Are parents responsible for how their kids turn out?The story of the two brothers, Esau and Jacob, is a paradigm.
Jacob's hand on Esau's heelTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The Temple Institute on ToldotTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh essay: Avoda Zara in our timeThis month's article is by Margot (Reinstein) Botwinick.
Why did Isaac love Esau?Inexplicable or natural?
The Parsha and Current Events: The Jewish Nation Deserves a GiftThere is always a way for the parasha to enlghten us with insights that are necessary to absorb today
Toldot: Which prayers are answered?Why should our prayers make a difference?
Torah insightsBible chapters,senior citizens, two vsions of G-d.
We must not force Torah down our children's throatsTake water to the thirsty.
The greatness of our Patriarchs and MatriarchsGuiding lights.
Chayei Sarah: In the MomentWhen you are in flow, you don’t get stuck on the hard parts, the difficult challenges of life.
Matchmaking, a holy taskSo important, so weighty, so meaningful is the decision that it is sometimes a wonder that any of us manage to cross that threshold!
The implication of Ishmael's banishment for todayIsrael, like Abraham and Sarah, also believed in the sons of Ishmael, but they abused our trust
Chayei Sarah: Burial in the Double CaveTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Palestinian pyromaniaThe struggle over the land in biblical times and today reached the point where self-defeating destruction was the action preferred by our enemies.
The mysterious instructions to EliezerThe importance of not taking decisions lightly.
You don't need the limelightFrom Eliezer we learn, God helps those who live their entire life in order to help others.
Chayei Sarah: Mothers of IsraelThey are stalwart, loyal and above all, cognizant of the need to create a future for the Jewish people.
The Temple Institute on the Parsha: A gift of old ageTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The parsha and current events: The strong forceThe only one who can appraise the greatness of the Creator is the Creator Himself.
Insights on the parsha: Chayei SaraLife cycles, yichus and the second son.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 30, class 1Tanya is your path to a healthy spiritual life.
An Akeida in JerusalemHow come the angel saved Yitzchak?
Balancing prayer and TorahToday was the first time Israeli Religious Zionist schools held a day in honor of Rabbi Kook, Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.
When Rabbi Goren demanded an Honor GuardRabbi Shlomo Goren, whose yahrzeit is this week, served as an example of a rabbi who imposed authority and made it clear that in a conflict between an officer's command and halakha, if 'pikuach nefesh' is not involved, the order should be refused.
The Shmuz for VayeraThe prison cell of laziness almost destroyed Lot.
Life Lessons From the Torah Portion: If not now, when?Now is the time for action.
Vayera: Finding G-dWhen a man at an advanced age performs circumcision, utilises an organ notoriously associated with personal pleasure, to fulfill a divine commandment, he has put himself aside and made G-d his epicenter.
Mr. Nice GuyThe Torah begins with chesed, kindness, and ends with chesed.
The Temple Institute on VayeraTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
God's seal is truthThe Talmud describes our world as being “a world of falseness.”
The Parsha and Current Events: A good omen for our NationTorah is timeless.
The ethical framework of the AkeidaThe binding of Isaac is our greatest Biblical challenge.
Ask any 8 year oldGod doesn’t tell Avraham to keep Shabbat. He doesn’t tell Avraham to keep kosher. He tells him to live in Israel.
From spiritual alienation and existential loneliness to faithReturning to the fold in the thought of Rav Soloveitchik and the messages of Bob Dylan's songs.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29, class 8Tanya is a way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Femininity and the MikvaThe mikvah is an essential institution in Jewish life.
Life lessons from the weekly portion: Faithfulness and faithG-d is sending a message in this period of world upheaval. Listen to it.
Lech Lecha: Great like the starsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
The parsha and current events: Two assassinationsRemembering Rav Meir Kahana Hy"d and PM YItzchak Rabin z"l.
The Shmuz: Not the America I grew up inThe weekly Shmuz for Lech Lecha is after the viral America video and is titled Gedolim were human.
Abraham's faithThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Yonatan Rosensweig, former Rosh Kollel Melbourne (2006-2009) and currently Community Rabbi in Beit Shemesh.
The Temple Institute on Lech LechaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Looking at generationsToday many of us have the chance to look at several generations of our family in our lifetimes.
The Western Wall Compromise, and compromised commitment to TorahJudaism is characterized by submission to G-d's will, not by getting our own way.
Can the IDF Chief Rabbi be a halakhic decisor?The IDF General Staff continues to erode Jewish tradition and those who abide by it. Since army rabbis are subject to their superiors, they do not have the authority of ‘mara d’atra’ (local rabbinic authority).
Women of the Wall make me sadThe Jewish people don't need to save failed Reform and Conservative institutions. They need to embrace these lost souls and teach them real Judaism.
The RainbowIf we want our rain to turn into a rainbow, we need to adjust our attitude.
You don't have to be famousYou don’t have to be famous in order to leave a great legacy.
After the Flood: The lion's lessonLife is about serving others and dedicating oneself completely to this service.
Gathering Within the ArkTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva and Religious Zionism.
The Parsha and Current Events: One people in deep watersWhenever I am present at a simcha (celebration) of our children and grandchildren (engagements, weddings, etc.) I look around the table at the young personalities who are the friends of our family. Jewish naches.
Until the waters lap at our feetKnowledge and faith. Noach’s faith was driven by his intellect; it had no passion or emotional intensity.
The Temple Institute on NoahTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.