Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch (Page 2)

"Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself"

"Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself"

In Parshat Kedoshim, we are told to love our neighbor. Why are these laws in Leviticus, the book of instruction , 28/04/2011 21:42
Fast of Esther Quiz

Fast of Esther Quiz

, 17/03/2011 11:16
A Tale of Two Adars

A Tale of Two Adars

An article in time for Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, the second of the two consecutive months of Adar in this Jewish leap year., 03/03/2011 09:51
Parshat Bo: First Things First

Parshat Bo: First Things First

In this week's Torah reading, a new order is set as G-d says: You, Israel, are my heirs, and I now I bequeath to you the stage of history., 07/01/2011 01:25
Vayeshev: A Settler's Chanukah

Vayeshev: A Settler's Chanukah

A Torah essay on this week's reading whose lesson should cause Rabbi Chaim Amsallem of Shas to take heart in knowing that the Torah actually backs him, and not his Hareidi detractors., 25/11/2010 13:36
Sukkot, Water, and Breishit

Sukkot, Water, and Breishit

Sukkot is all Nature: harvest-season, etrog-citron, palm-leaves and branches. During Sukkot, we instill the "Elyon", the Almighty who is Above and who created the world, into Nature., 28/09/2010 18:59
Ki Tetze: All-Out War

Ki Tetze: All-Out War

This Elul, let's use this week's Torah reading of Ki Tetse (When You Go Out to War) to get 'out of the box' and truly repent. , 19/08/2010 07:36
The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks

The theme of the three week mourning is the loss of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel, today as then, not ony the Holy Temple. This was translated and adapted from a shiur given by Rav Chaim Drukman Shlita., 13/07/2010 10:25
Spies Who Came Out of the Blue

Spies Who Came Out of the Blue

This week's Torah reading tells of the spies who maligned the Land of Israel. The writer shows the deeper meaning of this episode, connecting it to the commandment of fringed garments at the end of the reading., 03/06/2010 06:38
All Have a Role in Redemption

All Have a Role in Redemption

Thoughts for Israel's Independence Day. The writer requested that this be in memory of Rabbi Dr. Benzion Allswang, "a great chavrusa and true friend" who passed away last week. , 19/04/2010 10:26
Department of Paschal-ar Surgery

Department of Paschal-ar Surgery

Israel is separated from the other nations by G-d during the period of the Redemption from Egypt., 01/04/2010 19:33
Goldstone and the Gur Aryeh

Goldstone and the Gur Aryeh

Goldstone is no Yitro and Barak and Bibi Netanyahu are not Moses. The Egyptians in the Book of Exodus do have a counterpart today., 04/02/2010 13:15
Chanukah: Imagination

Chanukah: Imagination

Imprisoned by our imagination., 16/12/2009 23:57
Vayera: Laughter and Deen

Vayera: Laughter and Deen

Both, of course, intersect in Yitzchak., 06/11/2009 00:27
Tisha B'Av and Tunnel Vision

Tisha B'Av and Tunnel Vision

The "prat" is still exiled from the "klal"., 29/07/2009 11:03
Balak: Dunno' Much About History

Balak: Dunno' Much About History

A primer on Jewish history in this week's parsha., 02/07/2009 01:47
Jerusalem: Kodesh Kodashim

Jerusalem: Kodesh Kodashim

We should remember the Holy of Holies - Jerusalem., 20/05/2009 11:23
From Anopheles to Annapolis

From Anopheles to Annapolis

"What do you mean there is no kedushah?", 27/04/2009 01:19
Mishpatim: Statutory Chesed

Mishpatim: Statutory Chesed

Taking the law into one's own hands., 20/02/2009 02:26
Imagining Chanukah

Imagining Chanukah

Imagination vs. intellect in the Chanukah lights., 21/12/2008 11:53
Gan Eden: Adam Names Names

Gan Eden: Adam Names Names

Names, in the Hebrew language, reflect reality., 24/10/2008 00:08
Ki Tavo: Be Happy

Ki Tavo: Be Happy

The essence of Bikkurim., 19/09/2008 01:35
The Eye of Giants

The Eye of Giants

Speaking of things unseen., 08/08/2008 03:59
Cheesecake: King of Foods

Cheesecake: King of Foods

The holiday of King David and cheesecake., 08/06/2008 14:40
Iyar: Chodesh Tov

Iyar: Chodesh Tov

Some times are important on their own., 05/05/2008 02:46
Nissan and Aseret Yemei T'shuvah

Nissan and Aseret Yemei T'shuvah

Days of t'shuvah via love of God., 07/04/2008 10:06
Purim: <I>Asher Yishl'tu HaYehudim</I>

Purim: <I>Asher Yishl'tu HaYehudim</I>

A central theme in the Megillah., 20/03/2008 13:28
Sherut Leumi

Sherut Leumi

The importance of volunteerism in Judaism., 09/03/2008 13:15
<i>Mishpatim</i>: Listen Up!

<i>Mishpatim</i>: Listen Up!

Hearing is central to this story., 01/02/2008 02:00
<I>Bo</I>: Moses and the Human Genome Project

<I>Bo</I>: Moses and the Human Genome Project

Man is sui generis, a totally separate species., 09/01/2008 18:37
Chanukah: And Thrice Again

Chanukah: And Thrice Again

Three views of interaction with the world., 06/12/2007 12:44
<i>Toldot</i> and Chronic Jewish Fatigue Syndrome

<i>Toldot</i> and Chronic Jewish Fatigue Syndrome

Its sufferers are "cholei nefesh.", 08/11/2007 15:28
The Mashiach and Rabbi Avraham Elkana Shapira

The Mashiach and Rabbi Avraham Elkana Shapira

When you greet the Mashiach, remember this name..., 02/10/2007 06:54
<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: Follow the Leader

<I>Nitzavim-Vayelech</I>: Follow the Leader

These two parshiot complement and contrast., 06/09/2007 15:55
<i>Ki Tavo</I>: Reversal of Fortune

<i>Ki Tavo</I>: Reversal of Fortune

Turning evil into good., 29/08/2007 13:19
<i>Re'eh</I>: The Meating Place

<i>Re'eh</I>: The Meating Place

Jews have always had their own cookbooks., 09/08/2007 19:52
<i>Shelach</I>: Spy News

<i>Shelach</I>: Spy News

The illustrative story of the evil of Lashon Hara., 07/06/2007 18:08
<I>Yom Ha'atzmaut: Shehechiyanu....</I>

<I>Yom Ha'atzmaut: Shehechiyanu....</I>

Who with a heart cannot feel moved enough?, 23/04/2007 14:55
<I>Vayak'hel-Pekudei</I>: Triumph Over the Dark Side

<I>Vayak'hel-Pekudei</I>: Triumph Over the Dark Side

Shabbat and Mishkan as an arsenal against evil. , 16/03/2007 00:50
<I>Terumah</I>: The Lost Ark?

<I>Terumah</I>: The Lost Ark?

A hidden Ark awaits the Third Temple. , 23/02/2007 00:48
 <I>Yitro</I>: Going the Distance

<I>Yitro</I>: Going the Distance

Twice, God tells Moshe <I>Rabbeinu</I> to warn the people not to come close to Mt. Sinai. In fact, Rashi comments that Moshe is puzzled by the second warning, and tells God that he's already relayed the order to distance men and animals from the Mountain of God; but God tells Moshe that he must warn the Jews a second time., 09/02/2007 00:48
 <I>Shemot</I>: A Rose By Any Other Name

<I>Shemot</I>: A Rose By Any Other Name

It seems that appearances and manner of speech are important. They can create reality. Our sages told us (<I>Shemot Rabbah</I>, chapter 13) that "<I>B'nei Yisrael</I> were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of the fact that they did not change their names, their language and their dress." , 11/01/2007 15:40
 The Ox Horn Incident

The Ox Horn Incident

"The Greeks ordered that the Jews write on the horns of their oxen: 'We have no part in the God of Israel.'" Why did Antiochus choose oxen? And even granted the agrarian nature of the Jewish nation, what did Antiochus hope to accomplish by such a bizarre decree?, 21/12/2006 15:55
 Hanukkah: Threes Redux

Hanukkah: Threes Redux

The Torah is begging us to look for the three that runs through the whole Yaakov story, beginning in <I>parshat Vayishlach</i> and culminating in <I>parshat Miketz</I>, with its hints of Hanukkah. That three is found on the Codex of Hanukkah - the dreidel, the <I>sivivon</I>. Can you guess?, 17/12/2006 12:17
 <I>Toldot</I>: The Mothers of Our Nation

<I>Toldot</I>: The Mothers of Our Nation

Rivka <I>Imeinu</I> calls all the shots: in a one-of-a-kind prenatal diagnosis, only she is given the prophecy of the destinies of her twin boys. She recognizes the essences of the developing boys, and it is Rivka who devises and puts into motion the plan that brings the blessings to Yaakov., 22/11/2006 16:43
 <I>Vayera</I> and Mt. Moriah

<I>Vayera</I> and Mt. Moriah

"What is <I>Har HaMoriyah</I> (Mount Moriah)? The mount from which <I>hora'ah</I> (teaching, instruction, Torah) went out to Israel." (<I>Ta'anit</I> 16a) Rashi explains: "This refers to the <I>Lishkat HaGazit</I> (the Temple's office of hewn stone) in which stood prophets.", 09/11/2006 13:14
 <I>Breishit</I>: The Fourth Hour

<I>Breishit</I>: The Fourth Hour

As we leave the Tishrei holiday period , we now enter the real, <I>gashmi</I> (as in <I>"mashiv haruach umorid hagashem"</I>) world. , 16/10/2006 15:47
 The Dance of Sukkot

The Dance of Sukkot

And there was dancing at the <I>Simchat Beit HaShoeiva</I>. To explain it, one must return to Yom Kippur in the Temple., 11/10/2006 08:11
 Rosh HaShanah: <I>Akeidat</I> Yitzchak

Rosh HaShanah: <I>Akeidat</I> Yitzchak

The central lesson of Rosh HaShanah seems to have no relevance to the individual Jew as he prays for hours on the Jewish New Year., 21/09/2006 14:34
 <I>Ki-Tavo</I>: The Jordan River Rules

<I>Ki-Tavo</I>: The Jordan River Rules

The lesson of teamwork is of primary importance to our nation, a small, Jewish minority living in an overwhelmingly hostile Muslim Middle East. And the Torah stresses this lesson in this week's <I>parsha</I>. , 08/09/2006 00:06
 <I>Re'eh</I>: The <I>Trempist</i>

<I>Re'eh</I>: The <I>Trempist</i>

This week's <I>Haftarah</I> portrays Israel, "afflicted, storm-tossed and not comforted," as it leaves the years of curse behind and returns to the Land of Israel. On "not comforted," the <I>Oznayim L'Torah</I> explained that there never was the option of coming to <I>Eretz Yisrael</I> and just sitting here like the Swiss in Switzerland., 18/08/2006 09:42
 <I>Ekev</I>: The Agenda

<I>Ekev</I>: The Agenda

Such is the power of <I>ekev</i> that David <I>HaMelech</I> said: "Why should I fear in the day of evil, the sin of <I>ekev</I> surround me?" (Psalms 49:6) To ignore <I>ekev</I> is to court disaster, but to uphold it, "Your servant is careful with Your commands, in keeping them is much reward (<I>ekev</i>)." (19:12), 11/08/2006 05:34
 <I>Chukat</I>: Yiphtach and Peace Now

<I>Chukat</I>: Yiphtach and Peace Now

This week's <I>Haftorah</I> is the story of Yiphtach, in which an outcast from Gilead leads the Jews in victory over the Ammonite oppressor. The question is: why this <I>dvar Torah</I> for a <I>parsha</I> that features the <I>Parah Adumah</I>, and the deaths of Miriam, Aharon and Moshe?, 30/06/2006 12:18
 <I>Shelach Lecha</I>: Calev, Rabbi Zecharia and Hamlet

<I>Shelach Lecha</I>: Calev, Rabbi Zecharia and Hamlet

<i>Anvetanusei</I> is a code-word, explains the Talner Rebbe, occurring twice in the Talmud, both times in relation to the same key player in the Temple's destruction on Tisha B'Av. , 15/06/2006 12:17
 Yom Ha'atzmaut: Affairs of the Heart

Yom Ha'atzmaut: Affairs of the Heart

In our relations with our fellow Jews, of all stripes, religious or non-observant, gentle or rude, pleasant or unpleasant, the Torah imposes the obligation of being motivated by logic of the heart., 02/05/2006 11:08
 <I>Shemini</I>: High Tension Lives

<I>Shemini</I>: High Tension Lives

<I>Daf Yomi</I> aficionados recently learned a <I>Gemara</I>,on <I>Pesachim</I> 77a, that sheds light on the recently concluded Pesach holiday, and on the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, described in this week's Torah reading., 20/04/2006 13:33
 <I>Tetzaveh</I>: Survival Gear

<I>Tetzaveh</I>: Survival Gear

This generation seems like Akiva, before he learned, but it will yet be Rabbi Akiva , <I>gadol b'Yisrael</i>. , 10/03/2006 02:25