Lessons in Humility – Parshat Nitzavim 5782

The privilege and good fortune of a full life on earth carries with it countless inescapable lessons of humility along the way. Whether it’s the result of saying, “Watch this!” as a child or being let go from a job you’ve held for years, humans don’t have to learn to be humble. It’s forced on us.

Happy Accidents – Parshat Ki Teitzei 5782

Accidents, by nature, aren’t choices. However, we do have the choice in how we react to something we’ve overlooked. Parshat Ki Teitzei reminds us that sometimes it can be better to let it go, to embrace the happy unintentionally and make a mistake that might just lift someone else up.

Punishment Fits the Crime – Parshat Shoftim 5782

It’s easy to go on consequence overload when you’re in an emotional moment. The Torah is itself, however, a grounding resource. Reading these same texts year after year is what grounds us emotionally and spiritually, and it reminds us, especially in this week’s portion, that only when we’re in that grounded space can we act justly.

Temptation Looms – Parshat Vaetchanan 5782

If the Torah is concerned that we’ll stray from our worship of God to worshiping the natural world, why were these celestial bodies and earthly wonders even created? In other words, if I can’t keep my hands out of the bag of Cheetos, why keep them in the house?