Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

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?

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.