Tazria-Metsora: In Jewish life, less is moreWhy and how tsoraat affects three categories of human life and society – the human body, clothing and houses.
Ritual impurity, Jewish doctors and having a babyInisghts into Judaism connected to the parsha.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 34, Class #1Studying Tanya will put you on the road to spiritual health.
Warsaw Ghetto uprising or Auschwitz liberation, which day to choose?There are two days to memorialize the Holocaust, representing two fundamentally different world-views.
The Shmuz on changeA leopard can’t change its spots, but a man can…
Navigating a circuitous roadLife Lessons from the Torah Portion, Parshat Shemini Leviticus 9:1–11:47.
The proper dose of deferenceTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Are the Jewish people a success story or a failure?Current events connected to the parsha.
Deviating from Torah law leads to consequencesThe Talmud states that consuming non-kosher food stops up the hearts of otherwise good Jews.
The Temple Institute on the Parsha: Kosher meatTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
When is the next Jewish holiday?What did you answer to this question? Read on.
Jewish values restoredIs there a renaissance, a reawakening of identification with authentic Jewish values?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 33, Class #5Tanya is a way to achieve spiritual health.
Are there miracles in the midst of tragedy?Can we celebrate miracles no matter the circumstances?
A whole year of Passover?Reflections on the end of the holiday.
From slavery to freedomA ritual of freedom only succeeds when it invokes a state of mental freedom, but the slavery of the present is a subtle thing, with far too many synagogues that worship the Democratic party instead of G-d.
Have you an arm like God’s?Can you thunder with a voice like His? Then even I would praise you for the triumph you right hand won you
The Plague of Darkness continuesFreedom means separating ourselves from alien cultures, with their hollow aspirations and ideals. We have a long way to go.
Threading the lineThe universe is fine-tuned for the existence of life as we know it.
Passover: Who is free?Slavery and freedom are a matter of the spirit, wrote Israel's first Chief Rabbi, renowned Torah Sage, philosopher, mystic and poet.
Passover, then and nowDid they leave or were they taken out?
A Passover story in memory of Sergeant Elchai Taharlev Hy'dTwo cities, worlds apart.
Who is the most important son at the Seder?Some people know from bitter experience that it is better not to ask.
A simple task? A menial task? A mitzvahThe kohanim would draw lots to determine who would have the privilege of cleaning the ashes!
Not everything must have a kosher for Passover certificationA primer for the non-food items and a reminder of what freedom is all about.
Parshat Tzav and Shabbat HagadolTthe connection between Tzav and Shabbat Hagaol explored and explained.
The Temple Institute on the Parsha -- and a Pesach messageTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Shabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption nowShabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption now
The ashes: Life lessons from the Torah portionThe hyper active pre-Pesach activity and the zeal hints at something much deeper going on.
The parsha and current events: Imagine...Had the great religious leaders done so in the early 1900s and called for mass return to Eretz Yisrae...
Rambam's Guide for the Perplexed on the Seder NightA new video by Rabbi Sacks to help make the Seder Night more meaningful.
A מew understanding of the Mitzvah of HaggadahOn the night of Pesach, the Talmud wants us to be so involved in the process of the Exodus, that we are able to transport ourselves to the very moment of that crucial event in our history.
Psalm 34: Who wants a good life?Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap.33, class 5Studying Tanya will put you on the road to spiritual health.
When man restores G-d to His worldWhat exactly is a sacrifice?
Pesach: Omnipresence and OnenessJust as it was Hashem Who took us out of Egypt, so it is Hashem Who controls every aspect of our lives.
When man restores G-d to His worldWhat exactly is an offering?
Brachot and offeringsThis week's Dvar Torah is by Eli Lipschitz, former Shaliach (Washington 2003-04), currently cadet at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: NearerTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Salt, not honeyThe lesson learned from the taste of the Temple offerings.
Covenant & Conversation for VayikraThe sin offering. Judaism may believe in guilt, but it also believes in forgiveness.
Vayikra: What is so important about korbanot?Many mitzvot, without which it would be hard to imagine life as a Jew, appear less prominently in the Torah, while korbonot are the primary focus of so much of the Torah.
Vayikra: The Daily OfferingWhat is the value of an offering that costs almost nothing?
Rosh Chodesh Nissan Torah essay:Moon MindfulnesThis month's essay byShani Taragin, Matan lecturer, who has a B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and is certified as a Halakhic Advisor in issues of family purity law.
A bedtime story for children'I'm starting to feel that at a time like this I have no right to be just a spectator while my brother gives so much. I feel compelled to join him in the struggle. Unless I do so, I will feel that I am betraying my father and myself.'
Airing religious problems in the IDFThe focal point of the struggle is protecting the rights of the religious soldier.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 33, class 4Tanya puts you on the road to a healthy spiritual life.
Sacred letter and awesome segulahNote by Publisher in Original Hebrew, 1945: “I, the publisher, saw with my own eyes in 1944 in the concentration camps in Hungary during a time of distress for the Jewish people, that those who said this ma’amar all survived with the help of G-d.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: The love story with G-dTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Doing is growingLIfe lessons from the Torah reading.
Vayakhel-Pekudei: Art and CreationTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Vayakhel-Pekudei: DetailsAs God tends to our needs and wants, doesn’t it make sense to likewise orient ourselves to the needs and wants of our wives?
Vayakhel-Pekudei: AccountabilityTransparency and accountability in the parsha.
A mother's nachesThe story told by the Lubavitcher Rabbe's mother N"E.
The holy soul of ZionismGalut and Geula (Exile and Redemption) part 5. Click on the writer's biography for the previous articles.