Pesach and Eretz Yisrael

"And it shall come to pass when you enter the Land that the Lord will give you, as He spoke, that you shall observe this service." Eretz Yisrael Yomi, Yesterday, 3:00 PM

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.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, Yesterday, 2:30 PM

A How-to Halakhic Pesach primer for preparing the kitchen ourselves

Since this year it is impossible to make use of a central, public kashering of utensils or have our kitchen kashered by others, we must do it ourselves, but in order to do so, we must learn what is halachically necessary, Detailed guidelines below.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Yesterday, 9:30 AM

In memory of my brother: Torah scholars increase peace in the world

This article arrived before Shabbat, but was not posted. Professor Aranoff has just informed us of his brother's passing and we have updated it and dedicate it to the memory of Rabbi Yitzchok Aranoff who passed away in Brooklyn today.Professor Gerald Aranoff, Sunday, 5:58 PM

A world In chaos - but the Passover Holiday goes on

I believe that we have an opportunity to perform acts of kindness on a level that has never ever been demanded from us.Rabbi Eli Hecht, Sunday, 1:03 PM

The Jewish people's national health

In the Tabernacle and the Temple, Jewish life found stability and a life force.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, Saturday, 8:34 PM

Shabbat: Our response to illness and crisis

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, Friday, 3:59 PM

Pesach, Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol in the shadow of Coronavirus

What will we miss? Only our friends, family, and other guests? Or the single most essential component of Pesach, the Pesach Sacrifice? Daniel Pinner, Friday, 3:30 PM

Shabbat that precedes Pesach is truly the Great Shabbat of the year

There is no substitute for Shabbat, as all Jewish history has shown us the truth of this statement. We are a Shabbat people and Pesach is also called Shabbat in the Torah. Rabbi Berel Wein, Friday, 3:00 PM

Simple obedience

It is not about the animal, or its blood or its fat. It is not about the sacrifice at all! It is all about the act of simple obedience, Moshe Kempinski, Thursday, 10:59 PM

Shabbat HaGadol, Parashat Tsav: Our Father in heaven and us

Picture a scenario where a person falls overboard and a sailor throws him a life jacket saying, “dope, put it on now”, and the man in the water screams back, “talk nice to me!” Come home, now!Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Thursday, 9:18 PM

Quarantined Shabbat survival kit

An organized primer for making the most of an isolated Shabbat - and by extension, the entire corona distancing period.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, Thursday, 1:59 PM

Fearing G-d

A respected French intellectual reacts to corona with a short and succinct message.Dr. Michel Gurfinkiel, Wednesday, 10:00 PM

Following the commandment to fight Covid-19; a Biblical perspective

We are enabled to transform mundane tasks like sitting home into something more; the immersive experience of performing a Mitzvah. Leonard Grunstein, Wednesday, 8:59 PM

Humbled

A pandemic has a way of focusing our thoughts and making “rhetorical” questions real.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Tuesday, 9:48 PM

Does self-isolation compare to the Jews hiding from the Nazis?

Put that comparison into perspective and think again.Rabbi Dr. Bernard H. Rosenberg, Tuesday, 9:23 PM

Tanya lecture and video: The road to spiritual health

Continuation of Chapter 53. You can access previous lessons by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, Tuesday, 9:17 PM

What the salt on our table can teach us about our unpredictable world

The Chief Rabbi of the UK with a timely message about our limited control of the world.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/30/2020, 12:30 PM

The shared hell of WWII changed Britain for the better.

Coronavirus will do the same.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/29/2020, 10:50 PM

Paradise lost

The parasha and current events.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/29/2020, 1:03 PM

When any of you presents an offering

This past Shabbat was Parshat Vayikra.  Next week’s Shabbat is Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat before Passover.  Professor Gerald Aranoff, 3/29/2020, 11:59 AM

Opportunities in days of isolation

These days when lifestyles are changing without our consent, it is an opportunity to examine our habits and arrange life properly according to Torah principles.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/27/2020, 4:45 PM

Vayikra: The inner light of destruction

Eternal Torah from israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/27/2020, 3:53 PM

Vayikra: It's all about the salt

Why the focus on salt being a solemn covenant?  Leonard Grunstein, 3/27/2020, 3:06 PM

Rosh Chodesh Nissan Torah essay

Amidst the madness of quarantine, lockdown and feeling isolated from our fellow Jews and community, I found comfort in two things. Chodesh tov! Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 3/26/2020, 7:30 PM

The prophetic view of sacrifice

The thought that made the Prophets incandescent with indignation.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/26/2020, 12:44 PM

Offering ourselves and our ego

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, said that the idea of sacrifice was that the person bringing the offering should see his own self as being the sacrifice. Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/26/2020, 11:03 AM

Shelamim brings peace to Am Yisrael and to the world

How does offering a korban (burnt offering) bring peace to the world? What type of peace is referred to? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 3/25/2020, 5:50 PM

A prayer in the time of Covid-19

Reb Nachman of Breslav taught that, “The world is a narrow bridge…” But we forget. We forget that it is only in God’s hands that everything rests.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/23/2020, 10:31 PM

Tanya lecture and video: Your road to a healthy spiritual life

Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life. While this is the continuation of chapter 53, all previous lectures can be accessed via the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/23/2020, 10:22 PM

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.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/23/2020, 10:18 PM

What we can learn from the parasha and the pandemic

An extra, encouraging talk from the former UK Chief Rabbi.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/22/2020, 11:41 AM

Catastrophe or Redemption? 

Three messages for the current world situation.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/22/2020, 1:25 AM

The world suffers from fear and G-d bears the pain

I believe that we ought to reevaluate the need to bring G-d back into our homes. Rabbi Eli Hecht, 3/22/2020, 1:16 AM

Caution yes, but no fear!

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/20/2020, 1:00 PM

Should chefs share recipes?

D’var Torah: Vayakhel PikudeiChief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/20/2020, 12:11 PM

Repairing a broken world: Parashat Hachodesh

Vayakhel, the first of this week's two parashot, means 'he assembled' - we will never again take for granted to ability to assemble a community. Daniel Pinner, 3/19/2020, 5:11 PM

Rabbi Nachman, corona and the Redemption

Rabbi Yisrael Ber Odesser, "Saba", spoke of the Redemption coming after Purim and of the plague preceding it. Barouch Levy, 3/19/2020, 9:31 AM

Corona prayer

Rebbe Nachman teaches that “hitbodedut” - being in solitude - is the most powerful method of connecting with G-d.  Tzvi Fishman, 3/18/2020, 9:14 AM

COVID19: How is this Passover different from other Passovers?

Everyoone must use an abundance of caution when preparing and observing the holiday of Pesach this year.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 3/17/2020, 5:10 PM

Coronavirus: The King is coming

Don’t take this time lightly. Don’t take it for granted. Now is our chance to really look at ourselves. Hinda Leah Sheyman, 3/17/2020, 6:51 AM

Rabbi Elimelech's message

In honor of the yahrzeit of the hassidic master Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk on Adar 21, a beautiful, quintessentially Jewish story.Prof. Itzhak D. Goldberg, MD FACR, 3/17/2020, 5:42 AM

The value of Torah and secular wisdom

The value of the Torah is independent, it being the direct word of God to the world, teaching the purpose of creation and man. Secular wisdom receives its value from the Torah, and serves it.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/15/2020, 6:46 AM

Going to a cantorial concert

One of the most interesting things that I noted while attending this concert is the contrast between the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which I attended for years, and this cantorial concert. Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/15/2020, 6:39 AM

What does Hashem’s back look like?

Our teffilin are all about our praise for Hashem, but Hashem’s teffilin are all about his praise for the people of Israel.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/15/2020, 6:11 AM

Ki Tisa: The knot of God's Tefillin

Torah from israel's first Asheknazi Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/13/2020, 2:36 PM

Cry out to Hashem - look what has happened almost overnight

The time has come to cry out to Hashem. Let me be blunt. There isn’t time to search for nice words. Tzvi Fishman, 3/13/2020, 1:12 PM

Post Purim thoughts: Corona Virus will be overturned

Nothing is what it seems or seems what it is. Post Purim thoughts on dealing with and overcming the Coronavirus crisis.Rabbi Yitzchak Rudomin, 3/13/2020, 11:42 AM

Why a half shekel?

Inspiring answers to an obvious question. Danny Ginsbourg, 3/13/2020, 10:00 AM

Ki Tisa: Contradicting Einstein's aphorism

In our parasha, just the opposite of Einstein's saying is true. Steven Genack, 3/12/2020, 8:00 AM

Coronavirus and the Jewish problem

Suddenly, the gates to Israel are closed to world Jewry because of an epidemic.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/11/2020, 11:20 PM

Leave me alone

TORAH PORTION OF KI TISSA Exodus 30:11–34:35: Biblical word study. Moshe Kempinski, 3/11/2020, 10:56 PM

Ask the Rabbi: Coronavirus - the moral aspect

A scapegoat is not the aswer, nor looking for Biblical warnings.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/11/2020, 8:56 AM

Purim - A day of monumental change

As in ancient Persia, Purim 2020 is a time of monumental change.   David Bedein, 3/10/2020, 9:36 AM

Megillat Esther: Mysticism in the Megillah

The ten spheres in the Megillah, revealing the hidden. Daniel Pinner, 3/9/2020, 5:59 PM

Purim Sameach! 

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/9/2020, 2:41 PM

Amalek: How jihadist would God want Israel to be?

For what Israel has gone through, a degree of militarism is hardly to be wondered at. How else could it claim or defend an inheritance? But how far should it go? Steve Apfel, 3/9/2020, 12:48 AM