Yamim Noraim 5778- Making Things Better

The period of the month of Elul and the Yamim Noraim, known as the High Holiday season, is a great gift, מן הטובות אשר הטיב השי”ת עם ברואיו. Each year we are afforded this opportunity to reflect and to reconnect, to spend weeks engaged with G-d and community on a...

Chanukah: Hidden Power

Dvar Torah Chanukah 5778 Even as Chanukah celebrates the impressive Hasmonean victory over the Greek armies, we more prominently commemorate the miracle of the hidden flask of Menorah oil.  And while the battlefield conjures up images of strength and bluster, Chanukah...

Humility: The Key to a Better Future

Yom Kippur 5778 – Kol Nidrei I want to read to you a letter, a letter that tells an amazing story.  The letter was personal, but made such an impression upon its recipient that he had it published in the Baltimore Jewish Times of April 27,1945.  Sidney Cohn –...

Never Stop Speaking

Yom Kippur 5778 – Yizkor Six weeks ago, I traveled to Atlanta to give a talk commemorating the yahrzeit of an old friend who passed away very suddenly, in his 50’s, a man named Moishe Esral.  What was most striking about the experience was the clarity I received from...

The Beauty of Rav Yochanan

Yom Kippur 5778, Neilah The Talmud (TB Berachos 5b) tells a story about how during Rabbi Eliezer’s final illness Rav Yochanan came to visit him.  Rav Yochanan was a strikingly beautiful person, who literally lit up the room.  But in the light, Rav Yochanan saw that...