Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 21, class 4Tanya is the way to achieve spiritual health. Try it!
The non-rabbinic rabbinic training program for womenJudaism accepts changes, but only when the eminent rabbinic decisors of the generation back those changes halakhically. That is not the situation here.
Benjamin Franklin, Spiritual Accounting and the Mussar MovementBenjamin Franklin's January 17 birthday is an appropriate time to remember the American founding father and learn about his effect on the Mussar movement.
Heasfu - Assemble!The Divine Presence rests only on one in a state of happiness...
Vayechi: When great souls errTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, founder of Religious Zionism's ethos.
Vayechi: Our motherMother Rachel is everyone's mother.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: VayechiTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Esau beheadedWhat does the midrash about beheading Esau intend to show?
Jacob lives onYaakov recognized the different personalities, qualities and talents of each of his children and grandchildren.
Insights into JudaismHow the Sanhedrin functioned and belief definitions.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 31, class 3Tanya is the way to lead a healthy spiritual life.
The character of a lionLife Lessons from the Torah Portion
The Hasmonean's defeat and the 10th of TevetThe fasts commemorating the destruction of the First Temple were annulled during the Second Temple period, but were reinstated after the collapse of the Hasmonean dynasty and the destruction of the Temple.
Go home slowlyThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1998-2000) and currently Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute
The Temple Institute on VayigashTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Vayigash: Integration, not assimilationLessons from the Israelites in Egypt.
Judah's legacy: The dichotomy of leadershipWhat kind of leader could the man who helped sell his brother Joseph become?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 31, class 2Tanya is the way to a healthy spiritual life.
Insights into Judaism: Why sing at the Sabbath table?Why do Jews sing at the Sabbath meals? And, on another topic, does Judaism allow for extradition?
A visit to the Arch of TitusThe ancient arch has a long term message. We just have to look carefully.
Remember: G-d fights our wars!The Shmuz looks back at lessons from Hanukkah.
The complex story of HanukkahHad the Greeks been more patient, Judea would have succumbed to Hellenism, just like the other nations did.
Miketz: Interpreting dreamsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: FocusingTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Essay: From darkness to lightThis month's essay is by Rabbanit Malka Bina Rabbanit Malke Bina, Chancellor and Director of Matan; winner of Hadassah Prize; Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University; Emunah Woman of the Year; Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize.
Our brother Joseph stands before usIt is hard to change one's mind when it means changing an entire mindset.
Hanukkah: For the MiraclesThe power of the weak over the mighty.
Peace and HanukkahJudah vs. Joseph
Hanukkah: the power of dedicationDivine illumination, not ordinary light.
Weekly Tanya Lecture: Chap. 31, class 1Tanya helps you travel the road to spiritual health.
Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lostRapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos
Poetry in lights: A Hanukkah photo essayThe Light of the Lights, an original photo essay for the Hanukkah holiday.
Potifar's wife, the Greeks and your computerEvery home computer can, with the click of the mouse, turn into a Trojan horse, which can undermine the sanctity of the Jewish home.
Rabbi Lichtenstein's aliyaThe head of the Har Etzion hesder yeshiva gave sensitive and nuanced thoughts on aliya.
A primer on the laws of HanukkahEverything you need to know to have a halakhically-correct Hanukkah. Happy holiday!
A time for renewed Jewish prideThe Isaac Covenant, part II. A concept that putting the Jewish people's relations with the world into the context of the Patriarchs.
Hanukkah 2016 guide for the perplexedA key motif of Hanukkah is education - the word "education"is in the root of the holiday's name. A primer to educate us all on this uplifting holiday of lights.
Painful truths in a Rashi commentaryLife Lessons from the Torah Reading.
The Shmuz on VayeshevAsking for advice.
Can a tzaddik retire?The Parsha and Current Events.
Joseph and Hanukkah: Images of inspirationJoseph was tempted, his father's image came to the rescue.
The Isaac Covenant - Part I : The Covenant for TodayWe are in the age of Yitzchak.
A Jewish legal system depends on Torah scholarsAs long as we fail to develop a Jewish legal system suitable for a modern state, don’t blame the secular system.
A little girl in Aleppo is awaiting an answer“Mommy, are we going to survive?”
Yaakov: The Patriarch for the ExileYaakov’s experiences in exile would become absolutely necessary for his descendants who would spend millennia in exile,
VaYishlach: The Prohibition of Gid Ha-NashehTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Believe in your childBelieve in a child and he will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and he will prove you right.
Can we learn from Laban?Our galut in the secular world.
Jacob’s Revenge and Mashiach’s kippahThe parsha as it related to current events.
Vayishlach: Becoming IsraelJacob, the man of truth, was forced to deceive and connive.
Changing the world through JacobLife Lessons from the Torah Reading.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 30, class 3Studying Tanya is the way to reach spiritual health.
Psalm 87: The beloved gates of ZionTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.