Vayikra: Sacrifices vs. Fasting

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, iconic founder and leader of Religious Zionism, poet, philosopher and halakhic sage.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, Friday, 8:54 AM

Parashat Vayikra: Burnt offering

This week the Chief Rabbi explains how his experience as a ‘Shochet’ compares to the experience of offering sacrifices in the Beit HaMikdash.  Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Friday, 8:46 AM

Childhood and the pursuit of holiness

Holiness is something that human beings must create. It is ephemeral and intangible, difficult to define and yet it can be glimpsed and experienced.Rabbi Berel Wein, Friday, 7:51 AM

Word concepts for Vayikra ;To be called

Word Concepts in Torah for the Portion of Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1–5:26: Why is there a small Aleph in the word Vayikra as written in the parasha? And why is the first letter in the 10 Commandments an Aleph? Moshe Kempinski, Thursday, 12:10 PM

Shabbat Zachor: One nation, united

Parashat Zachor this year read along with the first reading in Leviticus, Parashat Vayikra. It sends a powerful message about Jewish survival and antisemitism. Daniel Pinner, Thursday, 6:42 AM

Vayikra: The pursuit of meaning

We are here because God wanted us to be, because there is a task He wants us to perform. The search for meaning is the quest for this task. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Wednesday, 10:38 PM

What does it mean to be a mentsch?

A mentsch doesn't cheat to get his offspring into college. It doesn't say that here, but it is a corollary of being a mentsch.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, Wednesday, 12:02 PM

Learning Tanya, the way to a healthier spiritual life

Tanya, Chap. 43, class 4. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Tuesday, 10:43 PM

The more things change-Rav Soloveitchik on Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamaim

Whether it is the recent challenge relating to female clergy in Teaneck, or new efforts to permit remarriage without a Get, the essence of the issues facing Jewry is the same.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, Tuesday, 11:54 AM

Moses' pivotal blessing

When we pray, we express the reality of how we are dependent existences. However, we cannot approach prayer as if there will be a definitive result.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, Tuesday, 11:50 AM

Should we worry about demons and evil spirits?

Today, when most people possess an intellectual consciousness, one who wishes to observe the custom of his forefathers is entitled, but the public should not be warned against dangers that supersede logic, unless they have moral reasonsRabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/10/2019, 7:57 AM

The ethics of voting

The popular weekly lecture by the founding Rabbi of Religious Zionist Kehillat Zichron Yosef in Har Nof, Jerusalem. Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 3/10/2019, 7:37 AM

What are the four meanings of the word ‘Shalom’?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the last word in Judaism. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/10/2019, 7:01 AM

Pekudei: Always on his mind

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism as we know it.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/8/2019, 2:19 PM

On Jewish Character: Pekudei

Jews may not always make the right choices in what they give to, but they give. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/8/2019, 1:48 AM

How can you love your brother as yourself?

How can one bring himself to this sublime degree of altruism? And why does this mitzva end with the words “I am Hashem?"Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/8/2019, 1:18 AM

MIshkan, Mikdash and Moses

This week's Dvar Torah is by By Rabbi Ilan Goldman, former Rav-Shaliach, Bnei Akiva England, currently Executive Director, Project Aseret and head of Student Beit Midrash, Lod.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 3/7/2019, 1:59 PM

Pekudei: The case of the missing silver

And the gold? Did Moses refuse to account for the gold because he had something to hide?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/6/2019, 12:06 PM

Pekudei: Counting and Israel's election polls

Counting and accounting are Jewish traits. They are the subject of this week's Torah reading, and there is incessant counting by means of polls for the upcoming elections. Ariel Natan Pasko, 3/6/2019, 11:58 AM

Tanya, the way to a healthy spiritual life

Chapter 43, class 3. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/6/2019, 11:54 AM

Then with laughter our mouths will be filled

Why the Besht laughed at the toppling of a building.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 3/5/2019, 1:20 AM

The Torah is not ‘politically correct’: Abortion and Individualism

New York State’s new, liberally politically correct abortion law versus Judaism's approach.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 3/5/2019, 1:17 AM

Why do some people find it difficult to pray?

Difficulty in concentrating on prayers is nothing new, but today there are two new factors making it even more difficult: intellectual progress that makes it difficult to read a fixed text, and electronic media that habituates us to distractions Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/3/2019, 6:13 PM

The first "yored"

The first biblical personality to settle in a foreign land is Joseph. Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 3/3/2019, 5:53 PM

Work that gets done of itself

What does the Torah's phrase descrbing Shabbat as "a day of complete rest for Hashem" mean? Danny Ginsbourg, 3/2/2019, 8:26 PM

Vayakhel: Two layers of wisdom

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism as we know it today.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/1/2019, 4:20 PM

The beauty of holiness or the holiness of beauty

Covenant & Conversation for Vayakhel.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/1/2019, 4:10 PM

Parshat Vayakhel - Surprises of the Chatzer (Courtyard) 

Betzalel built the Tabernacle and its utensils according to a conceptual scheme.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 3/1/2019, 4:06 PM

The Parsha and current events:  Fear of the Jews

Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 2/28/2019, 9:50 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayakhel

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/28/2019, 9:46 PM

Putin and ploughshares

Who is Vladimir Putin and what does he want? Throughout the history of Europe and the Middle East, almost every absolute ruler with an evil agenda was an anti-Semite. Putin is not.Professor Shimon Silman, 2/27/2019, 5:09 PM

Learning Tanya, the road to spiritual health

This week's lecture is Chap. 43, class 2. For previous lectures, click the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/27/2019, 5:00 PM

Money is like fire

It is a challenge to reconcile the possibility of atonement being realized using worldly and possibly defiled coins. Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/27/2019, 3:21 PM

The arrows of Ishmael - the rise of Islam in the US

Suddenly, it doesn't seem like the America I grew up in. There is a foreign and virulent strain of Muslim anti-Semitism which never existed before in America.Rabbi Moshe L. Kuskin, 2/26/2019, 8:10 AM

The ascendancy of female Rabbis in Orthodoxy

The siren call of modern day feminism has entered the hearts and minds of liberal left modern Orthodoxy. Noble goals. But just as wrong now as the Traditional Movement was years ago when it allowed shuls without mechitzas.Rabbi Harry Maryles, 2/25/2019, 5:30 PM

Does prayer need a change?

Today, many people find prayer difficult – it’s hard to concentrate, prayers seem to them to be irrelevant, and they are too long. The difficulties raise serious questions: Is there a discrepancy between prayer and our everyday lives? Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/24/2019, 7:01 AM

Population statistics - there is no Judaism without Jews

In order for Judaism and its value system to continue to operate and be of influence in world society, there must be a physical Jewish people. The Jews are counted often in the Torah.Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/24/2019, 6:23 AM

Don't be frozen in time

Rabbi Gold's weekly shiur in Jerusalem is a popular, well attended fixture in Anglo Torah study. Arutz Sheva shares it with you.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 2/24/2019, 6:13 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Ki Tisa

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/23/2019, 7:51 PM

When bad things happen to good people

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/22/2019, 3:59 PM

A stiff-necked people

Covenant and conversation for Ki Tisa.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 2/22/2019, 3:56 PM

Absurdism, Judaism, and Human Agency: Kafka on the Parsha

The Torah tries to accomplish, through its institution of laws and teachings—to bring us even a fraction closer to making sense out of a world that seems humanistically subjective, elusive in meaning, and endlessly confounding. Shlomit Ovadia, 2/22/2019, 3:52 PM

The worst character trait of all

Is it good or bad to be stiff-necked? Danny Ginsbourg, 2/21/2019, 8:11 AM

The Golden Calf and the idolatry of the people

“For they will lust after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifices”Professor Gerald Aranoff, 2/21/2019, 8:06 AM

All about the Benjamins: Ilhan Omar and Purim Katan, Adar I, 2019

Congresswoman's anti-Semitic tweets, when put in historical context, seem to be a modern version of the Megillah narrative. And we all know how that ended.Rabbi Michoel Green, 2/20/2019, 10:05 PM

The Jewish view of lawyers

Insights on topics in Judaism.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 2/20/2019, 6:46 AM

Studying Tanya

Chapter 43, class 1. Previous classes can be heard by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/19/2019, 9:05 PM

Why do we need an Oracle?

While the issues of when the Urim VeTumim was to be used or who made use of it are important, the very necessity this metaphysical system is the deeper question that needs to be analyzed. Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 2/18/2019, 3:43 PM

There's no such thing as coincidence

We may seek to know what a particular event in our lives means, but do we have the strength to bear the weight of the answer? Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 2/18/2019, 3:37 PM

Kosher milk and honey

All about the two foods for which our country, Israel, is praised – a land flowing with milk and honey.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/17/2019, 8:06 AM

Sending forth the light: In memory of Ori Ansbacher Hy"d

"Arise, Ori, because your light has come, and Hashem’s Glory has shone upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). Ori has ascended to the highest, murdered by a despicable representative of an already-evil creed. Her light will indeed rise in holiness and purity. Daniel Pinner, 2/17/2019, 7:58 AM

The eternal light

There are two forms of eternity in human affairs and history.Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/17/2019, 7:53 AM

Tetzaveh: The High Priest's golden crown

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/15/2019, 12:51 PM

D’var Torah: Parashat Tetzaveh

This week, the Chief Rabbi describes the question that Hashem asks every single one of us: Where are you?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 2/14/2019, 8:07 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Tetzaveh

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/14/2019, 7:50 PM

Tetzaveh and preparation for Purim

The Parsha and Current Events series: Purim is not an isolated event in Jewish history. It has repeated itself in almost every generation, with, of course, a change of language.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 2/14/2019, 9:59 AM

Tetsave: The flame that rises by itself

Educators find a message in the word used in the instructions for lighting the menorah. Danny Ginsbourg, 2/13/2019, 7:13 PM