The Real Victory of Psalm 4

The Real Victory of Psalm 4

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz King David was a complicated person. Perhaps the most perplexing part of his life was his dual identities as a musician and as a warrior. David went from playing his harp to soothe King Saul, to having run from and fight his patron king. He...
Wherever You Go, There You Are

Wherever You Go, There You Are

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz I have a special personal connection with this week’s Torah reading. 31 years ago, I was a chef in a fancy restaurant in Manhattan. I had a cool motorcycle and lots of cash to party and play. I had long hair and a tattoo. But I was angry all...
Respond to Suffering Like King David

Respond to Suffering Like King David

By Rabbi Avi Baumol Throughout our lives, either for reasons we create, or for reasons unbeknownst to us, we experience tragedies, feel pain and suffer.  Why?   This Jobian question disturbs us throughout our period of distress, and continues to torment us if and when...
Noah’s Lesson of Faith

Noah’s Lesson of Faith

By Rafi Weinstein The story of Noah and the ark is a well-known and beloved Bible story. But one verse stands out as puzzling. After Noah builds the ark as God had commanded him, God instructs him to enter the ark with his family. When Noah does board the ark, the...