Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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

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

Vayera: In the City of Sodom

The law was harsh and unkind., 11/14/2008, 2:03 AM

Lech Lecha: From the Other Side

Life for Avraham will sometimes be lonely., 11/6/2008, 2:30 PM

Religious vs. Secular Law

We have a principle, Dina D'malchuta Dina., 10/27/2008, 1:07 AM

Why is This Night Different?

The touch of the Master's hand., 10/20/2008, 9:13 AM

Jogging the Divine Memory

It is His creatures who have lapses of memory., 10/7/2008, 12:41 AM

The Berditchever Rebbe's Prayer

"You commanded a t'ruah and they blow a hundred!", 9/28/2008, 12:26 PM

Sacrifices

Ancient man took it for granted., 9/22/2008, 12:19 PM

Ki Tetzei: Don't Give Up

Expound and receive reward., 9/11/2008, 11:49 AM

Shehecheyanu

The way to greet a new and exciting moment., 9/2/2008, 10:05 PM

Ekev: Fresh Daily

Every day we have to accept Torah anew., 8/22/2008, 2:07 AM

Va'etchanan: Well-Weighed Words

Weigh your words, be relevant and be concise., 8/13/2008, 1:53 PM