Daily Devotionals

Buds and Blossoms

June 6, 2013 - 5:00 am

Tibetan monks engage in a very interesting art form. They create mandalas – intricately designed pieces of art – with coloured sand. Read more…

Arguments for Heaven’s Sake

June 5, 2013 - 5:00 am

Judaism differentiates between acrimonious arguments and “arguments for the sake of heaven.” The first is destructive, the other constructive. Read more…

The Only True Possessions

June 4, 2013 - 5:00 am

Korah was an extremely wealthy man. Even today, the expression used in Hebrew to describe an affluent person is “as rich as Korah.” Read more…

Unforgettable

June 3, 2013 - 5:00 am

This week’s Torah portion is called Korach, after the person Korah, whose story is the focus of the reading. Korah was jealous of Moses’ position of leadership so he began a rebellion against him. Read more…

Israel’s Not-So-Secret Weapon

June 2, 2013 - 5:00 am

The secret of the immortality of the Jews is actually no secret at all. God says very clearly that He will preserve the Jews and bring them back to Israel. Read more…

Complete Turnaround

May 31, 2013 - 5:00 am

It’s difficult for people to change even when the truth is staring them in the eye. Read more…

Gratitude for it All

May 17, 2013 - 5:00 am

A major part of the Shavuot festivities is missing today. In Temple times, the highlight of the holiday was the bringing of the “first fruits” as an offering to God. Read more…

Celebrating Failure

May 16, 2013 - 5:00 am

Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, celebrates the giving of the Ten Commandments to the children of Israel, and through them, to the entire world. Read more…

Making Inspiration Real

May 15, 2013 - 5:00 am

Going to the movies in Israel, you can almost forget where you are. The comfortable seats, popcorn and soda — it feels like the good old Canadian movie theatres that we grew up with… Read more…

The Priestly Blessing

May 14, 2013 - 5:00 am

Judaism teaches that a person must emulate his Creator. The Sages teach, “Greet every man with a pleasant expression of countenance.” Read more…