…you can’t tell the players without a program… – Anonymous ballpark vendor Everyone needs guidance. No one would want a surgeon to perform surgery before he or she had been shown the way. No one would want to board a flight with a pilot who had not been properly instructed. And no one would want […]
A visitor to Sodom seeking to purchase food would be told by the merchants, “keep your money (what’s yours is yours) and I will keep my food (and what is mine is mine)”… In a complex and difficult world, most people simply want to “tend to their own gardens” – to be left to take […]
Of all the pressures and stresses that buffet our young people today, the ones that are most discouraging and disquieting are the ones that originate with the very people who should be working diligently to ensure that our young people grow to be healthy, committed and engaged Jews, bound by their heads and their hearts […]
We speak, therefore we exist. When a newly elected member of Parliament approached the esteemed British Prime Minister Disraeli for advice, Disraeli was only too happy to share some profound wisdom and insight. “For the first six months,” Disraeli counseled, “you should only listen and not become involved in debate.” The man was perplexed. “But […]
Words matter to Jews. Language matters. Hebrew, filled with beauty and poetic power, is a language in which words carry not just superficial meaning, not just historical context, but also deep, sacred import. One way in which we see the near-mystical relationship of words and phrases is in the study of Gematriyah, the system of […]
The Talmud teaches that when the Sages of the Great Assembly nullified the Yetzer of idolatry, it escaped fiercely as a young lion from the Holy of Holies. This uncontrollable yearning for the Divine can either emerge as the force of idolatry or, conversely, it can emanate refined, subdued, and sensitive as avodat hakodesh; as […]
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. – Albert Einstein Central to the narrative in Shemot is the transformation of the people into the nation of Israel from the remnants of our […]
The emaciated holy man sitting isolated on a mountain-top. The morbidly obese drunkard sprawled again on the barroom floor. Are these the choices faced by a Jew - embrace the material or flee it for Divine communion? The answer is a resounding “NO.” Join Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, OU Kosher’s Vice President -Communications and Marketing, in an articulate and moving exploration of the relationship between body and soul. Redeeming the physical, not blindly shunning or embracing it; tune in and hear this spiritual goal discussed in a sophisticated fashion.
Rabbi Safran is the author of “Meditations at 60: One Person, Under God, Indivisible,” which elaborates on this [“Called to be Different; Called to be Holy – A Meditation on Kashrut”] and related themes. Available from www.ktav.org or from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can a holy person eat meat? Has a person done well in the eyes of G-d if he eats a steak well-done? And what of G-d’s concession? Join Rabbi Safran, OU Kosher’s Vice President for Communications and Marketing, as he explores the “meat mystique” from a Jewish perspective. You’ll be glad to have “herd” about […]
Is the body the enemy of the soul? Can we reach out to G-d at the same time we reach for a second helping? Join Rabbi Safran, OU Kosher's Vice President for Communications and Marketing, as he elucidates Judaism's unique approach to the human need to eat. Don't miss this chance to find out about the spiritual gains awaiting you amidst your material pursuits. Rabbi Safran's talk is excerpted from his book Passion and Peace which can be obtained directly from Rabbi Safran by contacting him at SafranE@ou.org.