Rabbi Akiva's legacy of love and respect

“Love” and “respect” may not always overlap. Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 5/2/2020, 11:07 PM

Acharei Mot - Kedoshim: Virtual vitality

How can we bring enthusiasm and life into our spiritual lives of mitzvah observance? Why is it so difficult? Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 5/1/2020, 10:12 AM

Weekly Torah study: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

How does one go about loving one's neighbor as oneself?Rabbi Gedalya Meyer, 5/1/2020, 9:47 AM

The Kohen Gadol needs us!

When the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, as described in the parsha of Acharei-Mot, what helps him? Danny Ginsbourg, 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM

Children of Zion

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/30/2020, 7:16 AM

The Ethic of Holiness: Acharei Mot - Kedoshim 5780

Covenant and Conversation: Finding faith in the parsha.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/30/2020, 7:15 AM

On what dates in the Omer do we not have weddings?

Insights into Judaism series: Why there are mourning customs during the Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/30/2020, 7:09 AM

Mazel tov Am Yisrael on the 72nd year of the Jewish State!

Today we celebrate two occasions: one, the birthday of the Medina; two, Hashem’s gift to us to be able to participate in and appreciate the miracle we are living.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/29/2020, 8:50 PM

Yom Haatzma'ut: The dawn of redemption

Human history, and particularly in the last couple of centuries, is full of events which only in retrospect, with the benefit of historical hindsight, turn out to fit in with G-d’s design for Israel’s redemption. Daniel Pinner, 4/28/2020, 6:02 PM

Burning the memory of the fallen in our generational consciousness

The holy martyrs who died defending Israel and those killed in terrorist attacks are our brethren who have been taken from us, but beyond that they represent a whole generation and its devotion to nation and country, a national level of remembrance.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 4/28/2020, 10:15 AM

Yizkor in corona times

We remember those who are not with us in the yizkor prayer, this year it was said alone on Pesach and will be said alone on IDF Remembrance Day.Rabbi Eli Hecht, 4/27/2020, 5:24 PM

When deconstructing is reconstructing

Shouldn't we be davening to end the pandemic with hundreds of thousands at the Kotel? Shouldn't we be filling our Kollelim and Yeshivot? Well, obviously the answer is no. Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 4/27/2020, 5:10 PM

CoronaBlues, the metzora and davening with/without a minyan

Let’s take a look at some things that can be done to “spice up,” daily prayers, and make them more meaningful. Ariel Natan Pasko, 4/26/2020, 1:56 PM

At the core of ritual purity and impurity

Understanding all the secrets of purity and impurity in this week’s Torah portion is beyond our reach, nevertheless, we can still find deep meanings in them.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/25/2020, 10:37 PM

Rosh Chodesh Iyar Torah essay: Our month to shine

Iyar is a month of promise - let us hope we merit to fulfill it! Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 4/25/2020, 10:28 PM

The visit to Merchavya

This true story about the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconi leader of Religious Zionism, is a model for the ideology he lived and taught.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/24/2020, 5:47 PM

Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Words that heal

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/24/2020, 5:26 PM

Parashat Tazria-Metzora: A blessing in disguise

Tzara’at causes suffering but is also potentially a blessing in disguise – as long as the leper relates to it appropriately. And with all the suffering this plague is inflicting upon us all – we can yet make it a time of global healing. Daniel Pinner, 4/24/2020, 5:12 PM

Where in the Torah do you find an example of purposeful isolation?

Where in the Torah do you find an example of purposeful isolation? It is in Parshat Tazriah which appears alongside Parshat Metzorah this Shabbat.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 4/23/2020, 2:07 PM

Three camps of holiness

Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 4/23/2020, 2:00 PM

What is Tanya? What is Chabad's philosophic and mystic approach?

Arutz Sheva's video/lecture series on Likkutei Amarim (Tanya) has reached the end of part I. Before we embark on the next part, below is an analysis of the life-changing work that deals systematically with personal and existential questions of life. Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/22/2020, 11:11 AM


In order to control our minds, to be able to counteract boredom, we must focus on what we want to remember, what we want to achieve, and how we want to tell our story.Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/22/2020, 8:05 AM

Choosing your baby's gender

Thus your question was already on the halakhic agenda hundreds of years ago.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/22/2020, 8:01 AM

Holocaust and Ghetto Uprising Memorial Day

The month of Nisan, the month of the holiday of freedom, is when Jews fought for their liberty and lives throughout history. The story of four periods of tenacity and courage. Daniel Pinner, 4/21/2020, 12:53 PM

The sanctity of life – of the nation – of all the generations

We must all unequivocally reject the mistaken opinion that considers cleansing oneself in a bathtub using faucet water equivalent to immersion in a mikvah. The corona virus does not make this method a substitute for ritual immersion. Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 4/20/2020, 6:49 PM

Rabbi Nachman, the end of the Egyptian and Roman Exiles and Corona

The Redemption, say the followers of Rabbi Nachman, especially in these difficult times, is at hand - and we can bring it closer. Barouch Levy, 4/20/2020, 2:02 PM

Likutei Amarim (Tanya) video and lecture: The fire of holiness

The Alter Rebbe: The light of the Shechinah which shines above the head of a person needs oil. The Yenuka concludes, “...and these are good deeds” — the oil is the performance of the mitzvot.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 4/19/2020, 3:59 PM

Judaism's attitude to cremation

Jewish law is emphatic on the subject of burial in a Jewish cemetery after cremation, although for a short time, circumstances seem to have made it unavoidable in Britain.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/19/2020, 12:35 PM

We don't want to go back

We want to go forward to a true Jewish State, not back to things the way they were. Tzvi Fishman, 4/19/2020, 12:09 PM

How to visit the sick

Rabbi Dr. Michael Zvi Nehorai, a professor at Bar Ilan University, recounted the following story, when he learned about how one should visit the sick.Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, 4/17/2020, 3:00 PM

Shemini: Why tell us what to eat?

Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 4/17/2020, 2:30 PM

The Parsha and Current Events: Leaders of Israel 

Haftarot are mostly one chapter of Taמaבh and rarely include a few additional verses from another chapter; however, our parasha has been matched by chazal with two full chapters 6-7 from the Book of Shmuel II.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/17/2020, 2:00 PM

And Aaron was silent

Aaron wholeheartedly chose to be silent when his two sons died. Danny Ginsbourg, 4/16/2020, 11:08 PM

Shemini: Limits

The priestly vocation was to remind the people that there are limits. There is an order to the universe and we must respect it.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/16/2020, 10:30 PM

The spiritual power of unity

Uniting humanity in pursuit of a higher cause is one of the most powerful spiritual forces in the universe. We are united now more than ever before because we care. Leonard Grunstein, 4/16/2020, 7:20 AM

Freedom and responsibilty

We are a people that has undergone peaks and valleys.  We have had great achievements, but also fallen into great tragedy.  We are a people with human frailties. That is the challenge in this age of self-interest. Introspection as Passover ends.Prof. (Emer.) Jerry Lambert, 4/14/2020, 2:34 PM

The Parsha and current events:  A challenging task

Before the US prohibits the departure of young people, as will happen when the draft will be restored, send them here.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/14/2020, 1:49 AM

Rabbi Kook on the dawning New Age

Tzvi Fishman, 4/14/2020, 1:28 AM

Pesach is over...so what holiday are we still celebrating?

The Korban Pesach was offered on the 14th of Nisan, but matzot were the food that we ate for a month after leaving Egypt – and they had the taste of manna, no less. Daniel Pinner, 4/13/2020, 11:59 AM

What is joy?

Joy is not an emotion; it is an outlook on life. It is the ability to recognize that every single thing that happens is orchestrated by the Almighty.  David Sheyman, 4/12/2020, 7:12 PM

A new insight into the killing of the first-born

The last plague can be seen as a test for the People of Israel, and a way to internalize their new position as G-d's people. Danny Ginsbourg, 4/10/2020, 12:37 PM

'Davka Achshav': The Novominsker Rebbe's final message to Klal Yisroel

An open letter to the Jewish People.Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, Zts"l, Novominsker Rebbe, 4/9/2020, 11:21 PM

Passover: The second Seder in Jerusalem

What was the iconic leader of Religious Zionism and first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi's condition for allowing a student to lead a second seder for tourists?HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/8/2020, 2:59 PM

The COVID-19 plague, Pesach and Medinat Yisrael

In light of Hashem’s agreement to act with partiality towards the Jewish Nation, why are we also suffering from the plague like the other nations?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/8/2020, 2:25 PM

Watching our words in this time of crisis - a lesson from the Haggadah

Even today, when the world is in social lock-down, we can still “reach out and touch someone,” give someone a virtual smile and positive words. Learn some Torah with someone over the phone. (Comprehending Charoset lecture added to this one at end).Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 4/7/2020, 6:16 PM

Two divrei Torah: Asking questions and The psychology of the Seder

Thoughts for people celebrating the seder alone or as a couple: Is there a point in askinng oneself the Four Questions? And can a one or two person Seder be meaningful?Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 4/7/2020, 6:08 PM

The Coronavirus and Post-Modern Philosophy

We deserve to be a 'startup nation' not only in the technological sense, but in the full sense of a moral compass derived from our eternal Torah. The corona pandemic shows up the falsity of post-modernity and the need for Torah values. Rabbi Yigal Levinstein, 4/6/2020, 7:27 PM

Pesach and Eretz Yisrael

"And it shall come to pass when you enter the Land that the Lord will give you, as He spoke, that you shall observe this service." Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 4/6/2020, 3:00 PM

How can we say 'shehecheyanu' at this time?

Isn't that blessing said when one is grateful for a special, unusual, new event? Read the story of Reb Ber.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/6/2020, 2:30 PM

A How-to Halakhic Pesach primer for preparing the kitchen ourselves

Since this year it is impossible to make use of a central, public kashering of utensils or have our kitchen kashered by others, we must do it ourselves, but in order to do so, we must learn what is halachically necessary, Detailed guidelines below.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/6/2020, 9:30 AM

In memory of my brother: Torah scholars increase peace in the world

This article arrived before Shabbat, but was not posted. Professor Aranoff has just informed us of his brother's passing and we have updated it and dedicate it to the memory of Rabbi Yitzchok Aranoff who passed away in Brooklyn today.Professor Gerald Aranoff, 4/5/2020, 5:58 PM

A world In chaos - but the Passover Holiday goes on

I believe that we have an opportunity to perform acts of kindness on a level that has never ever been demanded from us.Rabbi Eli Hecht, 4/5/2020, 1:03 PM

The Jewish people's national health

In the Tabernacle and the Temple, Jewish life found stability and a life force.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 4/4/2020, 8:34 PM

Shabbat: Our response to illness and crisis

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/3/2020, 3:59 PM

Pesach, Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol in the shadow of Coronavirus

What will we miss? Only our friends, family, and other guests? Or the single most essential component of Pesach, the Pesach Sacrifice? Daniel Pinner, 4/3/2020, 3:30 PM

Shabbat that precedes Pesach is truly the Great Shabbat of the year

There is no substitute for Shabbat, as all Jewish history has shown us the truth of this statement. We are a Shabbat people and Pesach is also called Shabbat in the Torah. Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/3/2020, 3:00 PM

Simple obedience

It is not about the animal, or its blood or its fat. It is not about the sacrifice at all! It is all about the act of simple obedience, Moshe Kempinski, 4/2/2020, 10:59 PM