Conversations with Albus Dumbledore and Break-fast Wisdom

Recently, my family and I were decorating the kids’ rooms with framed quotes from Albus Dumbledore. Among them were, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” and “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” What struck me about these particular quotes…

Our Lives are the Latest Torah Commentary

“ God’s intention in giving us the Torah… is not just performing particular actions that were commanded, but also to always observe and understand the divine lesson and spiritual insight hidden within them ” Rabbi Moshe Herrera What follows below is my translation of a remarkable essay by Rabbi Moshe Herrera (1878-1958) from which the…

What is “religious”?

What is the measure of a proper religious life? Is it the number of mitzvot someone performs? How strict one’s observance is? A spiritual aura? Rabbi Yitzhak Magriso (Turkey, 18th C.) in his Ladino commentary to Pirkei Avot, offers us a profound insight into this question as he comments upon the following mishnah: “(Rabbi Yohanan…

Summer Time Enrichment

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times – Bruce Lee I once asked a teacher of martial arts about this quote and he explained that what Bruce Lee meant was that the mastery of a single movement is far…