Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

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

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

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

Wise women and an enduring legacy

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

I am your brother

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

Seven different Hanukkahs

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

Divinity and the dinosaurs

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

Leaving home

Insights into Lech lecha., 10/26/2017, 5:55 AM

Were Adam and Eve Jewish?

The rabbi answers this and other questions about the creation of man., 10/16/2017, 8:05 AM

Insights on Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Prayers for rain. Flags, dancing and love of Torah., 10/11/2017, 11:03 AM

Fascinating insights on Sukkot

Features on the holiday of Sukkot that enrich your understanding. , 10/3/2017, 11:04 PM

What is a Din Torah?

Insights into Judaism. Rabbinic courts as arbitrators., 9/3/2017, 5:03 PM

Killing idolators; friendly rabbis; pain and gain

Insights into Torah topics., 8/20/2017, 12:33 AM

What an unusual name for a Torah portion

Insights into parshat Eikev. , 8/9/2017, 11:13 AM

Bread and war

Insights into Torah topics., 8/7/2017, 7:55 AM

Compulsory education

Insights into the Torah view on various issues., 6/27/2017, 1:35 PM

We want Moshiach now

Torah insights for the reader., 6/19/2017, 10:32 AM

Insights into Remembrance and Independence

Jewish hearts and minds always turn to Israel., 4/30/2017, 7:07 AM

Ritual impurity, Jewish doctors and having a baby

Inisghts into Judaism connected to the parsha., 4/25/2017, 11:13 AM

Who is the most important son at the seder?

The simplest child can ask such deep questions that even the wisest greybeard cannot answer., 4/3/2017, 12:36 PM

Insights into Judaism

Saints, intermarriage and haskamot on books., 2/15/2017, 11:45 AM

Insights into Judaism

How the Sanhedrin functioned and belief definitions. , 1/9/2017, 10:22 AM

Insights into Judaism: Why sing at the Sabbath table?

Why do Jews sing at the Sabbath meals? And, on another topic, does Judaism allow for extradition?, 1/3/2017, 3:22 PM

Torah insights

Bible chapters,senior citizens, two vsions of G-d., 11/30/2016, 9:17 AM

Insights on the parsha: Chayei Sara

Life cycles, yichus and the second son., 11/23/2016, 7:40 AM

Insights into Parshat Noah

Righteous in his own right or by comparison to others; the first vintner; the dove. , 11/2/2016, 9:34 PM

Insights into Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

The prayer for rain, the circuits and dancing with the Torah., 10/22/2016, 9:07 PM

Insights into the Sukkot holiday

Sukkot joy, hospitality, etrog compote, and even a Hebrew lesson., 10/16/2016, 2:39 PM

Insights on KI Tavo

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Insights into Judaism

Various topics and their relation to Judaism., 8/30/2016, 1:00 AM

Insights on Judaism: The Apocrypha, Lions, Printers and the Parsha

Answers to questions about Judaic practice and custom., 8/23/2016, 11:53 AM

The day before the 9th of Av

Insights into the fast and the parsha., 8/10/2016, 10:16 PM

The meaning of life

Insights into the meaning of life and other questions., 7/25/2016, 7:25 AM

Reading the Torah in translation

Why don't Ashkenazim read a translation with the Torah reading?, 7/11/2016, 6:41 AM

Shlach (Diaspora): Parsha Insights

Facts and ideas about topics in the parsha., 7/1/2016, 12:26 PM

The origins of Hatikva

What is the story of Israel's national anthem?, 5/11/2016, 7:31 PM

Pesach thoughts: A prelude to the holiday

Chametz and control, three matzot, a tug of war, a search and the wicked son., 4/11/2016, 8:09 AM

Torah Insights for Pekudei

Ideas for the Shabbat table and for one's own enrichment., 3/10/2016, 6:28 AM

Insights for Ki Tisa: Ransom, art and donations for the cause

Thoughts on the varied themes in the Torah reading for this week., 2/25/2016, 8:53 AM

Parsha insights for Vayera

Understanding the different tests with which G-d tried Abraham's faith., 10/29/2015, 5:44 AM

Praying for Rain in Israel, Yizkor and Unity

Themes and thoughts for the last part of the holiday season., 10/4/2015, 6:22 AM

The Gaon's Etrog

The World to Come, Second Sukkot and Kohelet., 9/27/2015, 7:05 AM

The Other Side to Rosh Hashanah

Stories and questions about the holiday., 8/31/2015, 2:19 PM

Why is it called Deuteronomy?

Insights into this week's Torah reading., 7/23/2015, 5:27 PM

Power in Paradox: The Red Heifer

How can one and the same thing achieve two diametrically opposed things? Three thoughts on the Parsha., 6/26/2015, 9:08 AM