WORDS OF RABBI ELI J. MANSOUR

THE REAL MIRACLE OF PURIM March 2017

There is one aspect of the Purim celebration that receives far less attention than it should In the jovial spirit of Adar, let us play a game of association.  I will write a word, and I ask you to identify the first word that comes to mind after reading it.  The word is: “Purim.” My Read More »

THE SINCERITY TEST February 2017

It is told that a small group of men were once with the great sage Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz (1878-1953), who was more commonly known as the Hazon Ish, and wanted to recite the Minhah prayer. They had exactly ten men with whom to form a minyan, but one of the men said that if he stayed to Read More »

GRABBING ONTO THE TREE OF LIFE January 2017

Pesach is still several long, cold months away, but this does not mean we cannot take some time to study the story of the Egyptian bondage and learn the lessons it conveys.  In fact, it seems that this is precisely what we should be doing this month.  Our Sages instituted our annual Torah reading cycle, Read More »

THE MIRACLE OF NATURE December 2016

It’s one of the most famous questions asked about the celebration of Hanukah – but one of the answers may change the way we look at this holiday, and the way we look at life. As we know, after the Hasmoneans defeated the Greeks and regained their religious freedom, they entered the Bet Hamikdash which had been Read More »

EDUCATION FIRST November 2016

Centuries ago, the custom was instituted that in addition to the weekly Torah portion read in the synagogue on Shabbat, congregations would also read a selection from the Prophets, called the “haftarah.”  This custom began during a period of religious persecution, when the government banned the public Torah readings.  In order to preserve the memory Read More »

LESSONS FROM THE HONEYCOMB October 2016

Every year, we are given the opportunity to go back to the basics – the basics we were taught as young schoolchildren back in kindergarten. The end of our beautiful holiday season not only brings us back to our ordinary routine, but also brings us back to the beginning of the Torah, to Parashat Beresheet, Read More »

ELUL AND THE DOCTRINE OF PERPETUAL MOTION September 2016

For observant Jews, the Hebrew month of Elul is an especially exciting time.  This period is known as “yemeh harahamim vehaselihot – the days of compassion and forgiveness.”  It is when we are given a special opportunity to earn forgiveness for our mistakes, and the timing could not be more perfect, as we prepare for the Read More »

By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

THE BLIND FAITH CONUNDRUM July 2016

“Because I said so!” Many a parent has shouted these words many a time in response to a child’s questioning his or her instruction.  As parents, we find it necessary – rightfully so – to establish our authority and demand that we be obeyed unquestioningly.  The fact that we told a child to do something Read More »

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE June 2016

A boss calls in his secretary and hands her a document. “Please make me seven copies of this by the end of the day,” he politely requests. The secretary takes the papers, returns to her desk, finishes the work she had been doing, and then goes to the copy machine and makes the copies.  She Read More »

By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour

THE MOST “INTEREST”-ING LAW IN THE TORAH May 2016

Modern finance revolves around interest.  Banks and investors dispense cash to individuals and corporations that need it with the expectation that they will receive significantly more in return over time.  And, as anyone with a mortgage knows, the longer it takes to repay, the more the lender demands in return.  This arrangement, to a large Read More »

By Rabbi Eli J. Mansour
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