I had been called for jury duty. As I walked into the courthouse, I had no idea what I would hear or see. My briefcase contained holy books and some food. Who knew how long I might have to stay here? I took pains to present an appearance that would properly represent G-d. At least I could try to honor His Name in this challenging environment.  


During the Sefiras HaOmer period of counting the 49 days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuos, we are working intensely to refine our character, trying to merit receiving the Torah on Shavuos. During Passover, I was privileged to perform the rare mitzvah (Torah commandment) of “shiluach hakan” - sending away the mother bird before taking her young (Deuteronomy 22:6-7). 



Recent Posts


eternity Galil fires Mount Sinai Esther King David Eglon Psalm trees ancestors Moses Babylonia Teshuva death seder Protective edge slavery commandment terrorists menorah holy Balak rabbi redeemer fragrance salvation messiah Miraglim spiritual meraglim Matisyahu Jew Passover Seder Heavenly Mercy Sukkah sanctity Egypt Temple Mount stones cries automobiles America Zohar Ishmeal Pharaoh Shushan heavenly gates Jewish esrog earthquake Matriarchs water tabernacle Rome prophets barley Israel Jewish festival Rebbe yeshiva Solar eclipse Babylon Torah locusts terror Mount Hermon Golan Holy Ark fear Sea of Galilee kesuba spies Ashkenazi Europe synagogue Judgement Day Moab Land of Israel Moshaich bris milah Mount Zion Aharon shofar Passover Yom Kippur yarmulke Torah portion 2020 Vision kosher plague rain Samuel forefathers prophet Samuel liberation Earth Rebecca creation Maccabeans leprosy miracles media Judaism Tefillin Rabbis Second Temple cholent Jerusalem Red Heifer Yaakov Raiders of the Lost Ark Holiness self-worship Moshiach Rachel Shechina Father in Heaven Hasmoneans holiday Rosh Hashana Zion, Angel Rabbi Akiva Laban Jewish holidays patriarchs'matriarchs shmittah Tisha b'Av Ten Commandments paradise repent High Priest Master of the Universe Amram hubris Garden of Eden Angel of Death New Moon Western Wall enemies sacrifices Torah scholars heavenly throne secret Repentence persecution Macabees Blame Exodus siddur Avraham Judah peace G-d murder angel Jewish People Prophecy Sabbath bible logic eternal night purity brotherhood Shavuos Maimonides Jacob Isaiah United Nations Sephardi prophet slaves priests Bilaam ethics Adam Eve terrorist High Holy Days Final redemption Tu b'Av chessed matzos Day of Atonement Holy land alone Day of Judgement sin angels Divine presence kinneret evil inclination Bais Hamikdosh chaos biblical culture Jeremiah Dead Sea kiddush Solomon repentance Western World lights exile fault rosh chodesh Samuel the Prophet Tallis Boaz idol Malbim Magog three weeks dreams evolution keys Banias king Tu b'Shvat Mordechai spirituality materialism heaven pain Ezekiel Golden Calf tremors compassion Red Sea Golus mikveh, Sabbath tears Isaac gossip Lot soul Yerushalayim mikveh King Solomon Esau bird minyan Temple miracle idolatry Rosh Hashanah flood incense mitzva Creator song Midrash Leah David prayer book danger Holy Temple Sages Amalek Parsha Song of Songs King of the Universe Ruth Hashem Chanukah End of Days Abraham sun Nation of Israel Abrahem Ishamael Holocaust Genesis blessing resurrection tablets terrorism Psalms Sukkos Elul judgement Chofetz Chaim prayers Edom shield of Abraham Zion Greeks Talmud prayer moon deluge Rashi Chafetz Chaim Benjamin Haman Children of Israel Pinchas Achashveirosh Zechariah patriarchs Terror Attack in Jerusalem Moshe Tzuk etan Sodom world to come Baku Chanukkah Joseph pray evil Hebrew Geula mitzvos India Purim missiles darkness Noah light Faith Chol haMoed redemption war violence Jews Canaan Gog God survival Sefiras haOmer Hagar stars Sarah Miriam Lunar eclipse Ammon Ishmael Shabbos Beit Hamikdash