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Parshat Achrei Mot: All on Your Own

This week's Torah reading is about the Holy of Holies - and contains a connection to the Haggadah., 4/10/2014, 7:40 AM

Ritual on Passover

Judaism is normative, not just theoretical. The Seder is the perfect example., 4/9/2014, 6:11 AM

Kabbalah and Other Torah Q & A

Q and A on various issues, the first of them Kabbalah., 1/22/2014, 9:52 AM

What Shall We Do on Friday

This Friday is the Fast of Teveth, but Friday comes every week.., 12/12/2013, 11:29 AM

6 Questions at the Gates of Heaven

, 11/13/2013, 12:25 PM

The Stairway to Heaven

On his way to Haran, he dreams of angels. On the way back, he gets G-d's blessing., 11/7/2013, 6:03 PM

Religious or Secular Law?

Which has priority?, 10/30/2013, 9:55 AM

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

A question that has troubled everyone at some point, 10/17/2013, 9:34 AM

About Simchat Torah

Attached to the Sukkot holiday are the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. In Israel they are celebrated on the same day, in the Diaspora as two days. This is when we read the end of the Torah and begin reading it once again., 9/24/2013, 11:39 PM

Sukkot Thoughts: I Don't Understand Our People

Thoughts on the demands of the Sukkot Festival, the Four Species used on the holiday and the processions that take place during the holiday., 9/15/2013, 9:58 PM

What G-d Wants to Do on Yom Kippur

Let's imagine G-d is talking to us on Yom Kippur., 9/10/2013, 6:30 PM

Rosh Hashana Thoughts and Facts

, 8/29/2013, 10:10 AM

Misunderstanding the Mamzer

Both the mamzer and Jewish divorce appear in the Parsha. A proper Jewish divorce, when a couple cannot stay together, can prevent mamzerut from happening., 8/16/2013, 5:20 PM

Past and Future, Blessings

Definng the future and blessing God in the present., 7/25/2013, 11:47 AM

In Defence of Korach

Korach asked good questions, so what was wrong? And what was the main sin of his henchmen?, 6/6/2013, 10:02 AM

Parsha Insights: Bookmaking and Burnout

The rabbi takes two issues in the parsha and deftly shows their connection to our lives today., 5/23/2013, 10:16 AM

Shavuot is King David's Holiday

, 5/14/2013, 5:25 PM

Ask the Rabbi: DNA Testing

Q. Does Judaism agree with DNA testing? , 5/1/2013, 11:40 AM

Torah Q & A: Where Does Duty Lie?

What comes first in the juggling act of multiple responsibilities?, 4/23/2013, 1:46 PM

In the Parsha: Baleboste/Slap in the Face

What is the status of women in Judaism? And are you allowed to say bad things about your own self?, 4/11/2013, 10:44 AM

Q & A: Sefira Sadness, Prayer Efficacy, Meaning of Goy

Questions and answers that are pertinent to this time of year and to any time in our lives., 4/4/2013, 8:01 PM

For Shabbat Chol Hamoed: The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs, Shir Hashirim, is read on the intermediate Shabbat of Pesach. , 3/28/2013, 9:49 PM

The Four Types of Parents and the Seder

The Haggadah tells of four sons, the wise, the wicked, the simple and he who does not know how to ask. But there are four types of parents who raise these children. Which are you?, 3/24/2013, 11:29 PM

A Grain of Salt - On Temple Offerings

For the start of Vayikra, the book of the Torah that centers on the offerings in the Temple., 3/13/2013, 11:03 PM

The Ben Zygier Case: Suicide in Judaism

Whether the act arose out of defiance or distress is the all-important question in relation to the Ben Zygier case., 2/26/2013, 12:50 PM

iPod or Ephod?

There are lessons to be learned from the details of the High Priest's garments., 2/15/2013, 12:58 AM

What's Wrong with Driving a Car on Shabbat?

Some pertinent halakhic and hashkafa issues., 2/14/2013, 6:10 PM

Timing and the Ten Commandments

Two short essays on little known aspects of the Exodus and the 10 Commandments., 1/31/2013, 5:55 PM

The Song of Moses

What we celebrate this Shabbat should give our hearts a lift., 1/24/2013, 8:21 AM

Bo: Thick Darkness

What is the lesson of the plague of darkness?, 1/17/2013, 6:20 AM

Defining Happiness

What does it mean in Judaism?, 1/15/2013, 12:59 PM

What's Your Name?

What is your real name - the one that describes you. , 1/3/2013, 4:23 PM

The Last Message

How to be sure your last words are the ones you would want them to be., 12/27/2012, 5:18 PM

Jewish XMas Greetings?

Can Jews accept wishes for a Merry Xmas?, 12/25/2012, 8:08 PM

Why is Hanukkah More of a Public Festival than Pesach?

Outside Israel, Hanukkah is the big attraction. Why not the other holidays? And when did the hanukkiyah become the way to remember the miracle of the oil?, 12/13/2012, 8:51 AM

Hissing or Kissing: Jacob meets Esau

In family disputes, one doesn't always choose the correct alternative., 11/29/2012, 6:21 PM

Being Nice to Terrorists

Are we supposed to look for mitigating factors for terrorists? Are we allowed to attack?, 11/20/2012, 3:25 PM

Women in the Knesset

Women are capable of being excellent Knesset members, of course, but should they be?, 10/31/2012, 9:31 AM

Women and the Western Wall

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein provides the answer to whether Anat Hoffman's behavior at the Wall is acceptable or not. It was meant to provoke., 10/25/2012, 9:04 AM

Oz Torah on The Punishment of Eve

Judaism believes Eve sinned in a personal capacity, not because she was a woman., 10/11/2012, 9:28 AM

If I Am Here, Waving My Lulav, Sitting in the Sukkah

From Oz Torah: Our ego, the lulav and the shul sukkah - for your pre- holiday reading., 9/29/2012, 5:50 AM

Yom Kippur Thoughts

What does Oscar Wilde have to do with Yom Kippur? Read on., 9/20/2012, 8:28 PM

Does G-d Need our Rosh Hashannah Prayers?

Why do we have to spend so long in synagogue? When does G-d suffer? What kind of world does He want?, 9/11/2012, 3:12 PM

Naso: Going Astray, Striving for Peace

The sotah goes astray; the cohanim bless us with peace - and what about the illusory peace with our Arab neighbors?, 5/31/2012, 2:17 PM

The Serving Girl at the Red Sea

The Midrash says she saw more than a prophet. What did she see?, 2/1/2012, 8:56 PM

Faith in Doubt/Doubt in Faith

Lessons to be learned from this parsha about faith, gratitude and the burning bush., 1/12/2012, 1:21 PM

Hanukkah - The Unlikely Festival

Why then did Antiochus try so hard to eradicate Judaism, and in the process make Chanukah necessary? And what is the history of the menorah?, 12/20/2011, 8:44 AM

The Jewish View of Pornography

The Jewish principle is that sex can be the most enriching expression of human love and the most creative act open to humankind, but only as part of a marriage, where it expresses loyalty, trust and understanding., 11/24/2011, 5:13 PM

A Creative Religion

What especially commended Simchat Torah to the Jewish mind and heart was its democratic character., 10/19/2011, 12:24 PM

All About Sukkot

The Sukkah, the Simchat Bet HaSho'evah, the Four Species Hoshana Rabba--what are they all about? Nature, Ego, Tolerance, Tikkun Olam and the Messiah. Read on., 10/11/2011, 12:21 PM

The Heavenly Court and Franz Rosenzweig

An answer to last week's message to G-d, and other insightful messages for Yom Kippur., 10/7/2011, 12:32 AM

A Rosh Hashana Shopping List

The Rebbe of Tzantz was asked by a disciple, “What does the Rebbe do before starting his prayers?” The Rebbe said, “I pray that I may be able to pray...” , 9/27/2011, 8:51 AM

Ekev: Blessing G-d; Respecting the Elderly

Why we have to bless G-d for all our successes; how we know that people also have to be respected for what they once were., 8/19/2011, 4:20 PM

Emor: Torah Purity, Wise Speech

The pure gold of the Sanctuary candlestick and the power of speech are discussed here., 5/5/2011, 1:24 PM

Choosing a Baby's Gender

A discussion of a question that sometimes arises in families with children of one gender., 2/10/2011, 8:42 PM