Consistency and constancyOne verse and sacrifice truly describes and underscores the greatest framework of spiritual life without which that life begins to wither and die.
Counting the JewsWe find it so much easier to memorialize the dead than to inspire and consecrate the living.
The meaning of lifeInsights into the meaning of life and other questions.
The parsha and current events: Pinchas and Corporal El'or Azarya.Life - a right or a privilege?
Balak (Diaspora): Bent on destroying the JewsBalak was a rasha…so why did he merit having a parasha named after him?
Balak (Diaspora): Unreal RealitiesWhy does the story get so much attention?
Pinchas (Israel): The secret of successTorah from the Otniel hesder yeshiva in the Hevron Hills area.
Pinchas (Israel): Following the daughtersThe daughters of Zelophehad had such a great love for the Land of Israel, they merited that the laws of inheriting land-holdings in the Land of Israel would be written in the Torah at their inspiration.
Balak (Diaspora): No one is perfectThe Torah does not hide the faults of our founders. The notion of applying superhuman qualities to a human being is not a Jewish idea.
Custody in early chlldhoodWhen children automatically remain with the mother and the father must pay their child support, it’s no wonder that almost 90% of divorce cases are initiated by women
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 27, class 2Learning Tanya - the road to a healthy spiritual life.
The Yiddishe Mama and childrearingThe role of the Yiddishe Mama begins much earlier than the task of the Yiddishe father. And what do they contribute?
The Temple Institute on BalakTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Psalm 126: We were like dreamersTorah from Israel's first chief rabbi.
Take Rabbi Lichtenstein's legacy at full depthNot every rabbi is one of the Gedolei Yisrael. Rabbi Lichtenstein, who expressed this and articulated his belief in da'at Torah, was one himself. Read the essence of his teachings here.
Chukat (Diaspora): To sing a new songOur children and students.
The parsha and current events: Dwelling apartThe Jewish ideal is to be involved with the world, while at the same time to be fiercely protective of our particular spiritual status.
Balak: A nation that dwells aloneTorah from Otniel in the hills of Hevron.
Chukat (Diaspora): Grief for AaronWhy was there greater grief for the passing of Aaron than there was for the passing of Moses? The Chief Rabbi explains.
Balak Iisrael): To believe in myselfThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Hillel VAn Leeuwen, educational Director, Mizrachi World Movement.
Chukat (Diaspora) and LGBTThe parsha with an emphasis on death teaches us much about life.
Rav Soloveitchik and social issues: PTSDRed cow ashes-a Divine PTSD treatment
No to soldiers' bodies for terroristsA person’s essence is his soul and not his body, and the souls of fallen IDF soldiers are certainly among the righteous, as is Moses, whose burial place is unknown.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 6Learning Tanya is a way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Serpents and wellsHIdden or revealed, G-d is with us.
Reading the Torah in translationWhy don't Ashkenazim read a translation with the Torah reading?
Sometimes there are no answersThis week's article is by Rav Ronen Neuwirth, Former Central Shaliach of Bnei Akiva North America, currently Rav of Kehillat Ohel Ari in Raanana.
Carry a big stick but speak softlyAn analysis of Moses' sin.
Korach (Diaspora): Almond MiracleIn his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in our communities.
Chukat (Israel) and current events: Authentic neshamotEvery tractate of the Babylonian Talmud begins with page 2 (the letter bet). Why?
The book of bad behavior: BamidbarMoses' fate is decided in this reading.
Chukat (Israel): The Temple Institute on the parshaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh Essay: The Korach Worldview and its hassidic antidoteStaci Rosenbaum is a Masters student at Bar-Ilan University in English Literature, where she holds a BA in English Literature as well. She just completed a year of intensive learning in the Ayanot Scholar program at Matan HaSharon.
The critical difference between the Reform Movement and secular JewryArutz Sheva has received a position paper written for the Zion and Jerusalem Conference to take place next week on the topic of the Reform Movement and Israel.
Rav Soloveitchik and Social Issues: Theology, Britexit and KorachPolitically correct liberalism is an imbalanced spiritual diet .
What our eyes seeWhen we see “to discover” rather than “to spy”, we open ourselves up to the wonder and beauty before us.
Why incense?What power did the incense have?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 5Tanya is a prescription for a healthy spiritual life.
A common sense rebellionThis week's Dvar Torah is by Shira Sohn, Bat Sherut (National Service volunteer) at Torah MiTzion 5776
UpOne teeny tiny point which must be said.
Korach: The corruption of a JudgeTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, the founder of Religious Zionism.
Korach (Israel): Korach's silenceWhy don't we hear Korach speak?
Korach (Israel): Not for the sake of HeavenThere are arguments and arguments. Torah from the hesder yeshiva of Otrniel, in the hills of Hevron.
Shlach (Diaspora): Parsha InsightsFacts and ideas about topics in the parsha.
Covenant & Conversation on the parsha: Hierarchy and powerThrere are three political rules that come to play in a coup.
Person in the parsha: Better they learn from me...The way Moses begins dealing with Korach is the real lesson to be learned.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: It wasn't enough for himTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem
Korach (Israel): Moses cannot be judged by ordinary standardsWe find it difficult to deal with people who are our peers and whom we feel we can understand and even judge.
Shlach (Diaspora): The value of the mitzva of tzitzitThere is an intriguing connection between the opening and closing passages of this week’s parasha.
Korach (Israel): The parsha and current events: Today's KorachsThere are the “Korachs” among us who, for personal interests, preach that the Jewish State, the Medina, is a mere political entity, a temporary historical quirk which has no bearing on the God - Israel relationship.
Shlach (Diaspora): Caleb the Zionist fighterGo up there into the Negeb and on into the hill country...My servant Caleb was imbued with a different spirit...
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 27, class 1Tanya is a way to achieve spiritual health.
Irrational, but there it isWhat was the driving force that made the Jewish people resist their entry into the Holy Land?
The courage to break through"The complacency of the fools (Shalvat Kesillimi) shall cause them to perish" ( Proverbs 1:32).
Shlach (Israel): The beginning of the endPart of the suffering that we as a nation have to undergo in order to inherit and acquire the Land of Israel is to understand and to learn the meaning of freedom and its corollary, responsibility.
The sin of TzelafchadTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism. For Shlach, read in Israel this week.
Shlach (Israel): Who is Kalev?He doesn't seem to be a leader, but he convinces the people when no one else can. Who is he?