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


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


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

What we can learn from the sin of the spies

Setting straight one of the biggest communal sins of all times.Phil Chernofsky, 6/24/2016, 7:24 PM

Groundhog Day - revisited

We can chose to reject the words of the majority who would rather remain in the Midbar and rally to the side of Yehoshua and Kalev.Phil Chernofsky, 6/17/2016, 6:56 PM

The road not taken

The Book of Bamidbar represents - in the Frost poem analogy - the path through the Midbar and the long time we spent wandering there.Phil Chernofsky, 6/3/2016, 6:10 PM

A Mitzvah's messages - but first...

How many Torah loving and observing Jews seem to say 'thanks but no thanks' for the opportunity to dwell in the Land?Phil Chernofsky, 5/29/2016, 5:02 AM

Let me make this perfectly clear!

The nature of the partnership between the Written Word and the Oral Law.Phil Chernofsky, 5/20/2016, 6:06 PM

From sad to glad

Can we not see that the establishment of Medinat Yisrael fits right into the Omer and becomes another bright spot?Phil Chernofsky, 5/13/2016, 3:16 AM

B'chol Dor VaDor

This week's show focuses on the Holocaust and its impact on us... and touches upon the sedra, as well.Phil Chernofsky, 5/6/2016, 6:27 PM

Much more than commemorating the Exodus

Shabbat HaGadol is more than a pointer towards Pesach - it is the major postscript to it.Phil Chernofsky, 4/15/2016, 2:12 AM

When HaShem says LACHEM - He means it

Our partnership with G-d in setting up the calendar.Phil Chernofsky, 4/8/2016, 4:43 AM

Pondering Elsie's friend

A Jew is supposed to be a good partner to his/her soul, meaning, to live a Torah life.Phil Chernofsky, 4/1/2016, 7:00 PM

Post-Purim agenda

We need to seriously change our attitudes towards how we argue with each other.Phil Chernofsky, 3/25/2016, 6:56 PM

Remember to know and to learn

From offerings in the Beit HaMikdash to remembering what Amalek did and what Amalek-types have done to us throughout the generations.Phil Chernofsky, 3/18/2016, 5:49 PM

Lessons from gold and silver

Radio: The Mishkan is completed and the people enthusiastically do what G-d has commanded (this time).Phil Chernofsky, 3/11/2016, 10:36 AM

Mikdash and Shabbat - what's the connection?

Radio: The whole picture of sanctity of place and time.Phil Chernofsky, 3/4/2016, 1:19 PM