Aloh Naaleh

<I>Beha'alotecha</I>: And on the Seventh Day?

The Six Day War enthralled and shocked the world., 5/31/2007, 2:10 AM

<I>Naso</I>: To Bless With Joy

Only in Israel. , 5/24/2007, 8:43 PM

Shavuot: A Holiday of Opportunity

Seize the opportunities God provides. , 5/21/2007, 9:53 PM

<I>Bamidbar</I>: The Saga Continues

Picking up the story from where we left off., 5/18/2007, 1:14 AM

<I>Acharei Mot</I>: Divine Intervention is Not Random

The scapegoat ritual has perplexed mankind., 4/25/2007, 11:57 PM

<I>Tazria-Metzora</I>: Miraculous Halachot

Tzora'at is a "sign and a miracle." -- Rambam, 4/20/2007, 11:33 AM

<i>Shemini</i>: Kashrut and Kedusha

Kashrut has little to do with food., 4/11/2007, 6:35 PM

The Blasphemy in Denying You're a Jew

A Jew blasphemes God when he denies his identity., 4/5/2007, 9:17 PM

<I>Tzav</I>: Alacrity and Aliyah

"Tzav" demands "zerizut"., 3/28/2007, 3:28 PM

<I>Vayikra</I>: The Chosen Place

The Mishkan, the Temple and the Land of Israel. , 3/21/2007, 7:52 PM

<I>Vayak'hel-Pekudei</I>: The King's House

Does God need a Tabernacle, a synagogue - a Land?, 3/14/2007, 7:59 PM

<I>Ki Tisa</I>: Imitating the Thirteen Attributes

A new revelation was experienced by Moses., 3/7/2007, 1:35 PM

<I>Terumah</I>: A Double Portion of Israel

How Ezra and Nechemyah built the Second Temple., 2/21/2007, 7:48 PM

Why Ten Commandments?

Judaism has much to say about numbers. Beyond the use of an accepted numerical system for purposes of distinguishing quantitative values, numbers are used to attach significance to the subject at hand., 2/9/2007, 12:50 AM

<i>Beshalach</I>: Braving the Waters

The <I>Gemara</I> in <i>Sotah</I> 36b offers two seemingly contradictory portrayals of the events leading up to the Splitting of the Sea. , 2/1/2007, 6:55 PM

<I>Shemot</I>: The First <I>Aliyah</I>

Who were the first <I>olim</I> to Israel? At first glance, it might appear that the honor of the first <I>Aliyah</I> belongs to Avraham and his family., 1/12/2007, 1:44 AM

<i>Vayigash</I>: Speaking the Language of Israel

One of the greatest challenges for many <I>olim</I> is the transition from their mother tongue to<I> lashon hakodeh</I>, the "holy language." Yet, despite all the struggle, the resulting change in language orientation may, in fact, be a blessing that brings us closer to the ultimate redemption and allows us to communicate more intimately with God., 12/27/2006, 2:51 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: Keeping All the Mitzvot

How could Ya'akov possibly have observed all 613 commandments? Many of the commandments are applicable only in <I>Eretz Israel</I>, such as all of the agricultural laws, and Ya'akov was outside the Land. , 12/7/2006, 11:56 AM

<I>Vayetze</I>: The Home of Our Forefathers

Rashi (28:10) tells us how Ya'akov's departure from Be'er Sheva effected the community around him. But he does not tell us how Ya'akov himself felt. , 11/30/2006, 5:28 PM

<i>Chayei Sarah</i>: Mission Accomplished

We are at the "moment of truth," and it all hinges upon Rivka's response. Is this young girl prepared to forgo the security and the comfort of her childhood home?, 11/16/2006, 12:26 AM

<I>Vayera</I>: <I>Es Iz Shein Tzu Zein a Yid</I>

We can live in countries that are cultured and polite and decent. But if they are missing that crucial ingredient of <I>yirat HaShem</I>, then we are in danger, be it physical or spiritual., 11/9/2006, 1:54 PM

<I>Lech Lecha</I>: Seeing Things God's Way

What distinguished Avraham from all the other migrants of his time was that "Avram went as God commanded him," infused with the Divine will, enthused by the prospect of seeing what God wished to show him., 11/2/2006, 2:05 PM

<I>Noach</I>: Was Eretz Israel Flooded, Too?

"From where did the dove bring the olive leaf? Rabbi Levi son of Kahana says from <I>Eretz Yisrael</I>; Rabbi Levi says from the Mount of Olives. For the Land of Israel was not flooded in the deluge." -- <I>Midrash Rabbah</I>, 10/26/2006, 2:47 PM

<I>Bereishit</i>: Creation, Exodus, In-Gathering

It would seem that the two most important events in history for the Jewish people are the Creation and the Exodus. The Torah begins, of course, at the beginning, with the story of Creation., 10/18/2006, 4:25 PM

Shemini Atzeret: Leaving the Sukkah

There is certainly much joy when we enter the <I>sukkah</I> and bask in the presence of the <I>Shechinah</I>, but why should leaving the <I>sukkah</I> be cause for celebration?, 10/12/2006, 12:22 PM

Sukkot Means Aliyah

How can it be that the Jewish people hadn't kept the <I>mitzvah</I> of <I>sukkah</I> for over 900 years?, 10/5/2006, 9:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah: "Eretz Yisrael Atones"

It is nice to know, as Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky states in his <I>Derech Sicha</I>, that God uses the resolutions we make today as "post-dated checks" to credit our Yom Kippur account as of now., 9/21/2006, 3:11 PM

<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: Return and Repentance

Does the redemption of the Jewish people of Israel depend upon their prior repentance or not? , 9/14/2006, 11:54 AM

<I>Ki-Tavo</I>: Truly Thankful

Why were the Jewish people not required to give thanks for the land and its fruit during their first fourteen years in the land?, 9/8/2006, 12:03 AM

<I>Ki-Tetzei</I>: Don't Be Afraid

The precept of defending the Jewish nation in the Land of Israel and developing Jewish settlement in all of its borders is the Divine command that beckons to all of world Jewry today, just as in the time of Joshua <I>ben</I> Nun. , 8/30/2006, 11:40 PM

<I>Shoftim</I>: Between Man and the State

This week's <I>parashah</I> deals with laws that cannot be fulfilled by the individual. Rather, they are the collective obligations of society. , 8/24/2006, 1:02 AM

<i>Re'eh</I>: Close to The Place

When we are far from Him, even a small effort is too difficult for us. , 8/17/2006, 1:46 AM

<i>Vaetchanan</I>: A Source of Blessing

The <I>Gemara</I> in <I>Sota</I> explains that Moshe <I>Rabbeinu</I> wanted to go into <i>Eretz Yisrael</I> in order to do the <I>mitzvot</I> that can only be done here., 8/4/2006, 10:57 AM

<I>Devarim</I>: "Come and Inherit the Land"

Rashi, in his commentary, writes: "No one is disputing [your claim to the land] and you have no need for war. Had you not sent the spies, you would not have needed weapons.", 7/28/2006, 1:06 PM

<I>Chukat</I>: Are We There Yet?

As the people of Israel neared the Promised Land, after forty years of delay, there arose new, yet familiar, problems., 6/29/2006, 4:16 PM

<I>Beha'alot'cha</I>: Want to Do a Mitzvah?

Being exempt from a <I>mitzvah</I> means that one is not liable for failing to observe it; but it does not provide the spiritual boost that comes from doing what God has commanded., 6/8/2006, 10:57 PM

<I>Naso</i>: Seeking the Priestly Blessing

The <I>Shelah HaKadosh</I> (1558-1628) writes that the Jews of <I>chutz la-Aretz</I> are blessed through the priestly blessings given in Israel. , 6/1/2006, 10:53 AM

<I>Bamidbar</I>: Counting Our Blessings

In <I>Bamidbar</I>, following the catastrophe of the Golden Calf, when so many members of the Jewish people died, God commands that a census be taken., 5/26/2006, 1:22 AM

<I>Bechukotai</i>: A Clear Sign

Ramban wrote: "Ever since we left it, [<i>Eretz Yisrael</i> has not accepted any other nation; and they all try to settle it, but are unsuccessful." , 5/18/2006, 12:33 AM

<I>Emor</i>: The Sanctification of Man, Time and Space

A Jew who separates him- or herself from the People of Israel cannot achieve true sanctity., 5/10/2006, 9:37 AM

<I>Acharei Mot</i>: This is Jerusalem

Why does the Torah use the word <I>"be-zot"</I> ("with this"), rather than simply stating with which animals Aharon would enter the <I>Mishkan</I>?, 5/4/2006, 10:36 PM

<i>Tazria-Metzora</I>: Holy Speech in the Holy City

Defilement, in the words of the holy <I>Zohar</I>, result from stern judgment; i.e., one-sided stringency. What is demanded is the complement of <I>chesed</I> - mercy, grace and love., 4/27/2006, 10:20 PM

<I>Shemini</i> and Yom HaShoah

This year, shortly after the reading of <i>parashat Shemini</I>, <I>Klal Yisrael</I> will observe Yom HaShoah. , 4/20/2006, 11:55 PM

The Omer and Eretz Yisrael

This week we began counting the days of the <I>omer</I>. The days of the <I>omer</I> are generally understood as a time of preparation for the reception of the Torah, which we celebrate on Shavuot. However, we know well that this is not what the Torah tells us about the <I>omer</I> or about Shavuot., 4/16/2006, 3:28 PM

<i>Tzav</i>: Learning and Doing

The Maharal (<I>Tiferet Yisrael</I>, ch. 70) explains that a sacrifice elevates man beyond the purely material, animalistic dimension of his existence, thus bringing him closer to G-d. , 4/5/2006, 12:00 PM

<I>Vayikra</I>: Sacrifices Today

During the previous century, the Orthodox community fought many battles in order to preserve authentic Judaism., 3/30/2006, 1:11 PM

<I>Parshat HaChodesh</I>: This Month's for You

While, on one hand, "Jewish time" is the non-static time of the moon - <I>"Hachodesh hazeh lachem"</I> - from the very beginning, the Torah makes sure that we realize that we also maintain a very close bond with the natural world, the time system associated with the sun., 3/23/2006, 12:45 AM

<I>Ki Tisa</I>: The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

As the Talmud states: "Whenever Israel sins, let them do before me this order, and I will forgive them." The emphasis is on the doing, not the saying., 3/17/2006, 1:10 AM

Parshat Mishpatim - Life in Israel is a miraculous gift from G-d

The key to life in the Land of Israel is following the directions that come with the package. Shemot 23:22 read: "But if you shall indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and an adversary to your adversaries." , 2/22/2006, 12:12 PM

<I>Yitro</I>: Practicing Judaism in Exile

Why was the Torah given on Mount Sinai in the middle of the desert? , 2/16/2006, 12:25 AM

<I>Beshalach</I>: The Splitting of the Sea and the State of Israel

While nobody will deny that the splitting of the Red Sea was a violation of the laws of nature, this is not the source of its religious power or message. The most important quality of a miracle is not that it is supernatural or super-historical, but that it is a moment that remains miraculous in the eyes of the person to whom it occurred. , 2/10/2006, 1:12 AM

<I>Bo</I>: The Illusion of Precision

Is it possible there are yet those wise people, and many who are more than wise, who are still waiting because they think that this great drama of <I>reishit tzemichat geulateinu</I> is but an illusion?, 2/1/2006, 3:15 PM

<I>Vayechi</I>: Exile Closes In

Usually, a space separates between two <I>parshiyot</I>, but there is no space between <I>parashat Vayigash</I> and <I>parashat Vayechi</I>. <I>Chazal</I> understand that Ezra the Scribe, who wrote the first Torah scroll, purposely connected the two <I>parshiyot</I>. The question is: what's the connection?, 1/13/2006, 10:34 AM

<I>Vayigash</I>: The Ingathering and Redemption

In this week's <I>Haftarah</I>, the prophet Yechezkel outlines the stages of the <I>Geulah</I> scenario that has given the Jewish People hope throughout the dark <I>Galut</I>., 1/5/2006, 1:44 AM

<I>Miketz</I>: Yosef's Influence in Exile

Yosef in Egypt had replaced the angel of Egypt, had subjugated the Egyptian national idea, becoming the conduit of a bounty not tainted by the Egyptian national character., 12/29/2005, 12:29 AM

<I>Vayeshev</I>: To the Land of the Hebrews

Yosef understood that he could realize himself only in the Land of Israel., 12/22/2005, 11:27 PM

<I>Vayishlach</I>: As if He Has a Portion in the World to Come

Ibn Ezra explains the reason that the Torah mentions that Yaakov <I>Avinu</I> purchased a portion of the field in Shechem for one hundred kesita: to inform us of the importance of owning land in <I>Eretz Yisroel</I>. , 12/14/2005, 11:08 PM