Insights into Judaism: Why sing at the Sabbath table?Why do Jews sing at the Sabbath meals? And, on another topic, does Judaism allow for extradition?
A visit to the Arch of TitusThe ancient arch has a long term message. We just have to look carefully.
Remember: G-d fights our wars!The Shmuz looks back at lessons from Hanukkah.
The complex story of HanukkahHad the Greeks been more patient, Judea would have succumbed to Hellenism, just like the other nations did.
Miketz: Interpreting dreamsTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: FocusingTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Essay: From darkness to lightThis month's essay is by Rabbanit Malka Bina Rabbanit Malke Bina, Chancellor and Director of Matan; winner of Hadassah Prize; Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University; Emunah Woman of the Year; Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize.
Our brother Joseph stands before usIt is hard to change one's mind when it means changing an entire mindset.
Hanukkah: For the MiraclesThe power of the weak over the mighty.
Peace and HanukkahJudah vs. Joseph
Hanukkah: the power of dedicationDivine illumination, not ordinary light.
Weekly Tanya Lecture: Chap. 31, class 1Tanya helps you travel the road to spiritual health.
Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lostRapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos
Poetry in lights: A Hanukkah photo essayThe Light of the Lights, an original photo essay for the Hanukkah holiday.
Potifar's wife, the Greeks and your computerEvery home computer can, with the click of the mouse, turn into a Trojan horse, which can undermine the sanctity of the Jewish home.
Rabbi Lichtenstein's aliyaThe head of the Har Etzion hesder yeshiva gave sensitive and nuanced thoughts on aliya.
A primer on the laws of HanukkahEverything you need to know to have a halakhically-correct Hanukkah. Happy holiday!
A time for renewed Jewish prideThe Isaac Covenant, part II. A concept that putting the Jewish people's relations with the world into the context of the Patriarchs.
Hanukkah 2016 guide for the perplexedA key motif of Hanukkah is education - the word "education"is in the root of the holiday's name. A primer to educate us all on this uplifting holiday of lights.
Painful truths in a Rashi commentaryLife Lessons from the Torah Reading.
The Shmuz on VayeshevAsking for advice.
Can a tzaddik retire?The Parsha and Current Events.
Joseph and Hanukkah: Images of inspirationJoseph was tempted, his father's image came to the rescue.
The Isaac Covenant - Part I : The Covenant for TodayWe are in the age of Yitzchak.
A Jewish legal system depends on Torah scholarsAs long as we fail to develop a Jewish legal system suitable for a modern state, don’t blame the secular system.
A little girl in Aleppo is awaiting an answer“Mommy, are we going to survive?”
Yaakov: The Patriarch for the ExileYaakov’s experiences in exile would become absolutely necessary for his descendants who would spend millennia in exile,
VaYishlach: The Prohibition of Gid Ha-NashehTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Believe in your childBelieve in a child and he will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and he will prove you right.
Can we learn from Laban?Our galut in the secular world.
Jacob’s Revenge and Mashiach’s kippahThe parsha as it related to current events.
Vayishlach: Becoming IsraelJacob, the man of truth, was forced to deceive and connive.
Changing the world through JacobLife Lessons from the Torah Reading.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 30, class 3Studying Tanya is the way to reach spiritual health.
Psalm 87: The beloved gates of ZionTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.
The chief culprit is the Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court is today’s most harmful factor affecting the Jewish state and its values. Concerning Amona, the courts favored the petitioners over the Jewish residents, only because they are Arabs.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: G-d's will and oursTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
How is it possible for ‘seven years’ to be like ‘a few days’?Yaakov was not in this relationship in order to please himself, rather, he had a thrill in recognizing the opportunity to give of himself to somebody else.
The ultimate joy of MotherhoodA Jewish child - and any child - is a perfection that passed the inspection of the Almighty Himself.
Dreams and visionsThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2000-05), currently Rabbi of the Nitzanim Community, Jerusalem
Love and marriageThere should be a break between falling in love and marriage.
'Yefat Toar' and MoralityAccusing the Torah of supporting rape is like accusing a doctor of supporting illness.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 30, lecture 2Tanya is the road to healthy spiritual life.
Are parents responsible for how their kids turn out?The story of the two brothers, Esau and Jacob, is a paradigm.
Jacob's hand on Esau's heelTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The Temple Institute on ToldotTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh essay: Avoda Zara in our timeThis month's article is by Margot (Reinstein) Botwinick.
Why did Isaac love Esau?Inexplicable or natural?
The Parsha and Current Events: The Jewish Nation Deserves a GiftThere is always a way for the parasha to enlghten us with insights that are necessary to absorb today
Toldot: Which prayers are answered?Why should our prayers make a difference?
Torah insightsBible chapters,senior citizens, two vsions of G-d.
We must not force Torah down our children's throatsTake water to the thirsty.