The Daily Portion, Re'eh / A path that leads to happiness

The Daily Portion, Re'eh / A path that leads to happiness

Happiness is not always the result of our own acomplishments.Sivan Rahav-Meir, Tuesday, 10:45 PM
The myth of the self-made man

The myth of the self-made man

It is in the nature of man, to think that by his strength and acumen, he has prospered - but that is hubris.Danny Ginsbourg, Sunday, 7:45 AM
A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

The first paragraph of the Shema is in the singular. The second paragraph is in the plural, The order of the mitzvot is switched. Why?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Friday, 1:57 PM
Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Human civilization needs a little less hubris, less arrogance, more minimal expectations, realization that it is not our will that prevails.Rabbi Berel Wein, Friday, 12:46 PM
Talking Parsha - Ekev

Talking Parsha - Ekev

We know the Mann was a Heavenly food with heavenly taste but this week Moshe Rabeinu describes the Mann as torture and even starvation. Why?Arutz Sheva Staff, Friday, 11:59 AM
Is The Diaspora Just for Practice? (Ekev)

Is The Diaspora Just for Practice? (Ekev)

Baruch Gordon looks at 2nd paragraph of the Shema found in Ekev Torah reading to see that commandments mean more when performed in IsraelArutz Sheva Staff, Friday, 4:19 AM
Not because we are righteous

Not because we are righteous

Moshe rebukes the Israelites telling them they didn't merit the Land thanks to their righteousness. What's the blessing hidden in this?Rabbi Shomo Sobol, Thursday, 8:55 PM
Bagels and Beverly Hills

Bagels and Beverly Hills

Sorry guys, the commandments of the Torah were given to be performed in the Land of Israel. Tzvi Fishman, Thursday, 10:55 AM
The Covenant and the Love

The Covenant and the Love

Eikev 5780: What is the covenant, and what is the love that is distinct from the covenant?Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Thursday, 8:00 AM
“Mitzvot” and “Mishpatim” - A program for national spiritual growth

“Mitzvot” and “Mishpatim” - A program for national spiritual growth

The transformation elicited by the mitzvot does not occur overnight.Torah MiTzion, Thursday, 7:38 AM
Talking Parsha - Va'etchanan

Talking Parsha - Va'etchanan

In Parshat Va'etchanan we discuss Moshe's prayers, from which we learn many laws. But is this the model we want to learn from? Why?Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/31/2020, 8:27 AM
What does the Torah say about #JewishPrivilege?

What does the Torah say about #JewishPrivilege?

'Jewish privilege' can be used sarcastically by Jews to highlight Jewish persecution, but it also poses a very different challenge.Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 7/25/2020, 10:21 PM
 Devarim: Moses Speaks!

Devarim: Moses Speaks!

How did Moses, the great leader who said "I am not a man of words" declaim the entire book of Dvarim? Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 7/24/2020, 5:30 PM
Followership

Followership

Covenant & Conversation Dvarim 5780: Faced with an angry mob, a leader is not always in control of the situation.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 7/24/2020, 9:32 AM
Talking Parsha - Devarim

Talking Parsha - Devarim

Moshe gives a review of the Torah, but when he gets to the story of the Meraglim and the punishment, leaves out an important detail. Why?Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/24/2020, 8:15 AM
The power of a mitzva

The power of a mitzva

Moshe’s fear of Og was not from the physical might of Og, but from Og’s ‘spiritual’ meritsDanny Ginsbourg‏, 7/23/2020, 3:24 PM
Early indications

Early indications

Moses admonishes the people in Dvarim, not for the serious sins of the spies and the golden calf, but for flaws rooted in ego. Op-ed.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 7/23/2020, 12:54 PM
Moses' last lap - Dvarim

Moses' last lap - Dvarim

How do we define old age? How do we concentrate when praying?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 7/22/2020, 9:00 PM
Don't listen to me - listen to Moshe

Don't listen to me - listen to Moshe

What is the first and fundamental mitzva that Moshe explains when he teaches the Torah to his people? Not Shabbos. Not kashrus.Tzvi Fishman, 7/22/2020, 8:38 AM
Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: The words we utter

Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: The words we utter

Torah from the Temple Institute, located in Jerusalem's Old City, dedicated to learning about the Temple and the hopes to rebuild it.Gedalia Meyer, 7/19/2020, 10:32 AM
We will go into battle  'For God and the People of Israel'

We will go into battle 'For God and the People of Israel'

The tribe of Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe want to live east of the Jordan, but will help conquer the west. Moshe judges their every word.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 7/17/2020, 5:00 PM
The "Israel" Commandment (Masei 2020)

The "Israel" Commandment (Masei 2020)

Baruch Gordon delves into the most important verse in the Torah that establishes how the Hebrew nation should relate to the Land of IsraelSharona Cohen, 7/17/2020, 4:22 PM
Talking Parsha - Matot Masei

Talking Parsha - Matot Masei

Why does the Torah suddenly remember to teach us about vows? Why now, as Moshe prepares for death & the nation is preparing to enter Israel?Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/17/2020, 9:39 AM
Words that can rebuild the Temple

Words that can rebuild the Temple

Vows, oaths and obligations: nothing is ever said in a void or without some sort of ramifications.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 7/16/2020, 10:00 PM
Summarizing is the key to moving forward

Summarizing is the key to moving forward

We see the full picture when we make a summary and the Torah, in listing the journeys, teaches us to look at things in a broad perspective.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 7/16/2020, 2:39 PM
Matot-Masei: Torah leadersihip means keeping one's word

Matot-Masei: Torah leadersihip means keeping one's word

The elders of Israel, the leaders of the tribes were taught directly by Moshe the entire Oral Law as received by him at Mount Sinai. Why?Rabbi Berel Wein, 7/16/2020, 2:35 PM
Life - one step at a time

Life - one step at a time

The journey of life is not about the destination but about exploration - Nitin Namdeo. Torah thoughts for Matot-Masei.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran  , 7/16/2020, 11:41 AM
Weekly Torah Study: Pinchas

Weekly Torah Study: Pinchas

No doubt Pinchas did the right thing. But at what price? The Temple Institute weekly Torah thoughts.Rabbi Gedalia Mayer, 7/11/2020, 9:17 PM
 Pinchas: The Tamid offering performed at Sinai

Pinchas: The Tamid offering performed at Sinai

Torah from Israell's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, the iconic Torah Luminary and undisputed leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 7/10/2020, 2:00 PM
What is the hallmark of a great leader?

What is the hallmark of a great leader?

What did Moses mean by a nation appearing to be like sheep who have no shepherd? There is always a shepherd when there is a flock of sheep.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 7/10/2020, 11:58 AM
Talking Parsha - Pinchas

Talking Parsha - Pinchas

What's the most significant story in our Parsha? Pinchas? What makes a true leader? and what does it have to do with 17th BeTamuz?Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/10/2020, 10:10 AM
Pinchas - Status/Change of status

Pinchas - Status/Change of status

Status. Change of status. Concepts familiar to us from social media. But we use those terms lightly, often for insignificant matters.Torah MiTzion (Sharon Werber), 7/10/2020, 12:50 AM
Aaron and Pinchas, two diametrically opposed personalities?

Aaron and Pinchas, two diametrically opposed personalities?

When the situation demands it, the gentle priest becomes a man of war, who can and must take decisive and even violent action.Rabbi Berel Wein, 7/9/2020, 1:34 PM
Good and bad are a matter of perspective

Good and bad are a matter of perspective

What is the difference between the students of Abraham and the students of Bilam? And what are the three levels of having a 'good eye?'Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 7/3/2020, 12:41 PM
Ya’akov and Yisrael – two levels

Ya’akov and Yisrael – two levels

The quality of “Ya’akov” allows us to survive suffering, that of “Yisrael” allows us to reach the level in which we can declare God’s name.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 7/3/2020, 9:26 AM
The power of fear

The power of fear

Balak understood that fear is a powerful weapon.  It destroys men and nations and kills a nation’s courage to defend itself. Annex or not?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 7/2/2020, 10:59 PM
When the Tents of Jacob aren’t beautiful: Fighting domestic abuse

When the Tents of Jacob aren’t beautiful: Fighting domestic abuse

In our Torah portion, Balak, is the famous blessing from the prophet Bil’am on the Jewish people's homes. But what if it is not the reality?Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 7/2/2020, 10:56 PM
Talking Parsha - Balak

Talking Parsha - Balak

Tuvia and Yitzi talk Parshat Balak: What's the deal with the story of Bila'am's donkey, and what are we supposed to learn from Bila'am?Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/2/2020, 10:51 PM
Some of the greatest blessings are wrapped up in a curse

Some of the greatest blessings are wrapped up in a curse

Please God, answer all of our prayers - for the good.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 7/2/2020, 10:00 PM
Spirituality Needs Body Builders (Hukat 2020)

Spirituality Needs Body Builders (Hukat 2020)

Baruch Gordon considers why the Red Heifer is mentioned at the end of the 40 years in the desert, instead of in Leviticus.Sharona Cohen, 7/2/2020, 5:48 PM
Toras Avigdor for Chukat-Balak: The enigmatic well

Toras Avigdor for Chukat-Balak: The enigmatic well

What happened that made the Israelites in the desert sing a song of praise to a well - and to which well were they singing?Rabbi Avigdor Miller, 7/2/2020, 8:28 AM
The hidden meaning of the Bilam story

The hidden meaning of the Bilam story

In the Bilam story, the Israelites were rescued from a danger they knew nothing about by a deliverance they knew nothing about.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 7/2/2020, 8:12 AM
A stiff-necked people

A stiff-necked people

There have always been those who refuse to acknowledge the authority of God. Korach added His servant Moshe and the appointment of Aaron.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 6/28/2020, 3:11 PM
The opposite of love is not hate

The opposite of love is not hate

The opposite of love is apathy which can be more painful than hatred.Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 6/27/2020, 11:40 PM
Weekly Torah Study: Chukat

Weekly Torah Study: Chukat

What makes the Red heifer so mysterious to us? Lecture from the Temple Institute.Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 6/27/2020, 11:07 PM
Korach and company are gone but the Jews are complaining again (for Korach and Chukat)

Korach and company are gone but the Jews are complaining again (for Korach and Chukat)

The challenge to Moshe's authority is settled, so why are the Jews complaining again and what is really bothering them?Torah MiTzion, 6/26/2020, 2:00 PM
Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

Why did Aaron die before Moshe? (for Korach and Chukat)

In Korach, Aaron's staff flowers, in Chukat he and Moshe both sin, so why is he punished first? Why didh't he also beg to enter the Land?Danny Ginsbourg‏, 6/26/2020, 10:23 AM
Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

Kohelet, Tolstoy and the Red Heifer

The person in modern times who most deeply experienced and expressed what Kohelet felt was Tolstoy.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/25/2020, 9:17 PM
Lifting every voice: Leadership in a time of unrest

Lifting every voice: Leadership in a time of unrest

Korach and Chukat are about the leadership G-d wants. It’s not about striking the rock. It’s about speaking truth to power.Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 6/25/2020, 5:38 PM
"Did you understand that?"

"Did you understand that?"

Intellectual commandments and auditory commandments - and the differences between them.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 6/25/2020, 1:54 PM
Korach: Inclusion and Selection

Korach: Inclusion and Selection

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 6/19/2020, 4:10 PM
Shlach lecha (Diaspora): When did an entire nation suffer from low self-esteem?

Shlach lecha (Diaspora): When did an entire nation suffer from low self-esteem?

The great medieval commentator Ibn Ezra says that the entire nation of Israel carried with them through the wilderness a slave mentality.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/19/2020, 11:59 AM
Korach – He has a point

Korach – He has a point

One can define Korach's camp as an ideological group, except that it was tainted by the faults that bring down many failed ideologies.Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 6/19/2020, 5:17 AM
The King's legion

The King's legion

The King's legion was designated to spread Torah throughout the land.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 6/18/2020, 2:55 PM
How not to argue

How not to argue

Korach and his cohorts wanted power, not truth, not for the sake of heaven. Today Korachs are to be found when power silences other truths.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/17/2020, 11:28 PM
Joshua and Calev: Pillars of spiritual success

Joshua and Calev: Pillars of spiritual success

What is it that gave these very different men, Joshua and Calev, the strength to perceive what the others missed?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 6/14/2020, 11:59 PM
The song doesn’t remain the same: How each generation connects with God differently

The song doesn’t remain the same: How each generation connects with God differently

The symbolism in the trumpets of Parashat Beha'alotcha (Diaspora).Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 6/14/2020, 12:37 AM