Abraham described Jerusalem as a mountain

Abraham described Jerusalem as a mountain

It takes great effort and patience to climb the mountain of spirituality that Jerusalem represents. , 5/8/2018, 5:26 PM
Torah - The forest and the trees at one and the same time

Torah - The forest and the trees at one and the same time

It would be unthinkable that the Torah would command us to be a Holy nation dedicated to the service of God and human beings without telling us how this was to be achieved. (Diaspora reading), 4/26/2018, 8:51 AM
Ever young

Ever young

We are an ever-young people whose past is ever present and that is how we are privileged to celebrate 70 years of our own country's independence., 4/19/2018, 9:58 AM
Psychological and mental healing

Psychological and mental healing

The connection between the outside world, human physiology and psychology is one whose mechanics we do not understand, but whose effects and therapies can be measured., 4/11/2018, 6:49 PM
Sympathy comes from the heart and not from the tongue.

Sympathy comes from the heart and not from the tongue.

Aaron stayed silent when his sons died. It is interesting to note that throughout the world hospitals contain signs that ask for silence. , 3/29/2018, 11:51 AM
Having the Seder at home

Having the Seder at home

It is no exaggeration to say that the Jewish world is founded on the night of the Pesach Seder., 3/21/2018, 4:24 PM
God calls out to us

God calls out to us

It is the still small voice that is heard that rings in our mind and pricks our conscience., 3/14/2018, 9:10 PM
The logic behind Sabbath prohibitions :Vayakhel-Pikudei

The logic behind Sabbath prohibitions :Vayakhel-Pikudei

if the Jewish people were prohibited from building and constructing the Mishkan/Tabernacle on Shabbat then why were they allowed and in fact commanded to operate and conduct the sacrificial service in that building on Shabbat? , 3/7/2018, 6:27 PM
Purim will be celebrated eternally, even when the Messiah comes

Purim will be celebrated eternally, even when the Messiah comes

At first glance, this seems to be a very strange observation. , 3/1/2018, 1:08 PM
We are not the Crusaders

We are not the Crusaders

Our enemies are deluded by recollections of the Crusades, where after centuries, the Christian invaders were forced to relinquish their power and territory in the Middle East. , 2/15/2018, 11:00 PM
Lending money to a fellow Jew

Lending money to a fellow Jew

Lending money to others and helping them to extricate themselves from otherwise burdensome circumstances is a positive commandment of the Torah, but it sets out the rules. , 2/12/2018, 12:38 PM
European countries say "not me"

European countries say "not me"

The late Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzchak Shamir, once said that anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe is placed into the population with its mother’s milk., 2/8/2018, 12:08 PM
For Tu Bishvat: Israel's agricultural blessings

For Tu Bishvat: Israel's agricultural blessings

The infamous Peel Commission issued its learned conclusions in 1936 stating that the entire land of Israel – then Palestine under British mandate – could not support a population greater than 2 1/2 million souls. And now... , 1/30/2018, 7:13 PM
Democracy is messy

Democracy is messy

The old religious – secular bugaboo has reared its head once more and as usual harsh and unnecessary invective is being employed by all sides of this debate. , 1/25/2018, 3:21 PM
A burning desire to replace wrong with right

A burning desire to replace wrong with right

Moses' life is characterized by a burning passion for justice., 1/7/2018, 9:53 PM
O! Jerusalem

O! Jerusalem

It is not so much that the world wants Jerusalem – after all it was a wasteland and backwater location for many centuries whether under Christian or Moslem rule – it is simply that the world does not want the Jews to have Jerusalem. , 12/26/2017, 4:50 PM
Vayigash: In this world good has to be its own reward

Vayigash: In this world good has to be its own reward

Good deeds do not necessarily mean a tranquil and untroubled life for those who do them., 12/20/2017, 12:34 PM
Passings

Passings

Every generation has special people that affect the lives of many of their contemporaries as well as the lives of later generations. G-d deals them out sparingly, but there is always at least one., 12/19/2017, 5:43 PM
The brotherrs who could not speak peacefully to one another

The brotherrs who could not speak peacefully to one another

Would that we be in the midst of a reconciliation, as took place in the story of Joseph., 12/8/2017, 10:09 AM
The UN and Israel

The UN and Israel

It helped create Israel but has attempted numerous times to destroy it as well, while the Muslim world would have solved the 'refugee' problem had the UN not helped perpetuate it., 12/5/2017, 11:46 AM
Confrontations

Confrontations

Deep down in the hearts of all concerned, there is the fear that the last chapter in this struggle has not yet been written. , 12/1/2017, 11:55 AM
US Jewish leaders are fighting the wrong battle

US Jewish leaders are fighting the wrong battle

American Jews may know that somehow they are the people of the book but they don't know what book is being referred to. There is little hope for their eventual survival as a vital part of the Jewish people., 11/28/2017, 2:42 PM
People of the tents

People of the tents

Jewish existence as a reminder of spiritually and decency., 11/24/2017, 1:00 PM
Balancing today's norms

Balancing today's norms

Extremism rarely if ever results in the sanctification of God’s name in the world. , 11/22/2017, 3:35 PM
The wreckage of  empty wells

The wreckage of empty wells

We have always longed to be fresh, new and different than our ancestors. And we have paid dearly for it., 11/18/2017, 10:35 PM
100 years since the start of Communist rule

100 years since the start of Communist rule

History is a brutal teacher. It does not support false doctrines., 11/13/2017, 1:49 PM
A century of Balfour

A century of Balfour

The Balfour Declaration was an emotional impetus to the idea that the exile of Israel could and would diminish and end., 11/11/2017, 10:16 PM
The vanishing American traditional Jew

The vanishing American traditional Jew

The reason for the waning of the Conservative Movement., 11/1/2017, 10:34 PM
The angels that walk among us

The angels that walk among us

Civilization is the story of human transformation. , 10/31/2017, 5:55 PM
The frist wandering Jew

The frist wandering Jew

It wasn't just a travel experience, it was a lesson for generations to come., 10/25/2017, 10:01 PM
After the holidays

After the holidays

There are no Jewish holidays until Hannukah. We hve to make do with memories of the holidays of the month of Tishrei, about to end., 10/17/2017, 1:15 PM
Sukkot: Finding a place for the soul

Sukkot: Finding a place for the soul

In a way, Sukkot is a natural continuation of Yom Kippur., 10/5/2017, 6:08 AM
The annulment of vows on Yom Kippur

The annulment of vows on Yom Kippur

Why are we so confident that Heaven will agree to this and truly wipe that slate clean for us? , 9/29/2017, 1:56 PM
Belgian chickens

Belgian chickens

We are invested in scandals, personal failures and rumors, and the great issues are ignored., 9/12/2017, 1:52 PM
What Moses said came true

What Moses said came true

Simply put, the vindication of the prophecy and words of Moshe themselves are one of the strongest pillars of faith upon which Judaism and the Jewish people rest., 9/7/2017, 9:47 AM
Lost causes

Lost causes

It is as though all of our battles have been won and there are really no new worlds left to discover and conquer.  , 9/3/2017, 9:45 AM
Ki Tetsei: Temptation

Ki Tetsei: Temptation

Usually we do not carry out the acts that tempt us simply because of lack of opportunity and not necessarily because of our piety., 9/1/2017, 10:06 AM
Seeing correctly

Seeing correctly

Only clear vision can lead to wise and correct choices., 8/20/2017, 12:55 AM
Re'eh: Sight and vision

Re'eh: Sight and vision

The commandments that the Torah enjoins us to observe are a form of corrective lenses to aid us in seeing things clearly and accurately. , 8/16/2017, 6:45 AM
Eikev: Step carefully

Eikev: Step carefully

What does Eikev represent?, 8/10/2017, 11:51 PM
Shabbat Va'etchanan - Nachamu: Hope brings consolation

Shabbat Va'etchanan - Nachamu: Hope brings consolation

The Jewish people always believe that there are better days ahead. , 8/4/2017, 4:47 PM
Fake religion

Fake religion

The attempt of the Moslem world to elevate their dispute with Israel into a matter of jihad and holy war has left the world vulnerable to fanaticism and unending violence. , 8/1/2017, 10:10 PM
Wandering Jews

Wandering Jews

Today's largest Jewish communities are different, but can still work together., 7/23/2017, 8:13 AM
Thoughts on the haredi anti-IDF rally in New York

Thoughts on the haredi anti-IDF rally in New York

The recycling of ideas that have been proven to be mistaken blocks the chance of accepting reality., 6/22/2017, 10:36 PM
Behaalotcha: The light of the Temple menorah

Behaalotcha: The light of the Temple menorah

Torah from the Rabbi of Beit Knesset Hanasi, Jerusalem, noted author and lecturer., 6/7/2017, 11:42 PM
Bamidbar: Counting means love

Bamidbar: Counting means love

Things of value require counting and cataloging. That is human nature. , 5/26/2017, 9:51 AM
Focus or vision?

Focus or vision?

One sees only the trees, the other the forest., 5/11/2017, 2:08 PM
Jewish do-gooders: Naivete is worse than ignorance

Jewish do-gooders: Naivete is worse than ignorance

Believing in the possibility of Utopia on earth when bombs are going off in marketplaces is worse than ignorance., 5/8/2017, 11:40 AM
Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: We need the mitsvot

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: We need the mitsvot

Judaism is in the details of observance., 5/5/2017, 11:17 AM
Tazria-Metsora: In Jewish life, less is more

Tazria-Metsora: In Jewish life, less is more

Why and how tsoraat affects three categories of human life and society – the human body, clothing and houses. , 4/27/2017, 8:32 AM
Deviating from Torah law leads to consequences

Deviating from Torah law leads to consequences

The Talmud states that consuming non-kosher food stops up the hearts of otherwise good Jews., 4/20/2017, 9:53 PM
Parshat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol

Parshat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol

Tthe connection between Tzav and Shabbat Hagaol explored and explained. , 4/7/2017, 3:44 PM
Vayakhel-Pekudei: Accountability

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Accountability

Transparency and accountability in the parsha., 3/23/2017, 1:42 AM
Stuck in the middle

Stuck in the middle

Real life dilemmas mirror Israel's situation all too well., 3/14/2017, 9:00 PM
Is he a little too Jewish? Is Israel?

Is he a little too Jewish? Is Israel?

There is no question as to David Friedman’s abilities or credentials. The problem with Friedman is that he is too openly Jewish for the Reform Movement., 2/28/2017, 4:41 PM
Damage control

Damage control

The laws and consequences of human behavior., 2/22/2017, 9:39 PM
The real test of new Jewish movements

The real test of new Jewish movements

Open Orthodoxy wants to make Judaism palatable to modern trends. But that is all they are - trends. , 2/15/2017, 12:41 PM