Chukat (Diaspora) and LGBTThe parsha with an emphasis on death teaches us much about life.
The flag of the State of IsraelThe flag is the symbol of everything the Jewish State should symbolize.
'Twas the last day of Hanukkah - the meaning of Zot HanukkahThe light that overcomes the darkness.
Gay MarriageGay 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.
Disengagement Plus Ten: Why We Cry on Tisha B’AvCry for the beloved country, cry for the moral cowardice that leads to sacrificing others rather than take a stand.
Disengagement Plus Ten: The Tragedy of Gush KatifWhy we cry on Tisha B’Av.
June 7, 1967: Rabbi Goren and JerusalemRabbi Goren created a new prayer for the city that belongs to the Jewish people forever.
Rav Wozner, Rav Kook and the OmerThe Jewish people as a synergetic entity.
We’ve Shot Ourselves in the Foot- AgainThe Religious Zionists have to learn to open the ranks or the left will win.
Shalshelet: The Return of the ThreesThe 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.
Breishit: MovementMoving forward, moving cyclically.
Ki Tavo: The Blessings of an Understanding HeartWhy the order in our Parsha, Ki Tavo?
A Just WarA war that could have been fought differently.
Albert Einstein and the ParshaThere is a connection. Read on.
A National Day of IntrospectionYom Kippur is a day for individual introspection, this year Tisha B'Av calls for national rethinking.
A New Middle League: Trade Peres for David BlattSpoof: 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.
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.
Pesach: The Mouth of JacobOur Rabbis said that in the Exile of Egypt, our power of speech was in exile, and required redemption from enslavement. That is still true.
Purim and the Green LineThere 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.
Shabbat, Mishkan , and AdarIt's all about cooperation.
Drinking Kiddush WineCan several people drinking from the kiddush cup add up to the required amount?
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.
Hannukah VisionJoseph is compared to the Kennedy's.
Breishit and the World of JusticeJustice and basic, inalienable truth are the basis of our right to this land.
A Chazan's Prayer for Kol NidreiA cantor (chazan) expresses his feelings before the sacred and solemn Kol Nidre service.
Today the World was ConceivedCan the world have been created by chance?
Justice in the Courts vs. Justice in the TorahJustice the Torah way is not justice by politically correct ethical feelings. Elul is the time for some judiciary soul-searching.
The Death of Gay MarriageA response to this week's US Supreme Court decision. The Torah is explicit on the attitude to gays.
After the Death of Gay MarriageA clear explanation of the Torah attitude to homosexuality - and the future plans of fighters for gay marriage.
Yom Ha’atzmaut on Haneviim StreetRabbi Drukman opens our eyes to the meaning of Yom Haatzmaut - and the writer finds it on a Jerusalem Street.
President Obama's Four QuestionsThe President's questions met with questions of our own - as Jews are wont to do. What are his answers?
MIshpatim: Coercion and the IDFThe Jews were coerced into accepting the Torah, according to our sages, but there is a difference.
Interactions Between Parshat Miketz and HanukkahHow we can mature into a nation worthy of its Fathers.
Summing Up Sukkot: Zman SimchatenuConnecting Sukkot’s Simcha, brotherly love, and the new cycle of Torah readings which starts this weekend.
Vacationing in This Blessed, Holy LandA land of streams and springs and underground waters, flowing into valleys and mountains” ( Parshat Eikev, Devarim 8;7-8).
Counting The Omer - Then and TodayThe writer brings a 'systems analysis' of the Omer period and some thoughts for today.
The Weirdest Things One Could DoThe story of the weirdest of peoples - the Jews - trumps all the phony, hollow and ultimately inadequate human philosophies and ideals ever devised.
Shiur by Rav Drukman: Sinai and Anti-SemitismA summary of lectures on anti-Semitism by Rav Chaim Drukman, Shlita.
Shoftim: Happy Birthday Shimon PeresYou won’t find any 'settler', nor any true son of Israel celebrating the career of Shimon Peres. The parsha helps explain why.
For Jerusalem DayReality is determined by the spirit of the people, and by the strong stand of those of faith. Jerusalem is ours forever.
Behar:The Arabs Don't Realize ItThe Arabs don't realize what happened in 1948, but do we?
"Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself"In Parshat Kedoshim, we are told to love our neighbor. Why are these laws in Leviticus, the book of instruction
A Tale of Two AdarsAn article in time for Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, the second of the two consecutive months of Adar in this Jewish leap year.
Parshat Bo: First Things FirstIn 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.
Vayeshev: A Settler's ChanukahA 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.
Sukkot, Water, and BreishitSukkot 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.
Ki Tetze: All-Out WarThis Elul, let's use this week's Torah reading of Ki Tetse (When You Go Out to War) to get 'out of the box' and truly repent.
The Three WeeksThe theme of the three week mourning is the loss of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel, today as then, not ony the Holy Temple. This was translated and adapted from a shiur given by Rav Chaim Drukman Shlita.
Spies Who Came Out of the BlueThis week's Torah reading tells of the spies who maligned the Land of Israel. The writer shows the deeper meaning of this episode, connecting it to the commandment of fringed garments at the end of the reading.
All Have a Role in RedemptionThoughts for Israel's Independence Day. The writer requested that this be in memory of Rabbi Dr. Benzion Allswang, "a great chavrusa and true friend" who passed away last week.
Department of Paschal-ar SurgeryIsrael is separated from the other nations by G-d during the period of the Redemption from Egypt.
Goldstone and the Gur AryehGoldstone is no Yitro and Barak and Bibi Netanyahu are not Moses. The Egyptians in the Book of Exodus do have a counterpart today.
Chanukah: ImaginationImprisoned by our imagination.
Vayera: Laughter and DeenBoth, of course, intersect in Yitzchak.
Tisha B'Av and Tunnel VisionThe "prat" is still exiled from the "klal".