Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

Insights into the Parsha: Massei

It's hard to be G-d., 7/24/2014, 3:52 PM

The Age of the World

An age-old problem., 6/16/2014, 2:54 PM

"Open Orthodoxy": Definitely Open, but is it Orthodox?

Not to be confused with Modern Orthodoxy, as readers can see below., 6/5/2014, 3:14 PM

Shavuot: The Cinderella of the Festivals

Insights on Shavuot, the holiday with no special laws., 6/2/2014, 6:15 AM

The Dying Patient

Israel's Knesset is debating allowing a form of euthenasia for terminal patients. What does halakha say? , 5/26/2014, 12:09 PM

10 Cobblers Make a Minyan

The week's Torah reading deals with the census of the Children of Israel in the wilderness., 5/23/2014, 5:42 PM

Vegetarian and Kosher

Questions and answers on current topics., 5/19/2014, 5:30 AM

Go Tell It On the Mountain - Parshat Behar

This week's Torah reading (Parsha) is called Behar, literally "on the mountain.", 5/8/2014, 8:31 AM

Practical Zionism in the Jewish State

Coming into the land means facts on the ground., 5/5/2014, 5:11 PM

Kedoshim: Hopefulness and Holiness

Topics in this week's Torah reading, Parshat Kedoshim., 4/24/2014, 8:47 AM

Omer Weddings

During part of the period of counting the Omer weddings are not performed., 4/22/2014, 12:17 AM

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

Kohelet, the Sphinx of the Scriptures

Eccliastes, Kohelet in Hebrew, is read on the Intermediate Sabbath of Sukkot. , 9/19/2013, 7:34 AM

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

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

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

Interesting Halakhic Questions and Answers

Can non-Jews be cremated? And why the change in Grace after Meals on Shabbat?, 8/30/2012, 11:02 AM

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