Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

A Birthright Experience – Parshat Toldot

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?

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.

The Hum of the Universe – Tishrei

The World was created in Tishrei with the “Big Bang.” The “Big Bang” gets quieter all the time – but you can still hear it humming its song…

Elul – A Jewish New Year’s Eve?

With only a few days till the end of the Jewish year, shouldn’t we be breaking out the Champagne and the party hats?

“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Elul

Elul is a time of spiritual growth, but can we really grow by leaps and bounds?

Inheritance and Bequest – Parshat Re’eh

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

Av – IBM and the Nazis

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

The Song Remains the Same – Parshat Masei

The Jews have been wandering in exile for the last 2000 years. What is the mystical purpose of this journey?

The Self-Made Man – Parshat Mattot

More elusive than the Yetti or the Loch Ness Monster is a species that no one had ever positively identified – The Self-Made Man

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.

The World’s Most Infectious Plague – Parshat Chukat

The most infectious disease in the world isn’t Bubonic Plague; it isn’t Anthrax; it isn’t even Covid 19. The world’s most infectious disease in this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Chukat.

The Color of Heaven – Parshat Korach

Racial prejudice – War – Poverty – Violence – Intolerance — The dream of peace seems to be as far away today as it’s ever been. Why is that?

Looking For Trouble – Parshat Shelach

You can go through life as a tourist – or as an inspector. A tourist is looking to be impressed. An inspector is looking for trouble. Why did the spies that Moshe sent into the Land of Israel become inspectors instead of tourists?