We are all individuals, but we all need somebody to lean on

Simon M. Jackson and Gina Junger wrote this weeks Divrei Torah, for Naso and Beha'alotcha respectively, due to the different readings in the Diaspora and Israel.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 6/14/2019, 12:55 PM

The Kotzkzer, Rabbi Soloveitchik and Israel's going out to war

The words of the Kotzker, his grandson Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Soloveitchik and the medieval commentary Ibn Ezra build a picture of how the Jewish people must go to war and rejoice at victory. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 6/13/2019, 2:59 PM

Behaalotcha: Camp and Congregation

No Jew, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of him- or herself. We are joined by the gossamer strands of collective memory, and these can sometimes lead us back to a sense of shared destiny.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/13/2019, 2:03 PM

Tanya lectures - the way to a healthy spiritual life

Chapter 44, class 6. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 6/12/2019, 4:23 PM

Tizku lemitzvot - may you merit performing G-d's commandments!

How far, with the passage of time, we have fallen in our love of mitzvot... Danny Ginsbourg, 6/12/2019, 4:08 PM

Raise your head and be counted

The Torah abhors slackers.Rabbi Berel Wein, 6/12/2019, 4:05 PM

Feeling afraid

Insights into Jewish thought and practice: Feeling afraid, equal rights and thoughts on Parshat Naso.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 6/11/2019, 7:02 AM

Blessings from Zion

I wonder who is more culpable: the uneducated Jew who is not convinced that G-d is the source of halacha, or the adherents to the chareidi outlook that recognizes Hashem but denies his day to day involvement in the ups and downs of the Jewish nation.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 6/10/2019, 2:00 PM

Shavuot - Complete joy

The joy of Matan Torah is expressed both in the study of Torah, and in a sumptuous meal. What to do if you live abroad and are in Israel for the holiday? Or if you are an Israeli living abroad?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/9/2019, 11:31 PM

You can be like Hashem!

It is our responsibility to act is if we are teachers to the world…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/9/2019, 9:37 PM

Sages and saints

Which is preferable?Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/9/2019, 9:36 PM

What we really received at Sinai

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, 6/7/2019, 3:25 PM

Cheesecake for the Soul: Finding our perfect slice of Torah

Each of us must seek out the specific text that speaks to us and helps us connect to God, Torah and Jewish life.   Rabbi Meni Even-Israel, 6/6/2019, 5:06 PM

Nationhood and freedom - two concepts, two holidays

Why Shavuot is the holiday of nationhood.Rabbi Berel Wein, 6/6/2019, 12:59 PM

Soul-searching on a Sunday: Shavuot 2019

The advent of Shavuot, which is a momentous celebration of the Jews receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, is preceded by a careless and accidental human mistake. Shlomit Ovadia, 6/6/2019, 12:57 PM

Shavuot to a Noahide: Mosaic commandments and Noahide commandments

A moral system that lacks a sense of the divine is eventually degraded to a mere human convention, whose observance reflects utilitarian considerations rather than any transcendent goal. Are Noahide laws only ethical or is there a spiritual element? Rafael Castro, 6/5/2019, 10:09 PM

Ruth and the Hollywood ending

The story of Ruth, as is, does not furnish the stuff for romantic Hollywood films, teaching instead about a building an enduring relationship. Chamutal Shoval, 6/5/2019, 6:27 AM

The Ten Commandments were given 'בשבילי':- for ME

The 10 Commandments are written in the singular. Why? And how a desire for honor and position - take note, politicians - can make one give up the World to Come. Danny Ginsbourg, 6/5/2019, 4:49 AM

Tanya lecture, your road to spiritual health

Chapter 44 class 5. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 6/4/2019, 9:59 PM

Births - a blessing for the family and nation

The Torah’s way of taking a census conveys an appreciation for man created in the image of G-d, while having a large family includes all the blessings and mitzvot .Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/3/2019, 9:04 AM

A not quite national census

Bamidbar Torah Reading: This past Shabbat in Israel and this coming Shabbat in the Diaspora.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 6/3/2019, 9:00 AM

There is always room for hope

The Jewish people have never given up hope. Who would have thought in 1948 that we would have a united Jerusalem? Who would hae thought in 1945 that there would be a Jewish State?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/2/2019, 7:23 AM

The day the Old City gates spoke

In honor of the 52nd year of the reunification of Jerusalem - Yom Yerushalayim.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 6/1/2019, 11:55 PM

Waving the flags of a free nation

We had no plans at all to liberate any more of Israel, content to leave the majority of it under continued foreign occupation. But G-d had other plans. Daniel Pinner, 6/1/2019, 11:02 PM

The holiness of Sinai

Unlike Jerusalem’s permanent holiness, the holiness of Mount Sinai was temporary, lasting only for the duration of Matan Torah, the Revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Torah from israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/31/2019, 5:33 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Leading a nation of Individuals

However large the group you lead, you must always communicate the value you place on everyone. How to count the Jews.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/31/2019, 4:35 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Bamidbar and Jerusalem Day Message

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/31/2019, 6:09 AM

Arachin: Value and worth in the balance

Arachin speaks to the holiness inherent in the individual Jew; the “value” of his soul, as it were.  Which raises the essential question, how to value such a “commodity”?  How do we know if we are “worth” it?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 5/30/2019, 7:05 PM

Bechukotai (Diaspora): End of story

This is the last of the readings from the book of Leviticus.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/30/2019, 4:30 PM

Retroactive sin

Why can’t G-d step in and save me when I am about to sin, must He let me slide and then punish me for sliding?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 5/30/2019, 2:54 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Numerical standstill

Numerically speaking, in comparison to the numbers in this week's reading, the Jewish census has been at pretty much of a standstill over all of these long centuries,Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/29/2019, 4:00 PM

Why do we point at the Torah during Sabbath services?

And why do some Jews call the post-Sabbath service spread a kiddush while others call it a bracha?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/29/2019, 12:00 PM

Tanya, a walk on the road to spiritual health

Chapter 44, Class #4, Previous lectures can be heard by clicking on the link below. HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 5/28/2019, 1:45 PM

The Eurovision was day 20 of the counting of the Omer

Eurovision...from a different perspective. Chaya Gross, 5/28/2019, 12:00 PM

In memory of a Shoah Survivor

Gittel Bas Yisrael Dov Moskowitz (March 12, 1929-May 19, 2019), woman of valor, returned her soul to its Maker on Yud Daled lyar, Pesach Sheni.Dr. Nathan Moskowitz, 5/27/2019, 12:04 PM

The lasting legacy of the Malden Mills

There are three types of Kiddush Hashem, the Sanctification of G-d's Name. A modern day example of the third kind.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 5/26/2019, 7:50 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Bechukotai

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 5/26/2019, 7:21 AM

Walking the walk

"WALKING IN “MY STATUTES” - Word Concepts in Torah for Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34 ) Moshe Kempinski, 5/26/2019, 7:14 AM

Bechukotai: Eternal Inheritance 

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Israeli Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/24/2019, 10:41 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  The US Military is in serious trouble

This dire situation was caused by President Obama who withheld huge sums of money from the military.   Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/24/2019, 9:58 AM

The miracle of nature and the nature of miracles

I immediately knew who the man sitting next to me on the plane was.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/24/2019, 8:27 AM

Behar (Diaspora): True freedom

We are defined by our capacity to give…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/23/2019, 6:18 AM

Behar\Bechukotai: Healing the Spirit and Recalculating

Due to the gap between the Parasha reading in Israel and the one abroad, Torah thoughts for both parshot are posted here.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 5/23/2019, 6:00 AM

Bechukotai (Israel): The birth of hope

Only hope empowers us to take risks, engage in long-term projects, marry and have children, and refuse to capitulate in the face of despair.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/23/2019, 5:51 AM

Rise up to the level of the Torah of Eretz Yisrael

Are there two different Torahs? The Torah of Eretz Yisrael and the Torah of Galut? Yes indeed. The Midrash infers that the Torah of Eretz Yisrael is superior to the Torah of the Galut. Tzvi Fishman, 5/21/2019, 10:47 AM

Lag Ba'Omer and weddings

There are differences of customs among the different communities. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/20/2019, 11:34 PM

Why foreign thoughts arise during prayer and What to do with them

What are these five levels in our service of God?Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 5/20/2019, 10:00 PM

A Tanya lecture: Chap. 44, class 3

Studying Tanya will set you on the road to spiritual health. For previous articles, press link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 5/20/2019, 9:06 PM

Parashat Behar: G-d’s partners in Creation

Shabbat is G-d’s way of making us, Israel His holy nation, His partners in Creation. Daniel Pinner, 5/19/2019, 9:54 PM

The dawning of a new covenant

With the first covenant ceasing to exist, a new covenant was mandated.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 5/19/2019, 9:46 PM

At the foot of the mountain

We need to be somebody in order to make room in ourselves to be less. Moshe Kempinski, 5/19/2019, 9:41 PM

Behar: Shmitah - Window to the futur

Torah from Israel's first cheif rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/17/2019, 3:34 PM

Modern-day spiritual role models

The blood of over 25,000 soldiers and civilians of Eretz Yisrael, covers our flag and is also the background “music” of our anthem. One who does not feel the sanctity of the flag and the anthem has fallen victim to the galut.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/17/2019, 3:22 PM

Time, the eternal challenge of the everyday

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity - Henry David Thoreau Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 5/17/2019, 8:49 AM

A new look at this week's Haftorah

A reminder to those watching this out of Israel: We are reading Parashat Behar this week and you are at Parashat Emor. The Haftorah, however, is not limited to the parasha, but has to do with faith in redemption.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/15/2019, 9:53 PM

Emor (for the Diaspora): Are our parents the real thing?

Our conduct at home has the greatest impact on our children…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/15/2019, 9:45 PM

Behar (for Israel): Being Jewish requires spiritual mountain climbing

Life is never smooth or easy – a flat plain, simple to traverse. Rather, it is always an uphill climb that many times leaves us short of breath and doubtful of hope. (Parashat Behar is read in Israel this Shabbat).Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/15/2019, 9:40 PM