Basic Laws in the Jewish StateThe time has come to deal with the issue of the Jewish character of the State of Israel, and to regulate the fundamental principles underlying the status-quo in legislation, now that close to 40 MK's are religiously observant.
Election LessonsRabbi Melamed explains that the key to the election results is the issue of "equal sharing of the national burden", i.e. IDF or national service for all.
"Honorable Men" - The IDF Top Brass Harpaz ScandalThe State Comptroller Report on the Harpaz Affair in the highest echelons of the Defense establishment showed how law and [following] 'orders' took the place of morals and values. Thank G-d for the IDF's idealistic soldiers and junior officers.
The Respect Owed Adoptive ParentsHow does the Torah obligate adopted chidren to relate to their parents? An important issue that affects adoptive parents as they grow old.
"Be Fruitful and Multiply""And Jacob's Family Grew"- and so should everyone's, if possible, because one who brings an additional Jewish soul into existence is viewed by the Talmud as having created an entire world.
The Light of Hanukkah and TorahBy virtue of the unique light of the Oral Law, which, similar to the Hanukkah candles illuminates the darkness, we have succeeded in overcoming all the tribulations of the exile.
We Told You SoHow Israel can deal with the situation brought upon us by witless 'experts'.
The Key to Educating our YouthThe high level one can reach by spending a minimum of six hours of Torah study on Shabbat is beyond description. The wonderful effect hours of Torah study on Shabbat has on all the weekdays is unimaginable!
The Real Struggle - A Look at Migron as Slichot BeginThe decision to leave Migron peacefully has halakhic backing, because of the greater picture, as explained here. And there are 14% more Jews in the Shomron this year than last, something to recall as Ashkenazi Jews start Slichot on Saturday night.
Besheva's Calling: A Decade of Journalistic LeadershipThe group who probingly examines to what extent the national mitzvoth can be fulfilled, to what extent is it possible to cooperate with the secular public in the sciences and workplace, and to what extent seclusion is called are ‘Besheva’s’ readers.
The Ancient Tu B'Av CustomTu B'Av was the day many marriages were arranged in the days of the Talmud, with wisdom and social caring. Make sure to read the section "Sound Advice for Singles".
Halakhot for Shabbat Hazon and the 9th of Av:A must for readers who wish to do things right on this Shabbat (called Hazon) and before, during and after the fast of the Ninth of Av. This year is different from the usual, as the fast is postponed from Shabbat, necessitating detailed instructions.
Laws for "The Nine Days"From the 1st to the 9th of Av (the Fast Day for the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem), Ashkenazim keep special stringencies as a sign of mourning. Sephardim keep them starting from the week of the fast.
The Halakhic View on Home Demolitions in IsraelThe halakhic responsa is based on elucidating the parameters of Torah principles when juxtaposed with acceptance of the decisions of a governmental authority, a precept called Dina deMalchuta Dina.
Does Torah Study Override Army Service?A clear exposition of the controversial issue being debated as a new law is being drafted. Torah revitalizes our nation and is crucial for survival. But there are ways to serve if the army needs soldiers, and the army has to make this possible.
Freedom from MaterialismSome serious thinking should occur when a couple decides where and how to live. The right decision can affect finances and much more. Torah from Har Bracha in the Shomron.
All About Lag Ba"OmerCustoms and explanations for them for Lag Ba'Omer, the Thirty-Third Day of the Omer Counting.
Easy Guide to a Kosher for Passover KitchenAn easy to understand and implement primer for having a kosher for Pesach kitchen. Before you sit down to the seder, make sure you are really ready for this wonderful holiday.
Names With RootsA new baby is a link in the family chain. Naming a baby for a grandparent strengthens it.
The Story of the Unetane Tokef PrayerUnetane Tokef, part of the Ashkenazi High Holyday prayer service, is a moving, awe-inspiring liturgical poem. The tragic story behind it is the same.
Christians Who Love IsraelWhile many countries support the Arabs out of economic interests, or out of fear, or due to false beliefs, the Evangelicals are clearly on our side.
Street Protests and Sensible EconomicsProtestors do not analyze the situation in a broader context, they want instant gratification. Judaism, however, has something to say about how a country's economics should be run.
Be a Jew in the Workplace!The workplace can seem a total negation of everything a religious person has hitherto experienced. Here is a wise analysis and practical guide.
Rav Yisraeli - An Israeli RabbiRav Yisraeli zts"l was a halakhic expert on commandments that are kept in the land of israel, but he was also a wise spiritual leader.
Pirkei Avot: Learn or Work?Ethics of our Fathers, read on summer Sabbaths, is the starting point for a discussion of this dilemma, and the novel approach of the Har Bracha yeshiva is the conclusion.
Like the Sands of the SeaMay the words of the prophet from this week's 'Haftorah' be fulfilled (Hoshea 2:1): "... the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted."
Forgot What Being a Jew MeansInstead of announcing that he doesn't want to be classified a Jew anymore, Israeli writer Kanyuk should have learned more about what he is willing to give up.