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Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Teruma: No One is Exempt

In my many attempts to understand the haredi refusal to serve in the defense of our nation, I discussed the matter with important rabbis and roshei yeshiva., 2/19/2015, 10:50 AM

The "Eved Nirtza" - Slave by Choice - of Today

Is it possible to perform an act that does not appear in the criminal code of the Jewish People, yet its implications are an affront, an indignity; indeed, an abuse of the Holy One Blessed Be He?, 2/16/2015, 7:59 AM

The 613 Mitzvot Encapsulated

There are always dissdents., 1/25/2015, 3:30 PM

Harsh Justice, Mercy & Forgiveness

Some important advice appears at the end of this article., 12/25/2014, 7:14 AM

But It Feels So Right: Miketz, Chutzpa and Hanukkah

If feels right, but it isn't., 12/18/2014, 7:21 AM

Izinga Estate on Umhlanga Ridge: Symbol and Symptom

Is this 'paradise' for Jewish living what Hashem expects of us?, 12/12/2014, 2:11 PM

Missouri vs. Misery

An original idea for the shmita year., 11/27/2014, 11:42 PM

Jewish Sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael

Esteemed Zionist rabbis such as Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Avraham Shapira, Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed forbid ascending the Temple Mount for halakhic reasons. The writer explains his view and that of rabbis, like Rav Goren, who think differently., 11/14/2014, 8:25 AM

Basic Societal Norms

Amalek breached all the norms of civilized humanity., 11/6/2014, 6:09 PM

Equal and Opposite Forces

Anti-Semitism vs. Jewish accomplishments., 11/1/2014, 6:27 PM

The Exile is a Succah - Come Home!

Two stories for Sukkot: One parable and one beautiful instance of the Jewish spirit., 10/8/2014, 2:32 AM

The Binding of Isaac and Living in Israel

Hashem indeed wants every Jew to be in the Land that He chose over all others for His holy Temple and declared to be the Stairway to Heaven., 10/2/2014, 8:42 AM

What Kind of Year will we Have here in Eretz Yisrael?

'But the more they oppressed them, the more they (the Jews) multiplied and spread out; and the Egyptians dreaded the Israelites...', 9/23/2014, 11:03 PM

Ki Tavo: First Fruits

What are the words said by the bringer of the First Fruits supposed to mean?, 9/12/2014, 3:54 PM

A Distortion of Values

The Torah tells us what real morality is., 9/5/2014, 11:06 AM

Re'eh: Blessings and Curses

There is either "drive" or "reverse," but no "neutral" state for one to enjoy a respite from the Torah’s requirements., 8/22/2014, 9:32 AM

The Seven Species in the Parsha

The totality of creation can be likened to a many-layered object, like a head of cabbage or an onion, which can be peeled away layer by layer., 8/15/2014, 3:44 PM

Don't Miss the Boat

Time to move to Israel., 8/8/2014, 5:25 PM

May I Sit and Cry With You?

We in Eretz Yisrael have been in the thick of battle for 100 years, so the time for tears has not yet come., 8/1/2014, 7:16 AM

Fighting Amalek Again

This week's Torah words are dedicated to our soldiers., 7/16/2014, 11:38 PM

Zealousness and You

Pinchas, Zealousness & You., 7/10/2014, 12:48 AM

The Ferocious and Mighty Jewish Army

Torah Judaism brings out the best in people. Islamist doctrine brings out the worst in them, 6/27/2014, 8:21 AM

Parashat Korach and President Truman

How to deal with evil., 6/20/2014, 10:18 AM

Highly Esteemed Leaders: in Parshat Shlach and Today

Torah is our compass., 6/13/2014, 12:55 PM

Torah in Israel: Fabulous Facts

We have won., 6/4/2014, 10:38 PM

National and Religious Honor

The Pope's visit is an example of a recurring theme., 5/29/2014, 6:40 AM

Bamidbar and Jerusalem Day: Impossible Scenarios

Binyamin and Dan and impossible scenarios that come to pass., 5/22/2014, 8:08 AM

The "Tochacha" and Mashiach

We have felt the tochacha in its terrifying reality. How can one ignore the call to come home now?, 5/16/2014, 12:04 PM

Behar and the Special Days Before It

Written before Independence Day, it remains timely., 5/8/2014, 5:10 PM

Emor: Kohen and Divorcee

, 5/1/2014, 9:47 AM

Two Brothers, Two Worlds

Who is closer to G-d's expectations?, 4/13/2014, 2:03 PM

The Long Jewish Journey Homeward Continues

This journey cannot be aborted or put off track., 4/3/2014, 9:18 AM

Purity and Impurity, Disunity and Unity

There is a need for synchronization and unity., 3/28/2014, 11:45 AM

The Fear of the Jews Was Upon Them

Fear of the Jew is a mighty weapon. , 3/21/2014, 10:33 AM

Where is Gratitude?

On IDF soldiers and hareidim, on the significance of 70 years in the Purim story and our own Redemption., 3/13/2014, 10:51 AM

We Must Bridge the Divide!

, 3/7/2014, 7:08 AM

Torah Study vs. Military Service

Torah Study vs. Military Service – Is there a solution? , 2/28/2014, 9:11 AM

Why Did the Torah Interrupt the Sequence?

There is a message for our times in this interruption., 2/21/2014, 10:57 AM

Idol Worship - Then and Now

The Levites were not the only group to refrain from ascending to Eretz Yisrael, so why did Ezra single them out for punishment? , 2/12/2014, 9:43 PM

Facing Each Other

Israel is far from perfect. Does that mean one should remain in New Jersey?, 2/7/2014, 7:00 AM

The Aliya Room

Parashat Teruma, this week's reading, includes G-d's command to make a Sanctuary. , 1/31/2014, 8:14 AM

Tehkhelet Shows the Difference

Tehkelet, the blue in ritual fringes, guides us to achievable heights., 1/24/2014, 7:47 AM

Amalek vs. the Jewish People

The Almighty created adversaries, challengers, opponents and antagonists who are charged with trying to prevent us, individually and collectively, from fulfilling our mission., 1/16/2014, 12:09 PM

A Tale of Two Cities

One nation, two realities., 1/9/2014, 12:00 PM

Every Citizen’s Responsibility

There is no greater mitzva than to defend the lives of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel., 1/2/2014, 3:04 PM

Anthropic Principle and the Land of Milk and Honey

Amos when referring to the fourth sin of the regional powers, deems it to be the worst, for it encapsulates parts of the preceding three. The USA is on sin four. , 12/26/2013, 11:29 AM

An Emotional Drama

This week's reading is full of mystery and drama., 12/19/2013, 11:25 AM

Jacob was Stunned

A new interpretation of the basic Jewish prayer: Hear O Israel, Shma Yisrael., 12/13/2013, 9:00 AM

Blockbuster: The Story of Joseph

The story of Yosef and his brothers seemingly has no place in a book dedicated to assuring that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jewish nation., 12/5/2013, 8:53 AM

The Unified Field Theory in the Torah

The civilized world is being threatened by the enemies of basic human rights, led by the Islamic-fascist state of Iran. Been there, overcame that., 11/29/2013, 2:21 PM