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

A Pesach thought

At the two Torah mitzvot are in effect - to eat matza and relate to our children the slavery episode and the miraculous exodus.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/5/2018, 12:42 AM

How do the Rebbe, Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Kahane come together on Pesach?

What are Pesach, matzah and maror in our inner service of G-d?Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 4/5/2018, 12:37 AM

Exclusive preview: Sequel to Tevye in the Promised Land

In Tevye and the Promised Land, Shalom Aleichem's milkman heeds the call to return to the Land of israel during the British Mandate. The soon to be published 'Arise and Shine' goes on from there. Exclusive Arutz Sheva preview: The Pesach Seder. Tzvi Fishman, 4/3/2018, 9:31 AM

Gambling, hunting, fur coats in Jewish law

What does halakha have to say about gambling, fur coats and going hunting?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/2/2018, 8:19 PM

What will we be doing the day after Pesach?

We look to our past in order to gain inspiration for our present and our future.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 4/2/2018, 8:11 PM

A week of Torah and Joy

The purpose of Chol Hamoed is the study of Torah out of joy, rest from everyday work.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/2/2018, 12:30 AM

Recognition and Rejoicing on Pesach

Should we not continually praise Hashem for the miracles He has done for our ancestors, since that good continues to affect our lives? Looking back at the Seder.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 4/2/2018, 12:15 AM

 Pesach: Answering the Wise Child 

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/30/2018, 4:10 PM

Pesach thoughts: Haman, Cyrus, friendship and peace

Professor Gerald Aranoff, 3/30/2018, 4:07 PM

Happy birthday to ... us!

This week's Dvar Torah is by Arik Speaker, Head of the International Mechina, World Bnei Akiva.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 3/30/2018, 4:01 PM

Pesach: Life choices

Moshe Kempinski, 3/30/2018, 4:00 PM

No salt rule

Salt represents the very opposite of matzah, which is why matzah has a no salt rule.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/29/2018, 12:01 PM

Sympathy comes from the heart and not from the tongue.

Aaron stayed silent when his sons died. It is interesting to note that throughout the world hospitals contain signs that ask for silence. Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/29/2018, 11:51 AM

What is the antidote to gratuitous hatred?

In his D’var Torah for the first two days of Pesach, the Chief Rabbi explores the connection between Pesach and Tisha B’Av.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/29/2018, 11:39 AM

What an investiture!

After the Exodus and Mount Sinai, the Tabernacle was the next step in getting closer to G-d. So why does the priestly investiture come after the details of offerings at the altar?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 3/29/2018, 11:21 AM

Ha Lachma Anya – A redundant invitation?

A short set of statements in Aramaic plays an essential role in laying out the foundation for the evening ahead.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 3/28/2018, 7:10 AM

Happy or sad on Seder night? And how about a timetable?

The dilemma posed by the Seder and how to make a reasonable timetable that allows for discussion without reaching the small hours.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/28/2018, 6:59 AM

The Four Cups: A foundation of Jewish thought

These cups establish the basis of Jewish thought and are thus crucial for the understanding of the Haggadah, for they specifically explain what freedom truly isRabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 3/27/2018, 5:29 PM

New American Haggadah!

A Jew who stays on the same level has already fallen, according to Rebbe Nachman. Let’s try to ascend a bit in our understanding of what being a Jew is all about. Tzvi Fishman, 3/27/2018, 5:26 PM

Rabbi Yehoshua Magnes: 'Eretz Israel and the story of the Haggadah'

An inspiring video on love of the Land of Israel and the Haggadah by a Ra"m (Talmud teacher) at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. A taste of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen and Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook's 'Torah of Eretz Yisrael.' Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/26/2018, 9:27 AM

A step by step primer of Passover laws 5778

From ridding the house of leavened products to the counting of the Omer and the last days of the holiday, this primer will tell you how to do it right.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 3/26/2018, 9:11 AM

Koshering for Passover made easy - teach it to your kids

You can do it with these simple rules for koshering your kitchen, the main place for Passover cleaning. If you have never done it, give it a try this year. Your kids will love it.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/24/2018, 9:40 PM

G-d, too, craves approval

Will we still mention the Exodus once we are in the period of Redemption? Rabbi Sholom Gold, 3/24/2018, 9:30 PM

Tzav: Guard your inner flame

Dvar Torah written by Israel's first Ashkkenazi Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/23/2018, 12:28 PM

Parashat Tzav-Shabbat Hagadol: Chametz and Matzah

The last Passover offering seems to have been more than 700 years ago. Daniel Pinner, 3/23/2018, 12:12 PM

The speaking voice

It is surely no coincidence that Parashat Tzav is always read during the Nisan- Pesach time of the year. Often, on Shabbat Hagadol.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/23/2018, 12:11 PM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Worlds apart

A tale of two Seders.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/22/2018, 11:09 PM

The Temple work of the Kohanim

Insights into People in the Torah Series for the Torah Portion of Tazria  Leviticus 6:1–8:36. Moshe Kempinski, 3/22/2018, 10:46 PM

Rabbi Yehoshua Magnes: "This Land I will show you"

Appreciating the Exodus. An inspiring video series on love of the Land of Israel and the Haggada by a Ra"m (Talmud teacher) at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. A taste of the Torah of Eretz Yisrael. Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/21/2018, 4:05 PM

Turning passive trust around

Which type of trust is more worthy? Active trust, which is self-confidence in the power that G-d has given us? Or passive trust, in which Divine intervention is tangible and absolute? Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 3/20/2018, 1:19 PM

Coming to shul

What is the value in urging a Jew to come to shul if he or she really doesn’t want to be there?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/19/2018, 12:00 AM

Vayikra: Maimonides and Korbanot

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/16/2018, 9:30 AM

A perversion of Judaism

The parasha and current events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/16/2018, 9:00 AM

Sweeten to taste: Leavened foods on the altar

Why is it forbidden to bring leavened food as an offering?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/16/2018, 8:49 AM

Messing with Maimonides: Vayikra

One little alef and such a fuss.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/14/2018, 9:53 PM

A decolonization of Jewish identity

Western thought measures things according to the present reality as perceived through our limited senses, Israel’s Torah views life according to the standard of our reality’s deeper inner workings, and where we understand the world to be heading. Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen, 3/14/2018, 9:43 PM

God calls out to us

It is the still small voice that is heard that rings in our mind and pricks our conscience.Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/14/2018, 9:10 PM

The Components of the Mitzvah of Haggadah  

First in Rabbi Schertz' series of Passover articles for Arutz Sheva.Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 3/13/2018, 2:45 PM

The Emunah Cleanse: Nullify, Clear and Purify

The essential cleansing agent.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 3/12/2018, 11:08 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 39, class 4

Study Tanya to enhance your spiritual life. Link to previous lectures is below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/12/2018, 11:00 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Choosing a leader

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/9/2018, 12:56 PM

The Metamorphosis of the Jewish Nation

The Parsha and Current Events series.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/9/2018, 6:49 AM

Introspective inspiration: Parsha Para

Parshat Parah is meant not to rectify a particular sin so much as it is meant to rectify the idea of sin, the idea of throwing off the yoke of Heaven, writes Rav Dessler z”l.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 3/9/2018, 6:37 AM

The logic behind Sabbath prohibitions :Vayakhel-Pikudei

if the Jewish people were prohibited from building and constructing the Mishkan/Tabernacle on Shabbat then why were they allowed and in fact commanded to operate and conduct the sacrificial service in that building on Shabbat? Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/7/2018, 6:27 PM

Vayakhel-Pekudei: The urgency of the now

What happened between the time they left “as one” and when “only a few” returned?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/7/2018, 6:23 PM

Vayakhel Pekudei: Playing host to G-d

When G-d invited us to Mount Sinai, every single Jew showed up. However, when the host entered the party, most Jews fled.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 3/7/2018, 6:20 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 39, lesson 3

Studying Tanya will put you on the road to a healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/4/2018, 7:45 AM

Was Mordechai a Zionist?

A fresh perspective on Mordechai the Jew.Rabbi Sholom Gold, 3/4/2018, 6:01 AM

The miraculous letters on the Tablets

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/2/2018, 12:57 PM

Insight on incense

This week's moving Dvar Torah is by Simon Jackson, legal adviser to Torah Mitzion.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 3/2/2018, 12:30 PM

Jewish education is a partnership between student and teacher

Not everything important comes accompanied by fanfare.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/2/2018, 11:24 AM

Surviving a foolish Dvar Torah

Cheering Vashti and pitying Esther? A foolish misreading of the Megillah story by a woman rabbi in an Open Orthodox congregation tries to make it into a feminist narrative.Rabbi Prof. Dov Fischer, 3/1/2018, 11:41 PM

The rehabilitation of Purim

The modern Jewish reform movement began in the 19th century by criticising Purim and accused it of fostering a spirit of revenge, though later it changed its mind.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/1/2018, 1:38 PM

Purim will be celebrated eternally, even when the Messiah comes

At first glance, this seems to be a very strange observation. Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/1/2018, 1:08 PM

A meaningful wink from the Almighty

Current events find matching stories in the parsha and the Purim story.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/1/2018, 12:05 AM

Who stands behind the mask?

Rava said, It is one’s duty levasumei, to make oneself fragrant [with wine] on Purim until one cannot tell the difference between ‘arur Haman’ (cursed be Haman) and ‘barukh Mordekhai’ (blessed be Mordecai). Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 7bRabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/28/2018, 11:30 PM