Relying on the kashrut of "traditional" Jews

An observant Jew can eat in the house of someone who does not observe Shabbat but is reliable, says he keeps kosher and is careful to separate meat and milk - but first he must be sure to ask five questions, as brought below.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Monday, 9:16 AM

Lessons in Tanya, your road to spiritual health

Although this is the conclusion of Chapter 29, it can be stuied on its own. Previous classes are accessible by clicking the link below.. HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Monday, 9:12 AM

The angels of Eretz Yisrael

What is unique about the angels of the Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel)? Two answers which have a special connection to our lives today. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, Saturday, 11:10 PM

Being Jewish means being grateful!

What does the term Jew literally mean? The answer comes in Parashat Vayeitsei.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Friday, 1:28 PM

Vayifga - he happened upon

Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10 - 32:3. Yaacov runs away feeling very unsure about himself and his worthiness. Yitzchak’s (Isaac’s) words pierced his heart: Moshe Kempinski, Friday, 1:00 PM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Polar opposites

Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Friday, 12:30 PM

Laban the Aramean: Vayetsei 5780

Covenant and Conversation for this week's Torah reading.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Thursday, 6:26 PM

The Yehudim are from Leah

Insights into the builders of the Jewish nation.HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l, Thursday, 5:59 PM

Architecting an abode: Vayetzei

Our Sages note that the word hamakom/the place refers thoughout the Tanach to the holy place where the Beit Hamikdosh will be built, where we will pray and establish our relationship with Hakodosh Boruch Hu.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, Thursday, 5:18 PM

When a righteous person departs

Is it really true that when a righteous person leaves it is an indelible loss to his community? Don't they just go on with their routine after a short period of time?Rabbi Berel Wein, Wednesday, 4:17 PM

Gateway to Heaven

Yaakov Avinu was in great dread of his new ‘life.' Danny Ginsbourg, Wednesday, 4:13 PM

Tanya, your road to spiritual health

Continuation of Chapter 49. Previous lectures can be reached by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Wednesday, 12:12 AM

Psalm 111: The Divine in the details

Thoughts on Psalms from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/3/2019, 1:55 PM

A eulogy for Tzippy and Noam Rachel

With permission, Arutz Sheva brings you the heartrending words of Rabbi Reuven Brand, head of YU and Torah Mitzion Kollel in Chicago. May their memory be for a blessing.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 12/3/2019, 1:46 PM

Bringing Kashrut issues to every home

The laws of kashrut should be clear to everyone, both in order to avoid frequent doubts, and because knowledge of Torah elevates man.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/1/2019, 8:32 PM

We are not Jews without G-d

When God chose us to be His people, He did not suddenly elevate us above humanity. On the contrary, He made us, in some ways, even more human, even more vulnerable. Look for Him. Helena Hawkins, 12/1/2019, 8:26 PM

Torah Essay for Chodesh Kislev

Whether one is learning Torah or financially supporting Torah learning, it’s essential to place Torah in the center of our lives. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 12/1/2019, 8:17 PM

Eretz Yisrael: The place of the Shechina and of blessing

Inheriting the Land is the condition for the Shechina resting upon the Jewish people. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 11/29/2019, 9:47 AM

A bride and groom on their wedding day

Did you know that on their wedding day, a bride and groom are forgiven for all their sins?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/29/2019, 9:41 AM

Esau and the World to Come

Part I. Esav’s World: Eisav lost his opportunity for greatness because he forgot what this world is for.HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l, 11/29/2019, 9:09 AM

Isaac and Esau

Covenant and Conversation for Parashat Toldot.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 11/28/2019, 12:50 PM

The Parsha and Current Events: Rivka’s great secret 

Why didn’t Rivka seek advice from the greatest spiritual figure of her generation, her husband Yitzchak? And why did she act to divert her husband’s blessings?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/28/2019, 12:40 PM

Yaakov – A man of Emet

Yaakov's behavior shows that even while impersonating his brother, he remained true to his real nature.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 11/28/2019, 11:29 AM

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

You can sit, relax, and be passive. But why in the world would you? You have a relationship with G-d! David Sheyman, 11/27/2019, 7:18 AM

Biblical word studies: Vayeetar = he entreated

Torah Portion of Toldot  Genesis 25:19-28:9: It begins with a prayer and ends with the story of Isaac's blessings to his children. Moshe Kempinski, 11/27/2019, 7:12 AM

Esau or Jacob: Who has the upper hand?

Chazal teach, “They will not be equally great. When one rises the other falls.”Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/27/2019, 6:59 AM

Is God Jewish?

And is it wrong to buy a lottery ticket? And what are Torah public service ethics?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 11/25/2019, 10:18 AM

Relying on the kashrut of a host, part II

A clarification of last week’s article: In clear and firm minhagim practiced in entire communities, one should be machmir even when hosted by someone who does not hold by that minhag.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/25/2019, 6:30 AM

Psalm 72: Prayer at sunrise

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi - Torah Luminary, founder of Religious Zionism, poet, philosopher and iconic leader.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/24/2019, 11:49 PM

The virtue of burial in Eretz Yisrael

Why do people want to be buried in the Holy Land? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 11/22/2019, 10:48 AM

To have a Why?

Covenant and Conversation for Chayei Sarah, including family edition.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 11/22/2019, 10:44 AM

If not now, when? Abraham teaches us about old age

Now Abraham was old, well on in years, and Hashem blessed Abraham with everything. (Breishit 24:1).Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/22/2019, 8:54 AM

Israel hits back hard in Syria \ Abraham and Job Complain to God 

It seems that God wants mankind to fight evil rulers.Professor Gerald Aranoff, 11/21/2019, 11:05 AM

Title transference

Avraham Avinu provided an alternate path to war, the path of negotiating with other nations who will not recognize our foothold on the Land, but would be willing to serve their own interests through negotiation.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 11/21/2019, 11:00 AM

Where is the Avraham Avinu of our time?

Avraham challenged the rights of countless peoples who considered themselves owners of these lands by virtue of conquest and possession.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/21/2019, 10:55 AM

Abraham, Prince of G-d mourns his wife Sarah, Woman of Valor

Insights into the week's Torah reading.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 11/20/2019, 7:46 AM

Make each day yours: Avraham Avinu did!

The yearning to do chesed, does not stem from the needs of the recipient, but from the need of the giver. Danny Ginsbourg, 11/20/2019, 7:42 AM

Tanya lecture, your guide to spiritual health

Chapter 49, class 4. Previous chapters can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 11/19/2019, 9:07 AM

It Is not Orthodox Jews challenging Torah beliefs

TheTorah.com management denies the basic belief in Torah Mi-Sinai (the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai), ascribing Torah authorship to various people over the ages. Hence it is not only not Orthodox, it is not even Traditional Conservative.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 11/17/2019, 11:59 PM

Observe stringent kashrut, but not at the expense of your host

A person who eats only Mehadrin and is hosted by a someone who keeps standard kashrut – should eat what the host serves him except for certain ethnic custms such as kitniyot on Pesach.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/17/2019, 10:21 PM

No shortcuts in service to G-d

The sacred is in the details. It is in his attention to the detail of performing God’s command that Avraham models how we are to behave as Jews.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/17/2019, 10:00 PM

Vayera: Hidden and revealed holiness

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/15/2019, 12:12 PM

What’s the difference between sand and the stars?

Why are the Jewish people compared to both in our parasha?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/15/2019, 12:09 PM

The importance of the mizbeach for the world

Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 11/15/2019, 11:58 AM

Such was Avraham Avinu

Why would Rashi say that Abraham was distressed because it was too hot for wayfarers to benefit from his hospitality - after all, there is no obligation to perform that mitzva unless people come by. Danny Ginsbourg, 11/14/2019, 12:52 PM

The Parsha and current events:  Four eulogies

Rabin z"l was not Achav and my brother Meir Hy"d was not Yoshiyahu, but in their lives we can identify patterns resembling those of the two kings.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/14/2019, 12:20 PM

Vayera: Negative capability

One of the most perplexing features of the Abraham story is the disconnect between God’s promises and the reality.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 11/14/2019, 12:00 PM

Tanya, your road to spiritual health

Continuation of Chapter 49 (class 3). Previous lessons can be obtained by pressing on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 11/13/2019, 7:48 AM

Bibl;ical word studies: Emunah

Emunah is not  simply belief. Emunah indicates of faithful belief. A belief that manifests itself in action. Abraham's life is the proof. Moshe Kempinski, 11/12/2019, 2:01 PM

Do individuals affect history?

In the book of Genesis, the Torah emphasizes to us that history and great events spring forth from the actions of individualsRabbi Berel Wein, 11/12/2019, 11:58 AM

The difference between standard and mehadrin Kashrut

It is appropriate for those choosing to enhance their level of kashrut to prefer rabbinates or kashrut bodies that respect their competition, and do not slander other kashrut certifications.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/11/2019, 10:41 AM

Do you know where you can find the Sheva Brachot?

Insights on the Torah reading from the UK Chief Rabbi.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/10/2019, 11:34 AM

The New Nishma Surveys – Wow and Whoa! and Israeli Modern Orthodoxy

Read the eye-opening findings of the first objective research project aimed at surveying Modern Orthodoxy. How does US Modern Orthodoxy differ from the Israeli version?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 11/10/2019, 8:54 AM

Why be a Half-Believer?

The foundation of our emunah (faith) begins with Avraham Avinu. He wasn’t a half-believer. He believed with a complete faith. And you? Tzvi Fishman, 11/10/2019, 6:27 AM

Lech Lecha: Mamrei's advice

Torah thoughts from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/8/2019, 10:16 AM

Was Lech Lecha a mitzva to Abraham?

Did G-d command, suggest or advise Abraham to go to Canaan? Steven Genack, 11/8/2019, 10:13 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Clearing the dead wood

It appears to me that we are reliving the time of Gideon, when there is too much “dead wood” resisting and delaying our advance to the next stage of redemption.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/8/2019, 10:06 AM