Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

65 Videos

Tammuz – The Burning of the Torah

A hallmark of all repressive regimes is book burning. One of the tragedies that we mourn on the 17th of Tammuz is the burning of the Torah – the ultimate repression of the ultimate “book.” Having trouble viewing this video? Please click here to see additional formats.

Sivan – Hearing is Believing

The ‘Shema’ is the basic credo of the Jewish People – that God is One. But why do we say, “Hear O Israel!” rather than “See O Israel!” or “Know O Israel!? Having trouble viewing this video? Please click here to see additional formats.

Av – IBM and the Nazis

How were the Nazis able to carry out the Holocaust - something extremely complex - without a computer?

The Secret of the Dreidel

The dreidel – a children’s game, played in the firelight of a cold winter night, the Menorah silently glowing in the window. The dreidel – so seemingly insignificant – and yet this little dreidel contains the story of the Jewish people; the history of the whole world.

Inheritance and Bequest – Parshat Re’eh

The only thing we have to give is the giving itself – everything else belongs to G-d

Wedding In A Pandemic – Parshat Tazria

For centuries, ‘Leprosy’ has been the translation of ‘Tzara’at’ – a skin disease mentioned in this week’s Parsha. If Tzar’at really was leprosy, then how could people rub shoulders at a wedding if the groom had leprosy?

Parshat Tetzave – Throw Away Your Props!

Sometimes in life we can mistake the nonsense for the essence. The tallit reminds us to keep our eye on what is really important.

How to Beat Depression – Parshat Miketz

How do you take the wisdom of happiness into the despair of depression? Happiness and depression are like two worlds that have absolutely no point of communication. Based on Parshat Miketz, Rabbi Sinclair suggests a way on lightening the days when everything seems black.