Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

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?

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.

Being Yourself – Parshat Beha’alotecha

Whether we wear the same jeans or the same suit – it’s all too easy to just follow the crowd, but to be close to G-d means being yourself.

Parshat Bamidbar – Music Maestro Please!

Order is one of the keys to success in life. In this video Rabbi Sinclair describes his early attempts at piano lessons – and the life lesson that they taught him.

The Maker’s Handbook – Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim

Would you decide that your car uses diesel instead of regular gas based on your instincts or your feelings? Why then do we often make vital life decisions without consulting The Maker’s Manual?

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 Shemini – Against The Flow

Apart from the fact that a kosher fish has to have fins and scales, if you see a fish swimming upstream – it’s a sign that it’s kosher. What can this teach us?

A Song For Shavuot – Ma Ashiv – The ‘Thank You!” Song

Even though these are difficult times, there's so much to so say "Thank You!" for.

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?