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Tefillah: A Meeting with Hashem – A Personal Request

B’chol dirachecha da’eihu, vehu yiyasher orchosecha – In all your ways know Him and He will smooth your paths

Hashem Hates Thievery

Rashi is troubled that thievery is being treated as the pivotal point of the world’s existence. There are many sins that are worse.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Noach: Of Facts and Narratives: Postmodernism and the Ohr HaChaim

The Torah itself presents parallel narratives of the same stories, thereby showing that the same events can truthfully be constructed in more than one way.

A Stolen Teivah?

As long as an individual is still alive and his possessions are still intact, they belong to him – and one may not steal them.

The True Measure of a Man

God doesn't need a slave to order and say: Build an ark! He could have made it in a second. God desires a partner. It is up to us to rise to that role. Noah's greatness was that he figured it out.

Parshat Bereishit

While turning points do not often announce themselves with a clarion call, there are, nonetheless, moments in our lives when the potential for major change is evident.

Rabbi Aba Wagensberg on Parsha Bereishis

Parshas Bereishis is not only the first but arguably the most difficult parsha in the entire Torah. Let's begin...

Saper Vedere

"Saper vedere," - knowing how to see - informs our lives. Have we changed with the opportunities brought by the holidays> Have we kept our new lenses?

The Beginning Of Time

Before there was physicality, there was nothing to measure, so there was no system to measure height.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bereshit: Why Can’t a Man be More Like a Woman?

Though a woman helps her partner and remains his equal, she nurtures and thereby becomes a man's superior. Paradoxically, therefore, woman may be just a bit closer to the image of God than man.

Redeeming Relevance: Zot HaBeraKha: A Grave Apart

It was not enough for Moshe to die by himself, however; his separation from family and nation had to be total, even after his death. And so his burial spot would need to be hidden from all.

King David’s Diaries

On Shabbos, says Rav Cohen, we exist in a world of mei’ein Olam Habah, a microcosm of the next world, a taste of Gan Eden.

The Mitzvah To Be Happy

Being happy isn’t an emotion we can turn on and off like a light switch. And how can we relate the effect of doing a mitzvah joyfully to the case of Reuven?

Angels, Exiles, & Cotton Balls

Why do we take the Four Species on Sukkos? What is their message?

Redeeming Relevance: A Bittersweet Song You Better Remember: Parshas Ha’azinu & Jewish Destiny

God’s foremost desire is to conduct a relationship with the Jewish people built on love and commitment. The song of Ha’azinu reassures us that the relationship will never die.

Boundless Boundaries

Boundless Boundaries are the point of the imperfect structures we build as our Sukkot. The Sukkah is intended to provide the security we need to soar.

The Parsha Experiment – Ha’azinu-V’Zot Habracha: The Inspiring Conclusion To The Torah – Part...

In this week's video, we close the entire Torah, and we ask ourselves, what lessons can we learn today? How can we be inspired by the Torah's messages, and fulfill our destiny as a people?

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem -Teshuva Through Prayer

The first step in repentance is to say to Hashem that until now we lived as if we were not in front of You, but now we have come back.

The Song of Creation

Moses teaches his final commandment, "Write this song for yourselves." Moses wants each of us to write a Torah, not as a book of laws or teachings, but as a song.

Yonah – Getting The Message

Rashi makes a critical observation: When Yonah was thrown overboard the pasuk says he was swallowed by a male fish. Yet when he davened to Hashem, the pasuk says a female fish spit him out.

Redeeming Relevance: Moving On and the Sins of Omission

As we approach Yom Kippur, it is time for us to think creatively, the willingness to chart a new path, about what we can do better.

Shabbos Mevorchim Tishrei

Rosh Hashanah on the first of Tishrei comes to assure us that we needn’t despair, for Hashem, our Heavenly Father, is eager to accept our teshuvah and wipe our slate clean.

Parshat Nitzavim

One thing a person can do to ensure that he repents quickly after he sins is to think ahead.

Offering A Gift

We stand in the final moments of 5776, prepared to transition to 5777, perfect moments to offer our gift to God, honoring all we have gained over the past year and how we intend to apply that growth

The Parsha Experiment – Nitzavim: How To Make Sense Of The Terrible Curses II

To understand God's curses at the end of the Torah, we have to follow a trail all the way back, to Creation, and the Garden of Eden

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