The Ultimate “Flood” Insurance Policy October 2020

The Torah is the blueprint for living a proper religious life. But in Parashat Noah, we find a much differ-ent kind of blueprint – the blueprint of Noah’s ark. The Torah is surprisingly specific in telling us about this structure, which housed Noah, his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law, and all the creatures while Gd Read More »

We Have the Best Lawyer – But He Needs Our Help August 2020

“Gd believes in the inherent greatness of each and every Jew – and so should we”. When a person is brought to court, he will make sure to hire the best lawyer he can afford, the one who will plead his case most effectively. As we stand trial on Yom Kippur, we don’t need to Read More »

The “Magic” Formula The Secret to Life and Prosperity – Even During Times of Crisis July 2020

“There is no need to resort to red strings.  We have already been taught how to be worthy of joy, success, and prosperity – through tzedakah, by being generous, and by being scrupulously honest.” Every month, according to Jewish tradition, has a special theme.  The month of Elul, as we know, is the month when Read More »

It’s Not About You! July 2020

How Not to Feel Threatened by Other People’s Success “If we tend to feel jealous, then we have very little chance of ever being happy and content.”   I have a relative who served as the president of a yeshiva.  Like all people in such positions, he did not receive a penny for the countless Read More »

Giving the Almighty the Benefit of the Doubt June 2020

During this time of fear and uncertainty – it is important to affirm that Hashem is always just - and that He knows exactly what He’s doing - even when we don’t understand. There is a famous teaching in Pirkeh Avot, “Heveh dan et kol ha’adam lechaf zechut” – we are to judge our fellowman Read More »

Eliyahu & the Virus May 2020

Just as this crisis has helped us reconsider our priorities in our lives, it has helped reconsider our attitudes towards one another.  The Talmud (Sanhedrin 98a) tells that Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi once had the opportunity to meet the Mashiah.  He approached him and asked him when he would come to redeem the Jewish People. Read More »

The Pesach Sink April 2020

The sink plays an important role on Pesach. No, we are not talking about the various solutions for how to use one’s kitchen sink on Pesach, whether by being “koshered” with boiling water or with special inserts. We are talking about the seder, when our rabbis added an extra hand-washing. Normally, of course, when we Read More »

Revealing Our Hidden Essence March 2020

Judaism teaches that the human being is comprised of two components – body and soul.  Our bodies are physical, and our souls are spiritual.  The body comes from the earth, and the soul comes from the heaven.  The Torah makes this very clear in describing the way Adam – the first human being – was Read More »

The Empathy Effect January 2020

Who doesn’t like a good bargain? Whether it’s a wholesaler looking for a good deal from manufacturers, a retailer looking for a good deal from wholesalers, or just a regular customer looking to save a few dollars – everyone appreciates a cut on costs. As our Torah reading cycle begins the Book of Shemot, we Read More »


One of the epic scenes in the book of Bereshit is Ya’akob wrestling with the angel. That angel is identified by our Rabbis as the Satan himself, trying to cause Ya’akob’s downfall. In the end, Ya’akob is victorious, but the angel deals him a parting blow to his thigh. Did you ever wonder why he hit him Read More »

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