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

Big on the Little Things – Parshat Eikev

The whole human frame stands on the tiny heel bone, so too our relationships 'stand' on the little things.

The Power of Prayer – Parshat Va’etchanan

Praying every day isn't easy. But if you've ever prayed well - even once - it leaves you a different person. Moshe says in Parshat Va'etchanan, “And I beseeched God at that time saying,” the phrase “at that time saying” seems redundant, but Moshe was hinting here to a prayer for the future."

True Love – A Story for Tisha B’Av

The Satmar Rov was well known as a fierce defender of Jewish values, but there is another side to him that is less well-known. A heart-warming story for Tisha B'Av.

Respect Yourself- Respect Others

The tragedy of Tisha B'Av begins with the sin of the Spies and their lack of self-respect.

The Cancel Culture

"Sinat Chinam" - Dislike of the Unlike - is the cause of the destruction of the Jewish People throughout the ages. The cancer of the 'cancel culture' is still well and alive today. It's easy to respect people when they think and behave exactly the way we do, but true respect means respecting people even when they are wrong.

A Man of Spirit – Parshat Pinchas

An artist may be able to create without knowing how to teach others how to create. That doesn't make him less of an artist. But even if an artist is not a great teacher, given a pupil of spirit, that pupil will flourish with very little instruction. Yehoshua's was like the Moon. Because he was 'a man of spirit', he shone from the inspiration of his teacher Moshe.

The Three Weeks (Jewish Understanding)

The five tragedies of Shiva Assar B'Tamuz correspond to the first Heh in YKVK, and the five of Tisha B'Av correspond to the second Heh

Extras in Our Own Epic – Parshat Balak

There’s something unusual about Parshat Balak. It’s the only parsha in the Torah where the Jewish People, the “stars of the show” seem to only have a “walk-on” part. We see Bilam and Balak close up as they plot to destroy the Jewish People, but Israel is only seen in the background – almost off-camera. Why is this?

Christianity And Islam – Two Legs Of Exile (Jewish Understanding)

There’s something unusual about Parshat Balak. It’s the only parsha in the Torah where the Jewish People, the “stars of the show” seem to only have a “walk-on” part. We see Bilam and Balak close up as they plot to destroy the Jewish People, but Israel is only seen in the background – almost off-camera. Why is this?

It Takes a Lot of Faith to Be an Atheist – Parshat Chukat

When opening up their morning newspaper, why do atheists turn to the horoscope page?