Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah: VaYigash-To approach

The Torah Portion of VaYigash Genesis 44:18–47:27, Moshe Kempinski, 12/14/2018, 9:59 AM

Still fighting for our survival

The chosen of Hashem reentered the land, not by a "dunam here and dunam there," but in the language of strength that the gentiles understood. And they have needed that G-d given strength ever since.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/13/2018, 8:05 AM

Parashat Vayigash: The hell of exile

Exile, like the grave or like hell, sucks the Jew into its dread grasp – and it becomes ever-harder to leave. Daniel Pinner, 12/13/2018, 8:01 AM

The Pharaohs and the Jewish Kings: A study in contrast

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Jonathan Ziring,  former Sgan Rosh Beit Midrash (Toronto, 2015-18), currently Ra”m at Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah, Modiin. Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 12/12/2018, 7:03 PM

New revelations on the Heter Mechira dilemma

The real dilemma is based on a fundamental disagreement about what faith is – relying on miracles, or the calculated and planned fulfillment of mitzvoth.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/11/2018, 11:50 AM

Tanya, your road to spiritual health

Chapter 42, lecture 5. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/11/2018, 11:47 AM

Jews who have left Judaism

Insights into topics in Judaism: Jews who have left Judaism; Why have bar mitzvas at age 13.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 12/11/2018, 11:39 AM

First time in English: Hanukkah and the power of prayer

Sixth of the late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's illuminating essays on Hanukkah: "We must be happy and sing from a place of holiness and closeness to Hashem, feel the words ' My soul thirsts for You.'"Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/9/2018, 8:58 AM

Rosh Hodesh Tevet Torah essay

Heading from darkness- returning to light. This month's essay is by Ronit Lewis. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 12/8/2018, 10:48 PM

Hanukkah: Illuminating the hollow chasm

“Heresy from the hollow chasm” in the words of Rebbe Nachman, is planted in the silent spaces between the letters, in the vacuum underneath the words.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 12/8/2018, 8:08 PM

First time in English: A testimony for Eternity

Fifth of the late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's essays on Hanukkah: 'The reason the Menorah stands testimony, is by virtue of the fact that it is located in the Heichal, the place that both the Written Torah and the Oral Torah were given.' Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/7/2018, 3:11 PM

MIketz: Pharaoh does not realize he is the center of a drama

It is noteworthy to see how quickly Pharaqoh raises Joseph. He could just have said, "Well, thank you for the interpretation of the dream."Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/7/2018, 2:59 PM

Ketz - the end

Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah for the Torah Portion of Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1–44:17 Moshe Kempinski, 12/7/2018, 2:36 PM

First time in English: The light of the candles

Fourth of the late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's essays on Hanukkah: 'In the time of the miracle of Hanukkah they merited the light of the Shechinah, despite the lack of the Holy Ark in 2nd Temple times.'Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/6/2018, 6:57 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Miketz and the light of Hanukkah

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/6/2018, 6:55 PM

Miketz: Joseph and his brothers - the tables are turned

There is a famine in the land of Canaan - and only there - and the sons of Israel find themselves in Egypt, accused of being spies.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 12/6/2018, 6:31 PM

The single light of Hanukkah

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/5/2018, 2:17 PM

First time in English: Hellenism and translating the Torah into Greek

Third of the late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's essays on Hanukkah: "It was inevitable that the translation of the Torah into Greek diminished the uniqueness of the Jewish people.Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/5/2018, 1:59 PM


Hanukkah was a time of miracles, but we must not forget that the Hanukkah of the present can be another time for miracles. Helena Hawkins, 12/5/2018, 1:21 PM

First time in English: The radiance of Torah on Hanukkah

First time in English, late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's illuminating writings on Hanukkah: 'The miracle of Hanukkah is that there was an aspect of Matan Torah all over again: the ability of the Oral Torah to expand and develop had returned.'Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/4/2018, 8:39 AM

The light of Judaism

A short shiur on Hanukkah.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 12/4/2018, 8:00 AM

Hanukkah guide for the perplexed, 2018

A primer based on the ancient Jewish sages and historical insights.Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger , 12/4/2018, 6:52 AM

First time in English: Hanukkah - the celebration of the Oral Law

For the first time in English, late Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira's illuminating writings on Hanukkah: 'The groups of heretics who wanted to split the Torah arose only once the special light of the Chiddushim from the Oral Torah began to shine.'Harav Avraham Shapira zts"l, 12/3/2018, 12:08 AM

Miketz: Joseph the righteous

What was so righteous about Joseph? Danny Ginsbourg, 12/2/2018, 7:06 AM

The customs that survived thanks to the Yemenite Jews

Although there is no place for separate yeshivas along the lines of ethnic Jewish groups, the prayers and customs of the different groups should be retained.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/2/2018, 6:10 AM

First night of Hanukkah: One candle or eight?

Why do we light one candle on the first night of Hanukkah and not eight? There is a worldview here. Daniel Pinner, 12/2/2018, 5:00 AM

Vayeishev: The Nature of Exile 

Torah from israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/30/2018, 1:48 PM

Chalom - dream

The Torah Portion of VaYeiShev Genesis 37:1–40:23, Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah: Everything is possible in a dream. Moshe Kempinski, 11/30/2018, 1:37 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayeshev

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 11/30/2018, 1:34 PM

Vayeshev: Who sold Joseph into slavery?

What is really happening in the Joseph story?Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 11/29/2018, 7:49 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Jacob-ism vs. Esau-ism

Ya’akov agonizes with the greatest struggle that has ever crossed his path: “Is there still a part of Aisav within me, or did I succeed in exorcising it?”Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/29/2018, 7:40 AM

Refusing comfort, keeping hope; Vayeshev

Covenant & Conversation for Vayeshev.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 11/29/2018, 7:34 AM

Tanya, your road to spiritual health

Chapter 42, class 4. Previous lectures can be seen by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 11/28/2018, 6:59 AM

What started the Hanukkah conflict?

Insights into the Jewish holiday that starts next week.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 11/28/2018, 6:52 AM

The transformation of the rules for koshering an animal's hind parts

With many hechshers it is impossible to obtain the back part of a ritually slaughtered animal because it isvery difficult to avoid the prohibitions of cheilev and gid ha’nasheh.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/26/2018, 7:00 PM

For Kislev 19: The Alter Rebbe, the jailer and the New Moon

A story that began with the Alter Rebbe’s devotion to Torah and mitzvot in general, and particularly to the mitzvah of Kiddush Levana...Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 11/26/2018, 5:59 PM

The 100 second dvar Torah: Continuity

The continuity of the Jewish people depends on this.Rabbi Ari N. Enkin, 11/26/2018, 3:10 PM

Righteousness in a disposable culture

The significance of "Pakim Ketanim," a fundamental component of righteousness.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/25/2018, 7:13 AM

How to give the ultimate gift

What is the secret to giving the ultimate gift?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/25/2018, 7:09 AM

True humility

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 11/25/2018, 7:03 AM

Vayishlach: Reliance on miracles

Torah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israel.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/23/2018, 2:59 PM

Vayishlach: When dreams come true

Returning to the land of Israel, Yaakov's dream came true. Daniel Pinner, 11/23/2018, 2:05 PM

The parsha and current events: Do not forget!

Why is there a mitzva to remember and destroy Amalek, shouldn't the mitzva be to destroy Amalek?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/22/2018, 12:31 PM

Levado - alone

The Torah Portion of VAYISHLACH Genesis 32:4-36:43 Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah. Moshe Kempinski, 11/22/2018, 12:17 PM

Vayishlach: O Brother

Our mandate is particularism within a global community.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 11/22/2018, 12:10 PM

Let me sing my song!

How can it be that Jacob blessed the angel whom he overcame? Danny Ginsbourg, 11/21/2018, 7:44 AM

The fruits of Eretz Yisrael

Why did Moshe our teacher yearn to enter Eretz Yisrael? Did he need to eat of its fruits or satisfy himself from its bounty? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 11/21/2018, 6:58 AM

The correct blessing for sushi

The issue is one of which brachah (blessing) to make on composite foods when one of the 5 grains is an ingredient. Halakha Hotline, 11/21/2018, 6:48 AM

This week's 100 second Dvar Torah: The money ladder

Everyone can find 100 seconds to gain a Torah insight - and those drops can become a river as time goes on.Rabbi Ari N. Enkin, 11/18/2018, 7:05 AM

Rabbi Sholom Gold on the Jewish response to Pittsburgh

What has happened to the Jewish response to a tragedy affecting our people?Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 11/18/2018, 6:13 AM

Young women's kind behavior at a wedding

Today's frenetic dancing leaves older women outside the circle, unless young women realize this is what is happening and make room for them with a slower dance.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/17/2018, 10:23 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayeitzei

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 11/17/2018, 10:20 PM

Vayetze: The dream and the vow

How sure could Yaakov be that this is a true revelation from G-d and not just an internal wish?Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 11/17/2018, 10:00 PM

Prayer: Free expression of the inner soul

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/16/2018, 3:00 PM

Vayetze: The truth about Lavan

Lavan was guided by his unquenchable thirst to be in control and used his remarkable abilities to manipulate others towards this end.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 11/16/2018, 1:41 PM

Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah: The 'sulam'

The Torah Portion of VAYEITZE Genesis 28:10–32:3. The word Sulam- Ladder appears one solitary time in the full text of the Tanach. \ Moshe Kempinski, 11/16/2018, 9:02 AM

The Parsha and current events:  Medinat Yisrael - Jewish pride

Esav felt euphoric over the appearance of Ya'akov and his entire entourage pressing their faces into the dust in total submission. His descendants feel the same.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/16/2018, 12:20 AM