The Female Qualitative Edge

03/09/2018 01:30:45 PM

Mar9

For decades the media and other influential voices of society have been campaigning against women. They’ve done so very cleverly, dressing up their campaign by claiming they represent women, and wish to ‘empower’ them and make them be ‘just like everyone else’.

But the root of their campaign...Read more...

Let's Create Life!

02/22/2018 11:08:32 AM

Feb22

We are still in a state of pain and disbelief about the horrific school shootings in Parkland FL last week, which claimed the lives of 17 people, and injured many others.

Fingers of blame are being pointed in many directions – the NRA, the school, the FBI, our politicians, and many other systems.

No...Read more...

WHAT'S THE REAL-FEEL?

01/05/2018 09:36:37 AM

Jan5

Eliezer Wolf

Here’s a typical conversation over the past few days:

A: “Its’ freezing!”

B: “I know. They say that it’s 10 degrees.”

A: “Yeah, but the real-feel is actually -5 degrees!”

Humans have been attempting to make weather predictions for thousands of years. And ever since the invent of science and technology, we have been able to forecast with much greater precision.

In the 1990’s,...Read more...

A LESSON IN SENSITIVITY

12/28/2017 09:33:32 AM

Dec28

Eliezer Wolf

My grandfather Mr. Herschel Klein was a very special man, with true 'old-world' values.

When he retired, he volunteered to teach a Talmud class at my high-school. Each year, days before Pesach, he would take his class on an excursion to the...Read more...

MINORITY RULE

12/22/2017 09:32:14 AM

Dec22

Eliezer Wolf

In a court of law we apply the principle of ‘majority rule’. But sometimes, we ought to simply ignore the majority. Here’s why:

But first: we were all alarmed (though sadly not surprised) at the absurd resolution that was voted upon at the United Nations General Assembly this week. In a vote of 128 to 9, the majority of nations voted for a resolution that demanded that the United States rescind on its recent declaration...Read more...

Keep Calm With A Hammer & Nail

12/01/2017 09:28:58 AM

Dec1

Eliezer Wolf

There is a not-so-well-known custom about how to conclude the ‘shiva’, the week of mourning after the passing of a loved one.

The mourner bangs a nail into the place where they sat shiva and grieved their loss.

The source for this custom is obscure. Here is one of the possible...Read more...

MY SHORTEST HIGH HOLYDAY SERMON

10/18/2017 09:22:21 AM

Oct18

Eliezer Wolf

Of the many sermons that I shared over the High Holy Day season, perhaps the most important one was delivered this past Saturday night, at the end of Shabbat Bereishit, which concluded the festival season.

Following is a transcript:

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Anger Management

08/25/2017 12:12:41 PM

Aug25

When life throws you a lemon, and you are tempted to throw a fit, there are 2 paths to dealing with it: 1) Emunah-Faith, 2) Emotional Control.

The 'Faith Path' means that you realize that everything is orchestrated by G-d, so it's best to simply raise your hands and ride...Read more...

How A Racist Is Born

08/18/2017 11:22:34 AM

Aug18

“See, I have placed before you the blessed path and the cursed path. The blessed path – when you will obey the commands of the Lord. The cursed path – if you won’t obey the commands of the Lord, and you will worship other gods.”

These are the famous opening verses of this week’s parshat Re’eh....Read more...

Israel's Sword & Bow

07/07/2017 12:37:57 PM

Jul7

Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

 

"Balak the son of Zippor [king of Moav] saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.”

This is the opening verse of this week’s Torah portion. Simply understood, the verse is introducing the ensuing story why Balak wished to curse the Jewish people. Just recently the Jews had successfully...Read more...

Life's Like A Mountain, Or Two

06/30/2017 12:56:52 PM

Jun30

Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

There are a lot of Mountains featured in Biblical history.

Moses received the Torah from G-d upon Mount Sinai.

Moses passed away upon Mount Nevo.

Aharon, his brother, passed away upon Hor Hahar, Mount Mountain.

Mount Mountain is a strange name....Read more...

06/30/2017 12:56:40 PM

Jun30

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Why You Should Never Fear G-d

06/14/2017 01:02:00 PM

Jun14

By Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

 

A few years ago, at a bar-mitzvah celebration, I blessed the bar-mitzvah boy in the traditional way, "may you grow to be a pious, G-d fearing and learned Jew."

One of the guests that day was a person who rarely ever attended a Synagogue, and who was very detached from any engagement in Jewish life.

During the party after the services, he came over to talk to me and asked with complete sincerity, "Rabbi, why do...Read more...

The 5 Step Program

05/26/2017 12:12:12 PM

May26

An exciting week is approaching us next week. On Monday, Americans will observe Memorial Day, and on Wednesday & Thursday Jews will celebrate Shavuot.

Memorial Day is an annual day dedicated to memorializing the fallen soldiers of our country’s armed forces. It is a day to...Read more...

The Six Day War Doctrine

05/24/2017 09:43:23 AM

May24

It is most remarkable that in less than thirty years, the Jewish people suffered one of the most horrendous acts of destruction, as well as one of the most miraculous acts of salvation.

In the 1940’s it was the Holocaust. In 1967 it was Israel’s victory of the Six Day War.

It is unfortunate that...Read more...

Just This One Time...

05/19/2017 01:42:15 PM

May19

I began an experiment in human behavior a few weeks ago, and I’m proud to say that its failure was a great success! As a disclaimer, I only observed one participant, but I’m quite confident that the data and results are conclusive. 

Many of us are challenged with keeping our spaces tidy. From our car,...Read more...

How To Make A Relationship Work

05/12/2017 01:45:21 PM

May12

Why do some friendships last longer, or remain more peaceful, than some marriages?

There are some obvious answers to this question. Marriages are more consuming and they require greater commitment. But there is a much more important answer, one which doesn’t reduce marriage to the...Read more...

Where Were You When Whatsapp Crashed?

05/05/2017 12:14:12 PM

May5

This week 1.2 billion people entered a state of panic. The popular Whatsapp digital message service experienced problems and went offline for a few hours. I’m hoping that most people have since recovered!

Which got me thinking…

As with everybody else, I too was inconvenienced...Read more...

A Time For Healing

04/28/2017 11:14:36 AM

Apr28

The other day a friend shared with me that he attended a class on the topic of Sefirat Haomer. The teacher was discussing the correlation between the 49 days of counting and the 49 Sefirot, which is described extensively in Kabbalistic teachings. But he walked away feeling that he hadn’t gained...Read more...

1 People Or 1 Heart?

02/17/2017 12:13:06 PM

Feb17

What attracts you to another person? What type of connection do you aim to create in a relationship?

One way to connect with another is by looking for common ground - similar interests, hobbies, lifestyle and values.

Another way to connect with another is by discovering a point within them that makes you...Read more...

The Gift Of Prayer

02/03/2017 12:36:04 PM

Feb3

It has been said that the greatest gift you can give your child is a sibling. To which I like to add, that an even greater gift is to give them a few siblings!

Yet there is another great gift you can give your child, and it is the gift of Prayer.

Yesterday I attended a Siddur party at the Scheck...Read more...

Everyone's Leader

01/20/2017 11:18:41 AM

Jan20

The world’s attention and fascination is currently focused on the inauguration of America’s new president.

The very next day after Mr. Trump will take the oath of office, Jews all over the world will gather in Synagogues and study the Torah portion of Shemot, which is a most timely reading...Read more...

In Search Of Joseph

01/13/2017 12:53:13 PM

Jan13

Some say that Jews should be insular and provincial. Others argue that Jews should be worldly and cosmopolitan. Who is right?

In the Torah's record of G-d's very first instruction to the first Jew Abraham, He tells him "Lech lecha" - go out from your homeland. The Midrash explains, that Abraham was...Read more...

The Solution Is In Front Of Your Eyes

01/06/2017 12:15:46 PM

Jan6

When things are going wrong in our lives, and when we feel like we are sinking further into the abyss each passing day, we are inclined to pray for a miracle, to ask from G-d that He completely change everything in order to produce more fortunate results.

But perhaps this approach is mistaken. G-d doesn’t...Read more...

Your Life In A Single Oil Flask

12/23/2016 10:04:05 AM

Dec23

The great miracle of Chanukah. A single flask of oil, capable of fueling candlelight for only 1 day, miraculously lasted for 8 days.

Apparently, the very finding of the 1 pure flask was in itself quite a surprise. The...Read more...

YOU IN ME - In honor of Shalom Bayit Shabbat

12/16/2016 12:11:40 PM

Dec16

This Shabbat has been dedicated by the Jewish Community Services (JCS) of Miami as Shalom Bayit Shabbat.

Shalom Bayit means different things to different people. Literally translated, it means A Peaceful Home. Loosely translated, it is a term that refers to the foundational Jewish values of marital harmony and a...Read more...

How To Prepare For My Son's Bar-Mitzvah?

11/18/2016 11:13:28 AM

Nov18

Dear Rabbi,

My husband and I are feeling nervous. Our firstborn son turns thirteen in 18 months, and we have no idea how to prepare for his Bar-Mitzvah. We've never done this before, and we want to do what's right and best for him.

Please help us - where should we begin?

Signed – A First Timer
 

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Don't Let Your Weakness Define You!

11/10/2016 11:50:50 AM

Nov10

Dear Rabbi,

I am scared. No matter the outcome of the elections, I am still very anxious for our country. We are a hugely divided nation; too many families suffer from financial instability; racism and bigotry seem to be more rampant; and the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

Things seem so messy, that I doubt any president is capable of cleaning things up. How can I find hope for my children's future?

Signed...Read more...

To Be Seriously Happy

11/03/2016 10:11:37 PM

Nov3

Dear Rabbi,

For the High Holy Days this year I joined your congregation for the first time. I really enjoyed the services, yet something struck me as peculiar. In every congregation I have ever attended, Kol Nidrei evening was always a solemn and somber affair. The atmosphere was hushed, tense and reflective. But at BDHLS the services evoked jubilance and festivity. The...Read more...

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