Judaism

The Purification of Yom Kippur

The Purification of Yom Kippur

The atonement promised to Israel on Yom Kippur expresses the special connection between God and Israel that does not depend on our actions.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 14/09/2021 07:17
Father, forgive me

Father, forgive me

The Yom Kippur confession has no mention of keeping kosher, observing Shabbat, neglecting davening, failing to put on tefillin.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 14/09/2021 07:05
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 Eisenbach, 14/09/2021 06:28
Ultimate witnesses

Ultimate witnesses

Nature itself, with all its wonders, unpredictability, and beauty is the greatest testimony regarding the covenant between God and Israel.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/09/2021 21:36
On creativity, plasticity and repentance

On creativity, plasticity and repentance

A central theme in the Rav’s weltanschauung is his emphasis on halakhic man’s creative gesture..Prof. Itzhak D. Goldberg, 12/09/2021 16:44
The goal of teshuva - Jerusalem

The goal of teshuva - Jerusalem

Rabbi Kook writes that the rebirth of the Jewish nation in Eretz Yisrael is the foundation for the ultimate t’shuva.Tzvi Fishman & Rabbi D. Samson, 12/09/2021 16:04
Halakhic questions arising from the 9\11 tragedies

Halakhic questions arising from the 9\11 tragedies

The Beit Din of America had to deal with the 9\11 tragedy on a personal level, collecting proofs to try to prevent wives from being agunot.Torah MiTzion, 12/09/2021 15:39
Shabbat TeShuvah: Jewish guilt

Shabbat TeShuvah: Jewish guilt

Sin is never as tantalizing after the fact as it is before the fact.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 10/09/2021 12:52
Parshat Vayelech: Moshe went, but where did he go?

Parshat Vayelech: Moshe went, but where did he go?

Why does the Torah say "Moshe went" without telling us where to?Tuvia and Yitzi, 10/09/2021 10:04
Write this song for yourselves...

Write this song for yourselves...

The Torah is a song. Everyone can relate to music..Every Jew will hear the music of Torah.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 10/09/2021 09:40
What Creation can teach us about New Year's Resolutions

What Creation can teach us about New Year's Resolutions

When Hashem created the world, He embedded clues for how to start, continue and finish a project-clues that we can use in the New Year.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 09/09/2021 14:38
Shmitta: A taste of the Days of Mashiach

Shmitta: A taste of the Days of Mashiach

Dvar Torah from Rel. Zionist yeshiva students: In Messianic times, the choice will not be between good or evil, but between good and better.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 09/09/2021 13:55
The message of the Fast of Gedalia, 3rd of Tishrei. (Sept 9, 2021)

The message of the Fast of Gedalia, 3rd of Tishrei. (Sept 9, 2021)

Considered a minor fast day, the third day of Tishrei is in reality a powerful day that harbors the possibility for tikkun and Redemption.Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, 09/09/2021 00:36
The dual call of the Shofar

The dual call of the Shofar

Why do we need two sets of shofar blasts?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 06/09/2021 16:30
Rabbi okays use of COVID tests on Sabbath, holidays

Rabbi okays use of COVID tests on Sabbath, holidays

In halachic ruling, rabbi says it is permissible to use rapid home antigen COVID tests during the Sabbath and holidays.Arutz Sheva Staff, 06/09/2021 12:58
Names and Rosh Hashannah

Names and Rosh Hashannah

Rosh Hashannah is the day Man and Woman were given names.It was the day that all the creations of Hashem were given a name as well.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 06/09/2021 11:41
Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5782 (2021) -including corona issues

Laws for Rosh Hashannah 5782 (2021) -including corona issues

A primer for observing the year's New Year holiday Monday - Wednesday. May it be the harbinger of good things for Israel and the world..Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 05/09/2021 19:40
The Prelude to Rosh Hashannah

The Prelude to Rosh Hashannah

We are all נִצָּבִים, standing erect, steady and unmovable, each of us in our own position of authority, over ourselves or also over others.Daniel Pinner, 05/09/2021 19:36
Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashannah

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashannah

Commandments that seemi superficial can express a deeper foundation of unconditional commitment to the covenant with God Op-ed.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 05/09/2021 12:11
The concealed holiday

The concealed holiday

In Rosh Hashanah, our Sages say, our main Mitzvah is: תמליכוני עליכם: Crown Me,  Hashem, over you’.Why should G-d want man to crown Him?Danny Ginsbourg, 05/09/2021 12:00
Holiday memories

Holiday memories

We all feel that it is not only those who are present that are commemorating the holiday, but also those who are no longer with us,Rabbi Berel Wein, 04/09/2021 23:59
One life

One life

Does man have the ability to change the Nature of Man?Devorah Ungar, 04/09/2021 21:58
Stillness and Motion: Nitzavim, Rosh Hashanah and beyond

Stillness and Motion: Nitzavim, Rosh Hashanah and beyond

One must first be Nitzavim - standing in stillness and reflection - before he can be Vayelech.Steven Genack‏, 04/09/2021 21:46
Nitzavim: Dances of teshuvah in Poriah

Nitzavim: Dances of teshuvah in Poriah

Many of those present cherished the memory of that winter night when young secular pioneers sang and danced with the Chief Rabbi of Jaffa.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 03/09/2021 16:00
The last Shabbos of the Year!

The last Shabbos of the Year!

The last Shabbos of the year is also as the beginning of the entire year. So what’s our job on this Shabbos?Rabbi Dovid Katz, 03/09/2021 15:14
Talking Parsha - Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah: What makes the easiest mitzvah so hard?

Talking Parsha - Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah: What makes the easiest mitzvah so hard?

In one of his last speeches to the Jewish People, Moshe refers to 'this mitzvah.' Later he describes the opposite attitude. Why?Tuvia and Yitzi, 03/09/2021 08:16
Nitzavim - Last Shabbat of 5781

Nitzavim - Last Shabbat of 5781

Where is our generation alluded to in the Torah?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 03/09/2021 07:57
A binding and unchangeable covenant.

A binding and unchangeable covenant.

Within the Jewish soul, as part of our DNA so to speak, no matter how far we have strayed, we know that we are a covenantal people,Rabbi Berel Wein, 03/09/2021 07:22
The Parsha in Chesed – Nitzavim - Standing 2gether

The Parsha in Chesed – Nitzavim - Standing 2gether

We all stand together, as one, as G-d, our Father our King, decides what will be in store for the coming year.Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, 02/09/2021 22:10
The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

In Nitzavim, the Covenant with Hashem is described as binding future generations. How could those present bind those who are not present?Danny Ginsbourg, 02/09/2021 12:18
Nitzavim: Tears of joy

Nitzavim: Tears of joy

Tears flow when we experience more than our minds and hearts can bear, whether sadness, bitterness or joy.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 02/09/2021 11:49
Why the Shechina dwelt in Benjamin's portion of Eretz Yisrael

Why the Shechina dwelt in Benjamin's portion of Eretz Yisrael

The Mechillta asks this question and provides two answers.They symbolize a deeper message telling the reasons for Hashem's preference.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 02/09/2021 11:02
Dreams, hopes and fears: The problem with prayer

Dreams, hopes and fears: The problem with prayer

What if God says "No", or He says nothing? Maybe He is undecided?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 01/09/2021 22:00
The Chofetz Chaim – on his Yahrtzeit

The Chofetz Chaim – on his Yahrtzeit

“If we had the capability,” he wrote to his son, “it would be appropriate to buy land and make aliyah to Eretz Yisrael.”Tzvi Fishman, 01/09/2021 18:56
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, 01/09/2021 07:26
What revenge on our enemies are we praying for?

What revenge on our enemies are we praying for?

Not only do we ask for Hashem to take revenge… but we are asking that He let us see it!  What kind of revenge?Shmuel Sackett, 31/08/2021 12:00
Inspiration for the Jewish Festivals – Interview with Rabbi Dov Begun

Inspiration for the Jewish Festivals – Interview with Rabbi Dov Begun

On the first English book by renowned founding head of Machon Meir in Jerusalem, seen as the baale t’shuva wing of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav.Tzvi Fishman, 30/08/2021 13:35
Establishing the foundations of Faith

Establishing the foundations of Faith

​​​​​​​Establishing faith passes through 3 foundations: revelation through Am Yisrael, observing creation, and putting talents to work.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 30/08/2021 11:14
Rosh Hashannah in the labor death camp

Rosh Hashannah in the labor death camp

Every year when the shofar was blown, the elderly man ran out of shul. Why?Rabbi Eli Hecht, 30/08/2021 09:53
Surrogate motherhood

Surrogate motherhood

In the case of surrogate childbirth, who is the halakhic mother?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 29/08/2021 08:20
Chaim Dovid ben Chaim Dovid

Chaim Dovid ben Chaim Dovid

A true story from WWI on the futility of wasting precious hours arguing about the unimportant things in life.Larry Domnitch, 29/08/2021 07:43
Just send me the link

Just send me the link

The right link is the vital component of Jewish survival, both personally and nationally. Op-ed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 29/08/2021 07:22
Ki Tavo: The Splendor of Tefillin

Ki Tavo: The Splendor of Tefillin

Tefillin, containing passages from the Torah mentioning God’s Name, are a visible sign for others that “God’s Name is called upon you."Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 27/08/2021 16:44
Answering the question

Answering the question

What question was the farmer answering as he stood before the priests ( Kohanim) with his first fruit offering?Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 27/08/2021 13:31
Slichot: It's never too early to say I'm sorry

Slichot: It's never too early to say I'm sorry

We want to be there first, at the head of the line, to ask for mercy and forgiveness, before the Day of Judgment..Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 27/08/2021 13:21
The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

From the harsh, condemning tone of some of the articles opposing Rabbi Melamed's opinions, you might think he was a serial murderer.Tzvi Fishman, 26/08/2021 13:44
A nation of storytellers

A nation of storytellers

To know who we are is, in large part, to understand the story or stories of which we are a part.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 26/08/2021 13:14
Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Parashat Ki Tavo tells us just what defines an 'illegal settler' - providing food for thought.Daniel Pinner, 26/08/2021 10:38
Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

Weekly Tanya video\lecture: The Gate to Faith

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.Rabbi Shimon Aisenbach, 25/08/2021 18:02
Becoming Am Yisrael

Becoming Am Yisrael

To be involved in keeping the mitzvot outside of the national collective, is like catching a floating cloud which has no substance.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 25/08/2021 17:43
Ask the Rabbi: Can we give to G-d? What is levirite marriage?

Ask the Rabbi: Can we give to G-d? What is levirite marriage?

The law of the first fruits teaches a basic principle of Jewish ethics, that we should have a sense of gratitude and appreciation.Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple, 25/08/2021 17:32
Remembering to be grateful

Remembering to be grateful

Never cease to praise and glorify God with the utmost enthusiasm.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 24/08/2021 11:23
Iron Faith

Iron Faith

As Rosh Hashannah nears, stories of faith and sacrifice that occurred behind the Iron Curtain and how the Jews of the USSR stood the test.Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, 24/08/2021 10:54
Passing on the traditions of identifying little known Kosher Species

Passing on the traditions of identifying little known Kosher Species

1. The religious moshavim in the north had a considerable environmental impact on their secular neighbors 2. The "Tradition meal" experience, 23/08/2021 14:03
A license to eat

A license to eat

We have a license to enjoy the resources of the world: We can eat its food, utilize its vast possibilities. But there are several caveats.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 22/08/2021 21:47
It's not about me

It's not about me

Why don't we ask forgiveness for our personal sins on Rosh Hashana if it is the Day of Judgment?Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 22/08/2021 21:18
Mount Herzl is disappearing

Mount Herzl is disappearing

There is a cataclysmic traffic jam on the highways of our national existence, and it is not easy to remain optimisticTzvi Fishman, 22/08/2021 15:03