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No excuses: You must come to Israel

No excuses: You must come to Israel

We did a great job of creating vibrant Jewish communities all over the world. But now we should be living in Eretz Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 09/07/2021 19:43
Divine command: To keep the routine

Divine command: To keep the routine

It is every day and forever. It was made at Har Sinai, but it is daily and constant.Phil Chernofsky, 02/07/2021 17:49
It's all about the Jewish law

It's all about the Jewish law

What's the meaning of the enigmatic mitzvot? How does it affect us?Phil Chernofsky, 18/06/2021 19:37
The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The "story" of the spies and the "story" of Korach's rebellion are not just once-upon-a-time a long time ago stories.Phil Chernofsky, 11/06/2021 19:15
The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

How do we correct a sin that affects an entire people?Phil Chernofsky, 04/06/2021 19:31
Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

We can chose to reject the words of the majority who would rather remain in the Midbar and rally to the side of Yehoshua and Kalev.Phil Chernofsky, 28/05/2021 19:29
Divine hints: What is the right way to redemption?

Divine hints: What is the right way to redemption?

GALUT is evolving into GEULA right before our eyes. We are not there yet, but we are progressing in the right direction.Phil Chernofsky, 21/05/2021 19:15
When God instructs 'follow me', there is no room for doubt

When God instructs 'follow me', there is no room for doubt

Our challenge, as has been the challenge of every generation since Nationhood, is to improve as individual Jews and as part of Klal Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 07/05/2021 18:39
Be holy - how you can do it?

Be holy - how you can do it?

How are we to become holy? Keep mitzvot and thereby become holy?Phil Chernofsky, 23/04/2021 19:21
A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

Look back to Pesach and ahead to Yom HaAtzmaut.Phil Chernofsky, 16/04/2021 19:00
A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

A Jew who stops to look back will always come forward

A look back on Pesach and ahead to Yom HaAtzmaut.Phil Chernofsky, 09/04/2021 18:20
The basic meaning of Sefirat HaOmer: The way to redemption

The basic meaning of Sefirat HaOmer: The way to redemption

Pesach and Shavuot: Between the Festival of “Physical Redemption” and the Festival of “Spiritual Redemption.”Phil Chernofsky, 02/04/2021 18:49
The secret that accompanies us throughout Passover

The secret that accompanies us throughout Passover

Matzot and mitzvot have more in common than spelling.Phil Chernofsky, 26/03/2021 18:32
Ironic thing on the Torah - and its message

Ironic thing on the Torah - and its message

An interesting calendar irony.Phil Chernofsky, 19/03/2021 17:35
To be Jewish in the smallest things

To be Jewish in the smallest things

Our partnership with G-d in setting up the calendar.Phil Chernofsky, 12/03/2021 17:47
The Jewish perspective in the face of the world

The Jewish perspective in the face of the world

Our perspective is so different from other nations.Phil Chernofsky, 05/03/2021 17:18
What is the connection between Remembrance Day and Purim?

What is the connection between Remembrance Day and Purim?

The always remember the Jerusalem factor in the Purim story and in the Purim celebration.Phil Chernofsky, 26/02/2021 17:16
Zachor: Why do we really need to remember these days?

Zachor: Why do we really need to remember these days?

Why is it so important to remember the bad deeds done to us and not to forget them for generations to come?Phil Chernofsky, 19/02/2021 17:05
What does God really want from us? Our soul

What does God really want from us? Our soul

We might not always live up to that level of commitment to G-d, but that is our target.Phil Chernofsky, 12/02/2021 17:27
Secret of faith: Agree to do before you hear God's demands

Secret of faith: Agree to do before you hear God's demands

Understanding Torah and mitzvot is important, but must never be thought of as a condition.Phil Chernofsky, 05/02/2021 17:12
Sometimes the obvious is a real miracle for each of us

Sometimes the obvious is a real miracle for each of us

Tu B'Shvat and Shabbat bid us to appreciate all of G-d's many miracles - the obvious open ones, and the subtle, hidden ones.Phil Chernofsky, 29/01/2021 16:40
Sanctity of time: The uniqueness of the People of Israel

Sanctity of time: The uniqueness of the People of Israel

Kiddush HaChodesh is the mitzva that G-d commanded to make us His junior partners in the sanctity of time.Phil Chernofsky, 22/01/2021 16:45
Signs along the way: Our special connection with G-d

Signs along the way: Our special connection with G-d

Our belief in G-d does not depend upon the splitting of a sea or the sun and moon standing still.Phil Chernofsky, 08/01/2021 16:27
When G-d's plan is exploited by man

When G-d's plan is exploited by man

People can not use 'this was G-d's intention' as an excuse for what they do.Phil Chernofsky, 01/01/2021 16:35
The unexpected leader of the Jewish people

The unexpected leader of the Jewish people

A leader is one who, though he may stumble and fall, arises more honest, humble and courageous than he was before.Phil Chernofsky, 25/12/2020 16:45
The biggest gift of the Israeli nation

The biggest gift of the Israeli nation

Long after we pack the Chanukiyot for another year, the messages and results of the Chanuka victories and miracles continue.Phil Chernofsky, 18/12/2020 16:18
Learning from the past: The importance of Thanksgiving to God

Learning from the past: The importance of Thanksgiving to God

The meaning of the past, the lessons for the future: We must be grateful for every positive step on our way.Phil Chernofsky, 11/12/2020 15:53
How are we supposed to react to Evangelical support of Israel?

How are we supposed to react to Evangelical support of Israel?

We must never let our guard down. We must never be totally complacent with the turn of events.Phil Chernofsky, 04/12/2020 15:40
Follow the lesson of previous generations

Follow the lesson of previous generations

It isn't always black and white, but we need to use the deeds of our ancestors - both good and bad - to discern what we should do.Phil Chernofsky, 27/11/2020 16:01
The way to learn the Torah

The way to learn the Torah

We believe that the Written Word and Oral Law combine to show us what G-d wants of us.Phil Chernofsky, 20/11/2020 16:30
How do they call you? Not a simple question

How do they call you? Not a simple question

The question of who a particular person is, gets different answers from different people. Which of them defines it more correctly?Phil Chernofsky, 13/11/2020 16:33
It's hard to be a Jew, but very rewarding

It's hard to be a Jew, but very rewarding

Parting advice: Remain faithful to Hashem, let that faith and trust keep growing.Phil Chernofsky, 06/11/2020 16:46
When Robert De Niro connects with our ancestor Abraham

When Robert De Niro connects with our ancestor Abraham

Who wants you for lifelong commitment? Covenant: God's commitment to man.Phil Chernofsky, 30/10/2020 16:40
Is there a contradiction between being Jewish and being human?

Is there a contradiction between being Jewish and being human?

We believe that we are chosen and challenged for a spiritual quest like no others. But we need to remember that we are humans and Jews.Phil Chernofsky, 23/10/2020 17:42
When it all starts: The beginning of the world

When it all starts: The beginning of the world

Can we understand everything involved in creation? No. But we should try to understand it, appreciate it, and emulate it in a productive wayPhil Chernofsky, 16/10/2020 17:52
What is the foundation of our existence?

What is the foundation of our existence?

This conveys to us the responsibility that every single person has towards the global concern for beneficial rain.Phil Chernofsky, 09/10/2020 17:47
The day that blends all the Joy of the cycle of the Jewish year

The day that blends all the Joy of the cycle of the Jewish year

Put the joy of the Yamim Nora'im into Sukkot, Wonderful opportunity to do T'shuva Mei'Ahava.Phil Chernofsky, 02/10/2020 17:54
When the sons turn to the father and ask for mercy

When the sons turn to the father and ask for mercy

On the way to perfection: To be worthy of being sons of the Creator of the world.Phil Chernofsky, 25/09/2020 18:19
T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

T'shuva: We can know a lot, but not everything

We don't know why G-d created the world, nor why He gave us free will, but we can hopefully see and understand the gift of T'shuva.Phil Chernofsky, 11/09/2020 18:07
The power of the Jewish joy

The power of the Jewish joy

There are Jews who do keep the mitzvot, but they do not do that with joy. They need to be shown the beauties of a Torah way of life.Phil Chernofsky, 04/09/2020 18:40
Love and rapprochement: When the king goes out into the field

Love and rapprochement: When the king goes out into the field

Elul is a special month for drawing closer to HaShem. come in to see why.Phil Chernofsky, 28/08/2020 18:52
The basis for any stable regime: Judges and policemen

The basis for any stable regime: Judges and policemen

The gentle path to walk according to the Jewish laws and tradition.Phil Chernofsky, 21/08/2020 18:56
What does God want from us?

What does God want from us?

We learn a lot about the commandments - but what is really behind them?Phil Chernofsky, 14/08/2020 18:35
The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

The power of speech: How words can determine destinies

This is the main goal of Parshat Eikev: Hear what your mouth is talking about.Phil Chernofsky, 07/08/2020 18:44
The unique concerns of an extraordinary leader

The unique concerns of an extraordinary leader

Raise eyes heavenward and worship the sun or the moon or the stars - not to replace G-d, but to serve Him by honoring his creations.Phil Chernofsky, 31/07/2020 19:06
Asking ourselves: What did we do to bring redemption closer?

Asking ourselves: What did we do to bring redemption closer?

How many Jews today, Torah observant Jews, do more than pay lip-service to the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash?Phil Chernofsky, 24/07/2020 19:08
No excuses: You must come to Israel

No excuses: You must come to Israel

We did a great job of creating vibrant Jewish communities all over the world. But now we should be living in Eretz Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 17/07/2020 19:08
Divine command: To keep the routine

Divine command: To keep the routine

It is every day and forever. It was made at Har Sinai, but it is daily and constant.Phil Chernofsky, 10/07/2020 18:50
Sad ironic message for the Jewish people

Sad ironic message for the Jewish people

We need to ask and answer the question: In which direction are we headed?Phil Chernofsky, 03/07/2020 19:10
It's all about the Jewish law

It's all about the Jewish law

What's the meaning of the enigmatic mitzvot? How does it affect us?Phil Chernofsky, 26/06/2020 18:52
The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The divisions in the Jewish world: History is repeating itself

The 'story' of the Meraglim and the 'story' of Korach's rebellion are not just once-upon-a-time a long time ago stories.Phil Chernofsky, 19/06/2020 18:31
The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

The sin of the spies is alive and well in our own time

How do we correct a sin that affects an entire people?Phil Chernofsky, 14/06/2020 05:15
Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

Independence of the people of Israel: A different spirit

We can chose to reject the words of the majority who would rather remain in the Midbar and rally to the side of Yehoshua and Kalev.Phil Chernofsky, 05/06/2020 19:09
After 40 years in the desert, we returned to Jerusalem

After 40 years in the desert, we returned to Jerusalem

We are at a symbolic crossroad with Bamidbar and Yom Yerushalayim being one right after the other.Phil Chernofsky, 22/05/2020 18:39
When God instructs follow me, there is no room for doubt

When God instructs follow me, there is no room for doubt

Our challenge, as has been the challenge of every generation since Nationhood, is to improve as individual Jews and as part of Klal Yisrael.Phil Chernofsky, 15/05/2020 18:50
There is no doubt: Redemption is on the way

There is no doubt: Redemption is on the way

We have seen the hand of G-d in giving us a major push in the direction of the Geula Sh'leima.Phil Chernofsky, 08/05/2020 18:46
Israel: The State for all Jews

Israel: The State for all Jews

The State of Israel opens the door to any and all Jews who want to come here.Phil Chernofsky, 01/05/2020 18:35