December 8, 2023 |


Rabbi Shmuel HaSatan, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and the Holiday of Lag Baomer

Around ten days ago I received a letter in the mail from my father. It was a Hebrew sheet of paper with a story on it. The paper was part of a publication called, “Bein Hadagim Le-Zemirot” (Between the Fish and the Songs—Stories for the Shabbat Table). When I read this story I nearly...

Remembering the Besht

Sometime we will be sitting down to dinner in our house and the phone will ring or someone will ring the door bell. It is often an annoying intrusion of someone trying to sell us something. It can be annoying. Well the next time that happens think about this story. One time the Baal Shem Tov was...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Emor (2)

Woody Allen had a routine in which he was hired by a firm to be their token Jew. He worked very hard at it, writing his memos from right to left but he was eventually fired. Why? He took off too many Jewish holidays. This week's Parshah Emor has another iteration of our calendar. God tells...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Emor

"You shall not profane My holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelite people..." (Lev. 22:32). Parshah Emor has much about the obligations of the priesthood and about the ritual calendar, but this passage stands out because it makes a point that our actions have consequences...


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