The day before the 9th of AvInsights into the fast and the parsha.
The meaning of lifeInsights into the meaning of life and other questions.
Reading the Torah in translationWhy don't Ashkenazim read a translation with the Torah reading?
Shlach (Diaspora): Parsha InsightsFacts and ideas about topics in the parsha.
Bechukotai (Diaspora): Insights from the parshaFor more articles on the parsha read in the Diaspora, click show more at the top of the Judaism section.
The origins of HatikvaWhat is the story of Israel's national anthem?
Why didn't G-d send a miracle to save us in the Holocaust?Insights into the Holocaust.
Insights for the end of the Pesach holidayMake sure to read to the end for the part about the Red Sea.
Juridic, typological and optional slaveryAll three types of slavery raise questions and so does the closing song of the seder. And the most profound question of all ends this article.
Pesach thoughts: A prelude to the holidayChametz and control, three matzot, a tug of war, a search and the wicked son.
Insights on Purim - Ask the RabbiUnderstanding Esther, the revenge motif and the connection to Yom Kippur.
Torah Insights for PekudeiIdeas for the Shabbat table and for one's own enrichment.
Parsha insights: Commitment, creation and cloudsShort insights into events in the Torah reading for this week.
Insights for Ki Tisa: Ransom, art and donations for the causeThoughts on the varied themes in the Torah reading for this week.
Purim Katan: Why two Adars? And why is Purim in the second?In this Insights into Judaism column, the rabbi adds two more topics: an understanding of hassidism and the 23rd Psalm.
Tetzave: Bells on the priestly robes, politics in the shulInsights on the parsha: The High Priest's garments, leadership garb, the absence of Moses, the synagogue and politics.
The big tenAre there only ten commandments?
Insights into the Torah reading: The burning bushThoughts on the burning bush, the midwives and Moses' stammer.
Ask the Rabbi: Who wrote Maoz Tsur?Facts about the holiday story.
Insights on ToldotFamily dynamics in the family of Isaac and Rebekah.
Parsha Insights: Sarah and the women; CemeteriesTwo topics that can be learned from the parsha.
Parsha insights for VayeraUnderstanding the different tests with which G-d tried Abraham's faith.
Insights on Parashat BereshitA discussion of several issues in the first chapters of the Torah.
Praying for Rain in Israel, Yizkor and UnityThemes and thoughts for the last part of the holiday season.
The Gaon's EtrogThe World to Come, Second Sukkot and Kohelet.
Haazinu: Keeping the BargainAll the conditions are spelled out in poetic rhetoric.
The Other Side to Rosh HashanahStories and questions about the holiday.
Conversions in IsraelA complex question addressed in clear terms.
Why is it called Deuteronomy?Insights into this week's Torah reading.
Power in Paradox: The Red HeiferHow can one and the same thing achieve two diametrically opposed things? Three thoughts on the Parsha.
Q&A: Should Rabbis Keep Out of Politics?Speaking out on the quality of society is teaching the Bible.
Insights into Shavuot and BamidbarTradition and revelation.
The Prioress' TaleSome things never die.
They Were All There at the SederThere are unseen guests at the Seder and Elijah is only one of them.
Haman and Mordecai - Reverse ImagesHaman and Mordechai are similar, but in what really matters they are world apart.
Executing TerroristsShould terrorists who have "blood on their hands" get the death penalty according to halakha?
Mazel Tov to the Trees!Tu BiShvat is the New Year for trees from a halakhic point of view. The day has no mitzvot of its own, but there are thoughts and mitzvot connected to tree and fruits.
Things are not so Simple for Pharaoh and the JewsWise insights on events in the coming Shabbat's Torah reading and on our limitations in dating events of ancient times.
Not Because of the ChristiansHanukkah often coincides with Christmas. So?
When Rashi is PuzzledRashi's admission is a challenge for future generation.
A Poetic Dimension to MachpelahThe Patriarchs come to life and so do their wives.
Folding a Wing and FlyingHow far can man go?
Evolution, Adam and LightHow does evolution square with Torah? Man's purpose?
Who is Rejoicing on Simchat Torah?An interesting lacuna in the translation.
Sukkot MessagesBuilding a sukkah that waves in the wind tells us not to measure achievement in material but spiritual terms. Taking four plants that look and smell radically different from each other tells us that it takes all sorts to create a society.
Torah and Haftorah Readings on the New YearThe voice of the Lord is in the winds and rushing water, in prayers of childless women, in the conscience, love and laughter of human beings, in the work of man in science, literature, art, music and poetry. It is all here.
Ki Tetsei: The Hebrew Word for DivorceOne of the topics in this week's reading is divorce. Another is Amalek.
The 9th of Av: RememberingSee links to information about the fast and the services said on it at the end of the article.
Insights into the Parsha: MasseiIt's hard to be G-d.
The Age of the WorldAn age-old problem.
"Open Orthodoxy": Definitely Open, but is it Orthodox?Not to be confused with Modern Orthodoxy, as readers can see below.
Shavuot: The Cinderella of the FestivalsInsights on Shavuot, the holiday with no special laws.
Insights on the Parsha: NasoLong hair, priestly blessing, the Levites are some of the topics in this week's reading.
The Dying PatientIsrael's Knesset is debating allowing a form of euthenasia for terminal patients. What does halakha say?
10 Cobblers Make a MinyanThe week's Torah reading deals with the census of the Children of Israel in the wilderness.
Vegetarian and KosherQuestions and answers on current topics.