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Yosef and the Battle for True Beauty (Parshas Mikeitz)

 

 

The day had finally come. For months, I had been trying to meet this famous sage, renowned not only for his wisdom, but for his physical beauty. I had heard the stories, but I wanted to experience it for myself. After what seemed like an...

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Why Does Hashem Send Us Challenges? [It's not what you think...] (Parshas Vayeshev)

parsha sefer bereishis Dec 09, 2020
 

  

If I were to ask you, "What is the wealthiest place in the universe?", what would you answer? You might suggest the banks, the diamond mines, or something along these lines. But in a sense, the wealthiest place in the world is the...

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The Principle that Saved Yaakov's Life (Parshas Vayishlach)

parsha sefer bereishis Dec 02, 2020
 

 

There is a story of a man who wanted to be successful. After asking around, he heard about a guru in a far-off town who held the secret to success. He immediately set off to find him, and after weeks of searching, he finally tracked down...

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The Relationship Between Yaakov and Esav that Could Have Been (Parshas Vayeitzei)

parsha sefer bereishis Nov 26, 2020
 

 

 

There was an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his boss of his plans to leave the house-building industry in order to enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle with his wife. He would miss the weekly paycheck, but he was...

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The Cosmic Battle Between Yaakov and Esav (Parshas Toldos)

parsha sefer bereishis Nov 18, 2020
 

 

A young man was sitting at the airport gate, waiting for his flight home. After realizing that his flight was delayed, he bought a book and a small bag of chocolate chip cookies to enjoy while he waited. As he sat reading, he noticed an...

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When Selfish Becomes Selfless (Parshas Acharei Mos)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 30, 2020
 

 

 

Everyone wants to contribute something significant to the world, to play a meaningful part in the cosmic symphony we call life. This desire is an inherent part of being human. We yearn to expand beyond our limited sphere of...

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Why Do People Speak Lashon Hara? (Parshas Tazria/Metzora)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 23, 2020
 

 

Do you ever wonder what people really think about you? Whether they think you're brilliant, caring, and fun; or lazy, self-centered, and boring? The truth is, you'll never know; people only talk about you openly when you're not in the room....

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Beis Ha'Mikdash: The Mouth of the World (Parshas Tzav)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 02, 2020
 

 

20-Minute Version

 

 

Picture the scene: a man is sitting in the kitchen, eating dinner, when his wife walks into the room, her face blank and emotionless. Her husband looks up, observes the situation, and kindly asks, "How was...

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Peering Behind the Mask (Parshas Vayikra)

parsha sefer vayikra Mar 26, 2020
 

 

 

After an overwhelming week at work, Daniel decided to go on a nature hike to recharge. Without letting anyone know of his plans, he heads off into the mountains. As he is enjoying the view and the peaceful quiet around him, he...

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Shabbos: A Taste of the World to Come (Parshas Vayakhel)

parsha sefer shemos Mar 19, 2020
 

 

 

 

Imagine you are on a train, traveling towards your destination. You look to your right and see a fellow passenger. Attempting to be friendly, you ask him where he’s heading. He shrugs his shoulders and says, "I don't...

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