Water - the foundation of our existence

This conveys to us the responsibility that every single person has towards the global concern for beneficial rain.Phil Chernofsky, 10/20/2017, 5:25 PM

It ain't just chopped liver

Yom Kippur is on Shabbat. Do they clash?Phil Chernofsky, 9/29/2017, 5:44 PM

When you return to G-d

You can chose between Life and death, good and evil - choose life.Phil Chernofsky, 9/15/2017, 5:44 PM

Why should we be happy Jews?

There are Jews who do keep the mitzvot, but they do not keep them with joy. They are not enthusiastic in their observance.Phil Chernofsky, 9/8/2017, 5:20 PM

It's all about doing commandments

Mitzvot, mitzvot, mitzvot and the package deal of the written Torah, the Oral Law, and Rabbinic Law.Phil Chernofsky, 9/1/2017, 6:33 PM

The mitzvah that enables all others

The mitzvah that enables all other mitzvot and then some.Phil Chernofsky, 8/25/2017, 7:01 PM

What does God really wants from us?

A focus on the many facets of Kosher eating.Phil Chernofsky, 8/18/2017, 4:44 PM

A different b'chol dor vador

More on G-d's plan for the Jewish people.Phil Chernofsky, 8/11/2017, 7:09 PM

Tish'a B'Av is over - now what?

A fresh start for us after the devastation of the Churban and of the many of our sins that brought it about.Phil Chernofsky, 8/4/2017, 6:15 PM

Agenda of national mourning

Effecting a TIKUN on the causes of Tish'a B'Av to bring about the Geula.Phil Chernofsky, 7/28/2017, 6:05 PM

Living in Israel - A Mitzvah?

How do we know that G-d now wants us here? Just look around. Look at the flourishing of both physical and spiritual life in Israel.Phil Chernofsky, 7/21/2017, 7:13 PM

The connection between Pinchas and the calendar

Pinchas and the calendar present us with an important fork in the road.Phil Chernofsky, 7/14/2017, 7:40 PM

This one or all of them?

Should we develop an army to protect ourselves? Definitely. We should not rely upon miracles, yet be very appreciative when we get them.Phil Chernofsky, 7/7/2017, 7:40 PM

It's all about the Jewish law

What's the meaning of the enigmatic mitzvot? How does it affect us?Phil Chernofsky, 6/30/2017, 7:32 PM

It's a bit like secondary smoking

Would you have joined Korach's rebellion?Phil Chernofsky, 6/23/2017, 7:24 PM

Seeing good versus evil

Are you a MERAGEIL or are you a KALEV? Torah Tidbits audio celebrates the 25th anniversary of the print edition.Phil Chernofsky, 6/16/2017, 7:29 PM

Sedras at the Crossroads

We read through the Torah each year. not because of the past, but because of what we must do in the present and in the future.Phil Chernofsky, 6/9/2017, 7:20 PM

It's a microcosm of Torah

Thoughts on the Ten Commandments.Phil Chernofsky, 6/4/2017, 5:42 AM

Admission to the good - with a forward look

We need to value Torah anywhere in the world, even while we must realize that the intended venue for Torah and Jewish Life is Eretz Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 5/19/2017, 7:20 PM

Shabbat's two hats

Whether it is Sunday or Friday or Saturday, it does not change the fact that most of the world recognizes the concept of a 7-day week.Phil Chernofsky, 5/12/2017, 6:01 PM

Be holy - how you can do it?

How are we to become holy? Keep mitzvot and thereby become holy?Phil Chernofsky, 5/5/2017, 7:21 PM

Happiness in the midst of the sadness

Yom Ha'atzmaut in the middle of the Omer: Clash or something very positive?Phil Chernofsky, 4/28/2017, 7:14 PM

The newer face of the Omer period

In our time we have three significant additions of a different nature to the Omer calendar.Phil Chernofsky, 4/21/2017, 5:45 AM

The Tsav-Pesach connection

Phil Chernofsky tells about the connection between Parshat Tzav and Pesach and reveals new matters in the Haggadah.Phil Chernofsky, 4/7/2017, 6:42 PM

Are Mitzvot means or ends?

Vayikra - once upon a time or soon again?Phil Chernofsky, 3/31/2017, 6:11 PM

The first generation and ours

Sanctity of space/place sandwiched between two forms of sanctity of time.Phil Chernofsky, 3/24/2017, 6:34 PM

Our ongoing challenge of Tikkun

When Para Aduma and the Golden Calf meet.Phil Chernofsky, 3/18/2017, 11:59 PM

A sober look at Amalek and Haman

Amalek is alive and well to this day and we must remember fight to destroy the remnants of Amalek from under the sun.Phil Chernofsky, 3/10/2017, 5:45 PM

A quiet Shabbat of reflection

We have a chance to ponder and reflect on the main mitzva of the sedra. The mitzva that the whole sedra is devoted to.Phil Chernofsky, 3/3/2017, 4:00 PM

Be deserving of both crowns

When someone you love asks, 'Can you do something for me?' Your first answer is Yes, followed by needing to hear what you're being asked.Phil Chernofsky, 2/26/2017, 7:57 AM

Do not forget: We are unique

We are Klal Yisrael. But every one of us is also an individual Jew.Phil Chernofsky, 2/17/2017, 5:09 PM

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles

The more one studies the sciences, the more one observes nature, the more one can appreciate G-d and His Creation.Phil Chernofsky, 2/10/2017, 5:10 PM

Do you know our calendar?

The mitzva of Kiddush HaChodesh is one of our favorite topics to present in Torah Tidbits Audio. What about us? Are we part of this mitzva?Phil Chernofsky, 2/3/2017, 5:02 PM

The prophecy of real unique nationhood

Where do you stand on your commitment and compliance to Torah and to Eretz Yisrael?Phil Chernofsky, 1/27/2017, 5:01 PM

Read G-d's lips

The amazing consistency of the greatness of Jewish women and god's clear plan for the Jewish People.Phil Chernofsky , 1/20/2017, 4:56 PM

We need to get our act together - Big Time

Thoughts on the brother thing in the Book of B'reishitPhil Chernofsky, 1/13/2017, 3:19 PM

Lesson from a jumbled timeline

Look what happened throughout Jewish history with all of the warning signs presented in the Torah and the Tanach.Phil Chernofsky, 1/6/2017, 4:36 PM

What do we get excited about and why?

Hanukkah as a whole is a special holiday. It is not one of the holidays that G-d commanded us to observe in the Torah.Phil Chernofsky, 12/30/2016, 12:12 PM

Towards greater appreciation

Hanukkah's legacy is just what happened over 2,000 years ago, but every page of Torah we learn and every mitzva we do - today., 12/23/2016, 9:38 AM

Deeds of the fathers

Vayishlach has the well-known encounter between Yaakov and Eisav after a separation of many years.Phil Chernofsky, 12/16/2016, 6:12 AM

The vital link to the chain of tradition

Yitzhak, the vital link to the chain of tradition, was in many ways like his father - but different in one important way.Phil Chernofsky, 12/3/2016, 6:09 PM

The two tasks of Avraham

Torah Tidbits audio for Chayei Sara.Phil Chernofsky, 11/25/2016, 4:40 PM

Lessons to learn from Abraham, our father

The WHOLE is greater than the sum of its PARTS - not mathematically, but in Judaism.Phil Chernofsky, 11/18/2016, 4:08 PM

Watergate had its infamous 18 minute gap

Some of what the Torah tells us is meant to teach us what to do and what not to do as people and as Jews.Phil Chernofsky, 11/11/2016, 4:28 PM

In the BIG INNING

Torah Tidbits audio for Shabbat B'reisheet.Phil Chernofsky , 10/28/2016, 5:35 PM

The Sukka - Symbol of Life's Shadows

This world is a most pleasant place made for our enjoyment. So why do we sit in a weather-beaten frail hut?Phil Chernofsky, 10/15/2016, 11:08 PM

Tshuva as a way to Yom Kippur

What Yom Kippur should accomplish within each of us.Phil Chernofsky, 10/7/2016, 5:33 PM

VIVA LA DIFFERENCE

If you look at the beginning of Nitzavim, you find a strong echo of the Tochacha that we might have thought we were leaving behind usPhil Chernofsky, 9/30/2016, 6:28 PM

Three step Tochacha, not two

In this mild form, we seem to be able to handle it and recite it twice a day. But the Tochacha of Ki Tavo, are devastatingly harshPhil Chernofsky, 9/23/2016, 2:20 PM

You can't tell the players without a scorecard

What is definitely true, is that you can't understand the Written Torah without the Oral Torah.Phil Chernofsky, 9/16/2016, 6:32 PM

Law and Order

The gentle path to walk according to the jewish laws and the traditionPhil Chernofsky, 9/9/2016, 3:55 PM

Think about what you say

This is the main goal of Parshat Eikev: Hear what your mouth is talking about.Phil Chernofsky, 8/26/2016, 5:30 PM

Glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel

We get a glimpse - a foretaste - of the feast that will celebrate the building of the third Beit HaMikdash.Phil Chernofsky, 8/12/2016, 3:33 PM

When G-D said: Live in israel

Parshat Mas'ei containing the mitzva to live in Israel. How did Jews react to this commandment?Phil Chernofsky, 8/5/2016, 7:26 AM

Great things still to come

We have the absolute belief that our current condition of israel Mourning is temporary - and things will get better.Phil Chernofsky, 7/29/2016, 7:42 AM

Fast of Tammuz 17 - How does it concern me?

Why do we fast on the 17th of Tammuz? And how to feel a connection to the events of the destruction that took place thousands of years ago?Phil Chernofsky, 7/22/2016, 1:42 PM

Crystal Clear, so what's with us?

If we turn our backs to G-d, if we betray Him, if we don't keep His Torah and Mitzvot - we are lost.Phil Chernofsky, 7/15/2016, 12:57 PM