The Ten Commandments: I Will Do and I Will Hear
Join Rabbi Simon Jacobson and discover the 10 principles which are the blueprint of our human connection to the transcendent divine.
What to Do When You’re Stuck: Four Wrong Approaches and the Fifth Correct One
In this week’s Torah Portion, Beshalach, we encounter one of those most famous stories of the Bible, one that is told over and over again to the glee of children and to the fascination of adults: G-d splits the sea for the Jewish people to cross safely and finally escape the Egyptians, once and for all.
Are You Afraid? The Antidote to Fear
No matter how lonely we may feel, especially in our loss and pain, we are not alone. The only answer to the invisible power of fear – the fear of being alone – is to recognize that you are not alone.
Blood, Frogs, Lice… The Kabbalah of the 10 Plagues
Blood? Frogs? Lice? Dead Animals? Etc. etc. Why did God choose punishments in these forms and what do they mean to our lives today? The Ten Plagues are actually a fascinating blueprint of the ten psychological effects of crimes against humanity.
The Birth of a Legend: Discovering the Power of Moses Within Me
We must take a lesson from Moses and discover the power of Moses within each of us. Can I put my own selfish ego aside to see what my family and friends need? Can I step up and be a leader, a hero, bravely paving a path toward freedom of our constraints and limitations? Or am I getting in the way of myself?
Twelve Tribes; Twelve Paths: Which Personality Are You?
Let’s go back to the original book of all books – the Bible to discover which personality we best reflect. What better way to understand ourselves than based off the tried and true wisdom of the Torah?
A Family Reunion: What Joseph Teaches Us About Forgiveness
Essentially, Joseph’s initial tragedy was the catalyst that brought the birth of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah – and all that followed. Imagine if Joseph would’ve chosen to wallow in his grief instead, choosing a path of hopelessness and despair? Where would we all be today? Let us learn from Joseph to take the path toward light instead of darkness, toward growth instead of stagnation.
Fighting Apathy: Preparing in the Years of Plenty for the Years of Famine
Often, we get stuck in the here and now – trying our best to simply survive or live in the moment, and not being able to see the forest from the trees. How do we find the resolve and passion to look ahead, to see a future that is a direct result of our current actions and beliefs? Can we shift our mindset to see the bigger picture and actualize it in our daily lives?
The Elusive Secret of Family Harmony: When Eleven Brothers Turned on One
Jealousy, betrayal, sibling rivalry… Just how far can it go? In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeishev, Jospeh is sold into slavery by his eleven brothers. Eleven brothers who – instead of loving him unconditionally and having his back – are so overcome with bitterness toward him that they want him dead, gone from their lives for good. How does this happen?
A Mother’s Tears: What Rachel Teaches us About Maternal Love
What is true, eternal love? In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayishlach, we read the story of Rachel’s sad death in childbirth, giving her life for her newborn child. This personifies her historical role as the quintessential mother who would sacrifice herself for her children, throughout the ages, until the end of time.
Jacob’s Ladder: A Lesson on the Ups and Downs of Life
In this week’s Torah Portion, Vayeitzei, Jacob dreamed of a ladder standing on the ground. A ladder by definition goes two days: up and down. If we risk going up, we may fall down, but if we never attempt that first step – we will never rise.
The Inner Struggle of Good vs. Evil: Jacob and Esau Within Us
In this week’s Torah Portion, Toldot, twins are born to Rebecca and Isaac. Esau and Jacob, two brothers with very different storylines; one a warrior, one a scholar. The battle between these two brothers is alive and kicking within each of us today.