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
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 27, class 2Learning Tanya - the road to a healthy spiritual life.
The Yiddishe Mama and childrearingThe role of the Yiddishe Mama begins much earlier than the task of the Yiddishe father. And what do they contribute?
The Temple Institute on BalakTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Psalm 126: We were like dreamersTorah from Israel's first chief rabbi.
Take Rabbi Lichtenstein's legacy at full depthNot every rabbi is one of the Gedolei Yisrael. Rabbi Lichtenstein, who expressed this and articulated his belief in da'at Torah, was one himself. Read the essence of his teachings here.
Chukat (Diaspora): To sing a new songOur children and students.
The parsha and current events: Dwelling apartThe Jewish ideal is to be involved with the world, while at the same time to be fiercely protective of our particular spiritual status.
Balak: A nation that dwells aloneTorah from Otniel in the hills of Hevron.
Chukat (Diaspora): Grief for AaronWhy was there greater grief for the passing of Aaron than there was for the passing of Moses? The Chief Rabbi explains.
Balak Iisrael): To believe in myselfThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Hillel VAn Leeuwen, educational Director, Mizrachi World Movement.
Chukat (Diaspora) and LGBTThe parsha with an emphasis on death teaches us much about life.
Rav Soloveitchik and social issues: PTSDRed cow ashes-a Divine PTSD treatment
No to soldiers' bodies for terroristsA person’s essence is his soul and not his body, and the souls of fallen IDF soldiers are certainly among the righteous, as is Moses, whose burial place is unknown.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 6Learning Tanya is a way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Serpents and wellsHIdden or revealed, G-d is with us.
Reading the Torah in translationWhy don't Ashkenazim read a translation with the Torah reading?
Sometimes there are no answersThis week's article is by Rav Ronen Neuwirth, Former Central Shaliach of Bnei Akiva North America, currently Rav of Kehillat Ohel Ari in Raanana.
Carry a big stick but speak softlyAn analysis of Moses' sin.
Korach (Diaspora): Almond MiracleIn his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in our communities.
Chukat (Israel) and current events: Authentic neshamotEvery tractate of the Babylonian Talmud begins with page 2 (the letter bet). Why?
The book of bad behavior: BamidbarMoses' fate is decided in this reading.
Chukat (Israel): The Temple Institute on the parshaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.