2024-06-17

The Torah was given to us on at least two occasions. The first revelation, just weeks after the exodus was ineffectual as the people built a golden…

2024-06-10

Sefer Bamidbar can be viewed as a book of missed opportunities. A small group of Jewish slaves—the midrash claims no more than one in five—showed…

2023-07-14

“And a lot of livestock did the children of the Reuven and Gad have and they saw the Ya’azer, and Gilead areas that were good for livestock” (…

2023-07-07

While it is undoubtedly true that people get the leaders they deserve, it is also true that great leaders are often—though not always—able to inspire…

2023-06-30

This week's devar Torah is dedicated in honour of the bat mitzvah of Temira Koenig. Mazal tov to her parents, Tali and Jason, and to the entire…

2023-06-27

“Im Bryiah Yivrah, But if the Lord creates a creation, and the earth opens its mouth, patzta et piha, and swallows them and all that is theirs, and…

2023-06-16

One of the most fascinating features of the Torah is the mixing of law and narrative. Nowhere is this more evident than in sefer Bamidbar. Sefer…

2023-06-09

One can reasonably argue that the primary theme of sefer Bamidbar is that of leadership. How much responsibility must a leader take for the failings…

2023-06-02

It is amazing how two people can look at the exact same thing and yet see things very differently. This is likely the reason that the Torah often…

2023-05-19

One of the hallmarks of a strong society is its ability to smoothly effect change. New leaders and policies, crises and confrontations are all dealt…

2022-07-29

When the eighth day of Pesach falls on Shabbat, those of us living outside of Israel lain the special Torah reading for Yom Tov Sheni[1], while those…

2022-07-22

Success and great leadership go hand in hand. That is why organizations, sports teams and even countries can continue to excel or flounder year after…

2022-07-15

In a world in which image and marketing play such a crucial role, perception is often more important than reality. In fact, perception often creates…

2022-07-08

Judaism has always understood that miracles have very little long-term impact on one's behaviour. During our nation's infancy in Egypt miracles were…

2022-07-01

The lust for power can destroy a person. It is amazing how people who are otherwise very competent are blinded to reality when the smell of power is…

2022-06-24

Having the right people for the wrong job can lead to tragic consequences. Such was the fate of the meraglim. Twelve handpicked leaders, who…

2022-06-17

“[Then journeyed] the flag of the camp of Dan m'aseif, the gatherer, of all the camps” (Bamidbar 10:25). As the Jewish people prepared to march to…

2022-06-10

The first chapters of the book of Bamidbar focus on readying the people to enter the Land. The primary focus is on the physical aspects of entry; the…

2022-06-03

In order to be effective, leaders must be sensitive to the feelings and concerns of the general populace. It is not only fact, but also perception…

2021-07-09

The Torah is full of repetition. Whether it is law or narrative, much of the Torah seems to deal with recurring themes. Our Sages have focused on…

2021-07-02

“Pinchas, the son of Elazar, the son of Aaron the priest was the one who so zealously took up My cause among the Israelites, and turned My anger away…

2021-06-25

What a waste of talent. “No other prophet like Moses has arisen in Israel who knew G-d face to face” (Devarim 34:10).  Our Sages, in an astounding…

2021-06-18

People have a natural tendency to avoid talking about death. People "pass away" or are "no longer with us". In Parshat Chukat death and its attendant…

2021-06-11

What does it take to convince somebody that they are wrong? Humans have an unbelievable ability to ignore the obvious as they cling to discredited…