The day that blends all the Joy of the cycle of the Jewish year

The day that blends all the Joy of the cycle of the Jewish year

Put the joy of the Yamim Nora'im into Sukkot, Wonderful opportunity to do T'shuva Mei'Ahava.Phil Chernofsky, 10/2/2020, 5:54 PM
When the sons turn to the father and ask for mercy

When the sons turn to the father and ask for mercy

On the way to perfection: To be worthy of being sons of the Creator of the world.Phil Chernofsky, 9/25/2020, 6:19 PM
T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

We don't know why G-d created the world, nor why He gave us free will, but we can hopefully see and understand the gift of T'shuva.Phil Chernofsky, 9/11/2020, 6:07 PM
The power of the Jewish joy

The power of the Jewish joy

There are Jews who do keep the mitzvot, but they do not do that with joy. They need to be shown the beauties of a Torah way of life.Phil Chernofsky, 9/4/2020, 6:40 PM
Love and rapprochement: When the king goes out into the field

Love and rapprochement: When the king goes out into the field

Elul is a special month for drawing closer to HaShem. come in to see why.Phil Chernofsky, 8/28/2020, 6:52 PM
The basis for any stable regime: Judges and policemen

The basis for any stable regime: Judges and policemen

The gentle path to walk according to the Jewish laws and tradition.Phil Chernofsky, 8/21/2020, 6:56 PM
What does God want from us?

What does God want from us?

We learn a lot about the commandments - but what is really behind them?Phil Chernofsky, 8/14/2020, 6:35 PM
The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

This is the main goal of Parshat Eikev: Hear what your mouth is talking about.Phil Chernofsky, 8/7/2020, 6:44 PM
The unique concerns of an extraordinary leader

The unique concerns of an extraordinary leader

Raise eyes heavenward and worship the sun or the moon or the stars - not to replace G-d, but to serve Him by honoring his creations.Phil Chernofsky, 7/31/2020, 7:06 PM
Asking ourselves: What did we do to bring redemption closer?

Asking ourselves: What did we do to bring redemption closer?

How many Jews today, Torah observant Jews, do more than pay lip-service to the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash?Phil Chernofsky, 7/24/2020, 7:08 PM
No excuses: You must come to Israel

No excuses: You must come to Israel

We did a great job of creating vibrant Jewish communities all over the world. But now we should be living in Eretz Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 7/17/2020, 7:08 PM
Divine command: To keep the routine

Divine command: To keep the routine

It is every day and forever. It was made at Har Sinai, but it is daily and constant.Phil Chernofsky, 7/10/2020, 6:50 PM
Sad ironic message for the Jewish people

Sad ironic message for the Jewish people

We need to ask and answer the question: In which direction are we headed?Phil Chernofsky, 7/3/2020, 7:10 PM
It's all about the Jewish law

It's all about the Jewish law

What's the meaning of the enigmatic mitzvot? How does it affect us?Phil Chernofsky, 6/26/2020, 6:52 PM
The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The 'story' of the Meraglim and the 'story' of Korach's rebellion are not just once-upon-a-time a long time ago stories.Phil Chernofsky, 6/19/2020, 6:31 PM
The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

How do we correct a sin that affects an entire people?Phil Chernofsky, 6/14/2020, 5:15 AM
Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

We can chose to reject the words of the majority who would rather remain in the Midbar and rally to the side of Yehoshua and Kalev.Phil Chernofsky, 6/5/2020, 7:09 PM
After 40 years in the desert, we returned to Jerusalem

After 40 years in the desert, we returned to Jerusalem

We are at a symbolic crossroad with Bamidbar and Yom Yerushalayim being one right after the other.Phil Chernofsky, 5/22/2020, 6:39 PM
When God instructs follow me, there is no room for doubt

When God instructs follow me, there is no room for doubt

Our challenge, as has been the challenge of every generation since Nationhood, is to improve as individual Jews and as part of Klal Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 5/15/2020, 6:50 PM
There is no doubt: Redemption is on the way

There is no doubt: Redemption is on the way

We have seen the hand of G-d in giving us a major push in the direction of the Geula Sh'leima.Phil Chernofsky, 5/8/2020, 6:46 PM
Israel: The State for all Jews

Israel: The State for all Jews

The State of Israel opens the door to any and all Jews who want to come here.Phil Chernofsky, 5/1/2020, 6:35 PM
Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in our hearts

Covid Ha’atzmaut: The Shofar in our hearts

The State of Israel, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, may need a lot of rethinking, and their relationship to Covid-19 demands careful reflection.Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf and Phil Chernofsky, 4/29/2020, 8:47 PM
A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

A look back on Pesach and ahead to Yom HaAtzmaut.Phil Chernofsky, 4/24/2020, 6:40 PM
The basic meaning of Sefirat HaOmer: The way to redemption

The basic meaning of Sefirat HaOmer: The way to redemption

Pesach and Shavuot: Between the Festival of “Physical Redemption” and the Festival of “Spiritual Redemption.”Phil Chernofsky, 4/14/2020, 6:29 PM
The secret that accompanies us throughout Passover

The secret that accompanies us throughout Passover

Matzot and mitzvot have more in common than spelling.Phil Chernofsky, 4/8/2020, 6:24 PM
Is it so hard to say 'thank you'?

Is it so hard to say 'thank you'?

We can relive the slavery in Egypt and the Exodus which was the first step of our nationhood, and be able to see where we are headed.Phil Chernofsky, 4/3/2020, 6:05 PM
Ironic thing on the Torah - and its message

Ironic thing on the Torah - and its message

An interesting calendar irony.Phil Chernofsky, 3/27/2020, 6:23 PM
To be Jewish - in the smallest things

To be Jewish - in the smallest things

Our partnership with G-d in setting up the calendar.Phil Chernofsky, 3/20/2020, 5:25 PM
The Jewish perspective in the face of the world

The Jewish perspective in the face of the world

Our perspective is so different from other nations.Phil Chernofsky, 3/13/2020, 5:06 PM
Zachor: Why do we really need to remember these days?

Zachor: Why do we really need to remember these days?

Torah Tidbits Audio featuring 7 Adar, Moshe’s birthday and yahrzeit, the absence of his name from T’tzaveh.Phil Chernofsky, 3/6/2020, 4:40 PM
What is the ultimate goal of the nation of Israel?

What is the ultimate goal of the nation of Israel?

Let's not forget the heartfelt longing of the actual building of the Beit HaMikdash.Phil Chernofsky, 2/28/2020, 5:00 PM
What does God really want from us? Our soul

What does God really want from us? Our soul

We might not always live up to that level of commitment to G-d, but that is our target.Phil Chernofsky, 2/21/2020, 4:53 PM
Secret of faith: Agree to do before you hear God's demands

Secret of faith: Agree to do before you hear God's demands

Understanding Torah and mitzvot is important, but must never be thought of as a condition.Phil Chernofsky, 2/14/2020, 4:13 PM
The simple and clear knowledge: This is what G-d asks of you

The simple and clear knowledge: This is what G-d asks of you

Our knowledge of what G-d did for us - and continues to do for us - is extremely crucial to our lives as Torah Jews.Phil Chernofsky, 2/7/2020, 4:31 PM
Past, present, future - that's how everything connects

Past, present, future - that's how everything connects

A look at the close connection between our calendar and our partnership with God.Phil Chernofsky, 1/31/2020, 4:43 PM
Prophecy is alive and well in our time

Prophecy is alive and well in our time

Maybe we don't have new prophecy today, but we certainly have prophecy in our time.Phil Chernofsky, 1/24/2020, 4:36 PM
The power of Jewish women that affects all generations

The power of Jewish women that affects all generations

A tribute to the amazing women of the Jewish people.Phil Chernofsky, 1/17/2020, 4:22 PM
Been there, done that? Not quite

Been there, done that? Not quite

Do we really accept that the ways of Torah are pleasant and that we can improve keeping the Torah for ourselves and for our fellow Jews?Phil Chernofsky, 1/10/2020, 4:29 PM
Celebrating and mourning go with yearning for the Geula

Celebrating and mourning go with yearning for the Geula

Message and ramifications of Vayigash, especially in light of the Hanukkah story and the fast-approaching fast day.Phil Chernofsky, 1/3/2020, 4:09 PM
Was Mark Twain right about the power of the Jewish people?

Was Mark Twain right about the power of the Jewish people?

Is everything perfect? Not yet. But with G-d's help and our continued efforts, we'll get closer and closer.Phil Chernofsky, 12/27/2019, 4:07 PM
Learning from the past: The importance of Thanksgiving to God

Learning from the past: The importance of Thanksgiving to God

The meaning of the past, the lessons for the future: We must be grateful for every positive step on our way.Phil Chernofsky, 12/20/2019, 4:18 PM
That's how hatred of Jews began

That's how hatred of Jews began

The roots of anti-Semitism already begin with the hatred Eisav had for Jacob.Phil Chernofsky, 12/13/2019, 4:01 PM
The people of Israel should not be afraid of Jewish haters

The people of Israel should not be afraid of Jewish haters

We need to protect ourselves and fight hard when necessary. We need to beseech G-d to protect us until we will not have to fear anymore.Phil Chernofsky, 12/6/2019, 3:57 PM
The art of blessing to use your day well

The art of blessing to use your day well

Pray to G-d: Service of the heart.Phil Chernofsky, 11/29/2019, 4:07 PM
Davening: Observations and comments

Davening: Observations and comments

Greatly improving our davening over- night is probably not going to happen. But that isn't even expected of us.Phil Chernofsky, 11/22/2019, 4:05 PM
The base identity of the Israeli nation

The base identity of the Israeli nation

Being part of the whole does not negate our individual identity as single solitary Jews.Phil Chernofsky, 11/15/2019, 4:10 PM
Covenant: God's commitment to man

Covenant: God's commitment to man

Who wants you for lifelong commitment?Phil Chernofsky, 11/8/2019, 4:18 PM
Is there a contradiction between being Jewish and being human?

Is there a contradiction between being Jewish and being human?

We believe that we are chosen and challenged for a spiritual quest like no others. But we need to remember that we are humans and Jews.Phil Chernofsky, 11/1/2019, 4:12 PM
To see the Promised Land, without understanding what it is

To see the Promised Land, without understanding what it is

Like Moshe, we have yet to ascend the mountain and there to gain a broader perspective of our destiny and days to come.Phil Chernofsky, 10/11/2019, 5:31 PM
The narrow bridge between the High Holy Days

The narrow bridge between the High Holy Days

What Yom Kippur should accomplish within each of us.Phil Chernofsky, 10/4/2019, 5:22 PM
T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

We don't know why G-d created the world, nor why He gave us free will, but we can hopefully see and understand the gift of T'shuva.Phil Chernofsky, 9/27/2019, 5:38 PM
Why do we need to thank God every single minute?

Why do we need to thank God every single minute?

The all important part of a Torah Life – gratitude and happiness.Phil Chernofsky, 9/20/2019, 6:00 PM
Can we understand God, even a little?

Can we understand God, even a little?

We keep all mitzvot and shun all prohibitions because that's what G-d wants. After that we can spend a lifetime trying to understand better.Phil Chernofsky, 9/13/2019, 6:10 PM
The right track for every Jew

The right track for every Jew

The ups and downs of different authority systems.Phil Chernofsky, 9/6/2019, 6:21 PM
Law and order

Law and order

The gentle path to walk according to the Jewish laws and tradition.Phil Chernofsky, 8/30/2019, 6:27 PM
The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

This is the main goal of Parshat Eikev: Hear what your mouth is talking about.Phil Chernofsky, 8/23/2019, 6:36 PM
The double concern of an extraordinary leader

The double concern of an extraordinary leader

Raise eyes heavenward and worship the sun or the moon or the stars - not to replace G-d, but to serve Him by honoring his creations.Phil Chernofsky, 8/16/2019, 6:20 PM