:28 AM

Rachel Teaches Us How to Pray

Why the two explanations for the name Rachel gave to her long-awaited first born son?, 12/1/2011, 10:24 AM

Natural versus Artificial Man

, 9/27/2011, 11:10 AM

National Mourning in the Jewish Tradition

The destruction of the Second Temple, the Churban, changed the course of Jewish history and destiny; its repercussions affected every aspect of our national and religious character. We were fundamentally transformed as a people. , 8/8/2011, 10:46 AM

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 Troika Hillel Sandwich

, 4/17/2011, 8:08 PM

Pikudei: The Personal Touch

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

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

True or False? Always? Sometimes

, 1/29/2011, 10:26 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

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

Natural vs. Artificial Man

Our lives are spent straddling this divide – the real and the fantasy...a Rosh Hashanah message., 9/6/2010, 12:27 AM

Be Optimistic!

We ache. We fear. We tremble. We feel lost in this world. But let us, this holy season, resolve not to allow these to touch our hearts. , 8/23/2010, 10:28 AM