Time, the eternal challenge of the everyday

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity - Henry David Thoreau Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 5/17/2019, 8:49 AM

A new look at this week's Haftorah

A reminder to those watching this out of Israel: We are reading Parashat Behar this week and you are at Parashat Emor. The Haftorah, however, is not limited to the parasha, but has to do with faith in redemption.Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 5/15/2019, 9:53 PM

Emor (for the Diaspora): Are our parents the real thing?

Our conduct at home has the greatest impact on our children…Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/15/2019, 9:45 PM

Behar (for Israel): Being Jewish requires spiritual mountain climbing

Life is never smooth or easy – a flat plain, simple to traverse. Rather, it is always an uphill climb that many times leaves us short of breath and doubtful of hope. (Parashat Behar is read in Israel this Shabbat).Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/15/2019, 9:40 PM

Rabbi Akiva saved us physically and spiritually

Today we’re blessed with good economic, technological and spiritual growth. Yet we mourn that the Roman Empire occupied us, imprisoned us, and killed us and that the Bar Kochba revolt failed.Professor Gerald Aranoff, 5/14/2019, 11:05 PM

God, gratitude and intentionality

Faith in God is a valuable means to not take the gifts of life for granted. Rafael Castro, 5/14/2019, 11:00 PM

A high brithrate is what builds our country

In the days of Joshua, the Nation of Israel found it difficult to inherit the land because of a lack of people • Today as well, if we raise the birthrate, the State of Israel’s situation will improve immeasurably.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/12/2019, 9:07 AM

Holiness in life

Jews are not focused on trying to get to heaven. Their ultimate purpose was trying to bring heaven down to Earth. To be Hashem’s language in our life and by so doing bring greater sanctity to His name. So what does dying to sanctify His Name mean? Moshe Kempinski, 5/12/2019, 9:00 AM

Sefer Vayikra has three portions named after a form of speech

In Kiddushin, Rav says that one of the ways to look into yuchsin, to see if a family is pure, is to see if they’re silent and stay away from machloket. Steven Genack, 5/11/2019, 11:00 PM

Three versions of Shabbat

Shabbat was the day made holy by God Himself at the beginning of time.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/10/2019, 7:54 AM

Israel Independence Day: Redeeming the Land

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/9/2019, 6:37 PM

A vow fulfilled

He said: “Now that Hashem has granted me the gift of leaving the “Holy of Holies” - the IDF - whole in body, soul and mind, I will donate a Sefer Torah to a worthy place”.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/9/2019, 6:00 PM

Tachanun on Erev Yom Haatzmaut  

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 5/8/2019, 5:45 PM

The goal of Israel’s wars

Our mourning stems from an encompassing perspective, which appreciates the value of the Nation as a whole, and thus every individual becomes even more important and valued, and his absence pains and anguishes us. Tzvi Fishman, 5/7/2019, 6:45 PM

The road to spiritual health leads to Tanya

Chapter 44, Class #2. Previous classes can be found by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 5/7/2019, 6:29 PM

Rosh Chodesh Iyar Torah Essay: Like dreamers

This month's Torah essay is by Michal Somer. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 5/5/2019, 7:34 PM

Kedoshim: First impressions

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 5/5/2019, 10:36 AM

Are any of the mitzvot of the Torah given to us to make us suffer? 

Some areas of Jewish observance seem unfairly restrictive. Are they really?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/5/2019, 10:31 AM

On Kedushah, Kedoshim, and Kiddush Hashem

While those individual Jews killed in hate crimes, terror attacks, and the Holocaust, died Al Kiddush Hashem, when it comes to the Israel as a nation, it is a Chillul Hashem, and needs to be avenged. Ariel Natan Pasko, 5/5/2019, 9:04 AM

Acharei Mot - Aaron; Kedoshim - hechshers

Due to the gap between the Parasha reading in Israel and the one abroad, articles for both parashot are published below:Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 5/3/2019, 3:34 PM

Acharei Mot - Diaspora; Kedoshim - Israel

Due to the 8th day of Passover observed only out of Israel, and on which there is a special Torah reading (while Israel alone read the regular weekly portion), the readings in Israel are not in sync with the Diaspora for a few weeks. Your choice.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/3/2019, 3:21 PM

The Master of human events vs. Free Will

Sometimes events are engineered so that Free Will is subject to Hashem's agenda.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/2/2019, 8:29 AM

A prayer for Yom HaShoah

Below is a prayer for Yom HaShoah, composed by Rabbi Sacks. Yom HaShoah begins at sundown on Wednesday 1st May.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/1/2019, 5:12 PM

The Holocaust: Our own flesh and blood

As a result of the Holocaust, a revolution in Jewish consciousness was affected, and every Jew, no matter where he was, began to clarify who we are as a people and what our purpose is. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 4/30/2019, 2:54 PM

Be Holy: sanctify Hashem’s Name!

Whilst the level of holiness varies according to the ‘levels’ of the individual, it is equally binding on all - Netivot Shalom. Danny Ginsbourg, 4/30/2019, 8:36 AM

Chabad, whose synagogue was targeted in Poway shooting, explained

If Chabad is not familiar to you, now, tragically, is the time to find out about it, but don't stop here. Ben Sales, 4/28/2019, 8:41 AM

Kedoshim: No shortcuts to holiness

The sheer number of commandments that govern every aspect of Jewish life emphasizes to us the proportion of the task that lies before us.Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/28/2019, 8:24 AM

Changing over and changing back

What has changed since we cleaned for Pesach?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/28/2019, 8:21 AM

No guarantee in matters of desire: Acharei Mot

There is no guarantee or guardian for human beings when it comes to matters of desire and physical sexuality - which is the reason for detailed Torah strictures on the issue. Rabbi Berel Wein, 4/25/2019, 3:51 PM

Splitting the song: Hallel, Nishmat and Shirat Hayam

This article talks about Hallel read in two parts at the Seder, and said while skipping two parts after the first day of the holiday, but it also deals with Shirat Hayam, the song at the splitting of the Reed Sea, said on the last day.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 4/25/2019, 3:37 PM

A tale of two he-goats: Acharei Mot (+ Eruv Tavshilin laws)

Identical goats, one to the temple and the other to the desert. Why? The Meshech Chochma gives a briliiant answer. Danny Ginsbourg, 4/25/2019, 3:30 PM

Tanya, your road to spiritual health

A chapter by chapter study of the text. Lecture 1, Chap. 44. Previous lectures can be seen by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 4/24/2019, 1:12 PM

Hansen's Law and the last days of Passover

Insights into Judaic topics, this time with an emphasis on the end of Passover.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/24/2019, 12:00 PM

Make your time count! Omer calendar 5779

Download the Omer calendar 5779, accompanied by life-changing ideas. The Omer is counted daily from the second night of Passover until Shavuot, 49 days later. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 4/24/2019, 7:41 AM

Did matzah exist before the Exodus?

Insights into the holiday of Pesach that you will enjoy.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 4/23/2019, 10:45 AM

Rabbi Akiva inspires all generations

One of my great heroes of all time is Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, 4/22/2019, 10:27 AM

What side of Jewish history are you on?

The Chief Executive of the Mizrachi World Movement, Rav Doron Peretz: There need not be any contradiction between striving for human rights and universal justice and at the same time being loyal to one’s faith, people and land. Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 4/21/2019, 10:40 AM

Pesach: The strong Hand and the outstretched Arm

A Pesach message from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader and founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 4/19/2019, 4:07 PM

 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, 4/19/2019, 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, 4/19/2019, 3:23 PM

Exodus message for the 7 day Passover festival of freedom

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 4/18/2019, 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, 4/18/2019, 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, 4/18/2019, 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, 4/16/2019, 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