The Scent of Sacrifice

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...
Rebound

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...
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...