We are what we rememberCovenant & Conversation for Ki Tavo.
The Parsha and Current Events: You shall reap what you sowBikurim is a mitzva with ramifications.
The shmuz on Ki TavoPowerful forces of growth.
Natural orderMan needs to guard himself from chance occurrences that are usual in the world - Sefer Hachinuch.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29 class 3Tanya study is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Move de lineShalom Habayit. Shalom Aleinu. A Plea for Peace and Understanding
Let us count our blessings and make our blessings countThe timeless message of Ledavid Hashem Ori.
Rabbi Shaar Yashuv, of Blessed MemoryThe life of the venerable Chief Rabbi of Haifa, who passed away last week.
Ki Tetsei: Avoid all evilTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
Eshet Yefat Toar: An eternal challengeA thorough and informative analysis of the complex issue of a woman taken in battle.
The Parsha and Current Events: Loyalty to OneDid G-d divorce the Jewish people? Can he return them to Him?
The Temple Institute on the parshaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Reflections on Ki Tetzei: Who's "in"and who's "out"This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Herzl Hefter, currently Rosh Beit Midrash Har’el, former Rosh Kollel of the first Torah MiTzion Kollel in Cleveland (1995-7).
Colliding worldsThere are two philosophies at life warring with each other.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29, class 2Tanya is a way to reach spiritual health.
You're wasting your time, tears!A long road and a conscious and difficult decision to move forward towards the light.
The second t'mimutWhat exactly is t’mimut? Is it cunning brilliance or the lack thereof? The highest, deepest insight or shallow and superficial appraisal?Torah from the Otniel hesder yeshiva.
The Temple Institute on Shoftim: ConfidenceTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Shoftim: The High Court in JerusalemTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
The wars of the JewsHow and when to go to war in this week's parsha.
The parsha and current events: Mussar for ElulThe most difficult thing concerning aliyah is the decision itself.
Does the Torah reject democracy in Shoftim?What advantages might a religious monarchy have over a democracy?
Shoftim: The j(oys) of parentingWhy do we take it on? Why we do we volunteer for a task that we know will try our patience, stretch our abilities, and never give us a break?
To be pure; to be wholehearted: Devarim 18:13A Jew’s faith must be complete. We believe.
Monarchy in Israel: A commandment or supreme ideal?This week's Dvar Torah is by Gabi Raiss, former shaliach in Cape Town (2001-2), currently Youth Director of the Chomat Shmuel neighborhood.
Covenant & Conversation for ShoftimThe greatness of humility.
The unwarranted uproar over railway work on ShabbatIn general, Shabbat is officially kept in the State of Israel. The police estimated that closure of the Ayalon Highway on a weekday would endanger lives.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 29, class ITanya is the way to a healthy spiritual life.
Elul 3: The yahrzeit of Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen KookToday is the third of Elul, marking Rav Kook’s passing 81 years ago. At the end of this message you can read a few articles about Rav Kook’s final days.
Yearning to rebuild the TempleHark, my Beloved knocks.
In the path of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael HirschRabbiShimshon R. Hirsch, known as the founder of Modern Orthodoxy in Germany, was clearly against changes in defining Jewish and universal morality.
New ideas in the festivalsIf one would briefly analyze the festivals, it would become abundantly clear that each one is “built” around a specific theme of the Divine relationship with the Jewish people.
Fins and scalesFish, children and scholars.
A rabbi's public conductTorah from the first Chief Rabbi of Israell, iconic Sage, poet, leader and thinker who founded Religious Zionism.
Re'eh: What does God have to do with social justice?Three aspects of shmitta, three verses to match.Torah from Otniel in the hills of Hevron.
What the state does and does not needThe way Hashem relates to His people has taken a turn for the better.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: Why Mount Moriah?Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Thinking correctly and clearlyJudaism is, in its essence, a clear and simple faith. This point is hammered home over and over again by Moses in his grand final oration to the Jewish people.
Re'eh: Consumerism and the overspent generationSpending has become the vehicle to establish social position.
Insights into JudaismVarious topics and their relation to Judaism.
Mixtures of considerations and beliefsThe laws of 'issur v'heter' teach us that even things that are inherently good, may be forbidden if they are mixed together.
Chip off the old blockWhen people call you ‘a chip off the old block’, would you believe that the precedent for this phrase lies in this week’s haftarah?
Parshat Eikev: What Does God Want of You?Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic Sage, poet, philosopher and founder of Religious Zionism.
Parshat Ekev: The tefillin in our headTorah from Otniel in the Hevron Hills.
The Temple Institute on EikevTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Eikev: Who's the stranger?A mtzvah that appears 36 times in the Torah has to do with befriending the stranger, but to whom does it refer?
Covenant & Conversation for EikevThe Spirituality of Listening.
Ekev: Habitude of GratitudeSeeing the blessings in every day.
The parsha and current events: Use it or lose itWho will come to Israel sooner? The lost ten tribes or American Orthodox Jewry.
Insights on Judaism: The Apocrypha, Lions, Printers and the ParshaAnswers to questions about Judaic practice and custom.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 28Tanya study is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Orthodox suffering from Aisavitic fatigueChoosing which commandments to observe...
Who can legislate morality?Can we be commanded not to covet?
The Temple Institute: G-d's loveTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Shema's word count is worth all the limbs in your bodyThe Shema is undoubtedly one of the most important prayers in the Jewish religion, as it declares unequivocally our belief in one G-d. Why is it relevant how many words it contains?