Shlach: A Talit Meditation

Two meditations fill our minds as we don the Talit in the morning.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, Yesterday, 11:05 AM

Shlach: Repairing the Sin of the Spies 

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic founder of Religious Zionism and Yeshivat Merkaz Harav.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, Friday, 11:43 AM

Beha'alotcha-Shlach: HIllel, the oleh from Babylon

The popular Torah lecturer who made aliya many years ago and is a sought after speaker, tells about another immigrant of many years ago.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, Friday, 11:34 AM

Rebellion against Eretz Yisrael

The spies told the truth as they saw it, so why were the people punished so severely? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, Friday, 10:49 AM

Fear of freedom

Shelach Lecha: The spies did not doubt that Israel could win its battles with the inhabitants of the land. Their concern was not physical.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Thursday, 9:59 AM

What kind of second chance is Pesach Sheni?

The Second Passover Offering: What kind of a second chance does it represent?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, Thursday, 8:20 AM

"Shall we stand idly by? The rape of Dinah

The Torah tells us how Shimon and Levi dealt with the rape of their sister Dina by the prince of Shechem. They did not kill Dina as the Muslim world does today; they killed Dina's rapist instead--and, for good measure, his entire male family.Prof. Phyllis Chesler, Wednesday, 12:30 PM

Can we drink wine touched by someone who desecrates Shabbat in public?

Due to the severity of the desecration of Shabbat, it was ruled that wine touched by a public desecrator of Shabbat is forbidden, but society has changed, creating a situation in which this does not indicate a break with Jewish identity.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Tuesday, 9:27 AM

Tanya lecture: Your weekly guide to spiritual health

Previous classes can be accessed by clicking the link below. Chapter 44, lecture 7 can be seen here.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Tuesday, 9:23 AM

Faults are thick where love is thin

Peace is hard.  Love is harder. Why?  Because it demands that we not only tolerate someone not like ourselves but that we embrace that person and hold them dear, as dearly as we hold ourselves.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Tuesday, 8:31 AM

You are important

The functioning of the community is reliant on every task, no matter how big or small…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Monday, 12:40 AM

The greatest spiritual force in the Universe is yearning.

Concepts in Torah: Parshat BeHaalotcha (Numbers 8:1–12:16) Moshe Kempinski, Monday, 12:30 AM

There is no replacement for the Torah or the Land of Israel

The parsha and current events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Monday, 12:25 AM

Beha'alotecha: The seven lamps of the Menorah

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 6/14/2019, 1:04 PM

We are all individuals, but we all need somebody to lean on

Simon M. Jackson and Gina Junger wrote this weeks Divrei Torah, for Naso and Beha'alotcha respectively, due to the different readings in the Diaspora and Israel.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 6/14/2019, 12:55 PM

The Kotzkzer, Rabbi Soloveitchik and Israel's going out to war

The words of the Kotzker, his grandson Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Soloveitchik and the medieval commentary Ibn Ezra build a picture of how the Jewish people must go to war and rejoice at victory. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 6/13/2019, 2:59 PM

Behaalotcha: Camp and Congregation

No Jew, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of him- or herself. We are joined by the gossamer strands of collective memory, and these can sometimes lead us back to a sense of shared destiny.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/13/2019, 2:03 PM

Tanya lectures - the way to a healthy spiritual life

Chapter 44, class 6. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 6/12/2019, 4:23 PM

Tizku lemitzvot - may you merit performing G-d's commandments!

How far, with the passage of time, we have fallen in our love of mitzvot... Danny Ginsbourg, 6/12/2019, 4:08 PM

Raise your head and be counted

The Torah abhors slackers.Rabbi Berel Wein, 6/12/2019, 4:05 PM

Feeling afraid

Insights into Jewish thought and practice: Feeling afraid, equal rights and thoughts on Parshat Naso.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 6/11/2019, 7:02 AM

Blessings from Zion

I wonder who is more culpable: the uneducated Jew who is not convinced that G-d is the source of halacha, or the adherents to the chareidi outlook that recognizes Hashem but denies his day to day involvement in the ups and downs of the Jewish nation.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 6/10/2019, 2:00 PM

Shavuot - Complete joy

The joy of Matan Torah is expressed both in the study of Torah, and in a sumptuous meal. What to do if you live abroad and are in Israel for the holiday? Or if you are an Israeli living abroad?Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/9/2019, 11:31 PM

You can be like Hashem!

It is our responsibility to act is if we are teachers to the world…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/9/2019, 9:37 PM

Sages and saints

Which is preferable?Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/9/2019, 9:36 PM

What we really received at Sinai

Rabbi Shlomo Vilk, 6/7/2019, 3:25 PM

Cheesecake for the Soul: Finding our perfect slice of Torah

Each of us must seek out the specific text that speaks to us and helps us connect to God, Torah and Jewish life.   Rabbi Meni Even-Israel, 6/6/2019, 5:06 PM

Nationhood and freedom - two concepts, two holidays

Why Shavuot is the holiday of nationhood.Rabbi Berel Wein, 6/6/2019, 12:59 PM

Soul-searching on a Sunday: Shavuot 2019

The advent of Shavuot, which is a momentous celebration of the Jews receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai, is preceded by a careless and accidental human mistake. Shlomit Ovadia, 6/6/2019, 12:57 PM

Shavuot to a Noahide: Mosaic commandments and Noahide commandments

A moral system that lacks a sense of the divine is eventually degraded to a mere human convention, whose observance reflects utilitarian considerations rather than any transcendent goal. Are Noahide laws only ethical or is there a spiritual element? Rafael Castro, 6/5/2019, 10:09 PM

Ruth and the Hollywood ending

The story of Ruth, as is, does not furnish the stuff for romantic Hollywood films, teaching instead about a building an enduring relationship. Chamutal Shoval, 6/5/2019, 6:27 AM

The Ten Commandments were given 'בשבילי':- for ME

The 10 Commandments are written in the singular. Why? And how a desire for honor and position - take note, politicians - can make one give up the World to Come. Danny Ginsbourg, 6/5/2019, 4:49 AM

Tanya lecture, your road to spiritual health

Chapter 44 class 5. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 6/4/2019, 9:59 PM

Births - a blessing for the family and nation

The Torah’s way of taking a census conveys an appreciation for man created in the image of G-d, while having a large family includes all the blessings and mitzvot .Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/3/2019, 9:04 AM

A not quite national census

Bamidbar Torah Reading: This past Shabbat in Israel and this coming Shabbat in the Diaspora.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 6/3/2019, 9:00 AM

There is always room for hope

The Jewish people have never given up hope. Who would have thought in 1948 that we would have a united Jerusalem? Who would hae thought in 1945 that there would be a Jewish State?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/2/2019, 7:23 AM

The day the Old City gates spoke

In honor of the 52nd year of the reunification of Jerusalem - Yom Yerushalayim.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 6/1/2019, 11:55 PM

Waving the flags of a free nation

We had no plans at all to liberate any more of Israel, content to leave the majority of it under continued foreign occupation. But G-d had other plans. Daniel Pinner, 6/1/2019, 11:02 PM

The holiness of Sinai

Unlike Jerusalem’s permanent holiness, the holiness of Mount Sinai was temporary, lasting only for the duration of Matan Torah, the Revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Torah from israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/31/2019, 5:33 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Leading a nation of Individuals

However large the group you lead, you must always communicate the value you place on everyone. How to count the Jews.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/31/2019, 4:35 PM

Weekly Torah Portion: Bamidbar and Jerusalem Day Message

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/31/2019, 6:09 AM

Arachin: Value and worth in the balance

Arachin speaks to the holiness inherent in the individual Jew; the “value” of his soul, as it were.  Which raises the essential question, how to value such a “commodity”?  How do we know if we are “worth” it?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 5/30/2019, 7:05 PM

Bechukotai (Diaspora): End of story

This is the last of the readings from the book of Leviticus.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/30/2019, 4:30 PM

Retroactive sin

Why can’t G-d step in and save me when I am about to sin, must He let me slide and then punish me for sliding?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 5/30/2019, 2:54 PM

Bamidbar (Israel): Numerical standstill

Numerically speaking, in comparison to the numbers in this week's reading, the Jewish census has been at pretty much of a standstill over all of these long centuries,Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/29/2019, 4:00 PM

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?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/29/2019, 12:00 PM

Tanya, a walk on the road to spiritual health

Chapter 44, Class #4, Previous lectures can be heard by clicking on the link below. HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 5/28/2019, 1:45 PM

The Eurovision was day 20 of the counting of the Omer

Eurovision...from a different perspective. Chaya Gross, 5/28/2019, 12:00 PM

In memory of a Shoah Survivor

Gittel Bas Yisrael Dov Moskowitz (March 12, 1929-May 19, 2019), woman of valor, returned her soul to its Maker on Yud Daled lyar, Pesach Sheni.Dr. Nathan Moskowitz, 5/27/2019, 12:04 PM

The lasting legacy of the Malden Mills

There are three types of Kiddush Hashem, the Sanctification of G-d's Name. A modern day example of the third kind.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 5/26/2019, 7:50 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Bechukotai

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 5/26/2019, 7:21 AM

Walking the walk

"WALKING IN “MY STATUTES” - Word Concepts in Torah for Parshat Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34 ) Moshe Kempinski, 5/26/2019, 7:14 AM

Bechukotai: Eternal Inheritance 

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Israeli Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/24/2019, 10:41 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  The US Military is in serious trouble

This dire situation was caused by President Obama who withheld huge sums of money from the military.   Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/24/2019, 9:58 AM

The miracle of nature and the nature of miracles

I immediately knew who the man sitting next to me on the plane was.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/24/2019, 8:27 AM

Behar (Diaspora): True freedom

We are defined by our capacity to give…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/23/2019, 6:18 AM

Behar\Bechukotai: Healing the Spirit and Recalculating

Due to the gap between the Parasha reading in Israel and the one abroad, Torah thoughts for both parshot are posted here.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 5/23/2019, 6:00 AM