The holy soul of ZionismGalut and Geula (Exile and Redemption) part 5. Click on the writer's biography for the previous articles.
3 weeks to Passover - OU Guide can be downloaded hereOn line guide to the holiday of freedom and a way to ask your questions.
Ki Tisa: Two sets of tabletsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Parsha and current events: An improbable sagaIt seems impossible, but who knows?
The Shmuz on Ki Tisa: For love of moneyUnderstanding why the Misilat Yesharim calls wealth one of the great tests of man.
The Temple Institute on the parshal Seeing G-dTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Why do Jews drink on Purim?Israel's first Chief Rabbi explains why in the last few days many Jews drank more liquor than they do in an entire year.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 33, class 3Tanya is the way to get on the road to spiritual health.
Annihilating Amalek is different from Nazi actionsThe mitzvah to annihilate Amalek is also moral and logical – to deter the wicked. May the mitzvah be applied in our day?
Purim and military victoriesThe military victory is the essential, although underplayed, miracle of Purim.
Purim ushers in a new eraThe different faces of Mordechai.
Tetzaveh: Hard WorkProducing a full cup of oil from the first drop is hard work, but good people don’t shy away from hard work.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: Kohen GadolTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Parshat Tetzaveh: Pure oilLife lessons from the parsha.
The duality of PurimPurim destroyed the Jews' confidence that they would ever be treated as any other people. They recognized that being the people of God occasioned significant consequences
The Biblical story of Esther and the immoral societyRabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's careful reading of the Megillah as brought below could be about western society..
Are you yearning for salvation?Exile and Redemption part 4.
The duty to protest in the IDFDespite disagreement on how to respond to the eroding Jewish character of the I.D.F., the confirmed halakha is that one is obligated 'to admonish.' Filing a complaint is customary in the IDF, and is not considered an affront to authority.
If you build it, He will come: The macro and micro of the MishkanThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Yehuda Susman, former Rosh Kollel in Chicago (1999-2002), currently Rosh Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi, Jerusalem.
Student, scholarInside and outside must match.
Terumah: The Tachash and the Erev RavTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Parashat Terumah: A time of joyMoshe’s entire 40-day sojourn atop Mount Sinai had one theme only – building the Mikdash.
Terumah: YearningLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: Yes or no?Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Terumah: What is your tower?Do our possessions and achievements bring glory to us, are they our tower, or are they for G-d’s glory, are they G-d’s tower?
Trying to unravel the legacy of Rav J. B. SoloveitchikThe Rav held fast to tradition but often promoted it via a contemporary medium; the core was pure Torah but the conveyance often included present-day worldly expression.
Weekly Tanya lesson: Chap. 33, class 2Studying Tanya is the way to attain a healthy spiritual life.
Galut and Geulah, part III: Why mourn exile?The reason for the observance of the mitzvot in the Diaspora is in order not to forget them,
Honoring parents, Exercising judgmentRespect for parents empowers children, but if children do not honor their parents properly, parents should overlook it . Children, however, should exercise moral judgment, and not blindly obey all their parents' orders.
ImmersionLife lessons from the Torah Portion: Parshat Mishpatim Exodus 21:1–24:18
Mishpatim: Trust in God vs. Self-RelianceTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Mishpatim: There are no alternative factsHow did we obey before we knew the facts?
“Go according to the majority” But first know the 49 vs 49!This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Daniel Roth, former Shaliach in New York (1998-1999), founder and director of the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution
The Temple Institute on MishpatimTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Shmuz on MishpatimThe effect of an action.
Damage controlThe laws and consequences of human behavior.
Galut and Geula, Part 2Scattered limbs without a soul
How to become JewishRead Torah information such as going about conversion, black for mourning and the meaning of glatt kosher.
From Jethro to Jonah to President Donald TrumpSometimes a Jewish prophet, a Jewish national leader, needs to accept some advice, some admonition, from a non-Jewish outsider to learn how to lead the Jewish nation and how to serve G-d.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap.33, class ITanya is a road to a healthy spiritual life.
Prepare!There are many, many perspectives on how best to prepare but most of the various perspectives can be boiled down to a few universal steps.
Seeing the voicesLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
Breaking bread with scholarsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The era of lackluster leadership?Could our prime minister say these words?
The Temple Institute on the Parsha: RevelationTorah from the Old City.
Commitment to Torah comes before intellectual acceptanceKeep the mitzvot so that you can understand them.
The real test of new Jewish movementsOpen Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends.
Insights into JudaismSaints, intermarriage and haskamot on books.
Galut and Geula, Part 1: The exile isn't foreverA series on living in the Promised Land. Geula, redemption, as opposed to Galut, exile in the Diaspora.
'Paskening' like the blogsThe opponents of the ruling represent a very narrow and small but quite vocal group that does not speak for the balance and magnitude of the Modern Orthodox community, the latter of which has no major problems with the OU ruling.
Checking food for bugsThe Torah did not prohibit insects one cannot see; the question is, what is the halakha when an insect can be seen under certain conditions?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 32, Class 2Tanya is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
The Rambam’s revolutionary conception of miraclesThe Rambam greatly discounts the importance of miracles for the belief in G-d. So what role do they serve in his opinion?
In the midst of nightLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strongThe singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man.
Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of lifeTu Bishvat reminds us that the Torah is both timeless and timely.