Freedom from fashion and materialism

To this day courage is required to free oneself from enslavement to materialism and not to submit to the dictates of society.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Friday, 4:00 PM

How short can a Pesach Seder be?

As we approach the festival of Pesach, we teach our children to never stop asking questions.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Friday, 3:23 PM

Exodus message for the 7 day Passover festival of freedom

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, Thursday, 5:23 PM

The bland taste of Passover matza

Have you ever noticed that we eat bland Matzah at the Seder table?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, Thursday, 4:56 PM

One Seder Night or two? Seven days or eight?

This extra day is potentially controversial. After all, the Torah itself enjoins us “You shall not add to the word that I command you, neither shall you diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 4:2, 13:1). Daniel Pinner, Thursday, 4:48 PM

A7 Exclusive: My last day in galut and my arrival in Israel

Exclusive excerpt from the writer's upcoming biography - a thought provoking Pesach article.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, Tuesday, 1:41 PM

The Pesach Primer: Halakhot 5779

Everything you need to know about this year's Pesach that begins on Shabbat and ends on Erev Shabbat.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 4/15/2019, 12:20 PM

G-d's tefillin

HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/14/2019, 6:51 AM

The selling of chametz

Since it is possible to sell chametz in situations of uncertainty, many halakhic questions can be avoided * According to halakha, chametz that was sold is permitted to be eaten after Pesach.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/14/2019, 6:50 AM

The Haggadah: Instructions included

The Seder comes complete with instructions. And you have to make it relevant.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 4/14/2019, 6:41 AM

Shabbat Hagadol: An exception to the rule

This is the greatest day of all…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 4/12/2019, 3:18 PM

Affliction and grace

The treasure within. Remember, we do not see “the face”, we never see the full picture. It is possible that we never know what rests inside those walls.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 4/12/2019, 3:09 PM

Seder and Hesder

Uneven distribution of historic responsibility. Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/12/2019, 3:06 PM

Spiritual leprosy and real faith In G-d

Israel of today is not Eretz Yisrael of a thousand years ago, desolate, difficult to get to, and ruled by hostile foreigners. Ariel Natan Pasko, 4/11/2019, 11:34 AM

The power of speech

What made Judaism different is that it is supremely a religion of holy words, not power.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/11/2019, 11:29 AM

Ordination of openly gay clergy – Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s quandary

The chickens have come to roost. The monster created by YCT leadership has defied the leadership and taken it firmly to task, based on the leadership’s own teachings. Gay marriage, no matter how much one wants it to be, is not Orthodox Judaism.Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 4/10/2019, 8:43 AM

How does one replace the irreplaceable?

Where did Aharon and Yehoshua find the inner strength to overcome their great burdens, and complete their tasks? Where did the Jews find the strength to build a country after the Shoah?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 4/9/2019, 7:31 AM

We need Mashiach now!

Two opposing feelings blend together to hasten the Redemption.Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh, 4/9/2019, 7:21 AM

The practical Halakha of tiny insects

Do the normal actions required to remove insects, but not in a manner that causes considerable inconvenience or expense.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/8/2019, 2:43 PM

The time I met Elijah the Prophet

He was right there on an ordinary day.Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 4/7/2019, 10:37 AM

Two Divine gifts

Insights on Parashat Metzora. Danny Ginsbourg, 4/7/2019, 10:00 AM

Tazria: A return to Ritual Purity 

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/5/2019, 11:11 AM

The sacrifices of childbirth

Birth, like death, is a signal of mortality, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/5/2019, 11:06 AM

Parashat Hachodesh and Tazria: The final act of destruction

The Egyptians were as much a part of the Divine plan as the Jews.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 4/5/2019, 10:56 AM

When a baby is born, we already look forward to the wedding!

D’var Torah for parashat Tazria. This week the Chief Rabbi explains that ‘kindness begins at home’… Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 4/4/2019, 8:23 AM

Tahara (Purity) and Tumah (Impurity)

Insights into “Word Concepts” in Torah: The Torah Portion of TAZRIAH Leviticus 12:1-13:59 Moshe Kempinski, 4/4/2019, 8:03 AM

Jewish Brexit - a special investigation that comes out clean

We Jews have our annual Breadxit every Passover. It's when all the bread must exit the house.Rabbi Michoel Green, 4/3/2019, 10:00 PM

This week's Tanya lecture - the way to improve your spiritual health

Previous lectures are available by clicking the link below. Today's lecture: End of chapter 43.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 4/3/2019, 5:56 AM

Jewish homosexuality: We must ask, is it good for the Jews?

While we are often told about the rights of Jewish homosexuals, we must also realize that the Jewish community has its rights, too. Robert Harris, 4/2/2019, 7:47 PM

Practical Pesach preparation pointers

The Halakha Hotline of the Five Towns has sent Arutz Sheva a clear and user friendly gude to cleaning and checking for chametz. Halakha Hotline, 4/2/2019, 8:16 AM

Vegans on Pesach

Insights on Torah Judaism.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/2/2019, 8:14 AM

The halakhic controversy over tiny insects

In terms of preserving tradition, it is preferable not to require more rigorous examinations than in the past, however, from the perspective of emerging reality, there is room to say that due to technology, today we are more aware of tiny vermin.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/31/2019, 12:42 PM

Between hope and humanity

Jews are a people who have had more than their share of suffering. Like Aaron, they did not lose their humanity. They did not allow their sense of grief to be dulled, deadened, desensitised. But neither did they lose their capacity to hope.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/31/2019, 12:39 PM

An event of heroic proportions

Avraham entered into a treaty in the name of all his future offspring.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/31/2019, 12:20 PM

Shemini: The error of Nadav and Avihu

Torah insights from Israel's iconic first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/29/2019, 9:44 AM

What is special about the number 8?

This week the Chief Rabbi explains the hidden depth of numbers in Jewish teaching.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/29/2019, 9:41 AM

Weekly Torah Portion: Shemini

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 3/29/2019, 9:37 AM

The blessed wigmaker

Peyos and the power of identity.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/28/2019, 7:49 AM

Does flour need to be sifted?

The question of whether flour which might contain insects needs to be sifted is subject to dispute – in practice, the poskim instructed flour should be sifted.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 3/28/2019, 7:40 AM

Shmini: Why keep kosher?

A Kabbalistic and Maimonidean approach to Parashat Shmini. Shlomit Ovadia, 3/28/2019, 7:20 AM

Mikdash and Mishkan

What is the difference between the Beit HaMikdash and Mishkan? Are their functions identical, or perhaps there are distinctions between the two? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 3/27/2019, 7:29 AM

Fervent fire: Parashat Shmini

Nadav and Avihu were true servants of Hashem, writes the Sefas Emes. A true servant intuits the will and needs of his master even before being told. They did not understand that they need to wait for Hashem’s command.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 3/27/2019, 7:24 AM

Tanya, the road to spiritual health

Click on the link below for all the lectures, although you can listen and understand to this one, chapter 43, class 5 without learning the previous ones. HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 3/27/2019, 7:00 AM

The Torah is not ‘Politically Correct’: Fleeing from Parenthood

PC liberal culture preaches a radical individualism where one can ‘be normal, find happiness and be fulfilled’ without lifelong relationships, commitments, and obligation to social relationships and spiritual beliefs that transcend his singular self.Dr. Chaim Charles Cohen, 3/25/2019, 3:00 PM

Education for altriuism is a long process

The Torah is aware of the difficulty of coercing altruism on the part of human beings.Rabbi Berel Wein, 3/25/2019, 12:00 PM

The Steinsaltz Tehillim: Understanding the Book of Psalms

A review of a translation with commentary that makes the ancient and immortal biblical text easy to read and understand. Rochel Sylvetsky, 3/24/2019, 11:59 AM

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. Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/24/2019, 8:18 AM

Of sacrifice and redemption

Purim and Pesach are intimately connected. There are many connexions between Purim and Pesach. Daniel Pinner, 3/24/2019, 8:10 AM

Miracles are happening for you right now!

This week the Chief Rabbi explains how even the things in life that we take for granted are miracles from Hashem. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 3/22/2019, 5:29 AM

The moment it came to an end

How could Haman have blundered so badly? Presenting to the king the idea of dressing someone else up as king could only be translated as a potential threat to the throne.Rabbi Dr. Darrell Ginsberg, 3/22/2019, 5:21 AM

Destructive & Self-Destructive

What is so wrong about eating blood? Maimonides and Nahmanides offer conflicting interpretations.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 3/22/2019, 5:11 AM

Purim Go gather all the Jews

Prescient words from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Torah luminary, founder of Religious Zionism, poet and philosopher.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 3/21/2019, 12:14 PM

Who is the third Amalek?

How was it possible that in one moment everything changed, from being fellow citizens totally accepted in Persian society to suddenly becoming enemies of the State who have to be eliminated? Look at Europe and see. We are slow learners.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 3/21/2019, 12:06 PM

Purim with Rabbi Gold: Mordechai Hayehudi (The great flat tire)

Why is there no rage on the murder of Ori Ansbacher, of a rosh yeshiva who is father of 12?Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 3/21/2019, 11:00 AM

Purim: Fasting, petition and perspective

Why do we observe the fast on the day before Purim?Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 3/20/2019, 10:45 AM

The truth behind the mask

The whole world is a narrow bridge, but the essence, is not to be afraid - Rav Nachman of Breslav Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 3/20/2019, 10:40 AM

Local, unique Purims

Haman had many admirers who tried to emulate his scheme and didn't succeed, calling for other Purim celebrations.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 3/20/2019, 8:05 AM