Purim, Prayer and the 5:1 Ratio

When Adar enters joy increases. When Av enters joy decreases. What is it about these two months that causes joy to fluctuate? There is much discussion in the world of relationships about the ratio of criticism to praise. Marriage researcher John Gottman has found that...

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 –...