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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

Masei and the Journey of Our Lives

July 21, 2014, by

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  – Ernest Hemingway Imagine yourself on a commuter train. It is a train you journey each and every weekday, day in and day out. You board at the station nearest your home, following the same […]

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Ka’naaut: Zealotry and the Argument Against the Extreme

July 7, 2014, by

We live in an age of extremism. Whether in “personal expression”, politics, art, music or religion, we seem to be overrun by people who live “at the edges”. They are angry. Rapid. Relentless. We witness the world roiled by extremists in the Middle East, the Far East, even in Europe. In Africa, “failed states” become […]

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To Sing a New Song… Our Children and Students

June 23, 2014, by

When my children were small, they all attended school where I was the principal. As you can imagine, while I cared about all my students, I took delight in finding opportunities to check on them. Walking the halls, I was sure to peek through their classrooms’ door windows to see that all was well. I […]

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Finding Our Way: The Lessons of Bamidbar

May 19, 2014, by

…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 […]

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The Wickedness of “Live and Let Live”

May 13, 2014, by

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 […]

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To Know Before Whom One Toils

May 6, 2014, by

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 […]

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Metzorah: The Art of Speech

March 31, 2014, by

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 […]

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Words Matter: Deeper Meanings and Understanding

March 18, 2014, by

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 […]

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