Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

How can we say 'shehecheyanu' at this time?

Isn't that blessing said when one is grateful for a special, unusual, new event? Read the story of Reb Ber., 4/6/2020, 2:30 PM

Covid-19: How long, O Lord?

Early in B'reshit the Creator promises not to destroy His Creation. I am sure He will keep His word. Our problem is that we are uncertain of His timetable., 3/23/2020, 10:18 PM

Ask the Rabbi: Coronavirus - the moral aspect

A scapegoat is not the aswer, nor looking for Biblical warnings., 3/11/2020, 8:56 AM

How to treat converts - in both directions

Insights into Judaism: Converts., 3/2/2020, 5:52 PM

Insights into Judaism: Blessing on not making me a woman

In blessing God, a man is not asserting any real or imagined superiority, but expressing deep humility. , 2/24/2020, 9:59 AM

Insights into Judaism: Judaism and Art

Thoughts on Judaism and Art, the World to Come and the word phylacteries., 2/17/2020, 10:36 PM

Does God answer prayer?

, 2/12/2020, 7:19 AM

Ostriches, Converts, Consumer protection

Insights into aspects of Judaism., 2/4/2020, 6:52 PM

How much are you worth?

In sights into Judaism., 2/3/2020, 10:23 PM

The women too

Neither kings nor any other males have a right to prevent women’s religious expression., 1/29/2020, 8:08 AM

A Jewish guide to death and bereavement

Judaism is adamant that one may not actively hasten death, but it recognises the morality of permitting people to die. The effect is not to shorten a person’s living, but to shorten their dying., 1/26/2020, 7:44 AM


Who is a Jew?, 1/15/2020, 7:32 AM

The origins of the Rabbinate

Insights on varied topics in Judaism., 1/6/2020, 6:29 AM

The name of G-d

The names we call G-d are often as not a job specification rather than a name., 1/1/2020, 7:36 AM

The Hanukkah story is not nearly as simple as people think

Where did the story begin and what does it say about violence in Judaism, martyrdom and murder?, 12/24/2019, 9:25 AM

The unknown Hanukkah Megilla

There is actually a little known Megillah for the festival. Who wrote it?, 12/17/2019, 7:58 PM

Malpractice and doctors

Does Jewish law allow for suing medical personnel?, 12/15/2019, 8:09 PM

Vayishlach: Struggling alone

In difficult times there has generally been no sign of Jacob’s erstwhile friends., 12/12/2019, 8:53 AM

Is God Jewish?

And is it wrong to buy a lottery ticket? And what are Torah public service ethics?, 11/25/2019, 10:18 AM

Abraham, Prince of G-d mourns his wife Sarah, Woman of Valor

Insights into the week's Torah reading., 11/20/2019, 7:46 AM

Abraham our father, Moses our teacher

Insights into the Parasha: Abraham's aliya to Israel., 11/7/2019, 8:31 AM

120 years, 120 words

Insights into Parashat Noach., 10/29/2019, 9:34 PM

The Sukkah of Leviathan

In the Pesikta, Rabbi Levi explains that whoever fulfils the mitzvah of sukkah in this world will dwell in the sukkah of Leviathan in time to come - what does that mean? And how does a sukkah symbolize peace? , 10/13/2019, 9:29 AM

Insights into selected Yom Kippur prayers

Unetane Tokef, Melech Elyon and the Ten Martyrs, central prayers on the fast day, are explained below., 10/5/2019, 10:43 PM

A Rosh Hashana prelude

Insights into the High Holydays., 9/24/2019, 10:39 AM

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