Jacob's signs

Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel and founder of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva,HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/18/2018, 4:46 PM

The Ba'al Shem Tov's Mt-Sinai-Stone leap of faith

The Ba’al Shem Tov did not serve G-d with his spiritual acquisitions. Instead, he relied on his simple faith.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 5/18/2018, 3:44 PM

A primer for Shavuot - Body and Soul.

Preparing from Shabbat to Yom tov and including the status of tourists, visitors and those who own an apartment in Israel regarding a one or two day holiday.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/18/2018, 2:58 PM

The holiday with five names

Shavuot is all about acquiring the Torah and the Land. Daniel Pinner, 5/18/2018, 2:00 PM

The impact of Sinai

Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 5/17/2018, 8:48 PM

Bamidbar: Count for something

Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 5/17/2018, 8:44 PM

The profound meaning of the US Embassy move to Jerusalem

The symbolic act performed by President Trump - and supported by tens of millions of fundamentalist Christians who are well versed in the Bible - was recognition of a special kind.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/17/2018, 7:53 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Bamidbar

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 5/17/2018, 3:39 PM

Shavuot: A day with no ritual

Why are there no special mitzvas- like matza or shofar for other holidays - on this holiday? Steven Genack, 5/16/2018, 7:59 PM

Oz Torah: Shavuot

Insights into Judaism: The date of the holiday, foliage in shul, Book of Ruth, staying up all night to learn.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/16/2018, 12:12 PM

The hidden revelation at Sinai

There is a profound need inherent in human consciousness which makes humans strive to understand the God that they worship.Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 5/16/2018, 11:44 AM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 40, class 3

Study Tanya with Arutz Sheva and attain spiritual health.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 5/15/2018, 9:24 AM

Berlin, no. Yerushalayim, yes.

Rabbi Gold's lecture for Bechukotai: What happened when Rabbi Gold was stranded in Germany. Why wasn't Germany treated like Spain? How did the Rambam live in Egypt if the Torah says not to?Rabbi Sholom Gold, 5/11/2018, 12:13 AM

Nimrod and the pig farm - in the Land He gave to Israel

Due to the discrepancy in the Torah reading between Eretz Yisrael and Chu"l we include a dvar Torah on both Parashot by young Israeli rabbis in the Torah Mitzion movement.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 5/10/2018, 12:03 PM

Behar Bechukosai: True Freedom

Why is the seventh year described as a Sabbath unto G-d, rather than simply as a year of rest?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 5/9/2018, 5:41 PM

The tragic legacy of David Raziel, commander of the Etzel

More than being the model for the modern Hebrew soldier, Raziel can more specifically be viewed as the prototype for Israel’s national-religious community, especially those inhabiting the mountainous Samaria and Judea regions.Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen, 5/9/2018, 10:10 AM

Abraham described Jerusalem as a mountain

It takes great effort and patience to climb the mountain of spirituality that Jerusalem represents. Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/8/2018, 5:26 PM

Behar-Bechukotai: Mountains and molehills

Insights into Judaic subjects.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/8/2018, 5:00 PM

Time to rethink Jewish laws of modesty? Think again

Tzni'us, the Jewish ethos of modesty, has been under intense discussion recently. Do we need the traditional manifestations of established tzni'us or should we apply a general definition without them?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 5/7/2018, 4:26 PM

To live in Israel is to walk in trust

Insights into people in the Torah for the portion of Behar: Leviticus 25:1-26:2. Moshe Kempinski, 5/4/2018, 2:13 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Behar

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 5/3/2018, 9:05 PM

The Parasha with Rabbi Gold: Insights into Bitachon

One of Anglo Israel's most beloved and popular rabbis in his weeklly parasha lecture at the Israel Center.Rabbi Sholom Gold, 5/3/2018, 8:54 PM

The Rabbis knew about Iran all along

The Parasha and current events: BeharRabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/3/2018, 8:28 PM

Rashbi and joyous inner secrets

Why do we suffer? Breaking, realigning and joyous inner secrets.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 5/3/2018, 2:59 AM

Counting up, counting down

Lag Ba'Omer marks the end of the sad customs of the period of sefira. Do we count ba'Omer or la'OmerRabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 5/3/2018, 2:35 AM

Why the exit is as important as the entrance

In this week’s Dvar Torah for Acharei-Mot Kedoshim, the Chief Rabbi explains why the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest would prepare just as carefully to leave the Holy Sanctuary as he would to enter it.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 4/29/2018, 5:51 AM

The wish to be counted

Torah from the city of Efrat in the Judean Hills at Gush Etzion.Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, 4/29/2018, 5:44 AM

Emor: Kohanim and the Illusion of Death

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/27/2018, 5:05 PM

Waving away the conflict

The idea of waving the omer, known as tenufa, is something we see several times in the Torah. What does it signify?Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 4/27/2018, 5:03 PM

How do we get to love? (Overseas)

How do we go from seething in silence from the myriad hurts and humiliations we experience to a silence of strength and grace?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 4/26/2018, 9:12 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Emor (Israel)

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 4/26/2018, 3:25 PM

Torah - The forest and the trees at one and the same time

It would be unthinkable that the Torah would command us to be a Holy nation dedicated to the service of God and human beings without telling us how this was to be achieved. (Diaspora reading)Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/26/2018, 8:51 AM

Sha'atnez: A glimpse into the future

Understanding the prohibition of garments made of linen and wool - Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/25/2018, 10:03 PM

Kiddush Hashem during wartime

In Parshat Emor, we are commanded to sanctify G-d's Name. When Israel suffers, that is the desecration of His Name. What does that signify in recent history?Rabbi Sholom Gold, 4/24/2018, 11:35 PM

Chai to life

Why is chai rather than vav or any other word with a numeric value of six, the Hebrew word for life?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 4/24/2018, 9:32 PM

Peace Now? Mashiach Now? Tempered alacrity 

Why the Rebbe sent shlichim all over the world.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 4/23/2018, 9:59 AM

Are miracles really so miraculous? How does genetics affect a kohen?

Insights into questions on Judaism.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/23/2018, 9:18 AM

And they shall contemplate the kindnesses of Hashem

Independence Day is just over, but our appreciation of the blessings we have merited is ongoing.Rabbi Ariel Levi, 4/22/2018, 8:27 AM

Prayer for lighting a yahrzeit candle

Lighting a memorial candle for a beloved parent or other loved one is an emotional moment, but has no well known accompanying prayer. One from the 18th century may fill that need.Rabbi Yair Hoffman, 4/20/2018, 5:06 PM

Achrei Mot - Kedoshim (Israel): A story of deceit and the unexpected

A moral dilemma ranks faith above other values. Why?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/20/2018, 7:59 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Israel)

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 4/19/2018, 11:51 PM

Two Torah talks: For Israel and for the Diaspora

Torah from the city of Efrat in Gush Etzion.Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, 4/19/2018, 11:23 PM

70 years of independence

We have built a State which is an inspiring success story. A state which every tyrant, every genocidal psychopath, every Jew-hater in the world hates and yearns to destroy. That fact alone shows that we are on the right path. Daniel Pinner, 4/19/2018, 9:36 PM

My Yom Ha'atzmaut shtreimel

The Klauzenberger Rebbe had the definition for the success of a Jewish state all figured out. But he didn't expect it to happen immediately.Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 4/18/2018, 7:43 PM

Turning Yom Ha'atsmaut into a festival

Are we allowed to do that? And how should we act toward the flag?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/18/2018, 7:37 PM

The State of Israel is Holy

The commandments in the Torah do not depend on who happens to be the Prime Minister of Israel at the time, the size of his kippah, or on how many religious politicians sit in the Knesset. Tzvi Fishman, 4/18/2018, 7:26 PM

It's all about your vision: Israel at 70

The inescapable truth is that Hashem is on the move in the world. And that move is centered in this land. Moshe Kempinski, 4/18/2018, 7:20 PM

For Memorial Day: Rabbi Akiva's students - Saints or Sinners?

Why is there a national period of mourning, Sefirat Haomer, for sinners? What is the Judge of the universe telling us?Rabbi Sholom Gold, 4/17/2018, 11:14 PM

Aliyah to Israel: Complete trust in G-d – with a smile on your face

How can we keep from complaining about the Land of Israel?Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 4/15/2018, 7:28 AM

Invisible Jews: Surviving the Holocaust in Poland

Eddie Bielawski is probably one of the youngest Holocaust survivors with any memory of the war years. The Bielawski family survived the Holocaust by becoming invisible. Here is the story of one of many miracles.Rabbi Chanan Morrison, 4/15/2018, 6:55 AM

Tazria Mezora: Judging from past behavior

A penitent is not to be treated the same as a sinner.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 4/15/2018, 6:34 AM

Stop blunting the dream and stifling enthusiasm

The Parsha and current events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/13/2018, 4:44 PM

Internalizing a Torah Ideal

The centrality of self-control is evident in the admonition offered concerning the Divine presence.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 4/13/2018, 4:42 PM

The Holocaust - Why?

On Holocaust Memorial Day at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva decades ago, Rabbi Kook approached the question from a perspective which embraces all of Jewish history.Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, 4/12/2018, 2:58 PM


All you need to dispel the shadows is a little bit of light. Helena Hawkins, 4/12/2018, 8:10 AM

Psychological and mental healing

The connection between the outside world, human physiology and psychology is one whose mechanics we do not understand, but whose effects and therapies can be measured.Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/11/2018, 6:49 PM

Observations on Sefirat Ha'omer (the Counting of the Omer)

Those who knew the Torah the most and were closest to it, apparently understood it the least. That is one of the contradictions we have to live with.Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 4/9/2018, 9:46 AM