Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

The rehabilitation of Purim

The modern Jewish reform movement began in the 19th century by criticising Purim and accused it of fostering a spirit of revenge, though later it changed its mind., 3/1/2018, 1:38 PM

The Fast of Esther

The fast begins at dawn on Wednesday, February 28 and lasts till sundown the same day., 2/27/2018, 11:46 PM

Fur coats and the number 13

Insights into topics in Judaism., 2/12/2018, 10:52 PM

Mishpatim: Church and state

Insights into the Torah reading for this Shabbat., 2/7/2018, 4:47 PM

What is kosher clothing?

Kosher clothing and other insights into Jewish topics., 2/5/2018, 2:28 PM

Whisky on a yahrzeit and saying Kaddish

Insights into Judaism., 1/29/2018, 7:23 AM

Fallen rabbis

Issue in Jewish life and law., 1/15/2018, 10:58 AM

Humpty Dumpty and the new words

The twisting of words like "peace" and "martyrdom" and "truth" have made them into deformed shadows of their real meanings. , 1/13/2018, 6:57 PM

Original sin and immortality

Insights into Torah issues., 1/9/2018, 10:30 PM

Wise women and an enduring legacy

Insights into the Torah reading., 1/7/2018, 9:58 PM

What is a 'mamzer'?

Clearing up misconceptions about what a mamzer is - and another insight into what it means to be rich., 1/2/2018, 5:57 AM

I am your brother

Insights into this week's Torah reading., 12/22/2017, 10:34 AM

Are there 36 hidden saints?

The 'lamed vavniks' and striving to be a better Jew., 12/18/2017, 4:32 PM

Seven different Hanukkahs

Insights into the holiday., 12/13/2017, 11:41 AM

A Hanukkah alphabet

A way to remember how to celebrate the holiday that begins next Tuesday night., 12/5/2017, 11:52 AM

Divinity and the dinosaurs

How old is the world and how to design a synagogue., 11/20/2017, 5:53 AM