About the Author

Rabbi Boruch Leff

Rabbi Boruch Leff is a vice-principal at Torah Institute in Baltimore. "Are You Growing?" (Feldheim), his just released book, is a must read if you want to grow spiritually. Click here for info on the book.

Me, A Zaidy?

I cringed inside every time my granddaughter called me Zaidy.

How Jury Duty Prepared Me for Rosh Hashanah

I thought jury duty was going to be waste of time. Instead it changed my life.

Dying with Faith

My father gave us the most important speech of his life.

Neil Armstrong’s High Holiday Lesson

Ten words that changed the world.

Climbing Mount Washington

In a matter of minutes, I went from feeling hero to fool.

Let's Not Let Passover Pass Over

Let's Not Let Passover pass over

Debt Ceiling and Tisha B’Av

Raising our personal debt ceiling for tolerance and peace will bring down the spiritual debt of our nation.

Will We Remember Leiby in a Month?

How to make a permanent change for Leiby's memory.

Turning 40

For my 40th birthday, I decided to dream again.

Facing the Music

A year after my mother's death, I couldn't bring myself to listen to music again.

Dealing with Death

Death ends a life, not a relationship.


How to hype up your life.

Correcting Our Vision

Why did God create so many of us with faulty vision?

Deep Water Test

The secret to making lasting changes.

Shabbos and Competition

We should only be competitive with ourselves.

God At The Crossroads Of Our Lives

Jerry and his wife, Karen, were facing a crisis. They had moved to Wheeling, West Virginia from...

Turn On the Lights

Why do we signify Shabbat's entry by lighting up the lights?

Shmini Atzeret: Simcha Without the Sukkah?

We have a difficult problem to address. Sukkot is called "Zman Simchateinu," the Season of our Joy...

The Shema, Our Emotions, and Our Commandments

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of blessed memory, was once walking in the corridor toward the Main Study...

Facing Death Properly

Death. We never truly wish to face the fact that one day we will eventually die. Yet, we ignore it...

The Weekly Wedding

What does it mean that Shabbat is married to the Jewish people?

Capital Punishment and Curbing Crime

You would get the impression from a few verses in Parshas Masay that the Torah takes the crime of...

Is the Torah Anti-Semitic?

Who would write such negative, detrimental, and destructive descriptions of the Jewish people?

Losing Weight this Passover

Passover's solution to why diets don't work.

Why Clouds?

Mystical lessons within the clouds.

Do Animals Have Rights?

"We condemn totally the infliction of suffering upon our brother animals, and the curtailment of...

Snow: The Dark Side

The blizzard hits and life goes haywire. Understanding the mystical challenge can make it a gorgeous blanket of snow.

Parenting Advice

We all try to be perfect parents. We all know how difficult it is to be a perfect parent. And...

Sefira Beards and Beacons

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg's insights on the mourning period for Rebbe Akiva's students.

Sabbatical Year: Unraveling the Torah's Authorship

The laws of Shmita provide compelling evidence that a human being did not write the Torah.

Following the Rabbi's Lead

In Israel, religious political parties generally consult spiritual leaders on a wide range of...

God's Love for Us

Have you ever felt uninspired in your Judaism? Did you ever wonder if there was some kind of...

The Pursuit of Happiness

Yes, we all are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Life and liberty come...

Losing Weight this Passover

Passover's solution to why diets don't work.

Status as a Symbol

The topics of repentance and Yom Kippur need not be all fire and brimstone. There is much about...

Is Competition Healthy?

Sadly, Moshe prepares to leave the stage in this week's Parsha, Vayelech. He declares that he will...

A Personal God

Elul. The very mention of this repentance-filled, preparatory month before Rosh Hashana, the...

Cells of One Organism

Every Jew is part of Klal Yisrael, the Jewish nation.

Loud Libraries

Libraries are usually quiet places to allow for contemplation and concentration. Yet, if you walk...

Surviving a Spiritual Recession

How to get through life's ups and downs.

Children and Sacrifices

No, we will not be discussing child sacrifice, but rather, the sacrifices parents make for their...

Exile and Its Egregious Effects

We may not notice it as much as previous generations did due to the relative good relations with...

If Dogs Could Talk

Seeing versus hearing – which sense would you choose?

Appreciating the Process

"First, I was dying to finish high school. Then, I was dying to finish college. After that, I was...

Remembering Sinai

Seeing the profundity, logic and beauty in Torah.

It's Not Really the Thought That Counts

For the past several years, our brethren in Israel have faced terrorism of the most horrendous...

Give War a Chance

"War is a crime against humanity." "There is no such thing as a justified war." These are...

Success That Hurts

The headlines shock us. It seems like every few weeks the newspapers report more and more crime...

Killing With Love

We know that sometimes people ignore the message and kill the messenger. Judaism actually teaches...

Learning how to lead

The first Rashi in Parshat Be'Ha'alotcha raises a puzzling question. (Loose translation): "Why...

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