Saying Thank You |Thinking Torah

January 17, 2013

Ten days ago Israel was in the middle of a major winter storm.

There was lots of rain.

So much that reports of the Kinneret raising double digits in one day became old hat.

There was snow from Mount Hermon to the south of Hevron.

The obligation, yes indeed, it’s an obligation, to say “Thank You.”


Tu B’Shevat is Coming |Thinking Torah

January 15, 2013

It’s coming soon … just another week and a half … Tu B’Shevat.

Are you ready?

Tu B’Shevat is fun, but we need to remember to stay safe. Download the Fruit Checking Guide – it’s free.

The Ohr Olam Edition Mishnah Berurah – Book Review |Thinking Torah

January 6, 2013

The Ohr Olam Edition Mishnah Berurah is an impressive volume.

I’m sure that many people will want to add it to their Jewish library.

It’s a whole new translation of the classic sefer Mishnah Berurah. I’ve written a whole review of it. Check out me review before you buy.

Bibi Brown |Thinking Torah

November 22, 2012

Israel entered into a cease fire with Hamas Wednesday night..

As one resident of Sederot put it, “We cease and they fire.”

Thinking Torah goes political.

Thinking Torah on Jewish Blog Carnival |Thinking Torah

November 18, 2012

A new milestone.

Thinking Torah has been featured on the Jewish Blog Carnival – Haveil Havalim.

Each week a different blogger provides a summary of recent blog posts related to Judaism and Israel.

This week the Carnival was hosted by Esser Agaroth.

Take a look and enjoy the other articles.

What a shock – many of them talk about rockets.

How to be Spiritual |Thinking Torah

October 30, 2012

Our Sages tell us that Parashat Vayeira happened three days after Avraham circumcised himself. He was recovering from the circumcision and God appeared to him.

At this same time Avraham suddenly had more guests (Judaica Press translation):

Bereshit 18:2 And he lifted his eyes and saw, and behold, three men were standing beside him, and he saw and he ran toward them from the entrance of the tent, and he prostrated himself to the ground.

Though Avraham did not know it immediately, these three new visitors were angels.

Spirituality is within your grasp!

Avraham and Inspiration |Thinking Torah

October 24, 2012

Lech Lecha 5773

Yesterday I asked:
How did Avraham stay inspired all these years? Why didn’t the gaps, the long years of silence, wear him down?

I think Avraham used three techniques to keep himself inspired:

  • Observation
  • Tefillah
  • Teaching

Continuation of yesterday’s post about Avraham and his encounters with God.

How Many Times Did God Speak to Avraham? |Thinking Torah

October 23, 2012


It’s easy to get the wrong impression.

When we read the Chumash, it seems like every few lines God is speaking to someone.

You may say to yourself, “Well, if God would only speak to me, then life would certainly be easier!”

Because the Chumash is so “condensed,” we can sometimes lose sight of the time gaps between events.

Small Steps |Thinking Torah

October 18, 2012

You’ve done something amazing during the past month.

You’ve proved to yourselves that you can change.

If you can change, then you can improve.

How did you prove that you can improve? By making many small changes.

Is this perhaps the only way to really change and improve?

Seeking Tutoring Clients

October 16, 2012

Looking for a few serious tutoring clients

Do you want to learn Chumash?

Do you want to learn Gemara?

Do you struggle with your learning?

Do you want to improve your skills so that you can learn independently?

I now have the ability to accept 2 or 3 tutoring clients. Details are on this page of the Thinking Torah blog.