Rabbi BenZion Shafier

The Shmuz on Ki Tisa

Never in the history of mankind have so many enjoyed such wealth. What dangers does this bring?, 3/9/2012, 9:41 AM

The Astonishing Potential of Man

Torah seems to equate Moshe to the entire Jewish people, with the words “that which HASHEM did for Moshe and Yisrael.” How can that be?, 2/10/2012, 3:50 PM

The Shmuz on B'Shalach

People believe what they want to believe., 2/2/2012, 9:40 AM

Bo: Respect for the Institution

Why did Moses take care to speak respectfully to Pharaoh, the cruel villain? , 1/27/2012, 8:28 AM

Emunah vs. Bitachon

Often our problems with faith come from one issue: we have emunah, but not bitachon., 1/13/2012, 9:27 AM

Vayigash: Locking in the Moment

The highs and lows of our lives are emotional peak moments that can become part of ourselves., 12/30/2011, 1:16 AM

G-d Fights Our Wars

In our own times, we witness an eerie parallel to the Hanukkah events and to the same mistaken interpretation some people gave to them then. , 12/20/2011, 10:49 AM

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

The amount of suffering that a person experiences on this planet is weighed, measured and administered in exact dosages., 12/15/2011, 11:53 AM

Hashem is Here

Bitachon, by definition, means knowing that HASHEM is here, supervising me and involved in my life. While this may seem self-evident, in practice it is highly elusive. To truly know it requires much work. , 12/9/2011, 10:13 AM

I Need Needs

Often times we feel, “I would be better able to serve HASHEM if only...if only making a living wasn’t so difficult. … if only I didn’t have medical issues… if only I could find my bashert, intended,... , 12/2/2011, 10:13 AM

I Have Yichus

There are two systems involved in weighing a person’s merits., 11/26/2011, 8:25 AM

A Tzaddik's Heart, A Mother's Love

Character traits and personal bias shape not only the way that we act towards others, but the very way that we view the world., 11/18/2011, 11:54 AM

The Shmuz on Vayeira: Chessed

Didn’t Avrohom Avinu have better things to do with his time than making meals for strangers?, 11/10/2011, 6:18 PM

The Mitzvah to be Happy (with video)

When Chazal tell us that mitzvahs are worth far more than the greatest treasures in this world, it is because they understood what it will be like for each of us as we regale in our great wealth. , 10/11/2011, 2:22 PM

The Shmuz on Yom Kippur

The extent of Hashem's mercy is limitless., 10/7/2011, 1:03 AM

The Shmuz on Ki Tetsei (+video)

I would be the first to thank G-d, if…, 9/8/2011, 1:41 PM

The Religion of Evolution-Just Keep the Faith

Why can’t a judge make up his mind that the bribe money is money, but it will not affect his ruling in this case? , 9/1/2011, 10:32 PM

The Shmuz on Re'eh

Read about consumerism and the over-spent generation--ours., 8/26/2011, 2:30 AM

Earning a Living

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The Shmuz on V'Etchanan

Cognitive restructuring-how to do it., 8/11/2011, 4:36 PM

Three Video Messages for the 9th of Av

Rabbi Shafier, in his clear and inspiring way, explains the Three Week mourning period, "Why We Mourn for Moshiach" and "What Life Will Be Like When Moshiach Comes" in three short videos. , 8/8/2011, 9:47 AM

Dvarim: Man is Preprogrammed for Greatness

Man does not have instincts, but he has potential., 8/5/2011, 7:18 AM

A Land that Grows Murderers

Can it be that certain surroundings inherently are more prone to have more violent crimes?, 7/28/2011, 4:00 PM

The Shmuz on Pinchas

What is the Voice inside us telling us? Are we listening?, 7/14/2011, 9:12 AM

The Shmuz on Balak

Through the longterm eyes of history: Pinchas and his actions., 7/7/2011, 7:18 AM

The Shmuz on Chukat

The results of Moses' hitting of the rock., 6/30/2011, 7:09 AM

The Schmuz on Korach

What was so bad about Korach's questions to Moshe?, 6/23/2011, 10:51 PM

Schmuz for Shavuot/Behaalotcha

The Jewish People want to be close to Hashem as a magnet goes to metal., 6/6/2011, 7:35 PM

Who are Our Neighbors, Friends?

This is a powerful insight into the effect of the friends that we keep and their impact upon who we wish to become. , 5/27/2011, 1:20 AM

Rebuke-Malpractice of a Mitsva

We are responsible for rebuking our sinning friends, it says in this week's Torah reading. How do we do that without losing our friends?, 4/28/2011, 8:22 PM

Metzora: Stop Idle Chatter

There is no instinctive urge to speak despairingly about people., 4/8/2011, 2:53 PM

Parsha Shmuz: It's Not Fair!

Where is the justice? Where is the justice if the tzaddik is killed just like the rasha? , 3/31/2011, 7:07 PM

The Shmuz on Fast of Esther

A new series of popular parsha pieces. This week's is called Seize the Moment., 3/17/2011, 11:54 AM

The Shmuz on Korach

Questions have answers, but answers don't have answers., 7/19/2002, 12:49 AM