Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

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

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

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

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