December 8, 2023 |


The Riddle of the Red Heifer

I recently had the great honor and fortune to offer a benediction at George Washington University’s commencement ceremony. It was also a great opportunity to teach Torah to a very large audience. There were 25,000 people present. And on top of that, since Michelle Obama was scheduled to...

Chukat 5769/2009: "Seeing Beyond the Apparent"

Five years ago I contracted Bell's Palsy, a form of facial paralysis resulting from damage to the 7th facial nerve, afflicting 40,000 Americans each year. Even when I learned that Bell's Palsy typically goes away within a few weeks, I was deeply frightened. The worst part of experiencing Bell's...

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

In Parshah Hukkat (the first of this week’s double portion) the rabbis make much of the juxtaposition of two verses. In the first we’re told the Israelites arrive at Kadesh and that “Miriam died there and was buried there.” (Num. 20:1). The very next verse declares, “The community was without...

My video divrei Torah on parasha Hukkat by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

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

Parshah Hukkat has one of the most troubling stories in the Torah. Moses loses his temper with the Israelites and strikes a rock to get water, instead of acknowledging God's intervention. As a result, God tells Moses, "Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the...


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