I’m Rabbi Ken Brodkin—welcome to Torah Journey. Explore this website for insights into the Torah, the Weekly ParshaJewish Holidays & Seasons and more!

Each insight here is designed with YOU in mind. While the wisdom of the Bible and Judaism are amazing, it’s not always easy to understand the Torah, much less apply it to our modern lives.

My goal is to help you access, appreciate and apply the timeless wisdom of Judaism to your life. The posts here are meant to make you think—but they are also written to be understood. So please explore and enjoy these pieces, and remember, “life’s a journey, Torah’s a guide”.

You Are Not Alone

Haggadah & Jewish Survival  Since the dawn of Jewish time, the Pesach Seder has been a communal affair. Families and groups of friends have gathered every year for thousands of years for this most widely celebrated Jewish holiday. This year, our Pesach tables will...

The Scent of Sacrifice

Restoring a fractured world  A question has been circulating on social media about the Coronavirus quarantine:  What’s the first thing you’ll do when it’s all over?  It’s tempting to think about! But here’s alternative question to ponder: Where we will be when the...

How to Scale a Mountain

COVID-19 Base Camp As you read these words, you are living in a history book that has yet to be written. We are hastily trying to turn the pages, but the plot eludes us. We are disoriented.  Our situation is a little bit like waking up in the wilderness. There’s...

Rebound

On Thursday night I got a frantic call from my wife.  “I’m at Winco – get over here! I need you.”  It’s not my wife’s usual response to shopping at Winco.  I drove over as fast as I could. As I entered the store, all the panic I felt emanating from my cell...

A Time to Heal

COVID-19 ~ A Megillah Remedy  Last month, 109 people attended a sales conference held by a UK company at a Singapore hotel. Such an event would seem to be of minor significance. What impact could 100 people in a Singapore hotel have on our life? Turns out, quite...

Letters from Prison

Doug Hodge, former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, was recently convicted and sentenced to prison for his role in the Varsity Blues Scandal. Following his conviction, Hodge wrote that he always prided himself on having a strong moral compass. How then...

Are You Happy Yet?

Today, Adar begins. Our rabbis teach: when Adar enters, joy increases. Does it really? Is there something tangible we can do that will make us happier during these days? Our world is changing quickly. Studies show that social media diminishes happiness in new ways....

Are You Sitting?

Unexpected challenges bring us to new vistas of self-discovery Last spring my wife, Aviel, was standing at the Kotel.  Suddenly, she felt like someone turned off a switch.  The world looked oddly dark.  Was something off with her sight?  Could it...

Rise Up

A conversation between G-d and Moshe reveals a key to overcoming setbacks. We all face setbacks. They are an integral part of our journey. A tendency is to be discouraged. We often feel that a setback is evidence that the steps we took forward were misguided. After a...

My Name Forever

The conversation between G-d and Moshe at the burning bush is a conversation for the ages. It has deep implications for Jewish history – and for our own lives. If we pay attention to this conversation, we will have a key to dealing with the most difficult issues we...