Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

Torah Insights for Pekudei

Ideas for the Shabbat table and for one's own enrichment., 3/10/2016, 6:28 AM

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

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

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

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

When Rashi is Puzzled

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

Who is Rejoicing on Simchat Torah?

An interesting lacuna in the translation., 10/14/2014, 10:22 PM

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

Kabbalah and Other Torah Q & A

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

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

Shavuot is King David's Holiday

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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

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

The Song of Moses

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

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

A Jewish Class System

I don't like Jews being divided., 10/27/2009, 9:22 PM

Seven Sukkah Guests

Can we reconstruct their divrei Torah?, 10/1/2009, 4:26 AM

For Yom Kippur, Why Do We...?

"It's your Jewish black fast again this week?", 9/24/2009, 12:48 AM

Scholars Making Peace

How can study bring peace?, 9/7/2009, 1:37 PM

Ki Tetze: When I Go to War

The imbroglio of the inclinations., 8/28/2009, 2:18 AM

Shoftim: Leadership and Justice

Leadership is 'a basket of reptiles on your back'., 8/19/2009, 10:43 PM

Ekev: People and Peoplehood

Assimilating Jewish identity and assimilating out., 8/6/2009, 12:51 PM

Vaetchanan and Back to Normal

The message that lingers., 7/31/2009, 2:32 AM

Devarim: Speaking and Doing

We need to be judicious., 7/23/2009, 11:34 AM

It Gives Me Great Pleasure

We need to discipline our pleasure., 7/13/2009, 12:44 PM

Orthodoxy and Reform

Reform ideology is outside the Halachic loop., 6/21/2009, 11:54 AM

Are Miracles Really Miraculous?

A philosophical problem., 6/14/2009, 10:24 AM

Shavuot: Rising Above the Senses

Human reason cries out to understand Revelation., 5/28/2009, 1:25 AM

Behar-Bechukotai: On the Path

We are all confronted with heights to try to reach, 5/13/2009, 9:12 AM

What is Judaism?

More than a religion., 5/3/2009, 10:53 AM

Shemini: Taking Action

All actions should be weighed on God's scales., 4/17/2009, 1:30 PM

Rabban Gamliel and the Matzah

An amazing contribution to the shaping of Judaism., 4/7/2009, 10:40 PM

Vayikra: Awareness

A fascinating doctrine and a missing word., 3/25/2009, 12:42 PM

Divided by a Common Bible

Hear that Bible's message of morality., 3/15/2009, 9:51 AM

A Case Against Purim Drunkenness

Let the day provide some light relief and levity., 3/8/2009, 11:42 AM

Yeshiva, Science, College, Faith

Their aims are different., 3/1/2009, 1:12 PM

Yitro: On the Ten Commandments

There are two subjects here - God and Man., 2/11/2009, 12:21 PM

Beshalach: The Exodus and Song

Celebrating Shabbat Shirah., 2/4/2009, 12:22 PM

Bo: To Build a Nation

The beginning of being a mensch., 1/28/2009, 1:30 PM

Va'era: Leaders and Forefathers

Our ancestors, old and new., 1/21/2009, 12:48 PM

Vayechi: Blessings and Tears

Seeing the prophecy fulfilled., 1/9/2009, 1:28 AM

Vayigash: Between Respect & Fear

On Joseph, Judah and Jacob., 12/31/2008, 12:07 PM

Rosh Chodesh and the Greeks

It seems a strange mitzvah to oppose., 12/24/2008, 11:51 AM

The Unknown Warrior of Chanukah

There's one person whose courage no one thinks of., 12/17/2008, 12:02 PM

Vayishlach: Why Would Esau Care?

Esau read into Jacob's words., 12/10/2008, 10:50 AM

Vayetzei: Money, Women and Faith

Idealism, respect and a holy loss of faith., 12/3/2008, 1:07 PM

Toldot: Tents and Fields

Which Adam am I?, 11/26/2008, 1:22 PM