12 Sivan 5778 – Nasso

We had an interesting discussion at one of my classes this week surrounding Prayer. Prayer is referred to in the Talmud as "Avodah Shebelev" - "service of the heart". Prayer is supposed to be an emotional experience, coming from the depths of one's heart and being. When we pray, we are talking to ourselves and to G-d as well. It is supposed to be a moving and electrifying experience. Yet how many of us can say that we come out of a prayer session truly moved, motivated and empowered?

9 Adar 5778 – Tetzaveh

An interesting Purim perspective The Talmud asks: "Why was annihilation decreed on the Persian Jews of that generation?" It answers: "Because they enjoyed the feast of that wicked man