Judaism

Judaism


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

Redemption from idolatry

As great as the destiny of the Jewish nation is, so is the intensity of its suffering from the exile in Egypt onwards to Divine Revelation..

Redemption from idolatry

As if the land were given to you today

The Torah wants us to refrain from relating to the Land as an inheritance, but it is in fact an inheritance, so why not?

As if the land were given to you today

Ephraim's escape

Redemption from Egypt alludes to the final redemption when Moshiach ben Yosef, from the Tribe of Ephraim, will precede Moshiach ben David.

Ephraim's escape

Kidush Hachodesh-Sanctifying the New Month

The Torah was given from heaven, and it is absolute. But as soon as it landed on earth - its molding is in the hands of humans.

Kidush Hachodesh-Sanctifying the New Month

Telling the Story

Macintyre: “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story.. do I find myself a part?’”

Telling the Story

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

The wonders of G-d's world in a short, beautifully illustrated book that seems like a child's version of King David's praise in Psalm 104.

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

What is so terrible about darkness? It happens every evening.

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

On self-protection and redemption

What are the most important values in your life? You can talk and learn about them, emulate others and note that most of us try to do that.

On self-protection and redemption

Pesach in S’dom? Responding to Abuse

The first Passover experience doesn’t happen in Egypt, but happens actually in S’dom. There are, however, similarities.

Pesach in S’dom? Responding to Abuse

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Rabbi Kook:We bind these memories of G-d's role in history to our hand, heart, and mind, and transform our coarse nature to a holy one.'

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

Bo: Heads roll - deja vu all over again

Parashat Bo:(Exodus 10:1 - 13:16): The fates of enemies of Israel in Jewish history, as found in Nachat HaShulchan, the Breslov Haggadah.

Bo: Heads roll - deja vu all over again

Parshat Bo: Why 10 Plagues?!

Why did God go through the full 10 Plagues, if anyways the Egyptians didn't learn their lesson? Why not just take the Jews out right away?

Parshat Bo: Why 10 Plagues?!player

Bo: The slave to the compass has freedom of the seas

T"he slave to the compass has the freedom of the seas." How can we harness the power of this statement to find our own freedom?

Bo: The slave to the compass has freedom of the seas

Bo: The parashah which contradicts a tenet of Christianity

The laws of the paschal lamb offering are in this parasha and they contradict the description of Jesus as a Passover sacrifice.

Bo: The parashah which contradicts a tenet of Christianity

The Baba Sali

He said that he could see things other people couldn’t see because he didn’t look at things most people gazed at. Like photos on the web...

The Baba Sali

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Bo - Und Vos Zogt Gott?

Moshe and Aharon recognized that as messengers of HaShem, they were His representatives to Pharoh, to the nation and to the world.

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Bo - Und Vos Zogt Gott?

'Come to Pharaoh for I have hardened his heart'

The Beit Halevi, the Yismach Moshe, the Dubner Maggid and Rav Moishe Mendel of Vilan grapple with the reason G-d hardened Pharaoh's heart.

'Come to Pharaoh for I have hardened his heart'

Parshat Bo: Why Jewish Holidays are celebrated differently In Israel & the Diaspora

Baruch Gordon provides insights into this week's Torah reading "Bo".

Parshat Bo: Why Hagim are celebrated differently In Israelplayer

Can we question G-d?

Many have questioned G-d, especially after the Holocaust, but to what avail?

Can we question G-d?

The Parsha and Current Events: The fate of our generation

There is a gene for hating Hashem’s chosen people passed on forever in the descendants of Esau and Ishmael. What does the future hold?

The Parsha and Current Events: The fate of our generation

Only one out of many-suffering abuse in silence

Kids are much more vulnerable today, as fewer and fewer have their parents around much. A lesson to be learned.

Only one out of many-suffering abuse in silence

In memory of our two brave pilots

The words beow are dedicated the ascent of the souls of Hen ben Aron and Erez ben David and to the recovery of Ron ben Marina.

In memory of our two brave pilots

Matchmakers

The shadchans had a high rate of success, despite the mockery to which they were subjected.

Matchmakers

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.

Weekly Tanya video/ lecture: The Epistle on Repentanceplayer

Pharaoh at the point of no return

Sometimes the present is predetermined by things done in the past.

Pharaoh at the point of no return

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

Did Moshe know Pharaoh from his childhood?

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

Am Yisrael Chai

We are blessed to be in the Land of Israel. Where children can happily sing “Am Yisrael Chai” on the streets on a pleasant Friday evening.

Am Yisrael Chai

Rosh Hodesh Shevat Torah Essay

On the 1st of the month of Shevat, we must take a look at the historical biblical event that transpired on this day thousands of years ago.

Rosh Hodesh Shevat Torah Essay

Support for Minister Kahana’s Conversion Plan

it is a mitzvah to follow poskim who rule leniently, and accept a convert who intends to live as a traditional Jew.

Support for Minister Kahana’s Conversion Plan

Is G-d remaking the miracles of Creation?

The world needs to transform its understanding of its creation by accepting that all is governed by Moral Law in addition to Natural Law.

Is G-d remaking the miracles of Creation?

Free will and freedom

Enslaving others, Pharaoh himself became enslaved. He became a prisoner of the values he himself had espoused.

Free will and freedom

Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

This statement is not meant to lower our esteem for Moses, but to raise hopes for ourselves.

 Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

Can we handle big change?

In the Torah portion of Vaeira - Moses notifies Pharaoh that the Jewish people need to leave Egypt for 3 days to serve God.

Can we handle big change?  player

Va'eira: God's Name

Israel's first chief rabbi, Torah luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: The Names of G-d are connected to living in Eretz Yisrael

Va'eira: God's Name




























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