The creation of the world is described twice. Each description serves a unique purpose.
I, the one who is housed inside this body, am completely and utterly spiritual.
If one hurts another human being, God is hurt; if one brings joy to another, God is more joyous.
Bereshit: Life includes hard choices that challenge our decisions, leaving lingering complications.
Rabbi Fohrman:" Great evils are often wrought by those who are blithely unaware of the power they wield."
Hashem created all human beings and it should sadden us when Hashem, their Father, does not see nachas from them.
When Hashem formed man, He gave him the keys to Creation. As the Midrash tells us, Hashem said to Adam, “This is your world now. You are in charge of it; take care that you don’t destroy it.”
Realizing that his death was immanent and he had only a few more moments, Moshe focuses on doing the most important thing: he runs to Bnei Yisrael and blesses them.
The Sukka: Even if you find it difficult to come to the synagogue, the synagogue will come to you.
The Shagas Aryeh leaves the matter somewhat unresolved, and posits that on the first night one is only obligated in simchah m’d’Rabanan.
The Jewish world today is a critical part of the timeline in Jewish history.
Often in life we become stuck – stuck in the morass of our habits and the rote of our comfort level.
There is one day of the year on which the Satan has no power: Yom Kippur.
During shmittah we refrain from agricultural activities and collection of loans, and on Yom Kippur we refrain from all physical pleasures.
What right do I, sinner, have to approach Hashem and request forgiveness?
Imagine a man who, after having a few too many drinks, gets into his car and begins driving. It takes a while before he is pulled over, but finally the police arrest him, and he stands trial for driving while intoxicated.
Others suggest that one cannot separate Shabbos from Yom Kippur by accepting Shabbos early.
Ba’al Shem Tov: “Hashem, too, is crying; as much as He is looking for us, we rarely look for Him.”
On Rosh Hashanah we are taught that true self-analysis involves the breaking down of walls
When we hear the words "Rosh Hashana is coming" it really means Hashem Himself is coming!
While women are exempt from actually learning Torah, they are obligated in a different aspect of the mitzvah.
Once we recognize that our separation from God is our fault, how do we repair it?
To choose life, you must examine your actions in the period preceding the Days of Awe as an unbiased stranger, and render your decision.
This world has its purpose; it has been ideally fashioned to allow man to grow.
Perhaps the most important leadership lesson Elkana taught us is to never underestimate the difference a single person can make.