Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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)., 12/26/2019, 10:21 AM

Do not be jealous of riches

Envy righteousness and pursue it (Psalms), 12/13/2019, 12:52 PM

Esau or Jacob: Who has the upper hand?

Chazal teach, “They will not be equally great. When one rises the other falls.”, 11/27/2019, 6:59 AM

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)., 11/22/2019, 8:54 AM

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., 11/17/2019, 10:00 PM

What goes up...

From the pinnacle of the Tower, they planned to lay waste to Heaven., 11/3/2019, 11:06 AM

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., 10/8/2019, 7:29 AM

Elul: To be transformed

Hope and faith can change you., 9/24/2019, 10:52 AM

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?, 9/12/2019, 8:22 AM

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”?  , 8/25/2019, 9:59 PM

We cannot be counted

Weighing the importance of the individual against something even more important – the community. , 8/13/2019, 9:42 AM

Korach (Diaspora): The sons of Korach

Contemplating teshuvah., 7/26/2019, 1:47 PM

Our Independence.  Our Community. Our Song.  

You can cage the singer but not the song - Harry Belafonte., 7/14/2019, 6:03 PM

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!, 7/4/2019, 12:29 PM

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., 6/18/2019, 8:31 AM

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?, 5/30/2019, 7:05 PM

Time, the eternal challenge of the everyday

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity - Henry David Thoreau , 5/17/2019, 8:49 AM

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., 4/12/2019, 3:09 PM

The blessed wigmaker

Peyos and the power of identity., 3/28/2019, 7:49 AM

The truth behind the mask

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid - Rav Nachman of Breslav , 3/20/2019, 10:40 AM

Money is like fire

It is a challenge to reconcile the possibility of atonement being realized using worldly and possibly defiled coins. , 2/27/2019, 3:21 PM

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., 2/11/2019, 3:14 PM

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., 2/3/2019, 7:15 AM

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.  , 1/18/2019, 1:57 PM

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., 12/20/2018, 2:21 PM

Righteousness in a disposable culture

The significance of "Pakim Ketanim," a fundamental component of righteousness., 11/25/2018, 7:13 AM

In every generation, they rise upon us...

We were taught. History is an arc that bends towards justice. and It can’t happen here. , 11/9/2018, 3:30 PM

Wickedness. Should we care?

Why did Abraham care about the wickedness of Sodom?, 10/31/2018, 10:04 AM

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., 10/21/2018, 10:14 AM

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?, 9/30/2018, 12:23 PM

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., 9/20/2018, 2:38 PM

Nitsavim: Three little words

The ability to atone has always been the most remarkable of human features - Leon Uris, 9/7/2018, 4:56 PM

Have smartphones caused us to fail in our parental responsibilities?

Are we failing in making our children independent beings?, 8/14/2018, 4:54 AM

Mercy, mercy

Rachmanus (mercy), rachmanus...rodef rachmanus...Rabbi Soloveitchik explained it best., 8/5/2018, 7:38 AM

Vaetchanan: If at first...

Sometimes, it is better to do some than to try and do it all. Sometimes, now is too soon., 7/26/2018, 4:37 AM

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!  , 6/28/2018, 4:07 PM

Blind to the blessings

How easy it is to complain and ignore the blessings from the safety those very blessings confer upon us., 6/24/2018, 11:57 AM

A dispute for the sake of Heaven

 If leading was easy, anyone could do it., 6/17/2018, 9:16 AM

Fake News

Propaganda by any other name...., 6/8/2018, 3:04 PM

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, 5/29/2018, 3:33 PM

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, 5/3/2018, 2:35 AM

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?, 4/26/2018, 9:12 PM

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., 3/23/2018, 12:11 PM

Sweeten to taste: Leavened foods on the altar

Why is it forbidden to bring leavened food as an offering?, 3/16/2018, 8:49 AM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: The urgency of the now

What happened between the time they left “as one” and when “only a few” returned?, 3/7/2018, 6:23 PM

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, 2/28/2018, 11:30 PM

Plant, believe, carry on

The message of the acacia trees in the desert., 2/15/2018, 8:13 AM

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

To set a place. To be prepared. Not "dumb luck"., 2/2/2018, 12:39 PM

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, 1/18/2018, 5:32 PM

Shmot: …For as his name is, so is he

What's in a name? A good deal., 1/4/2018, 7:22 AM

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., 12/28/2017, 7:08 AM

The Dreidel Rabbi speaks

Miracles. They spin and spin all around us., 12/13/2017, 11:46 AM

Modesty in the age of abuse

Rescue us from the hand of Esau., 12/1/2017, 12:00 PM

Social media and our lives

What a “simple” Yud and Hei teach us about the influence of environment., 11/28/2017, 3:45 PM

The power of the womb

The power of prayer., 11/24/2017, 1:15 PM

Trust when it counts

Avraham trusted his CEO implicitly, but, he demanded an oath when it came to finding a wife for his son. , 11/12/2017, 6:32 PM

A friend in need

A friend is a single soul dwelling in two bodies- Aristotle., 11/2/2017, 6:50 AM