Rise Up

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...
Is Masculinity Toxic?

Is Masculinity Toxic?

A Torah Perspective When we reflect on Bereishit, some might say that we are looking at a Patriarchal world. A world in which fathers—men—define the family and the tribe. In truth, the Imahot were obviously pivotal in defining the family. Nevertheless, reflecting on...
Is Divergence Destiny?

Is Divergence Destiny?

This past week was Thanksgiving. It makes you think back to that original Thanksgiving dinner of Pilgrims and Indians. It is one of those moments in history I wish I could have seen. This small band of Pilgrims miraculously surviving the first winter with the aid of...
She Was Sarah

She Was Sarah

Last winter, I took a trip with my son Shaya to Phoenix to visit a Yeshiva.  It was a short day and a half trip with little time to do all we needed to accomplish.  Our flight was delayed and when we arrived, we were delayed at the car rental place for an...
Avram the Ivri

Avram the Ivri

For all you Mesopotamian history buffs, Genesis 14 is the chapter for you! We start to delve into the war of four kings versus the five kings, and there is just a wealth of trivia nuggets from the Euphrates to the Jordan Valley, from Ur Kasdim to Egypt! We have...
The Genesis of Family

The Genesis of Family

Recently, I came across an advertisement challenging religion. The ad depicted a person extending their hand to an individual in need, helping to lift them up. The ad remarked, “you don’t need G-d”. It went on to say, just be a person who helps others and...