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Slichot: It's never too early to say I'm sorry

Slichot: It's never too early to say I'm sorry

We want to be there first, at the head of the line, to ask for mercy and forgiveness, before the Day of Judgment..Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 27/08/2021 13:21
When a marriage fails

When a marriage fails

A plea for peace and understanding. Divorce, with all its hurt, uncertainty and loss should not lead to lifelong enmity.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 19/08/2021 21:46
WAZE can’t get you there - it's not found by using algorithms

WAZE can’t get you there - it's not found by using algorithms

When one comes up to the Beit Hamikdash he should ask of people along the way, “Where is it? Which road leads me to the House of God?”Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 06/08/2021 07:00
Jealousy’s a hungry heart

Jealousy’s a hungry heart

How can we ensure our wants are not driven by envy?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 25/07/2021 19:13
Lives taken unintentionally

Lives taken unintentionally

When life is lost for whatever reason there must be an accounting. The day after such a tragedy cannot be as if nothing happened.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 10/07/2021 22:00
Through the eyes of a donkey

Through the eyes of a donkey

Just like Bilaam’s donkey “turning aside”, life has a way of recognizing that the path is blocked.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 23/06/2021 23:00
You are what you wear

You are what you wear

The Talmud teaches us to be sure our Shabbat attire is not the same as our weekday attire.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 15/06/2021 09:29
The 'Meraglim" among us: Truth, fake news, and Israel

The 'Meraglim" among us: Truth, fake news, and Israel

The concept of fake news is as old as information itself.- and the Story of the Spies in this week's Torah Reading, is an early example.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 02/06/2021 07:30
 Loving your neighbor while standing on one foot

Loving your neighbor while standing on one foot

The world suggests it’s wiser to maintain the walls that separate neighbor from neighbor. But what does G-d want?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 26/04/2021 21:09
R’Baz and the Racham - what a non kosher bird has to say

R’Baz and the Racham - what a non kosher bird has to say

The bird’s call is so raucous and so recognizable that some say it is the source of our word 'shriek' - but in Hebrew, it means a whistle.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/04/2021 21:00
Bring down the temperature

Bring down the temperature

The Torah's distinction between turtledove and pigeon teaches us a lesson about loyalty, jealousy and zealotry.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 19/03/2021 15:00
What we hide, what we reveal

What we hide, what we reveal

Who stands behind the masks we wear?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 28/02/2021 19:24
Act first, listen second - an act of faith

Act first, listen second - an act of faith

The Sadducee mocked Rava, “You are an impetuous people, for you put your mouth before your ears.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 13/02/2021 23:31
The essential ingredient in Manna: Faith

The essential ingredient in Manna: Faith

Did God really want us to simply accept the gracious gift from His outstretched hand so that our faith would grow and deepen?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 29/01/2021 12:00
Strangers in a strange land

Strangers in a strange land

A meeting of Congress opened with a prayer to God (He/She/It) and concluded with “Amen” and “A-women”. We really are strangers.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 18/01/2021 21:00
The blessing we want for our grandchildren

The blessing we want for our grandchildren

Ephraim and Menashe. How is it that when we lay our hands upon our sons and grandsons' heads to bless them it is these two names we name? Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 30/12/2020 18:02
View the Safran dreidel collection - a feast for Hanukkah eyes

View the Safran dreidel collection - a feast for Hanukkah eyes

From the US, Israel, Spain, Hungary, India, Russia, Scotland - all over the world! Made of glass, wood, metal and, yes, from clay.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/12/2020 12:04
Thou shalt  not covet riches

Thou shalt not covet riches

Jealousy is the terror of seeing someone achieve more than us. What would we do to make sure others don’t get a bigger piece of the pie?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 04/12/2020 00:07
Feed me! Esau reveals his true nature

Feed me! Esau reveals his true nature

What we eat and how we eat distinguish us and elevate us from the beasts of the fields.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran  , 23/11/2020 07:23
Aging: It's only skin deep

Aging: It's only skin deep

If you take away the lines, do you take away the joy and sadness? The wisdom?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 14/11/2020 18:15
I am here - which of us could pass that test?

I am here - which of us could pass that test?

A poet might find irony is the request.  A dramatist, cruelty.  A comedian, absurdity. But Abraham was simply a man of G-d.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 09/11/2020 10:15
Say what you mean - words matter!

Say what you mean - words matter!

It is only Man who is capable of communicating the depth of his intellect and his soul; only man can communicate his heart.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 26/10/2020 12:00
Marking time

Marking time

The moments of our lives...do we control our calendar or does it control us?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 22/09/2020 17:00
Can we change?

Can we change?

Every space, every line in the Torah has meaning.  Even the number of pesukim between topics can teach us a lesson-that change takes time.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 09/09/2020 09:33
A simple phone call will do

A simple phone call will do

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to get us to make sure our parents know our feelings, although it brought out the desire to protect them..Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 02/09/2020 09:24
What we remember, what we forget

What we remember, what we forget

This week we read the commandment to remember Amalek. We remember Amalek because that is the memory that safeguards us.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 27/08/2020 16:00
The hundred and first time

The hundred and first time

Ask yeshiva bochurim the most critical point of their learning and the answer will be to chazer, to chazer – to review, to review.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 10/08/2020 07:35
Life - one step at a time

Life - one step at a time

The journey of life is not about the destination but about exploration - Nitin Namdeo. Torah thoughts for Matot-Masei.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran  , 16/07/2020 11:41
Zechor na - We must always remember Bilaam's real intentions

Zechor na - We must always remember Bilaam's real intentions

From Bilaam to the UN, we have been cursed and slandered by eloquent talking heads. When Micah said "remember" he meant in the future.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran  , 04/07/2020 21:36
A stiff-necked people

A stiff-necked people

There have always been those who refuse to acknowledge the authority of God. Korach added His servant Moshe and the appointment of Aaron.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 28/06/2020 15:11
Is the lantern lit?

Is the lantern lit?

Teaching in the age of coronavirus. What is a teacher to do?  What would Aaron do? (For Beha'alotcha.)Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/06/2020 12:57
It's  not our fault: 'Leadership' in the time of COVID

It's not our fault: 'Leadership' in the time of COVID

Imagine how many lives could have been saved these past months if pikuach nefesh had trumped politics!Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 02/06/2020 16:10