From Jethro to Jonah to President Donald TrumpSometimes a Jewish prophet, a Jewish national leader, needs to accept some advice, some admonition, from a non-Jewish outsider to learn how to lead the Jewish nation and how to serve G-d.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap.33, class ITanya is a road to a healthy spiritual life.
Prepare!There are many, many perspectives on how best to prepare but most of the various perspectives can be boiled down to a few universal steps.
Seeing the voicesLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
Breaking bread with scholarsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The era of lackluster leadership?Could our prime minister say these words?
The Temple Institute on the Parsha: RevelationTorah from the Old City.
Commitment to Torah comes before intellectual acceptanceKeep the mitzvot so that you can understand them.
The real test of new Jewish movementsOpen Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends.
Insights into JudaismSaints, intermarriage and haskamot on books.
Galut and Geula, Part 1: The exile isn't foreverA series on living in the Promised Land. Geula, redemption, as opposed to Galut, exile in the Diaspora.
'Paskening' like the blogsThe opponents of the ruling represent a very narrow and small but quite vocal group that does not speak for the balance and magnitude of the Modern Orthodox community, the latter of which has no major problems with the OU ruling.
Checking food for bugsThe Torah did not prohibit insects one cannot see; the question is, what is the halakha when an insect can be seen under certain conditions?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 32, Class 2Tanya is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
The Rambam’s revolutionary conception of miraclesThe Rambam greatly discounts the importance of miracles for the belief in G-d. So what role do they serve in his opinion?
In the midst of nightLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
As stands the tree, so stands the man: Singular and strongThe singularity of each tree is to be celebrated. Also that of man.
Parshat Beshalach and Tu Bishvat: The tree of lifeTu Bishvat reminds us that the Torah is both timeless and timely.
The Temple Institute on the parshaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Beshalach: Rich and humbleIs it possible to be rich and humble or is that an oxymoron?
Planting trees and preparing for warI would not like to even imagine what the prophetess Devorah would say about the religious leaders in today’s galut (Diaspora).
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 32, class 1Tanya is a way to achieve spiritual health.
The OU joins RCA, Young Israel and Aguda on women clergyIt is unanimous among Orthodox American Jews: Orthodox Judaism is eternal and does not change to accommodate passing trends.
Building the Land of Israel: A solution for the worldThe Arab demand for Israel’s withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and the Golan brought on their economic collapse and deadly revolutions. The Western obsession with Arab refugees in Israel brought on the plague of refugees in the US and Europe
OU rules against women rabbis; Open Orthodox rebelThe Orthodox Union, which serves as the largest umbrella organization of Orthodox synagogues in North America, has stated unequivocally that women may not serve in clergy roles. The RCA did so in 2010.
The true goal of the Exodus from EgyptThis week's dvar Torah is by Yedidya Bejell, a structural engineer who was formerly Torah Mitzion shaliach in Chicago.
Bo: The special Passover offeringTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
Jewish lives matter!The future of the world depends on the Jewish people.
The fall of the Egyptian EmpireTorah from the city of Modiin, the area lived in by the Maccabees.
The Temple Institute on BoTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 31, class 6Tanya is a path to a healthy spiritual life.
Settling the land would lower housing pricesIsrael’s political leaders must remove the obstacles preventing construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for Zionistic reasons, but a construction boom is also the best solution for reducing housing prices.
The paradigm for Jewish survivalThe entire story of the Jewish people descending into Egyptian slavery and then being extricated is essentially supernatural in detail.
Denial is not a river in EgyptDenial doesn’t mean there are no consequences.
The new month of Shvat: Not just dried fruits on Tu B'ShvatBy Shulie Mishkin, M.A. a licensed tour guide and a graduate of Matan's Beit Midrash Program. Shuli coordinates the Matan Summer Experience as well as the tours for the Matan "Learning and Touring" courses in English and Hebrew during the year.
Recognizing loving-kindnessLife Lessons from the Torah Portion.
Overzealous patriotismThe Torah reading and current events.
Three prayers, three goalsTorah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.
Importance is a figment of our imagination.‘The Hebrew word for important is Chashuv, coming from Chashav, which means ‘to think’, teaching us that the entire notion of importance is a figment of our imagination’
The right man for the jobPharaoh and his advisers assuredly looked upon Moshe with great suspicion and had a hunch that he might again assert himself against the country.
The Temple Institute on VaeraTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The price of betraying GodThe Jews were duped by Pharaoh who played them for useful idiots.
May a synagogue hire a rabbi who is ineligible for a minyan?There are clear criteria for minyan eligibility and a congregation should choose its rabbi after carefully checking that he passes muster.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 31, class 5Tanya is the road to spiritual health.
Stay healthy: One way is to walk to a distant synagogueA person is rewarded for every step taken while walking to synagogue, even if there is a closer synagogue – provided there is a good reason to prefer the more distant synagogue.
To grow, to become greatA new child is loved for what he may become...
Rabbi Kook and the state of The StateInternational malice mirrors national dysfunctions.There is an internal and external dynamic relationship
The beloved teacherThe teachers who taught me most, were those I was most willing to learn from. And those were the teachers who showed me kindness.
Shemot: The Inner Trait of GoodnessTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Take your shoes off your feet ”Life Lessons from the Torah Portion, Shemot Exodus 1:1 - 6:1
Crises in Jewish historySome crises are gradual and some sudden.
The descent of the nationsRebelling against G-d's Will is never successful.
Why so many Jews don't come on aliyahIt's not because they don't care.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 21, class 4Tanya is the way to achieve spiritual health. Try it!
The non-rabbinic rabbinic training program for womenJudaism accepts changes, but only when the eminent rabbinic decisors of the generation back those changes halakhically. That is not the situation here.
Benjamin Franklin, Spiritual Accounting and the Mussar MovementBenjamin Franklin's January 17 birthday is an appropriate time to remember the American founding father and learn about his effect on the Mussar movement.