Why two customs ensure Jewish survivalHoshanot and Simchat Torah are not of biblical origin.
The elections and the Noahide LawsThe basis for moral civilization has a role to play.
Insights into Shemini Atzeret and Simchat TorahThe prayer for rain, the circuits and dancing with the Torah.
Hoshana Rabba: 70 years since the Nuremberg TrialsThere are no coincidences...
Sukkah of PeaceTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
Sukkot perspectivesThe only happiness that is lasting and meaningful is an inner happiness not caused by outside stimuli or fleeting factors.
An Etrog tree doesn’t grow in BrooklynIsrael is the place to build a sukkah - and a permanent home, as well.
Sukkot: The strength to emergeAfter Yom Kippur, we emerge from our synagogue and home and go out to the Sukkah.
Why is Sukkot a separate holiday?Shouldn't we sit in sukkot on Passover when the Exodus is remembered?
Insights into the Sukkot holidaySukkot joy, hospitality, etrog compote, and even a Hebrew lesson.
The mitzvah of Sukkah and the definition of ManIt requires the totality of one’s being to be encompassed by the sacred space of the Sukkah.
What kind of Sukkot meal will your descendants be having?‘Oh, to be a fly on the wall’ – In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi offers a deeper understanding on the Usphizin and the distinct role that nachas plays in our Jewish tradition.
How to be happy on the Sukkot holidayThe Torah commands us to be happy on Sukkot - how do we do that?
Sukkot - why now?The sukkah is a continuation of the High Holydays.
Covenant & Conversation for HaazinuThe spirituality of song.
Haazinu: A poem with stanzasThe poem that has guided the Jewish people.
Homeward BoundYom Kippur is over. Now do something to show you meant what you said...
Please be compassionateCompassion takes one to a different level of understanding.
Sanctifying the fastKiddush Hayom and Yom HaKippurim
The laws of Yom Kippur 5777A primer for the laws of the holiest day of the year.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 29, Class 5Tanya is the recipe for a healthy spiritual life in the New Year.
Complete TeshuvahFor the Ten Days of Repentance, Torah by Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah Sage and founder of Religious Zionism.
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.
Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?What is the most appropriate name for this very special Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?
The Temple Institute on Vayelech and Shabbat ShuvahTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Vayelech: The lodestone of Jewish lifeMoses predicts what will happen.
Covenant & Conversation for VayelechTo renew our days.
The extent of Hashem’s mercyThe Schmuz for Shabbat Shuva.
Why fast for Gedaliah?The day after Rosh Hashanah is a minor fast in the Jewish calendar mourning the assassination of Gedaliah. Why?
The gift of a lifetimeThe global donor pool for bone marrow needs to have ethnic and racial diversity for matches to be made. The Renewal organization needs organ donors. You can save a life.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 29, Class # 4Tanya is a recipe for a healthy spiritual life.
The Teshuva of Rosh HashanahTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah luminary, poet, philosopher and founder of Religious Zionism.
It is Hashem’s prerogative to chooseMay we be chosen for a good year.
A Rosh Hashanah message: Sunny side upEverything that comes from G-d is for the good, sometimes the good is discernible and sometimes it is not.
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
Is Shabbat more important than Rosh Hashanah?In Jewish tradition it is regular which is preeminent over irregular.
The Temple Institute: Nitzavim and the New YearTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Dissecting TeshuvaTeshuva should be understood as a dual process.
A Holiday Story: Love still stands a chanceSent to Arutz Sheva by Torah Mitzion, the Religious Zionist kollels.
Rav Soloveitchik and Social Issues The Ideal Torah family (2)Part one is summarized below.
The Noahide Laws: A universal code for peace and unityAnd God spoke unto Noah, and to Noah's children with him, saying, ‘And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you, and with your seed after you.’
Halichot v'Halachot: A book that arrived at just the right timeThe newest book by Rabbi Enkin, filled with interesting halachic insights and responsa, is a highly recommended read during the High Holydays period.
Time, wasted timeLet us not waste the precious gems of time.
Dont' worry! Be happy!Rabbi Kook's perspective on penitence is astounding.
Let us yearn for a peaceful New YearWe are often forced by others into situations which we are neither comfortable with, nor desire. At this special time of year, we must continue to yearn for a time when others will not cause us to do “that which we wish we didn’t have to do."
Ki Tavo: Accept and then analyzeTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Awesome warningsEverything in its minutest detail did befall us.
Ki Tavo: Reach OutThe Torah teaches us to reach out. In every way shape or form, the Torah wants us to reach out.
We are what we rememberCovenant & Conversation for Ki Tavo.
The Parsha and Current Events: You shall reap what you sowBikurim is a mitzva with ramifications.
The shmuz on Ki TavoPowerful forces of growth.
Natural orderMan needs to guard himself from chance occurrences that are usual in the world - Sefer Hachinuch.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29 class 3Tanya study is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
The strongest marriageThe three stages that build a strong marriage.
Move de lineShalom Habayit. Shalom Aleinu. A Plea for Peace and Understanding