Rabbi Becher describes his Thanksgiving weekend, which he spent at the Agudath Yisrael Convention in Connecticut. View this video directly on Vimeo.
As the weather gets colder one of the things that I have been thinking of is chapped skin. Yes, my hands get very rough and chapped. I use a hand cream on them, but, when I put on my tie I can actually feel the fabric catching on my skin! I cannot help thinking that [...]
I did a lot of traveling over summer – I was in Israel, Vietnam, Thailand, Sicily and Southern Italy. It was incredibly helpful and convenient to my phone with me. I was able to be in contact with the other people in the group with whom I was traveling; I was able to be in [...]
Prayer as an Encounter with G-d View this video directly on Vimeo.
What did Yitzchak see in his son Esau that he favored him over his son Jacob? View this video directly on Vimeo.
One of the most fundamental principles of Judaism is the belief in human free will. No one is born righteous, and no is born evil; it is the person’s choice to be good or evil. Morality, reward and punishment, and indeed the entire purpose of creation, are all predicated upon free will. In this week’s [...]
The words "prayer", "rest" and "soul" all share the same word in Hebrew. Rabbi Mordechai Becher examines why this is so, and what is the deeper meaning of the connection between these words. View this video directly on Vimeo.
This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, relates the details of the first Jewish burial, that of our Matriarch, Sarah. I felt that it would be appropriate to address the subject of burial and the treatment of the body in this week’s essay. The human body is the vehicle that God has given the soul in [...]
Now that we have transitioned from the month of Tishrei, full of festivals and special days and prayers, we arrive at MarCheshvan, a month completely devoid of any festivals or special days. I think that during this time it is worthwhile to focus on our regular, daily prayers and their significance. During the morning service [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher looks at Abraham the Patriarch and the City of Sodom, and then at Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, and concludes that one should see the good by being good. View this video directly on Vimeo.