Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

Organized religion

The Torah warns us against doing what is right in our own eyes., 11/13/2017, 7:37 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 the Torah reading: Breishit

G-d created beginnings., 10/13/2017, 7:35 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

How Yizkor began

Insights for Yom Kippur., 9/26/2017, 8:17 AM

What is a Din Torah?

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

Mezuzah and luck

Insights into topics in Judaism., 8/30/2017, 1:47 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

Orthodoxy and Reform

In the Bet Hillel-Bet Shammai dispute, both sides are within the halakhic loop., 7/18/2017, 6:49 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

Shavuot: What did we celebrate?

Insights into the holiday we have just celebrated that we can take with us., 6/1/2017, 6:08 PM

The punishment of Aaron's sons

Insights into the parsha and Judaism., 5/3/2017, 11:21 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

A whole year of Passover?

Reflections on the end of the holiday., 4/15/2017, 10:50 PM

Who is the most important son at the Seder?

Some people know from bitter experience that it is better not to ask., 4/9/2017, 11:52 PM

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

How to become Jewish

Read Torah information such as going about conversion, black for mourning and the meaning of glatt kosher., 2/21/2017, 9:04 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

Femininity and the Mikva

The mikvah is an essential institution in Jewish life., 11/14/2016, 5:52 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