Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran is an educator, author and lecturer. He can be reached at e1948s@aol.com.

Hachnasat Orchim: To Sit at Henny Machlis’ Table

October 21, 2015, by

When we first learn that “Noach was righteous in his generation…” we applaud his stature until the rabbis, on deeper reflection, note that “in his generation” suggests that the bar was fairly low for righteousness when he lived. Abraham, however, is said to have been “righteous” without any qualification. He was truly righteous, in any

Can You Help?

July 23, 2015, by

There is no disease in the world for which Hashem had not already created the cure. The task is for us to find it! To everything there is a time and a season. So Koehlet teaches, so our lives make clear. Study and prayer are among the great pleasures and joys of my life. But just as

The Wise Zeide: Against the Urgency of Now

July 14, 2015, by

But Zaide made us laugh, Zaide made us sing… – My Zaidy – by Moshe Yess What is the role of a wise, Jewish leader in addressing the wants expressed by his generation? What is his role in communicating the eternal values of our people, while convincing those who come to him with the demands

Things Never Said

December 23, 2014, by

A young boy runs his fingers over the leather spine of the story book he receives as a Hanukkah gift. He loves the feel of the beautiful lettering playing beneath his fingers. He is entranced by the beautiful illustrations accompanying the stories. He gives no thought to the extra hours his father worked in order

The Wisdom of the Dreidle Comfort in an Impossible World

December 15, 2014, by

Can a simple top, a delightful toy for children, really speak to me in the aftermath of tragedy? In the aftermath of a Har Nof? Although some might suggest otherwise, questioning how a mere toy, could possibly carry the weight of such an event, I believe that the dreidel in fact can afford insight into

Courage: Rabbi Yisroel Spira z”tl of Bluzhev

July 31, 2014, by

Ours is a time of confusion. Neither Orwell nor Jonathan Swift could have better imagined a world in which black is white, left is right, or up is down. Crass materialism is considered success. Ever more radical ideas and behaviors are considered the norm. Bluster is confused with moral courage. The media is more than

Leaning to Eliyahu: Pinchas/Eliyahu and the Way Forward in Judaism

July 15, 2014, by

We live in a world of kaanaus. Zealotry and extremism fuels politics, relationships, worship. Kanaaim fail to understand how demeaning their perspective and behavior is to their fellow Jews; how degrading. In their eyes, Jews who are not like them are hardly worthy to be considered Jews at all. Has their kaanaus enriched our community

The Tenets Of Our Faith Or Our Children Must We Choose?

February 3, 2014, by

In my previous essay, I wrote about the shanda of families turning away from their children when they became OTD children, Off the Derech.  While acknowledging how hurtful and confusing it is to have children who leave the path, I wrote that the only way for them to find a way back to the path is

God Loves Our Children, So Must We

February 3, 2014, by

The Nesivos Shalom teaches that in Mitzrayim, Hashem purposefully waited through our generations of slavery for us to finally arrive at our lowest possible spiritual and physical condition before referring to us as, “My firstborn son.” Why? He waited in order to prove to us for all time that He does not love us based

The Disposable Student: When a Student Doesn’t “Fit In”

December 18, 2013, by

We Jews wandered the four corners of the earth for so many centuries, never having a home where we could feel completely safe.  Our experience from Egypt to the galut taught us to respect the dignity of the stranger and to reach out to the needy.   When we were vulnerable, the voices of our sages

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