Political lessons learned from the prohibition of mixing milk and meatWe do not know the ultimate reasons for mitzvot, but we certainly can search for the lessons they teach about our lives. The separation of meat and milk is a profound concept.
The deep significance of the prohibition to mix milk and meatDifferent levels should not be mixed. A person who goes to an ordinary rabbi in order to receive guidance in significant matters, is comparable to one who mixes milk and meat, rendering the entire mixture forbidden for eating or for benefit.
The laws of the Shavuot holidayThere is a unique mitzvah of joy, both spiritual and physical, on Shavuot. Most critical: When Shavuot falls on Motzei Shabbat as it does this year, preparations from Shabbat to Chag are prohibited.
We are all Priests and LevitesThe Torah sections dealing with the Tabernacle, the Priests and the Levites should be applied in all areas of life. Each person in his field of work, on his own level, should be a like Priest, avoiding anything that might interfere with his work.
Concerning Former Minister Ya'alonThe harming of Torah values and emuna in the IDF, while Leftist groups are allowed in undisturbed is only one of the problems that must be confronted.
The vision of Yovel for our generationThe Torah integrates both socialism and capitalism
Mourning during the period of Sefirat HaomerWhat does the custom of mourning between Pesach and Shavuot entail?
The blessing said on the settlement of the land of IsraelIn honor of the season of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, it is appropriate to once again review the halakha’s of the blessing our Sages fixed over the mitzvah of ‘yishuv ha’aretz‘ – the settling and redemption of the Land of Israel.
Memorial Day, Yom HazikaronThe children we bear and raise exist in their merit; the settlements we establish flourish because of them; the Torah we learn is theirs; the ethical Jewish society we want to build here, as the prophets foretold, is theirs as well.
Setting the tone for Holocaust RemembranceHow to memorialize the Holocaust although the date is in the month of NIssan.
Laws of Pesach: Koshering the kitchenA complete primer that will guide you to a kosher Passover holiday.
Laws of Pesach: Eating "gebrokts," egg matza and dairy productsAshkenazim and Sephardim on egg matza (matza ashira). Hassidim on "gebrokts", called "shruya" in Hebrew. What milk products are to be eaten.
Purim: The joy of Judaism and TorahHappiness can be achieved by pondering and appreciating the magnitude of the miracle in the days of Mordechai and Esther.
Gladden the hearts of a chatan and kallahIn Judaism, the wedding day is the most joyous day of one’s life
The struggle for a Jewish ArmyI have written numerous articles warning about the erosion of Judaism in the IDF. Had we previously stood firm against the violation of mitzvot and values, the order against growing a beard in the army would have been unthinkable. What to do.
On the Reform Movement and IsraelThe Reform Movement cannot be considered a religious stream in Judaism, but its Jewish members are our brothers.
The Torah obligation to report a reckless bus driver; Dietary LawsIn the wake of the recent fatal bus accident: the obligation to try to prevent others followed by a continuation of the laws of meat and milk follows.
When children demand one's time on ShabbatHow does one balance giving attention to young children and finding time to learn Torah on Shabbat?
Meat and Milk: a halakhic primerThis week's Torah reading has one of the three times the prohibition of mixing meat and milk is mentioned, once of the basics of a Jewish home. What are its ramifications?
Holiness endures forever: On Dafna Meir Hy"dLook at the difference between the Jewish nation and its enemies! Their "martyrs" are despicable murderers, destroyers of the world; our martyrs – a compassionate nurse, engaged in settling Eretz Yisrael and tikun olam. Tu B'shvat lessons.
Unauthorized building harms the movement to settle Judea and SamariaA small group is ruining it for the rest of us.
Defining the difference between good and badHilltop youth at-risk should be given the best possible remedial attention from teachers and social workers, in cooperation with their parents.
Women's central role in the RedemptionThe Jewish women in Egypt teach us that there isn’t anything purer than love which is not dependent on material factors, and brings life to the world.
Redeeming Jewish captives, protecting wounded terroristsA halakhic analysis of two dilemmas with which Israel has to contend.
Israel, the West and IslamAnyone wishing for peaceful and calm relations with Muslims must avoid displaying any desire for peace, or any talk of it, because peace with non-Muslims contradicts their beliefs.
The Tenth of TevetThere are three aspects to this fast. All should lead to action in addition to fasting.
Hanukkah - the festival that celebrates educationThe Hebrew root of the Hanukkah is "hinuch", education - and that is not a coincidence. On educational authority, Hellenism, post-modernity and values.
A Hanukkah lighting primerAll you need to know.
Standing with EuropeWhat happens to Europe is important to the Jewish people for a variety of reasons, all of them leading to some sage, Torah-based advice.
Rectifying EuropeEuropeans sinned in the past through colonialism and anti-Semitism, and sin today in their attitude towards Israel.
A Minimum of Six HoursStudying Torah on Shabbat.
Sanctifying God in life and deathIn memory of my great grandfather, murdered by the Nazis.
Israel's Sovereignty on the Temple MountIslam and Arabs respect the ruling power and accept its sovereignty, provided it demonstrates strength and authority. Take away the rights of ungrateful East Jerusalem Arabs.
Should Israel go for a decisive or partial victory?The government is too weak to pursue a decisive victory, but the fortitude of the public may lead to a partial one. And demographics are on our side.
Coping with terrorism through faithTerrorism tries to sow panic and cause the public to give up. Israelis are finished with delusions of peace, so terrorism will not achieve its goal, but a rational, gradual, and realistic means of teaching the Torah view must be proposed.
The Death of the RighteousThe leaders in building the country in our times are those who cling more firmly to the Torah. They also cling to the frontlines of settlement in the Land of Israel.
The Meaning of Shmini AtzeretWhy is there an extra holiday added on to the Sukkot holiday.
Together in the SukkahThe mitzvah of joy on Sukkot includes not only family members, but also the poor and lonely. A primer for the holiday.
Yom Kippur - A Day of LibertyAfflicting the body and soul on Yom Kippur releases one from the shackles of the body and the material, and allows one to connect to the root of his soul.
Rosh Hashana - Expressing the Acceptance of G-d's KingdomThe central theme of Rosh Hashana should be part of our appearance and actions.
Understanding SelichotAll about the custom of reciting Selichot for the Salvation of the Clal
Monetary Torah Laws at the Close of the Shmitta YearWhat is shimittat ksafim, when does it apply and what is the pruzbul?
'Rabbi Kook: Halakha and the RabbinateThe iconic first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel had a unique way of approaching the Rabbinate and halakhic determinations.
Far More than 13 MillionHow you count the Jews makes all the difference.
Time to Drain the SwampWe have to make our vision clear.
Changing the Law to be What They Want it to beThe Attorney General should be fired for attempting to render meaningless the Law against Fraud in kashrut.
Tisha B'Av on Motsaei Shabbat: A PrimerThe transition from Shabbat to the Fast of Tisha B’Av * How to make havdalah when Tisha B'Av falls on Motzei Shabbat * The halakha for pregnant and nursing women when Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat, and is postponed to Sunday/
When Av Arrives, We Curtail Our Joy - but How?A careful elucidation of the various expressions of ‘curtailing our joy’ - what is allowed and what is not.
Rabbi Riskin and Christian-Jewish RelationsResponse to the slander of Rabbi Riskin because of his YouTube video in English. Rabbi Riskin took upon himself the sacred mission of bringing non-Jews closer to understanding the Jewish faith.
How Should Natural Gas Profits be Divided? The Torah ViewThe principle set by the Torah: A person is entitled to enjoy the fruits of his own hard work, but natural resources and means of production should be shared equally.
The Haredi Boycott of Heter Mechira Fruits is UnsustainableThe only logical explanation for the fierceness of haredi opposition to the heter mechira is that they associate it with Zionism,
The History of the Heter MechiraThe heter mechira came about in the first shmitta year, 5649 (1888), after thousands of years in exile. Some opposing poskim changed their positions when they saw how urgent the situation was. Anti-Zionism caused more opposition.
When Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Taught HalakhaPart I: Longing for the halakha classes of our mentor, Rishon Lezion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. A sample on shmitta. Part 2:The failure of IDF commanders in the pork-eating affair
On the Rabbi Riskin Saga: Don’t Disqualify the Torah ScrollRabbi Shlomo Riskin is a man who raised himself from poverty to dedicate his life to Torah and more - differences in philosophical or even halakhic approaches should not be used to disqualify one rabbi or another.
"Do Not Give Them a Resting Place in the Land"Does the biblical prohibition in the title of the article contradict the application of heter mechira (selling land temporarily to a non-Jew during the shmitta year).
Spiritual and Material Joy: A Shavuot PrimerThe joy of the Shavuot holiday is both spiritual and material. A true enjoyment of the holiday this year entails knowing how to go from Sabbath observance into yomtov, in addition to the laws of the yomtov itself.
Holiness through NatureCan we rely on the Torah’s promise of agricultural blessing in the sixth year nowadays?