Torah Thought for the Week

  • Every Jew Counts

    May 13, 2021

    Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that ...

  • How Are We to View Jews by Choice?

    Are converts looked down upon in Judaism? Is conversion to our faith frowned upon? To be sure, I have been privy to plenty of disparaging remarks over the years—ironically, often made by people ...

  • Holy Matrimony?

    The first kohanim were Aaron (Moses' older brother) and his four sons. Together with their future descendents, they were chosen by G‑d to conduct the service in the ...

  • The Eternal Covenant

    And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised (Leviticus 12:3)

    This verse comes from the opening lines of this week's Parshah and, as they say, the rest ...

  • Just Do It

    How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, without going into major psychological dissertations (which I'm not qualified to ...

  • Remembering the Future

    "In every generation," say our sages, "a person is obligated to see himself as if he himself has come out of Egypt."

    Mitzrayim, the Hebrew word for "Egypt," means ...

  • Staying on Top

    Some people are bulldozers. They move mountains, conquer countries, achieve the seemingly impossible. But then when there are no more mountains to climb, they falter. Routines, maintenance and ...

  • Are You a Bull Or a Lamb?

    Not only animal-rights groups have difficulty with this week’s Parshah; many if not most people in our modern era have a problem with the whole concept of animal sacrifice, which is a ...

  • Heresy Cloaked in Piety

    How did the Jews, who had just weeks earlier personally experienced the Revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments, justify their demand for an idolatrous golden calf?

    Well, on the face of ...