Vaera Jan 23, 2009

"And they did not listen to Moshe, from short spirit and hard work" (7:9). Moshe had a daunting dual task before him. Not only did he need to…

Vayechi Jan 9, 2009

"If you really want to do me a kindness... act towards me with truth and kindness and do not bury me in Egypt" (47:29). So begins Yaakov's…

Lech Lecha Oct 1, 2008

Judaism and modern western thought both teach the supremacy of man's freedom of choice. For modern man, freedom is rooted in the notion of…

Tetzaveh Jan 1, 2008

What's in a name? Clearly, names played an important role to our Biblical ancestors. The names of Chava, Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov…

Shemot Dec 28, 2007

Sefer Shemot, literally, “book of names”, seems to be a misnomer for our Parsha.  (Rabbinic writings often refer to it as “book of redemption…

Vayigash Dec 14, 2007

After twenty-two difficult years, Yaakov was informed that his beloved son Yosef was the Viceroy of Egypt. Overcome with joy and disbelief, Yaakov…

Vayetze Nov 16, 2007

Yaakov Avinu was on the run. Forced to leave home after "stealing" the birthright from his brother, he was attempting to stay one step ahead of Eisav…

Toldot Nov 9, 2007

There is no greater challenge than that of raising refined children. It is a task with so many variables and fraught with such difficulty that many a…

Chayei Sarah Nov 2, 2007

Our patriarchs and matriarchs did not have easy lives. Each faced problems of famine, of wandering from place to place, of foreign rulers, and of…

Aug 3, 2007

The greatness of a person is revealed by the little things that one does. The greater the person, the more he or she is concerned with little things…

Va'etchanan Jul 27, 2007

"And G-d was angry at me for your sakes (lemanchem) and would not hear me. And G-d said to me, Enough! Do not speak to me any more about this” (3:26…

Tisha B'Av Jul 24, 2007

“But the Second Temple, that they were involved in Torah and Mitzvoth and Gemilot Chasadim (loving kindness), why was it destroyed? Because it…

Tisha B'Av Jul 24, 2007

“But the Second Temple, that they were involved in Torah and Mitzvoth and Gemilot Chasadim (loving kindness), why was it destroyed? Because it…

Chukat Jun 22, 2007

One of the most beautiful and impactful aspects of the Torah is its description of the humanity of its protagonists. Their strengths and struggles,…

Yom Yerushalayim Jun 5, 2007

Numbers play a significant, if usually symbolic, role in Jewish thought. Perhaps the most symbolic number is seven, representing completeness; the…

Yom Yerushalayim Jun 5, 2007

Numbers play a significant, if usually symbolic, role in Jewish thought. Perhaps the most symbolic number is seven, representing completeness; the…

Jun 1, 2007

The ever-increasing costs of Jewish education have been the focus of many articles recently, including at least three in the Canadian Jewish News…

Behaalotecha Jun 1, 2007

One of the causes for disappointment with the generation that left Egypt was their constant complaining.  Each week, as we study Sefer Bamidbar…

Jun 1, 2007

The ever-increasing costs of Jewish education have been the focus of many articles recently, including at least three in the Canadian Jewish News…

Shavuot May 22, 2007

The shalosh regalim of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot are a celebration of great historic events coupled with the recognition of G-d's role in our…

Shavuot May 22, 2007

The shalosh regalim of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot are a celebration of great historic events coupled with the recognition of G-d's role in our…

Emor May 2, 2007

Two of the most dangerous threats to society are religious fanaticism and rampant secularism. The dangers of the former have received more attention…

Pesach Apr 2, 2007

It is the holiday of Pesach that celebrates our becoming a nation and is the cornerstone of Judaism. Remembering the Exodus provides the backdrop to…

Lech Lecha Oct 1, 2006

"G-d said to Abraham, ‘Go away from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father's house to the land that I will show you…

Korach Jun 23, 2006

The name Korach is synonymous with Machloket shelo leshem shamoyim, arguments that are not for the sake of heaven. As we read how Korach and his…

Yom Ha'atzmaut May 3, 2006

Rav Soloveitchik was asked why our generation was the one to merit witnessing the creation of the State of Israel. After all, there were so many…

Yom Ha'atzmaut May 3, 2006

Rav Soloveitchik was asked why our generation was the one to merit witnessing the creation of the State of Israel. After all, there were so many…

Terumah Mar 3, 2006

Just as the Shabbat is the pinnacle of physical creation, the Mishkan is the pinnacle of spiritual creation. The Exodus and the revelation at Sinai…

Dec 30, 2005

That one has a natural love for one's place of birth is a truism long recognized by our Talmudic sages. Emigration is never an easy prospect, even…

Vayishlach Dec 16, 2005

Names play a significant role in Jewish thought. A cursory glance at the names given to the twelve tribes signifies the importance of each name.…

Vayetze Dec 9, 2005

It is quite evident that Yitzchak and Rivka had differences of opinion regarding the difficult task of raising their twin boys. Their contradictory…

Vayeira Nov 18, 2005

Judaism eschews extremism. This obligation to be moderate is codified into law by no less an authority than the Rambam; it is, as he points out, "the…

Breisheet Oct 28, 2005

  “In the beginning G-d created the heaven and the earth” (1:1). Light, sky, land, vegetation, animals and humans: the Torah's…

Lech Lecha Oct 1, 2005

"Sarai said to Abram, 'G-d has kept me from having children. Come to my concubine; perhaps I will be built up through her'" (16:2…

Vayikra Mar 26, 2004

Modern psychological research has shown that infants begin processing information even before they are born, and impressions made on children have an…

Breisheet Oct 1, 2003

Spin.  The art of manipulating the facts to fit one's agenda has been fine-tuned in the era of mass media.  Companies will pay millions…

Bamidbar May 30, 2003

The desert conjures up images of heat, hunger, thirst, wastelands and wandering, certainly not a place to stage important events. Yet it was in the…