Askmoses-A Jews Resource
Why do we eat Matzah on Passover?
Browse our archives

Scholars

Askmoses scholars are carefully selected to bring the best of Jewish knowledge to you. Each scholar studied Judaism, Jewish History, Jewish Culture and is a recognized communicator and teacher in his or her community. Many are world-class authors and lecturers as well as practicing rabbis. The scholars live all over the world and express their knowledge to you from their point of view, 24/6. Get to know our scholars by reading their backgrounds.


Rabbi Eliezer Gurkow

Location: London, Ontario Canada

Born: 1972, Boston, Massachusetts

Background: He was ordained in 1995, and serves as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Tefilah. He is a well-known speaker. Before he settled in Canada, he traveled from New Haven, CT to Postville, IA, to Sydney, Australia, to Singapore and Marina Del Rey, CA. He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife Basie and their four children.

"Believe in yourself. Listen to the voice of your soul. The potential is there, you need only bring it out."

Scholar's Hours:
Sundays 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fridays 7:00 am - 10:00 am


Articles by this author:

prev  1-10 11-20 21-29  

Simchat Torah: Circular Logic

Two Types There are two types of people; the first sees tragedy, the other sees opportunity. If their homes go up in flames, the first would reflect on the beautiful home that was, the second would contemplate the even more beautiful home that can soon be. Replacing the Shattered Tablets As we approach Simchat...

How do Orthodox Jews meet their future spouse without inter-gender mingling?

The Short Answer: The Matchmaker. The Askmoses Answer:   Had Isaac and Rebecca met in the modern age their courtship might have looked something like this. Isaac would notice Rebecca at the well and take in her good looks. From the corner of his eye he would fix her with a surreptitious gaze, which...

Deep Sea Diving

The Gardens Seeking an escape from the fast pace of the big city, I used to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Strolling along quiet lanes, I would breathe in the fragrance and enjoy the scenic beauty. Sitting peacefully by the pond, I would close my eyes and try to leave the city behind. The gardens were...

Piercing the Veil of Earth

The Debate When Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive the Torah the angels objected. “G-d,” they declared, “Do you intend to squander this precious commodity on mankind? 1 G-d instructed Moses to respond and he did. “The Torah expressly forbids idolatry, murder, adultery and...

A Debt to G-d

A Prosaic Portion The memory of the Ten Commandments at Sinai is stamped into the collective psyche of the Jewish people. It was the piece de resistance of spiritual achievement. A transcendental moment; our souls luxuriated in the presence of the divine, freed from the shackles of vanity and materialism. It is...

In the Trenches

The Pawn What is your favorite piece on the chess board? The queen, horse, castle and bishop are all important, but the pawn has one capacity that the others don't, growth. The pawn is not at all versatile, it crawls forward one step at a time, yet when it reaches the other side, it can be transformed into...

Passover: A Wise Meditation

The Wise Son On the first night of Passover we are introduced to the four sons of the Haggadah. 1 Drawing on various verses from the Torah, the Haggadah teaches us that there are four types of students: the wise, the wicked, the foolish and the one who knows not how to ask. The wise one, what does he say?...

Passover: A Personal Liberation

Four Redemptions When G-d informed Moses of the exodus from Egypt he provided four descriptions of the coming redemption. "I will bring them out from under the burdens of Egypt. I will save them from their bondage. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and I will take you to me for a people." It...

Timeless Moments

Never Again “Time is money,” or so goes the common refrain. It is intended to underscore the importance of every moment. You wouldn't discard a dollar so why waste a moment? The point is well taken, but the comparison is not equitable. Time is not money, it is much more than money. A lost penny...

What defines Judaism?

Why be Jewish? As a rabbi I am often asked why it is important to be Jewish. A plethora of answers are offered, but only one is intellectually honest. Some argue that Judaism is a religion of ethics. Others say that it encourages free thinking and open dialogue. Others invoke Judaism's old age and tradition....

prev  1-10 11-20 21-29