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Separation is the Key to Creation

26 Tishri 5776 – October 8, 2015
Constantly investing energy safeguarding separation, life & world is man's participating in creation

Coming Full Circle

In the end, I reluctantly moved into the widow’s home on my own, and somehow managed to pull through, despite my acute disappointment and frustration.

Aleph Beta: Bereishit: Is The Torah One Big Story? – The Parsha Experiment

Truly understanding the hidden meaning in Parshat Bereishit will provide insight to the entire Torah

Everlasting Imperfections

Creation is everlasting in the sense that all of us add brushstrokes & notes-that is its perfection

Directing Creativity

25 Tishri 5776 – October 7, 2015
What is the world? Bereshit’s answer: The world is “creativity.”

In The Beginning

After all, many sinners live in mansions, and in the post-Holocaust era it’s impossible to conclude that those who suffered sinned.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bereshit II

‘God doing exactly as He planned’ does not mean that all occurred without any ambivalence & tension.

A Lulav For Levi

20 Tishri 5776 – October 2, 2015
"But my rebbe taught me that on the first day of Sukkos you have to own the lulav and esrog," said Levi. "If I borrow yours, how can I fulfill the mitzvah?"

Daf Yomi

Curling Pei’os ‘Hair Of A Nazir’ (Nazir 42a)

Q & A: Tzedakah (Part XI)

Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah? Zvi Kirschner (Via E-Mail)

The Last Eight Pesukim

Tosafos quotes an explanation from R’ Meshulem that the halacha requires that the one who is called up to the Torah for those pesukim must read them himself and cannot have a baal korei read them for him.

The King, The Kapparah, And The Cloud

‘You shall dwell in booths (sukkos) for seven days because I caused the Jewish People to dwell in booths when I took them from the land of Egypt.’

To Pierce The Clouds

Judaism stipulates that not only does Hashem reveal Himself to the prophets, but to all creation.

Is It Bad To Be Vulnerable?

Sitting in your Sukkah remember: No one is so powerful, wealthy, smart or talented to not need God

You Can’t Help Me; You Can’t Harm Me

19 Tishri 5776 – October 1, 2015
If you were the most generous, loving person in the world, and you were completely devoted to help me, if my time on this planet is up there is nothing that you can do to change that; any human is powerless to change my destiny.

A Night In The Emergency Room: A True Story

I stood up, lurching down the hall, and collided into an old man clutching a pole with in IV bag.

The Joy And Challenge Of Yom Tov

Sukkos is the Yom Tov regarding which it is written “You shall be very happy.”

Aleph Beta: V’Zot Habracha: Moses’ Farewell To Israel, Part 3/3

Are we, through our prayers, able to convince God to change the course of history?

Sukkot Video

17 Tishri 5776 – September 30, 2015
A musical offering from the Jerusalem troubadour, David Herman. Chag Sameach!

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