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Dr. Aryeh Hirsch

'Twas the last day of Hanukkah - the meaning of Zot Hanukkah

The light that overcomes the darkness., 12/14/2015, 4:58 PM

Gay Marriage

Gay Israelis sound exactly like their counterparts in the US, 25 years ago. In the US, the gays are winning their battle to undermine traditional morality, in court, in the media, and even in the dictionary., 8/16/2015, 8:22 AM

Disengagement Plus Ten: Why We Cry on Tisha B’Av

Cry for the beloved country, cry for the moral cowardice that leads to sacrificing others rather than take a stand., 7/23/2015, 5:38 AM

Disengagement Plus Ten: The Tragedy of Gush Katif

Why we cry on Tisha B’Av., 6/18/2015, 8:40 AM

June 7, 1967: Rabbi Goren and Jerusalem

Rabbi Goren created a new prayer for the city that belongs to the Jewish people forever., 5/17/2015, 6:53 PM

Rav Wozner, Rav Kook and the Omer

The Jewish people as a synergetic entity., 4/11/2015, 11:44 PM

We’ve Shot Ourselves in the Foot- Again

The Religious Zionists have to learn to open the ranks or the left will win., 3/7/2015, 10:59 PM

Shalshelet: The Return of the Threes

The Hashmonians knew that victory was assured, no matter what the numbers. 5,000 Jewish soldiers could face ten times as many Greeks, it made no difference., 12/12/2014, 3:26 PM

Breishit: Movement

Moving forward, moving cyclically., 10/17/2014, 11:48 AM

Ki Tavo: The Blessings of an Understanding Heart

Why the order in our Parsha, Ki Tavo?, 9/12/2014, 6:21 AM

A Just War

A war that could have been fought differently., 9/4/2014, 11:40 AM

Albert Einstein and the Parsha

There is a connection. Read on., 8/8/2014, 5:46 PM

A National Day of Introspection

Yom Kippur is a day for individual introspection, this year Tisha B'Av calls for national rethinking., 8/4/2014, 11:00 AM

A New Middle League: Trade Peres for David Blatt

Spoof: With the rumored move of Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball coach David Blatt to the NBA, a whole new arena of activity can open up for outgoing President Shimon Peres, as he leaves office. , 6/10/2014, 5:20 AM

The Sadigura Rebbe and Yom Haatzmaut

‘Ribbono Shel Olam (Master of the Universe), may it be Thy will that I merit to take a broom and sweep the streets of Eretz Yisrael’, he prayed., 5/5/2014, 5:12 PM

Pesach: The Mouth of Jacob

Our Rabbis said that in the Exile of Egypt, our power of speech was in exile, and required redemption from enslavement. That is still true., 4/13/2014, 1:27 PM

Purim and the Green Line

There is an ultimate plan to history, G-d’s plan, and even while nothing gets in its way, we humans still paradoxically maintain full freedom of choice and action., 3/15/2014, 9:03 PM

Shabbat, Mishkan , and Adar

It's all about cooperation., 2/23/2014, 10:32 PM

Drinking Kiddush Wine

Can several people drinking from the kiddush cup add up to the required amount?, 2/22/2014, 11:42 PM

MK Uri Orbach and "V'Rapo Yerapeh"

MK Ofer Shelach of the Yesh Atid party presented legislation to allow assisted suicide in Israel. Contrast that to a Jew's morning prayers., 1/28/2014, 7:22 PM

Hannukah Vision

Joseph is compared to the Kennedy's., 11/26/2013, 11:04 PM

Breishit and the World of Justice

Justice and basic, inalienable truth are the basis of our right to this land. , 9/26/2013, 11:10 PM

A Chazan's Prayer for Kol Nidrei

A cantor (chazan) expresses his feelings before the sacred and solemn Kol Nidre service., 9/12/2013, 11:10 PM

Today the World was Conceived

Can the world have been created by chance?, 9/3/2013, 11:37 PM

The Death of Gay Marriage

A response to this week's US Supreme Court decision. The Torah is explicit on the attitude to gays., 6/28/2013, 7:16 AM

After the Death of Gay Marriage

A clear explanation of the Torah attitude to homosexuality - and the future plans of fighters for gay marriage., 4/18/2013, 9:50 AM

President Obama's Four Questions

The President's questions met with questions of our own - as Jews are wont to do. What are his answers?, 3/22/2013, 9:53 AM

MIshpatim: Coercion and the IDF

The Jews were coerced into accepting the Torah, according to our sages, but there is a difference., 2/8/2013, 2:49 PM

Interactions Between Parshat Miketz and Hanukkah

How we can mature into a nation worthy of its Fathers., 12/13/2012, 8:54 AM

Mother Rivka's Call to Arms: Rav Kook on Jewish Power

It is time to read religious Zionist Torah sage and first Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitschak Hacohen Kook's words on Jewish militarism, translated by the writer., 11/16/2012, 9:44 AM

The Noah Principle

Mankind remembers Noah, and the lessons of this week’s parsha still resonate in men’s hearts, 4,116 years after the Flood. So it’s relevant to ask: Why? , 10/19/2012, 9:28 AM

Summing Up Sukkot: Zman Simchatenu

Connecting Sukkot’s Simcha, brotherly love, and the new cycle of Torah readings which starts this weekend., 10/6/2012, 8:29 PM

Vacationing in This Blessed, Holy Land

A land of streams and springs and underground waters, flowing into valleys and mountains” ( Parshat Eikev, Devarim 8;7-8). , 8/14/2012, 6:53 PM

Counting The Omer - Then and Today

The writer brings a 'systems analysis' of the Omer period and some thoughts for today. , 5/1/2012, 2:54 PM

Purim and the Bomb; Livni or Lau and Begin?

Whom to believe: Livni, a failed politician who was one of Israel’s weakest, wimpiest FM's; her weak policies landed us in the pickle we are in today, or two Holocaust survivors, PM Begin and Rabbi Lau, who held the highest positions in this land. , 3/8/2012, 7:28 AM

Chanukkah: The Price (Tag) of Peanuts

Read to the end to understand a Torah view on price tag operations. , 12/19/2011, 7:48 AM

Chaim Weizmann and the Heart of the Matter

Zionists today, both with and without kipot, are driven by the same spirit that drove Avraham Avinu so long ago, and Chaim Weizmann so recently, as in the fascinating story below., 11/3/2011, 8:27 AM

Parshat Breishit : Orot Mei’Ofel

The author explains that the Rambam, when writing of happiness, is not saying that we are to serve the Lord happily; rather, he’s saying that our service is Simcha, being happy, living happily. Ed. Note: Dr. Hirsch on the Shalit deal is at end., 10/19/2011, 11:58 AM

Shoftim: Happy Birthday Shimon Peres

You won’t find any 'settler', nor any true son of Israel celebrating the career of Shimon Peres. The parsha helps explain why., 9/1/2011, 7:18 PM

Tisha B'Av and the Options Market

We all know the type who has all the “answers” in every situation, but never THE answer, never the solution to the main problem because he doesn't even know that there is one., 8/8/2011, 9:42 AM

Balak: Much Ado About History

Throught the longterm eyes of history: 70 C.E. versus 2011 C.E., 7/7/2011, 6:56 AM

Behar:The Arabs Don't Realize It

The Arabs don't realize what happened in 1948, but do we?, 5/13/2011, 12:56 PM

A Tale of Two Adars

An article in time for Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, the second of the two consecutive months of Adar in this Jewish leap year., 3/3/2011, 9:51 AM

Parshat Bo: First Things First

In this week's Torah reading, a new order is set as G-d says: You, Israel, are my heirs, and I now I bequeath to you the stage of history., 1/7/2011, 1:25 AM

Vayeshev: A Settler's Chanukah

A Torah essay on this week's reading whose lesson should cause Rabbi Chaim Amsallem of Shas to take heart in knowing that the Torah actually backs him, and not his Hareidi detractors., 11/25/2010, 1:36 PM

Sukkot, Water, and Breishit

Sukkot is all Nature: harvest-season, etrog-citron, palm-leaves and branches. During Sukkot, we instill the "Elyon", the Almighty who is Above and who created the world, into Nature., 9/28/2010, 6:59 PM

<I>Yitro</I>: Going the Distance

Twice, God tells Moshe <I>Rabbeinu</I> to warn the people not to come close to Mt. Sinai. In fact, Rashi comments that Moshe is puzzled by the second warning, and tells God that he's already relayed the order to distance men and animals from the Mountain of God; but God tells Moshe that he must warn the Jews a second time., 2/9/2007, 12:48 AM

<I>Shemot</I>: A Rose By Any Other Name

It seems that appearances and manner of speech are important. They can create reality. Our sages told us (<I>Shemot Rabbah</I>, chapter 13) that "<I>B'nei Yisrael</I> were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of the fact that they did not change their names, their language and their dress." , 1/11/2007, 3:40 PM

The Ox Horn Incident

"The Greeks ordered that the Jews write on the horns of their oxen: 'We have no part in the God of Israel.'" Why did Antiochus choose oxen? And even granted the agrarian nature of the Jewish nation, what did Antiochus hope to accomplish by such a bizarre decree?, 12/21/2006, 3:55 PM

Hanukkah: Threes Redux

The Torah is begging us to look for the three that runs through the whole Yaakov story, beginning in <I>parshat Vayishlach</i> and culminating in <I>parshat Miketz</I>, with its hints of Hanukkah. That three is found on the Codex of Hanukkah - the dreidel, the <I>sivivon</I>. Can you guess?, 12/17/2006, 12:17 PM

<I>Toldot</I>: The Mothers of Our Nation

Rivka <I>Imeinu</I> calls all the shots: in a one-of-a-kind prenatal diagnosis, only she is given the prophecy of the destinies of her twin boys. She recognizes the essences of the developing boys, and it is Rivka who devises and puts into motion the plan that brings the blessings to Yaakov., 11/22/2006, 4:43 PM

<I>Vayera</I> and Mt. Moriah

"What is <I>Har HaMoriyah</I> (Mount Moriah)? The mount from which <I>hora'ah</I> (teaching, instruction, Torah) went out to Israel." (<I>Ta'anit</I> 16a) Rashi explains: "This refers to the <I>Lishkat HaGazit</I> (the Temple's office of hewn stone) in which stood prophets.", 11/9/2006, 1:14 PM

<I>Breishit</I>: The Fourth Hour

As we leave the Tishrei holiday period , we now enter the real, <I>gashmi</I> (as in <I>"mashiv haruach umorid hagashem"</I>) world. , 10/16/2006, 3:47 PM

The Dance of Sukkot

And there was dancing at the <I>Simchat Beit HaShoeiva</I>. To explain it, one must return to Yom Kippur in the Temple., 10/11/2006, 8:11 AM

Rosh HaShanah: <I>Akeidat</I> Yitzchak

The central lesson of Rosh HaShanah seems to have no relevance to the individual Jew as he prays for hours on the Jewish New Year., 9/21/2006, 2:34 PM

<I>Ki-Tavo</I>: The Jordan River Rules

The lesson of teamwork is of primary importance to our nation, a small, Jewish minority living in an overwhelmingly hostile Muslim Middle East. And the Torah stresses this lesson in this week's <I>parsha</I>. , 9/8/2006, 12:06 AM