Judaism

Avraham and Sarah think ahead

Avraham and Sarah think ahead

Even though one can pray to Hashem for a miracle, it is not proper to do so, as that will detract from one's merits later on in life.Torah MiTzion, 14/10/2021 17:30
The secret of Jewish survival

The secret of Jewish survival

Ultimately, Jewish history is fashioned and determined by those individuals who are motivated by passion and directed by faithfulness.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/10/2021 13:50
Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

G-d did not tell Abraham to "depart". He said "go". What message was G-d sending?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 14/10/2021 13:09
Gaining mastery of 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' online

Gaining mastery of 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' online

The first lesson of the new cycle of the 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' program is on October 19thSponsored Content, 14/10/2021 05:00
Abraham the innovator

Abraham the innovator

Abraham is the first human being recorded as having a normal conversation with his Creator.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/10/2021 20:23
The insular nature of the Covenant

The insular nature of the Covenant

Today's nations want Israel to go alone, in the hope that Iran will destroy the annoying Jewish state. Abraham too had to fight alone.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 13/10/2021 12:50
The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

Why would a battle between ancient kingdoms get such prominence in the parasha? Was it all that it seems?Danny Ginsbourg, 13/10/2021 10:28
Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Is cannabis considered a spice and does it have the status of cattle fodder - for shmitta purposes?Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 12/10/2021 10:13
Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

​​​​​​​Idolatry serves man's animal instinct, leads to war and enslaving others. Monotheism advocates a common effort for good and justice.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/10/2021 10:00
A great nation and its religion are born

A great nation and its religion are born

Abraham was the first to define a great nation with a religion bound up in its land from the start., 11/10/2021 08:00
Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

"How many individuals across the face of history have made a real difference simply because they were willing and able to finish the task?"Moshe Burt, 11/10/2021 07:17
Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Isn't the rainbow a perfectly natural phenomenon that has existed from time immemorial?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 10/10/2021 09:41
Beyond Nature

Beyond Nature

Covenant introduces moral law. A moral law is not the same as a scientific law. Scientific laws describe, whereas moral laws prescribe.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 10/10/2021 09:29
The Sabbath Influence

The Sabbath Influence

The very fact that the Sabbath is able to influence the days of work reveals the soul’s innate closeness to God.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 08/10/2021 16:00
Flooding lessons

Flooding lessons

In books of Chassidus (Tzidkat Hatzadik 107, Torah Ohr Parshat Noach) the Mabul is described as one great 'Mikve' (ritual bath).Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 08/10/2021 11:10
The Tower of Babel - isn't unity good?

The Tower of Babel - isn't unity good?

Parshat Noach: What happened with the Tower of Babel? What did they try to achieve, and why were they punished by being dispersed?Tuvia and Yitzi, 08/10/2021 07:55
We need to be the light

We need to be the light

Where’s the light switch of the world?Shmuel Sackett, 07/10/2021 23:59
The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The decision to destroy His creation was not easy for G-d. The level of sin had reached a level that He could no longer “tolerate”.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 07/10/2021 18:00
Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

Have Jews really found resting-places for the soles of their feet?Daniel Pinner, 07/10/2021 12:00
Where did the dove find a leafy olive tree at the end of the Flood?

Where did the dove find a leafy olive tree at the end of the Flood?

If only Noach, his family and animals of each species were saved from the Flood in order to establish a new world, whence the leafy tree?Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 07/10/2021 06:27
How responsible was Noah for the flood?

How responsible was Noah for the flood?

In Isaiah, the flood is called "the waters of Noah." What does that imply?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/10/2021 05:56
The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

It is 5782 years from the time humans appeared and began destroying the beautiful world that Hashem created for them.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 06/10/2021 11:42
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Aisenbach, 05/10/2021 20:14
Women of valor: Mikva immersion during challenging times

Women of valor: Mikva immersion during challenging times

The "Tevila By All Means" Project gathers stories of women who kept the laws of ritual purity despite the courage it demanded of them.Ruth Benjamin, 05/10/2021 12:31
Satan in Judaism

Satan in Judaism

What place does Satan play in Jewish belief?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 04/10/2021 08:43
From the beginning till the end of time

From the beginning till the end of time

The opening word of the Torah “in the beginning” already encoded all of what was to come, the potential of everything which will ever be.Daniel Pinner, 03/10/2021 15:06
Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira fruits are preferable to those grown by non-Jewis. It fulfills the mitzvah of settling the Land by strengthening the farmers.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 03/10/2021 09:53
Breishit: Letters of Creation

Breishit: Letters of Creation

Why the Torah begins with the letter bet and not aleph has a meaning connected with the nature of light.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 01/10/2021 16:00
Bereshit - Making sense of that first Rashi

Bereshit - Making sense of that first Rashi

How can the Jews invoking Rashi on Bereshit as the basis of rights to Eretz Yisrael convince the nations that we are not thieves?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 01/10/2021 10:08
How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

A puzzling story that's been told for millennia, there is much to question in the tale of Adam and Eve.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/10/2021 09:19
What is new 'in the beginning'?

What is new 'in the beginning'?

The whole story announces a new event in the world, the moment when the Creator chooses to establish a relationship with humans.Torah MiTzion, 01/10/2021 08:24
Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

On the most basic level, we have to ask why, in the story of Adam and Eve, does the Torah repeat the word 'arumim?' What does it mean?Tuvia and Yitzi, 01/10/2021 07:58
Paradise lost

Paradise lost

Milton's epic poem describes the impossibility of returning to Paradise once lost. The Torah presents that return as a challenge..Rabbi Berel Wein, 30/09/2021 09:44
What preceded Creation?

What preceded Creation?

What does the word "Bereshit" allude to?Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, 30/09/2021 08:50
No more, no less: A powerful story

No more, no less: A powerful story

The first letter of the Torah is bet, the last is lamed. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson spoke of the letters before and after bet and lamed.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 30/09/2021 08:00
To kiss the Torah, to dance with it, to be one with it

To kiss the Torah, to dance with it, to be one with it

And how do Jews dance?  Not individually but in a line with hands clasped or in a circle – a gathering, a community, a unity.  Together.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 27/09/2021 16:30
Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

Shmini Atzeret: The conclusion we’ve been waiting for

In Temple times there was a fascinating halakha relating to visitation to Jerusalem, one which has a message beyond its content.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 27/09/2021 09:23
Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Who rejoices on the approaching holiday, the Jewish people or the Torah? Grammatically, it is the Torah. What makes the Torah rejoice, then?Danny Ginsbourg, 27/09/2021 09:00
Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

There is a good reason to celebrate the end of the cycle of Torah readings, but why delay it until a month after the end of the year?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 27/09/2021 07:29
When Moses declines to lead Grace after Meals

When Moses declines to lead Grace after Meals

At the Redemption, Moses will be asked by God to “take the cup of wine and say Grace.” But he will reply “I cannot say Grace."Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 26/09/2021 11:57
Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

The sentences were carried out on the 21st of Tishrei, Hoshanah Rabbah – the day the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is sealed.Daniel Pinner, 26/09/2021 10:27
On Sukkot, we dream under the stars

On Sukkot, we dream under the stars

Tomorrow is today's dream. We pray that our intentions be worthy of creation, that our dreams be worthy of actualization.Dr. Devorah Ungar, 26/09/2021 10:01
Talking Parsha - Sukkos: Why do we read THIS on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed?

Talking Parsha - Sukkos: Why do we read THIS on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed?

This Shabbat we read about the Sin of the Golden Calf and afterwards, the Second Tablets. What's the connection between that & the holiday?Tuvia and Yitzi, 24/09/2021 08:32
Weekly Torah Study:  Vezot Habracha

Weekly Torah Study: Vezot Habracha

Moshe blesses the tribes of Israel before his death, beginning his words with fiery imagery. Why?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 24/09/2021 06:42
Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

Did Moshe Rabbeinu transcend death? In this week's parasha, Vezot Habracha, his death is described, but the Talmud says something else.Torah MiTzion, 24/09/2021 06:27
I love Shmitta

I love Shmitta

Good Shabbos, Eretz Yisrael!Rochel Sylvetsky, 23/09/2021 13:43
The importance of Torah study on Shabbat and Holidays

The importance of Torah study on Shabbat and Holidays

The quality time the holidays and Shabbat afford us forTorah study lets us live an active life combined with Torah, without having to chooseRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 22/09/2021 16:32
 The meaning of Sukkot and the Sukkah

The meaning of Sukkot and the Sukkah

A selection of articles and videos of interest from the Rabbi Sacks archive on the holiday of Sukkot:Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks , 22/09/2021 09:00
The season of our gladness

The season of our gladness

The Manchester Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Yehudah Zev Segal and the Shem Mishmuel, Rebbe of Sochaczev (both zts"l) on Sukkot and joy.Moshe Burt, 22/09/2021 07:10
It's Sukkot - what a relief!

It's Sukkot - what a relief!

In other climates, having to leave the house for a booth open to the elements may not be such a pleasant experience, but in Israel...Rabbi Berel Wein, 20/09/2021 11:29
Sukkot: The powerful festival of two in-gatherings

Sukkot: The powerful festival of two in-gatherings

‘Every native in Israel shall dwell in Sukkot’(Emor 23;42), teaches that ‘all of Israel are deserving to sit in one Succah.’Danny Ginsbourg, 20/09/2021 11:19
Repentance Again?  Sukkot is the perfect time to repent

Repentance Again? Sukkot is the perfect time to repent

Those who repent out of fear, transform deliberate sins into inadvertent sins.Those who repent out of love, transform them into merits.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 20/09/2021 10:00
Laws pertaining to the Jewish Festivals

Laws pertaining to the Jewish Festivals

The mitzva of simḥa requires that a man include his entire family in his enjoyment, and include the poor and despondent as well.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 19/09/2021 07:05
Choosing a proper lulav

Choosing a proper lulav

When buying a lulav, it is a good idea to have someone knowledgeable to help, but it is also important to be familiar with the rules below.Halacha Hotline of the 5 Towns, 18/09/2021 21:00
Succot: Fast asleep with your eyes wide open!

Succot: Fast asleep with your eyes wide open!

We might have our eyes open and be walking around, but if we aren’t contributing to the world around us, there’s no value to our lives.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 18/09/2021 20:47
Ha'azinu: The special quality of Moshe Rabbeinu’s vision

Ha'azinu: The special quality of Moshe Rabbeinu’s vision

Am Yisrael’s leadership upon entering the Land was in the hands of Yehoshua, but it remained rooted in the spiritual leadership of Moshe.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 17/09/2021 10:26
The Torah - not just another app!

The Torah - not just another app!

We cannot just lounge around feet up swiping our devices or listening to Torah as we travel to workTorah MiTzion, 17/09/2021 09:58