Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

Bechukotai (Diaspora): Insights from the parsha

For more articles on the parsha read in the Diaspora, click show more at the top of the Judaism section., 6/2/2016, 10:02 PM

The origins of Hatikva

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

Why didn't G-d send a miracle to save us in the Holocaust?

Insights into the Holocaust., 5/5/2016, 8:00 AM

Insights for the end of the Pesach holiday

Make sure to read to the end for the part about the Red Sea., 4/28/2016, 8:33 AM

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

Parsha insights: Commitment, creation and clouds

Short insights into events in the Torah reading for this week., 3/2/2016, 11:19 PM

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

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., 2/23/2016, 7:59 AM

Tetzave: Bells on the priestly robes, politics in the shul

Insights on the parsha: The High Priest's garments, leadership garb, the absence of Moses, the synagogue and politics., 2/18/2016, 10:04 AM

The big ten

Are there only ten commandments?, 1/29/2016, 3:13 PM

Insights into the Torah reading: The burning bush

Thoughts on the burning bush, the midwives and Moses' stammer., 1/2/2016, 9:39 PM

Ask the Rabbi: Who wrote Maoz Tsur?

Facts about the holiday story., 12/6/2015, 4:40 PM

Insights on Toldot

Family dynamics in the family of Isaac and Rebekah., 11/11/2015, 9:09 PM

Parsha Insights: Sarah and the women; Cemeteries

Two topics that can be learned from the parsha., 11/7/2015, 7:17 PM

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

Conversions in Israel

A complex question addressed in clear terms., 8/11/2015, 3:02 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

Q&A: Should Rabbis Keep Out of Politics?

Speaking out on the quality of society is teaching the Bible., 6/22/2015, 9:42 AM

Insights into Shavuot and Bamidbar

Tradition and revelation., 5/21/2015, 4:53 AM

The Prioress' Tale

Some things never die., 4/8/2015, 9:32 PM

They Were All There at the Seder

There are unseen guests at the Seder and Elijah is only one of them., 4/5/2015, 1:49 AM

Haman and Mordecai - Reverse Images

Haman and Mordechai are similar, but in what really matters they are world apart. , 3/1/2015, 9:06 AM

Executing Terrorists

Should terrorists who have "blood on their hands" get the death penalty according to halakha?, 2/12/2015, 7:24 AM

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., 2/3/2015, 11:24 AM

Things are not so Simple for Pharaoh and the Jews

Wise insights on events in the coming Shabbat's Torah reading and on our limitations in dating events of ancient times., 1/20/2015, 5:00 PM

Not Because of the Christians

Hanukkah often coincides with Christmas. So?, 12/19/2014, 6:28 AM

When Rashi is Puzzled

Rashi's admission is a challenge for future generation., 11/20/2014, 8:35 AM