Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

How can we say 'shehecheyanu' at this time?

How can we say 'shehecheyanu' at this time?

Isn't that blessing said when one is grateful for a special, unusual, new event? Read the story of Reb Ber., 06/04/2020 14:30
Covid-19: How long, O Lord?

Covid-19: How long, O Lord?

Early in B'reshit the Creator promises not to destroy His Creation. I am sure He will keep His word. Our problem is that we are uncertain of His timetable., 23/03/2020 22:18
Ask the Rabbi: Coronavirus - the moral aspect

Ask the Rabbi: Coronavirus - the moral aspect

A scapegoat is not the aswer, nor looking for Biblical warnings., 11/03/2020 08:56
How to treat converts - in both directions

How to treat converts - in both directions

Insights into Judaism: Converts., 02/03/2020 17:52
Insights into Judaism:  Blessing on not making me a woman

Insights into Judaism: Blessing on not making me a woman

In blessing God, a man is not asserting any real or imagined superiority, but expressing deep humility. , 24/02/2020 09:59
Insights into Judaism: Judaism and Art

Insights into Judaism: Judaism and Art

Thoughts on Judaism and Art, the World to Come and the word phylacteries., 17/02/2020 22:36
Does  God answer prayer?

Does God answer prayer?

, 12/02/2020 07:19
Ostriches, Converts, Consumer protection

Ostriches, Converts, Consumer protection

Insights into aspects of Judaism., 04/02/2020 18:52
How much are you worth?

How much are you worth?

In sights into Judaism., 03/02/2020 22:23
The women too

The women too

Neither kings nor any other males have a right to prevent women’s religious expression., 29/01/2020 08:08
A Jewish guide to death and bereavement

A Jewish guide to death and bereavement

Judaism is adamant that one may not actively hasten death, but it recognises the morality of permitting people to die. The effect is not to shorten a person’s living, but to shorten their dying., 26/01/2020 07:44
Patrinealism

Patrinealism

Who is a Jew?, 15/01/2020 07:32
The origins of the Rabbinate

The origins of the Rabbinate

Insights on varied topics in Judaism., 06/01/2020 06:29
The name of G-d

The name of G-d

The names we call G-d are often as not a job specification rather than a name., 01/01/2020 07:36
The Hanukkah story is not nearly as simple as people think

The Hanukkah story is not nearly as simple as people think

Where did the story begin and what does it say about violence in Judaism, martyrdom and murder?, 24/12/2019 09:25
The unknown Hanukkah Megilla

The unknown Hanukkah Megilla

There is actually a little known Megillah for the festival. Who wrote it?, 17/12/2019 19:58
Malpractice and doctors

Malpractice and doctors

Does Jewish law allow for suing medical personnel?, 15/12/2019 20:09
Vayishlach: Struggling alone

Vayishlach: Struggling alone

In difficult times there has generally been no sign of Jacob’s erstwhile friends., 12/12/2019 08:53
Is God Jewish?

Is God Jewish?

And is it wrong to buy a lottery ticket? And what are Torah public service ethics?, 25/11/2019 10:18
Abraham, Prince of G-d mourns his wife Sarah, Woman of Valor

Abraham, Prince of G-d mourns his wife Sarah, Woman of Valor

Insights into the week's Torah reading., 20/11/2019 07:46
Abraham our father, Moses our teacher

Abraham our father, Moses our teacher

Insights into the Parasha: Abraham's aliya to Israel., 07/11/2019 08:31
120 years, 120 words

120 years, 120 words

Insights into Parashat Noach., 29/10/2019 21:34
The Sukkah of Leviathan

The Sukkah of Leviathan

In the Pesikta, Rabbi Levi explains that whoever fulfils the mitzvah of sukkah in this world will dwell in the sukkah of Leviathan in time to come - what does that mean? And how does a sukkah symbolize peace? , 13/10/2019 09:29
Insights into selected Yom Kippur prayers

Insights into selected Yom Kippur prayers

Unetane Tokef, Melech Elyon and the Ten Martyrs, central prayers on the fast day, are explained below., 05/10/2019 22:43
A Rosh Hashana prelude

A Rosh Hashana prelude

Insights into the High Holydays., 24/09/2019 10:39
Parasha thoughts: Whodunit?

Parasha thoughts: Whodunit?

The fact is that whatever goes wrong in our community, we all bear a share of the responsibility., 05/09/2019 15:22
What to do and say at a shivah house

What to do and say at a shivah house

The traditional week of mourning is psychologically better for the family because it helps to ease them back into life and learn to live without the person who has died., 26/08/2019 23:32
Jeffrey Epstein and the status of suicide in Judaism

Jeffrey Epstein and the status of suicide in Judaism

In Judaism the debate is not so much political or social but theological., 20/08/2019 19:07
Insights into Judaism: Common law wives

Insights into Judaism: Common law wives

Asking the rabbi about common law unions, repeating the amida and G-d's tefillin., 13/08/2019 09:02
Is the Fast of the 9th of Av still relevant?

Is the Fast of the 9th of Av still relevant?

Why, if we have liberated Jerusalem and it is a thriving city, do we still fast on the 9th of Av and mourn its destruction? And when did it occur?, 10/08/2019 22:45
Maybe the dog will die.

Maybe the dog will die.

"Better not to vow than to vow and not fulfill" but We all seem to hope that we will never be called upon to carry out the obligations we assume., 31/07/2019 18:05
Insights into selected Jewish topics

Insights into selected Jewish topics

Learn about the 613 mitzvot, about whether Judaism mandates supporting one's family, and proofs of the Temple existing in Jerusalem before the Muslim conquest., 15/07/2019 17:52
Feeling afraid

Feeling afraid

Insights into Jewish thought and practice: Feeling afraid, equal rights and thoughts on Parshat Naso., 11/06/2019 07:02
Bechukotai (Diaspora): End of story

Bechukotai (Diaspora): End of story

This is the last of the readings from the book of Leviticus., 30/05/2019 16:30
Why do we point at the Torah during Sabbath services?

Why do we point at the Torah during Sabbath services?

And why do some Jews call the post-Sabbath service spread a kiddush while others call it a bracha?, 29/05/2019 12:00
Changing over and changing back

Changing over and changing back

What has changed since we cleaned for Pesach?, 28/04/2019 08:21
Hansen's Law and the last days of Passover

Hansen's Law and the last days of Passover

Insights into Judaic topics, this time with an emphasis on the end of Passover., 24/04/2019 12:00
Did matzah exist before the Exodus?

Did matzah exist before the Exodus?

Insights into the holiday of Pesach that you will enjoy., 23/04/2019 10:45
Vegans on Pesach

Vegans on Pesach

Insights on Torah Judaism., 02/04/2019 08:14
Taking out the trash in the Holy Temple - an election message

Taking out the trash in the Holy Temple - an election message

If Aaron needed to be reminded not to become too high and mighty, how much more do the lesser people who in our day often occupy positions of power and eminence. , 24/03/2019 08:18
Local, unique Purims

Local, unique Purims

Haman had many admirers who tried to emulate his scheme and didn't succeed, calling for other Purim celebrations., 20/03/2019 08:05
The Purim story in poetry: Psalm 22;

The Purim story in poetry: Psalm 22;

There is a rabbinic tradition that links Psalm 22 with Purim. , 19/03/2019 08:02
What does it mean to be a mentsch?

What does it mean to be a mentsch?

A mentsch doesn't cheat to get his offspring into college. It doesn't say that here, but it is a corollary of being a mentsch., 13/03/2019 12:02
The Jewish view of lawyers

The Jewish view of lawyers

Insights on topics in Judaism., 20/02/2019 06:46
Ethics in business

Ethics in business

Insights in topics in Judaism: Business ethics, saying the 10 Commandments every day, human dignity., 03/02/2019 08:10
Women in the military

Women in the military

What is the Torah view of female combatants?, 15/01/2019 07:51
Shortening prayers/ Eastern religions

Shortening prayers/ Eastern religions

Insights into current questions about Judaism., 08/01/2019 10:42
Book Review: The RCA Siddur - Avodat Halev

Book Review: The RCA Siddur - Avodat Halev

A completely re-thought, re-planned and re-worked prayer book that takes account of technical advances, linguistic developments, historical events, sociological changes, and includes ideological analyses of spirituality, theology as well as halakha., 01/01/2019 07:30
Choosing your own religious observances; operate on your parents

Choosing your own religious observances; operate on your parents

Can Jews pick and choose the mitzvas they wish to keep?, 26/12/2018 13:06
Jews who have left Judaism

Jews who have left Judaism

Insights into topics in Judaism: Jews who have left Judaism; Why have bar mitzvas at age 13., 11/12/2018 11:39
What started the Hanukkah conflict?

What started the Hanukkah conflict?

Insights into the Jewish holiday that starts next week., 28/11/2018 06:52
Sitting shiva for a child who marries out

Sitting shiva for a child who marries out

Insights into various topics in Judaism., 11/11/2018 08:00
Little time left

Little time left

The sages say, “When a mitzvah comes to your hand, don’t let it get stale” (M’chilta Bo).  , 06/11/2018 13:04
Ask the Rabbi: Gun control

Ask the Rabbi: Gun control

Pros and cons, but most important, supervision and self control., 29/10/2018 23:33
Lifting the bride's veil

Lifting the bride's veil

Insights into Jewish customs., 22/10/2018 14:30
Harry Potter, yes or no?

Harry Potter, yes or no?

Other insights: Money lending; How much does it cost to be Jewish?, 16/10/2018 05:48
The day after

The day after

How do people react on the day after Simchat Torah?, 02/10/2018 18:32