The holy soul of Zionism

Galut and Geula (Exile and Redemption) part 5. Click on the writer's biography for the previous articles. Tzvi Fishman, Monday, 1:10 PM

3 weeks to Passover - OU Guide can be downloaded here

On line guide to the holiday of freedom and a way to ask your questions. Orthodox Union , Saturday, 8:44 PM

Ki Tisa: Two sets of tablets

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, Friday, 3:02 PM

Parsha and current events: An improbable saga

It seems impossible, but who knows?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Friday, 2:53 PM

The Shmuz on Ki Tisa: For love of money

Understanding why the Misilat Yesharim calls wealth one of the great tests of man.Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 3/16/2017, 10:38 AM

The Temple Institute on the parshal Seeing G-d

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 3/16/2017, 10:32 AM

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.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/15/2017, 12:18 AM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 33, class 3

Tanya is the way to get on the road to spiritual health.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/15/2017, 12:09 AM

Annihilating Amalek is different from Nazi actions

The mitzvah to annihilate Amalek is also moral and logical – to deter the wicked. May the mitzvah be applied in our day?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/12/2017, 9:00 AM

Purim and military victories

The military victory is the essential, although underplayed, miracle of Purim.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/11/2017, 8:31 PM

Purim ushers in a new era

The different faces of Mordechai.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 3/11/2017, 7:28 PM

Tetzaveh: Hard Work

Producing a full cup of oil from the first drop is hard work, but good people don’t shy away from hard work. Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/10/2017, 4:00 PM

The Temple Institute on the parsha: Kohen Gadol

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 3/10/2017, 7:42 AM

Parshat Tetzaveh: Pure oil

Life lessons from the parsha. Moshe Kempinski, 3/9/2017, 10:14 PM

The duality of Purim

Purim destroyed the Jews' confidence that they would ever be treated as any other people.  They recognized that being the people of God occasioned significant consequencesRabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 3/9/2017, 10:04 PM

The Biblical story of Esther and the immoral society

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's careful reading of the Megillah as brought below could be about western society..Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 3/8/2017, 7:39 AM

Are you yearning for salvation?

Exile and Redemption part 4. Tzvi Fishman, 3/8/2017, 7:29 AM

The duty to protest in the IDF

Despite 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.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/5/2017, 11:51 PM

Being an inspiring parent

Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 3/5/2017, 7:25 PM

If you build it, He will come: The macro and micro of the Mishkan  

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Yehuda Susman, former Rosh Kollel in Chicago (1999-2002), currently Rosh Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi, Jerusalem.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 3/5/2017, 12:05 AM

Student, scholar

Inside and outside must match.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/4/2017, 11:59 PM

Terumah: The Tachash and the Erev Rav

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/3/2017, 3:46 PM

Parashat Terumah: A time of joy

Moshe’s entire 40-day sojourn atop Mount Sinai had one theme only – building the Mikdash. Daniel Pinner, 3/3/2017, 8:20 AM

Terumah: Yearning

Life Lessons from the Torah Portion. Moshe Kempinski, 3/2/2017, 4:29 PM

The Temple Institute on the parsha: Yes or no?

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 3/2/2017, 4:20 PM

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?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/2/2017, 12:29 AM

Trying to unravel the legacy of Rav J. B. Soloveitchik

The 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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 3/2/2017, 12:23 AM

Weekly Tanya lesson: Chap. 33, class 2

Studying Tanya is the way to attain a healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/28/2017, 10:51 PM

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, Tzvi Fishman, 2/27/2017, 11:36 PM

Honoring parents, Exercising judgment

Respect 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. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/27/2017, 7:05 AM


Life lessons from the Torah Portion: Parshat Mishpatim Exodus 21:1–24:18 Moshe Kempinski, 2/26/2017, 7:59 AM

Mishpatim: Trust in God vs. Self-Reliance

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/24/2017, 8:03 AM

Mishpatim: There are no alternative facts

How did we obey before we knew the facts?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/24/2017, 8:00 AM

“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 ResolutionTorah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 2/23/2017, 2:36 PM

The Temple Institute on Mishpatim

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/23/2017, 2:33 PM

The Shmuz on Mishpatim

The effect of an action.Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 2/22/2017, 9:45 PM

Damage control

The laws and consequences of human behavior.Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/22/2017, 9:39 PM

Galut and Geula, Part 2

Scattered limbs without a soul Tzvi Fishman, 2/21/2017, 9:07 PM

How to become Jewish

Read Torah information such as going about conversion, black for mourning and the meaning of glatt kosher.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 2/21/2017, 9:04 PM

From Jethro to Jonah to President Donald Trump

Sometimes 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. Daniel Pinner, 2/20/2017, 6:58 AM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap.33, class I

Tanya is a road to a healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/20/2017, 6:52 AM


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. Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/19/2017, 1:17 AM

Seeing the voices

Life Lessons from the Torah Portion. Moshe Kempinski, 2/19/2017, 1:14 AM

Breaking bread with scholars

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/17/2017, 2:11 PM

The era of lackluster leadership?

Could our prime minister say these words?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 2/17/2017, 2:07 PM

The Temple Institute on the Parsha: Revelation

Torah from the Old City.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/16/2017, 6:33 PM

Commitment to Torah comes before intellectual acceptance

Keep the mitzvot so that you can understand them.Rabbi Jesse Horn, 2/16/2017, 6:21 PM

The real test of new Jewish movements

Open Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends. Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/15/2017, 12:41 PM

Insights into Judaism

Saints, intermarriage and haskamot on books.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 2/15/2017, 11:45 AM

Galut and Geula, Part 1: The exile isn't forever

A series on living in the Promised Land. Geula, redemption, as opposed to Galut, exile in the Diaspora. Tzvi Fishman, 2/15/2017, 11:33 AM

'Paskening' like the blogs

The 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.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 2/14/2017, 11:36 AM

Checking food for bugs

The Torah did not prohibit insects one cannot see; the question is, what is the halakha when an insect can be seen under certain conditions?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/14/2017, 11:30 AM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 32, Class 2

Tanya is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/13/2017, 7:14 AM

The Rambam’s revolutionary conception of miracles

The Rambam greatly discounts the importance of miracles for the belief in G-d. So what role do they serve in his opinion?Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 2/12/2017, 10:57 PM

In the midst of night

Life Lessons from the Torah Portion. Moshe Kempinski, 2/11/2017, 10:21 PM

As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strong

The singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/11/2017, 10:16 PM

Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of life

Tu Bishvat reminds us that the Torah is both timeless and timely.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 2/10/2017, 12:43 PM