What our eyes seeWhen we see “to discover” rather than “to spy”, we open ourselves up to the wonder and beauty before us.
Why incense?What power did the incense have?
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 5Tanya is a prescription for a healthy spiritual life.
A common sense rebellionThis week's Dvar Torah is by Shira Sohn, Bat Sherut (National Service volunteer) at Torah MiTzion 5776
UpOne teeny tiny point which must be said.
Korach: The corruption of a JudgeTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi, the founder of Religious Zionism.
Korach (Israel): Korach's silenceWhy don't we hear Korach speak?
Korach (Israel): Not for the sake of HeavenThere are arguments and arguments. Torah from the hesder yeshiva of Otrniel, in the hills of Hevron.
Shlach (Diaspora): Parsha InsightsFacts and ideas about topics in the parsha.
Covenant & Conversation on the parsha: Hierarchy and powerThrere are three political rules that come to play in a coup.
Person in the parsha: Better they learn from me...The way Moses begins dealing with Korach is the real lesson to be learned.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: It wasn't enough for himTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem
Korach (Israel): Moses cannot be judged by ordinary standardsWe find it difficult to deal with people who are our peers and whom we feel we can understand and even judge.
Shlach (Diaspora): The value of the mitzva of tzitzitThere is an intriguing connection between the opening and closing passages of this week’s parasha.
Korach (Israel): The parsha and current events: Today's KorachsThere are the “Korachs” among us who, for personal interests, preach that the Jewish State, the Medina, is a mere political entity, a temporary historical quirk which has no bearing on the God - Israel relationship.
Shlach (Diaspora): Caleb the Zionist fighterGo up there into the Negeb and on into the hill country...My servant Caleb was imbued with a different spirit...
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 27, class 1Tanya is a way to achieve spiritual health.
Irrational, but there it isWhat was the driving force that made the Jewish people resist their entry into the Holy Land?
The courage to break through"The complacency of the fools (Shalvat Kesillimi) shall cause them to perish" ( Proverbs 1:32).
Shlach (Israel): The beginning of the endPart of the suffering that we as a nation have to undergo in order to inherit and acquire the Land of Israel is to understand and to learn the meaning of freedom and its corollary, responsibility.
The sin of TzelafchadTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism. For Shlach, read in Israel this week.
Shlach (Israel): Who is Kalev?He doesn't seem to be a leader, but he convinces the people when no one else can. Who is he?
Person in the Parsha for Shlach: History repeats itselfWhat happened with ancestors is often a pattern that their descendants are destined to follow.
Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The mysterious sinWhat is the sin that is not elucidated?
Shlach (Israel) and current events:: Are you a Jew or Jewish?For Parshat Shlach (Israel).
Behaalotcha.(Diaspora): The number 70In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi expounds on the remarkable relevance of the number 70 to Jewish life. The full transcript appears below.
Shlach (Israel) Living on the fringesTorah from the hesder yeshiva at Otniel, in the hills of Hevron.
Behaalotcha (Diaspora): The gap yearTo teach, to inspire.
Covenant & Conversation for Shlach (Israel)Two kinds of fear.
Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Just becauseWho says love must be reciprocated?
Shlach (Israel): Understanding the sin of the spiesThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, former Central Shaliach of Bnei Akiva North America, currently Rabbi of Kehillat Ohel Ari in Raanana and member of Beit Hillel. The reading is Israel's, the message for the Diaspora.
The famous Talmudic controversy about the nature of ritual impurityThis controversy has far ranging consequences for the Jewish community and its obligation to sanctify the Name of God.
Torah Sociology: Fundamentalist Belief, Pluralistic DialogueAn interpretation of Rabbi Soloveitchik's thoughts on the culture of dialogue with seekers of truth.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 4Tanya is the road to a healthy spiritual life.
The deep significance of the prohibition to mix milk and meatDifferent levels should not be mixed. A person who goes to an ordinary rabbi in order to receive guidance in significant matters, is comparable to one who mixes milk and meat, rendering the entire mixture forbidden for eating or for benefit.
Psalm 50: Torah from ZionTorah from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi.
Person in the parsha: A second chanceThe value of perseverance.
Covenant & Conversation for BehaalotchaA test of character.
Ohr Torah on Naso (Diaspora); video for Behaalotcha (Israel)Torah lights from Efrat in the Judean Hills.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: I'm sick of mannaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Parsha and Current Events: Missing the spiritual nature of mitzvotWhat is the essence of a Jew?
Naso (Diaspora): Keeping up with the JonesesAn interesting lesson emerges from the Torah’s longest parasha, teaches the Chief Rabbi.
Behaalotcha (Israel): Thou shalt not complainPeople complain unjustly if their world view is negative. Torah from Yeshivat Otniel in the Hevron hills.
Naso (Diaspora): What is so great about the Nazirite?This week's Dvar Torah is by Ilan Lavan, incoming Coordinator of Experiential Jewish Education - Moriah College, Sydney
Behaalotcha (Israel): What brought on the rebelliions?Wise men should be careful with their words and actions.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 3Study Tanya and you will be on the road to a healthy spiritual life.
"Coming out" and the true Orthodox rabbinateSocietal trends can not change what is clearly forbidden by the Torah. Thus, we can empathize with a person who transgresses, but not condone, flaunt or justify his way of life.
Revealing our inner essenceA thought for Shavuot from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Shavuot - why is the holiday named "Weeks"?In a fast-paced world where technology ensures our needs are met instantaneously, Shavuot reminds us that there is joy in the build-up as well as the outcomeץ
Nasso (Israel)/Shavuot: Celebrating Israel, celebrating G-dConnecting Jews with G-d, their nation and their land.
The laws of the Shavuot holidayThere is a unique mitzvah of joy, both spiritual and physical, on Shavuot. Most critical: When Shavuot falls on Motzei Shabbat as it does this year, preparations from Shabbat to Chag are prohibited.
Ohr Torah on Bamidbar (Diaspora): ShavuotTorah lights from Efrat in the hills of Gush Etzion.
"Charity elevates a nation": Rabbi Kook's teachings on charityReview of a book that explains the deeper cosmic effect of a Jew's act of charity.
For Shavuot: A four step programIn preparation for Shavuot, we present Judaism’s four step program.
Covenant and Conversation for Naso (Israel)The blessing of love.
For Shavuot: Humility is not weaknessHow the labor of learning – unlike physical labor – can be anything but pleasant and wholesome.
The Parsha and Current Events: God’s angels protect the Holy LandHow the story of Elisha is reenacted today.