Doing our best- always

We don't have to be tops, but we do have to maximize our potential.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 1/11/2018, 7:33 AM

Freewill: Use it or lose It

Vaera 5778: Freedom is a muscle that needs to be exercised: use it or lose it. That is a life-transforming idea.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 1/11/2018, 7:26 AM

Original sin and immortality

Insights into Torah issues.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/9/2018, 10:30 PM

Talking to G-d about Rav Shlomo: Response to readers

The challenge of presenting Rav Shlomo’s Torah heritage and dealing with the shadow cast by the contradictions in his life.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 1/9/2018, 12:36 PM

Ger Toshav: Obstacles and Aspirations

All about the status of non-Jews residing in the Land of Israel.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/7/2018, 10:26 PM

Wise women and an enduring legacy

Insights into the Torah reading.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/7/2018, 9:58 PM

A burning desire to replace wrong with right

Moses' life is characterized by a burning passion for justice.Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/7/2018, 9:53 PM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Fulfilling the Torah as a Nation

Answers to letters from critics.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/7/2018, 9:48 AM

I will be Who I will be

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/6/2018, 9:54 PM

G-d tries to kill Moses

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007), currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 1/5/2018, 1:27 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Shmot

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 1/5/2018, 7:24 AM

Yocheved and Amram; Parenting  greatness

Insights into People in the Torah Series.The Torah Portion of Shmot; Exodus 1:1–6:1 Moshe Kempinski, 1/4/2018, 11:47 PM

The greatest leader of all time

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains how the Torah presents a true leader to us. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/4/2018, 6:27 PM

Wear your Judaism with pride

We need to walk with Jewish pride and be ready to explain what a Kipah means.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 1/4/2018, 6:21 PM

Shmot: …For as his name is, so is he

What's in a name? A good deal.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 1/4/2018, 7:22 AM

God loves those who argue

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #13 When you learn to listen to views different from your own, realising that they are not threatening but enlarging, then you have discovered the life-changing idea of argument for the sake of heaven.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 1/3/2018, 11:03 PM

What is a 'mamzer'?

Clearing up misconceptions about what a mamzer is - and another insight into what it means to be rich.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/2/2018, 5:57 AM

Tanya: Chap. 38, lecture 1

Learning Tanya each week will advance your spiritual health. Link to all previous classes and videos is below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 1/1/2018, 6:00 PM

Donating organs in Israel: The new clause on donor cards

The Chief Rabbinate decided to allow transplants, but justifiably conditioned it on the presence of a God-fearing physician It took years to reach an agreement and train rabbis to rule in this field, but now it is a mitzva to donate organs in Israel.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/31/2017, 4:42 PM

Saving Rabbi Shlomo's soul from pc liberalism

We cannot allow ‘me-too’ moralism to defame the greatness of Rav Shlomo’s life.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 12/31/2017, 4:30 PM

Five ideas for life

Here are some of the ideas worth thinking about as we begin our journey into a new calendar year.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 12/31/2017, 4:26 PM

Critique: The Open Orthodox approach to the Book of Genesis

This coming Shabbat we begin reading Exodus, the second book of the Torah, but before that, here is an overview of the way to study the first book, Genesis - and how not to.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 12/31/2017, 4:20 PM

Rabbi Akiva's prayer

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/29/2017, 8:31 AM

Why does the right hand of a Jew who forgets Yerushalayim fail him?

The parsha and current events talks about Jerusalem – the eternal capital of Israel and the stairway to heaven.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/29/2017, 8:00 AM

The brothers

Insights into People in the Torah Series: Ephraim and Menasheh The Torah Portion of VaYechi Genesis Genesis 47:28–50:26. Moshe Kempinski, 12/29/2017, 7:56 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayechi

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/29/2017, 7:53 AM

Vayechi: The eternal life in this world

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Dr. Yakov Nagen of Otniel hesder yeshiva. Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 12/28/2017, 7:53 AM

What it takes to forgive

LIFE-CHANGING IDEA #12: Judaism allows us to inhabit a culture of grace and hope. If we work hard enough on ourselves, we can be forgiven.Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 12/28/2017, 7:15 AM

Raising children: "Fair" does not mean "the same"

The goal should not be to mold them into a uniform sameness so much as to elevate each one.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/28/2017, 7:08 AM

Blessing one's grandchildren

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi explains the beautiful meaning behind the blessing our Patriach Jacob gives to his grandchildren.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/28/2017, 7:01 AM

Halakhic guidelines for the Fast of the 10th of Tevet

The fast of Asara BeTevet takes place today and mourns the start of the siege of Jerusalem that ended with the destruction of the First Temple one and a half years later. Halakha Hotline, 12/27/2017, 6:41 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 37, class 10

Tanya will help you lead a healthy spiritual life.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/25/2017, 6:30 PM

Approaching the essence of man

A lesson that can transform one's life.Rabbi Dr. Chaim E. Schertz, 12/25/2017, 12:30 PM

It's time to go home: A story about Xmas trees

A fictional story about miracles for Jews who think it's a good idea to have an Xmas tree in their living rooms. Yehezkel Laing, 12/25/2017, 8:52 AM

 Psalm 100: How to Serve God in Joy

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/22/2017, 2:37 PM

I am your brother

Insights into this week's Torah reading.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 12/22/2017, 10:34 AM

Light and Darkness: Jews and Greeks

Note the inference of the name יון: three letters which follow the same general form, each one plunging lower than the previous one, leading to ever-deeper depths. Daniel Pinner, 12/21/2017, 10:14 PM

Hellenism is alive and well - in the Diaspora!

When Yehuda Maccabee shouted, “Follow me,” in the battle for the Hebrew sovereignty in the Land of Israel, the Jewish Hellenists stayed home. Tzvi Fishman, 12/21/2017, 9:49 PM

How many days old are you?

In this week’s D’var Torah the Chief Rabbi asks how we can maximise the opportunity of every day. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/21/2017, 9:42 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Vayigash

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 12/21/2017, 7:50 AM

Vayigash: No soap opera here

Was this the same Joseph who Jacob saw as being a future leader of the Jewish people? Or had he been corrupted by his surroundings?Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 12/20/2017, 5:54 PM

Our parents

We learn a lot about parents and estranged children from revealing comments made by Jacob upon reuniting with his son Joseph after twenty-two years of separation. Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 12/20/2017, 5:48 PM

Vayigash: Pharaoh welcomed the Jews to Egypt

Hashem directs the timing of events that lead to the obvious rational decisions that He wishes to come about in history. See Pharaoh then and the Saudis today.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/20/2017, 1:31 PM

Vayigash: In this world good has to be its own reward

Good deeds do not necessarily mean a tranquil and untroubled life for those who do them.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/20/2017, 12:34 PM

Rosh Hodesh Essay: And from my students, more than from anyone

This month's essay is by Alyssa Kirsh, currently a fellow in Matan's Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies and a Tanakh teacher in Westchester Day School, She has a BA from Stern College and an M.A. in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 12/19/2017, 6:27 PM


Every generation has special people that affect the lives of many of their contemporaries as well as the lives of later generations. G-d deals them out sparingly, but there is always at least one.Rabbi Berel Wein, 12/19/2017, 5:43 PM

Are there 36 hidden saints?

The 'lamed vavniks' and striving to be a better Jew.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 12/18/2017, 4:32 PM

Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 37, class 9

Start on the road to a healthy spiritual life by listening to this lecture series.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/18/2017, 4:28 PM

Don't thank Trump, bless him

Rabbi Kook refused to thank His Majesty’s Government for the Balfour Declaration. Instead, he blessed them. Daniel Pinner, 12/17/2017, 11:53 PM

In those days and in our time

What is our religious response to Trump's Jerusalem declaration?Rabbi Reuven Spolter, 12/17/2017, 4:53 PM

The struggle for the Sanctuary is not over

The Reform movement tried to sabotage the recognition of Jerusalem akin to their erasing of Jerusalem from prayers, but at the same time, demand changes of the status quo at the Western Wall.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/16/2017, 7:59 AM

Hanukkah:   The Sacred protects itself

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/15/2017, 12:08 PM

Miketz: The Sommelier

A person who see himself as a purely independent existence can have little room for God. Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 12/15/2017, 12:05 PM

Miketz: Joseph's clothes

It is not coincidenta that the Torah portion of Miketz is always read during Hanukkah. The two events are intricately connected. Moshe Kempinski, 12/15/2017, 12:00 PM

Wicks trump wickedness

Chashmonai-spirit says that nothing is too insignificant for those who love Life to get involved in.Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 12/15/2017, 11:52 AM

Hanukkah: Our dedication to education

In this week’s D’var Torah, the Chief Rabbi teaches that we learn from the festival of Chanukah that dedication and education must go hand in hand.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/13/2017, 1:56 PM

The Dreidel Rabbi speaks

Miracles. They spin and spin all around us.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/13/2017, 11:46 AM