Judaism

This is my native country - is it true?

This is my native country - is it true?

Even the Patriarch Abraham's homeland was not Israel, so what was his connection with the land - and ours today?Rabbi Shlomo Sobol , 6/12/2020, 8:42 AM
Beha'alotcha - Thou Shalt Not Complain; Shlach - Check the land

Beha'alotcha - Thou Shalt Not Complain; Shlach - Check the land

Two divrei Torah for the two readings this week, one in the Diaspora and the other in Israel.Torah MiTzion, 6/11/2020, 4:48 PM
Is the lantern lit?

Is the lantern lit?

Teaching in the age of coronavirus. What is a teacher to do?  What would Aaron do? (For Beha'alotcha.)Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 6/11/2020, 12:57 PM
What is going on?

What is going on?

In any critical situation, we need to ask: “What is happening? Of what story is this a part?" (For Shlach)Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/11/2020, 9:44 AM
Riots, the Rebbe, and the Mayor

Riots, the Rebbe, and the Mayor

Mayor of New York, David Dinkins visited the Rebbe after the 1991 race riots that victimized Jews. Here is their conversation.Rabbi Eli Hecht, 6/10/2020, 6:34 PM
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 Eisenbach, 6/10/2020, 1:25 PM
Earthquake

Earthquake

An earthquake does not mean the world is coming to an end.Rabbi Hagai Londin, 6/10/2020, 1:12 PM
Beloved land, we will not betray you

Beloved land, we will not betray you

There are things that are simply not abrogated at any price: Torah, loyalty, love, one's spouse, famly, and Eretz Yisrael.Rabbi Baruch Efrati, 6/9/2020, 9:49 AM
The prison parable and the goldene medina

The prison parable and the goldene medina

The inmates were so comfortable in prison that they refused to leave when the walls came down. What is the parable telling us?Tzvi Fishman, 6/8/2020, 4:36 PM
The Life of Gadol HaDor Rabbi Meshulam Roth

The Life of Gadol HaDor Rabbi Meshulam Roth

The life of Rabbi Meshulam Rata (Roth) is not well known, though Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda called him the Gadol HaDor after his father's generation.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 6/8/2020, 11:15 AM
Criticizing people harshly: A story from the shtetl

Criticizing people harshly: A story from the shtetl

A parable in Mendele Mocher Seforim, the "grandfather of Yiddish literature," that takes place in an old-time shtetl, tells it all.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 6/8/2020, 11:00 AM
NYC Corona, Curfew, Chaos

NYC Corona, Curfew, Chaos

Sharing an outlook from Rav Yitzchok Hutner in these troubling times.Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin, 6/7/2020, 2:30 PM
“Renewing our Vows” with God

“Renewing our Vows” with God

As we journey through this age of corona, we must remind ourselves of an opportunity even during tragedy to renew our relationship with God.Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 6/7/2020, 10:41 AM
Manna and the land of Israel

Manna and the land of Israel

Israel is a land where the miraculous and the natural are indistinguishable .That was true in the time of Joshua and even more in our days.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 6/6/2020, 11:30 PM
Going back to Egypt has never been a positive solution

Going back to Egypt has never been a positive solution

The uncertainty of the future that is descending upon us can make us anxious but we have to live with the fact that the world has changed.Rabbi Berel Wein, 6/6/2020, 10:18 PM
The unique prophecy of Moses

The unique prophecy of Moses

Torah from Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Torah Luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 6/5/2020, 4:00 PM
Does a Jew feel the pain of other Jews? the joy?

Does a Jew feel the pain of other Jews? the joy?

Remembering Hashem in tmes of trouble and rejoicing, remembering that we are one nation.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 6/5/2020, 2:30 PM
What does the Torah say about good parenting?

What does the Torah say about good parenting?

The Torah's thoughts on childrearing are all to be found in the name of this week's (Diaspora) Torah reading.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 6/5/2020, 11:37 AM
There will not be a Third Destruction

There will not be a Third Destruction

Things seem to be piling up just now - corona, riots in the USA, economic difficulties and more, but in the long term, they are improving..Rabbi Hagai Lundin, 6/4/2020, 11:59 PM
A plague of human locusts

A plague of human locusts

Life in the US may change drastically for young adults in the wake off local law enforcement's failure to deal effectively with the riots.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 6/4/2020, 4:00 PM
Loneliness and Faith

Loneliness and Faith

When we are alone, He is with us. Great heroes of the human spirit met God in the silence of the lonely soul and felt His embrace.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/4/2020, 1:30 PM
Lessons in humility

Lessons in humility

Why didn’t Moshe rebuke Miriam and Aharon? It is a mitzva to rebuke a fellow Jew in a way that will make him realize his error.Rabbi Dr. Dvir Ginsberg, 6/4/2020, 10:01 AM
American Jewry - How do I know I love you?

American Jewry - How do I know I love you?

How do you know you really love someone? When you stop caring what they think of you. The love is stronger than fear of what they may think.Rabbi Shlomo Katz, 6/3/2020, 7:35 PM
The God of Israel's Hand in nature and history

The God of Israel's Hand in nature and history

Is He punishing those who most oppressed the Jewish people, throughout the ages?Ariel Natan Pasko, 6/3/2020, 10:01 AM
It's  not our fault: 'Leadership' in the time of COVID

It's not our fault: 'Leadership' in the time of COVID

Imagine how many lives could have been saved these past months if pikuach nefesh had trumped politics!Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 6/2/2020, 4:10 PM
Weekly Tanya video/class: Your road to a healthy spiritual life

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

Tanya/Shaar Hayichud V’haemunah, Chapter 3, Class 1. Previous classes can be accessed by way of link in the article.Rabbi Shimon Eisenbach, 6/2/2020, 11:21 AM
Egalitarian Society, Jewish-style

Egalitarian Society, Jewish-style

The Jewish way to acheve a fair and just society is based on Judaism's most basic value. Riots do not achieve it, study does.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 6/1/2020, 5:31 PM
Women's prayer services

Women's prayer services

This week's Ask the Rabbi feature also includes swaying during prayer and why golf is not played on Shabbat.Rabbi Raymond Apple, 6/1/2020, 2:59 PM
A second wave of postponing our immediate wants and needs

A second wave of postponing our immediate wants and needs

In light of the rise of recurring corona cases, the issue of postponing our immediate needs and gratifications is resurfacing again.Op-edRabbi Hagai Lundin, 5/31/2020, 11:20 PM
Degrees of punishment

Degrees of punishment

The main avenue of sin is the international body that incorporates 193 nations, The United Nations..Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/31/2020, 2:53 PM
The synagogue with an eerie sound

The synagogue with an eerie sound

When entering the prayer room, you would hear a continuous sobbing sound.Rabbi Eli Hecht, 5/31/2020, 1:42 PM
The King of Foods

The King of Foods

How cheese plays a role in the Kingdom of David. Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 5/30/2020, 11:45 PM
Shavuot: 7 tips for success in Torah Study

Shavuot: 7 tips for success in Torah Study

Israel's first Cheif Rabbi, Torah luminary and iconic leader of Religious Zionism, on the mitzva that is equal to all the others.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 5/28/2020, 4:00 PM
The Heavenly “cloud” that embraces and separates

The Heavenly “cloud” that embraces and separates

'Step into the misty cloud - for only there is G-d found'Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 5/28/2020, 3:00 PM
Naso: A sense of mission

Naso: A sense of mission

A humble heart and a head held high at one and the same time is the demand the Torah places on our leaders - and us.Rabbi Berel Wein, 5/28/2020, 2:00 PM
Matan Torah and Da’at Torah

Matan Torah and Da’at Torah

With all the uncertainty about implications of the Coronavirus crisis, the courageous voice of Rabbi Rabinovich will be sorely missed.Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 5/28/2020, 8:59 AM
Ruth, the righteous proselyte

Ruth, the righteous proselyte

Ruth's commitment catapults this convert into the center stage of Jewish eternity.Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin , 5/27/2020, 8:04 PM
A Light unto the Nations: What do today's rabbis say?

A Light unto the Nations: What do today's rabbis say?

Influential Rabbis in Israel weigh in on whether after the establishment of the State of Israel, Diaspora Jews have the same mission.Tzvi Fishman, 5/27/2020, 2:50 PM
To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

To receive the Torah, be like a desert!

Mount Sinai was a humble mountain in a desolate desert. What does G-d's giving the Torah there try to tell us?Danny Ginsbourg, 5/27/2020, 2:00 PM
The custom of dairy products on Shavuot

The custom of dairy products on Shavuot

There is something special when it comes to customs. Sometimes their effect is stronger than that of mitzvot.Rabbi Yonatan Kirsch, 5/27/2020, 10:28 AM
Shavuot: He called it Cinderella

Shavuot: He called it Cinderella

Shavu’ot is like a neglected treasure which nobody appreciates properly, though one day they will. Like Cinderella before the prince.Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 5/26/2020, 5:00 PM
 How to enhance your Shavuot during the coronavirus pandemic

How to enhance your Shavuot during the coronavirus pandemic

Rabbi Lord Sacks and Chief Rabbi Mirviis present: A life of vertical & horizontal responsibility: Shavuot during the Coronavirus PandemicRabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 5/26/2020, 3:00 PM
The impact of the Coronavirus on the world of Jewish outreach

The impact of the Coronavirus on the world of Jewish outreach

Applying lessons from Rav Yitzchok Hutner about the Holocaust to Jewish outreach at this time.Rabbi Yitschak Rudomin, 5/26/2020, 8:32 AM
Weekly Tanya video/lecture on The Gate to Faith

Weekly Tanya video/lecture on The Gate to Faith

Studying Tanya is a way to strenghthen your spiritual health.Rabbi Shimon Eisenbach, 5/25/2020, 5:47 PM
Yovel: Property rights along with equal opportunity

Yovel: Property rights along with equal opportunity

Man should have exclusive right to hs own property, but he should also have the opportunity to start afresh.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/25/2020, 5:09 PM
Are penguins kosher?

Are penguins kosher?

Penguins are not on the Torah's list of non-kosher birds and don't resemble any of them. Why are they not kosher?Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, 5/25/2020, 9:09 AM
Rosh Hodesh Sivan Torah Essay: The wedding at Mount Sinai

Rosh Hodesh Sivan Torah Essay: The wedding at Mount Sinai

Every Jewish wedding, Ashkenazi or Sephardi, small or large, lavish or simple, is a reminder of the Revelation at Mount Sinai.Matan Women's Torah Study Ins., 5/24/2020, 5:59 PM
Pandemic, the preparation for Geula

Pandemic, the preparation for Geula

Does He not seem to be hiding His face from us when, all of a sudden, in one blow, we have lost so many holy and righteous individuals? Rabbi Moshe L Kuskin, 5/24/2020, 12:59 PM
King David, Moshe Rabeinu & Shavuot

King David, Moshe Rabeinu & Shavuot

How does the celebration of Torah and the Anniversary of the Sinaitic Covenant relate to King David? An essential question for Shavuot.Joseph Frager, MD, 5/24/2020, 11:07 AM
Watchmen in the night

Watchmen in the night

Who guards the walls of Jerusalem? And who guarded the Tabernacle?Prof. Gerald Aranoff , 5/24/2020, 11:00 AM
Measure for measure

Measure for measure

One of the principles our Sages saw in G-d's modus operandi leads to an unusual interpretation.Torah MiTzion, 5/23/2020, 10:33 PM
A Visual Ode to the City of Jerusalem on its special day

A Visual Ode to the City of Jerusalem on its special day

'Jerusalem is not just a city. Our whole lives are a yearning for Jerusalem.'Rabbi Hagai Lundin, 5/22/2020, 2:15 PM
Jerusalem yearnings

Jerusalem yearnings

The yearning was there in Europe's ghettos, Middle East casbahs, the hills of Gondar in Ethiopia, even in the concentration camps.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 5/22/2020, 2:00 PM
Will people be proud to be connected to you?

Will people be proud to be connected to you?

We have an opportunity now to set an example, to show how despite difficulty, we are acting responsibly, for ourselves and our societies.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 5/22/2020, 1:00 PM
Parashat Bamidbar: What is important about 600,000 Israelites?

Parashat Bamidbar: What is important about 600,000 Israelites?

Why the number 600,000, to Chazal, is the quintessential expression of completeness in all mathematical units, and where it appears again.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 5/22/2020, 11:00 AM
Golden memories: Three uplifting, spiritual experiences

Golden memories: Three uplifting, spiritual experiences

There is still so much history ahead of the Jewish people. It is a pity to stand by the wayside and view the miracles as a spectator.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 5/22/2020, 9:30 AM
For Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

For Jerusalem Day: The two messengers

Rabbi Kook, who did not live to see the liberation of Jerusalem, wrote prophetically about the awaited Heralds of Zion and of Jerusalem.Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 5/21/2020, 6:30 PM