Professor Gerald Aranoff

Women are not obligated to dwell in the Sukkah - why?

He spread a Cloud for a cover, and a Fire to light up the night, 10/18/2019, 11:50 AM

Rabbi Akiva saved us physically and spiritually

Today we’re blessed with good economic, technological and spiritual growth. Yet we mourn that the Roman Empire occupied us, imprisoned us, and killed us and that the Bar Kochba revolt failed., 5/14/2019, 11:05 PM

The Golden Calf and the idolatry of the people

“For they will lust after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifices”, 2/21/2019, 8:06 AM

A cry to G-d: Avenge Ari Fuld Hy"d

In that day the Lord will punish, With His great, cruel, mighty sword Leviathan the Elusive Serpent, 9/19/2018, 11:23 AM

The Murder of Gedaliah: Lessons for us

'Stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.' For the Fast of Gedaliah, the day following Rosh Hashanah., 9/12/2018, 1:05 PM

A sad account

Send men to scout the land of Canaan, each one a chieftain among them. A tale of unsuitable leaderrs., 6/7/2018, 9:33 AM

Do not forget!

You shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!  Is Iran incorrigible and a modern Amalek? Torah thought in memory of my father, a”h., 2/26/2018, 7:01 AM

The Erev Rav, then and now

Moses sat as a magistrate among the troubleome Erev Rav. Should we also be patient and understanding with the Polish government today?  , 2/2/2018, 1:07 PM

Shoftim: You must be wholehearted with the Lord your God

Are we allowed to delve into the future?, 8/25/2017, 1:08 PM

Have you an arm like God’s?

Can you thunder with a voice like His? Then even I would praise you for the triumph you right hand won you, 4/13/2017, 10:07 AM

Amona is Luz is Bet-el

"I am the God of Bet-el, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now, arise and leave this land and return to your native land." , 12/8/2016, 3:46 PM

A Sukkah in the Land of Israel

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Yearning to rebuild the Temple

Hark, my Beloved knocks. , 9/4/2016, 7:40 PM

Benjamin Franklin on the savage American Indians in the 18th century

The writer, who often writes Judaism articles for Arutz Sheva, is a great uncle of 13 year old Hallel Ariel, murdered in her bed in Kiryat Arba by a terrorist from a nearby Arab town., 7/4/2016, 10:20 PM

Shlach (Diaspora): Caleb the Zionist fighter

Go up there into the Negeb and on into the hill country...My servant Caleb was imbued with a different spirit..., 6/30/2016, 9:11 AM

The fate of those who attack Israel

Bees die after they sting and this is the metaphor used in the midrash for Israel's enemies., 4/24/2016, 10:54 PM

King David on Death of Terrorists

He did not hesitate., 4/4/2016, 9:45 PM

By what merit do we earn G-d's help in building the Tabernacle?

World-wide economies are in the doldrums. Yet, we in Israel, see continued growth, new technology and prosperity. We stand tall and strong in face of our enemies, as the newly freed Israelites did in the desert., 3/4/2016, 4:40 PM

Prophets who didn't want the job

Moses wanted G-d's help, but would have preferred to leave the job to Aaron., 1/2/2016, 10:28 PM

Israel settled in the land of Egypt

What made Goshen the place for the Israelites to be?, 12/18/2015, 10:37 AM

In a nutshell: The Greeks entered the Temple and we went to war

Hanukkah, the rededication of the Temple: How the story unfolded., 12/8/2015, 9:53 PM

"What is my crime...that you should pursue me?" A rabbinic view

G-d has saved us before from those who are wicked for the sake of being wicked., 11/24/2015, 5:26 AM

A Rabbinic view on seeking righteousness in the world

There is a midrash that implies that had Abraham not asked God for no more trials and sufferings, the trials and sufferings of Job would have come to Abraham!, 11/5/2015, 8:33 AM

Waiting for a leader like Abraham

Abraham tried to raise up spiritually and make righteous the whole world. , 10/29/2015, 5:38 AM

Only After the First Sabbath

So the Lord God banished him from the garden of Eden - a Rabbinic view., 10/8/2015, 9:42 PM

You Shall Set Up Large Stones

Coat Them With Plaster And Inscribe Upon Them All The Words Of This Teaching. , 9/3/2015, 9:51 AM

Who should be Fighting Evil

Moses is the example., 7/3/2015, 10:48 AM

In Memoriam: Who Should Be Fighting Evil?

It is easy to turn to G-d with accusations when evil triumphs, but is it right?, 6/21/2015, 7:45 AM

We Must Love our Fellow, our God and our Land

Loving one's wife as an analogy to love of Torah and the land of Israel., 4/26/2015, 8:42 AM

Moses was Politically Active

Calling Moses "Harry Potter" is an insult to the Exodus story., 4/6/2015, 8:12 AM

From Where Did the Materials for the Tabernacle Come?

God has not ceased to give us gifts as he did in the desert., 3/15/2015, 8:17 AM

Freedom Over Slavery

The master must provide for his slaves, Hebrew and Canaanite, and for their wives and children, according to halakha. , 2/12/2015, 3:44 PM

Who Were the "MIxed Multitude"?

The Mixed Multitude were Egyptians who left with the Israelites. They did not eat Manna and planned evil. Do we have Mixed Multitude Today?, 1/30/2015, 8:29 AM

The Delusional Egyptian Ruler

Why was Moses angry when he left Pharaoh?, 1/21/2015, 12:39 PM

Moses and Job

Joseph, Moses and Pharaoh's advisers., 1/8/2015, 1:57 PM

Jacob's Vow

Jacob thought he could fulfill his vow outside of the Temple Mount and was punished. We cannot even pray there., 12/6/2014, 7:37 PM

When Appeasement, Generosity and Kindness Did Not Work

Jacob tried to please Laban, as Jews have tried to do throughout history., 11/30/2014, 7:22 PM

How do We Bless Ishmael and Esau's Descendants today?

Do Esau and Ishmael deserve the blessings they received?, 11/21/2014, 1:28 AM

To Seize the Gates of Our Foes

We should take a good look at this G-d-given blessing and try to achieve it., 11/15/2014, 8:34 PM

Driving Out Instigators and Inciters of Evil

Abraham did not allow Ishmael to remain., 11/6/2014, 6:28 AM

May God Bless the Kurds with a Land of Their Own

The valiant and oppressed Kurds have much in common with the Jewish state's struggle against its enemies. And God cares about all His creatures., 10/27/2014, 7:34 AM

Merit, Even in War

King David's words, not Ban Ki Moon's, ring true in IDF actions., 10/15/2014, 6:56 AM

The IS Caliph is Not an Islamic Pope

The US has designated the head of IS a terrorist, at last., 8/22/2014, 10:14 AM

Followers of Islam

How to distinguish religious wisdom from the rest., 8/10/2014, 8:11 AM

The Book of Nechemia and Protective Edge

The book of Nechemia in the Tanach is often overlooked. No ancient historian or ancient politician or ancient religious debates ever mentioned Nechemia. Modern religious debates also don’t mention Nechemia., 7/30/2014, 10:49 PM

Think of G-d and Fight From the Book of Nehemiah

There is a biblical precedent for how to deal with today's issues., 7/22/2014, 4:19 PM