Judaism

Murdered 31 years ago - but still my Rebbe

Murdered 31 years ago - but still my Rebbe

The best teacher is one who teaches with words followed by actions!Shmuel Sackett, 24/10/2021 12:07
The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

The chessed of Abraham - the chessed of the Creator

Only the capacity of the receptive vessel limits G-d’s abundance to His creatures..Torah MiTzion, 23/10/2021 23:36
Why did Hashem reveal his intent to destroy Sodom and Amora to Abraham?

Why did Hashem reveal his intent to destroy Sodom and Amora to Abraham?

In our generations there seems no one known to us who fits the criteria of an Avraham, a Moshe, a Shmuel to whom God would reveal his plans.Moshe Burt, 23/10/2021 23:00
Vayeira: True kindness has empathy at its heart

Vayeira: True kindness has empathy at its heart

Avraham “rushed to the tent, to Sara,” and said,“Mahari!” – “Quick!” – We’ve got to get a meal going as soon as possible. Why the rush?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 23/10/2021 20:54
Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Vayeira: The journey to Moriah

Rabbi Kook shows how the text hints at Abraham’s remarkable strength and composure as he readied himself to fulfill God’s command.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 22/10/2021 13:54
Parsha Vayera: Why was Sarah's laughter wrong and Avraham's not?

Parsha Vayera: Why was Sarah's laughter wrong and Avraham's not?

What's the difference between Sarah's laughter and Avraham's? Is laughing good or bad? And why is Yitzhak named after this laughter?Tuvia and Yitzi, 22/10/2021 07:47
Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Weekly Torah Study: Vayera

Where would we fall on the scale of righteousness if put to a difficult test?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 21/10/2021 22:36
Hineini - I am here!

Hineini - I am here!

Abraham's test and our future.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 21/10/2021 20:18
Too Perfect?

Too Perfect?

I know of at least one person who worried about being too perfect. Our collective grandfather, Abraham.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 21/10/2021 11:33
Sarah's role in the Hebrew Mission

Sarah's role in the Hebrew Mission

What challenges was our matriarch Sarah forced to overcome in order to play her part in establishing the Hebrew nation with Avraham?Rabbi Yehuda HaKohen, 20/10/2021 20:55
The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Vayera - They are Watching You

The Parsha in Chesed - Parshat Vayera - They are Watching You

The chinuch of chesed, so ingrained within the family of Avraham, had the power to shape even those considered “less than perfect”.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, , 20/10/2021 19:13
'And Hashem remembered Avraham' - and saved Lot?

'And Hashem remembered Avraham' - and saved Lot?

Lot chose to live in Sodom, the by-word for wickedness, and the antithesis of all that Avraham had taught him. So why save him?Danny Ginsbourg, 20/10/2021 13:31
How can one go to school to become a prophet?

How can one go to school to become a prophet?

Prophecy is one of the highest forms of communication with God. There were, in ancient times, schools that trained people to become prophetsRabbi Berel Wein, 20/10/2021 12:42
The beginning of Jewish history

The beginning of Jewish history

Abraham’s nation will be either like the stars shining in the darkness or else like the sand, down-trodden, and kicked aside by everyone.Daniel Pinner, 19/10/2021 22:02
Time to get ready for Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hevron

Time to get ready for Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hevron

If you were thinking about making arrangements to spend that Shabbos in Hevron it might be too late - only 10,000 allowed. So visit anyway.Larry Gordon, 19/10/2021 10:56
The Heter Mechira today

The Heter Mechira today

Despite Israel's flourishing economy, farmers cannot compete with growers who do not keep shmitta, thus for them it is a sha’at hadchak.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 18/10/2021 21:00
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Aisenbach, 17/10/2021 23:59
For Cheshvan 11: Why is she called "our Mother Rachel?"

For Cheshvan 11: Why is she called "our Mother Rachel?"

"There is something in the personality of our mother Rachel, in the story of her life, that says to us...'you can tell me everything'."Sivan Rahav-Meir, 17/10/2021 11:52
Psalm 140: The Tzaddik and the Yashar

Psalm 140: The Tzaddik and the Yashar

The difference between them concerns their atitude to contributing to the world's progress as well as to its spiritual level.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 17/10/2021 11:15
Jewish history in a nutshell.

Jewish history in a nutshell.

Two blessings that appear beside one another in Hashem's words to Avraham are a synopsis of what keeps happening to the Jewish people.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 17/10/2021 09:54
What does a baby's brit have to do with the Land of Israel?

What does a baby's brit have to do with the Land of Israel?

Brit mila and Torah study are especially great mitzvot, therefore, dwelling within the Land is especially connected to them.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 15/10/2021 13:22
WARNING! Lech lecha!

WARNING! Lech lecha!

A Jew cannot forge the same connection to Hashem in Ur Kasdim, Haran, Berlin, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, or Palm Beach, as in Eretz Yisrael.Tzvi Fishman, 15/10/2021 12:50
Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Avraham can't find room for Lot?

Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Avraham can't find room for Lot?

What exactly happened in the story of Avraham and Lot? And how did someone who grew up in Avraham's home end up in Sdom?Tuvia and Yitzi, 15/10/2021 08:17
Avraham and Sarah think ahead

Avraham and Sarah think ahead

Even though one can pray to Hashem for a miracle, it is not proper to do so, as that will detract from one's merits later on in life.Torah MiTzion, 14/10/2021 17:30
The secret of Jewish survival

The secret of Jewish survival

Ultimately, Jewish history is fashioned and determined by those individuals who are motivated by passion and directed by faithfulness.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/10/2021 13:50
Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

G-d did not tell Abraham to "depart". He said "go". What message was G-d sending?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 14/10/2021 13:09
Gaining mastery of 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' online

Gaining mastery of 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' online

The first lesson of the new cycle of the 'Hilchos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro' program is on October 19thSponsored Content, 14/10/2021 05:00
Abraham the innovator

Abraham the innovator

Abraham is the first human being recorded as having a normal conversation with his Creator.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/10/2021 20:23
The insular nature of the Covenant

The insular nature of the Covenant

Today's nations want Israel to go alone, in the hope that Iran will destroy the annoying Jewish state. Abraham too had to fight alone.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 13/10/2021 12:50
The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

Why would a battle between ancient kingdoms get such prominence in the parasha? Was it all that it seems?Danny Ginsbourg, 13/10/2021 10:28
Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Does medicinal cannabis have "kedushat shviit"?

Is cannabis considered a spice and does it have the status of cattle fodder - for shmitta purposes?Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 12/10/2021 10:13
Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

​​​​​​​Idolatry serves man's animal instinct, leads to war and enslaving others. Monotheism advocates a common effort for good and justice.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 11/10/2021 10:00
A great nation and its religion are born

A great nation and its religion are born

Abraham was the first to define a great nation with a religion bound up in its land from the start., 11/10/2021 08:00
Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

Abraham - the paradigm for all Jewry

"How many individuals across the face of history have made a real difference simply because they were willing and able to finish the task?"Moshe Burt, 11/10/2021 07:17
Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Weekly Torah Study: Does G-d need the rainbow as a reminder?

Isn't the rainbow a perfectly natural phenomenon that has existed from time immemorial?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 10/10/2021 09:41
Beyond Nature

Beyond Nature

Covenant introduces moral law. A moral law is not the same as a scientific law. Scientific laws describe, whereas moral laws prescribe.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 10/10/2021 09:29
The Sabbath Influence

The Sabbath Influence

The very fact that the Sabbath is able to influence the days of work reveals the soul’s innate closeness to God.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 08/10/2021 16:00
Flooding lessons

Flooding lessons

In books of Chassidus (Tzidkat Hatzadik 107, Torah Ohr Parshat Noach) the Mabul is described as one great 'Mikve' (ritual bath).Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 08/10/2021 11:10
The Tower of Babel - isn't unity good?

The Tower of Babel - isn't unity good?

Parshat Noach: What happened with the Tower of Babel? What did they try to achieve, and why were they punished by being dispersed?Tuvia and Yitzi, 08/10/2021 07:55
We need to be the light

We need to be the light

Where’s the light switch of the world?Shmuel Sackett, 07/10/2021 23:59
The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The Parsha in Chesed - Noach - The Straw That Broke

The decision to destroy His creation was not easy for G-d. The level of sin had reached a level that He could no longer “tolerate”.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 07/10/2021 18:00
Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

Have Jews really found resting-places for the soles of their feet?Daniel Pinner, 07/10/2021 12:00
Where did the dove find a leafy olive tree at the end of the Flood?

Where did the dove find a leafy olive tree at the end of the Flood?

If only Noach, his family and animals of each species were saved from the Flood in order to establish a new world, whence the leafy tree?Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 07/10/2021 06:27
How responsible was Noah for the flood?

How responsible was Noah for the flood?

In Isaiah, the flood is called "the waters of Noah." What does that imply?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/10/2021 05:56
The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

It is 5782 years from the time humans appeared and began destroying the beautiful world that Hashem created for them.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 06/10/2021 11:42
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Epistle on Repentance

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Aisenbach, 05/10/2021 20:14
Women of valor: Mikva immersion during challenging times

Women of valor: Mikva immersion during challenging times

The "Tevila By All Means" Project gathers stories of women who kept the laws of ritual purity despite the courage it demanded of them.Ruth Benjamin, 05/10/2021 12:31
Satan in Judaism

Satan in Judaism

What place does Satan play in Jewish belief?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 04/10/2021 08:43
From the beginning till the end of time

From the beginning till the end of time

The opening word of the Torah “in the beginning” already encoded all of what was to come, the potential of everything which will ever be.Daniel Pinner, 03/10/2021 15:06
Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira fruits are preferable to those grown by non-Jewis. It fulfills the mitzvah of settling the Land by strengthening the farmers.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 03/10/2021 09:53
Breishit: Letters of Creation

Breishit: Letters of Creation

Why the Torah begins with the letter bet and not aleph has a meaning connected with the nature of light.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 01/10/2021 16:00
Bereshit - Making sense of that first Rashi

Bereshit - Making sense of that first Rashi

How can the Jews invoking Rashi on Bereshit as the basis of rights to Eretz Yisrael convince the nations that we are not thieves?Rabbi Avraham Gordimer, 01/10/2021 10:08
How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

How inaccuracy was the undoing of Eve

A puzzling story that's been told for millennia, there is much to question in the tale of Adam and Eve.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/10/2021 09:19
What is new 'in the beginning'?

What is new 'in the beginning'?

The whole story announces a new event in the world, the moment when the Creator chooses to establish a relationship with humans.Torah MiTzion, 01/10/2021 08:24
Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

On the most basic level, we have to ask why, in the story of Adam and Eve, does the Torah repeat the word 'arumim?' What does it mean?Tuvia and Yitzi, 01/10/2021 07:58
Paradise lost

Paradise lost

Milton's epic poem describes the impossibility of returning to Paradise once lost. The Torah presents that return as a challenge..Rabbi Berel Wein, 30/09/2021 09:44
What preceded Creation?

What preceded Creation?

What does the word "Bereshit" allude to?Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, 30/09/2021 08:50