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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.
On the fifth day of the crisis, when all but the Jewish hostages were released, the Israeli government realized that Jews were once again alone in the world. History was repeating itself.
We have been tempted during these past hours to cut corners, tell fibs, and succumb to anger and give in to temptation.
An inspiring lecture on the Rebbe’s unique approach of empowerment, which has become the hallmark of Chabad outreach. (a talk on the occasion of the Rebbe’s yahrtzeit)
The Rebbe probes the unifying theme in all areas and levels of Torah study, from the legal to the mystical, the heavenly to the earthly, demonstrating the common thread running through different dimensions of Torah wisdom. This class studies a talk of the...
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.
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