Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

Parasha thoughts: Whodunit?

The fact is that whatever goes wrong in our community, we all bear a share of the responsibility., 9/5/2019, 3:22 PM

What to do and say at a shivah house

The traditional week of mourning is psychologically better for the family because it helps to ease them back into life and learn to live without the person who has died., 8/26/2019, 11:32 PM

Jeffrey Epstein and the status of suicide in Judaism

In Judaism the debate is not so much political or social but theological., 8/20/2019, 7:07 PM

Insights into Judaism: Common law wives

Asking the rabbi about common law unions, repeating the amida and G-d's tefillin., 8/13/2019, 9:02 AM

Is the Fast of the 9th of Av still relevant?

Why, if we have liberated Jerusalem and it is a thriving city, do we still fast on the 9th of Av and mourn its destruction? And when did it occur?, 8/10/2019, 10:45 PM

Maybe the dog will die.

"Better not to vow than to vow and not fulfill" but We all seem to hope that we will never be called upon to carry out the obligations we assume., 7/31/2019, 6:05 PM

Insights into selected Jewish topics

Learn about the 613 mitzvot, about whether Judaism mandates supporting one's family, and proofs of the Temple existing in Jerusalem before the Muslim conquest., 7/15/2019, 5:52 PM

Feeling afraid

Insights into Jewish thought and practice: Feeling afraid, equal rights and thoughts on Parshat Naso., 6/11/2019, 7:02 AM

Bechukotai (Diaspora): End of story

This is the last of the readings from the book of Leviticus., 5/30/2019, 4:30 PM

Why do we point at the Torah during Sabbath services?

And why do some Jews call the post-Sabbath service spread a kiddush while others call it a bracha?, 5/29/2019, 12:00 PM

Changing over and changing back

What has changed since we cleaned for Pesach?, 4/28/2019, 8:21 AM

Hansen's Law and the last days of Passover

Insights into Judaic topics, this time with an emphasis on the end of Passover., 4/24/2019, 12:00 PM

Did matzah exist before the Exodus?

Insights into the holiday of Pesach that you will enjoy., 4/23/2019, 10:45 AM

Vegans on Pesach

Insights on Torah Judaism., 4/2/2019, 8:14 AM

Taking out the trash in the Holy Temple - an election message

If Aaron needed to be reminded not to become too high and mighty, how much more do the lesser people who in our day often occupy positions of power and eminence. , 3/24/2019, 8:18 AM

Local, unique Purims

Haman had many admirers who tried to emulate his scheme and didn't succeed, calling for other Purim celebrations., 3/20/2019, 8:05 AM

The Purim story in poetry: Psalm 22;

There is a rabbinic tradition that links Psalm 22 with Purim. , 3/19/2019, 8:02 AM

What does it mean to be a mentsch?

A mentsch doesn't cheat to get his offspring into college. It doesn't say that here, but it is a corollary of being a mentsch., 3/13/2019, 12:02 PM

The Jewish view of lawyers

Insights on topics in Judaism., 2/20/2019, 6:46 AM

Ethics in business

Insights in topics in Judaism: Business ethics, saying the 10 Commandments every day, human dignity., 2/3/2019, 8:10 AM

Women in the military

What is the Torah view of female combatants?, 1/15/2019, 7:51 AM

Shortening prayers/ Eastern religions

Insights into current questions about Judaism., 1/8/2019, 10:42 AM

Book Review: The RCA Siddur - Avodat Halev

A completely re-thought, re-planned and re-worked prayer book that takes account of technical advances, linguistic developments, historical events, sociological changes, and includes ideological analyses of spirituality, theology as well as halakha., 1/1/2019, 7:30 AM

Choosing your own religious observances; operate on your parents

Can Jews pick and choose the mitzvas they wish to keep?, 12/26/2018, 1:06 PM

Jews who have left Judaism

Insights into topics in Judaism: Jews who have left Judaism; Why have bar mitzvas at age 13., 12/11/2018, 11:39 AM

What started the Hanukkah conflict?

Insights into the Jewish holiday that starts next week., 11/28/2018, 6:52 AM

Sitting shiva for a child who marries out

Insights into various topics in Judaism., 11/11/2018, 8:00 AM

Little time left

The sages say, “When a mitzvah comes to your hand, don’t let it get stale” (M’chilta Bo).  , 11/6/2018, 1:04 PM

Ask the Rabbi: Gun control

Pros and cons, but most important, supervision and self control., 10/29/2018, 11:33 PM

Lifting the bride's veil

Insights into Jewish customs., 10/22/2018, 2:30 PM

Harry Potter, yes or no?

Other insights: Money lending; How much does it cost to be Jewish?, 10/16/2018, 5:48 AM

The day after

How do people react on the day after Simchat Torah?, 10/2/2018, 6:32 PM

The sukkah, the etrog and reading Kohelet

Insights into aspects of the Sukkot holiday., 9/27/2018, 9:19 AM

Coming home on Yom Kippur

Insights for the most solemn day of the Jewish year., 9/14/2018, 12:18 PM

Converts and the Land of Israel

Part of the Torah-mandated declaration upon bringing First Fruits is to say "the Lord promised our fathers..." But what does a proselyte say?, 8/28/2018, 8:21 PM

The true hero of Rosh Hashanah

Insights into topics in Judaism., 8/27/2018, 6:27 AM

Cheating the government

Insights into Judaism., 8/19/2018, 2:37 PM

Insights into Judaism: Appreciating the trees; outlook on divorce

Understanding topics in Judaism., 8/14/2018, 4:40 AM

Insights into Judaism: Facebook, Jewish contributions to civilization

Short explanations about issues that relate to the Torah-observant lifestyle., 7/30/2018, 7:55 AM

Insights into Judaic topics: Sanctions for adultery

Adultery, secular studies, the word "ploni"., 7/23/2018, 2:30 PM

Why blame ourselves?

Wouldn't Babylon and Rome have destroyed the Temples anyway?, 7/18/2018, 3:40 PM

Synagogue seats

Insights and information on Judaism., 7/10/2018, 9:06 AM

Pinchas and Elijah

Insights into the Torah Reading., 7/5/2018, 2:03 PM

Insights into Judaism

Blaming religion. Taking 3 steps backward., 6/25/2018, 11:54 AM

How to be a diplomat

Insights into the Torah reading., 6/21/2018, 4:17 AM


Insights into various topics from the Torah point of view: Poverty, a taxi to hospital on Shabbat, washing before bread., 6/13/2018, 12:28 PM

Is G-d real or an idea?

Insights into Judaism., 6/4/2018, 1:14 PM

Insights into Beha'alotcha

Thoughts on various topics in the weekly portion., 5/31/2018, 9:18 AM

Insights into Judaism

Pouring out the water, lavish simchas, the thread of blue., 5/27/2018, 4:32 AM

Oz Torah: Shavuot

Insights into Judaism: The date of the holiday, foliage in shul, Book of Ruth, staying up all night to learn., 5/16/2018, 12:12 PM

Behar-Bechukotai: Mountains and molehills

Insights into Judaic subjects., 5/8/2018, 5:00 PM

Lag Ba'Omer: The unusual holiday

Insights into different aspects of Jewish heritage., 5/1/2018, 12:45 PM

Are miracles really so miraculous? How does genetics affect a kohen?

Insights into questions on Judaism., 4/23/2018, 9:18 AM

Turning Yom Ha'atsmaut into a festival

Are we allowed to do that? And how should we act toward the flag?, 4/18/2018, 7:37 PM

Gambling, hunting, fur coats in Jewish law

What does halakha have to say about gambling, fur coats and going hunting?, 4/2/2018, 8:19 PM

Happy or sad on Seder night? And how about a timetable?

The dilemma posed by the Seder and how to make a reasonable timetable that allows for discussion without reaching the small hours., 3/28/2018, 6:59 AM

Messing with Maimonides: Vayikra

One little alef and such a fuss., 3/14/2018, 9:53 PM