WORDS OF RABBI ELI J. MANSOUR

WRESTLING WITH DIGITAL ANGELS November 2018

One of the epic scenes in the book of Bereshit is Ya’akob wrestling with the angel. That angel is identified by our Rabbis as the Satan himself, trying to cause Ya’akob’s downfall. In the end, Ya’akob is victorious, but the angel deals him a parting blow to his thigh. Did you ever wonder why he hit him Read More »

LIFE LESSONS October 2018

During these weeks, we begin the Torah readings devoted to Avraham Avinu. We know that these are not just stories or ancient history. The hachamim teach, “Ma’aseh avot, siman labanim - the actions of our forefathers are an indication for us.” This means that we should apply the lessons learnt from their lives to our own lives. I would Read More »

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME September 2018

Without a doubt, the month of Tishre is the most intense month on the Jewish calendar. No sooner than we finish the uplifting day of Yom Kippur, we are already on the threshold of Sukkot. In fact, the custom is to begin constructing the sukkahimmediatelyafter the conclusion of the fast on mosae’h Yom Kippur. Minhag Yisrael Torah - Our customs constitute Torah. Just Read More »

THE BACKWARDS TAX August 2018

As we enter the month of Elul, and close the year 5778, it is a time to make an accounting.  Just as in the world of commerce, the end of the fiscal year requires taking inventory and paying taxes, so too in the calendar of teshuva. We are called upon to examine our lifestyle and habits Read More »

IDENTIFYING THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM July 2018

There was once a rabbi who would discard his Tisha B’Av prayer booklet in the genizaheach year after the fast. The following year, when he would go to purchase a new one, the bookseller would ask him why he buys a new one every year. He responded, “I just couldn’t believe we’d need to fast again Read More »

IN JUDAISM – WHEN YOU FALL – YOU CAN GET UP! June 2018

The Torah’s account of Korah’s uprising against Moshe and Aharon, which we read this month, is startling on several levels, most notably in terms of the gall required on the part of Korah and his cohorts to launch such an attack.  It takes a special kind of cynic, and a special kind of fiend, to Read More »

WE’VE WON THE JACKPOT! May 2018

In one of my trips to Poland, I was privileged to see the Lancut Castle, a magnificent, spectacularly large edifice that belonged to the renowned Pototzki family.  This family was devoutly Christian, yet, ironically, it produced one of the most remarkable – and inspiring – Jewish figures of all time. Valentin Pototzki, a nobleman from Read More »

DISCERNING BETWEEN VICE AND VIRTUE April 2018

The day that was otherwise the most joyous occasion our nation has ever known quickly turned into a day of sorrow and anguish.  The Mishkan – the special Sanctuary built by Beneh Yisraelat Mount Sinai – was finally completed and formally inaugurated with the offering of special sacrifices.  A heavenly fire descended to consume the sacrifices on the Read More »

WORDS OF RABBI ELI J. MANSOUR IS THIS ITEM ON YOUR PRE-PESACH “TO DO” LIST? March 2018

There are two types of light in the world: natural sunlight, and light produced through fire or the modern-day equivalent (electricity).  The obvious difference between them is that sunlight is produced without any effort or initiative on our part.  The sun rises each morning, without fail, regardless of whether we want it to rise or Read More »

MONEY MATTERS February 2018

.”The practice of Judaism is not reserved for the synagogue.  Quite to the contrary, our experience in the synagogue is specifically intended to inspire us to practice Judaism everywhere else.  Standing in prayer, giving praise to Gd and begging Him for help, as well as the study of our sacred texts, should have the effect Read More »

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