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?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/3/2017, 3:22 PM

A visit to the Arch of Titus

The ancient arch has a long term message. We just have to look carefully.Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer, 1/2/2017, 2:03 PM

Remember: G-d fights our wars!

The Shmuz looks back at lessons from Hanukkah.Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 1/2/2017, 1:56 PM

The complex story of Hanukkah

Had the Greeks been more patient, Judea would have succumbed to Hellenism, just like the other nations did.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/1/2017, 5:22 PM

Miketz: Interpreting dreams

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/30/2016, 2:18 PM

The Temple Institute on the parsha: Focusing

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/30/2016, 2:15 PM

Rosh Chodesh Tevet Essay: From darkness to light

This 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. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 12/30/2016, 8:38 AM

Our brother Joseph stands before us

It is hard to change one's mind when it means changing an entire mindset.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/30/2016, 8:34 AM

Hanukkah: For the Miracles

The power of the weak over the mighty. Daniel Pinner, 12/29/2016, 6:37 PM

Peace and Hanukkah

Judah vs. JosephDr. Aryeh Hirsch, 12/29/2016, 6:21 PM

Hanukkah: the power of dedication

Divine illumination, not ordinary light.Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 12/28/2016, 6:12 PM

Weekly Tanya Lecture: Chap. 31, class 1

Tanya helps you travel the road to spiritual health.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/28/2016, 4:06 PM

Rapa dreidels - what is hidden is never lost

Rapa-Dreidels, Portugal and the Conversos Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/27/2016, 6:00 PM

Poetry in lights: A Hanukkah photo essay

The Light of the Lights, an original photo essay for the Hanukkah holiday.Dr. Inna Rogatchi, 12/27/2016, 3:19 PM

Potifar's wife, the Greeks and your computer

Every home computer can, with the click of the mouse, turn into a Trojan horse, which can undermine the sanctity of the Jewish home. Tzvi Fishman, 12/26/2016, 5:56 PM

Rabbi Lichtenstein's aliya

The head of the Har Etzion hesder yeshiva gave sensitive and nuanced thoughts on aliya. Menachem Ben-Mordechai, 12/26/2016, 11:50 AM

A primer on the laws of Hanukkah

Everything you need to know to have a halakhically-correct Hanukkah. Happy holiday!Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/25/2016, 5:46 PM

A time for renewed Jewish pride

The Isaac Covenant, part II. A concept that putting the Jewish people's relations with the world into the context of the Patriarchs.Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer, 12/25/2016, 11:31 AM

Hanukkah 2016 guide for the perplexed

A 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.Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger , 12/24/2016, 5:53 PM

Vayeshev: The special Teshuvah of Reuben

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/23/2016, 1:08 PM

Painful truths in a Rashi commentary

Life Lessons from the Torah Reading. Moshe Kempinski, 12/23/2016, 1:01 PM

The Shmuz on Vayeshev

Asking for advice.Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 12/22/2016, 11:58 PM

A mile in his shoes

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/22/2016, 10:51 PM

Can a tzaddik retire?

The Parsha and Current Events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/21/2016, 6:35 PM

Joseph and Hanukkah: Images of inspiration

Joseph was tempted, his father's image came to the rescue.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 12/21/2016, 6:17 PM

The Isaac Covenant - Part I : The Covenant for Today

We are in the age of Yitzchak. Rabbi Yehuda Oppenheimer, 12/19/2016, 2:02 PM

A Jewish legal system depends on Torah scholars

As long as we fail to develop a Jewish legal system suitable for a modern state, don’t blame the secular system.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/19/2016, 1:41 PM

A little girl in Aleppo is awaiting an answer

“Mommy, are we going to survive?” Rabbi Aryeh Kaltmann, 12/17/2016, 11:25 PM

Yaakov:  The Patriarch for the Exile

Yaakov’s experiences in exile would become absolutely necessary for his descendants who would spend millennia in exile, Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 12/17/2016, 7:21 PM

VaYishlach: The Prohibition of Gid Ha-Nasheh 

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/16/2016, 4:00 PM

Believe in your child

Believe in a child and he will prove you right. Don’t believe in a child and he will prove you right.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 12/16/2016, 2:21 AM

Can we learn from Laban?

Our galut in the secular world.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/16/2016, 2:18 AM

Jacob’s Revenge and Mashiach’s kippah

The parsha as it related to current events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/15/2016, 8:06 AM

Vayishlach: Becoming Israel

Jacob, the man of truth, was forced to deceive and connive. Daniel Pinner, 12/15/2016, 7:58 AM

Changing the world through Jacob

Life Lessons from the Torah Reading. Moshe Kempinski, 12/14/2016, 2:17 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 30, class 3

Studying Tanya is the way to reach spiritual health.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/14/2016, 1:43 AM

Psalm 87: The beloved gates of Zion

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/11/2016, 2:40 AM

The chief culprit is the Supreme Court

The 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. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/11/2016, 2:22 AM

The Temple Institute on the parsha: G-d's will and ours

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/9/2016, 2:26 PM

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.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/9/2016, 1:28 PM

The ultimate joy of Motherhood

A Jewish child - and any child - is a perfection that passed the inspection of the Almighty Himself.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/8/2016, 3:41 PM

Dreams and visions

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, former Rosh Kollel in Memphis (2000-05), currently Rabbi of the Nitzanim Community, JerusalemTorah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 12/8/2016, 12:24 AM

Love and marriage

There should be a break between falling in love and marriage.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/8/2016, 12:19 AM

White socks, baby carriages

Larry Gordon, 12/6/2016, 9:10 PM

'Yefat Toar' and Morality

Accusing the Torah of supporting rape is like accusing a doctor of supporting illness.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/5/2016, 7:46 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chapter 30, lecture 2

Tanya is the road to healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/5/2016, 6:00 PM

The Shmuz on the parsha: The age of disrespect

Rabbi BenZion Shafier, 12/4/2016, 6:08 PM

Are parents responsible for how their kids turn out?

The story of the two brothers, Esau and Jacob, is a paradigm.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/3/2016, 6:59 PM

Jacob's hand on Esau's heel

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/2/2016, 12:47 PM

The Temple Institute on Toldot

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/2/2016, 12:41 PM

Rosh Chodesh essay: Avoda Zara in our time

This month's article is by Margot (Reinstein) Botwinick. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 12/1/2016, 11:35 AM

Why did Isaac love Esau?

Inexplicable or natural?Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 12/1/2016, 10:04 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  The Jewish Nation Deserves a Gift

There is always a way for the parasha to enlghten us with insights that are necessary to absorb todayRabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/1/2016, 4:13 AM

Toldot: Which prayers are answered?

Why should our prayers make a difference?Rabbi Jesse Horn, 11/30/2016, 10:20 AM

Torah insights

Bible chapters,senior citizens, two vsions of G-d.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 11/30/2016, 9:17 AM

We must not force Torah down our children's throats

Take water to the thirsty.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/29/2016, 10:37 AM

LIfe Lessons from the Torah Portion: Filling our Days

Moshe Kempinski, 11/29/2016, 10:32 AM