Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

Matot Masei: Your daughter

Matot Masei: Your daughter

You thought your daughter was yours alone, but your daughter was also part of her husband’s family from the moment she was born., 31/07/2019 17:49
Pinchas: A new generation

Pinchas: A new generation

The Torah tells us that Moses had lost none of his vigor on the day of his passing, why then did he slow down three years before his passing?, 23/07/2019 21:48
The  selfie

The selfie

The secret of the selfie., 01/07/2019 12:21
Shlach: A Talit Meditation

Shlach: A Talit Meditation

Two meditations fill our minds as we don the Talit in the morning., 23/06/2019 11:05
Retroactive sin

Retroactive sin

Why can’t G-d step in and save me when I am about to sin, must He let me slide and then punish me for sliding?, 30/05/2019 14:54
The bland taste of Passover matza

The bland taste of Passover matza

Have you ever noticed that we eat bland Matzah at the Seder table?, 18/04/2019 16:56
Pekudei:  The case of the missing silver

Pekudei: The case of the missing silver

And the gold? Did Moses refuse to account for the gold because he had something to hide?, 06/03/2019 12:06
The afterlife

The afterlife

A passing does not spell the cessation of a person’s existence. A passing is simply a relocation to a different plane. , 13/02/2019 19:05
Terumah: Vertical logs

Terumah: Vertical logs

Why did G-d instruct Moses to build the tabernacle with vertical logs? Although it is a legitimate way to build, it isn’t the norm. How many cabins have you seen built with vertical logs?, 07/02/2019 00:17
Vayishlach: O Brother

Vayishlach: O Brother

Our mandate is particularism within a global community., 22/11/2018 12:10
Expand your envelope!

Expand your envelope!

Are you comfortable discovering new ideas, experimenting with the unfamiliar, venturing into the unknown, pushing your boundaries, and exploring new horizons?, 15/11/2018 08:15
Toldot: In defense of Jews

Toldot: In defense of Jews

Isaac wanted to make a point when he sowed a field himself., 08/11/2018 19:00
Lech Lecha: Unhealthy dependencies

Lech Lecha: Unhealthy dependencies

Can you give up your smart phone, luxury car, and golf clubs, or have you grown too dependent to let them go? Have you given them power over you?, 18/10/2018 12:13
A palm frond

A palm frond

Why not use the dates instead of the frond? And why is the whole group of 4 species often called the lulav alone?, 22/09/2018 19:37
Shabbat Shuva: On credit

Shabbat Shuva: On credit

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuva - the haftorah starts with the word "shuva" and it meaning is to return to G-d., 13/09/2018 20:34
Onward to Israel

Onward to Israel

Those who live in the diaspora because it is more comfortable or safe, or more luxurious, should pack their bags and move to the holy land., 28/08/2018 20:30
Shoftim: City of Refuge

Shoftim: City of Refuge

It goes without saying that this is not a carte blanch license to kill a sinner., 15/08/2018 23:55
The missing holiday

The missing holiday

It is thrilling to discover that what seems like chaos is really order, what appears like madness is really methodical. , 09/08/2018 08:10
Do you own a boat?

Do you own a boat?

The sea of life represents the many burdens that we encounter every day. , 05/08/2018 07:36
Rabbi Akiva laughed and the Sages cried

Rabbi Akiva laughed and the Sages cried

Sometimes we are too clever for our own good., 21/07/2018 21:33
Weed is legal in Canada

Weed is legal in Canada

The permissive freedoms prevalent in modern democracies, allow its citizens to practice choosing the right path of their own volition rather than being coerced into it., 28/06/2018 15:21
Chukat: Live or die

Chukat: Live or die

What do you think Judaism advocates, that we live for G-d or that we die for G-d?, 21/06/2018 04:21
Can you accept instruction?

Can you accept instruction?

Do you thank those who teach you or do you berate them for treating you like a child?, 17/06/2018 09:29
Beha’alotcha: The Travel Codes

Beha’alotcha: The Travel Codes

There were approximately two million Jews traveling across the desert and it would have been impossible for a human voice to be heard over the din, so G-d commanded the use of different trumpet blasts., 31/05/2018 08:51
Naso:  To be lifted

Naso: To be lifted

When you have the privilege of carrying the Holy Ark, you don’t hand the mitzvah over to an ox. If we take the easy route and don’t lift with our shoulders, our children do the same., 25/05/2018 15:48
Behar Bechukosai: True Freedom

Behar Bechukosai: True Freedom

Why is the seventh year described as a Sabbath unto G-d, rather than simply as a year of rest?, 09/05/2018 17:41
Chai to life

Chai to life

Why is chai rather than vav or any other word with a numeric value of six, the Hebrew word for life?, 24/04/2018 21:32
Tazria Mezora: Judging from past behavior

Tazria Mezora: Judging from past behavior

A penitent is not to be treated the same as a sinner., 15/04/2018 06:34
No salt rule

No salt rule

Salt represents the very opposite of matzah, which is why matzah has a no salt rule., 29/03/2018 12:01
Coming to shul

Coming to shul

What is the value in urging a Jew to come to shul if he or she really doesn’t want to be there?, 19/03/2018 00:00
Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing host to G-d

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing host to G-d

When G-d invited us to Mount Sinai, every single Jew showed up. However, when the host entered the party, most Jews fled., 07/03/2018 18:20
Purim: The nature of miracles

Purim: The nature of miracles

Why did G-d treat Haman’s threat differently from his grandfather’s threat?, 28/02/2018 23:24
Tetzaveh: Good to the last drop

Tetzaveh: Good to the last drop

Why we begin each day with prayer., 22/02/2018 08:22
Marriage tips

Marriage tips

This week's Torah reading on the cherubs above the ark is a primer for marriage., 16/02/2018 09:41
Mishpatim: Sift and sort

Mishpatim: Sift and sort

This Torah portion prompts us to sift and sort the false from the truth, so that we can gain a glimpse of our true motivations and interests., 07/02/2018 18:24
Why from a distance?

Why from a distance?

When we reach for G-d, we split our sea. We discover a store of spiritual potential that we never knew we had., 26/01/2018 14:53
Doing our best- always

Doing our best- always

We don't have to be tops, but we do have to maximize our potential., 11/01/2018 07:33
Wear your Judaism with pride

Wear your Judaism with pride

We need to walk with Jewish pride and be ready to explain what a Kipah means., 04/01/2018 18:21
Our parents

Our parents

We learn a lot about parents and estranged children from revealing comments made by Jacob upon reuniting with his son Joseph after twenty-two years of separation. , 20/12/2017 17:48
The real heroes of Hanukkah

The real heroes of Hanukkah

Are the real heroes the Maccabees, the guerilla fighters - or others?, 10/12/2017 10:32
Vayeshev: Prosperity and tranquillity

Vayeshev: Prosperity and tranquillity

Joseph is given the chance his father sought., 07/12/2017 07:51
Family feuds

Family feuds

The saddest family feud is not between siblings, but between parents and children., 30/11/2017 08:21
VayetzeL Fusing stones

VayetzeL Fusing stones

Let's unpack Jacob's stones and see the message they carry., 23/11/2017 07:20
What is the purpose of wealth?

What is the purpose of wealth?

It is hard to remain humble when you are wealthy., 18/11/2017 23:07
Why we bury

Why we bury

This conversation cannot wait until the family faces a practical decision. We rabbis must talk about this subject while it is still theoretical., 12/11/2017 21:53
Israel is home

Israel is home

Israel is where the Jewish soul plugs into its source. , 29/10/2017 19:38
Noach: Inner peace

Noach: Inner peace

Noah reconciled the internal conflict between body and soul. , 20/10/2017 00:45
Sukkot: G-d’s Holiday

Sukkot: G-d’s Holiday

Why do we celebrate after the High Holydays?, 03/10/2017 23:01
A New Year greeting to readers

A New Year greeting to readers

For all there is a season., 24/09/2017 06:07
A matter of perspective

A matter of perspective

So many restrictions; if you choose to see them as such., 13/09/2017 10:29
The trouble with courts

The trouble with courts

Rabbinic courts must bear the fact that the public may slander them., 03/09/2017 16:52
Life and death

Life and death

Judaism deals with every aspect of life - and death., 21/08/2017 17:07
I did it my way

I did it my way

When G-d created us, He poured a different mold for each of us., 12/08/2017 22:32
Va'etchanan: Recovering from grief

Va'etchanan: Recovering from grief

The Rebbe showed the way., 03/08/2017 22:19
Dvarim: A healthy waste

Dvarim: A healthy waste

How could G-d destroy the Temple?, 27/07/2017 15:31
Parshat Balak: I am blessed

Parshat Balak: I am blessed

A look at the numerical value of two key words., 06/07/2017 08:09