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.
Naso (Israel): The good, the bad and the uglyWithin a framework or outside of it?
Shavuot: A sacrifice offered by G-dHow do we know that G-d accepted us, the Jewish people, as we are?
Rosh Chodesh Sivan Essay: The development of speechThis month's essay is by Tanya White, Matan teacher and doctoral student at Bar Ilan U. in Jewish Philosophy. She has a BA in International Relations from London School of Economics, MA in Jewish Studies and Philosophy from The U. of London.
We are all Priests and LevitesThe Torah sections dealing with the Tabernacle, the Priests and the Levites should be applied in all areas of life. Each person in his field of work, on his own level, should be a like Priest, avoiding anything that might interfere with his work.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 2Tanya is the recipe for a healthy spiritual life.
Jerusalem Day: Returning to the KotelThe story of that miraculous day in June 1967.
What makes Jerusalem worthy of being our capital?As we prepare to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim on Sunday, the Chief Rabbi considers why Jerusalem – an inaccessible city without a river source – was chosen to be the Jewish People’s capital.
The wilderness and Jerusalem DayFrom within the stillness and quietude of the wilderness much is heard.
Bamidbar (Israel): Every man has a name. It’s possible that the language of numbers is more practical and efficient than the language of names, but there’s more to life than efficiency.
Person in the parsha: Elite by commitmentIs there an elite class in Judaism?
Bechukotai (Diaspora): Insights from the parshaFor more articles on the parsha read in the Diaspora, click show more at the top of the Judaism section.
Bamidbar (Israel): Love, war and the OtherThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Yehoshua Dovid Schwartz, JLIC Rabbi at Boston University.
The Parsha and Current Events: Why did Moshe count the nation?Why did Hashem command it?
Covenant & Conversation for BamidbarThe sound of silence.
Not a negative does not a positive makeRespect and praise in the age of criticism.
Bamidbar (Israel): LeadersEven the greatest leader is human, and therefore fallible,
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap.26 class 1Tanya study is the road to a healthy spiritual life.
The Torah way to a healthy life in modern timesA review of the book "To Your Health."
Concerning Former Minister Ya'alonThe harming of Torah values and emuna in the IDF, while Leftist groups are allowed in undisturbed is only one of the problems that must be confronted.
The Temple Institute on BechukotaiTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Ohr Torah on Behar and BechukotaiTorah from Efrat in the Judean Hills. Behar in prose and Bechukotai message in a video.
Covenant & Conversation on the parshaA sense of direction.
The Parsha and current events: Complex halakhic issuesIn the complex spider web of our lives in the Holy Land, our rabbis are succeeding in dealing with the issues according to the halakha.
Bechukotai (Israel):Following the formulaTo learn about the punishments stated in the parsha is to gain insights into ourselves as a nation, and to ensure our relationship with God remains strong.
Behar (Diaspora):The numbers don’t lieBalance and symmetry.
Bechukotai (Israel): Beauty and the reformed beastThis week's dvar Torah is by Rabbi Morechai Torczyner Rosh Kollel, Yeshiva University Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, Toronto.
Behar (Diaspora): Alone in the worldThe parasha is talking about timeless patterns, talking to today.
Bechukotai (Israel): Purposeful walkingThe verb "walking" appears in various places.
Behar (Diaspora): Holy nostalgiaWhat is the true meaning of reversion of the land to its original owners?
Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat?Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat? Can there be any exceptions? The UK Chief Rabbi provides an answer in his D’var Torah for Behar.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 25, Class 4Tanya is the way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Lag Ba'Omer: Elevated SoulsRav Kook and Lag Ba'Omer.
For Lag Ba'Omer: Sfirat Haomer, time of delight and despairThe period has its roots in the Torah, seems to be connected to Temple sacrifice, to the Temple destruction and to preparation for Mount Sinai - so what is the right attitude to it? The deaths of Rabbi Akiva's students may provide the answer.
The vision of Yovel for our generationThe Torah integrates both socialism and capitalism
Behar: Jubilee, national reconciliation and social justiceTorah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.
Emor (Diaspora): Today, every dayChange and the challenge of life.
Anniversary, Birthday, JubileeWhat does the word "Jubilee" itself mean?
Follow Me Into the WildernessThis week's Dvar Torah is by Rav Dudi Winkler, Former Rosh Kollel in Melbourne 2011-2014, currently Rebbe at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and inaugural director of Lev LaChayal, the Yeshiva Center for Lone Soldiers.
Like a mountainThe public nature of the revelation at Sinai is an important feature of our belief.
The Temple Institute on the parsha" Controlling time and spaceTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Covenant & Conversation on the parshaFamily feeling.
The parsha and current events: Disputes between Jews and GentilesRenewing a historic way of Gentile-Jewish interaction.
Emor (Diaspora): Omer OnenessEvery day, with each count, as we physically stand when we recite the bracha, we separate further from the lower elements of our being and rise upward.
Behar (Israel): Chief Seattle and SchmitaJudaism sees land as inherently sacred.
Mourning during the period of Sefirat HaomerWhat does the custom of mourning between Pesach and Shavuot entail?
Saying it loudly and frequently does not make it true:A sober critique of the Tablet article on PORAT.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 25, Class 3Tanya is the road to spiritual health.
Shmuz on the parsha: Your gashmius is my ruchniusThe way that Hashem shows Himself in this world is through giving. When man gives to others, he is acting as Hashem does. There can be nothing holier.
The unburied corpseA proper Jewish burial is the last “kindness of truth (hesed shel emet)” that one can perform for another.
Emor: Your Best Days Are Still AheadNeither failure or success should stop you from going on.
The blessing said on the settlement of the land of IsraelIn honor of the season of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim, it is appropriate to once again review the halakha’s of the blessing our Sages fixed over the mitzvah of ‘yishuv ha’aretz‘ – the settling and redemption of the Land of Israel.
The Temple Institute on EmorTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Parsha and current events: Kedoshim (in the Diaspora)Theft, denial and swearing falsely.
Covenant & Conversation on EmorHoly times.