Words and Wind

You told him you’d go volunteer at the food bank together today, but you just don’t feel like going out anymore.  Does it really matter if you just don’t show up?  Just because you said it, doesn’t mean you have a real obligation to do it, right? Words are...

Stand Your Ground

In this week’s Torah portion, Korach leads a rebellion.  Although, in truth, Korach’s goal is power and prestige, he veils it within philosophical arguments and appeals to justice.  He creates an argument that echoes throughout the camp and brings many...

Is That It?

Shavuos. The most important holiday that nobody has ever heard of. Shavuos has a bit of middle child syndrome going on. It’s between the much longer holidays of Passover and Succos, and it certainly gets less fanfare than Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There...

Death and Taxes

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. If you thought this idiom applied to you but not your ancestors, look no further than this week’s Torah portion to see otherwise. This they shall give, everyone who goes through the counting: half a shekel according to the...

Why We Wear Masks

Ah Purim. There is nothing quite like seeing the most respectable members of your community dressed up like ninjas and pirates. But why? I understand having a fun thing for kids to do to get them excited for the holiday, but why are Torah scholars, who work so hard to...