Rabbi Lazer Gurkow (Page 2)

Does being one of the Chosen People make you uncomfortable?

Does being one of the Chosen People make you uncomfortable?

On Shavuot, we were chosen to keep G-d's Torah. What does being chosen mean?, 29/05/2017 22:21
B’har Bechukota: Grassroots

B’har Bechukota: Grassroots

The last two portions of Leviticus are read today., 21/05/2017 00:30
Emor: Social Media

Emor: Social Media

Make sure you plug into your own space, your own headspace, and preserve your sense of self, before you embark on sharing. , 12/05/2017 07:38
Vayikra: The Daily Offering

Vayikra: The Daily Offering

What is the value of an offering that costs almost nothing?, 30/03/2017 10:10
Tetzaveh: Hard Work

Tetzaveh: Hard Work

Producing a full cup of oil from the first drop is hard work, but good people don’t shy away from hard work. , 10/03/2017 16:00
Terumah: What is your tower?

Terumah: What is your tower?

Do our possessions and achievements bring glory to us, are they our tower, or are they for G-d’s glory, are they G-d’s tower?, 02/03/2017 00:29
Beshalach: Rich and humble

Beshalach: Rich and humble

Is it possible to be rich and humble or is that an oxymoron?, 09/02/2017 11:47
The beloved teacher

The beloved teacher

The teachers who taught me most, were those I was most willing to learn from. And those were the teachers who showed me kindness., 22/01/2017 10:01
Vayechi: Our mother

Vayechi: Our mother

Mother Rachel is everyone's mother. , 12/01/2017 10:30
Hanukkah: Tomorrow will be much better

Hanukkah: Tomorrow will be much better

Shrink the negative or grow the positive?, 24/12/2016 17:50
Believe in your child

Believe in your child

Believe in a child and he will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and he will prove you right., 16/12/2016 02:21
Chayei Sarah: In the Moment

Chayei Sarah: In the Moment

When you are in flow, you don’t get stuck on the hard parts, the difficult challenges of life., 27/11/2016 23:40
Vayera: Finding G-d

Vayera: Finding G-d

When a man at an advanced age performs circumcision, utilises an organ notoriously associated with personal pleasure, to fulfill a divine commandment, he has put himself aside and made G-d his epicenter., 18/11/2016 14:39
The Rainbow

The Rainbow

If we want our rain to turn into a rainbow, we need to adjust our attitude. , 06/11/2016 23:58
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Science is catching up with mysticism., 29/10/2016 20:09
Why two customs ensure Jewish survival

Why two customs ensure Jewish survival

Hoshanot and Simchat Torah are not of biblical origin., 23/10/2016 15:18
Sukkot: The strength to emerge

Sukkot: The strength to emerge

After Yom Kippur, we emerge from our synagogue and home and go out to the Sukkah., 18/10/2016 00:29
A Rosh Hashanah message: Sunny side up

A Rosh Hashanah message: Sunny side up

Everything that comes from G-d is for the good, sometimes the good is discernible and sometimes it is not., 01/10/2016 22:20
Ki Tavo: Reach Out

Ki Tavo: Reach Out

The Torah teaches us to reach out. In every way shape or form, the Torah wants us to reach out., 23/09/2016 09:27
The strongest marriage

The strongest marriage

The three stages that build a strong marriage., 19/09/2016 07:06
Shoftim: The j(oys) of parenting

Shoftim: The j(oys) of parenting

Why do we take it on? Why we do we volunteer for a task that we know will try our patience, stretch our abilities, and never give us a break?, 08/09/2016 22:27
Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude

Ekev: Habitude of Gratitude

Seeing the blessings in every day., 24/08/2016 22:04
Vaetchanan: A woman’s comfort

Vaetchanan: A woman’s comfort

I decided to be like my wife., 17/08/2016 10:15
Masei: Back to the basics

Masei: Back to the basics

And back to reading the same parsha in Israel and the Diaspora., 04/08/2016 09:38
The Yiddishe Mama and childrearing

The Yiddishe Mama and childrearing

The role of the Yiddishe Mama begins much earlier than the task of the Yiddishe father.  And what do they contribute?, 19/07/2016 14:20
Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Just because

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Just because

Who says love must be reciprocated? , 23/06/2016 07:50
For Shavuot: A four step program

For Shavuot: A four step program

In preparation for Shavuot, we present Judaism’s four step program., 09/06/2016 17:10
Behar (Diaspora): Alone in the world

Behar (Diaspora): Alone in the world

The parasha is talking about timeless patterns, talking to today., 27/05/2016 11:00
Emor: Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

Emor: Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

Neither failure or success should stop you from going on., 15/05/2016 07:57
Parshat Acharei Mot: For the people

Parshat Acharei Mot: For the people

This parsha contains a pivotal moment that set the tone for Jewish leadership for all times. , 06/05/2016 13:22
Counting the Omer and your self-worth

Counting the Omer and your self-worth

This is a process of growth from infancy to adulthood. It is a time to parley self-worth into self-esteem by discovering the things we do well. , 28/04/2016 08:39
Pesach thoughts: A personal spark

Pesach thoughts: A personal spark

The mystics taught that when G-d created the world He embedded sparks of Divinity in it. When a Jew uses a physical object for holy purpose, the spark is released from captivity within that object., 17/04/2016 08:44
Oh no! My home!

Oh no! My home!

When G-d allows something bad to happen, it is only on account of enormous good that will come from it. , 14/04/2016 19:44
Tazria: Fix Me Don’t Break Me

Tazria: Fix Me Don’t Break Me

How to change things., 07/04/2016 11:00
Shmini: Bribe Yourself

Shmini: Bribe Yourself

Our spirituality may be latent, but it is there., 01/04/2016 18:02
Purim: The Divine curveball

Purim: The Divine curveball

One day, out of the blue, G-d threw the Jews a curveball by the name of Haman, but nobody's curveball is as good as His., 24/03/2016 16:34
Vayakhel: Right down the middle

Vayakhel: Right down the middle

When we are right down the middle, we can favor or relate to either side., 02/03/2016 23:31
Judaism ingrained in the pattern of life

Judaism ingrained in the pattern of life

Jewish festivals are connected both to history and to the yearly calendar, 06/02/2016 18:59
Yitro: An unpleasant truth

Yitro: An unpleasant truth

Is there a way to perceive that which is higher than our own minds?, 28/01/2016 00:10
Vaera: The bane of arrogance

Vaera: The bane of arrogance

Of kings and subjects., 07/01/2016 10:30
Shmot: In flow

Shmot: In flow

Let's use the Exodus' lessons to galvanize another Redemption., 31/12/2015 06:05
Vayechi: What are your life goals?

Vayechi: What are your life goals?

Means and ends., 24/12/2015 07:15
Jacob and Joseph: A special moment

Jacob and Joseph: A special moment

Treasure the moment one meets with a loved one after a long separation., 17/12/2015 08:20
Hanukkah and the unbreakable Jewish core

Hanukkah and the unbreakable Jewish core

It was not the Maccabees spiritual value or scholarly abilities that galvanized the nation. It was their perfect faith, 12/12/2015 23:31
True to our faith

True to our faith

Living with ntegrity., 06/12/2015 04:44
Vayetze: The Jewish spectrum

Vayetze: The Jewish spectrum

The differences between Jacob’s sons could be measured in inches. And ours?, 19/11/2015 10:06
Toldot: To really trust

Toldot: To really trust

The ability to trust in a higher power is the source of all life. Without that, there is only me, here and now, 11/11/2015 21:17
Abraham's methods and this week's Chabad Kinus Hashluchim

Abraham's methods and this week's Chabad Kinus Hashluchim

The Rebbe did not bring Torah to America, but the brought America to Torah. He brought Torah out of the academies and into the streets. , 05/11/2015 08:42
Vayera: Daily sacrifice

Vayera: Daily sacrifice

Shedding light on the sacrifice of Isaac., 29/10/2015 05:08
Bereshit: Is Your Wife Against You or Behind You?

Bereshit: Is Your Wife Against You or Behind You?

"It is not good for man to live alone, I shall make an assistant against him," said G-d. What does that mean?, 08/10/2015 16:58
Another Look at the Sukkah: Reason and Faith

Another Look at the Sukkah: Reason and Faith

The festival of Sukkot teaches us that reason and faith should not be used separately., 02/10/2015 10:33
Sukkot: Winning The Appeal

Sukkot: Winning The Appeal

The Midrash teaches that the first day of the festival of Sukkot is first for the count of sins. , 27/09/2015 07:02
The Long Shofar Blast

The Long Shofar Blast

Why repeat the long blast? What does it tell us?, 13/09/2015 07:27
Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

You have to want to get out to succeed in doing so., 10/09/2015 13:10
Ki Tetze: Character Lessons

Ki Tetze: Character Lessons

Three prohibitions in this week's Torah reading in their modern, all too common, forms., 28/08/2015 09:44
Lessons from the Ashley Madison Hack

Lessons from the Ashley Madison Hack

Our Sages warned: Remember what is above you: an eye watches, an ear listens and all your deeds are recorded. , 22/08/2015 22:37
Shoftim: Honest Courts

Shoftim: Honest Courts

Who is the prime mover of the justice system, the defendant or the judge?, 20/08/2015 10:10