Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg

Viduy: Lost in translation

The question here is: what exactly is the importance of this verbalization? Viduy with teshuva is not a confession in the standard sense of the word., 9/18/2018, 7:38 AM

The superiority of Tefillah

Tefilah lends itself to a more flexible expression of our relationship with G-d., 8/31/2018, 3:20 PM

To be a great nation

Jews are not naturally superior nor are they genetically so., 8/24/2018, 12:52 PM

Searching for solace

Nevuzaradan understood there was something unique about these people, and normal military techniques could not work. He needed Divine assistance., 7/21/2018, 9:39 PM

Balaam's worldview

Understanding Bilaam’s perspective becomes important when observing how it is in stark contrast to the approach of Judaism., 6/29/2018, 2:59 PM

Keep at a distance from the sinners

Prior to God acting, He commands Moshe and Aharon to separate themselves from the group. Why does it matter?, 6/15/2018, 11:29 AM

The perfect food

Delusional memories, tepid defense., 6/1/2018, 3:48 PM

Haftarat Naso: What's your name?

Both Jacob and Manoach asked for the name of the angel who appeared to them - but how different their questions were from each other., 5/25/2018, 8:30 AM

The impact of Sinai

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Waving away the conflict

The idea of waving the omer, known as tenufa, is something we see several times in the Torah. What does it signify?, 4/27/2018, 5:03 PM

Internalizing a Torah Ideal

The centrality of self-control is evident in the admonition offered concerning the Divine presence., 4/13/2018, 4:42 PM

Ha Lachma Anya – A redundant invitation?

A short set of statements in Aramaic plays an essential role in laying out the foundation for the evening ahead., 3/28/2018, 7:10 AM

Parshat Para: Similar, but so different:

Beyond the technical connection between the bringing of the para aduma, rendering someone who is tameh now tahor, and the upcoming korban Pesach., 3/9/2018, 8:43 AM

Megillat Esther: The moment of decision

The path to genocide., 2/28/2018, 11:27 PM

Everlasting impact

The idea of a Divine Revelation to a mass of people, and their personal recollections passed down from generation to generation, serves as the bedrock for belief in God. , 2/1/2018, 10:14 PM

Perfect balance

“You inclined Your right hand; the earth swallowed them up.”, 1/25/2018, 7:21 AM

Unsteady belief?

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Vayigash: No soap opera here

Was this the same Joseph who Jacob saw as being a future leader of the Jewish people? Or had he been corrupted by his surroundings?, 12/20/2017, 5:54 PM

Miketz: The Sommelier

A person who see himself as a purely independent existence can have little room for God. , 12/15/2017, 12:05 PM

Vayeshev: The evil wife

All the wrong reasons., 12/7/2017, 7:47 AM

We bid you adieu

The ideology presented by Yaakov could not tolerate the intrusion of anything foreign. , 11/26/2017, 11:27 PM

Divergent paths

No mechanism within Judaism exists to tolerate a communal religion., 11/9/2017, 10:00 PM

Good or bad?

A heavy burden., 10/29/2017, 8:24 PM

To look or not to look

During the flood, God was enacting a punishment, a clear demonstration of the idea of Divine judgment. , 10/25/2017, 4:25 PM

10 reasons for blowing the shofar

Can one sound really do so much?, 9/19/2017, 7:50 AM

The real blessing

The Torah lists blessings, but what is good about being so blessed?, 9/10/2017, 10:14 AM

Three in order

About priorities., 8/20/2017, 12:50 AM

Internalizing the tragedy of Tisha B'Av

Should it be a struggle to internalize the reality of the loss of the Temple? , 8/1/2017, 1:09 PM

Standing in for Moshe

Hearing the right voice., 7/21/2017, 12:43 PM

What Is fair?

Adapting the Torah to what is accepted as fair by the surrounding world is a direct rejection of its Divine objectivity., 6/25/2017, 12:14 AM

No menial task

Why is all of the information here important, especially in light of the fact that the various assignments in the parsha were particular to the sojourn of the Jews in the wilderness?, 5/28/2017, 11:20 PM

Threading the line

The universe is fine-tuned for the existence of life as we know it., 4/11/2017, 8:50 PM

Purim ushers in a new era

The different faces of Mordechai., 3/11/2017, 7:28 PM

The fall of the Egyptian Empire

Torah from the city of Modiin, the area lived in by the Maccabees., 2/3/2017, 8:22 AM

Mr. Nice Guy

The Torah begins with chesed, kindness, and ends with chesed., 11/18/2016, 2:31 PM

Please be compassionate

Compassion takes one to a different level of understanding., 10/12/2016, 9:22 PM

Natural order

Man needs to guard himself from chance occurrences that are usual in the world - Sefer Hachinuch., 9/20/2016, 5:44 AM

New ideas in the festivals

If one would briefly analyze the festivals, it would become abundantly clear that each one is “built” around a specific theme of the Divine relationship with the Jewish people., 9/4/2016, 12:30 AM

Balak (Diaspora): No one is perfect

The Torah does not hide the faults of our founders. The notion of applying superhuman qualities to a human being is not a Jewish idea., 7/21/2016, 9:06 AM

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The mysterious sin

What is the sin that is not elucidated?, 6/24/2016, 10:36 AM

Bechukotai (Israel):Following the formula

To learn about the punishments stated in the parsha is to gain insights into ourselves as a nation, and to ensure our relationship with God remains strong., 5/27/2016, 11:57 AM

Parshat Kedoshim: Yes, it is harmful!

If someone seeks out the concepts of idolatry solely for a greater understanding of this area, he is giving value to that which by definition cannot be of any worth at all., 5/6/2016, 1:27 PM

Looking back at the Seder: Hallel Hagadol

Take the time to respond., 4/24/2016, 10:44 PM

The Purim story is not just the good guys against the bad guys

We can plan all we want, but we can never have complete knowledge of the world of cause and effect. , 3/24/2016, 7:27 PM

The Mishkan of Edut

The Midrash helps us understand the concept of "edut"., 3/11/2016, 4:12 PM

Ki Tisa: Unfolding tragedy

The sin of the Golden Calf was without question one of the darkest moments in the history of the Jewish people. , 2/25/2016, 7:58 AM

Mishpatim: Breaches in chronology

The Torah is not a history book, but one can learn from everything in it, even its order., 2/4/2016, 12:23 PM

Yitro: What was it like at Sinai?

The commentators try to explain the experience of Sinai., 1/27/2016, 11:45 PM

Vaera: Pharaoh’s last chance

Pharaoh acts against all reason., 1/7/2016, 9:11 AM

G-d of the Hebrews

Moses and Aaron talked theology with Pharaoh., 1/2/2016, 10:08 PM

Vayigash: Understanding your adversary

An analysis of Judah's leadership., 12/17/2015, 8:04 AM

A tale of two names

Why did Jacob call his son by a name different from the one given by his dying wife Rachel?, 11/27/2015, 2:22 PM

Esau's Adieu

Was Esau somewhat delusional in marrying the daughter of Ishmael?, 11/12/2015, 9:22 AM

Rebuke in the parsha and in our lives

Avraham admonishes Avimelech on two planes and gives us a lesson in personal relationships., 10/29/2015, 5:13 AM

The Many Faces of Courage

We have seen those faces this week., 10/15/2015, 8:02 AM

Why Shmini Atzeret

Let us not let Simchat Torah overshadow this holiday., 10/4/2015, 6:26 AM

Ki Tavo: The Milestone of Turning Forty

Disclaimer – this author turned forty this past summer, but you must believe he is being objective., 9/3/2015, 9:24 AM