The longest day of the year is a time when God's presence is most concealed. Even on a hot, cloudless day, however, the Sages’ words of Torah aroused moisture in the air, which in turn created the beautiful semblance of a rainbow.
To communicate effectively with people who disagree with us - especially those who are on the fence and can actually be won over - we must tailor our words to the listener.
A young man with degrees from Harvard and Yale decides to study Talmud....
There have always been jokers among us. Their destiny is not like everyone else's...
The Noahide laws are laws given by God to all mankind. They're fairly straightforward, but like anything in matters of faith, there's endless depth available for those who inquire.
Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel said, "Israel had no days as festive as the 15th of Av, when the maidens of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white... and dance in the vineyards."
Too many Jews are turning their back on something they don’t even know. I was one of them.
Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, 5773 (2012)
I wrote the Secret to Chanukah late last night. Between then and now, I heard the horrific news coming out of Newtown, CT, where a mass murder occurred in an Elementary School.
As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:
Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated. Rabbah arose and slaughtered Rav Zeira.
Why is incense so important in Judaism?
How do I know if I’ve given enough?
Must I really help my enemy before my friend?
The greatest moment in human history. Period.
Caught between a wall and a miraculous place.
One who reads these verses should never lack abundance!
The Surprising Plague of Darkness
Sometimes a truth is so obvious we refuse to accept it.
Unsung heroes of the Torah: Shifrah and Puah
If you could choose your last words in life, what would you say?
How do we cope with leaving home and starting anew?
Can we dream when we’re awake?
Temptation is the true test of a person’s character.
Jacob and Esau: two perspectives on the world that still resonate today.
Five takes on Rachel and Jacob, the greatest romance in history.
Five takes on Isaac, the least-understood Patriarch.
Five takes on Rebecca at the well.
Five takes on one of the toughest moments in Torah.
Why did God change Abram’s name to Abraham?
Five views on the dove and olive branch.
Five views on how NOT to handle rejection.
Five views on the hidden face of God.
Whom will you invite?
How do we make an atonement that lasts?
What does it mean that God is our sovereign?
Over 200,000 people have heard Sal’s shofar!
ignorance is not bliss.
How do we fulfill the Jewish mission today?
Five different takes on Deut 20:8 - Is there anyone afraid and disheartened? Let him go back to his home, lest the courage of his comrades flag like this.
Five different takes on Deut 12:16 - But you must not partake of the blood; you shall pour it out on the ground like water.