We all make mistakes, but that's alright. According to the Midrash and the Zohar, God created worlds, then destroyed and recreated them. What empowering lesson do we learn from this fact? How does it challenge and inspire us?
In the Haftarah for P' Noach, the Sephardic custom is to read God's guarantee to humanity after the Flood; Ashkenazic custom is to continue in Isaiah with verses about the Jewish People's & humanity's responsibilities to God & society. What is the significance in this difference?
The Torah gives us no introduction to Avraham and Sarah before they take center stage at ages 75 and 65, respectively, as world leaders. Why are there no early biographies like we see with regard to Moshe? What can we learn from this in our own personal development?
In Parshat Vayera, we find that laughter demonstrates many things: joy, amazement, derision, cynicism, fear, optimism and hope. The responsibility of the Jewish People is to transform laughter of derision and fear into laughter of redemption.
Dedicated in loving memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, זצ״ל, (on the occasion of his first Yahrzeit), who inspired our covenantal community and worked towards healing a fractured world. May his memory be a blessing.
Rivkah leads through action, not words. In taking the initiative at pivotal moments in her life, she transforms her reality and the destiny of the Jewish People, making her perhaps the most impactful matriarch. What can we learn from Rivkah in leading our lives?
Jacob's dream is humanity's reality. We live in two worlds, the physical and the spiritual. We are higher than the angels! How do we ensure that our physical and spiritual portraits bear resemblance to each other? Thoughts on the parsha.
What is the message behind the Torah's prohibition on eating from the sciatic nerve, which is crucial to our ability to move? Thoughts on the parsha and what it takes to make a difference, even when it hurts.
"Few and hard have been the years of my life". Is Yaakov complaining about G-d to Pharaoh? What is the message behind this perplexing dialogue? What can we learn from it in overcoming adversity and living lives of purpose and blessing?
We bless our sons to be "like Ephraim and like Menashe." Why did Yaakov put the younger before the older? In their names, there is a secret to understanding key principles in life: sometimes we strive to flourish and sometimes, just surviving is heroic.