Absurdism, Judaism, and Human Agency: Kafka on the Parsha

The Torah tries to accomplish, through its institution of laws and teachings—to bring us even a fraction closer to making sense out of a world that seems humanistically subjective, elusive in meaning, and endlessly confounding. Shlomit Ovadia, Friday, 3:52 PM

The worst character trait of all

Is it good or bad to be stiff-necked? Danny Ginsbourg, Thursday, 8:11 AM

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”Professor Gerald Aranoff, Thursday, 8:06 AM

All about the Benjamins: Ilhan Omar and Purim Katan, Adar I, 2019

Congresswoman's anti-Semitic tweets, when put in historical context, seem to be a modern version of the Megillah narrative. And we all know how that ended.Rabbi Michoel Green, Wednesday, 10:05 PM

The Jewish view of lawyers

Insights on topics in Judaism.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, Wednesday, 6:46 AM

Studying Tanya

Chapter 43, class 1. Previous classes can be heard by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Tuesday, 9:05 PM

Why do we need an Oracle?

While the issues of when the Urim VeTumim was to be used or who made use of it are important, the very necessity this metaphysical system is the deeper question that needs to be analyzed. Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, Monday, 3:43 PM

There's no such thing as coincidence

We may seek to know what a particular event in our lives means, but do we have the strength to bear the weight of the answer? Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, Monday, 3:37 PM

Kosher milk and honey

All about the two foods for which our country, Israel, is praised – a land flowing with milk and honey.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Sunday, 8:06 AM

Sending forth the light: In memory of Ori Ansbacher Hy"d

"Arise, Ori, because your light has come, and Hashem’s Glory has shone upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). Ori has ascended to the highest, murdered by a despicable representative of an already-evil creed. Her light will indeed rise in holiness and purity. Daniel Pinner, Sunday, 7:58 AM

The eternal light

There are two forms of eternity in human affairs and history.Rabbi Berel Wein, Sunday, 7:53 AM

Tetzaveh: The High Priest's golden crown

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/15/2019, 12:51 PM

D’var Torah: Parashat Tetzaveh

This week, the Chief Rabbi describes the question that Hashem asks every single one of us: Where are you?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 2/14/2019, 8:07 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Tetzaveh

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/14/2019, 7:50 PM

Tetzaveh and preparation for Purim

The Parsha and Current Events series: Purim is not an isolated event in Jewish history. It has repeated itself in almost every generation, with, of course, a change of language.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 2/14/2019, 9:59 AM

Tetsave: The flame that rises by itself

Educators find a message in the word used in the instructions for lighting the menorah. Danny Ginsbourg, 2/13/2019, 7:13 PM

The afterlife

A passing does not spell the cessation of a person’s existence. A passing is simply a relocation to a different plane. Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 2/13/2019, 7:05 PM

Learning Tanya every week

Tanya is your path to a healthy spiritual life. Concluding lecture on chapter 42. Previous lessons can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/12/2019, 6:00 PM

Teacher - open the door and your students will walk through

Facts.  Knowledge.  Information.  These are, of course, necessary but not nearly sufficient for the Teacher who wants to not only teach but uplift and inspire. Let us open the door.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/11/2019, 3:14 PM

Why don't WOW ask Rick Jacobs about tefillin?

Why didn't the Women of the Wall ask Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism (who was recently in Israel supporting them), to change the Reform Movement’s practice of rejecting the mitzvah of tefillin? Ezequiel Doiny, 2/11/2019, 3:05 PM

When do we follow minhag?

In disputes between ethnic minhagim, the ethnic minhag itself is not the sole consideration, but also minhag ha’makom, local practice. In Israeli society today, minhagim that are infrequently practiced lose their validity. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/10/2019, 1:16 PM

Mute testimony

Wherever synagogue buildings existed, the Jewish community was able to bring forth generations and remain vital and productive. Rabbi Berel Wein, 2/10/2019, 12:56 PM

Aron Habrit; The Ark of the Covenant

Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah.  The Torah Portion of Terumah Exodus 25:1–27:19 Moshe Kempinski, 2/10/2019, 12:49 PM

 Shabbat: What is true success?

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/8/2019, 1:30 PM

What is the purpose of having shuls?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the purpose of our shuls.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 2/8/2019, 9:30 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Terumah

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 2/8/2019, 1:10 AM

Rabbi Zera’s impulsivity in entering Eretz Yisrael

Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 2/8/2019, 1:00 AM

Terumah: A portable home

Covenant & Conversation - thoughts on the weekly Torah reading.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 2/7/2019, 7:59 AM

The placement of the table and the menorah: Reflections of humanity

Every aspect of the Temple reflected the infinite wisdom of God, from the measurements to the materials to the shapes of the keilim to the locations.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 2/7/2019, 12:20 AM

Terumah: Vertical logs

Why did G-d instruct Moses to build the tabernacle with vertical logs? Although it is a legitimate way to build, it isn’t the norm. How many cabins have you seen built with vertical logs?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 2/7/2019, 12:17 AM

Tanya, Chapter 42, Class 10

For previous lessons, please click the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 2/5/2019, 5:24 PM

The person before you is you!

You must look at the poor man as if he could be you. Danny Ginsbourg, 2/5/2019, 5:18 PM

Ordinances, justice and sentences

Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah on the Torah Portion of Mishpatim Exodus 21:1–24:18. Moshe Kempinski, 2/5/2019, 8:16 AM

May a foreign caregiver cook for a Jew?

The prohibition of bishulei goyim also applies to foreign caregivers of the elderly and the sick.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 2/3/2019, 8:30 PM

Ethics in business

Insights in topics in Judaism: Business ethics, saying the 10 Commandments every day, human dignity.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 2/3/2019, 8:10 AM

The Device is the message:Technology and the dignity of Creation

We are isolated in our relationship with our technologies, with our devices. We are addicts. We are an eved ivri.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 2/3/2019, 7:15 AM

Can you call yourself religious if you aren’t a decent person?

This week the Chief Rabbi asks what it is that makes a person religious.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 2/2/2019, 11:10 PM

Mishpatim: Tablets of stone

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the founder of Religious Zionism as we know it today.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 2/1/2019, 8:22 AM

Tunnels and the Torah's response to agression

The Torah, in  our parsha, talks about killing someone who tunnels into one's home. Is that allowed?Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 2/1/2019, 8:10 AM

The parsha and current events: My extraordinary uncle and aunt

They lived in very different times and environments with about a 350-year separation; nevertheless, both had very similar ideals, values and similar unhappy fates.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/31/2019, 10:14 PM

Judiaism and slavery

This week's Dvar Torah is by Yonatan Sinclair, former Shaliach (Cape Town, 2004-05), currently Head of Hachshara Department, World Bnei Akiva.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 1/31/2019, 7:29 AM

Legitimizing lies

While most of us are aware that it is forbidden to speak loshon horo (and almost everyone nevertheless sometimes falters in this area), many are unaware that it is forbidden to listen to loshon horo and accept it as fact.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 1/31/2019, 7:25 AM

Tanya, the road to spiritual health

Chapter 42, class 9. Previous chapters can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 1/30/2019, 4:09 PM

New York State declares war on life

New York State's Reproductive Health Act, under the guise of progressiveness and liberality, is in truth a regressive act of intolerance toward the state's religious communities.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 1/29/2019, 9:56 AM

Alcoholic beverages: A way to increase joy versus moshav leitzim

Clarifying the educational approach towards alcohol at parties: *Drinking wine in the atmosphere of a mitzvah brings joy, whereas drinking wine frivolously causes only sorrow. *Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/27/2019, 9:16 AM

Validation from non-Jews

It has always been that the Jewish people craved validation from the outside world for principles and beliefs that we know to be valid and correct but with which we feel uncomfortable unless others are willing to agree with us on these matters.Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/27/2019, 9:04 AM

Why is everyone talking about Shtisel?

In Israel, everyone was talking about it several years ago, but now it has hit the US scene - with the same result. Larry Gordon, 1/27/2019, 8:57 AM

Coercion at Sinai

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/25/2019, 3:06 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Yitro

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 1/25/2019, 2:48 PM

Yitro: No need for Fantasy Island

Was Yitro emblematic of a fantasy island scenario or was he in fact perfect, not needing any altered reality to bring him back in line? Steven Genack, 1/25/2019, 2:36 PM

Yitro: Joyfully bringing the Shechinah home

What it does not say in the Ten Commandments.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/24/2019, 9:49 AM

Pluralism: The misuse of Rabbi J.B. Soloveitchik

When R. Soloveitchik uses that concept he means cognitive pluralism, not religious or moral pluralism. A pluralistic approach to the Halakha is as absurd as a pluralistic approach to ordinary logic.Prof. Paul Eidelberg, 1/24/2019, 7:41 AM

The Jewish people brought the concept of freedom to humanity

Due to the Exodus freedom became a living concept, and thus, for every person and nation, each according  to its capacity, the option of freedom now existed, something which had not been possible previously.Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, 1/23/2019, 6:40 AM

More decrees or education?

The previous column ended with a question to the public: Should parties with a secular atmosphere be included in the prohibition against drinking at non-Jewish parties, or is teaching to refrain from drinking at such parties enough?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/22/2019, 8:09 AM

Interfaith services

Rabbi Moshe Bresler, 1/22/2019, 8:00 AM

Food from heaven

In spite of it being an obvious gift directly from heaven, or perhaps ironically, because it was such an obvious gift from heaven, the Jewish people tended to grumble about it. Why? Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/22/2019, 7:59 AM

Arbor Day (Tu Bishvat) Guide for the Perplexed, 2019

Jewish tradition stipulates a one-sentence-blessing before consuming any fruit. It also has laws for when those fruits can be eaten from a young tree and when a portion is to be donated to the Temple. Tu Bishvat is the line of demarcation for tithes.Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger , 1/21/2019, 9:06 AM