Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair

Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair has been part of Ohr Somayach since 1987. Rabbi Sinclair gives a daily Gemara shiur in the Intermediate Program and a weekly philosophy shiur in the Mechina Program. He is a senior staff writer of the Torah internet publications Ohrnet, Torah Weekly and Seasons of the Moon. His articles have been published in many journals and magazines including the Jewish Observer, American Jewish Spirit, AJOP Newsletter, Zurich’s Die Jüdische Zeitung, South African Jewish Report and many others. His first book Seasons of the Moon – the Auerbach Edition

Shavuot – The Empty Landscape – Sivan

Pesach has matza, the Seder, the four cups of wine, "Ma nishtana.…" Succot has the Four Species and the succah. Shavuot, however, has no single identifying mitzva, no recognizable landmark in its scenery. Why?

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People – Parshat Bechukotai

Nothing is as challenging to our faith as seeming injustice and tragedy. How does a believing person reconcile an apparently cruel world with an Omnipotent and Merciful Creator?

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.

Comfort in Time of Loss – Parshat Tazria

What's the connection between working in a recording studio and eating non-kosher food?

“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?
Rabbi Sinclair's book on the weekly Parsha - https://www.israelbookshoppublications.com/store/pc/The-Color-of-Heaven-54p652.htm

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.