Rabbi Jesse Horn

What does the nazir have to do with us?

Many ideological debates about the Torah’s perspective on worldly pleasures revolve around the nazir., 6/4/2017, 8:25 AM

Salt, not honey

The lesson learned from the taste of the Temple offerings., 3/31/2017, 8:06 AM

Commitment to Torah comes before intellectual acceptance

Keep the mitzvot so that you can understand them., 2/16/2017, 6:21 PM

Esau beheaded

What does the midrash about beheading Esau intend to show?, 1/11/2017, 7:08 AM

Toldot: Which prayers are answered?

Why should our prayers make a difference?, 11/30/2016, 10:20 AM

Why is Sukkot a separate holiday?

Shouldn't we sit in sukkot on Passover when the Exodus is remembered?, 10/18/2016, 12:18 AM

Does the Torah reject democracy in Shoftim?

What advantages might a religious monarchy have over a democracy?, 9/9/2016, 9:30 AM

Korach (Israel): Korach's silence

Why don't we hear Korach speak?, 7/1/2016, 12:30 PM

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?, 6/24/2016, 10:44 AM

Did Moses want to understand G-d?

Could Moses have wanted too much?, 2/25/2016, 8:27 AM

Beshalach: Why not an instantaneous redemption?

What can we learn from the process of the Exodus?, 1/21/2016, 11:12 AM

What is Special About Simcha on Sukkot?

Sukkot's theme of happiness, simcha, seems not unique to that holiday. A lesson for every day., 10/2/2015, 10:38 AM

Kina 23: The Children of the Kohen Gadol

Why is this story singled out?, 7/24/2015, 8:05 AM

Bamidbar: Non-miraculous Miracles

The two parts of the Book of Numbers (Bamidbar) are explained., 5/21/2015, 4:39 AM

Why Did We Have to Be Slaves in Egypt?

Why did Hashem chose to begin his chosen people’s nationhood with slavery? , 4/5/2015, 1:44 AM

Mordecai, Esther and Joseph

It's never easy for a Jew to serve in a foreign government, but why do our Sages also criticize the Purim hero?, 3/4/2015, 8:42 PM

Pesach Offering and Brit Milah - Why Link Them?

Parallels and linkages teach an important lesson., 1/22/2015, 9:12 AM

The Al Hanisim Prayer I: Survive and Thrive

Why there are more details regarding Purim’s threat and Hanukkah’s salvation and what third dimension exists on Hanukkah and not on Purim?, 12/21/2014, 1:09 AM

Honey vs. Vinegar

Educational methods make the difference., 10/31/2014, 9:35 AM

Rabbi Kook's Extension of the Concept of Teshuva

Teshuva is a Mitzvah with a component completely disconnected from one’s sins. , 9/30/2014, 10:20 PM

Massei: Step by Step to Israel

Why list all of the places Bnei Yisrael passed through over the last forty years? , 7/24/2014, 3:43 PM

Who Sent the Spies? And why?

Hashem wanted them looking to inspire the nation; to spread confidence, not doubt. , 6/12/2014, 9:20 AM

Jerusalem, the Chosen City

What does Jerusalem symbolize, and how does it differ from the rest of the Land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael?, 5/27/2014, 7:37 AM

Three Times

The story of the inauguration of the Tabernacle appears three times in the Torah. Why?, 3/21/2014, 11:45 AM

One-Time Experiences

The Ramban's two themes for the book of Exodus., 2/22/2014, 11:56 PM

Relating to the Divine

The deeper connection between the Aron and Kaporet, the significance of the next two vessels the Torah discusses; the Shulchan and Menorah., 1/30/2014, 9:02 AM

Yitro: Detached Intellect

A telling comparison of Yitro and Abraham., 1/16/2014, 12:30 PM