Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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

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

What's love got to do with it?

Love, yes, but also hard work., 9/5/2017, 7:06 PM

Data Plan? Who decides – you or your IPhone?

A Jew must be master of his movement in the world; he cannot allow himself to be swayed by outside forces.  , 8/17/2017, 8:41 PM

Political correctness is no substitute for truth

We must show compassion and sensitivity to the person, not the act. , 5/5/2017, 10:11 AM

A simple task? A menial task? A mitzvah

The kohanim would draw lots to determine who would have the privilege of cleaning the ashes!  , 4/8/2017, 11:35 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Details

As God tends to our needs and wants, doesn’t it make sense to likewise orient ourselves to the needs and wants of our wives?, 3/24/2017, 11:54 AM

Mishpatim: There are no alternative facts

How did we obey before we knew the facts?, 2/24/2017, 8:00 AM


There are many, many perspectives on how best to prepare but most of the various perspectives can be boiled down to a few universal steps. , 2/19/2017, 1:17 AM

As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strong

The singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man., 2/11/2017, 10:16 PM

Denial is not a river in Egypt

Denial doesn’t mean there are no consequences., 1/30/2017, 9:16 AM

To grow, to become great

A new child is loved for what he may become..., 1/23/2017, 11:13 AM

Heasfu - Assemble!

The Divine Presence rests only on one in a state of happiness..., 1/14/2017, 11:14 PM

A mile in his shoes

, 12/22/2016, 10:51 PM

Love and marriage

There should be a break between falling in love and marriage., 12/8/2016, 12:19 AM

Matchmaking, a holy task

So important, so weighty, so meaningful is the decision that it is sometimes a wonder that any of us manage to cross that threshold!, 11/26/2016, 7:15 PM

Lot, who are you?

, 11/13/2016, 8:15 AM

Until the waters lap at our feet

Knowledge and faith. Noach’s faith was driven by his intellect; it had no passion or emotional intensity. , 11/4/2016, 7:58 AM

Confession: The Klausenberger Rebbe and Rabbi Soloveitchik

The nullity of being and the greatness of being., 10/11/2016, 1:11 PM

Move de line

Shalom Habayit.  Shalom Aleinu. A Plea for Peace and Understanding , 9/19/2016, 7:01 AM

Fins and scales

Fish, children and scholars., 9/4/2016, 12:25 AM

Who can legislate morality?

Can we be commanded not to covet?, 8/22/2016, 11:01 AM

We have had three weeks

Three Weeks to recreate a bond of Love, Respect and Passion. , 8/14/2016, 11:59 PM

Kashering and the art of living: Lessons from Matot-Masei

In the world, of the world?, 8/5/2016, 9:15 AM

Chukat (Diaspora): To sing a new song

Our children and students., 7/17/2016, 1:20 AM

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The gap year

To teach, to inspire., 6/23/2016, 7:56 AM

Behar (Diaspora):The numbers don’t lie

Balance and symmetry., 5/27/2016, 11:40 AM

A small people, a great impact

Israel is a light unto the nations., 5/11/2016, 7:02 PM

Parshat Acharei Mot: Israel and morality

When in Rome...?, 5/5/2016, 8:40 AM

In the eye of the beholder

A good eye., 4/7/2016, 11:01 AM

Mishpatim: Sticks and stones

Insults and how we react to them., 2/4/2016, 12:05 PM

Shmot: Parenting Announcements

Parenting and a child's potential., 1/1/2016, 12:11 PM

A dreidel  story

Redemption is the ultimate miracle. Even for dreidels., 12/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Yasher Koach: It’s nice to be acknowledged

We all act differently if we know we will be acknowledged or our actions are being recorded., 12/6/2015, 4:28 AM

Welcoming guests at the Sabbath table

To sit at Henny Machlis' table, at the home of the famous Jerusalem couple whose open house welcomed thousands over the years for Shabbat and holiday meals, was to meet a modern day Abraham and Sarah., 10/22/2015, 8:23 AM

The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

Is my father’s lesson, that those who perished left us with a clear mission – to live and thrive, to build a Jewish world, true?, 7/21/2015, 5:49 AM