Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

Respect For Others – The Month of Iyar

Nineteen hundred years ago, the twenty-five thousand pupils of Rebbe Akiva all died in the days of the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot. This was a punishment for not treating each other with enough respect. The majority of the days Omer are in the month of Iyar. Thus Iyar is a time for us to work on improving respect for others.

“What’s So Wrong With Bread?” – the Month of Nissan

Everyone knows you can't eat bread on Pesach, but what's so wrong with bread?
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Tying the Knot – Parshat Vayikra

The Book of Vayikra begins a series of complex laws about the service of the Holy Temple, but even though the laws of the Torah are precise, they require individual creativity.

The Ultimate Labor Saver – Parshat Vayakhel

Man has always dreamed about a robot that would do everything for him. But the ultimate labor saver has been around for more than three thousand years.

Unmasked: Purim and the Meaning of Anti-Semitism

Sometimes rather than endangering lives, throwing away your mask can save lives. A message for Purim.

Do You Believe in God? – Parshat Teruma

Each one of us can make our lives a space of holiness and feel the presence of God. Here's how...

Gateway to Eternal Life – The Month of Shevat

There's a deeper side to the festival of Tu B'Shevat - the New Year for trees. It is also the celebration of our eternal life.

Kindness and Truth – Parshat Vayechi

Why does the Torah call the prohibition of incest 'kindness'? Why didn't Jacob want to be buried in Egypt?

Stress is Good For You! – Parshat Vayeshev

Researchers believe that some stress can help to fortify the immune system. For instance, stress can improve how your heart works and protect your body from infection. But on a deeper level, rising to challenges and overcoming them is the essence of life.

Tradition! – Parshat Vayishlach

Tradition is more than chicken soup. It's more than borscht or bagels and lox. It's more than a fiddler on the roof. It's the reason why the Jewish People believe in God.

Why Pray? – Parshat Vayetze

How can a Jew pray three times a day with almost exactly the same words? What if I don't WANT to pray? Am I supposed to open my heart with a can opener? Am I some kind of robot? Watch this video to find out the answer.

Hollywood Exposed – Kislev

What is Hollywood's real agenda? An expose of Hollywood and its connection to the festival of Chanuka - Seasons Of The Moon - Kislev

A Birthright Experience – Parshat Toldot

A university student experiences a life-changing birthright experience at a Jerusalem Shabbat table.

The Perfect Host – Parshat Vayera

The Arabs and the Jews both share a reputation for being excellent hosts. Where does this come from, and how can you be the perfect host?

Hush! the Month of Cheshvan

Cheshvan is the time to reflect on the soul cleansing of Rosh Hashana and the other festivals of the great month of Tishrei.