Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Marking Time

August 31, 2015, by

I knew a man who once told me, Time passes in the blink of an eye. When he told me, I was a young man and I could not comprehend what he was saying. And then I blinked. When I think of all the minutes, all the hours, all the days when it felt as […]

The Parchment Burned…The Letters Ascended…

July 8, 2015, by

We cried out to the Eternal from the harsh sting of Pharaoh’s whip.  We wept by the waters of Babylon, bereft that our glorious Temple had been destroyed and we were driven to exile.  We were lost and vulnerable when we were cast out to the four corners of the globe when the Romans destroyed […]

The Art of Preparation

March 30, 2015, by

A thing without its place is lost. This is true of trivial things from computer files to puppies. How much more is this simple observation true when it comes to our obligation to prepare a place at Passover? Chaim, a poverty-stricken man who struggled to make the most modest of livings in support of his […]

Tu B’Shvat: To Speak For the Trees

February 3, 2015, by

I am the Lorax; I speak for the trees … – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax The noted children’s author, Dr. Seuss, understood well the importance of trees. Without them, the landscape would be ever less joyful, the paths we walk would be ever so much more bleak, and, ultimately, the lives we lead would be […]

The Four Sons: Finding the Right Method for Each Student

April 7, 2014, by

With a simple command, God makes clear that teaching is fundamental to our observance of Passover.  Fundamental and obligatory.  I must teach my son, my children, of the great miracle God performed in delivering me from slavery.  Not only must I teach, but my teaching must be personal – to me and to my student. […]

Who Am I?: Behind Our Masks

March 10, 2014, by

Who am I? In the musical, Les Miserables, Jean Valjean was a good and decent man who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family.  Imprisoned for his crime, he is given a chance to become good and decent again only to have events he has long sought to escape come back to threaten […]

The Nullity of Being and the Greatness of Being

February 13, 2014, by

Is the process of repentance and its accompanying recitation of the confession-Viddui, a manifestation of courage, creativity and spiritual and psychological strength, or is it merely a statement of self-defeat, a pathetic recognition of human frailty, inferiority and unworthiness? Sincere and authentic repentance is predicated upon the strength and ability to accuse oneself. It is […]

Chanukah Miracles: The Little Dreidel

November 18, 2013, by

Be realistic; plan for a miracle. – Osho Beis Yosef asked, “Why do we celebrate Chanukah for eight days if there was ample oil to last for one day?  It would seem that the miracle was that the oil lasted an additional seven days… in which case, Chanukah should be celebrated for seven days, not […]

Shavuot: To Teach, To Learn, To Repent

May 8, 2013, by

There is an urgency in the two Torah commandments whose obligation is constant and ever-present, to learn Torah and to repent.  The Torah is clear about this urgency in the Sh’ma:  “These words, which I command you this day, make them as a sign upon your heart and between your eyes…” Our Sages comment that […]

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