Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran

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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, 2/13/2021, 11:31 PM
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, 1/29/2021, 12:00 PM
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, 1/18/2021, 9:00 PM
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, 12/30/2020, 6:02 PM
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, 12/11/2020, 12:04 PM
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, 12/4/2020, 12:07 AM
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  , 11/23/2020, 7:23 AM
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, 11/14/2020, 6:15 PM
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, 11/9/2020, 10:15 AM
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, 10/26/2020, 12:00 PM
Marking time

Marking time

The moments of our lives...do we control our calendar or does it control us?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 9/22/2020, 5:00 PM
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, 9/9/2020, 9:33 AM
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, 9/2/2020, 9:24 AM
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, 8/27/2020, 4:00 PM
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, 8/10/2020, 7:35 AM
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  , 7/16/2020, 11:41 AM
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  , 7/4/2020, 9:36 PM
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, 6/28/2020, 3:11 PM
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, 6/11/2020, 12:57 PM
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, 6/2/2020, 4:10 PM