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.
A Happy and Holy PurimOn Purim, when we drink and take joy in the salvation of Hashem, the positive sides of drinking are revealed. Yet there are limitations on inebriation.
Amalek: War Against the Root of EvilThe obligation to kill every single Amalekite, only applies in a case where they refuse to accept the fundamental mitzvoth which the Torah places upon all of the Children of Noah. They were the first anti-Semites.
A Primer on the Hostile Media The media's exaggeration about what happened at the Ephraim IDF camp, which was meant to malign the 'settlers', is as serious as an outright lie.
Names With RootsA new baby is a link in the family chain. Naming a baby for a grandparent strengthens it.
1913: Rabbi Kook Leads Rabbis' Tour of the MoshavotThe story of the famous tour 1913 of ten renowned rabbis to visit and encourage the new farming communities in the Shomron and Galilee. Rabbi Kook: "That which is holy will become renewed and that which is new will become holy".
The Importance of ModestyKeeping the laws of modesty merits a great reward in both this world and the World to Come, and helps lead to establishing a Torah true family. Response to an Ulpana student.
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.
Freedom of Torah StudySomething good might have developed from the Left's attempt to portray the settlers as being cruel. This helps to deter our enemy.
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.
Start from the HeartA different, Jewish and Zionist to looking at the tent protests and the connection to settling the Land of Israel.
Like Grains of SandHaving a family is a challenge that raises man above and beyond his short and limited life to the expanses of eternity. A good and happy life is not one in which man is concerned only about himself.
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."
Shoah: Our Own Flesh and BloodThe "why" of the Holocaust is not comprehensible, but aksing "for what purpose", what we can learn from the Holocaust, is answerable.
To My Brothers, the SettlersThe Jews who sacrificed their lives for Israel are holy, as it says to love G-d "with all your heart, with all your soul.." , even if he takes your soul...
MIshpatim: Crime and PunishmentThe court system in the Jewish State does not use the Torah legal system as a guide for most of its decisions. This has negative practical and legal ramifications.