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26 Adar 5777 – March 23, 2017

Has the Time for the Redemption Arrived?

17 Heshvan 5775 – November 10, 2014
If we do things right, this year might even be the year of the final redemption!

Vayeira: The Binding of Isaac

14 Heshvan 5775 – November 6, 2014
God wanted to establish the principle that children are not the property of their parents.

How Not to Have Too Much Integrity on Yom Kippur

23 Elul 5774 – September 17, 2014
Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

Israel and the Nations

6 Elul 5774 – August 31, 2014
It is in the nature of the Nations of the World to be hostile towards the Jewish People.

The Rebellious City

25 Av 5774 – August 20, 2014
A bit of (non-Jewish) history can help us understand this week’s Torah portion: In the early 1500s, the Catholic church was being fundamentally challenged...

A History of National Responsibility

4 Av 5774 – July 31, 2014
Unlike the two and a half tribes, when we walk in front of G-d, we must be perfect in our motivation

The Waters of the Lord

26 Tammuz 5774 – July 23, 2014
Today, we remain Hashem's nachal.

Fruits, Buckets, And Holiness

15 Shevat 5774 – January 15, 2014
Food can be eaten to fill your stomach. But food can also be eaten with the intent to recognize Creation and acknowledge the Creator. A bracha is not just a thank you.

Divine Intervention Motivates Religious Inspiration; After Three Days How Much Remains?

10 Shevat 5774 – January 10, 2014
For change to become permanent it has to become internalized through new behaviors. Mitzvot have to be observed regularly.

Child Raising

18 Tevet 5774 – December 20, 2013
Imagine Amram and Yocheved, the parents of Moshe Rabbeinu and Aharon Hakohen. We know who they were, but what do we know of their child-raising techniques? What was the central pillar of their home that helped foster these two spiritual giants?

Inside-Out

4 Tevet 5774 – December 6, 2013
In our story a couple of kids discover Chanukah within the walls of a gym.

Lot’s Choice

8 Heshvan 5774 – October 11, 2013
Kindness and hospitality came easily to Lot. As a nephew to Avraham, these qualities were part of his DNA; as a ben-bayis who was raised in Avraham's household bringing in guests was what came naturally.

Re-Creation

1 Heshvan 5774 – October 4, 2013
The world was created soooo long ago that we can feel like it’s “old news.” But by just opening our eyes and seeing the amazing design of the natural world around us, we can feel like we have front-rows seats to creation. Hashem made the world and everything in it -- including us -- with a master plan. By tuning in to the awesome design in everything around us, we can feel connected to that plan and to Him.

Rationality, Not Rational

3 Elul 5773 – August 9, 2013
“The generalities of the commandments necessarily have a cause and have been given because of a certain utility."

Close For Comfort

26 Av 5773 – August 1, 2013
What does it mean to be close to somebody else? One way is to be physically near them, but another, more spiritual way is to try to learn from them and emulate their good qualities. When the Torah instructs us to make ourselves close to, or cleave to Hashem, it doesn’t mean by trying to get to heaven in a rocket ship! Rather it means to think about Hashem and emulate His qualities of kindness, patience, fairness, etc. That is the real measure of how close a person is to G-d.

No Good Reason

27 Tammuz 5773 – July 5, 2013
The three weeks period between the 17 of Tammuz and Tisha b’Av, besides being a time to remember and mourn the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash in Yerushalayim, is a very special time to focus on love. The spiritual root cause of the churban and all the other tragedies of Jewish history that resulted from it was sinas chinam, disliking and hating each other for no good reason. So it only makes sense that the way to remedy this is to go out of our way, especially during these three weeks, to try to like and love each other -- even for no good reason.

Jumping Ship

29 Sivan 5773 – June 6, 2013
No one lives in a vacuum. No, that doesn’t mean we didn’t get sucked up through a vacuum cleaner hose in the pre-Pesach cleaning frenzy, it means that whether we like it or not, our environment—the people and things around us—makes a big impact on who we are.

Losing Our Children: Who Is Responsible?

9 Sivan 5773 – May 17, 2013
I watch my children use blocks to build a large structure, observing the trepidation with which they add each block. As the structure becomes larger there is a greater risk of it collapsing, thus bringing an end to an hour of playful labor. I anticipate what will happen when one child adds a block to the top floor, compromising the integrity of the building and resulting in the collapse of the entire structure. The argument that ensues is predictable, as each child blames the other for “ruining” the fun. As an adult, I wonder about the need to attribute blame. Will assigning blame be instrumental in rebuilding the structure?

The Long Shortcut

23 Iyyar 5773 – May 2, 2013
How can a person make sure that things will work out right? By doing what is right. When Hashem told the Jewish people to rest their fields and not plant any crops every seventh year, shmitta, it was a huge test of faith, as no crops meant no food! But Hashem also told them that if they did what’s right and listen to Him, they wouldn’t lose out because He’d miraculously give them enough crops in other years to more than make up for the year of rest. And that’s what happened.

A Tale Of Two Goblets

9 Iyyar 5773 – April 18, 2013
The servant was ecstatic. He was racing to the King’s treasure house to retrieve two precious goblets to place on the King’s very table. Why had he been chosen to be the one to bring these royal treasures? Well, he was the one who had suggested the idea.

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