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Toldot 5781 – True Strength

Esau is surely one of the most tragic figures of the Bible.

He is a simple man, whose robust nature leads him to rejoice in his own health, strength and energy.  Esau loves to hunt. He celebrates the outdoors! Esau is a man of impulse.  Like Rambo or John Wayne, Esau thrives on his tremendous power, his physical […]


Re’eh 5780

In Parashat Re‘eh:

We learn that we have an obligation to care for others.

It is haShem’s Commandment to us!

With this obligation to God, Moses continues his second speech to the Israelites preparing them for entering the Promised Land. He speaks about values and behaviors, which lead to blessings; OR, to curses. So beware!!! Would you like […]

Vayigash 5780 – It’s Time to Leave the ANGER Behind…

With the beginning of the New Year, many of us have already started writing down and thinking about what, if any, resolutions we might want to make. Knowing that some of our resolutions have appeared on previous years’ lists, we know all too well how easily we can forget our best intentions when other things […]

Toldot 5780 – Loving Wisely and Our Legacy

Parasha Toldot is a story of unwise parental love and the tragedy. At the beginning of the story, Isaac and Rebekah spend many lonely years praying for a child, and then comes the twins – Esau and Jacob. Rebecca found that pregnancy was much harder than she had anticipated. She was in a great deal […]

Nitzavim 5779 – What Are We Looking for? Where do we look for it?


There is a familiar story of a man searching the sidewalk for his keys and looking frantically under the streetlight. When questioned by a passerby who found out that the man was searching for his keys, the man admits that he lost the keys inside his house. However, since the light was so much brighter […]

Korach 5779 – What a Big Mistake!

Rabbi Lord Johathan Sacks says that “the Korach rebellion was the single most dangerous challenge to Moses’ leadership during the forty years that he led the people through the wilderness. The precise outline of events is difficult to follow, probably because the events themselves were tumultuous and disorderly. The narrative makes it clear that the […]

Vayakhel 5779 – A Time to Be Inclusive, A Time to Build

Shabbat Shalom.

This D’var Torah is dedicated to Rabbi Yitsi Hurwitz who celebrates life daily. Read about “Rabbi Yitsi” at Aish.com.

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Moses gathers the nation of Israel and lists the various materials that they can contribute to the Tabernacle, G‑d’s home on earth.

“Take from yourselves an offering for the L-rd; every generous hearted person shall bring gold, […]

Chayei Sarah 5779 – The wisdom of Letting Go, and a Mother’s Love

At the beginning of this week’s
Parasha in Genesis 23:1, the verse tells us of Sarah’s lifetime – the span of
Sarah’s life, and it came to 127 years.

In getting into Sarah’s life, let me tell you about a group of students that went to New Orleans to help out as best they could with the poor […]

Shabbat Shuvah 5779 – Teshuvah and Repentance – where will they get us

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of Return because of the special haftarah beginning with the words – ShuvahYisrael – “Return O Israel”. It is also referred to as Shabbat Teshuvah because it falls during the Ten Days of Repentance. And, this period, is a time for reflection leading up to atonement at Yom Kippur.

The themes of penitence and human […]

Ki Teitzei 5778 – Who Cares? So What? Get Out of Class. Keep the Faith

In this week’s Parsha, there are Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 mitzvot.

These include the laws o the inheritance rights of the firstborn, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young,

and more…

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction […]