The Scary Truth about Lashon Hara

The Scary Truth about Lashon Hara

“….Moshe became frightened and said, “Indeed, the matter has become known!….” – Shemot 2:14 ״….ויירא משה ויאמר אכן נודע הדבר…״ – שמות ב, יד   The redemption from Egypt marked the birth of the Jewish people, when the Bnei Yisrael were chosen by G-d to be His nation. This elite status was not something we earned through our merits. In […]

December 25, 2018 at 2:24 AM 0 comments

A Donkey with a History

A Donkey with a History

“…..Moshe took his wife and sons and mounted them on the donkey….” – Shemot 4:20 ״….ויקח משה את אישתו ואת בניו וירכבם על החמור….״ – שמות ד, כ The Torah specifies the means of transportation that Moshe provided for his family because the donkey they rode wasn’t quite your average donkey. Rather, when he set out on his journey to […]

December 24, 2018 at 12:03 AM 0 comments

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

“…Moshe became frightened and said, “indeed, the matter has become known.” Pharaoh heard of this incident, and he sought to slay Moshe; and Moshe fled from before Pharaoh…” – Shemot 2:14-15 וַיִּירָא משֶׁה וַיֹּאמַר אָכֵן נוֹדַע הַדָּבָר: וַיִּשְׁמַע פַּרְעֹה אֶת הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לַהֲרֹג אֶת משֶׁה וַיִּבְרַח משֶׁה מִפְּנֵי פַרְעֹה – שמות ב, יד-טו The Torah relates that when Moshe discovered […]

December 23, 2018 at 2:52 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayeshev – Small actions make a huge difference

Parashat Vayeshev – Small actions make a huge difference

We all struggle with different lusts and desires that are forbidden., but where can we get the power and strength to fight them and not only fight but also be successful! Duration of class:1:08:54              

November 25, 2018 at 7:58 AM 0 comments

A Jew and His Dreams – Parashat Vayeishev

A Jew and His Dreams – Parashat Vayeishev

  Both of Yosef’s dreams foretold that one day his family would bow before him, but the imagery in the two dreams was not identical. The subjects of his first dream were from the plant kingdom: eleven sheaves of wheat bowed to his sheave. In the second dream, his family was represented by the solar system: the sun, the moon […]

November 24, 2018 at 2:51 AM 2 comments

Dreaming to Toil

Dreaming to Toil

“…And behold, we were binding sheaves in the midst of the field – bereishis 37:7 וְהִנֵּה אֲנַחְנוּ מְאַלְּמִים אֲלֻמִּים בְּתוֹךְ הַשָּׂדֶה – בראשית לז, ז Yosef and Pharaoh both had dreams involving grain. A noticeable difference between these two dreams, however, reflects the fundamental disparity between what each of them represents. Yosef’s dream opened with a scene of toil. In his […]

November 24, 2018 at 2:04 AM 0 comments

Filled with Emptiness – Parashat Vayeishev

Filled with Emptiness – Parashat Vayeishev

  Our Sages teach that water is a metaphor for Torah (Bava Kama 17a). In view of that, we can understand why the presence of snakes and scorpions (in the pit where Yosef was thrown) is hinted in the Torah with the superfluous phrase “there was no water in it,” instead of the verse stating explicitly that the pit was […]

November 23, 2018 at 5:09 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayishlach – Low is really high… soft is really strong

Parashat Vayishlach – Low is really high… soft is really strong

  Duration of class: 1:06:27              

November 20, 2018 at 7:27 AM 0 comments

Don’t Make Yourself at Home

Don’t Make Yourself at Home

The literal translation of the word גַּרְתִּי is “I sojourned”, meaning, “I lived there as a foreigner” (from the root-word גֵר.) Yaakov emphasized that he was always a stranger in the house of Lavan, and never became a permanent resident. The word גַּרְתִּי according to its literal explanation, “I sojourned,” is truly the secret behind this word’s other interpretation – based on its numerical […]

November 19, 2018 at 3:16 AM 0 comments

It’s Not Petty When It’s Your Child

It’s Not Petty When It’s Your Child

It is remarkable that such a crucial aspect of Jewish faith, our eternal hope of survival, is commemorated with a law so narrow in scope. The prohibition of eating the sciatic nerve seems to be a mere technicality in the laws of Kosher, applicable only to the precise nerve that the angel wounded in Yaakov, which is in and of […]

November 19, 2018 at 2:28 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayeitzei – When are we allowed to lie?

Parashat Vayeitzei – When are we allowed to lie?

  Duration of class:1:02:49              

November 11, 2018 at 7:26 AM 0 comments

The Residential Real Estate Guy – Parashat Vayeitzei

The Residential Real Estate Guy – Parashat Vayeitzei

Your name reflects more than just your parents’ feelings and whims at the moment you were born. According to the teachings of Kabbalah, parents are endowed by G-d with the wisdom to choose names that are associated with the unique source from which their child’s soul stems. Hence, though Leah attributed her choice of the name Zevulun to the milestone […]

November 10, 2018 at 3:07 AM 1 comment

How Yaakov Made His Fortune

How Yaakov Made His Fortune

  It is out of character for the Rambam, in a work strictly dedicated to documenting the laws of the Torah, to tell us of the reward that someone in history received for the observance of a particular law. Understandably then, the Rambam does not mention Yaakov’s reward for putting full effort into his work as mere words of inspiration, […]

November 10, 2018 at 2:48 AM 0 comments

Parashat Toldot – How to transform the evil in me to good?

Parashat Toldot – How to transform the evil in me to good?

Have you ever wondered why Yitzchak and Rivka, two righteous parents had Eisav, one of the most evil people in history as a child? what can we learn from the fact they two good parents ended up having a wicked son? and how does this can effect my spiritual growth? Duration of class:1:30:18              

November 4, 2018 at 7:20 AM 0 comments

Gifts from a Minimalist – Parashat Toldot

Gifts from a Minimalist – Parashat Toldot

At the age of one hundred and twenty-three, Yitzchak was five years younger than his mother had been at her passing, and there was still a good chance that he would live another fifty years or more, as his father had. (In fact, he ultimately lived to 180, five years longer than his father.) Even his mother’s passing at the […]

November 3, 2018 at 1:25 AM 0 comments

Better Off Blind – Parashat Toldot

Better Off Blind – Parashat Toldot

To say that blindness is debilitating is an understatement. In fact, Rashi comments later (28:10), “Because Yitzchak’s eyes had become dim and he was confined in his house, he was like a dead person.” Why had G-d caused this to happen? According to one explanation brought by Rashi, this was to enable Yaakov to receive the blessings that Yitzchak intended […]

November 2, 2018 at 1:20 AM 1 comment

Parashat Chayei Sarah – You’ll never lose from working hard

Parashat Chayei Sarah – You’ll never lose from working hard

In this week’s Parasha we see that Avraham spent a very large amount of money to purchase Ma’arat Hamachpela in-order to bury Sara. Even though the land was offered to him for free, never the less Avraham pays a very large amount of money. What is the torah teaching me that I can apply in my life? Duration of class:1:03:51 […]

October 28, 2018 at 8:23 AM 0 comments

Your Candles, Your Home

Your Candles, Your Home

With Sarah’s passing, Avraham (and Yitzchak) assumed the duty of lighting the candles in their tent each Friday in honor of Shabbos, (as the Halacha requires in circumstances where the woman of the house can not light them).  We see from Rashi, however, that the miracle of the Shabbos candles burning all week long, as Sarah’s had, was only restored […]

October 27, 2018 at 8:29 PM 0 comments

Parenting is Forever – Parashat Chayei Sarah

Parenting is Forever – Parashat Chayei Sarah

Yitzchak was a grown man of forty when Eliezer set off to find him a wife. The strong education that he’d received from his parents had clearly left the desired impact. When, at G-d’s command, Avraham had sought to offer him as a sacrifice, Yitzchak had been equally willing to go ahead with it (see Rashi to 22:8). At this […]

October 27, 2018 at 2:27 AM 0 comments

Aging Well – Parashat Chayei Sarah

Aging Well – Parashat Chayei Sarah

When the Torah depicts an aging person as “advanced in days”, this refers not to the length of his life, but to the effect that each day of his life has have left on him. This is the meaning of the twofold expression, “old, advanced in days”, for it is possible for someone to be old, but not advanced in […]

October 27, 2018 at 12:31 AM 0 comments