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.
Growth is only possible if we subject ourselves to vulnerability. If we refuse to leave our comfort zone, we will never have new experiences or discover new abilities.
A Shiva visit can be awkward. Should you sit quietly or say something wise? Should you offer help or just a comforting hug? Most people don’t know what to do. Some give the mourner a quiet hug and a grave sigh before retreating to chat with other visitors...
The Big Question A young lady once asked me why she should obey G‑d’s many instructions in the Torah. She understood that without G‑d she wouldWhy should she agree to this plan? not exist, and felt that she owed her life to Him, but she also felt that G‑d...
We de-light from mundaneness and delight in holiness
Do our possessions and achievements bring glory to us, or are they for G‑d’s glory?
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.
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