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Lazer Gurkow

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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.
All day, I couldn’t shake the haunting image of a child, shaken from sleep, startled out of complacency, crying instinctively for his mother.
Has someone accused you of lacking tolerance and in the process became intolerant toward you?
Hillel and Shammai’s debate applies to every area of growth in life. When you want to change a bad habit or a harmful addiction, when you want to break out of a rut or get out of a harmful relationship, there are always two tasks. One is to lessen the har...
Believe in a child and the child will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and the child will prove you right.
The purpose of wealth is to support holy causes, and once we have it we may use some of it. But if we reverse the values and use our wealth to glorify ourselves, we are not worthy of the gold.
There is nothing more gratifying than placing your trust in something you cannot see, and then having that trust validated.
It is not the survival of our bodies that evokes wonder—it is our survival of spirit, culture and identity. How did a persecuted people, displaced and disheartened, manage to survive?
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.
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