Parasha Insights


At the foot of Mount Sinai over 3,335 years ago we received the Torah. We accepted the gift still in its wrapping paper and promised to unravel it for the rest of our history. Every year, every day offers us the opportunity to look more deeply into the Torah, to peel back another layer of meaning, and to listen to its gentle song.

In 2019, an Australian documentary was released, available for streaming on Amazon Prime, called the Outback Rabbis. It follows two young Chabad families as they hit the Aussie bush on a road trip like none other, looking for Jews who are isolated and have little contact with the Jewish community to uplift them and connect them with their heritage. They offer Jewish books, a chance to lay Tefilin or light Shabb… Read More »

Unity Within Diversity?

One day three men came into the presence of G-d - an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a Palestinian. They all had a question for Him.

The Englishman came first and asked when the British Empire would be restored, and its flag will fly all over the globe again.

G-d answered, "In the year 2250".

The Englishman replied, "Hm... not in my lifetime".

Next, the Frenchman asked when the glory of the Napoleonic age would be restored with the French flag standing tall once again.

G-d answered, "In the year 2465".

The Frenchman replied, "Hm ... not in my lifetime".

Finally, the Palestinian asked when the entire land of Israel from sea to sea would fly the Palestinian flag.

G-d replied, "… Read More »


A talented artist asked his gallery owner if anyone had shown interest in his paintings.

"I've got good news and bad news," she said. "The good news is that some guy inquired if your work would appreciate in value after you die. When I told him that it would, he bought all 15 of your original paintings. He spent 4.9 million dollars on your paintings."

“That’s awesome,” exclaims the artist. “I can now retire in wealth. And the bad news?"

"That guy was your doctor."

There is a fascinating Mishnah studied on this Shabbat—in chapter five of Ethics of the Fathers:

Ten things were created at the twilight of Shabbat eve. These are the mouth of the earth [that swallowed… Read More »

What is The Ultimate Marriage?

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated, waiting for the cockpit crew to show up so they can get underway. The pilot and co-pilot finally appear in the rear of the plane and begin walking up to the cockpit through the center aisle. Both appear to be blind.

The pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle, and the co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with huge sunglasses. At first, the passengers don't react, thinking that it must be some sort of practical joke. However, after a few minutes, the engines start revving and the airplane starts moving.

The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness, whispering among the… Read More »

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