Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

When you hear only what you want to hear: Boring the slave's ear

When you hear only what you want to hear: Boring the slave's ear

​​​​​​​If you know everything, there is nothing for you to hear. -Nathan Safran , 19/02/2020 21:10
How can we not covet?

How can we not covet?

How laws help us see who we are., 13/02/2020 17:59
I cannot do it

I cannot do it

, 16/01/2020 12:44
A peek at a fabulous dreidel collection - and a story to go with it

A peek at a fabulous dreidel collection - and a story to go with it

Be realistic; plan for a miracle.- Osho  Remember: A great miracle happened here (or there)., 26/12/2019 10:21
Do not be jealous of riches

Do not be jealous of riches

Envy righteousness and pursue it (Psalms), 13/12/2019 12:52
Esau or Jacob: Who has the upper hand?

Esau or Jacob: Who has the upper hand?

Chazal teach, “They will not be equally great. When one rises the other falls.”, 27/11/2019 06:59
If not now, when? Abraham teaches us about old age

If not now, when? Abraham teaches us about old age

Now Abraham was old, well on in years, and Hashem blessed Abraham with everything. (Breishit 24:1)., 22/11/2019 08:54
No shortcuts in service to G-d

No shortcuts in service to G-d

The sacred is in the details. It is in his attention to the detail of performing God’s command that Avraham models how we are to behave as Jews., 17/11/2019 22:00
What goes up...

What goes up...

From the pinnacle of the Tower, they planned to lay waste to Heaven., 03/11/2019 11:06
The physical, the spiritual; the balance

The physical, the spiritual; the balance

We forever teeter between the dual facets of our nature, seeking to impart spiritual meaning to the physical, to give honor and grace to our place in creation., 08/10/2019 07:29
Elul: To be transformed

Elul: To be transformed

Hope and faith can change you., 24/09/2019 10:52
The mamzer and the consequences of radical individualism

The mamzer and the consequences of radical individualism

The will of Sinai. To our modern ears, this – like most punishment and consequences – sounds unduly harsh.  After all, what did this “innocent” mamzer ever do?, 12/09/2019 08:22
The frightening Other

The frightening Other

The Stranger, fhe frightening Other and our broken promise. Should we as Jews fear being drawn into the prevailing climate of hate, of “otherness”?  , 25/08/2019 21:59
We cannot be counted

We cannot be counted

Weighing the importance of the individual against something even more important – the community. , 13/08/2019 09:42
Korach (Diaspora): The sons of Korach

Korach (Diaspora): The sons of Korach

Contemplating teshuvah., 26/07/2019 13:47
Our Independence.  Our Community. Our Song.  

Our Independence.  Our Community. Our Song.  

You can cage the singer but not the song - Harry Belafonte., 14/07/2019 18:03
When it comes to Israel, G-d tells it like it is

When it comes to Israel, G-d tells it like it is

The impulse to create “fake news” and our vulnerability to fall victim to it, predates the evils of the last century.  No matter how bleak the situation in the short term, God says we will return, we will rebuild, we will renew.  We will flourish!, 04/07/2019 12:29
Faults are thick where love is thin

Faults are thick where love is thin

Peace is hard.  Love is harder. Why?  Because it demands that we not only tolerate someone not like ourselves but that we embrace that person and hold them dear, as dearly as we hold ourselves., 18/06/2019 08:31
Arachin:  Value and worth in the balance

Arachin: Value and worth in the balance

Arachin speaks to the holiness inherent in the individual Jew; the “value” of his soul, as it were.  Which raises the essential question, how to value such a “commodity”?  How do we know if we are “worth” it?, 30/05/2019 19:05
 Time, the eternal challenge of the everyday

Time, the eternal challenge of the everyday

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity - Henry David Thoreau , 17/05/2019 08:49
Affliction and grace

Affliction and grace

The treasure within. Remember, we do not see “the face”, we never see the full picture. It is possible that we never know what rests inside those walls., 12/04/2019 15:09
The blessed wigmaker

The blessed wigmaker

Peyos and the power of identity., 28/03/2019 07:49
The truth behind the mask

The truth behind the mask

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid - Rav Nachman of Breslav , 20/03/2019 10:40
Money is like fire

Money is like fire

It is a challenge to reconcile the possibility of atonement being realized using worldly and possibly defiled coins. , 27/02/2019 15:21
Teacher - open the door and your students will walk through

Teacher - open the door and your students will walk through

Facts.  Knowledge.  Information.  These are, of course, necessary but not nearly sufficient for the Teacher who wants to not only teach but uplift and inspire. Let us open the door., 11/02/2019 15:14
 The Device is the message:Technology and the dignity of Creation

The Device is the message:Technology and the dignity of Creation

We are isolated in our relationship with our technologies, with our devices. We are addicts. We are an eved ivri., 03/02/2019 07:15
Shabbat Shira: Music of the spheres

Shabbat Shira: Music of the spheres

Song and meaning. We have always held that each element in creation is part of a magnificent symphony, not just the orbs in the heavens but also each of us.  This is the power of shirah.  , 18/01/2019 13:57
Left is right, right is left

Left is right, right is left

This is what we want for our children and grandchildren; a level of devotion and commitment that comes from the kishkes., 20/12/2018 14:21
Righteousness in a disposable culture

Righteousness in a disposable culture

The significance of "Pakim Ketanim," a fundamental component of righteousness., 25/11/2018 07:13
In every generation, they rise upon us...

In every generation, they rise upon us...

We were taught. History is an arc that bends towards justice. and It can’t happen here. , 09/11/2018 15:30
Wickedness. Should we care?

Wickedness. Should we care?

Why did Abraham care about the wickedness of Sodom?, 31/10/2018 10:04
Do not let Sodom into your home

Do not let Sodom into your home

Who could even think of allowing a child to use a computer without installing filters and safeguards.  To do any less invites Sodom into one’s home., 21/10/2018 10:14
The knock upon the door: Simchat Torah

The knock upon the door: Simchat Torah

How did it get so late so soon? Sadly, we all know too many people who come from generations of Torah scholars who do not know an aleph from an ayin.  How, we wonder, could such a thing be?, 30/09/2018 12:23
Haazinu:  To remember, to forget

Haazinu: To remember, to forget

The Torah never seeks the absence of something, rather the fullness of something. The Torah asks for an active state of memory through an act or a personal effort of memory., 20/09/2018 14:38
Nitsavim: Three little words

Nitsavim: Three little words

The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features - Leon Uris, 07/09/2018 16:56
Have smartphones caused us to fail in our parental responsibilities?

Have smartphones caused us to fail in our parental responsibilities?

Are we failing in making our children independent beings?, 14/08/2018 04:54
Mercy, mercy

Mercy, mercy

Rachmanus (mercy), rachmanus...rodef rachmanus...Rabbi Soloveitchik explained it best., 05/08/2018 07:38
Vaetchanan: If at first...

Vaetchanan: If at first...

Sometimes, it is better to do some than to try and do it all. Sometimes, now is too soon., 26/07/2018 04:37
We live in the Age of Balaam - and haters are gonna hate

We live in the Age of Balaam - and haters are gonna hate

One hundred and twenty can stand in the General Assembly and vote in defense of haters and murderers, in defense of Hamas, but it is God Who will stymie Bilaam!  , 28/06/2018 16:07
Blind to the blessings

Blind to the blessings

How easy it is to complain and ignore the blessings from the safety those very blessings confer upon us., 24/06/2018 11:57
A dispute for the sake of Heaven

A dispute for the sake of Heaven

 If leading was easy, anyone could do it., 17/06/2018 09:16
Fake News

Fake News

Propaganda by any other name...., 08/06/2018 15:04
Each like the whole of Creation

Each like the whole of Creation

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” - Charles Krauthammer, 29/05/2018 15:33
Counting up, counting down

Counting up, counting down

Lag Ba'Omer marks the end of the sad customs of the period of sefira. Do we count ba'Omer or la'Omer, 03/05/2018 02:35
How do we get to love? (Overseas)

How do we get to love? (Overseas)

How do we go from seething in silence from the myriad hurts and humiliations we experience to a silence of strength and grace?, 26/04/2018 21:12
The speaking voice

The speaking voice

It is surely no coincidence that Parashat Tzav is always read during the Nisan- Pesach time of the year. Often, on Shabbat Hagadol., 23/03/2018 12:11
Sweeten to taste: Leavened foods on the altar

Sweeten to taste: Leavened foods on the altar

Why is it forbidden to bring leavened food as an offering?, 16/03/2018 08:49
Vayakhel-Pekudei: The urgency of the now

Vayakhel-Pekudei: The urgency of the now

What happened between the time they left “as one” and when “only a few” returned?, 07/03/2018 18:23
Who stands behind the mask?

Who stands behind the mask?

Rava said, It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman’ (cursed be Haman) and ‘barukh Mordekhai’ (blessed be Mordecai). Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 7b, 28/02/2018 23:30
Plant, believe, carry on

Plant, believe, carry on

The message of the acacia trees in the desert., 15/02/2018 08:13
Why do 70% of Powerball winners go bankrupt within a few years?

Why do 70% of Powerball winners go bankrupt within a few years?

To set a place. To be prepared. Not "dumb luck"., 02/02/2018 12:39
The children we have

The children we have

​​​​​​​Believe me Rebbi, I only care about my child’s Yiddishkeit, and if he doesn’t go on the right path then I prefer that he should just die already - spoken to Harav Aaron Leib Shteinman, 18/01/2018 17:32
Shmot: …For as his name is, so is he

Shmot: …For as his name is, so is he

What's in a name? A good deal., 04/01/2018 07:22
Raising children: "Fair" does not mean "the same"

Raising children: "Fair" does not mean "the same"

The goal should not be to mold them into a uniform sameness so much as to elevate each one., 28/12/2017 07:08
The Dreidel Rabbi speaks

The Dreidel Rabbi speaks

Miracles. They spin and spin all around us., 13/12/2017 11:46
Modesty in the age of abuse

Modesty in the age of abuse

Rescue us from the hand of Esau., 01/12/2017 12:00
Social media and our lives

Social media and our lives

What a “simple” Yud and Hei teach us about the influence of environment., 28/11/2017 15:45