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Why Do We Count the Omer? (Parshas Behar)

 

 

Imagine a teenager lying on a grassy field, gazing into the night sky. As he stares up at the stars, he thinks to himself, "Look at how enormous the universe is. The sky just expands endlessly... It must go on forever." After sitting with...

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Jewish Leadership: When Leaders Are Human (Parshas Emor)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 28, 2021
 

 

A shop owner nailed a sign above his door: ‘Puppies for Sale.’

Signs like this always have a way of attracting children, so it was no surprise when a young boy walked into the shop.

“How much are you selling the puppies...

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Are There Stages of Faith? (Acharei Mos/Kedoshim)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 22, 2021
 

 

As he lay in his hospital bed, gasping for breath, he began contemplating his time in this world. He was now an elderly man, nearing the end of his journey. But what a journey it had been. There had been ups and downs, difficult decisions,...

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Lashon Hara: Why Do People Love to Gossip? (Parshas Tazria/Metzora)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 14, 2021
 

 

One day, a young boy came home from school with a note for his mother. He gave it to her with a smile, and said, “My teacher gave me this paper and told me to give it only to you.”

His mother read the letter quickly, and her...

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Nadav and Avihu: Transcending the Ego (Parshas Shemini)

parsha sefer vayikra Apr 07, 2021
 

 

A boy is born locked inside of a small house, with no windows and no way out. He is provided with food and clothing, as well as books and some toys for entertainment, but that is all. He never once sees the outside world, never once sees...

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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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