Korach: In a League of Her OhnAlways listen to your wife.
Shelach: Don't Tread on MeDon't blame the innocent Land of Israel.
Beha'alotkha: Showdown at NunSomething very unusual in the text.
Bamidbar: Playing the NumbersEach person is a holy letter.
Behukotai: Hidden BlessingsEvery k'lala, they say, can be a bracha.
Behar: The Sole Land of the JewsShemittah is sending a special message to us.
Emor: Counting Our ChangeThis is the paradox of Man.
The Siren's SongContrasts and commonalities of two sirens.
The 'Poor Bread' - Rich in MeaningThe central messages of "Ha Lachma Anya."
<I>Metzora</I>: Looking for G-d in All the Right PlacesWe have a tendency to take things for granted.
<I>Tazria</I>: It Was a Very Good YearPurity, in Jewish terms, is always linked to life.
<I>Shemini</I>/<i>Parah</I>: Golden Calves and CupsThere is a common theme here.
Misplaced MercyAmalek is the supreme challenge.
<I>Vayikra</I>-<i>Zachor</I>: The Search for AlephThe alef also is a code name for HaShem.
Institute the Death Penalty NowCapital punishment is not a popular subject.
<i>Pekudei</I>: Just What the Doctor OrderedPart of the atonement process.
<i>Ki Tisa</I>: Can We Count on You?We all have our part to play.
<i>Mishpatim</I>: The Ta'am of Your LifeOn the quintessential statement of faith.
<I>Beshalach</I>: It Grows on TreesAn important truth of the universe.
<i>Vaera</i>: Bless You, My ChildA very potent, perplexing question.
<I>Shemot</I>: The Divine is in the DetailsNo act of kindness is trivial.
<i>Vayechi</I>: In Shechem, It Will HappenOne extra-territorial city is singled out. Why?
<i>Vayigash</i>: Stop, Look and ListenAn essential quality for leadership.
<I>Miketz</I>: Judaism's First-Class SectionI learned a lot one evening in the Soviet Union.
<i>Vayera</I>: He Who Laughs Last...From the Akeida to the IDF.
<i>Lech Lecha</i>: Nothing New About New JerseyA Meraglim-microcosm of Diaspora mentality in NJ.
<I>Noach</I>: One Man is an IslandA "flood" of debate about our sedra's protagonist.
The 'Hi' Holidays Go OnAlas, we tend to revert back to our old ways.
A For-Giving SeasonCaring about and helping others builds love.
The Black and White of TeshuvaSpend a moment examining the Rosh Hashanah liturgy
<i>Ki Tavo</I>: Blessings and CursesEvery blessing can become a curse, and vice versa.
Spilt Milk and Burnt TemplesLet's go back to the beginning.
<I>Matot-Masei</I>: Every Move You MakeIt's all about perception.
<I>Chukat</I>: There's No 'I' in 'Team'The mark of a great leader.
<I>Naso</I>: Love is the Secret IngredientAharon loved unity and peace between Jews.
<i>Bamidbar</i>: Can We Count on You?The operative message here is: Everyone counts.
<I>Behar-Bechukotai</I>: Hidden MiraclesLearn to see G-d in that which "comes naturally."
<i>Lag B'Omer</I>: Fire and WaterLag B'Omer is a most mysterious holiday.
How Many Stories Tall is the Jewish People?Acharei Mot Kedoshim, Emor!
<i>Sefirat HaOmer</I>: R-E-S-P-E-C-TTwo ideas permeate our nightly enumeration.
Advice From the Haggadah: "Go Out and Learn"Two words that contain within them a philosophy.
<i>Vayikra</i>: You Get What You Pay ForIs "no guts, no glory" a Jewish concept?
<I>Ki Tisa</I>-<I>Parah</I>: Stand Up and Be CountedIt's all about self-confidence and self-esteem.
<i>Terumah</I>: The Love We Make; The Love We TakeThe essence of every <I>mitzvah</I>.
<i>Mishpatim</I>: The Angels Among UsAngels in green.
<I>Beshalach</I>: Believing is SeeingWhat is the <I>groyse metzia</I> of believing in <I>HaShem</I> after such a potent show of strength? Who wouldn't believe in Him at that point? And what about our free will - how can we freely choose to believe in G-d after such a compelling event?
Roads That Lead Nowhere"Why celebrate?" Rabbi Teichtal asked one of the participants. "What will be the end of this <I>shul</I>?"
<I>Vayechi</I>: Feeling Your OathsI swear, this isn't so simple. Before Yakov dies, he makes Yosef swear that he will not bury him in Egypt, but will return him to <I>Eretz Yisrael</I>. Now, this is <I>after</I> Yosef has already agreed to his father's request. But apparently, that's not good enough; Yosef must take an official oath.
<I>Vayeshev</I>: As the Dreidel SpinsYosef was a dreamer. The "little brother" who dreamt that one day he would be a prince indeed became one. Yosef learned that dreams can really come true - with hard work and <I>HaShem</I>'s blessing.
<I>Haazinu</I>: You Can Run, But You Can't HideFrom Adam in the Garden to the Golden Calf to the two Temples to the Shoah to today, do we not continually waver between righteousness and rebellion, devotion and desertion?
<I>Ki-Tetzei</I>: In Elul, What You Give, You GainEach weekday morning during Elul, the <I>shofar</I> sounds. It calls to us <I>l'hishtaper</I>, to improve ourselves, particularly in our relationships with others. Where should we start? With our families, of course. That is the best "testing ground" for the Elul Syndrome, a.k.a. <I>Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li</I>.
Tisha B'Av: Lebanon and the Letter of the LawWhy was the <I>Beit HaMikdash</I> (Temple) destroyed? That is the question we should all be asking ourselves as we observe Tisha B'Av - the "Black Fast" - this Wednesday night-Thursday.
<i>Matot-Masei</I>: We Need Jews"I can no longer watch from afar as our brothers in Israel daily risk their lives for our future, and not be a part of them, and so, I am fulfilling what must be the destiny of every Jew. I hope you will join me."
<I>Pinchas</I>: Terror - Then and NowThe vindication of Pinchas reminds us that in the real world - especially for a Jew - we have to often fight for serenity and scream for silence, as strange as that sounds.
<i>Chukat</I>: Red Cow SyndromeYou've heard of Red Herrings? Red China? Red Flags and Mad Cow Disease? How about Red Cow Syndrome?
<I>Korach</I>: Vote for Me, I'll Set You FreeKorach's high-minded appeal to <I>Bnei Yisrael</I> to rebel against Moshe and elect Korach as leader is packaged in moralistic phraseology - democracy, the "rights of the people," "share the wealth," etc.
<I>Beha'alot'cha</I>: Passion Has Its PlaceWe turned up our noses at the <I>mahn</I> (manna) and we said, "We remember the fish we freely ate in Egypt...." What are we, seafood lovers all of a sudden? And is Egypt famous for its fish?