Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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

What does it take?

Humility is Only for the Strong Teshuva Only for the Humble, 9/10/2017, 10:32 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

We're all in this together

Comfort, presence and prayer., 8/2/2017, 5:36 PM

The present rests upon the past, the future upon the present

Make sure your children know from whence they came., 7/16/2017, 12:46 PM

Out of the mouths of spin, propaganda,lies

Cable, network, print media – we live in an “age of Bilaam,” the biblical "talking head.", 7/10/2017, 7:12 AM

Chukat: So hard to say goodbye

A lesson in facing a loved one's death, here in the Parsha., 6/30/2017, 6:01 AM

Once is not enough

, 5/23/2017, 4:37 PM

Shabbat and holidays: In the parts is the way to the whole

Sabbath and the holidays each have a unique role., 5/14/2017, 11:24 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

Student, scholar

Inside and outside must match., 3/4/2017, 11:59 PM

Mishpatim: There are no alternative facts

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

Prepare!

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

Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lost

Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos , 12/27/2016, 6:00 PM

A mile in his shoes

, 12/22/2016, 10:51 PM

Can we learn from Laban?

Our galut in the secular world., 12/16/2016, 2:18 AM

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