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.
Dvarim: The Message We All Can GiveCan 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”?
Rebuilding the TempleIt would help if the world acknowledged the historical importance of the site of the holy sanctuary for Jews.
Males Could Be Born CircumcisedAs 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.
Choosing a Baby's GenderA discussion of a question that sometimes arises in families with children of one gender.
Chanukah is the First MartyrdomGreek and Jewish culture have a chasm between them.
The Length of a DayAlice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter said it and Einstein explained it.
Shmini Atzeret:Enjoy What's LeftMaking music with what is left is a great lesson for life as the holiday ends.
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?
Matot-Mase: ThoughtsTwo issues: The tribes that prefer staying in the Diaspora and the five daughters who love the land of Israel are contrasted here.
For Shavuot: The DecalogueThe 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.
Bamidbar: Why a Census?Why does G-d count the Israelites and how come there are so few Levites?
Topics in EmorGreat and small things, behavior in private and in public, respecting other people's holy things--are derived in this Torah reading.
A Leprous Tongue: Tazria-MetsoraThe Sages link leprosy and slanderers.
Civil MarriageFM 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.
Yizkor and the End of PesachWhy is Yizkor said at the end of the holiday?
Chad Gadya: The Mills of G-dIt seems like a nursery rhyme, but it appeals to adults because it is really about G-d's running the mills of history.
Modernizing PrayerRabbi Apple explains, using two real life stories, why the prayerbook has stayed the same.
Truma: Focusing the NationThoughts on the place of the Tabernacle and on Charity in Jewish life.
Yitro Questions & AnswersThree difficult questions on the contents of the Ten Commandments are answered by Rabbi Apple.
Bo:Creed and CalendarThe Jewish religion is one of action based on the belief that G-d's dictates symbolize truth, justice and peace.
Praying for the GovernmentPragmatic expediency or theological principle?
Only Following OrdersWhy should He punish the Egyptians?
Vayigash: Care & ThoughtfulnessTo be gracious and tactful.
The Real Enemy of ChanukahWhy is the event worth celebrating?
So What's His Name?"God" is not His name, it's His job specification.
Vayetze: While Jacob SleptDivergent viewpoints can be reconciled.
Toldot: The Crook From AramNot just a geography lesson.
Kosher ClothingI heard someone talk about a "kosher suit".
Personal ChoiceWhat if I don't want to obey the commandments?
A Jewish Class SystemI don't like Jews being divided.
Seven Sukkah GuestsCan we reconstruct their divrei Torah?
For Yom Kippur, Why Do We...?"It's your Jewish black fast again this week?"
Scholars Making PeaceHow can study bring peace?
Ki Tetze: When I Go to WarThe imbroglio of the inclinations.
Shoftim: Leadership and JusticeLeadership is 'a basket of reptiles on your back'.
Ekev: People and PeoplehoodAssimilating Jewish identity and assimilating out.
Vaetchanan and Back to NormalThe message that lingers.
Devarim: Speaking and DoingWe need to be judicious.
It Gives Me Great PleasureWe need to discipline our pleasure.
Orthodoxy and ReformReform ideology is outside the Halachic loop.
Are Miracles Really Miraculous?A philosophical problem.
Shavuot: Rising Above the SensesHuman reason cries out to understand Revelation.
Behar-Bechukotai: On the PathWe are all confronted with heights to try to reach
What is Judaism?More than a religion.
Shemini: Taking ActionAll actions should be weighed on God's scales.
Rabban Gamliel and the MatzahAn amazing contribution to the shaping of Judaism.
Vayikra: AwarenessA fascinating doctrine and a missing word.
Divided by a Common BibleHear that Bible's message of morality.
A Case Against Purim DrunkennessLet the day provide some light relief and levity.
Yeshiva, Science, College, FaithTheir aims are different.
Yitro: On the Ten CommandmentsThere are two subjects here - God and Man.
Beshalach: The Exodus and SongCelebrating Shabbat Shirah.
Bo: To Build a NationThe beginning of being a mensch.