Orthodox suffering from Aisavitic fatigueChoosing which commandments to observe...
Who can legislate morality?Can we be commanded not to covet?
The Temple Institute: G-d's loveTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Shema's word count is worth all the limbs in your bodyThe Shema is undoubtedly one of the most important prayers in the Jewish religion, as it declares unequivocally our belief in one G-d. Why is it relevant how many words it contains?
Blessing on viewing the OlympicsA person impressed by athletes and their accomplishments should acknowledge the source of their strength.
Vaetchanan and Shabbat Nachamu: Introducing Prayer with PraiseTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, the founder of Religious Zionism.
History in VaetchananWe have a different story.
The good landMoses makes a surprising statement.
G-d Who created the world or G-d Who took us from Egypt?This week's dvar Torah is by Rabbi David Kupinski former Rosh Kollel (Memphis, 2014-15) currently Dorm Manager and Social Coordinator in 'Levav Shalem' Yeshiva High School, Yerucham.
Vaetchanan: A woman’s comfortI decided to be like my wife.
Rav Soloveitchik and Social Issues: The Diaspora Jewry ShoahMourning the ‘invisible Shoah’ of Diaspora Jewry.
From twilight to RedemptionThe potential of the 9th of Av remains.
We have had three weeksThree Weeks to recreate a bond of Love, Respect and Passion.
1946 years ago vs. todayWe, too, are besieged, but G-d has helped us in a special way.
If King Zedekiah would have listened to Jeremiah...The prophet was the realistic one.
Devarim: Elucidating the TorahTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.
Looking for ourselves in DevarimThis is the book of perspective, of the long view of events.
A closer look at Kamtza and Bar KamtzaSometimes supposed goodness encourages the existence and expansion of the highest form of intolerance.
Parshat Devarim: The art of rebukeCriticism is a tool for fixing. Torah from the Otniel Hesder Yeshiva in the Hevron Hills.
This Shabbat we will be celebrating on the 9th of AvThis week's Dvar Torah is by Dani Eisenstock, former Shaliach in Kansas City (2002-03), currently Travel Insurance Agent and Gesher Facilitator.
The Temple Institute for Shabbat HazonTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem, may it be fully rebuilt speedily in our time.
Weekly Tanya class: Chap. 27, lecture 5Tanya is the way to achieve spiritual health.
The day before the 9th of AvInsights into the fast and the parsha.
Torah from Sinai and Partnership Minyanim: The YCT response11 rabbis,graduates of Open Orthodoxy's Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), came out against partnership minyanim and affirmed a basic tenet of Jewish belief they felt was being weakened by others affiliated with OO. The writer analyzes YCT's response.
When the 9th of Av falls on ShabbatThe 9th of Av is on Shabbat this year so that actual fasting is from Saturday night to Sunday night and there are special laws in effect in addition to the regular ones.
To know where to go,look at where you started fromLook for wrong turns and poor choices that Jewish history makes plain.
The Temple Institute: JourneysTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Reform and the limits of acceptanceThere is a basic problem with the Reform Movement's outlook on Judaism. Rabbi Amital zt"l, of Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva, considered a moderate, explains. And he refers specifically to LGBT issues.
We have finished Bamidbar - now come and live in the landSo what are we mourning for? For the destroyed Bet Hamikdash? The Jewish people are faring quite well without it!
Laws of the Nine DaysJoyous events are forbidden during the Nine Days, but study tours and seminars are permitted. In Israel today, the prohibition of bathing during the Nine Days is not applicable. A primer.
Masei: Unchecked violenceTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi and founder of Religious Zionism.
Kashering and the art of living: Lessons from Matot-MaseiIn the world, of the world?
Matot-Masei: He split the Red Sea and also a tribeIn this week’s reading, we learn that not all of the Twelve Tribes of Israel were situated within the Holy Land’s borders, with one even split across two lands. What is the possible reason?
Masei: Back to the basicsAnd back to reading the same parsha in Israel and the Diaspora.
A schism in Open Orthodoxy?You have to have guts to come out against Open Orthodoxy from within the system.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 27, class 4Tanya is the way to a healthy spiritual life.
Conflicting leadershipTwo brothers, two different leadership styles and abilities.
By the rivers of BrooklynBy the rivers of Brooklyn and Paris and London and Melbourne and Toronto and Buenos Aries and Johannesburg, we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion...
Spiritual journeys, then and nowThe fascinating story of Rabbi David Zeller.
Shabbat MevarchimTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi and founder of religious Zionism.
Matot (Israel): Do you know what you are fighting for?The israelite fighters had much in common with their IDF descendants.
Pinchas( Diaspora): Good things, small packagesIsrael needs those who bring about change.
Matot (Israel): Conformity or unity?Why have 12 tribes instead of one undivided nation?
Psalm 146: G-d raises the bowedTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, founder of Religious Zionism.
When appointing Judges, fear no manRepresentatives of the Jewish Home party should stand firm on Torah principles, in opposition to the Haredi veto
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap . 27, class 3Tanya is the road to a healthy spiritual life.
Consistency and constancyOne verse and sacrifice truly describes and underscores the greatest framework of spiritual life without which that life begins to wither and die.
Counting the JewsWe find it so much easier to memorialize the dead than to inspire and consecrate the living.
The meaning of lifeInsights into the meaning of life and other questions.
The parsha and current events: Pinchas and Corporal El'or Azarya.Life - a right or a privilege?
Balak (Diaspora): Bent on destroying the JewsBalak was a rasha…so why did he merit having a parasha named after him?
Balak (Diaspora): Unreal RealitiesWhy does the story get so much attention?
Pinchas (Israel): The secret of successTorah from the Otniel hesder yeshiva in the Hevron Hills area.
Pinchas (Israel): Following the daughtersThe daughters of Zelophehad had such a great love for the Land of Israel, they merited that the laws of inheriting land-holdings in the Land of Israel would be written in the Torah at their inspiration.
Balak (Diaspora): No one is perfectThe Torah does not hide the faults of our founders. The notion of applying superhuman qualities to a human being is not a Jewish idea.
Custody in early chlldhoodWhen children automatically remain with the mother and the father must pay their child support, it’s no wonder that almost 90% of divorce cases are initiated by women