Teruma: No One is ExemptIn 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.
The "Eved Nirtza" - Slave by Choice - of TodayIs 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?
The 613 Mitzvot EncapsulatedThere are always dissdents.
Harsh Justice, Mercy & ForgivenessSome important advice appears at the end of this article.
But It Feels So Right: Miketz, Chutzpa and HanukkahIf feels right, but it isn't.
Izinga Estate on Umhlanga Ridge: Symbol and SymptomIs this 'paradise' for Jewish living what Hashem expects of us?
Missouri vs. MiseryAn original idea for the shmita year.
Jewish Sovereignty in Eretz YisraelEsteemed 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.
Basic Societal NormsAmalek breached all the norms of civilized humanity.
Equal and Opposite ForcesAnti-Semitism vs. Jewish accomplishments.
The Exile is a Succah - Come Home!Two stories for Sukkot: One parable and one beautiful instance of the Jewish spirit.
The Binding of Isaac and Living in IsraelHashem 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.
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...'
Ki Tavo: First FruitsWhat are the words said by the bringer of the First Fruits supposed to mean?
A Distortion of ValuesThe Torah tells us what real morality is.
Re'eh: Blessings and CursesThere is either "drive" or "reverse," but no "neutral" state for one to enjoy a respite from the Torah’s requirements.
The Seven Species in the ParshaThe 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.
Don't Miss the BoatTime to move to Israel.
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.
Fighting Amalek AgainThis week's Torah words are dedicated to our soldiers.
Zealousness and YouPinchas, Zealousness & You.
The Ferocious and Mighty Jewish ArmyTorah Judaism brings out the best in people. Islamist doctrine brings out the worst in them
Parashat Korach and President TrumanHow to deal with evil.
Highly Esteemed Leaders: in Parshat Shlach and TodayTorah is our compass.
Torah in Israel: Fabulous FactsWe have won.
National and Religious HonorThe Pope's visit is an example of a recurring theme.
Bamidbar and Jerusalem Day: Impossible ScenariosBinyamin and Dan and impossible scenarios that come to pass.
The "Tochacha" and MashiachWe have felt the tochacha in its terrifying reality. How can one ignore the call to come home now?
Behar and the Special Days Before ItWritten before Independence Day, it remains timely.
Two Brothers, Two WorldsWho is closer to G-d's expectations?
The Long Jewish Journey Homeward ContinuesThis journey cannot be aborted or put off track.
Purity and Impurity, Disunity and UnityThere is a need for synchronization and unity.
The Fear of the Jews Was Upon ThemFear of the Jew is a mighty weapon.
Where is Gratitude?On IDF soldiers and hareidim, on the significance of 70 years in the Purim story and our own Redemption.
Torah Study vs. Military ServiceTorah Study vs. Military Service – Is there a solution?
Why Did the Torah Interrupt the Sequence?There is a message for our times in this interruption.
Idol Worship - Then and NowThe Levites were not the only group to refrain from ascending to Eretz Yisrael, so why did Ezra single them out for punishment?
Facing Each OtherIsrael is far from perfect. Does that mean one should remain in New Jersey?
The Aliya RoomParashat Teruma, this week's reading, includes G-d's command to make a Sanctuary.
Tehkhelet Shows the DifferenceTehkelet, the blue in ritual fringes, guides us to achievable heights.
Amalek vs. the Jewish PeopleThe Almighty created adversaries, challengers, opponents and antagonists who are charged with trying to prevent us, individually and collectively, from fulfilling our mission.
A Tale of Two CitiesOne nation, two realities.
Every Citizen’s ResponsibilityThere is no greater mitzva than to defend the lives of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.
Anthropic Principle and the Land of Milk and HoneyAmos 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.
An Emotional DramaThis week's reading is full of mystery and drama.
Jacob was StunnedA new interpretation of the basic Jewish prayer: Hear O Israel, Shma Yisrael.
Blockbuster: The Story of JosephThe story of Yosef and his brothers seemingly has no place in a book dedicated to assuring that Eretz Yisrael belongs to the Jewish nation.
The Unified Field Theory in the TorahThe civilized world is being threatened by the enemies of basic human rights, led by the Islamic-fascist state of Iran. Been there, overcame that.