Entering the Era of TorahThe story of Noach leads into the story of Abraham. The inverted letter "nun" in the word "Haran" is a key to the connection.
Sukkot:Building the Eternal Sukkah of PeaceThe Jew should see the stars – he must constantly aspire to Heaven. And rain – the water which symbolises Torah – must always be able to penetrate into the Jew’s dwelling.
Of Covenants and ConsolationThe final and greatest covenant which G-d will ever establish with us –is the covenant of the days of Mashiach, may it be soon.
Egypt is Remilitarizing Sinai: Calling a Spade a SpadeIt’s 1936 all over again, and Egypt is Germany, and the Sinai Desert is the Rhineland which is being remilitarised. There are none so blind as those who will not see.
Shabbat Hazon and Parshat DvarimIt is in our hands to transform the ninth of Av this year – just a couple of days away! – from a day of mourning to the day of Redemption that it was always intended to be.
The Color Wheel of PoliticsA unique way of characterizing political ideologies.
Whose Naksa is This Anyway?Had the Arabs won the Six Day War, the 'Palestinians' would never have thought of demanding independence. They should be grateful to us, instead of calling it a naksa.
Shabbat Parah and Parshat ShminiWhat is the Torah’s message in specifying that the kidneys, liver, and diaphragm were wholly burnt? Why not other parts of the sacrificed animal?
Purim: Connecting RedemptionsAs long as Amalek yet lives among us, no Jew will ever be safe. As long as those who glorify Amalek remain, it is inevitable that more Jewish blood will be spilt, more Jewish throats will be slashed.
The Tabernacle: ForgivenessG-d’s forgiveness is eternally available. It is ours for the asking
Shavuot: Pesach's CulminationBesides the lunar calendaric reason, there are other reasons that the exact day of the month of Shavuot is not mentioned in the Torah.
Closing the Circle: Jerusalem28 years after the White Paper and Kristallnacht, Jerusalem was liberated.
Test Your Palestine IQ Part IIf, like many people, you have clear views on the Arab-Israel conflict, and/or you are convinced that you know how to bring peace to the Middle East--or you just want to see how much you know, you are invited to try the following quiz.
Test Your Palestine IQ Part IIHere are questions 11-20. Answers for all 20 questions and scoring instructions appear at the end.
Shemot: Prototype of OppressorsThe invariable rule of history.
Engines for ChangeHebrew's powerful cognates and repentance.
Vayelech: Completely TorahHow the Torah ends - and begins.
Ki Tavo: First of All ThingsRejoicing in God's sovereignty.
Pinchas: Crime and RepentanceA curious interjection in the national narrative.
Matzah: Ingesting HolinessFar more powerful than merely eating crackers.
HaChodesh: Being God's Partner'This month is yours to determine....'
Your Majesty, You're Not WelcomeI must confess that I am not entirely surprised.
The Fast of the TenthWhen Jewish independence was extinguished.
Miketz: Visions of RedemptionWhat do you see?
Vayeshev: In Exile, RedemptionThe Torah inserts an aside.
Ekev: A Declaration of FaithDelving into what God is telling us in the Shema.
Bulldozers and BusesMorbid thoughts aboard a bus.
Pinchas: After DemoralisationThis has been a difficult week.
Chukat: On the Verge of the LandThis new generation was worthy.
Am Yisrael Chai!"Dead nations never rise again"?
The Climax of the Seder Night: Chad GadyaFar more than a simple children’s nursery rhyme.
<I>Zachor</I>: Remember ForeverThe appropriate Jewish response.
<I>Vayechi</I>: A Funeral in HebronThe Divine sanctification in Jewish independence.
<i>Vayigash</I>-Beginning of Exile, Seeds of RedemptionA symbiotic relationship with the exile.
<I>Vayetze</I>: Patriarchs and PrayersEach of the three Patriarchs instituted a prayer.
<i>Chayyei Sarah</I>: The Ultimate TestHe was still an outsider in the Promised Land.
<I>Noach</I>: A Tzaddik in His GenerationsThe man who would save humanity from annihilation.
<I>Ki Tavo</I>: 'A Great Mitzvah Always to be Joyful'At the entrance to Israel, we have to be reminded.
<i>Re'eh</I>: See the Land, See the BlessingsMount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.
<I>Matot-Masei</I>: Recognizing Enemies and LeadersWhy were Moab and Balak, the Moabite king, spared?
<I>Chukat</I>: Leadership at the Beginning of the EndEvery generation needs appropriate leaders.
The Six Day War: Recognizing the MiracleTorah insight can enable us to begin to understand
When Israel Stands Up for ItselfWe are at the fifth hour of the sixth day.
<I>Shemini</I>: The Heart of the Torah3 places in Torah can be said to be its "heart."
<I>Vayikra</i>: Sacrifices and RedemptionThe entire narrative of Leviticus spans one month.
<i>Parshat HaChodesh</I>: Freedom and ResponsibilityA slave doesn't need a calendar; we do.
<I>Parashat Zachor</I>: What Makes Amalek Different?Only Amalek is given no quarter by Torah law.
Vayeira: The Power of Hate"And Hashem said to Moses: 'Say to Aaron: Take your staff and stretch forth your hand over the waters of Egypt, and they will become blood, and the Egyptian sorcerers did the same with their black magic,'" (Exodus 7:19).
<I>Vayigash</I>: Beginning of Exile, Potential for PerfectionThere is a fundamental principal in Judaism that God creates the cure to all suffering before the suffering itself begins. "God never smites Israel without already having created the remedy."
Chanukah: Light, Peace and Victory Over EvilIn Modi'in, an obscure village and a Seleucid province, a single family started a revolution; twenty-five men against a vast superpower. That they dared even begin was a miracle. That other Jews joined them was inconceivable. For them to win was impossible. And yet, win they did; and it is that impossible, miraculous victory that we celebrate.
<I>Vayishlach</I>: Return to IsraelWe turn right, following the signpost to Ramallah (the site of the Biblical Ramat El), and just before approaching Beit El, we see on the right-hand side of the road the Arab village of Beteen - this name is a corruption of the original Beit El.
<I>Vayetze</I>: Exile, Foundation and ReturnThough he had spent 21 years in Padam Aram with Lavan, when G-d told him to return to Israel, he up and left immediately (Genesis 31:3).
My Only Regret, My Only RequestNow, more than ever, we need to do serious Pesach cleaning in our national home. And we need Jews - Jews in the millions - to help us. We need Jews from the USA, from Britain, from everywhere.
Why I'm Running on the Herut List"When the Lord returned the captives to Zion, we were as dreamers," said the Psalmist. But when we come to build a state, we have to wake up from the dream.
The True JudgeEven in the aftermath of disaster, we must see G-d as He who is good and bestows good.
How to Be a Menace to SocietyIf Her Honour happens to read this essay, I want her to know that I never imagined that by defending my life, and carefully not endangering the life of anyone else (not even the Arabs who would have happily taken my life), I thereby became a menace to society.
Keystone Cops in the Twilight ZoneAn extra ten days in jail isn't all that long - at least, not after five months.