Judaism

Judaism


The goal - Eretz Yisrael

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'

Beshalach: Innate and acquired holiness

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: Miriam and the bittersweet lessonplayer

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?

To Lead in Need

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.

Az Yashir: Song touches the eternal

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.

Integration without assimilation

Integration without assimilation

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

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Weekly Torah Study: Beshalach

Complaints, complaints. When will they ever learn?

Beshalach: Ecstatic Emunah

Beshalach: Ecstatic Emunah

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

Birth and rebirth in the Book of Shmotplayer

Birth and rebirth in the Book of Shmot

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

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

'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.

The face of evil (Beshalach)

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.

Cloud by day, fire by night

Cloud by day, fire by night

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

The Parsha and Current Events: Who knows five?

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 endless movements of the Torah

The endless movements of the Torah

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

 Isolated, yet together

Isolated, yet together

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

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

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.

Homosexuality and the Synagogue

Homosexuality and the Synagogue

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

Redemption from idolatry

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..

As if the land were given to you today

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?

Ephraim's escape

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.

Kidush Hachodesh-Sanctifying the New Month

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.

Telling the Story

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?’”

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

'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.

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

Weekly Torah Study: Bo

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

On self-protection and redemption

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.

Pesach in S’dom? Responding to Abuse

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.

Bo: The Exodus and Tefillin

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: Heads roll - deja vu all over again

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.

Parshat Bo: Why 10 Plagues?!player

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?

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

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 parashah which contradicts a tenet of Christianity

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.

The Baba Sali

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

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.

'Come to Pharaoh for I have hardened his heart'

'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.

Parshat Bo: Why Hagim are celebrated differently In Israelplayer

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

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

Can we question G-d?

Can we question G-d?

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

The Parsha and Current Events: The fate of our generation

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?

Only one out of many-suffering abuse in silence

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.

In memory of our two brave pilots

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.

Matchmakers

Matchmakers

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

Weekly Tanya video/ lecture: The Epistle on Repentanceplayer

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.

Pharaoh at the point of no return

Pharaoh at the point of no return

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

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

The Levi Factor: Triumph over Pharaoh

Did Moshe know Pharaoh from his childhood?

Am Yisrael Chai

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.

Rosh Hodesh Shevat Torah Essay

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.

Support for Minister Kahana’s Conversion Plan

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.

Is G-d remaking the miracles of Creation?

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.

Free will and freedom

Free will and freedom

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

 Moshe Rabbeinu was only human, just like you and me

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.

Can we handle big change?  player

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.

Va'eira: God's Name

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

Vaera: Transmitting a legacy

Vaera: Transmitting a legacy

Parshat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35): The vast difference between inheritance and heritage.

Va’era: Never tolerate the intolerable!

Va’era: Never tolerate the intolerable!

Sometimes one can be enduring a totally unacceptable situation, but have gotten used to it.

Talking Parsha - Va'era: Moses can't speak?!player

Talking Parsha - Va'era: Moses can't speak?!

Why so is there so much emphasis on speaking to Pharaoh and on who will speak to Pharaoh, if no one is going to listen anyways?

Newly released video: The 10 levels of Sanctity player

Newly released video: The 10 levels of Sanctity

A video filled with holiness, recently released.The Rav zts"l speaking in 1956 on Sanctity and the Challenges of the Orthodox Rabbinate.

The Parsha in Chesed - Va’era - The Hippo in the Room

The Parsha in Chesed –-Va’era - The Hippo in the Room

By conditioning ourselves to recognize and acknowledge all of the gifts in our lives, we can and become better





























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