Returning to roots at the Pesach SederRabbi Twersky: “God created man and dictates how man should behave. In idolatry, man creates his own gods and dictates to them to tell him what he wishes to hear.” This includes all the isms we use to excuse our improper behavior.
Rejuvenation of relationships: Parshat HachodeshIn the beginning Hashem created the world for everyone. But He charged us with teaching other nations that the world is not just a physical entity, but that it is infused with a spiritual soul.
For Parshat Para: Purifying passionIt is during this time, from Purim to Pesach, that Hashem comes down to purify us.
The poor on PurimThere are all kinds of ways to gift the poor in addition to the halakhic definition on Purim.
Remembrance: Symbolism and laws of Parshat ZachorRecognition, respect and repentance.
Parshat Shekalim: First of fourIt is just a half shekel, but its symbolism is priceless.
Tetzaveh: Revealing the revealedThat Hashem desires our participation in the relationship with Him is the greatest gift He can give us.
Broadened blessingsWhen Hashem does you a favor and you feel His presence and providence, you need to immediately let that praise and blessing burst forth spontaneously.
Transcendental trioHow to fight Amalek.
Parshat Bo: Loyal legionsIt is not easy to be a soldier in any army.
Wondrous watching: Miriam's roleMiriam stood by to watch her little brother in the Nile. Her reward was great.
Reuven's returnA great deal can be learned from Reuven's part in the sale of Joseph.
Vayishlach: Angelic AmbassadorWhy were Jacob's ambassadors angels?
Architect of the ArkNoach had to push himself beyond his natural endurance to continue building the Ark.
The Three Weeks: Breaking BarriersDuring the three weeks a person can achieve the same level of forgiveness as on Yom Kippur by working on his inner life.
Indulgence and IntellectA mitzva we cannot understand, but from which many lessons can be drawn.
Rehabilitation and ReframingDiscussing two difficult questions regarding the punishment for the sin of the spies.
A Divinely Directed ShidduchWas Eliezer's request from G-d improper?
Purim is an Everlasting ExperienceWhy is Purim is the only holiday the Talmud says will remain after the Redemption.
Childhood in Our SoulsThe Cherubim are symbols of things we can learn from childhood.
Shemot: Distance and DenialHow can it be that they did not remember Joseph?
Vayechi: Supremacy and SupplicationGreatness does not have to mean arrogance.
The Fifth FireFocusing on the fifth night of Hanukkah, the night when the light begins to overpower the darkness, and shed some of the Hanukkah light on the deeper significance of this day.
Recognizing GreatnessWhat greatness really means and how to comprehend it.
Noah as an EnigmaA study of Noah's level of faith - and ours.
The Ushpizin: Exalted Entourage in our SukkahOn what is the custom of inviting seven special guests to the Sukkah based?
Elul - Solidarity and SensitivityFor the month of Teshuva, repentance.
Tu B'Av (15th of Av): Coming Full CircleThe reasons for Tu B'Av.
The Three Weeks: Reality of RedemptionHashem wants us to yearn for the perfected world where pain and suffering will be unnecessary.
Shlach: Gigantic GoodnessIt all depends on how you see the world Hashem created.
Accepting the Torah: Our Soul's Dialogue with Its MakerEvery year we reaccept the Torah as we did at Sinai even if we are not cognizant of our soul’s dialogue with its Maker, and every year we are credited anew with that acceptance.
Jubilee JoyParshat Behar is completely occupied with the laws that pertain to yovel, the jubilee year.
Transmitting the TraditionJewish education involves not only verbal instruction but also action to stop transgressions.
Personal Passover Prayers - at the SederThe theme of prayer is integral to the story of our redemption. It has a place at the Seder table as well.
Why Name a Holiday for a Lottery?The lottery symbolizes levels of faith.
An Ongoing ProcessToo much? Is there ever too much dedication to Hashem?
The Significance of SabbathWe can, in fact, guard and keep (shamor) the Shabbos, but how can we “make” (laasot) the Shabbos?
Sensitivity TrainingThe widow and orphan are specified, but the Torah’s intention is to sensitize us to all people and uses the most vulnerable as examples.
Vaera: Hail to the HailA close look at the plague of hail, using a variety of commentators and finding lessons on fear and love.
Hanukkah, Shabbat and Shalom BayitThe Shabbat (Sabbath) candles facilitate Shalom Bayit, peace in the home. That leads to halakhic decisions on priorities.
Majestic MaidservantUnderstanding the greatness of the founding mothers of the Jewish People - all of them.
Rashi vs. Ramban: PresenceWhose righteousness is the Biblical verse praising in this week's parsha?
Reaching for the StarsThe sun's rays must be able to penetrate the schach. We must achieve a balance between the spiritual and the practical.
Rosh Hashana: Recognizing RealityWhy isn't Yom Kippur before Rosh Hashana?
Smooth Sailing into the New YearWe are the captains of the boats that navigate the sail through our lives.
Levite LeverageThe reasons for the various elements of preparing the Levites for their tasks.
Focusing Forward to Pesach and BeyondIt is hard work cleaning for Pesach, but we can use it to improve ourselves.
The Top of the MountainIf we had the perspective from the top of the rock, we would recognize in each of our challenges a vehicle for greater growth.
Liability in Parshat MIshpatim: A Review of CommentariesThe laws of liability in this week's portion have levels of meaning.
Shmot: The Redeemer's ReluctanceWhy did Moshe protest so much?
Just Dreidels?Hanukkah in Judaism, andthe menorah and the dreidel that are its symbols, help us appreciate the depth of Torah and the beauty of a Torah life.
Curious CloakYosef, in learning his father’s teaching, is accepting the blessing/responsibility of the spiritual Abrahamic mission. In reciprocation, Yaakov gave Yosef a coat of physical materials.
The Sinew's SignificanceThe prohibition that stems from Jacob's fight with the angel has many meanings.