Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

June 11, 2014
Shelach 5774: Commandments, or Advice?

Last November I wrote a blog post, “Does God Care if Women Wear Tefillin?” where I put forth the idea that God is a “big picture” sort of force, and all the details in the commandments (mitzvot), as interpreted by the rabbis, are really advice for us on how to align with that force....
Read More »

To Bless, or Not to Bless? That is the Question.

June 3, 2014
To Bless, or Not to Bless?  That is the Question.

A few days ago someone posted a question on Facebook: if you are eating food that is not kosher, should you still say a blessing? Most traditional rabbis will instinctively say “no.”  After all, eating non-kosher food is a sin, and you shouldn’t say a blessing for doing a sin. There is also a...
Read More »

Dr. Leff’s Guide to Happiness

May 30, 2014
Dr. Leff’s Guide to Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy. America’s Declaration of Independence enshrines the “pursuit of happiness” as a core American value. I’ve written about “The Secret of Happiness” before – my conclusion then being that happiness is a result not a goal. Last week I read an article someone posted on Facebook about happiness: “The Way...
Read More »

Israel Trail Day 42: Crossing Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim

May 29, 2014
Israel Trail Day 42: Crossing Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim

May 20, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Makhtesh Ramon to Gevanim Distance: 24.6 km (15.3 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 865km / 536 miles When I tell people I’m doing the Israel Trail in sections, they often ask “how do you deal with getting back to your car?” I think I’ve now covered all the...
Read More »

Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

May 22, 2014
Bamidbar 5774 – Finding God in the Wilderness

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai …Numbers 1:1 Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been spending a lot of time in the desert lately. My 35th day on the Israel Trail, back in February, was my first “real day in the desert.” I’ve now spent 8 days...
Read More »

Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

May 18, 2014
Dick Laine, z”l (may his memory be a blessing)

I heard the sad news today that long-time friend Dick Laine passed away yesterday. Dick was a guy I found inspirational both personally and professionally. On the personal level, he took up running at the age of 50 when he found he couldn’t fit into his Army Reserve uniform (if my memory is correct...
Read More »

About (click on photo)

About (click on photo)

Join Reb Barry’s Email List

Enter your Email


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Reb Barry’s Book

Reb Barry’s Book


Get Adobe Flash player