The splendor of Tefillin: Elisha, the Master of Wings

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 11/4/2019, 11:51 AM

Relying on Kashrut Supervision

Since people have a financial reason to cheat, supervision is required for food products. In both the Rabbinate and Badatz kashrut organizations, there are problems requiring improvement, but on the whole, the level of kashrut in Israel is good. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/4/2019, 11:41 AM

The rainbow

The rainbow has great significance to humanity and is not to be observed and thought of as being merely another of the great many phenomena that we call nature. Rabbi Berel Wein, 11/4/2019, 11:26 AM

What goes up...

From the pinnacle of the Tower, they planned to lay waste to Heaven.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 11/3/2019, 11:06 AM

Living in a corrupt society

We don't have to worry about what others think of us, as long as we worry about what G-d thinks of us.Rabbi Ari N. Enkin, 11/3/2019, 10:58 AM

Parashat Noach: Incredible initiative

The actions of Noach’s three sons and Noach’s reaction to each give us insight into our own lives and into how our service to Hashem differs from the service of other nations.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 11/1/2019, 1:29 PM

Was Eretz Yisrael flooded during the Deluge?

The significance of the Land of Israel is expressed by what happened in the Flood. Eretz Yisrael was not the same as the rest of the world. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 11/1/2019, 1:27 PM


Noach Genesis 6:9-11:32: While it is true that we were placed in this world to elevate it rather than separate from it, there are times when the separation becomes critical. Moshe Kempinski, 11/1/2019, 1:20 PM

The primary sin of the flood generation is still relevant today!

What was the primary sin of the generation of the flood?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/31/2019, 3:01 PM

The new era of humankind

G-d's Covenant with Noach brought to light the psychological boost required to restart civilization. Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg, 10/31/2019, 2:55 PM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Noach’s World

The difference between Noach, righteous in his generation, and Avraham, righteous in every generation, is reflected in the breaking point. Which kind are we?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 10/31/2019, 2:50 PM

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan Torah essay

This month's Dvar Torah is by Devora Aiken of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute, who is studying medicine at Hebrew U. She previously studied at Midreshet Harova. Devora is involved in Achi doing outreach with Israeli secular students. Matan Women's Institute for Torah Studies, 10/30/2019, 5:59 AM

120 years, 120 words

Insights into Parashat Noach.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 10/29/2019, 9:34 PM

Tanya, the road to a healthy spiritual life

Beginning of Chapter 49. Previous chapters can be reached by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 10/29/2019, 1:23 PM

Why does the Torah not count correctly?

A message for every day of our lives taken from the first day of the world, the story of which we read this past Shabbat.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/27/2019, 1:54 PM

Chabad puts us all to shame

If we need a meal for someone at the last minute, we say: “if they don’t find anything they can go to Chabad.” Why is it more of a responsibility of Chabad than for any other Jew?Rabbi Elchanan Poupko, 10/27/2019, 1:46 PM

Genesis, Rashi, the Land of Israel, Canaanites and Palestinian Arabs

Rashi asks a question, “Why does the Torah start with the story of creation?" And Rashi says the most amazing thing that still resonates almost a thousand years later. Ariel Natan Pasko, 10/27/2019, 12:07 PM

Bereishit: Be fruitful and multiply

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/25/2019, 3:56 PM

Paradise lost

The real sin that caused Adam to be banished from the Garden of Eden. Danny Ginsbourg, 10/25/2019, 1:44 PM

Parashat Bereishit: From the beginning till the end of time

From those first moments of Creation, G-d already programmed the future of His nation Israel. Daniel Pinner, 10/25/2019, 12:31 PM

The Genesis of Love

Covenant and Conversation for Breishit 5780.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 10/24/2019, 7:20 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Connections

What is so difficult about ending the Sukkot holiday?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 10/24/2019, 6:34 AM

What was the effect of eating from the Tree of Knowledge?

A fresh look at the questions raised by the story of Creation and Adam's sin. Gavriel Cohn, 10/24/2019, 6:31 AM

Why Moshe Rabbeinu will decline to lead Birkat Hamazon

It is clear that there is a mitzva to settle the Land and live within her, but can this mitzva be fulfilled in death? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 10/22/2019, 10:19 AM

Tanya, the road to spiritual health

Conclusion of Chapter 48. Previous chapters can be read by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 10/22/2019, 10:10 AM

Measuring time

Now that the holidays are over, how do we greet the months ahead?Rabbi Berel Wein, 10/22/2019, 10:03 AM

Simchat Torah: The merit of a dance

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/20/2019, 10:22 AM

All together now - On Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

There is more to Sukkot's message than meets the eye.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/20/2019, 10:18 AM

Simchat Torah: Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

How did Moshe begin his blessings to the Children of Israel? Daniel Pinner, 10/20/2019, 10:15 AM

Special Sukkot message: The secret of true joy and true music

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.Rabbi Chaim Richman, 10/18/2019, 12:00 PM

Women are not obligated to dwell in the Sukkah - why?

He spread a Cloud for a cover, and a Fire to light up the nightProfessor Gerald Aranoff, 10/18/2019, 11:50 AM

Sukkot: Wave your Jewish Jedi lightsaber joyfully

Jew, Yehudi, Jehudi, Jedi… Get it? Now's the time to connect. Ariel Natan Pasko, 10/18/2019, 8:06 AM

"I Believe" - introduction to 5780

Covenant & Conversation for this new year will be based on the basic tenet of Judaism - belief.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 10/17/2019, 8:58 AM

I invite poor, lonely Ushpizin to my sukkah meals.

The Ushpizin (guests) in the Sukkah are first and foremost the poor and lonely, as well as new immigrants, and it is a mitzvah to invite them to a meal on Chag. Anyone who invites such guests merits hosting the exalted Ushpizin, the righteous souls.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/15/2019, 3:36 PM

Tanya: Chap. 38 class 3

Studying Tanya will set you on the road to spiritual health. Previous lectures can be found by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 10/15/2019, 3:32 PM

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2019

Facts about the holiday whose names include The Time of Our Gladness and which the Pilgrims tried to emulate.Amb. (ret.) Yoram Ettinger , 10/15/2019, 3:30 PM

The Sukkah of Leviathan

In the Pesikta, Rabbi Levi explains that whoever fulfils the mitzvah of sukkah in this world will dwell in the sukkah of Leviathan in time to come - what does that mean? And how does a sukkah symbolize peace? Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 10/13/2019, 9:29 AM

Let us all dwell in one Sukkah!

Why can one eat in a communal Sukkah and fulfill the mitzvah, while one needs one's own Four Species on the first day of the holiday? Danny Ginsbourg, 10/13/2019, 9:21 AM

The majesty of the etrog

What symbolism can be ascribed to the Four Species held on Sukkot? Steven Genack, 10/13/2019, 9:16 AM

Ha'azinu: The diversity of Israel

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Torah luminary, poet, Religious Zionist leader and founder of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/11/2019, 12:03 PM

What are we doing here? A look at Moshe's final message.

In Israel, that is.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 10/11/2019, 12:02 PM

Dvar Torah: Ha’azinu

What’s the longest word in the Torah?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/11/2019, 11:58 AM

Haazinu: The special quality of Moses' vision

Moshe himself was unable to enter the Land, but his vision of it conveyed an aspect of his continued leadership even after his death, which helped drive the nation’s full connection to the sanctity of the Land. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 10/10/2019, 1:01 PM

Haazinu: Jewish angst

There appears to be a continuing and gnawing frustration and feeling of dissatisfaction that is present in Jewish society, no matter how great our material blessings and social successes are. Rabbi Berel Wein, 10/10/2019, 12:50 PM

Post High Holydays: The dance of life

We can stay close to G-d even after the intensity of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We must remember that He is always there for us. Helena Hawkins, 10/10/2019, 12:40 PM

What is more important? Our lives or the performance of mitzvot?

A message for Yom Kippur from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 10/8/2019, 12:07 PM

Teshuva for the generation of rebirth

A Yom Kippur message from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Torah luminary, poet philosopher and leader.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/8/2019, 11:59 AM

The wondrous third vidui of the Cohen Gadol

The High Priest's third vidui, confession, is: I confess, but they did it. Danny Ginsbourg, 10/8/2019, 7:36 AM

The physical, the spiritual; the balance

We forever teeter between the dual facets of our nature, seeking to impart spiritual meaning to the physical, to give honor and grace to our place in creation.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 10/8/2019, 7:29 AM

The Laws of Yom Kippur 5780

A summary of the laws that pertain to the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 10/7/2019, 7:12 AM

Mistakes are our essence

Steven Genack, 10/7/2019, 6:30 AM

Having to or wanting to fast?

Yom Kippur presents a unique opportunity. It is a day where one is defined as a sinner, and one faces this reality.Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg, 10/7/2019, 5:59 AM

The secret of atonement on Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, the everlasting covenant between God and Israel, independent of our deeds and continuing despite our sins, is revealed.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 10/5/2019, 10:56 PM

Insights into selected Yom Kippur prayers

Unetane Tokef, Melech Elyon and the Ten Martyrs, central prayers on the fast day, are explained below.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 10/5/2019, 10:43 PM

On creativity, plasticity and repentance

“The future imprints its stamp on the past and determines its image.” (The Rav, Halakhic Man, p. 115). A central theme in the Rav’s weltanschauung is his emphasis on halakhic man’s creative gesture. Prof. Itzhak D. Goldberg, MD FACR, 10/5/2019, 10:36 PM

Teshuva for the generation of rebirth

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 10/4/2019, 12:00 PM

To go forward - Vayelech

Through the Lens of Torah: Torah Portion of VaYelech : Deuteronomy 31:1–30 Moshe Kempinski, 10/4/2019, 11:32 AM