Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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Father, forgive me

Father, forgive me

The Yom Kippur confession has no mention of keeping kosher, observing Shabbat, neglecting davening, failing to put on tefillin.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 14/09/2021 07:05
Dreams, hopes and fears: The problem with prayer

Dreams, hopes and fears: The problem with prayer

What if God says "No", or He says nothing? Maybe He is undecided?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/09/2021 22:00
Surrogate motherhood

Surrogate motherhood

In the case of surrogate childbirth, who is the halakhic mother?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 29/08/2021 08:20
Ask the Rabbi: Can we give to G-d? What is levirite marriage?

Ask the Rabbi: Can we give to G-d? What is levirite marriage?

The law of the first fruits teaches a basic principle of Jewish ethics, that we should have a sense of gratitude and appreciation.Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, 25/08/2021 17:32
Surrogate motherhood - who is the halakhic mother?

Surrogate motherhood - who is the halakhic mother?

Who is the mother when a woman carries to term the fertilised egg of another woman?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 16/08/2021 20:25
Following in the ways of your grandparents

Following in the ways of your grandparents

The dilemma of the secularist Jew in our age.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 09/08/2021 10:24
Does the Olympic hype border on idolatry?

Does the Olympic hype border on idolatry?

There is sports and there is the sports industry. Perhaps that is what should be examined.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 27/07/2021 06:08
Should Israel be a theocracy?

Should Israel be a theocracy?

Over the centuries, even without a sovereign government, Jewish law continued to operate and develop in many areas.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 19/07/2021 09:00
Pangs of real pain - Tisha B'Av

Pangs of real pain - Tisha B'Av

We are angry, with God, the enemy, ourselves. We are angry at two millennia of tragedy, at the Holocaust. But is anger our only option?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 17/07/2021 22:10
Rituals or ethics? What is more important in Judaism?

Rituals or ethics? What is more important in Judaism?

What is the mark of a good Jewish society in contrast to a good society of any kind?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 28/06/2021 10:17
Taxes in Jewish History

Taxes in Jewish History

Jews were required to pay internal Jewish taxes from Biblical times onwards.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 16/06/2021 17:30
What's keeping the Messiah?

What's keeping the Messiah?

Are we hoping for Messiah enough? Are we doing our best to make him come?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 14/06/2021 07:58
Forgiving a war criminal

Forgiving a war criminal

What does Judaism say about forgiving criminals - what factors influence that concept? Addition: Thoughts for this week's parsha.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/06/2021 06:25
Why I am a Jew

Why I am a Jew

It is paradoxical of course that the so-called people of God have suffered so much for their pains.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 25/05/2021 12:50
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
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
Constantine and the Jewish calendar

Constantine and the Jewish calendar

In ancient times, both Jews and Christians relied on the announcement by the rabbis of the first day of Nisan.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 06/04/2021 20:03
Erev Pesach on Shabbat - a calendrical puzzle

Erev Pesach on Shabbat - a calendrical puzzle

Today we grin and bear Erev Pesach on Shabbat; the Talmudic sages vigorously debated it.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 23/03/2021 17:18
History and destiny

History and destiny

This coming Shabbat's parashah spells out the details of the offerings once brought to the sanctuary, but today read each morning..Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 16/03/2021 22:15
Defining death

Defining death

How does Judaism define the moment of death?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 03/03/2021 06:13
An eye for an eye? Laws, lies and corporal punishment

An eye for an eye? Laws, lies and corporal punishment

This was not a law of physical vengeance but of monetary compensation, and those who say otherwise are prevaricating.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 15/02/2021 18:17
Isolation

Isolation

Being in isolation is found in the Bible and not only for health reasons.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/02/2021 22:55
Refusing the vaccine

Refusing the vaccine

Insights into Judaism's attitude to refusing the corona vaccine, planting trees on Tu Bishvat - and following orders.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 26/01/2021 08:37
A little humility is a wonderful thing

A little humility is a wonderful thing

What does God have against Pharaoh?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 19/01/2021 19:48
Why do we pray for a life of riches and honor? Is that what counts?

Why do we pray for a life of riches and honor? Is that what counts?

In the blessing for the new month we ask for riches but if we don't have riches does that mean we are rejected by G-d?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 29/12/2020 16:56
Overruling a rabbi

Overruling a rabbi

What happens if a rabbi's halakhic decision is overturned by a rabbinical court?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 22/12/2020 16:24
Shabbat Jews and Hanukkah Jews

Shabbat Jews and Hanukkah Jews

Light as a symbol: Hanukkah candles and Shabbat candles - Liturgical reflections on Hanukkah - The Menorah on the Arch of Titus.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 15/12/2020 20:53
The 10 Lost Tribes

The 10 Lost Tribes

Where are the tribes exiled by Assyria in the 8th century B.C.E.?Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, 30/11/2020 16:06
Some Jewish attitudes from A to Z

Some Jewish attitudes from A to Z

From A to Z - Judaism embraces every aspect of life. An alphabetical guide to looking at things the Jewish way.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 23/11/2020 07:48
Abraham and our impasse with the Palestinian Arabs

Abraham and our impasse with the Palestinian Arabs

Torah insights on the need for negotiations, looking back at Abraham's purchase, Eliezer's mission, gifts from crooks- amd bible critics.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 11/11/2020 15:38
Why does the month of Mar-Cheshvan have two names?

Why does the month of Mar-Cheshvan have two names?

Chodesh tov! Today is the first day of a new Hebrew month which has two names. Why? And another question: Why isn't life fair?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 19/10/2020 10:59
Jewish at night

Jewish at night

Insights for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 09/10/2020 15:30
Sukkot features: A culture of celebration

Sukkot features: A culture of celebration

Should we swap chairs in the Sukkah? Was the Sukkah real? What is a sanctity of silence?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/10/2020 14:19
HIgher and lower chutzpah

HIgher and lower chutzpah

There are two ways of looking at people who have problems with religion.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 21/09/2020 13:29
How tikkun olam has changed and other Rosh Hashanah features

How tikkun olam has changed and other Rosh Hashanah features

"Tikkun Olam" historically was preparation, not purpose,Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 15/09/2020 08:00
Is the world coming to an end?

Is the world coming to an end?

All of a sudden everybody has come under threat, no ifs, no buts, no exceptions.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 08/09/2020 18:29
Insights into Judaism: An eye for an eye

Insights into Judaism: An eye for an eye

Questions asked by congregants on issues in Jewish law, life and lore: An eye for an eye, finding a rabbi, a thought for Elul.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/09/2020 09:12
Ask the Rabbi: Where did the term 'wandering Jew' originate?

Ask the Rabbi: Where did the term 'wandering Jew' originate?

Short topics in Judaism: Wandering Jew, Pirkei Avot, ElulRabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 24/08/2020 07:32
Paths crossing - The Skulener Rebbe

Paths crossing - The Skulener Rebbe

When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time - Maya Angelou.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 19/08/2020 07:19
All on one foot

All on one foot

The message behind a famous story, ethics vs. morals and a word about the month of Elul on our doorstep.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 17/08/2020 09:57
Choosing to act

Choosing to act

Torah reading: Re'eh: How is it that the principle of determinism and the principle of free will are both part of Judaism?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 12/08/2020 10:59
Why isn't Tisha B'Av obsolete?

Why isn't Tisha B'Av obsolete?

When we keep Tisha B’Av, today we reconstruct the bitter past in order to appreciate the privilege of living in an age of fulfilment.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 27/07/2020 10:00
Moses' last lap - Dvarim

Moses' last lap - Dvarim

How do we define old age? How do we concentrate when praying?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 22/07/2020 21:00
 Why would anyone want to be a rabbi?

Why would anyone want to be a rabbi?

A congregant asked this venerable rabbi why he chose to be one and received an unexpected answer.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 13/07/2020 15:45
Why was God angry? And where was Moses?

Why was God angry? And where was Moses?

One of the interpretations of the name Pinchas is "mouth of brass", suggesting that he is the forebear of those who mount protests.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 06/07/2020 11:31
Criticizing people harshly: A story from the shtetl

Criticizing people harshly: A story from the shtetl

A parable in Mendele Mocher Seforim, the "grandfather of Yiddish literature," that takes place in an old-time shtetl, tells it all.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 08/06/2020 11:00
Shavuot: He called it Cinderella

Shavuot: He called it Cinderella

Shavu’ot is like a neglected treasure which nobody appreciates properly, though one day they will. Like Cinderella before the prince.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 26/05/2020 17:00
On what dates in the Omer do we not have weddings?

On what dates in the Omer do we not have weddings?

Insights into Judaism series: Why there are mourning customs during the Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 30/04/2020 11:57