Judaism

A matter of Arithmetic

A matter of Arithmetic

Within the blessings that G-d blesses the people of Israel in this week's Torah portion, there seems to be a mistake in the calculation.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 06/05/2021 20:48
Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and female clergy-crossing the line

Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and female clergy-crossing the line

There are clear halakhic decisions against women serving as congregational rabbis. In the case described below, that has been ignored.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 06/05/2021 11:25
Shmita - Rest for the Man or for the Land?

Shmita - Rest for the Man or for the Land?

Is it the land lying fallow that is the central theme, or are the Jews who do not work it during the shmita year the focus?Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 05/05/2021 19:54
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Eisenbach, 05/05/2021 19:42
Where did all those Jewish Democrats come from?

Where did all those Jewish Democrats come from?

The bulk of American Jewry voted for the left and against Israel. Who are they? Op-ed.Raanan Elozory, 05/05/2021 06:23
The Temple Institute: Weekly Torah study: Emor

The Temple Institute: Weekly Torah study: Emor

What is time? Where does it come from? Where does it go?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 04/05/2021 18:54
Why Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

Why Jerusalem is the capital of Israel

Others may love and be impressed by Jerusalem. But only the Jewish people have been inextricably bound up with the city for 3000 years.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 04/05/2021 13:29
Meron, Jerusalem, Canada: Chizuk from Rabbanit Chana Henkin

Meron, Jerusalem, Canada: Chizuk from Rabbanit Chana Henkin

Rabbanit Chana Henkin, whose son and daughter in law were murdered by terrorists, in a message to strengthen us at this time.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 03/05/2021 14:34
The priesthood as inspiration for our own work

The priesthood as inspiration for our own work

Just as the kohanim must sanctify themselves for their service, so every professional should strive to contribute his utmost to his field.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 02/05/2021 21:33
Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Psalm 119: “I arose...and cried out; I hope for Your word.”

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi: When did David arise during the night to meditate and pray? And what did it signify?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 02/05/2021 17:07
On the disaster in Meron

On the disaster in Meron

Ordinarily,Sefira customs associated with mourning end on Lag Ba'Omer, but this year they have, tragically, been extended.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 01/05/2021 22:14
Emor: Between Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim

Emor: Between Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim

This week's Torah and Haftarah are a most fitting riposte to Yom Ha-Atzma’ut, and an equally fitting introduction to Yom Herut Yerushalayim.Daniel Pinner, 30/04/2021 09:04
We are all Kohanim

We are all Kohanim

In this week's Torah portion the Kohanim are told not to become ritually unclean and the Sages interpret it as a commandment to all Israel.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 30/04/2021 08:38
Talking Parsha - Emor: Is it after Shabbat or after Pesach?

Talking Parsha - Emor: Is it after Shabbat or after Pesach?

The Torah speaks about Shavuot as 'after the Shabbat.' Is Shavuot 7 weeks long? Why is it defined by being 'after Shabbat?'Arutz Sheva Staff, 30/04/2021 07:53
Count each day to make each day count!

Count each day to make each day count!

“Teach us to number our days in order that we should become wise hearted,” said the Psalmist, a message fitting for the period of the Omer.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 29/04/2021 18:00
The Chance for a Second Chance

The Chance for a Second Chance

We don’t need to wait for a Pesach Sheni or Lag B’omer to appreciate second chancesRabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 29/04/2021 14:30
Can both sides be right in a dispute?

Can both sides be right in a dispute?

Two opposing ideas or opinions can appear to be correct to the same degree but, in fact, only one is true.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 29/04/2021 13:30
The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

The spirit of Israel is the spirit of Rabbi Akiva and Rashbi

Oz Torah: The paradoxes of Lag Ba'Omer, the story of a Jewish Pope and the Torah's view of cosmetic surgery.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 28/04/2021 22:30
Lag Ba'Omer 5781

Lag Ba'Omer 5781

This semi-holiday is utterly unique in the calendar of the Jewish people.because it commemmorates a passive event.Rabbi Berel Wein, 28/04/2021 15:59
Moed: An appointed time

Moed: An appointed time

In the Jewish view, dates and appointed times are gates through which time flows in a cyclical, upward spiral fashion, toward a purpose.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 28/04/2021 15:00
Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Rabbi Akiva and Lag Ba'Omer

Who were the students of Rabbi Akiva that we should mourn their deaths so many centuries later?Yeshiva.co, 27/04/2021 18:22
Giving thanks at the Kotel

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Should there be a mass thanksgiving prayer of all those who survived corona?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 27/04/2021 17:00
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Eisenbach, 27/04/2021 14:13
 Loving your neighbor while standing on one foot

Loving your neighbor while standing on one foot

The world suggests it’s wiser to maintain the walls that separate neighbor from neighbor. But what does G-d want?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 26/04/2021 21:09
Four post-corona parenting guidelines - and what happened on the 14th of Iyar

Four post-corona parenting guidelines - and what happened on the 14th of Iyar

How do we re-establish parental control at home after a year of the corona? A parental counselor gives some pointers.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 26/04/2021 21:04
Family Purity, the influence of Zionism on religiosity, and the use of bar soap on Shabbat

Family Purity, the influence of Zionism on religiosity, and the use of bar soap on Shabbat

Zionism was a movement led by the secular, but it led to the preservation of religion and Jewish identityRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 25/04/2021 19:57
Treating the disadvantaged

Treating the disadvantaged

The commandment “You shall not insult the deaf” is less spoken about than the one that follows it about the blind.Torah MiTzion, 24/04/2021 22:12
'Here is the way you shall enter'

'Here is the way you shall enter'

In this week's Torah reading, why begin the description of the Avoda on Yom Kippur with telling us of the demise of the sons of Aaron?Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 24/04/2021 22:04
Preventing tragedy with our words is not 'lashon hara'

Preventing tragedy with our words is not 'lashon hara'

If we see or hear about an authority figure or any other person, for that matter, who harms another, it's our responsibility to act.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/04/2021 21:43
Acharei Mot: Triple measure of incense

Acharei Mot: Triple measure of incense

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "Teshuva allows us, in a sense, to rewrite the past."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 23/04/2021 16:09
'Not just the Baba Sali can, you can too'

'Not just the Baba Sali can, you can too'

The Chief Rabbi of Tsfat on Parashot Acharei- Mot and Kedoshim.Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, 23/04/2021 14:24
What should be our national interest?

What should be our national interest?

The Torah reading this Shabbat teaches us that the Land of Israel is intrinsically a holy land which cannot stand to be defiled.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 23/04/2021 12:40
What does it actually mean to be holy?

What does it actually mean to be holy?

This week the Parsha begins with one of our biggest mission statement as a nation - Be Holy!Tuvia and Yitzi, 23/04/2021 07:48
Grab the Torah by its foot

Grab the Torah by its foot

As parents, we know that there is no greater pleasure than seeing our children getting along with one another.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 22/04/2021 20:10
It's all in the details

It's all in the details

Isn't it enough to be a good, honest, caring human being without all of the details that make up the bulk of this week’s Torah reading?Rabbi Berel Wein, 22/04/2021 16:22
Groupthink and cancel culture vs. Loving others as you love yourself

Groupthink and cancel culture vs. Loving others as you love yourself

Every human was created in G-d’s image. If G-d can’t be canceled, neither can His image.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 22/04/2021 16:00
Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781

Sprints and Marathons: Acharei Mot–Kedoshim 5781

The good news is: there once was a Moses. Because of him, the people survived. The bad news is: what happens when there is no Moses?Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 22/04/2021 15:52
Modern Tzara’at

Modern Tzara’at

Tzara’at is a result of a spiritual deficiency, so the punishment is educational, encouraging the metzora consider and regret his behavior.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 16/04/2021 10:16
Ascending to Har Habayit

Ascending to Har Habayit

The spiritual experience of praying on the Temple Mount awakens gratitude for the miracles we have seen along with yearning for Redemption.Shira Schreier, 15/04/2021 14:00
Simple hakarat hatov

Simple hakarat hatov

The ability to live in a country where we can be Jews freely requires from us as Jews, at the very least, simple gratitude.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 15/04/2021 11:49
Tazria Metzora: The pivotal moment

Tazria Metzora: The pivotal moment

The two ways of reading a word in the parsha - "vehuva" or as our Sages said "vehu va" have a world of meaning.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 15/04/2021 10:00
Talking Parsha - Tazria Mezorah: The blessing of Eretz Israel is... tzara'at?

Talking Parsha - Tazria Mezorah: The blessing of Eretz Israel is... tzara'at?

Why does the Torah introduce tzara'at habayit with words that sound like a blessing? What does it teach us for Israel's Independence Day?Tuvia and Yitzi, 15/04/2021 08:30
The utter futility of speaking slanderously - lashon hara

The utter futility of speaking slanderously - lashon hara

One who slanders is implying that he is better than the slandered person - but worth is not based only on how others judge someone.Danny Ginsbourg, 14/04/2021 14:00
Eretz Yisrael: Finding the good within the bad

Eretz Yisrael: Finding the good within the bad

Torah from religious Zionist yeshiva students: The early pioneers did not see swamps in Eretz Yisrael, they saw potential farm land.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 13/04/2021 20:00
Judaism is pro-family and pro-motherhood

Judaism is pro-family and pro-motherhood

Having and raising children is a positive act of faith in the future, and unlimited generosity towards others.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/04/2021 16:00
Six, seven and eight

Six, seven and eight

All numbers have symbolism in Judaism, but eight is a higher level than 7, which in turn is higher than 6.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 13/04/2021 10:00
R’Baz and the Racham - what a non kosher bird has to say

R’Baz and the Racham - what a non kosher bird has to say

The bird’s call is so raucous and so recognizable that some say it is the source of our word 'shriek' - but in Hebrew, it means a whistle.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/04/2021 21:00
The purity of the Mikvah

The purity of the Mikvah

Clarifying the mitzvah of immersion in a mikvah, beginning with the requirement that a mikvah must be attached to the ground in some way.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/04/2021 12:26
Today's Korachs are politicians

Today's Korachs are politicians

The mini Korachs of today express the same jealousy and hatred for Netanyahu that Korach had for Moshe.Tzvi Fishman, 12/04/2021 12:00
Students continue to flock to Naale Elite Academy, COVID or not

Students continue to flock to Naale Elite Academy, COVID or not

Lockdowns have upended millions of peoples' lives, especially students who have had studies disrupted and plans for the future put on hold.Sponsored Content, 11/04/2021 18:21
Teaching our children how to keep Kosher

Teaching our children how to keep Kosher

There are so many different symbols and organizations! How do we teach our children what to do?, 11/04/2021 12:19
When a child goes off the 'derech'

When a child goes off the 'derech'

A mother writes: "My children's abandoning mitzva observance is eating me up inside. How do I get through this? What should I do, rabbi?"Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 11/04/2021 12:00
“No Jew will be left behind, no tears will be left to be cried” (Avraham Fried)

“No Jew will be left behind, no tears will be left to be cried” (Avraham Fried)

When we come back home at the end of the Edomite exile, it will be forever. And our exiles are alluded to in yesterday's Torah reading.Daniel Pinner, 11/04/2021 09:03
Shemini: The role of the kohen

Shemini: The role of the kohen

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "We honor the kohen for his potential."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 09/04/2021 15:00
Shemini: The surprising value of self-doubt

Shemini: The surprising value of self-doubt

If you think that you’re not good enough, perhaps that’s the very reason why you’re the best person for the job.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 09/04/2021 10:34
The tragedy at the peak of celebration: Parshat Shmini

The tragedy at the peak of celebration: Parshat Shmini

After months of work, the Jews finally inaugurated the Mishkan. Just then, a tragedy occurs - why does Moshe say he expected it?Tuvia and Yitzi, 09/04/2021 09:28
Pure speech? That depends

Pure speech? That depends

The Torah, which usually condenses wording, sometimes uses extra words to teaches us the importance of clean language.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 08/04/2021 23:12