Chukat (Diaspora) and LGBTThe parsha with an emphasis on death teaches us much about life.
Rav Soloveitchik and social issues: PTSDRed cow ashes-a Divine PTSD treatment
No to soldiers' bodies for terroristsA person’s essence is his soul and not his body, and the souls of fallen IDF soldiers are certainly among the righteous, as is Moses, whose burial place is unknown.
Weekly Tanya lecture: Chap. 26, class 6Learning Tanya is a way to achieve a healthy spiritual life.
Serpents and wellsHIdden or revealed, G-d is with us.
Reading the Torah in translationWhy don't Ashkenazim read a translation with the Torah reading?
Sometimes there are no answersThis week's article is by Rav Ronen Neuwirth, Former Central Shaliach of Bnei Akiva North America, currently Rav of Kehillat Ohel Ari in Raanana.
Carry a big stick but speak softlyAn analysis of Moses' sin.
Korach (Diaspora): Almond MiracleIn his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in our communities.
Chukat (Israel) and current events: Authentic neshamotEvery tractate of the Babylonian Talmud begins with page 2 (the letter bet). Why?
The book of bad behavior: BamidbarMoses' fate is decided in this reading.
Chukat (Israel): The Temple Institute on the parshaTorah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rosh Chodesh Essay: The Korach Worldview and its hassidic antidoteStaci Rosenbaum is a Masters student at Bar-Ilan University in English Literature, where she holds a BA in English Literature as well. She just completed a year of intensive learning in the Ayanot Scholar program at Matan HaSharon.
The critical difference between the Reform Movement and secular JewryArutz Sheva has received a position paper written for the Zion and Jerusalem Conference to take place next week on the topic of the Reform Movement and Israel.
Rav Soloveitchik and Social Issues: Theology, Britexit and KorachPolitically correct liberalism is an imbalanced spiritual diet .
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 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.