Laws of Pesach: A primer for the 5776 holidayA review of what has to be done for the holiday, including specific issues for this year.
Pesach thoughts: Two revelationsReason versus emotion - which kind of experience is more lasting?
Returning to roots at the Pesach SederRabbi Twersky: “God created man and dictates how man should behave. In idolatry, man creates his own gods and dictates to them to tell him what he wishes to hear.” This includes all the isms we use to excuse our improper behavior.
Pesach thoughts: A tale of two citiesWorlds apart.
Laws of Pesach: Top ten FAQ's for Passover 5776 (2016)OU's kosher hotline has sent the most frequently asked consumer questions on Passover observance.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 24, class 7Tanya will help you lead a more healthy spiritual life.
Pesach Thoughts: "And you shall tell your sons"...the truthIs Passover a nice story with no meaning today? Should we drink the four cups and be merry?
Pesach thoughts: The Seder and human freedomWhat kind of freedom are we celebrating at the Seder?
Laws of Pesach: Koshering the kitchenA complete primer that will guide you to a kosher Passover holiday.
Covenant & Conversation: The power of shameThere are guilt cultures and shame cultures. Which one is the Torah-true society?
Pesach thoughts: A personal sparkThe mystics taught that when G-d created the world He embedded sparks of Divinity in it. When a Jew uses a physical object for holy purpose, the spark is released from captivity within that object.
Psalm 19: The power of holy speechTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The Temple Institute on the Parsha: SpeechTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem, תובב"א. (may it be rebuilt speedily in our time, an acronym used in religious writings).
The parsha and current events: Resolving the Israel-Arab conflictNo one can predict how the Jewish-Arab conflict will be resolved, but I believe that it will not be through peace talks or arbitration.
Parshat Metzorah: From biography to biologyA physical malady creates an opportunity for introspection.
Person in the parsha: Pinkus the peddlerPinkus peddled more than goods.
Oh no! My home!When G-d allows something bad to happen, it is only on account of enormous good that will come from it.
Humble and strongThe true meaning of humility.
Parshat Metzora - Some Things Are Better Left AloneThe Torah instructs us to be discerning and realistic, and only to bring to light concerns that truly warrant such.
Talk is CheapBe quick to heal, not to judge. On the Women of the Wall.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Continuation of Chap. 24, class 6Tanya is a way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Pesach thoughts: A prelude to the holidayChametz and control, three matzot, a tug of war, a search and the wicked son.
Pesach thoughts: The Seder proclaims our special relationship with G-dThe Haggadah is replete with the idea that God has a special relationship with the Jewish people.
Laws of Pesach: Navigating kitchen appliance technologyThe new technology has simplified our tasks and complicated our lives.
Laws of Pesach: Eating "gebrokts," egg matza and dairy productsAshkenazim and Sephardim on egg matza (matza ashira). Hassidim on "gebrokts", called "shruya" in Hebrew. What milk products are to be eaten.
Rabbi Abba arrives in BabylonTorah from the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.
The new month of Nissan brings with it cause for great joyEven on Purim, we keep the Passover miracles in mind.
Rejuvenation of relationships: Parshat HachodeshIn the beginning Hashem created the world for everyone. But He charged us with teaching other nations that the world is not just a physical entity, but that it is infused with a spiritual soul.
The Parsha and current events: When tzara’at is sadly tahorWhen there is no use treating the disease of tzara'at.
The Temple Institute on the parsha: LanguageTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
A guide to the malady that healsAnother level of understanding when it comes to slander.
Parshat Hachodesh: The blood of RedemptionThis Shabbat we read Parshat Tazria but the Haftorah is the first national mitzva given the Jewish people, that of Hachodesh. They have a spiritual connection.
Purely ConnectedThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rav Gideon Weitzman, former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1998-2000), currently head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute.
Covenant & Conversation on TazriaThe eighth day.
Person in the parsha: My earliest memoryA Dvar Torah for Parashot Hachodesh and Tazria.
In the eye of the beholderA good eye.
Tazria: Fix Me Don’t Break MeHow to change things.
Parshat Tazriah: The priestess of lifeAn understanding of the meaning and significance of the concept of “tumah” (impurity) within Judaism.
Rav Soloveitchik and social issues: Jews of fate and Jews of destinyJews of the Diaspora and Jews of Israel.
Chametz: When to peddle and when to purgeOU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator Rabbi Gavriel Price wrote this article.
King David on Death of TerroristsHe did not hesitate.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 24, class 5Tanya is a recipe for spiritual health.
Ohr Torah on the parshaTorah lights from Efrat in the Judean hills.
The words in the exact middle of the TorahThe Chief Rabbi identifies the great significance of both the two words and the single letter that spell out the Torah’s halfway mark in this week’s parasha of Shemini.
The person in the parsha: "And Aaron was silent"Lessons from the sad narrative of our parsha, a narrative also shared by the parents of fallen IDF soldiers.
Shmini: Bribe YourselfOur spirituality may be latent, but it is there.
Covenant & Conversation for Shmini: EnthusiasmThe dangers of enthusiasm.
Broken and wholeWhy are we those who "know" teruah?
The Temple Institute on the parsha: Staying in tuneTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The parsha and current events: On the roof of the Beit HamikdashThe great heartache of our times is that millions of Gentiles are aware of what Hashem’s own chosen people are blind to.
Not just the tuba, the full orchestra!This week's Dvar Torah by Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger - Former shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007), currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel.
Shmini: The stork and what its name means for usDeeper meanings and understandings in a name.
For Parshat Para: Purifying passionIt is during this time, from Purim to Pesach, that Hashem comes down to purify us.
Shmini: The return to spiritualityDvar Torah from Otniel hesder yeshiva, in the hills of Hevron.
Psalm 112: No fear!A Torah message from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader, Torah Sage and poet who founded Religious Zionism.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 24, class 4Tanya study is a way to enhance your spiritual health.
Coming closeThere are times we need to be empowered to break away from the “ashes” of the past in order to achieve greater and newer things.