Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

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


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


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

Mas'ei: A Hard Time, Again

Something new each year., 7/31/2008, 1:00 AM

The Ten Lost Tribes

They were not lost, only displaced., 7/21/2008, 2:51 AM

Religion: On Earth and in Space

Is religion to blame - even in outer space?, 7/14/2008, 11:58 AM

Chukat: A Difficult Portion

Because of the message, not because of the words., 7/3/2008, 12:52 AM

Shelach: Self and Selfishness

There are times for Jews to praise themselves., 6/19/2008, 12:36 AM

Parshat Naso: Wining and Dining

Abstaining from wine is not for everybody, 6/4/2008, 3:34 PM

Bamidbar: Names and Numbers

Understanding the language of Numbers., 5/29/2008, 2:17 AM


The time of transition., 5/11/2008, 11:19 AM

Yom HaAtzmaut as a Festival

A modern-day miracle is being celebrated., 5/6/2008, 11:03 PM

The Choicest Song

Shir HaShirim is supremely holy, as an allegory., 4/25/2008, 4:39 AM

Seder and the Five Senses

What a feast!, 4/18/2008, 2:05 AM

<i>Metzora</i>: Not on a Cloudy Day

Passing judgment when we can't see clearly., 4/11/2008, 2:22 AM

On Women Wearing Tallit and T'fillin

Are women allowed?, 3/23/2008, 11:52 PM

The Real Story of Purim

Intrigue in the palace is just a sideshow., 3/18/2008, 7:50 PM

<I>Vayikra</I>: The Call to All of Us

He calls to us to elevate ourselves morally., 3/12/2008, 8:23 PM

Two Adars and Queen Esther's Tomb

Aligning the lunar calendar., 3/6/2008, 11:23 AM

<i>Vayak'hel</I>: Wisdom of the Head, Heart and Animals

Torah links wisdom and the heart., 2/28/2008, 10:59 AM

<i>Ki Tisa</I>: Show Me

Like steps in the snow..., 2/22/2008, 2:46 AM

<i>Tetzaveh</I>: Reaching Our Potential

God expects us to be His partners., 2/14/2008, 1:03 AM

The Origins of T'fillin

The name is probably from t'fillah, "prayer"., 2/4/2008, 12:13 AM

On Becoming Jewish

Conversion was known in early Biblical times., 1/29/2008, 1:14 AM

Why Do So Many Orthodox Jews....?

, 1/14/2008, 12:22 AM

<I>Vaera</I>: Is God Still There?

When we cannot speak to Him normally., 1/3/2008, 8:20 PM

<i>Shemot</i>: Talking Jewish

The sons of Jacob brought Hebrew to Egypt., 12/28/2007, 2:18 AM

The Status of the Father in Jewish Law

Does the father impact a child's Jewish identity?, 12/24/2007, 4:57 PM

<I>Vayechi</I>: Death, Sleep and a Teachers Strike

Jacob and Rachel are symbolic of the Jewish people, 12/20/2007, 12:01 AM

The Unknown Megillah of Chanukah

The theme of the book is the Hasmonean victories., 12/10/2007, 2:45 PM

Is Chanukah Really Worth Celebrating?

The victory that gave us Chanukah did not endure., 12/3/2007, 12:50 AM


Jewish and Christian views of salvation differ., 11/26/2007, 1:43 AM

Jewish Dogmas, Fringes and Parents

Is it really true that Judaism has no dogmas?, 11/19/2007, 12:54 AM

<I>Toldot</i>: Doing Good Deeds Until the End

On good deeds, repentance and eating right., 11/7/2007, 3:49 PM

<i>Vayera</I>: Young at Heart

The Jewish art of hospitality., 10/26/2007, 2:07 AM

<I>Lech Lecha</I>: Home Life

The day-to-day agenda of life at home and abroad., 10/17/2007, 1:18 PM

From Holiday to Isru Chag and Back to the Beginning

We see God as the source of all blessing., 10/2/2007, 7:10 PM

Gedaliah: The Real Story

It is an enigma that cries out for attention., 9/16/2007, 3:03 PM

<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: That We May Live

Of course, we will choose life. But what sort?, 9/6/2007, 4:42 PM

<I>Ki Tavo</I>: Astonishment and Achievement

I shudder inwardly every time I read the "rebuke.", 8/31/2007, 9:16 AM

<I>Ki Tetzei</I>: Off to War

The imbroglio of the inclinations., 8/23/2007, 11:49 AM