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Rabbi Gurkow is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on a variety of Jewish topics, and his articles have appeared in many print and online publications. For more on Rabbi Gurkow and his writings and talks, please click here.
Marriages are notorious for one-line zingers, but we tell them with a twinkle, because as much as we mean them, we really don’t, and as much as we don’t mean them, we really do.
If, as the Torah says, humans are similar to trees, then parenting is a lot like gardening. You can read about it in books, but you don’t know what you’re doing until you get your hands dirty.
When we awaken in the morning, we express words of gratitude, before and after we eat, once again gratitude. Before we go to sleep, some more gratitude.
Why is there a need for comfort if G‑d plans to provide a solution?
If we hold on to each teaching and weave it into the tapestry of teachings we have already learned, we will grow from each encounter.
The lesson of Miriam’s well is clear. The Yiddishe mama has a particular role to play in Jewish life.
The four-step program presented here in preparation for Shavuot teaches us to channel four human traits—brazenness, ambition, decisiveness and endurance—to good purpose.
When darkness encroaches, it is difficult to see through to the end of the tunnel. Darkness envelopes. Darkness engulfs. Darkness is relentless. It is difficult to pierce its veil, to peer through it and find light. But it is not impossible.
Seismic shifts in perspective come in stages. When a radically new idea is proposed, we might embrace it on its merits, but we don’t immediately realize its full application.
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