The Hasmonean's defeat and the 10th of TevetThe fasts commemorating the destruction of the First Temple were annulled during the Second Temple period, but were reinstated after the collapse of the Hasmonean dynasty and the destruction of the Temple.
The chief culprit is the Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court is today’s most harmful factor affecting the Jewish state and its values. Concerning Amona, the courts favored the petitioners over the Jewish residents, only because they are Arabs.
When Rabbi Goren demanded an Honor GuardRabbi Shlomo Goren, whose yahrzeit is this week, served as an example of a rabbi who imposed authority and made it clear that in a conflict between an officer's command and halakha, if 'pikuach nefesh' is not involved, the order should be refused.
Can the IDF Chief Rabbi be a halakhic decisor?The IDF General Staff continues to erode Jewish tradition and those who abide by it. Since army rabbis are subject to their superiors, they do not have the authority of ‘mara d’atra’ (local rabbinic authority).
Fasting on Yom KippurA “regular” sick person, whose whole body is ill but whose life is not in danger, is obligated to fast but may take pills that have no taste. A gravely ill person is obligated to eat. A religiously observant doctor should be asked when in doubt.
Laws of Shofar, blessings - and glad tidingsLaws and customs on hearing shofar blasts; the prohibition of preparing from the first day of Rosh Hashanah to the second day; candles on the second night; order of blessings over the ‘simanim’; God’s blessing: growth of the communities in Judea and Samaria
When Tisha B'Av falls on ShabbatOne difference: The time from sunset on Shabbat until the end of Shabbat is an intermediate period of time when it is forbidden to eat, but on the other hand, noticeable signs of mourning are also prohibited. See the others below.
Laws of the Nine DaysJoyous events are forbidden during the Nine Days, but study tours and seminars are permitted. In Israel today, the prohibition of bathing during the Nine Days is not applicable. A primer.
Tyranny of the minorityThe IDF is undergoing a process of value erosion, expressed both in harm to Jewish values, and weakness against the enemy and its cause is the extreme secular culture, whose positions have greatly influenced the IDF top brass.
Custody in early chlldhoodWhen children automatically remain with the mother and the father must pay their child support, it’s no wonder that almost 90% of divorce cases are initiated by women
No to soldiers' bodies for terroristsA person’s essence is his soul and not his body, and the souls of fallen IDF soldiers are certainly among the righteous, as is Moses, whose burial place is unknown.
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 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.
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.
Meat and Milk: a halakhic primer This 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"d Look 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.
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.
Rectifying EuropeEuropeans sinned in the past through colonialism and anti-Semitism, and sin today in their attitude towards Israel.
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.