Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

Ask the Rabbi

Some interesting questions that have been posed to the prolific Rabbi Apple., 11/17/2011, 10:00 AM

Noah Was a Vegetarian

Noah's character, his vegetarianism's place in Judaism and why the list of his progeny is repeated., 10/27/2011, 11:01 AM

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 Real Ten Commandments-and the Fifth One

TheTen Commandments are repeated in this week's portion, with changes. And the fifth commandment is one which needs special note., 8/12/2011, 10:27 AM

Dvarim: The Message We All Can Give

Can this be the same Moses who was afraid to approach Pharaoh and plead the case of the Children of Israel, saying, “I am not a man of words”? , 8/5/2011, 10:31 AM

Rebuilding the Temple

It would help if the world acknowledged the historical importance of the site of the holy sanctuary for Jews. , 7/19/2011, 9:23 PM

Males Could Be Born Circumcised

As California will be having a vote on circumcision, perhaps it is a good idea to understand why males are born imperfect. As a bonus, the reason for celebrating the New Moon, one of which is this week., 5/29/2011, 9:17 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

Chanukah is the First Martyrdom

Greek and Jewish culture have a chasm between them., 12/3/2010, 12:28 PM

The Length of a Day

Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter said it and Einstein explained it., 10/1/2010, 2:43 AM

Shmini Atzeret:Enjoy What's Left

Making music with what is left is a great lesson for life as the holiday ends., 9/28/2010, 6:01 PM

Justice and the Judges

"Justice, justice shall you pursue, that you may live and inherit the land which the Lord your God gives you." But what does Justice really mean?, 8/12/2010, 8:27 PM

The Fifth Commandment

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Matot-Mase: Thoughts

Two issues: The tribes that prefer staying in the Diaspora and the five daughters who love the land of Israel are contrasted here., 7/8/2010, 1:27 PM

For Shavuot: The Decalogue

The Ten Commandments: their shape, their representation in art, their place in Jewish life vs. Christian attitudes, why 10 and not 11, the Do's and Do Not's., 5/17/2010, 12:12 PM

Bamidbar: Why a Census?

Why does G-d count the Israelites and how come there are so few Levites?, 5/14/2010, 12:10 AM

Topics in Emor

Great and small things, behavior in private and in public, respecting other people's holy things--are derived in this Torah reading., 4/29/2010, 2:21 PM

A Leprous Tongue: Tazria-Metsora

The Sages link leprosy and slanderers. , 4/15/2010, 9:07 PM

Civil Marriage

FM Lieberman's party (see his politics in oped article above), with many Russian voters, had civil marriage on its platform, causing much Rabbinic opposition. They have settled for promoting civil marriage between non Jews. Rabbi Apple explains., 4/7/2010, 11:13 AM

Yizkor and the End of Pesach

Why is Yizkor said at the end of the holiday?, 4/1/2010, 9:56 AM

Chad Gadya: The Mills of G-d

It seems like a nursery rhyme, but it appeals to adults because it is really about G-d's running the mills of history., 3/24/2010, 10:14 AM

Modernizing Prayer

Rabbi Apple explains, using two real life stories, why the prayerbook has stayed the same., 3/3/2010, 1:08 AM

Truma: Focusing the Nation

Thoughts on the place of the Tabernacle and on Charity in Jewish life., 2/18/2010, 7:23 PM

Yitro Questions & Answers

Three difficult questions on the contents of the Ten Commandments are answered by Rabbi Apple., 2/4/2010, 11:48 AM

Bo:Creed and Calendar

The Jewish religion is one of action based on the belief that G-d's dictates symbolize truth, justice and peace., 1/21/2010, 3:11 PM

Praying for the Government

Pragmatic expediency or theological principle?, 1/10/2010, 11:33 PM

Only Following Orders

Why should He punish the Egyptians?, 1/3/2010, 11:04 PM

Vayigash: Care & Thoughtfulness

To be gracious and tactful., 12/23/2009, 10:55 PM

The Real Enemy of Chanukah

Why is the event worth celebrating?, 12/17/2009, 12:05 AM

So What's His Name?

"God" is not His name, it's His job specification., 12/7/2009, 11:06 AM

Vayetze: While Jacob Slept

Divergent viewpoints can be reconciled., 11/27/2009, 12:58 AM

Toldot: The Crook From Aram

Not just a geography lesson., 11/20/2009, 12:54 AM

Kosher Clothing

I heard someone talk about a "kosher suit"., 11/16/2009, 11:36 AM

Personal Choice

What if I don't want to obey the commandments?, 11/9/2009, 11:43 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