Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

Escape the Task Master! – Parshat Yitro

 Sometimes life just seems to be one obligation after another. Here’s a way to turn your tasks into life-enhancing positive experiences.

Parshat Beshalach – Where is God in the World?

Sometimes it’s difficult to see that there is Someone running this world. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re in good company because even Moses felt that way. What changed his mind?

Parshat Shemot – How I Became an Ambassador for Israel

In Egypt the Jewish People didn’t change their names, their dress, or their language. They were a very conspicuous minority. As we began – so we continue…

What does ‘Jew’ mean? – Parshat Vayigash

Dictionary.com says the verb ‘to jew means ‘to bargain sharply with; beat down in price (often followed by down).” But what is the real meaning of this name?

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.

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.

‘Tis the Season of Unboxing Videos!

Over the next few days billions of presents will be un-boxed – and many re-boxed! What is the fascination of watching people doing this?

Parshat Vayeshev -What is Life?

Can philosophy answer the question “What is life all about? Rabbi Sinclair suggests there is a way to self-knowledge and God-knowledge which goes beyond philosophy and yet is within the reach of each one of us.

Parshat Vayeitzei – TAXI!

An empty synagogue with nine empty taxis outside with their meters clocking up 80 shekels of waiting time. Can you guess what’s going on here? A heart warming story about the children still connecting back to the Fathers – and beyond.

Parshat Vayeira – The Ugly Duckling.

“There is no man who does not have his hour and no thing that does not have its place” (Ethics of the Fathers 4:3) And that’s true for even a little-used key on your keyboard. Can you guess what it is?

Parshat Lech Lecha – A Hitchiker’s Guide to Eternity

Stress is a killer. How can we deal with it? Rabbi Sinclair offers a solution based on an insight he had while hitchiking

Parshat Noach – “The Greatest Artist That Ever Lived”

The world’s greatest artist wasn’t Michaelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. So who was the greatest artist ever and why? Rabbi Sinclair gives his vote.

Parshat Bereishit – What’s the Most Important Thing in the World?

The Sabbath is the Jewish People’s greatest gift to the world. Why? Rabbi Sinclair gives one answer in this three minute video