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  As I announced on Facebook, Thinking Torah was hacked about ten days ago. I thought it would be worthwhile to write a few words about the whole event and my thoughts about the experience. I don't intend this post to be a complete history of the event. I'll only include the details that I Read More

Why Is Chanukah 8 Days?

Menorah in Harbin Museum

Shown above is the Menorah in Harbin Museum   One of the interesting aspects of living in Jerusalem are the constant encounters with Jewish history. For example, one of the Light Rail stops is Shimon HaTzadik, named after one of the High Priests. When the train pulls into that station I often have two thoughts Read More

Book Review – The Sages

The Sages Vol 3

  After the defeat of Bar Kochba the Jewish world was in turmoil. The sages gathered in Usha in the Galilee to strengthen Torah observance. Their work shaped the Jewish world we live in today. The Sages - Volume III The Galilean Period is about the prominent sages between the years 138 CE - 220 Read More

Kingdoms and Stability

The Old Harbor in Caesarea

Old Harbor in Caesarea     There's a lesson in Parashat Lech Lecha that is easy to overlook. It's found in the middle of the parasha and that's probably part of the reason why it's overlooked. Read these few verses from the Judaica Press translation: Bereshit Chapter 14 1 Now it came to pass in Read More

How to Change a Habit

Sukkah at Israel Museum

Sukkah at Israel Museum     I was troubled during the Yom Kippur davening. Toward the end of the amidah we beseech God, "May it be Your will that I don't sin any more." I was thinking that I'm saying what I really mean, but I know that I will sin again. I wanted a Read More

This morning I received an email that I'm sure many rabbis would have been proud to write. Though not the author's intent, it is a very powerful message as we leave Yom Kippur behind and move into the rest of the year. I think it's especially important to have this message in mind when you Read More


Last night I had the privilege of hearing Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau speak at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. It was the official launch of his book Jeremiah - The Fate of a Prophet. Here's my Amazon link for this book: http://thinkingtorah.com/amazon/jeremiah I was excited to attend because I enjoy hearing Rabbi Lau speak and because Read More

A Lesson From Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey taught his son how to take care of their lawn. The story is recorded in his classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. (Of course you've read this, haven't you? No? Then buy it here: http://thinkingtorah.com/amazon/7-habits) He gave his son two goals to strive for: Green and Clean. The grass was Read More

I think I must have been born reading a book. I can't hardly remember a time when I didn't read books. Don't get me wrong. It's not like as a kid I did nothing except read. Summers when I was growing up were active times. Days were filled with bicycle riding, playing baseball, swimming at Read More

If there is thing that I've noticed over the years, it's that many people are afraid of Onkelos. I've seen it both when I was teaching in yeshiva and now in my tutoring. Imagine this scene: I'm leading a group of eager guys through some verses in Chumash. We're going along, all so happy as Read More