Judaism

Judaism


Mishpatim: Do your pets know when it is Shabbat?

Why does the Torah say to rest on the Sabbath "in order that" your animals should rest?

Mishpatim: Do your pets know when it is Shabbat?

A story for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The dough that did not rise in the ghetto and other lessons.

A story for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Parsha and Current Events: The final events in human history

Not all the Jews will hear the call to aliya, just as the 80% in Egypt did not hear or heed the call - and that is very sad.

The Parsha and Current Events: The final events in human history

Mishpatim: The little guy

The Chasidic masters would often remind us that we are each critical to G-d.

Mishpatim: Feeling like the little guy

Healing the heart of darkness

If knowledge, emotion, and reason lead us to be moral, why is it that humans hate, harm and kill?

Healing the heart of darkness

Raising Cain

A Kabbalistic analysis on the laws of the Cities of Refuge, in which Moshe is the reincarnation of Hevel.

Raising Cain

Sexual Abuse

God hears. So must we. We must look unflinchingly at the horror endured by the most vulnerable people in our time, victims of sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse

Weekly video/lecture: Tanya, the Epistle on Repentance

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life..

Weekly video/lecture: Tanyaplayer

Remember Shabbat every day of the week

We can infuse our entire week with that sense of completeness by viewing everything through the lens of Shabbat,

Remember Shabbat every day of the week

The Prophecy of Moses and the Revelation at Mount Sinai

Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of prophecy was distinct from all other prophets in his clear vision, and in his ability to prophesize at all times.

The Prophecy of Moses and the Revelation at Mount Sinai

The Kotzker Rebbe: Brief but deep

Aphorisms of the Kotzker, each short in words but deep in meaning.

The Kotzker Rebbe: Brief but deep

The Hilltop Youth: rabble rousers or pioneers?

Media and other voices insist that the ‘hilltop youth’ movement is a negative phenomenon. Not true. So what are they?

The Hilltop Youth: rabble rousers or pioneers?

The Conversion Bill will cause more problems than it solves

There are hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish Israelis not interested in a halakhic conversion or a lifestyle of any Torah observance.Op-ed.

The Conversion Bill will cause more problems than it solves

A few words that can change your life

Failure to understand these basics of our connection to God distorts the true meaning of faith.

A few words that can change your life

Unprecedented times...in the merit of righteous women

The devastation of the past two years is a call to take stock.Everyone on the planet is trying to make sense of the drama that unfolded.

Unprecedented times...in the merit of righteous women

Are you going up or going down?

A tale of two Haims explains how you can tell which way you are headed.

Are you going up or going down?

Yitro: Blessings on Miracles

Israel's first Cheif Rabbi: 'A blessing for a miracle must include recognition of the benefits of the miracle’s accompanying details.'

Yitro: Blessings on Miracles

One and One equals The One

How Rav Naphtali of Rupshitz shared a story and lesson from his childhood that influenced his entire life.

One and One equals The One

Weekly Torah Study: Yitro

Are we commanded to believe in Hashem, or is it a function of our free will?

Weekly Torah Study: Yitro

Parshat Yitro: Yitro heard what?

What exactly did Moshe tell Yitro? What new information did Yitro learn from Moshe that got him to declare "There's no G-d like Hashem"?

Parshat Yitro: Yitro heard what?player

Honoring parents

The reward for honoring one’s parents holds only in Eretz Yisrael; it is not the individual’s length of days, but that of the entire nation.

Honoring parents

The parsha and current events: Humanity is presently perched on a seam of history

Humanity today awaits to see what is next. Nuclear war? Decimation through viral infection? Economic disaster? Racial and religious wars?

Humanity is presently perched on a seam of history

Yitro: The best entry points to greater Jewish engagement

What is the best entry point through which more people can engage better with their Judaism?

Yitro: The best entry points to greater Jewish engagement

Ori, wife of officer killed by friendly fire: Keep on living

'If Itamar had made that error, what would I want for him? And the answer is that I would want for him the strength to move beyond this.'

Ori, wife of officer killed by friendly fire: Keep on living

The structure of the good society

Understanding the logical structure of the Ten Commandments, Many alternatives have been tried for these laws, and most have ended in tears.

The structure of the good society

Who actually said the Ten Commandments at Sinai?

Jewish belief is clear and concise: G-d gave the Torah to Moshe, Moshe commanded it to us - but who actually said the 10 Commandments?

Who actually said the 10 Commandments at Sinai?

To convert or not to convert to Judaism

It's a tough tug of war between competing standards of conversion, but passing a conversion law that is not widely accepted is useless.

To convert or not to convert to Judaism

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: Iggeret Hateshuva

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: Iggeret Hateshuvaplayer

Who knew about the Exodus besides the Egyptians and the Jews?

Yitro heard and acted on what he heard. What about the rest?.

Who knew about the Exodus besides the Egyptians and the Jews?

Yitro: One Heart

One people one heart, or one heart one people? They are not the same but we do not have to be the same to be one people with one heart..

Yitro: One Heart

Remembering Rabbi Dr. Avraham J. Twerski: on his first yahrzeit

I once asked him if he had any regrets and he smiled “Not at all.  I only wish I had had more strength to do what needed to be done.”

Remebering Rabbi Dr. Avraham J. Twerski on his first yahrzeit

From Rephidim to Colleyville - why do they hate us?:

As we were reading of Amalek’s attack on the Jews at Rephidim, another Jew-hater attacked Congregation Beth Israel. There is a message here.

From Rephidim to Colleyville:- why do they hate us?

A new head for the Jewish Agency

Today’s post-Zionist orientation is an acceptance and even legitimization of the Exile. We need a new head with "a new head." Op-ed.

A new head for the Jewish Agency

They saw the thunder

If anyone had asked the Israelites to articulate what took place they would not have been able to give a straight answer.

They saw the thunder

The trees brought him back to Judaism

A story told about the power of a Jewish holiday, even Tu B'Shvat, to touch the soul.

The trees brought him back to Judaism

Natural faith and the cause of idolatry

Faith is natural to man.Without it, he would be unable to act and create. Paganism was born out of his difficulty to reach an infinite God.

Natural faith and the cause of idolatry

Tu B'Shvat: Viewing the trees

The principle behind Hillel and Shammai’s dispute as to whether the New Year for Trees is on the 1st of Shvat(Shammai) or the 15th(Hillel).

Tu B'Shvat:  Viewing the trees

Land of Giants

It took two strong men to carry a cluster of grapes. Not only was the fruit gigantic, there were also giants in the Land."

Land of Giants

The almond tree is blooming

Winter is a crucial part of spring, suffering a crucial part of celebration, failure an essential ingredient to success.

The almond tree is blooming

The goal - Eretz Yisrael

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars: 'Once again, we delve into the mitzvot which apply only in the Land; Shemitta, teruma, maaser etc'

The goal - Eretz Yisrael

Beshalach: Innate and acquired holiness

“Until Your people have crossed, O God; until the people that You acquired have crossed over.”- why is the crossing mentioned twice?

Beshalach: Innate and acquired holiness

Talking Parsha - Beshalach: Miriam and the bittersweet lesson

What does the fact that the Jews ran out of water have to do with the promise that they will not suffer the punishments brought upon Egypt?

Beshalach: Miriam and the bittersweet lessonplayer

To Lead in Need

A true leader understands that in a time of crisis, the members of their flock are looking for guidance, reassurance and comfort.

To Lead in Need

Az Yashir: Song touches the eternal

Some say that prayer is not fully prayer until it contains that ineffable spark that only true song brings to it.

Az Yashir: Song touches the eternal

Integration without assimilation

He is probably the most outstanding Biblical role model for our times.

Integration without assimilation

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Complaints, complaints. When will they ever learn?

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Beshalach: Ecstatic Emunah

Teaching our children about God cannot be limited to imparting knowledge; it must involve experiences that generate love of the Creator.

Beshalach: Ecstatic Emunah

Birth and rebirth in the Book of Shmot

Paralleling our national birth and rebirth is the birth and rebirth of Moses.

Birth and rebirth in the Book of Shmotplayer

'When Pharaoh had let the people go” – or did he?

There seems to be a mixed message coming from Pharaoh and the Egyptians about letting the Israelites go.

'When Pharaoh had let the people go” – or did he?

The face of evil (Beshalach)

In today’s terminology, the Egyptians were rational, the Amalekites were not. Only with rational actors there can be negotiated peace.

The face of evil (Beshalach)

Cloud by day, fire by night

The Israelites were protected as they fled Egypt. Was this a message for the future as well?

Cloud by day, fire by night

The Parsha and Current Events: Who knows five?

When our “backs were to the wall” (“to the sea wall”), Hashem said “Stop praying and be pro-active ...”. That holds for today as well.

The Parsha and Current Events: Who knows five?

The endless movements of the Torah

The Torah is a compilation of music that speaks to every person individually on their own level.

 The endless movements of the Torah

Isolated, yet together

There is much to learn from this pandemic about family cohesivenes and leadership on all levels.

 Isolated, yet together

Weekly Tanya lecture/video: The epistle on repentance, chap. 6

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.

Weekly Tanya lecture/video: The epistle on repentance, chap.6player

Homosexuality and the Synagogue

There is no reason for a synagogue to ask members about their sexuality.

Homosexuality and the Synagogue