After the Flood: The lion's lessonLife is about serving others and dedicating oneself completely to this service.
Gathering Within the ArkTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva and Religious Zionism.
The Parsha and Current Events: One people in deep watersWhenever I am present at a simcha (celebration) of our children and grandchildren (engagements, weddings, etc.) I look around the table at the young personalities who are the friends of our family. Jewish naches.
Until the waters lap at our feetKnowledge and faith. Noach’s faith was driven by his intellect; it had no passion or emotional intensity.
The Temple Institute on NoahTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Stand firm - and damn the consequencesJoining up when you see who is winning may be too late.
The lonely walk of faithOne person, on a walk of faith.
Insights into Parshat NoahRighteous in his own right or by comparison to others; the first vintner; the dove.
Weekly Tanya Lecture: Chap. 29, class 7Tanya is the road to a healthy spiritual life.
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Essay: For a blessing and not as a curseThe essay is by Rebecca Linzer, who teaches Talmud in Matan Hasharon and is currently a student in the Morot L'Halakha Program, which seeks to create a pool of female leaders and teachers who are learned and versed in broad areas of halakha.
Good parentingIn order to be able parents, we shouldn’t raise a child like Cain.
Creation: Evolution or revolution?The moment you begin to move great ideas in our world, it’s a prolonged process.
The Temple Institute on BeliefTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
A startling contradiction in G-d's attitude to manDoes G-d repent?
Self worthThe Abraham figure as a model for the future.
What's in a name?Science is catching up with mysticism.
The hidden light of CreationOhr haganuz - the light that God hid.
Adam and NoahWhy are Noah and the world's impending punishment mentioned at the end of this week's reading?
Life lessons from the Torah readingThe Garden of Life.
The faith of G-dCovenant & Conversation for Breishit.
Today's Tower of BabelThe Parsha and Current Events.
Looking back at Sukkot and ourselvesThis article is by Rabbi Schertz' son David, an attorney in Pennsylvania.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29 class 6Tanya is the recipe for a healthy spiritual life.
Why two customs ensure Jewish survivalHoshanot and Simchat Torah are not of biblical origin.
Insights into Shemini Atzeret and Simchat TorahThe prayer for rain, the circuits and dancing with the Torah.
Sukkah of PeaceTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
Sukkot perspectivesThe only happiness that is lasting and meaningful is an inner happiness not caused by outside stimuli or fleeting factors.
An Etrog tree doesn’t grow in BrooklynIsrael is the place to build a sukkah - and a permanent home, as well.
Sukkot: The strength to emergeAfter Yom Kippur, we emerge from our synagogue and home and go out to the Sukkah.
Why is Sukkot a separate holiday?Shouldn't we sit in sukkot on Passover when the Exodus is remembered?
Insights into the Sukkot holidaySukkot joy, hospitality, etrog compote, and even a Hebrew lesson.
The mitzvah of Sukkah and the definition of ManIt requires the totality of one’s being to be encompassed by the sacred space of the Sukkah.
What kind of Sukkot meal will your descendants be having?‘Oh, to be a fly on the wall’ – In his D’var Torah this week, the Chief Rabbi offers a deeper understanding on the Usphizin and the distinct role that nachas plays in our Jewish tradition.
How to be happy on the Sukkot holidayThe Torah commands us to be happy on Sukkot - how do we do that?
Sukkot - why now?The sukkah is a continuation of the High Holydays.
Covenant & Conversation for HaazinuThe spirituality of song.
Homeward BoundYom Kippur is over. Now do something to show you meant what you said...
Please be compassionateCompassion takes one to a different level of understanding.
Sanctifying the fastKiddush Hayom and Yom HaKippurim
The laws of Yom Kippur 5777A primer for the laws of the holiest day of the year.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 29, Class 5Tanya is the recipe for a healthy spiritual life in the New Year.
Complete TeshuvahFor the Ten Days of Repentance, Torah by Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah Sage and founder of Religious Zionism.
Fasting on Yom KippurA “regular” sick person, whose whole body is ill but whose life is not in danger, is obligated to fast but may take pills that have no taste. A gravely ill person is obligated to eat. A religiously observant doctor should be asked when in doubt.
Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?What is the most appropriate name for this very special Shabbat: Shabbat Shuvah or Shabbat Teshuvah?
The Temple Institute on Vayelech and Shabbat ShuvahTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Vayelech: The lodestone of Jewish lifeMoses predicts what will happen.
Covenant & Conversation for VayelechTo renew our days.
The extent of Hashem’s mercyThe Schmuz for Shabbat Shuva.
Why fast for Gedaliah?The day after Rosh Hashanah is a minor fast in the Jewish calendar mourning the assassination of Gedaliah. Why?
The gift of a lifetimeThe global donor pool for bone marrow needs to have ethnic and racial diversity for matches to be made. The Renewal organization needs organ donors. You can save a life.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 29, Class # 4Tanya is a recipe for a healthy spiritual life.
The Teshuva of Rosh HashanahTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah luminary, poet, philosopher and founder of Religious Zionism.
It is Hashem’s prerogative to chooseMay we be chosen for a good year.
A Rosh Hashanah message: Sunny side upEverything that comes from G-d is for the good, sometimes the good is discernible and sometimes it is not.
Laws of Shofar, blessings - and glad tidingsLaws and customs on hearing shofar blasts; the prohibition of preparing from the first day of Rosh Hashanah to the second day; candles on the second night; order of blessings over the ‘simanim’; God’s blessing: growth of the communities in Judea and Samaria
Is Shabbat more important than Rosh Hashanah?In Jewish tradition it is regular which is preeminent over irregular.