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

Ishmael And Eisav, The Two Legs Of Exile (Jewish Understanding)

Why are the Arabs so successful in turning the world against the Jewish State?

Leading a Double Life (Jewish Understanding)

Judaism is about turning the present into the future before it becomes the past. The couples that are buried in the Cave of Machpela exemplified this idea.

The Speed of Time – Parshat Chayei Sara

Why is it that time seems to go faster the older we get?

Surviving In Sodom (Weekly Parsha – Parshas Vayeira)

Beneath the great evil of Sodom, there was a universal truth.

At the Heights of the Universe – Parshat Vayera

God gave us an enormous power: Our every action can send positive energy to the heights of the Universe, and from there that energy descends to this world to heal and to bless.

Is It Better to Travel Hopefully? (Weekly Parsha – Parshas Lech Lecha)

Robert Louis Stevenson said, “It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.” Parshat Lech Lecha teaches us that failing to see something through to the end can be one of the most destructive things in a person's life.

War of the Worlds – Parshat Lech Lecha

In Parshat Lech Lecha, the Torah devotes a whole chapter to a seemingly unimportant Canaanite war. Why?

What’s in a Name? – Noach

The three sons of Noach (Noah) represent three world views: "The world is what I can feel." "The world is what I can know." And "The world is more than I can know." Their three names reveal this.

The Hum of the Universe – The Month of Tishrei

If you have the ears to hear, there is no silence at the heart of silence. There is music. A song being sung to the Creator of all.

Why Are the Prayers of Yom Kippur So Repetitive?

We confess ten times on Yom Kippur for our sins, and we seem to say the Thirteen Attributes of God's mercy over and over again. Is all this repetition really necessary?

Allegiance to the Monarch – Parshat Vayelech

Last year was the Shmitta (Sabbatical) year. When the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) stood, at the end of the Shmitta year during the festival of Sukkot, the king would read from the Torah to the entire nation. This mitzva symbolized his kingship. Is it mere coincidence that the year of the coronation of King Charles III coincides with this mitzva?