About the Author


Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis was the founder and president of Hineni, and a lecturer, radio and television personality, newspaper columnist, and author of "Jewish Soul On Fire" (Wm. Morrow), "The Committed Life," "The Committed Marriage" (HarperCollins) and "Life Is A Test" (Mesorah/Art Scroll).


The Covenant of Mutual Responsibility

The study of the parashah is not only the study of our past, our present, our future, but most...

Happiness Is An Obligation

This parashah opens with the mitzvah of bikkurim, which requires that we bring the first fruits of...

Sensitzing Your Heart

This parashah contains more mitzvos than any other parashah, and they are mitzvos that encompass...

God and Kings

Each passage in the parashah can be understood on many different levels. We are told that when our...

Choice and Giving

Free Will: It's Up to Us! See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse."[1] We are...

Maintaining Closeness With God

This parashah commences with the verse "This shall be the reward when you hearken to these...

Pillars of Jewish Faith

In Parashas Va'eschanan there are many of the pillars of our faith: the Ten Commandments, the...

How to Criticize Without Offending

Deuteronomy, the fifth Book of the Torah, is also referred to as Mishnah Torah - a review of the...

Life's Journeys

The reading of Parashas Masei always coincides with the season that marks Jewish suffering and...

Facing Life's Battles

YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND Parashas Mattos reminds us of the timeless values that have distinguished...

Love, Commitment and Passion

This theme of love, commitment, and passion runs throughout the parashah. In the opening verses,...

Wake-Up Calls: Are You Ready to Listen?

Time and again in this parashah we encounter the infinite compassion and loving-kindness of Hashem...

Voids Left By Those Who Die

In this parashah, we encounter the deaths of two of our spiritual giants, Aaron and Miriam. With...

The Roots of All Evil

Korah, a cousin of Moses from the distinguished tribe of the Levites, falls prey to two of the...

Relevant Lessons From the Spies

Very often we experience what we believe to be the punitive hand of God, but the Almighty is our...

Elevate Your Life

In this parashah, Aaron is commanded to kindle the lights of the Menorah, but a most unusual...

Blessings For All Eternity

In this parashah, the Almighty God imparts to us the Threefold Priestly Blessing. These blessings...

We All Count

With Parashas Bamidbar, we commence the fourth of the Five Books of Moses. This Book is also known...

Coincidence or the Hand of God?

The Book of Leviticus ends with a somber warning. God admonishes us to beware of the terrible fate...

Total Trust in God

Our parashah begins with the commandment of shemittah (the Sabbatical year), which means that...

Reaching Beyond Yourself

In the opening verse of our parashah, God instructs Moses, "Say to the Kohanim ..."[1]...

The Path to Holiness

Acharei Mos-Kedoshim focus on sanctity. We, the Jewish people, are not only mandated to adhere to...

The Power of Speech: Death and Life Are in the Tongue

This week's parashah deals with the illness of tzaraas (spiritual leprosy), which in Biblical...

A Terrible Tragedy

On the very day that the dedication of the Temple took place, Nadab and Abihu, the two noble sons...

Would God Approve?

The last chapter of this parashah contains a puzzling passage, "This is the thing that God...

The Meaning of Sacrifice

In discussing a man's obligation to offer sacrifices, the Torah departs from its usual expression...

Will It and It Shall Be

"Every man whose heart inspired him came; and everyone whose spirit motivated him brought the...

Measure Your Worth

Sometimes we wonder whether such puny individuals as ourselves can make an impact on world events,...

Moses: Putting Himself On the Line

Now you shall command the Children of Israel that they shall take for you pure olive oil, pressed,...

A Solution to Every Problem

Our Sages teach us that at Mount Sinai we attained such majestic heights that, if not for the sin...

Good Is Not Good Enough

"And these are the ordinances that you shall place before them" (Exodus 21:1). This...

The Art of Listening

Revelation at Sinai, the greatest moment in the annals of mankind, is recorded in this parashah....

The Song of Faith

Converting despair into hope.

Exodus: Elevating Yourself and Others

At the beginning of the parashah, we are told that one of God's goals for the Exodus from Egypt...

Comfort and Consolation

God spoke to Moses and Aaron and commanded them regarding the children of Israel.... (Exodus...

Quality of a Great Jewish Leader

... Joseph died, and all his brothers and that entire generation. The Children of Israel were...

An Eternal Blessing

In this parashah, Jacob, on his deathbed, blesses all his children, assigns them their unique...

Positive Criticism and What It Means to Be a Jew

This parashah is perhaps the most emotional parashah in the Torah. After 22 years of separation,...

Joseph's Brothers and the Art of Repentance

It starts with taking responsibility for your own actions.

Hatred and Peace

In this week's parashah, we read the story of Joseph's betrayal by his brothers. This is one of...

Formula for Survival

Jacob’s message for Jews today living in exile.

Recognizing the Truth

In this week's parashah we discover how we might best develop our spiritual potential and find...

Nature or Nurture: It's All In Our Hands

In Parashas Toldos, we find that when Esau was born, he emerged from the womb red in...

Jewish Character Traits

How Abraham’s acts of kindness teach us practical lessons for life.

Abraham’s Tests

In this week’s Torah portion, the history of the Jewish people commences. Until now, in the...

Ark Rehab

The parashah tells us: "These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a man, righteous and pure...

The Power of Words

The significance and holiness of words and speech.

The Sound of Heaven

On Rosh Hashanah, the shofar reminds us of a higher calling.

When the Tests are Miracles

Divine Providence or coincidence? The choice – and challenge – is yours.

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