Judaism


Parshat Tetzaveh: The might of the Shoham Stones

The High Priest, as the messenger of the united force of the Jewish People, bore these two stones on his shoulders, to highlight that when Jews are united in their service to G-d, they cannot be defeated.

The might of the Shoham Stones

Are you a sun or a moon?

The Jewish Leap Year Challenges Us to Integrate Creativity and Consistency.

Are you a sun or a moon?

Purim Katan: Did you know about the minor festivals taking place this weekend?

Did you know that this Friday and Shabbat there are some minor festivals on the Jewish calendar?

Do you know  the minor festivals this weekend?

Talking Parsha - Tetzaveh: Stones of Remembrance??

The stones on the shoulders of the apron, and the stones on the breastplate, both serve as reminders. What significance does this hold? And why the emphasis on remembrance?

Talking Parsha - Tetzaveh: Stones of Remembrance??

The connecting Altar

The Zohar explains the Ketoret, Incense, comes from the idea of tying, creating a bond between us and Hashem.

The connecting Altar

Lessons in the Parsha related to Eretz Yisrael

Young Religious Zionist Torah scholars teach the connections between this week's Torah Reading and the Holy Land.

Lessons in the Parsha related to Eretz Yisrael

And you [Moshe], command the children of Israel...

Moshe’s name is not mentioned in our Parasha.

And you [Moshe], command the children of Israel...

The father of the "Settlement Movement" in Yehuda and Shomron

To commemorate the yahrtzeit of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda Kook on Purim Katan, an interview with Rabbi David Samson, one of Rav Tzvi Yehuda’s longtime students.

The father of the "Settlement Movement"

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Hold its feet

The Jewish lamb is happy, joyful, and virile – not meek.

Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch on the parsha: Hold its feet

Parshat Tetzaveh: The unity of the gemstones

iI is the combining of the physical and the spiritual facets that are necessary for true redemption and we see it in the IDF soldiers today.

Parshat Tetzaveh: The unity of the gemstones

Tetzaveh: The Superbowl grind

The Superbowl heroes you watched the other day did it. If they could do it, you are no different; you can do it too. So, what are you waiting for?

Tetzaveh: The Superbowl grind

If you really want to come closer to God...

If you want to get close to Hashem the place to do it is in the Land of Israel.

If you really want to come closer to God...

Watch: Tanya/ Iggeres Ha’Kodesh - The Holy Epistle

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.

Watch: Tanya/ Iggeres Ha’Kodesh - The Holy Epistle

We are going to the IDF Reserves

All those who fear that prolonged reserve duty will cause marital and family tensions and financial or psychological problems should become familiar with the words of Maimonides.

We are going to the IDF Reserves

Restoring Sensitivity: A call to unity and responsibility

As part of the Jewish people we must shoulder the weight of our collective destiny and responsibility for the welfare of our people.

A call to unity and responsibility

Important themes of Rav Yitzchok Hutner's teachings

There were general themes that emerged that were constants like axioms and premises in the vast Torah intellectual structure that Rav Hutner taught and built.

Important themes of Rav Yitzchok Hutner's teachings

A pure heart

Rabbi Zilberstein, shlita, recommended that everyone should take upon themselves two extra things to do for Shabbat.

A pure heart

Parshat Terumah: The Mystical Representations of the Aron

Rabbi Saadyah Gaon wrote: "The Jewish nation is a nation only by virtue of the Torah."

The Mystical Representations of the Aron

Terumah: The Iron Wall

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: Walls of iron are different from walls of stone, and each suits a different period of Jewish history.

Terumah: The Iron Wall

In a dark exile, whispering trees

A father plants saplings 210 years early, offering solace to his children.

In a dark exile, whispering trees

Talking Parsha - Truma: What's this vessel about??

This week, we embark on constructing the Mishkan as Hashem instructs Moshe on crafting its various vessels. Amidst the holiest sanctuaries, besides the Ark and Kruvim, we encounter a lesser-known vessel: the Kaporet.

Truma: What's this vessel about??

Eretz Yisrael in the parsha

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars find connections to the Land of Israel in the Torah reading.

Eretz Yisrael in the parsha

Weekly Torah Study: Terumah

Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

Weekly Torah Study: Terumah

Terumah: The path to Victory

Make a mikdash in your home; make this a religious war. This is the path to victory.

Terumah: The path to Victory

The Parsha and Current Events: Consider the implications of your words

The State of Israel will never come to the point of Shimshon, because when push comes to shove, we will use all the weapons at our disposal to kill our enemies.

Consider the implications of your words

Action over Anticipation: The Mitzvah to build the Beis Hamikdash today

Rav Yehuda Alkalai in Minchas Yehuda delivers a vigorous condemnation against the claim that Mashiach will precede the building of the Beis Hamikdash.

The Mitzvah to build the Beis Hamikdash today

Did you know that there are seven words in our tradition for a gift?

The longest single word palindrome is ‘Venatnu’, in the book of Shemot. What does it symbolize?

There are seven words in our tradition for a gift

I'd like to buy the world a coke - Reflections on world peace

Why are actors such as Jordan, Egypt, the EU, the US, South Africa and the Vatican so committed to preventing peace?

Reflections on world peace

Take for Me an offering and you take Me, too!

Commentaries expound on the meaning of the verse "take for me" instead of "give to me" in this week's parasha on the building of the Tabnernacle.

Take for Me an offering and you take Me, too!

Our need for personal growth

Man is truly alive only once he develops himself spiritually and fully appreciates his soul.

Our need for personal growth

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Six and one

The menorah teaches us how to live our lives.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: 6 and 1

Tanya video/lecture: The Holy Epistle

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.

Tanya video/lecture: The Holy Epistle

400 Rabbis call to President Biden: No to a Palestinian State

A Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan River would doom the pro-US Hashemite regime east of the river, triggering a domino scenario and endangering the residents of Israel.

400 Rabbis call to President Biden: No to a PA State

"A fountain will flow from the house of God." Joel 4:18

The brutal attack of Israel by Hamas has had the effect of shifting our level of consciousness, so that we can now see and understand things that always existed but were not revealed to us.

"A fountain will flow from the house of God."

Returning to our roots and growing

The harm done to the Jewish identity of the state, and to the value of settling the Land, played a part in the terrible crisis we find ourselves in. Only a return to our Jewish and national values, will get us back to growth.

Returning to our roots and growing

Natural miracles

The IDF freed two hostages in Gaza in the middle of the night. A miracle? No question about it, but one that occurred by natural means, the cooperation of Intelligence and fighting forces.

Natural miracles

Eretz Yisrael in the parsha; Learn the Kuzari Series

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars teach the connection between the weekly Torah reading and the Land of Israel. New series: Rabbi Yehuda Halevy's Book of the Kuzari.

Eretz Yisrael in the parsha; Learn the Kuzari Series

Mishpatim: Accepting two Torahs

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: The Jewish people received two Torahs at Sinai.

Mishpatim: Accepting two Torahs

Parshat Mishpatim: What the sin of the golden calf forces us to appreciate

Rabbeinu Bachye explicitly writes that had the Jews not sinned with the golden calf, we would have reached humanity’s perfection.

What the golden calf forces us to appreciate

Talking Parsha - Mishpatim: Who's the angel of Yisrael?

After the Torah is given, G-d mentions sending an angel to lead the Jewish People. But after the Golden Calf, the same offer is made, and the Jewish People respond with an outcry. Why does the mention of an angel evoke varied responses? What is this 'malach' about?

Mishpatim: Who's the angel of Yisrael?

Rosh Hodesh Adar I Torah Essay: Uniforms

The Sages demonstrate that clothing – in the megilla and Tanach in general – is more than just an external aesthetic. It is a catalyst for, and a window into, the spiritual state of a person. And so are our brave soldiers' uniforms.

Rosh Hodesh Adar I Torah Essay: Uniforms

The Hassidic definition of trauma

When my reptilian brain goes wild, I need to help it see its owner

The Hassidic definition of trauma

Mishpatim: The intriguing issue of the Hebrew slave

What did the Torah see, to start its words on the ordinances, specifically on the subject of ‘the Jewish slave? What the commentaries have to say.

Mishpatim: The intriguing issue of the Hebrew slave

The blueprint for a just society

The goal is not to sit at Har Sinai, eat Mannah and bask in the light of Hashem but rather to create a real, down to earth just society.

The blueprint for a just society

Mishpatim: Time for Torah

When I study the Torah and come to “know” G-d’s thinking as well as Adam knew Eve, G-d is present in my mind.

Mishpatim: Time for Torah

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch on the parsha: Did the rabbis make it all up?

An unusual law in Parshas Mishpatim makes the case for the divine authorship of the Torah.

Rabbi Hirsch on the parsha: Did rabbis make it up?

Anti-Truth: Hamas’ latest weapon - in Parshat Mishpatim

Our enemies anti-truth forces us into defensive mode, explaining how we couldn't have perpetrated the atrocities of which they accuse us and distracts us from calling them to account for their own behavior. It doesn't have to be that way. Op-ed.

Anti-Truth: Hamas’ latest weapon - in the parsha

Know thy enemy

Hamas ' acts and those of the Gazans who came in their wake and cheered them on are a violation of the very foundation of the essence of what it means to be a human being. In fact, they are the essence of Amalek.

Know thy enemy

The importance of unity

Thanks to their unity, the People of Israel were able to receive the Torah.

The importance of unity

Setbacks and Redemption in writings of Rav Druckman

Setbacks, he reminds us, occur not only if we are caught unprepared by an enemy attack – setbacks can occur when the unity of the nation is weakened from fraternal turmoil.

Setbacks and Redemption in writings of Rav Druckman

Parshat Yitro: Maintaining our Identity even in Exile

Moshe understood that there would have been no significance to his being saved from the sword of Pharaoh if he would land up assimilating and losing his connection to the burgeoning religion of his ancestors.

Maintaining our Identity even in Exile

Yitro: A pure Revelation

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: The Torah given to Moses by Hashem at Sinai is exactly what he gave the Jewish people.

Yitro: A pure Revelation

Behind the War on Hamas

The two great evils of history: The Islamists and Hitler.

Behind the War on Hamas

Eretz Yisrael in the parasha: The fifth commandment

Sefer Shemot Parashat Yitro- Honoring Parents and Eretz Yisrael

Eretz Yisrael in the parasha: The fifth commandment

Yitro: The greatest Heritages

The word מוֹרָשָׁה, morashah, meaning “heritage”, appears only twice in the Torah, referring to the two heritages of Israel. One cannot do without the other.

Yitro:  The greatest Heritages

The light keeper

There is only one source of light. There is no pluralism in the Torah. Our multiple opinions and traditions must align with the single source of the Torah’s light.

The light keeper




























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