A Jewish guide to death and bereavement

Judaism is adamant that one may not actively hasten death, but it recognises the morality of permitting people to die. The effect is not to shorten a person’s living, but to shorten their dying.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/26/2020, 7:44 AM

Vaera: Order in miracles

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic founder of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/24/2020, 11:59 AM

What’s the connection between the Waldorf Astoria and the 10 plagues?

Torah from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/24/2020, 11:57 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  When anger is appropriate

We get angry infrequently, even when it is justified. We get angry when we are personally insulted but keep our “cool” in the face of crimes against Yiddishkeit.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/24/2020, 11:50 AM

Sister of Nachshon

This week's Dvar Torah is by Mordechai Hadad, former Shaliach in Montreal (2016-17), currently a student in Ariel University.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 1/23/2020, 8:05 AM

Pharaoh must not listen to Moses!

If Pharaoh had listened to Moses, it would have reflected badly on the Israelites who did not. Danny Ginsbourg, 1/23/2020, 8:01 AM

The four words of redemption

The use of different verbs to indicate the advent of the promised deliverance from Egyptian bondage indicates a process - and we are in the midst of it.Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/23/2020, 7:26 AM

The wedding

Which is more important when building a Jewish home? Looking backward, or forward? Remembering your roots, or proceeding to the future?  David Sheyman, 1/21/2020, 11:38 PM

D'Nile isn't just a river in Egypt

Rav Tzvi Yehudah said that Jews became accustomed to think that life in Galut, exile, is normal, even with the increasing anti-Semitism, brutality and murder taking place there. They are in denial. Ariel Natan Pasko, 1/21/2020, 11:27 PM

Tanya lecture and video: Your road to spiritual health

Continuation of chapter 51. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 1/21/2020, 11:11 PM

A man of justice

Empathy is a powerful driving force, and ultimately is of great value in charitable actions and results. However, there is another potential catalyst to be seen when viewing those who are oppressed and in need of aid. Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg, 1/20/2020, 12:26 AM

The nunber of tzadikim in the land of Israel

There are always at least forty-five tzadikim who maintain the world, says the Gemara. How many of them are in Israel and whaat does that mean|? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 1/20/2020, 12:11 AM

Why Moshe, of all people

Most leaders are eventually undone by the growth of their egos and the resulting arrogance.  Not so Moshe.Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/20/2020, 12:00 AM

Shemot: Moses' love for Israel

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/17/2020, 1:41 PM

Passionate performance in Parashat Shemot

When we want to validate another, let’s give him our full encouragement. After all, our words can have a great impact on another.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 1/17/2020, 1:40 PM

What makes a good leader great?

Torah from the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/17/2020, 1:38 PM

Shemot: What's in a name?

BIBLICAL WORD STUDY Torah Portion  Shemot Exodus 1:1–6:1. Names and Redemption. Moshe Kempinski, 1/16/2020, 1:00 PM

I cannot do it

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 1/16/2020, 12:44 PM

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

This week's lecture is the beginning of chapte 51. Previous lectures and videos can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 1/15/2020, 7:41 AM

Patrinealism

Who is a Jew?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/15/2020, 7:32 AM

Do's and don't's

What has priority: Positive commands or negative ones? Danny Ginsbourg, 1/15/2020, 7:27 AM

Tzizit on a synthetic garment

Poskim were divided regarding the question whether a synthetic garment requires tzitzit, and if a bracha should be recited over such tzitzit.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/13/2020, 7:45 AM

The heart of the lion

This week's Dvar Torah is by Rabbi Adam Friedmann, member of Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov in Toronto, currently studying at the Eretz Hemdah Institute.Torah Mitzion Torani Tzioni Movement, 1/13/2020, 7:03 AM

What does Ramban say? Vayechi

Understanding Ramban's Torah commentary in depth is a challenge, as he uses pshat, drash, remez and sod in his exegesis - and writes lengthy interpretations. Rabbi Dr. Avigdor Bonchek's new book opens the door in a scholarly but user friendly way. Rochel Sylvetsky, 1/10/2020, 12:29 PM

Vayechi: Jacob's superior blessing

Torah from israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/10/2020, 12:09 PM

The blessing of Naftali: No mere cameo

What exactly is the grand trait that is the focus of Yaakov’s blessing to Naftali?Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg, 1/10/2020, 11:12 AM

The Parsha and Current Events:  An angel to guard you

Surrounding Eretz Yisrael are myriads of God’s angels protecting the righteous of the land.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/9/2020, 11:26 PM

Family, faith and freedom

Covenant and Conversation for Vayechi.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 1/9/2020, 12:00 PM

Becoming one people

That’s what you should be thinking as you walk: “I’m walking among my people. It’s my people and I love them. I don’t care what hat he wears or what group he belongs to; it’s all my people! These are the people in this world whom I identify with.” HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l, 1/8/2020, 11:18 PM

Vayechi The importance of burial within the Land of Israel

Why was it so important to our father Yaakov to be buried specifically within Eretz Yisrael? Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 1/8/2020, 11:10 PM

Pharaoh calls up 3 wise men for advice on the Israelite problem     

They wise men were Jethro, Job and Balaam. Below is Balaam's one-eyed view of what happened, based on midrashic sources. Steve Apfel, 1/7/2020, 11:29 PM

Weekly Tanya class and video: Your road to a healthy spiritual life

This week's lecture is on the conclusion of Chapter 50. However, past lectures can be accessed by clicking the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 1/6/2020, 11:41 PM

The origins of the Rabbinate

Insights on varied topics in Judaism.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 1/6/2020, 6:29 AM

Being hosted by a non-observant Jew

While one may eat the food of a 'Traditional' Jewish host based on the five specific halakhic questions mentioned in previous columns, this does not apply to a host who does not keep kosher. Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 1/6/2020, 12:38 AM

"Know the Shas"

Recalling thoughts of the Griz and Rav Elchonon Wasserman while at the Siyum Hashas. Steven Genack, 1/4/2020, 8:40 PM

Preparing the heart to pray

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 1/3/2020, 3:31 PM

You don't have to shout!

When a speaker speaks more softly, the audience is inclined to listen more carefully. And when the words are passionate and come from the heart, one can certainly make one’s mark.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/3/2020, 3:26 PM

The wondrous cleansing power of shame

Why did Yosef the Righteous deem it so critical that his brothers should be stricken by shame? Why the drawn out process of revealing himself? Danny Ginsbourg, 1/3/2020, 3:20 PM

The Parsha and Current Events:  Is the malady incurable?

Prior to a significant volcanic eruption or earthquake, warning signs appear to those who wish to recognize them and then choose to distance themselves as far as possible from the impending disaster. Nu?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 1/3/2020, 12:18 AM

Vayigash –Vayechi : Family feud finale?

The lesson of the Holocaust is not simply "we must fight to protect ourselves as Jews".  Every goy knows that. There is nothing particularly Jewish about such a lesson. The lesson is that we must stand up for one another.Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 1/2/2020, 11:55 PM

A halakhic analysis of the Monsey terror attack

Rabbi Yair Hoffman, 1/2/2020, 10:58 PM

Endings and beginnings - the word "keitz"

BIBLICAL WORD STUDY for the Torah Portions of MiKeitz, Vayigash, Vayechi. Moshe Kempinski, 12/30/2019, 10:48 PM

Tanya: Chapter 50, Class 3: Video of lecture and written summary

Tanya will put you on the road to a healthy spiritual life. Previous lectures can be accessed by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/30/2019, 10:41 PM

A riddle for tomorrow, the third of Tevet

A day that changes its significance from year to year.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/30/2019, 10:34 PM

A Hanukkah message from Dachau

Rabbi Michoel Green, 12/29/2019, 4:59 PM

The pure flask of oil and Segulat Yisrael

The segulah of the Jewish Nation was revealed throughout the ages, beginning with our forefathers, in selfless concern and contribution to others' welfare.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 12/29/2019, 8:16 AM

The story of Hanukkah: Culture shock and and self-hatred

This story is told to us not merely for itself. It’s a lesson showing that a Jew should never to fall in love with any place on earth except Eretz Yisrael, nor with any gentile culture. Even America.HaRav Avigdor Miller zts"l, 12/29/2019, 7:54 AM

The “Genesis” of Hanukkah

Too many of us are satisfied to make do with the same superficial understanding in the areas of Tefilah/Prayer, Yomim Tovim/Holidays, etc. that we acquired early in life. Let us dig deeper.Rabbi Yehuda Levin, 12/28/2019, 7:00 PM

Miketz: Waiting for the dream

Torah from israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/27/2019, 3:39 PM

Publicizing G-d's miracles: Miketz, Hanukka and modern Israel

Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/27/2019, 3:32 PM

MIketz: Everything that happened to Joseph happened to Zion

A fascinating look at the Hand of G-d in history. Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 12/26/2019, 1:32 PM

A peek at a fabulous dreidel collection - and a story to go with it

Be realistic; plan for a miracle.- Osho  Remember: A great miracle happened here (or there).Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 12/26/2019, 10:21 AM

MIketz:Joseph and the risks of power

Covenant and Conversation for the Parasha.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 12/26/2019, 9:54 AM

The Hellenist challenge

A Hanukkah message from Israel's first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi, Torah luminary, philosopher, poet, and leader of Religious Zionism.HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook zts"l, 12/24/2019, 9:30 AM

The Hanukkah story is not nearly as simple as people think

Where did the story begin and what does it say about violence in Judaism, martyrdom and murder?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 12/24/2019, 9:25 AM

Tanya study, your road to a healthy spiritual life

Today's lecture is a continuation of Chapter 50. Each lecture stands alone, but previous classes can be accessed by clicking on the link below.HaRav Shneur Zalman Miliadi, 12/24/2019, 9:00 AM

Hanukkah: Lighting the path to Redemption

How many candles do we light each night of Hanukkah and why? Daniel Pinner, 12/22/2019, 2:56 PM