Headlines »

minyan-innerstream.ca

The Minyan Effect

May 20, 2022 – 8:00 pm | 38 views

Minyan is a quorum of ten and it is a Jewish tradition to pray with a quorum. In fact, the holiest parts of prayer, the sanctification of G-d’s name and the chanting from the Torah, may only occur in the presence of a minyan. We believe that our prayers have …

Read the full story »
Parsha Insights

Where Biblical law and Torah tale is brought vividly to life

Concepts

The Jewish perspective on topical and controversial subjects

Life Cycle

Probing for meaning in our journey and its milestones.

Yearly Cycle

Discover depth and mystique in the annual Jewish festivals

Rabbi’s Desk

Seeking life’s lessons in news items and current events

B'Har, Coming of Age, Family Life »

Personal Liberation

May 15, 2022 – 5:25 pm |
liberation-innerstream.ca

Personal liberation from insecurity, worry, fear, doubt, or obsession, have been on my mind lately because I recently turned fifty. I am not usually one to dwell on birthdays, but this benchmark is not easily dismissed. Not because fifty seems old. It stopped seeming old a long time ago. But because fifty is a critical milestone on our life journey of spiritual growth.

It is a stage more than an age. If one doesn’t turn the corner and enter the new stage, what is the point of reaching this age? So, together with my many classmates who turn fifty this year, I have been contemplating and exploring its meaning.

I have come up with many angles, but I only have space for one of them in this essay. So, here goes. Read the full story »

Emor: The Shame Culture

May 7, 2022 – 11:11 pm |
shame-innerstream.ca

A shame culture is one in which the individual is pressured to conform to the collective. Deviation from cultural norms is punishable by public shaming and ostracism. In a shame culture, people carefully groom their public personas—the image acceptable to the majority. A shame culture operates under the assumption that …

Hateful Speech And Elon Musk

May 1, 2022 – 12:20 am |
hateful-speech-innerstream

Hateful Speech
Elon Musk has purchased Twitter and pledged to allow free speech within the limits of the law. Many people are upset about this and believe that any speech that makes someone feel uncomfortable should be curbed. They argue that unfettered speech on Twitter, will open the door to hateful …

We Are Needed

April 24, 2022 – 1:54 pm |
needed-innerstream.ca

What are we needed for? A Chasid once poured out his heart to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi about his many needs. The Rebbe replied, you told me everything you need, but you said not a word about what you are needed for.
We often ask for the things we need, …

Passover: A Mashiach Perspective

April 19, 2022 – 1:25 pm |
mashiach-innerstream

On the last day of Passover, we celebrate the coming of Mashiach—the ultimate liberation of our people from exile. This tradition was revealed by the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism, and has since gained momentum in Jewish communities around the world.
The highlight is the festive meal at the end …

Passover: Four Problems Four Solutions

April 10, 2022 – 12:33 am |
four-innerstream.ca

Passover seems obsessed with the number four. We drink four cups of wine, children ask four questions, and four sons ask questions in the Hagadah.  It is the evening of questions and answers, of learning and discussion, and it all centers around four.
You see, there are four sons, the wise …

Metzora: Will Smith

April 2, 2022 – 10:03 pm |
will-smith

For more than a week, we have been hearing tales about Mr. Will Smith striking Mr. Chris Rock at the Oscars. What is the worst part of this tale, that it happened or that we have talked so much about it?
The name of our parshah is metzorah—one who contracts the …

Tazria: When Will Mashiach Come

March 27, 2022 – 12:09 am |
Mashiach-innerstream.ca

We are entering the month of Nisan, a month of overarching growth. I call it overarching because the growth exceeds any effort that we might invest. When our ancestors were in Egypt, they didn’t work to secure their liberation from bondage. It was handed to them freely by G-d. Nothing …

Purim: The Boring Moments

March 12, 2022 – 9:47 pm |
boring-moments

The boring moments are, well, boring. Why do we need them, can’t G-d just give us a short life filled with thrills rather than a long life with long stretches of boring moments? Who wants to be stuck in traffic or wait on line at the supermarket? Who wants to …