About the Author


Rabbi Eli Scheller

Originally from New York, Rabbi Eli Scheller has spent a significant amount of time in Israel, training as an outreach professional, lecturing and leading Shabbatons. Rabbi Eli’s keen understanding and appreciation of people, and penchant for music, led him to spearhead an organization of repute to inspire teens at risk. After earning his rabbinical ordination from Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, Rabbi Eli moved to Los Angeles, where he shared the melody of Torah-living with many students, Hollywood admirers and celebrities. His love for people infuses an unforgettable dimension into his encounters, which inspires men and women across the Jewish spectrum.

Currently, Rabbi Eli resides in Baltimore, with his wife, Chavie, and their three kids, where he teaches and inspires Jews through his program, J-BAL, a division of Etz Chaim.

Click here to buy Rabbi Scheller’s book, A Minute Vort.


Improving Your Reproving

You shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him. (Lev. 19:17) The Talmud (1)...

Knowing Is Not Enough!

Hashem spoke to Moshe after the death of Aharon's two sons… Speak to Aaron, your brother -...

"You Think I'm Bad?!..."

If he is poor and his means are not sufficient... (Lev. 14:21) The offerings of a wealthy and...

Speech - Use It, Don't Abuse It

If a tzaraas affliction will be in a person... (Lev. 13:9) Lashon hara (negative speech) is a...

Kind To All Kinds

These shall you abominate from among the birds, they may not be eaten - they are an abomination:...

It's a Miracle!

This is the law of the feast peace-offering that one will offer to Hashem: If he shall offer it...

Seeing is Believing

Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When a man among you brings an offering to...

Where Are You Coming From??

Moshe gathered the entire assembly of the children of Israel… The entire assembly of the...

The Day of Opportunity

However, you must observe my Shabbos, for it is a sign between Me and you for your generations, to...

We Expect Respect

You shall make on its (mantle) hem pomegranates of turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, on its hem...

In Proportion to Exertion

Shoham stones and stones for the settings, for the Ephod and the Breastplate. (Ex. 25:7) The...

Don't Wait. Donate!

If you take your fellow's garment as security, until sunset shall you return it to him. ...so it...

United or Untied

And Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain. (Ex. 19:2) In the Pesach Haggadah it states,...

The Appreciation of a Nation

It happened on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, and they did not find....

Different Strokes for Different Folks

And so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son's son that I made mockery of Egypt...

One Size DOES NOT Fit All !

This was the Aaron and Moshe... (Ex. 6:26) Rashi notes that in some places the Torah mentions...

Brotherly Love

She opened it and saw him, the boy, and behold! A youth was crying. She took pity on him and said,...

Become a Leader

Reuven, you are my firstborn... Due to the hastiness like water, you cannot be foremost, since you...

Keep Smiling!

Pharaoh said to Yaakov, “How many are the days of the years of your life?”...

Caught in the Web!

Then they said to one another, "Indeed we are guilty concerning our brother, inasmuch as we...

Look For The Signs

Behold! A caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, their camels bearing spices, balsam, and...

Friends. Forever?

Rescue me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Eisav. (32:12) Yaakov was on...

Care to Share?

And whatever You will give me, I shall repeatedly tithe it to you. (Gen. 28:22) The Shulchan...

To Lie Or Not To Lie?

Yaakov said to his father, "It is I, Esav your firstborn" (Gen. 27:19) Yaakov came to...

"It's Good Enough For Me!"

[Avraham says to Eliezer] "And I will have you swear by Hashem, God of heaven and God of...

Real Kindness

Avraham came forward and said, “Will You also stamp out the righteous along with the...

Test Time!

Hashem said to Avram, "Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your...

Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; make the ark with compartments, and cover it inside and...

The Giant Within

Never again has there arisen in Israel a prophet like Moshe, who Hashem had known face to...

Steady Study

So now, write this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel. (Deut....

The Joy Ride

You are standing today, all of you, before Hashem, your God. (Deut. 29:9) It was the first day...

The Ultimate Supplier

And you shall take of the first of every fruit of the ground... (Deut. 26:2) The Parsha begins...

Don't Give Up!

If a man will have a wayward and rebellious son... (Deut. 21:18) The "Rebellious son"...

Righteous Righteousness

Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue. (Deut. 16:20) In the beginning of the parsha the...

Some Clarity in Charity

Rather, you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking...

Welcome!

You shall love the proselyte for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deut. 10:19) Aaron...

No Pain, No Gain

You shall not recognize the gods of others in my presence. (Deut. 5:7) In the olden days idol...

Stop, Think, Act!

All of you approached me and said, "Let us send men ahead of us and let them spy out the...

The Way to Pray

For the Children of Israel and the proselyte and resident among them shall these six cities be a...

The Danger of Anger

Moshe was angry with the commanders of the army... (Num. 31:14) The laws of koshering utensils...

The Power of Consistency

Hashem said to Moshe, "Take to yourself Yehoshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit,...

When in Doubt, Don't Shout

The she-donkey said to Bilaam, "Am I not your she-donkey that you have ridden all your life...

The Attitude of Gratitude

Speak to the rock before their eyes that it shall give its waters… Then Moshe raised his...

One Step At a Time

And they shall place upon the tzitzis of each corner a thread of turquoise wool. (Num....

Doing the Motions With the Emotions

Aharon did so; toward the face of the Menorah he kindled its lamps, as God had commanded...

Not Again!

The leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers' household, brought offerings... (Num....

Keep Digging!

All their countings were six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. (Num. 1:46) A...

Join the Team

Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand. (Lev....

Reaching Greatness!

They shall be holy to their God and they shall not desecrate the name of their God. (Num....

United We Stand

You shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him. (Lev. 19:17) Dan was on a...

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