The Death of Evil PeopleMishnah, Sanhedrin: "The death of evil people is pleasant and beneficial for them, and pleasant and beneficial for the world.”
The Sukkah of faith, the Sukkah of redemptionWe take our leave of the Sukkah on Erev Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. A review.
The Ultimate SabbathThe sequence of Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat four out of five years is extremely rare.
Nitsavim-Vayelech: Stand Proud!Stand proud! You have free will!
Gaza: How to Perpetuate the ConflictIs demilitarisation of the Gaza region feasible? It has already been tried. In the Kadesh Campaign, 1956. It lasted for a day and a half.
Eikev: The Golden Calf Still EchoesThe sin still resounds, but there is also the eventual reward.
9th of Av: 5774Destroying the Temples affected the entire world. And how little the world has changed since that calamitous day 1,944 years ago!
G-d's Peace Plan is in the ParshaHundreds of years ago, our great Sages interpreted the Torah in perfect harmony with tomorrow’s headlines.
The Headline You Will Never SeeSome civilians are more equal than others.
Mattot: The Purpose of WarThis week's Torah reading includes the command to wage war under certain circumstances.
CompassionPinchas exhibited compassion in a way that G-d ratified.
Chukat: The King of Arad Takes a CaptiveA nation that is worthy of independence in its homeland goes to all-out war to defend its own – and even to bring back a servant who is held captive.
A Lesson in Practical RepentanceIt is now less than seven weeks until the ninth of Av. The decision is in our hands.
A Second ChanceThis Torah reading includes the quintessential second chance.
Shavuot: Modesty by ExampleHumility is a central Torah directive.
The Return of the Estranged WifeThis is the sole example where a person’s guilt or innocence is determined not by a court, not by witnesses or by evidence, but by G-d’s direct miraculous intervention.
The 6 Day War - Paradigms of MiraclesIn many ways, the Six Day War straddles the boundary between hidden miracles and revealed miracles. Both happened before our eyes. And they are still happening, but we have to look.
In the Eye of the BeholderAs long as we realize that events are not happenstance, G-d will reward and punish us according to our actions.
Whose Land is This Anyway?This is the parashah in which G-d decrees that the Land will return to its original owner.
The Dawn of Redemption“Such is Israel’s redemption. At first it comes slowly by slowly, and as it progresses its light increases”.
A Wide-Ranging Torah Reading"Rabbi Hiyya taught that this Parashah was said in the assembly [of the entire nation] because most of the Torah’s essentials are dependent upon it."
The Power of the 7th Day of PesachHow we merited the awesome, revealed miracle of the Splitting of the Red Sea.
Shabbat Hagadol - The Great SabbathA connection between the haftarah read on this Sabbath, the Great Sabbath, and the Torah reading of Achrei Mot.
Not Just at Harvard: An Historical PrecedentOxford University and Israel's government did no better.
The Post-Purim StoryTime for the post-Purim story.
Twenty Years Since Baruch GoldsteinHistory and analysis of the events surrounding the massacre.
Shabbat ZachorIn leap years (as this year), Parashat Tzav is either Shabbat Zachor (the Shabbat immediately before Purim, as this year), or else the Shabbat immediately after Purim. Parashat Tzav is connected either to Purim or to Pesach.
Elders of IsraelThree landmark events in the first redemption, the redemption from Egypt, when G-d called to Moses and then spoke to him, which were the three times when He gave honour to the Elders of Israel
Shabbat Parshat ShekalimThe Torah reading this week is Pikudei, but at the end of the reading a different chapter is read, the one on giving donations - shekalim - to the holy Temple. The Sabbath is therefore called Shabbat Shekalim.
Preparing for EternityHashem commanded Moshe to construct the Mishkan in the Sinai Desert; yet the Enumeration of the Mitzvot of the Mahara”m Hagiz clearly states that the mitzvah is “to build a Holy Temple when they enter the Land of Israel”.
We Inherit the Land Through JusticeThe weekly portion contains ordinary work-a-day laws, mundane rules which do not appear to be particularly inspiring. But they are the basis of justice.
On Ariel Sharon - The "Bulldozer"Ariel Sharon was once the right's hero and anathema to the left and the Arab world.
A Time of WarThere is a time for total war.
How [Not] to Bring the RedemptionThe story of the Hasmonean dynasty shows what happens when Israel's trust is put in the wrong place.
Vayishlach: Esau's LoveIs it real love or something else?
From Sodom to Heaven - Via Bet ElThe Medrash connects three events by stating a grammatical rule.
Toldot: Well, Well, WellWhy tell the story of the wells?
What's In a Name?The significance of the name changes in the book of Genesis.
Verdi and the Temple MountA clever Israeli outwits the police on the Temple Mount. Strangers in our own land.
Countdown to RedemptionAn original explanation for the Torah's different 'countdowns' for the Egyptian exile.
Safe in the Land of IsraelAnd only in Israel.
Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah RoundupA holistic look at the holidays of Tishrei, and the place of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah at the end of the month.
Be An Etrog!A look at The Four Species - a look in the mirror.
The Ultimate PunishmentWhy the change from plural to singular in the tochecha from Leviticus to Deuteronomy?
Ki Teitse: Remember, Forget, and RememberThe Torah tells us to consciously remember six events.
Shoftim: On Jewish GovernmentThe Torah mandated, thousands of years ago, not only that the judge or judges be the peers of the litigants who stand before them, but that the officers who enforce the law also be their peers. Learn more.
False ProphetsThere are no personality cults in Judaism.
Three Levels of Faulty Logic in Releasing TerroristsThe US administration desperately wants negotiations to restart, and it is likely that Netanyahu has caved in to massive American pressure rather than to “Palestinian” pressure.
Shabbat Hazon: In Our Hands, In Our HeartsParashat Dvarim, beginning with Moshe’s rebuke of the Children of Israel, is always read on the Shabbat that immediately precedes or coincides with the fast of the Ninth of Av.
The 3 Weeks: Rectifying the Spies' SinThe story of the spies is surprising. How could they err so grievously?
Hukkat: The Pivot of HistoryThe Midrash suggests that our forty-year desert trek was not solely a punishment for the sin of the spies and of that generation.
Spies and LiesHow could the spies have delivered such a demoralizing report?