Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz

The Four Cups: A foundation of Jewish thought

These cups establish the basis of Jewish thought and are thus crucial for the understanding of the Haggadah, for they specifically explain what freedom truly is, 3/27/2018, 5:29 PM

It is enough, but it should not be

Second in a series of three Pesach articles. , 3/19/2018, 12:28 AM

The Components of the Mitzvah of Haggadah  

First in Rabbi Schertz' series of Passover articles for Arutz Sheva., 3/13/2018, 2:45 PM

Purim: A new understanding

Eisav scorned the idea of God. Amalek represents His denial., 2/27/2018, 10:55 PM

Approaching the essence of man

A lesson that can transform one's life., 12/25/2017, 12:30 PM

From Noach to Abraham

Why should Abraham be considered greater than Noach?, 10/21/2017, 11:21 PM

The two creations

The Torah identifies two types of creation which lead us to beief in the Creator., 10/11/2017, 11:19 AM

For Sukkot: The significance of aesthetics in human life

In Judaism, the Torah indicates the esthetic aspects of several categories of objects. , 10/4/2017, 8:23 AM

The inherent contradiction in the Rambam’s concept of Teshuva

Does Teshuva create a new state of consciousness where the desire for sin has been eliminated? Or is the state of Teshuva one of constant struggle?, 9/26/2017, 8:56 PM

An insight into the mitzva of hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashannah

Personal mitzva? Communal mitzva? How do we define hearing the shofar blasts?, 9/18/2017, 7:28 AM

The revolution of the 9th of Av

The normal dynamic of life is totally undermined by the experience of Tisha B’Av which in Rabbinic tradition became an unending experience.  , 7/31/2017, 10:50 PM

Kiddush Hashem and Kedushat Yisrael

When a Jew commits certain sins, he does more than transgress on an individual basis., 7/12/2017, 6:35 AM

Human freedom and God’s Providence as analyzed by the Rambam

it is the level of providence which one receives from God which determines the ultimate status of his value and life., 6/20/2017, 1:11 PM

The necessity of counting the Omer for giving the Torah

Time is of the essence., 5/29/2017, 10:21 PM

A Study of Ethics:  Aristotle and the Rambam

The definitive comparison of Rambam and Aristotle., 5/18/2017, 12:21 AM

Korbanot:  The Polarity between the Rambam and the Ramban

What is the place of Temple offerings?, 5/8/2017, 4:48 AM

A מew understanding of the Mitzvah of Haggadah

On the night of Pesach, the Talmud wants us to be so involved in the process of the Exodus, that we are able to transport ourselves to the very moment of that crucial event in our history., 4/4/2017, 7:55 PM

The duality of Purim

Purim destroyed the Jews' confidence that they would ever be treated as any other people.  They recognized that being the people of God occasioned significant consequences, 3/9/2017, 10:04 PM

The Rambam’s revolutionary conception of miracles

The Rambam greatly discounts the importance of miracles for the belief in G-d. So what role do they serve in his opinion?, 2/12/2017, 10:57 PM

The price of betraying God

The Jews were duped by Pharaoh who played them for useful idiots., 1/25/2017, 5:42 PM

Judah's legacy: The dichotomy of leadership

What kind of leader could the man who helped sell his brother Joseph become?, 1/4/2017, 12:53 PM

Hanukkah: the power of dedication

Divine illumination, not ordinary light., 12/28/2016, 6:12 PM

Yaakov:  The Patriarch for the Exile

Yaakov’s experiences in exile would become absolutely necessary for his descendants who would spend millennia in exile, , 12/17/2016, 7:21 PM

The ethical framework of the Akeida

The binding of Isaac is our greatest Biblical challenge., 11/16/2016, 10:25 PM

A startling contradiction in G-d's attitude to man

Does G-d repent?, 10/30/2016, 7:39 AM

Looking back at Sukkot and ourselves

This article is by Rabbi Schertz' son David, an attorney in Pennsylvania., 10/25/2016, 3:33 PM

The mitzvah of Sukkah and the definition of Man

It requires the totality of one’s being to be encompassed by the sacred space of the Sukkah.  , 10/16/2016, 2:27 PM

Sanctifying the fast

Kiddush Hayom and Yom HaKippurim, 10/11/2016, 12:59 PM

Dissecting Teshuva

Teshuva should be understood as a dual process., 9/29/2016, 7:47 AM

Eshet Yefat Toar: An eternal challenge

A thorough and informative analysis of the complex issue of a woman taken in battle., 9/16/2016, 8:07 AM


The meaning of "kedusha" - sanctity, holiness - in Judaism - and its ramifications in Jewish society., 9/13/2016, 7:51 AM

A closer look at Kamtza and Bar Kamtza

Sometimes supposed goodness encourages the existence and expansion of the highest form of intolerance., 8/12/2016, 1:00 PM

Conflicting leadership

Two brothers, two different leadership styles and abilities., 8/1/2016, 9:44 PM

The famous Talmudic controversy about the nature of ritual impurity

This controversy has far ranging consequences for the Jewish community and its obligation to sanctify the Name of God., 6/22/2016, 8:22 AM

Shavuot: A sacrifice offered by G-d

How do we know that G-d accepted us, the Jewish people, as we are?, 6/8/2016, 6:37 AM

For Lag Ba'Omer: Sfirat Haomer, time of delight and despair

The period has its roots in the Torah, seems to be connected to Temple sacrifice, to the Temple destruction and to preparation for Mount Sinai - so what is the right attitude to it? The deaths of Rabbi Akiva's students may provide the answer. , 5/23/2016, 7:46 AM

The matza mystery

And we don't mean searching for the afikomen., 4/21/2016, 12:30 PM

Pesach thoughts: Two revelations

Reason versus emotion - which kind of experience is more lasting?, 4/20/2016, 6:01 AM

Pesach thoughts: The Seder and human freedom

What kind of freedom are we celebrating at the Seder?, 4/17/2016, 12:15 PM

Pesach thoughts: The Seder proclaims our special relationship with G-d

The Haggadah is replete with the idea that God has a special relationship with the Jewish people.  , 4/10/2016, 10:22 PM

The extraordinary celebration of Purim

Our sages said that in the days of the Messiah, the days of Purim will still be celebrated. Why?, 3/22/2016, 10:44 PM

There is more to the Golden Calf than meets the eye

What level of development had the Children of Israel achieved at the incident of the Golden Calf?, 2/25/2016, 8:45 AM

Why Moses?

Didn’t Moshe fail the test when he refused to return to Egypt to lead the Jews?, 12/31/2015, 6:50 AM

Why is Hanukkah such a popular holiday?

And why is the Hanukkah miracle significant?, 12/8/2015, 11:39 PM

Joseph: the first modern man in the Bible

The importance of proper forgiveness, 12/2/2015, 9:35 PM

Jacob wished to live in peace

The two names of Yaakov (Jacob), 11/25/2015, 6:41 AM

Isaac: the Sacred and the Blind

Isaac reached the level of angels at the Akeida, but he also became blind., 10/30/2015, 7:18 AM

Why Abraham

It was his mind which separated Abraham from the rest of mankind., 10/23/2015, 10:03 AM

Children of Noach, Children of Abraham

The crucial distinctions., 10/16/2015, 1:31 PM

Torah is the Record of the Relationship between G-d and Man

Lessons and purpose in Bereishit.., 10/8/2015, 11:03 PM

The Sukkah and the Mitztaer: A Revolutionary Concept

What are the conditions for exoneration from the mitzva of Sukkah?, 9/27/2015, 9:27 AM

Where Does Our Teshuva Take Us After Yom Kippur?

Human freedom gives us the possibility of acting on our promises to do Teshuva. , 9/25/2015, 7:08 AM

The Dual Nature of the Mitzvah of Shofar

The halakhic and philosophic underpinnings for the two concepts expressed by the shofar., 9/11/2015, 6:54 AM

The Temple: Foundation of Jewish Identity and Unity

Blowing the shofar awakens us, but it is also in memory of the Holy Temples. Not blowing it on Shabbat and not using the lulav on Shabbat have deeper implications regarding the function of the Temple for the Jewish people., 8/26/2015, 5:57 AM

Tisha B'Av - A Bifurcated Observance for the Rambam

The connection between mourning for a loved one and mourning for the Temple., 7/22/2015, 5:54 AM

Shavuot - A Conundrum

Why is the major element of Shavuot obfuscated in the Torah?, 5/22/2015, 5:29 AM