Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran (Page 3)

Each child to his own blessing

Each child to his own blessing

Jacob knew how to give each son the blessing that suited him, but he also saw that all of them were worthy of being blessed., 25/12/2015 10:10
Benjamin and Jacob: Through the eyes of a child

Benjamin and Jacob: Through the eyes of a child

In honor and loving memory of the writer's parents., 17/12/2015 08:10
A dreidel  story

A dreidel  story

Redemption is the ultimate miracle. Even for dreidels., 08/12/2015 17:19
Yasher Koach: It’s nice to be acknowledged

Yasher Koach: It’s nice to be acknowledged

We all act differently if we know we will be acknowledged or our actions are being recorded., 06/12/2015 04:28
Women rabbis? When in doubt, be guided by Mesorah

Women rabbis? When in doubt, be guided by Mesorah

You can be learned, pious, filled with spirituality.  But, there are limits.  A Yisrael cannot be a Kohen.  A woman cannot be a rabbi. Here is why., 02/12/2015 20:53
Jealousy rots; envy can redeem

Jealousy rots; envy can redeem

The story of a special grave., 27/11/2015 14:59
Love, the distorter of time

Love, the distorter of time

Could time really move at varying paces depending on our age? Yaakov is a perfect case in point., 20/11/2015 09:59
Thoughts about Toldot: The whispers of the cynic

Thoughts about Toldot: The whispers of the cynic

Cynicism is incredibly toxic.The Ramban, at the conclusion of Parshas Bo, teaches that even the most meaningful event or experience can be transformed into something meaningless by a bit of cynicism. Nothing remains sacred when tainted by cynicism., 12/11/2015 09:37
Matchmaker, matchmaker

Matchmaker, matchmaker

Matchmaking or something infinitely worse?, 06/11/2015 09:03
Welcoming guests at the Sabbath table

Welcoming guests at the Sabbath table

To sit at Henny Machlis' table, at the home of the famous Jerusalem couple whose open house welcomed thousands over the years for Shabbat and holiday meals, was to meet a modern day Abraham and Sarah., 22/10/2015 08:23
Marking Time -  A Blink of an Eye and The Moments of Our Lives

Marking Time - A Blink of an Eye and The Moments of Our Lives

We mark time, but we do not corral it. , 03/09/2015 09:28
Mamzerim and the Cry of the Secular World

Mamzerim and the Cry of the Secular World

Love the sinner, not the sin., 28/08/2015 09:23
Shoftim  The Value of Life

Shoftim The Value of Life

The agreement with Iran in the light of Torah., 20/08/2015 09:42
Re'eh: To Swim With The Fishes

Re'eh: To Swim With The Fishes

We are what we eat., 13/08/2015 06:03
The Challenge of Wealth

The Challenge of Wealth

Is one supposed to enjoy his wealth or live as a poor man?, 07/08/2015 10:04
The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

Is my father’s lesson, that those who perished left us with a clear mission – to live and thrive, to build a Jewish world, true?, 21/07/2015 05:49
The Wise Zeide in the Parsha

The Wise Zeide in the Parsha

The antidote to the urgency of now. , 16/07/2015 09:01
The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

The Parchment Burned but the Letters Ascended…

The evil guard at Auschwitz saw only the smoke coming from the smokestacks of the crematoria. , 06/07/2015 11:28
Chukat: Can You “Google” It?

Chukat: Can You “Google” It?

The power of paradox and mystery., 26/06/2015 08:25
Korach: No Man is an Island

Korach: No Man is an Island

Pride goes before a fall., 19/06/2015 07:04
Given Eyes to See

Given Eyes to See

Seeing is not always believing., 12/06/2015 10:00
Come Up to Learn, Come Up to Inspire

Come Up to Learn, Come Up to Inspire

Be what you would have your pupils be. All other teaching is unblessed mockery and apery - Thomas Carlyle., 04/06/2015 01:11
Peace, Peace, You Shall Pursue

Peace, Peace, You Shall Pursue

Rodeph Shalom: peace as fullness, completeness and accepting divergent views within the framework of Torah., 27/05/2015 16:49
Yizkor: Remembering

Yizkor: Remembering

In the past, we see our future., 22/05/2015 14:18
Behar:Seven

Behar:Seven

The power of numbers., 14/05/2015 12:36
Emor: This Day - Lag B'Omer Leads Us to Shavuot

Emor: This Day - Lag B'Omer Leads Us to Shavuot

Derech Eretz and the Study of Torah., 08/05/2015 12:36
Kedoshim: Love is More than the Negative of a Negative

Kedoshim: Love is More than the Negative of a Negative

The lesson of Kedoshim., 30/04/2015 11:00
Let He Who Does Not Live in a Glass House…

Let He Who Does Not Live in a Glass House…

Humility is the prerequisite for genuine spirituality., 13/04/2015 21:55
The Art of Preparation

The Art of Preparation

The preparation was no less significant that the actual receiving of the Torah. , 31/03/2015 07:57
OOPS! is no excuse

OOPS! is no excuse

There is always a history to sin, always a “trail of missteps.”, 19/03/2015 20:44
Pekudei: Each and Every Day  Holiness is Step by Step

Pekudei: Each and Every Day Holiness is Step by Step

What is the greater challenge, a moment of brilliance or a consistent, ongoing goodness? , 12/03/2015 07:49
The Music of a Community

The Music of a Community

It takes a village..., 01/03/2015 10:36
To Walk Behind God

To Walk Behind God

When We Give, Our Greatest Gift is Dignity, 16/02/2015 08:18
The Kippa: Crown of Honor, Sign of Humility, Target

The Kippa: Crown of Honor, Sign of Humility, Target

Would that the ugliness of anti-Semitism were a thing of the past, a relic of time that saw its most horrific expression less than a century ago. Unfortunately, it isn’t. , 12/02/2015 08:59
Thou Shalt Not Covet: Who Can Legislate Morality?

Thou Shalt Not Covet: Who Can Legislate Morality?

Judaism teaches that a person may not contemplate or desire that which he may not attain or that which is forbidden to attain., 05/02/2015 09:01
Beshalach: Life as a Symphony

Beshalach: Life as a Symphony

Shirah (poetry and song) and becoming an adult., 29/01/2015 08:09
Time and Meaning: "This month shall be for you.."

Time and Meaning: "This month shall be for you.."

Each second, each moment., 23/01/2015 07:59
Enough!

Enough!

"It is easier to take Jews out of Galus than to take the Galus out of the Jews" (Hassidic Master), 15/01/2015 10:30
To Be a Mentsch - Learning from Moses

To Be a Mentsch - Learning from Moses

Gratitude and consideration are the marks of a decent human being, a mentsch., 09/01/2015 15:25
Vayigash: Things Never Said

Vayigash: Things Never Said

Why do we not hear about the feelings of Benjamin's sons at the thought that their father would be a captive? Why only Jacob's feelings are taken into account?, 25/12/2014 06:49
The Wisdom of the Dreidle

The Wisdom of the Dreidle

Comfort in an impossible world., 19/12/2014 06:39
“I Have Lived with Laban” - Exile in the Secular World

“I Have Lived with Laban” - Exile in the Secular World

In instances too numerous to list, we have been terrorized. And each time, we returned to recite HaGomel. , 05/12/2014 10:46
On the Parsha: Failure is Our Only Option

On the Parsha: Failure is Our Only Option

Success is built on a foundation of failed attempts., 27/11/2014 08:00
The Blessings of a Father

The Blessings of a Father

Isaac was well aware of whom he was blessing and how., 20/11/2014 07:48
Who Watches the Watchman

Who Watches the Watchman

When the watchman errs, who is there to watch the watchman? And why generalize from one aberration?, 17/11/2014 07:20
Hevron, from "Hibur" - Connection and Unity

Hevron, from "Hibur" - Connection and Unity

Like Abraham, we continue to pay a high price for the land., 12/11/2014 22:37
Jonah and ISIS

Jonah and ISIS

Evil misunderstands a prophet of the Lord. , 28/09/2014 07:27
Criticism

Criticism

The first step to teshuva is hakarat ha’chet, the recogni­tion that we sinned., 11/09/2014 00:14
Ki Tetsei: We Forget Amalek at Our Peril

Ki Tetsei: We Forget Amalek at Our Peril

The world would do well to mirror the courage and decisiveness of the IDF in acting to “wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.”, 04/09/2014 16:53
Shoftim: The Value of Each Life

Shoftim: The Value of Each Life

In the history of warfare, has there been a fighting force more willing, more determined, to see its “enemy” not as the “other” but as individual human beings?, 28/08/2014 23:46
The Ten Commandments: Do not Covet

The Ten Commandments: Do not Covet

The Torah’s intention is to train the Jew that what is forbidden and prohibited is unattainable and therefore unthinkable. , 07/08/2014 09:04
Courage: Rabbi Yisroel Spira Zts"l of Bluzhev

Courage: Rabbi Yisroel Spira Zts"l of Bluzhev

Dignity before History, dignity before G-d. , 04/08/2014 10:46
The Journey of Our LIves

The Journey of Our LIves

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. (Ernest Hemingway) , 24/07/2014 16:05
Extremism is not Religious Fervor

Extremism is not Religious Fervor

The Lubavitcher Rebbe and NCSY have much in common., 17/07/2014 10:28
The Argument Against Extremism

The Argument Against Extremism

Elijah (Eliyahu) and Pinchas., 10/07/2014 00:38
Chukat: Singing with the Children

Chukat: Singing with the Children

When to sing with them and when to let them sing solo., 26/06/2014 01:31
Given Eyes to See

Given Eyes to See

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes, when we think we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick…, 12/06/2014 20:57