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Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran is an educator, author and lecturer. He can be reached at

Maimonides: on Sacrifices; Integration and Harmony

March 4, 2014, by

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 […]

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Each and Every Day

February 24, 2014, by

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 […]

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Escape or Embrace: A Torah View of Material Pursuits

May 27, 2009, by

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 or from the author at

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Consumption and Concession: An Approach to Kashruth I

February 23, 2007, by

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

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