Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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

, 10/4/2013, 1:36 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural versus Artificial Man

, 9/27/2011, 11:10 AM

Man Alone and in Community

, 9/1/2011, 8:19 PM

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

The Nullity and the Greatness

The tension of Man's duality on Yom Kippur., 9/22/2009, 12:48 AM

Designing Your Own Calendar

These calendars are never discarded., 9/10/2009, 11:02 AM

National Mourning

Is there any calamity that can transform a nation?, 7/13/2009, 1:06 PM