Parasha Insights


You probably heard about the recent Stanley Morgan survey about safety which concluded that being in a synagogue is the safest place to be.


20% of all fatal accidents occur in automobiles.

17% of all accidents occur in the home.

14% of all accidents involve pedestrians.

16% of all accidents involve travel by air, rail, or water.

32% of all deaths occur in hospitals.

Happily, however, only point .001% of all deaths occur during synagogue services, and these are usually related to previous physical conditions.

Logically, therefore, the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is in synagogue!

So, for safety's sake, attend synagogue more often. It could save your life!

Our portion Vaetchanan begins with… Read More »

Engagement. Marriage. Honeymoon.

This is a true and amazing recently story told by O. Shaked:

I received a phone call on Sunday from “A,” one of the Iron Dome commanders who was a student of mine six years ago. I was glad he called. “Where can I study Torah in Ramat Gan?” he asked. I was baffled because I knew him to be far from Torah and mitzvot. "I'm going to be released in a couple of months," he continued, "and I want to study in a Yeshiva: I saw the Almighty with my own eyes!”

“What happened?” I asked.

“A Missile was fired from Gaza. The Iron Dome can detect where the missile is going to fall within a 200 meter radius. This particular Missile was heading to the Azrieli Towers, and hundreds could have… Read More »


If you repeat a lie often enough people begin to believe it. The claim that terror is caused by misery and poverty is one such example. It is so often repeated that the West has come to accept it.

When Israel vacated Gaza they left Jewish built greenhouses, a billion dollar industry, intact, as an income source for Gaza Arabs. Yet, the Arabs destroyed these resources, not wanting to accept gifts from the hated Jews. Until today, they receive millions of dollars in foreign aid, yet rather than investing it into poverty relief and civic infrastructure, they pour it into weapons of war.
Over the last 18 days, as Israeli troops entered Gaza to search for the Hamas tunnels and rocket launching sites, 32 Israeli soldiers were killed.
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During the first Gulf War in 1991 a reporter asked General Schwarzkopf, who commanded the US troops in that war, what was his opinion about forgiving terrorists. Is it our prerogative to forgive terrorists? His answer was: It’s G-d job to forgive terrorists, not ours. Our job is to arrange the meeting!

After 10 days as Israel enters Gaza to fight the terrorists, the one guarantee is that Israel will get most of the blame. Already the demands from the United Nations and even the US government that Israel show “restraint” are as predictable as Hamas rockets.

No matter how self-evident the justice of Israel’s cause may be; no matter how extraordinary their commitment to raising the standard of the rules of… Read More »


Thank you soldiers for your selfless sacrifice!

Thank you Israel for your endless courage!

Protective Edge—Israel’s campaign to end Hamas’ rockets launched at our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land—entered its forth day. By yesterday, over 350 rockets had been fired at Israel, about 90 of them intercepted by Iron Dome, and the Israeli Air Force had carried out almost 900 air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The miracles we have seen over the last few days, we have not seen in years. They are mind staggering—of biblical proportions.

As our minds and hearts are with our brothers and sisters in Israel, we study the Torah portion, Pinchas, which captures our unwavering love and dedication to the Land of Israel. It… Read More »


You are more than what you have become!

“Beloved is man, for he was created in the image of

G-d,” Rabbi Akiva states in the Ethics of the fathers.

These beautiful, inspiring words of Rabbi Akiva, capturing his approach to understanding the human psyche and the path to human empowerment and inspiration, have tragically become to relevant in recent days, as the collective “Jewish heart” was shattered by the horrific news of three young Jewish teens, Yeshiva students, kidnapped and murdered by the bloodthirsty monsters of Hamas.

This is why begging the kidnappers for mercy is futile. Terrorists laugh at us when they see us going to them on bended knee.

They are still laughing at Michelle Obama… Read More »


A Jewish grandmother gets on the crowded bus and discovers that she doesn't have correct change for the fare. The driver tries to be firm with her, but she places her hand delicately over her chest and murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me." He caves in and lets her ride for free.

She tries to push her way down the crowded aisle but people won't move over for her. 

She finally murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me." The crowd parts like the Red Sea and lets her down the aisle.

She gets to the back of the bus where there are no seats, once again she murmurs, "If you knew what I had, you'd be nicer to me."

Several people jump up and insist that she sit down and ride in… Read More »

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