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The Astonishing Potential Of Man

21 Shevat 5777 – February 16, 2017
Hashem custom-designed this world and our current existence specifically so that we can grow.

AlephBeta: Yitro: The Marriage of God and Israel

Parshat Yitro contains the most important piece in the narrative of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, when the nation and God are 'married.

Becoming

20 Shevat 5777 – February 15, 2017
I open my bible as a potential convert; open to the possibility of learning what will allow me to continue to become more. I begin my prayers in a state of repentance, ready to climb mountains.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Yitro: Good Failures and Bad Failures

18 Shevat 5777 – February 14, 2017
No one is surprised that the Torah wasn’t given immediately after the Jews left Egypt, even though it was the first logical time for such an event to happen. But why not earlier or later on the trek?

TORAH SHORTS: Weekly Biblical Thoughts: Beshalach

14 Shevat 5777 – February 10, 2017
We cannot rest on the educational and religious laurels of our fathers. Every generation must forge ahead, not only to maintain or continue, but to expand our knowledge of and the faithfulness to God.

People Believe What They Want To Believe

14 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
The answer to this question is predicated upon understanding the concept of free will.

AlephBeta: Beshalach: What Does It Mean to Have Faith?

After Israel sings a song of thanksgiving, curiously, Miriam then leads the women of the nation in a second song. Why?

Seeking A Filter

I am desperately searching for a filter that purifies the twisted Lishon haRah we use to speak of God: the positive attributes in which we unhesitatingly express our belief.

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Beshalach: The Sin of Nostalgia

11 Shevat 5777 – February 7, 2017
The role that God played towards the Jews in the desert was not far removed from that of a parent. While they were on the desert, He provided them with the challenges that would allow them to mature

Tefillah: A Meeting With Hashem – Speak Up!

8 Shevat 5777 – February 3, 2017
Whether it is a sefardi shul with enchanting makams, a Chassidic shteibel with fire and passion, or an Ashkenaz minyan with beautiful tunes and heartfelt tefillos – serving through silence just does not exist!

Valuing All People

Clearly, G-d has spritual goals and plans for the non-Jewish nations of the world.

Exposed to Kedusha – Parshat Bo

Why did the firstborn Egyptians die from the same experience that elevated the Israelite firstborns?

The Real Treasure

7 Shevat 5777 – February 2, 2017
When G-d promised Avraham that his children would emerge from Egypt laden with great wealth, he was not referring to material wealth.

A Slave To Fashion

The sad reality is that we have become slaves to the whims and fancies of people who do not share our understanding of the holiness of the individual, nor the greatness of the human.

Bo: Did God Really Need Ten Plagues?

In this week's video, Rabbi Fohrman explores the 7th, the transitional, plague and argues that God played off of Pharaoh's ego to show Pharaoh, Egypt and the people of Israel only God is all-powerful

The Mission Of Submission

Why is the faculty of Shevat referred to as Le’ita instead of Achila?

Where Is Our Exodus?

Where is our Exodus? If the question is about miraculous salvation and the punishment of our enemies, I have no answer. If the question is a quest for experiencing greatness, the answer is the Mitzvot

Redeeming Relevance: Parshat Bo: How Do You Translate First Born?

5 Shevat 5777 – January 31, 2017
When Moshe is told about the plague of the first born (4:22-23), God gives an explanation, something we do not see with any of the other plagues. Yet is it actually middah keneged middah?

The Measure Of The Man

29 Tevet 5777 – January 26, 2017
Before each person is born, he is predestined to certain abilities and talents, a particular level of intelligence, and an exact disposition and temperament.

Va’era: Did God Take Away Pharaoh’s Free Will?

According to the simple meaning of the text, it seems God took Pharaoh's free will. Rabbi Fohrman argues that the precise language-- kaved/chazek--shows that God DID allow Pharaoh to pursue his vision

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