Rabbi Lazer Gurkow

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Too Perfect?

Too Perfect?

I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 21/10/2021 11:33
Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

G-d did not tell Abraham to "depart". He said "go". What message was G-d sending?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 14/10/2021 13:09
No more, no less: A powerful story

No more, no less: A powerful story

The first letter of the Torah is bet, the last is lamed. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson spoke of the letters before and after bet and lamed.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 30/09/2021 08:00
Repentance Again?  Sukkot is the perfect time to repent

Repentance Again? Sukkot is the perfect time to repent

Those who repent out of fear, transform deliberate sins into inadvertent sins.Those who repent out of love, transform them into merits.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 20/09/2021 10:00
Shabbat TeShuvah: Jewish guilt

Shabbat TeShuvah: Jewish guilt

Sin is never as tantalizing after the fact as it is before the fact.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 10/09/2021 12:52
Nitzavim: Tears of joy

Nitzavim: Tears of joy

Tears flow when we experience more than our minds and hearts can bear, whether sadness, bitterness or joy.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 02/09/2021 11:49
A license to eat

A license to eat

We have a license to enjoy the resources of the world: We can eat its food, utilize its vast possibilities. But there are several caveats.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 22/08/2021 21:47
Shoftim: How Jews went to war

Shoftim: How Jews went to war

The Torah exempts three categories of men from going out to a voluntary war. And it explains why.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 13/08/2021 07:36
Moments of pivot

Moments of pivot

The parasha tells us to make a choice between good and evil. The beginning of Elul tells us to reflect on and pivot away from our mistakes .Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 05/08/2021 09:48
Suffering and exile

Suffering and exile

Our relief from exile will come either way, the question is what we will have gained from our time in the darkness.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 15/07/2021 21:28
'Between the gates'

'Between the gates'

Being born between the gates empowered Yocheved to feel free. To not allow Egypt to invade her mind, her psyche, her sense of self. And you?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 02/07/2021 09:13
Balak: Stolen waters taste sweet

Balak: Stolen waters taste sweet

When you have a choice between doing something self-serving and a good deed, it is human nature to salivate over the self-serving deed.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 24/06/2021 22:00
The Red Heifer: An available tool

The Red Heifer: An available tool

Jews were seldom obligated to purify. It was only for those who made pilgrimage and who had become impure since their last pilgrimage.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 14/06/2021 07:51
The behavior mirror

The behavior mirror

An event in the Torah has a deeper layer that holds a moral lesson for all time, found in the teachings of hassidic philosophy.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 06/06/2021 08:41
Bamidbar: Israel is on fire

Bamidbar: Israel is on fire

Our enemies use our sacred ground to launch attacks against us and the world does not understand how sacred this mountain is to us.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 13/05/2021 08:51
Fooling yourself

Fooling yourself

Rabbi Simcha Bunim observed that the Torah tells us not to fool others, but if you are a hassid, you don’t fool yourself either.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 08/05/2021 21:28
Groupthink and cancel culture vs. Loving others as you love yourself

Groupthink and cancel culture vs. Loving others as you love yourself

Every human was created in G-d’s image. If G-d can’t be canceled, neither can His image.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 22/04/2021 16:00
Tazria Metzora: The pivotal moment

Tazria Metzora: The pivotal moment

The two ways of reading a word in the parsha - "vehuva" or as our Sages said "vehu va" have a world of meaning.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 15/04/2021 10:00
Passover and the Seuda of Mashiach

Passover and the Seuda of Mashiach

The Baal Shem Tov: The first days of Pesach celebrate the Exodus but during the last days of Pesach we anticipate the coming of Mashiach.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 01/04/2021 21:33
Matzah and the Forbidden Fruit

Matzah and the Forbidden Fruit

Only matza has a blessing designating eating it as a mitzva - the exact opposite of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 23/03/2021 16:58
Is G-d in your heart?

Is G-d in your heart?

A tabernacle can be built by deeds, but the most important tabernacle is built in the heart.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 13/03/2021 22:43
Thoughts on Purim: How should we respond to Antisemitism today?

Thoughts on Purim: How should we respond to Antisemitism today?

We can’t change who we are, so even if we change what we do, it won’t stop antisemitism. So how do we respond to racism?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 26/02/2021 09:10
Torah study is different from other mitzvot

Torah study is different from other mitzvot

Good intentions are wonderful, but they are not everything.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 20/02/2021 18:42
The Robinhood culture

The Robinhood culture

Can you imagine such self-effacement that not even losing your life’s work can dissuade you from seeking truth? Robinhood vs. Torah.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 04/02/2021 11:00
The trust test

The trust test

We can only be sanguine about the future with a healthy dose of trust. Otherwise, we panic, and panic becomes a self-fulfilling prophecyRabbi Lazer Gurkow, 30/01/2021 20:57
Bo: The Army

Bo: The Army

An essay based on a discourse that the Lubavitcher Rebbe delivered on Shabbat Parashat Bo in 1961.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 22/01/2021 13:00
G-d is in control

G-d is in control

It was at this time of year that Pharaoh declared that G-d is in control. And with COVID, we are coming to terms with something similar.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 15/01/2021 09:21
Diaspora Judaism

Diaspora Judaism

The greatest miracle of history is the survival of diaspora Judaism. The greatest question is where it is headed today.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 31/12/2020 08:23