Vegetarian and KosherQuestions and answers on current topics.
Go Tell It On the Mountain - Parshat BeharThis week's Torah reading (Parsha) is called Behar, literally "on the mountain."
Practical Zionism in the Jewish StateComing into the land means facts on the ground.
Kedoshim: Hopefulness and HolinessTopics in this week's Torah reading, Parshat Kedoshim.
Omer WeddingsDuring part of the period of counting the Omer weddings are not performed.
Parshat Achrei Mot: All on Your OwnThis week's Torah reading is about the Holy of Holies - and contains a connection to the Haggadah.
Ritual on PassoverJudaism is normative, not just theoretical. The Seder is the perfect example.
Kabbalah and Other Torah Q & AQ and A on various issues, the first of them Kabbalah.
What Shall We Do on FridayThis Friday is the Fast of Teveth, but Friday comes every week..
The Stairway to HeavenOn his way to Haran, he dreams of angels. On the way back, he gets G-d's blessing.
Religious or Secular Law?Which has priority?
When Bad Things Happen to Good PeopleA question that has troubled everyone at some point
About Simchat TorahAttached 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.
Kohelet, the Sphinx of the ScripturesEccliastes, Kohelet in Hebrew, is read on the Intermediate Sabbath of Sukkot.
Sukkot Thoughts: I Don't Understand Our PeopleThoughts on the demands of the Sukkot Festival, the Four Species used on the holiday and the processions that take place during the holiday.
What G-d Wants to Do on Yom KippurLet's imagine G-d is talking to us on Yom Kippur.
Misunderstanding the MamzerBoth the mamzer and Jewish divorce appear in the Parsha. A proper Jewish divorce, when a couple cannot stay together, can prevent mamzerut from happening.
Past and Future, BlessingsDefinng the future and blessing God in the present.
Parsha Insights: Bookmaking and BurnoutThe rabbi takes two issues in the parsha and deftly shows their connection to our lives today.
Ask the Rabbi: DNA TestingQ. Does Judaism agree with DNA testing?
Torah Q & A: Where Does Duty Lie?What comes first in the juggling act of multiple responsibilities?
In the Parsha: Baleboste/Slap in the FaceWhat is the status of women in Judaism? And are you allowed to say bad things about your own self?
Q & A: Sefira Sadness, Prayer Efficacy, Meaning of GoyQuestions and answers that are pertinent to this time of year and to any time in our lives.
For Shabbat Chol Hamoed: The Song of SongsThe Song of Songs, Shir Hashirim, is read on the intermediate Shabbat of Pesach.
The Four Types of Parents and the SederThe 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?
A Grain of Salt - On Temple OfferingsFor the start of Vayikra, the book of the Torah that centers on the offerings in the Temple.
The Ben Zygier Case: Suicide in JudaismWhether the act arose out of defiance or distress is the all-important question in relation to the Ben Zygier case.
iPod or Ephod?There are lessons to be learned from the details of the High Priest's garments.
Timing and the Ten CommandmentsTwo short essays on little known aspects of the Exodus and the 10 Commandments.
The Song of MosesWhat we celebrate this Shabbat should give our hearts a lift.
Bo: Thick DarknessWhat is the lesson of the plague of darkness?
Defining HappinessWhat does it mean in Judaism?
What's Your Name?What is your real name - the one that describes you.
The Last MessageHow to be sure your last words are the ones you would want them to be.
Jewish XMas Greetings?Can Jews accept wishes for a Merry Xmas?
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?
Hissing or Kissing: Jacob meets EsauIn family disputes, one doesn't always choose the correct alternative.
Being Nice to TerroristsAre we supposed to look for mitigating factors for terrorists? Are we allowed to attack?
Women in the KnessetWomen are capable of being excellent Knesset members, of course, but should they be?
Women and the Western WallRabbi Moshe Feinstein provides the answer to whether Anat Hoffman's behavior at the Wall is acceptable or not. It was meant to provoke.
Oz Torah on The Punishment of EveJudaism believes Eve sinned in a personal capacity, not because she was a woman.
If I Am Here, Waving My Lulav, Sitting in the SukkahFrom Oz Torah: Our ego, the lulav and the shul sukkah - for your pre- holiday reading.
Yom Kippur ThoughtsWhat does Oscar Wilde have to do with Yom Kippur? Read on.
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?
Interesting Halakhic Questions and AnswersCan non-Jews be cremated? And why the change in Grace after Meals on Shabbat?
Naso: Going Astray, Striving for PeaceThe sotah goes astray; the cohanim bless us with peace - and what about the illusory peace with our Arab neighbors?
Ask the RabbiSome interesting questions that have been posed to the prolific Rabbi Apple.
Noah Was a VegetarianNoah's character, his vegetarianism's place in Judaism and why the list of his progeny is repeated.
A Creative ReligionWhat especially commended Simchat Torah to the Jewish mind and heart was its democratic character.
All About SukkotThe 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.
The Real Ten Commandments-and the Fifth OneTheTen Commandments are repeated in this week's portion, with changes. And the fifth commandment is one which needs special note.