Judaism

Judaism


Eretz Yisrael in Parashat Toldot: Where is the Shechinah?

Does the Shechinah leave Eretz Yisrael? If so, why?

Eretz Yisrael in ParashatToldot: The Shechinah's wandering

It can't happen here, can it?

US Jews are at a moment in time when they feel the same vulnerabilities that Jews have felt in too many lands and at too many times.

It can't happen here, can it?

Toldot: The lies of leadership

This week’s Torah reading, Toldot, paints dishonesty with words rather than images

Toldot: The lies of leadership

Rosh Hodesh Kislev Torah Essay: True light in a month of darkness

Kislev reminds us that personally and nationally we undergo times of darkness and struggles, and inspires us to overcome them.

Rosh Hodesh Kislev Torah Essay: Light in a month of darkness

We want Esau’s hands

Yaakov is the idealistic, ethical voice, but can he make it in the real world?

We want Esau’s hands

Toldot: Redigging the wells

Though Abraham’s wells lasted the duration of his lifetime, the Philistines filled them with sand when he died. Isaac redug them. A lesson.

Toldot:  Redigging the wells

The Parsha and Current Events: Inertia

How does a dry cell battery explain what this week's parasha is really telling us?

The Parsha and Current Events: Inertia

The Sigd holiday - brought to Israel by Beta Israel

Fasting, prayer, love of Zion and festivities: how Ethiopia's Beta Israel Jews enriched Israeli Jewish life with a unique, ancient festival.

The Sigd holiday - brought to Israel by Beta Israel

Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz: Distant light of a past South African Chief Rabbi shines bright

Continuing with the series of articles on foreign born rabbis who have served and become famous in South Africa.

The light of Rabbi L. Rabinowitz, past S. African Chief Rabbi

Your parents' sins

History and generations. When family history lays questionable baggage on your back.

Your parents' sins

The Vienna Conversions – plots and facts

Litvish activists and Chabadniks spread lies and conspiracies surrounding the case of the Vienna converts and the rabbis who converted them.

The Vienna Conversions – plots and facts

A guide for the novice shidduch-maker

Matchmaking is as hard as splitting the Red Sea, said our Sages, but this is how you do it!

A guide for the novice shidduch-maker

Sodom and Gomorrah

What would the two angels who came to Lot in Sodom say of our society now?

Sodom and Gomorrah

Leaving USA for GOD

We no longer face an unfriendly administration. We face an unfriendly America. Op-ed.

Leaving USA for GOD

Why does Hebrew go from right to left?

Why do other languages go from left to right?

Why does Hebrew go from right to left?

Chayei Sarah: Isaac's afternoon meditation

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "The soul is always praying. It constantly seeks to fly away to its Beloved.”

Chayei Sarah: Isaac's afternoon meditation

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match...

In the parasha: To each a perfect match.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match...

Chayei Sarah: How can anyone have two lives on earth?

Words repeated, but not redundant. How is that if the Torah gives importance to every word?

Chayei Sarah: How can anyone have two lives on earth?

Lessons in the parasha related to the Land of Israel

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars elucidate the connections to the Holy Land in Chayei Sarah, this week's Torah reading

Lessons in the parasha related to the Land of Israel

Chayei Sara: Standing at the burial place of our forefathers

Why is Hevron considered one of the four holy cities in Eretz Yisrael?

Chayei Sara: Standing at the burial place of our forefathers

Talking Parsha - Chayei Sarah: You can't find one righteous girl in Canaan?!

Why does Avraham care so much about finding Yitzchak a wife from where he was born? It's not like the people there were better!

You can't find one righteous girl in Canaan?!player

Chayei Sarah: All her years were equally good

This is the only instance in the whole of Tanach, that the number of years of the life of a woman, is written.

Chayei Sarah: All her years were  equally good

Chayei Sarah: Formidable women

Sarah is the woman of iron that acts to guarantee the future survival of the Jewish people.

Chayei Sarah:  Formidable women

A message for the eight billion people of the planet Earth

Humanity has grown from 1m. hungry people scattered across the globe, to 8 billion organized in civilizations. Where are we in all this?

A message for the eight billion people of the planet Earth

The Parsha and Current Events: The tenth test

We Jews are Hashem’s chosen people! And Avraham spoke the plain, fundamental truth which all humanity, even Biden, must accept.

The Parsha and Current Events: The tenth test

Chayei Sarah: Towards the downfall of the savage

Yishmael - A man suited to the desert, unable to coexist with his fellow-men, accept human laws or to live with civilized human society..

Chayei Sarah: Towards the downfall of the savage

Rabbi Azriel Goldfein: An American who became a great South African Rosh Yeshiva.

Continuing the series about foreign born rabbis who selflessly served South African Jewry over decades.

An American who became a great South African Rosh Yeshiva.

Weekly Tanya video/lecture: The Holy Epistle

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life.

Weekly Tanya video/lecture: The Holy Epistleplayer

The Vienna conversion affair

In the year 1969, the Jewish Agency succeeded in rescuing a few Jews from the USSR. Read what happened to them in Vienna.

The Vienna conversion affair

Hebron and Jewish memory

Shabbat Chayei Sarah testifies to the enduring power of the Jewish connection to our promised land. Op-ed.

Hebron and Jewish memory

Open letter to Smotrich and Ben Gvir: For the sake of our nation and our cities

Your party promised a plan for Diaspora Jewry and for increasing Aliyah before the elections. Now is the chance to act on it.

Open letter to Smotrich and Ben Gvir: For our nation's sake

Vayera - The mysterious Avimelech, the exceptional Akeidah

Contrasting the attitudes of Avimelech and Avraham in complying with God's Word teaches us about different relationships with God..

Vayera - The mysterious Avimelech, the exceptional Akeidah

Vayeira: The Salt of Sodom

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: A certain spiritual peril lurks in any meal that we eat.

Vayeira: The Salt of Sodom

The Parsha and Current Events: the essence of Israel’s recent elections

Three of the four parties that comprise our new government are halakha observers. The message is that we will begin asserting our rightfs.

The Parsha and Current Events:Israel’s recent elections

Parshat Vayera: He argues with G-d?

Why does Hashem say He 'has to tell' Avraham about impending destruction of Sdom - and why does Avraham argue with Him?

Parshat Vayera: He argues with G-d?player

Weekly Torah lessons on the Land of Israel

Young Israeli Religious Zionist Torah scholars teach the importance of the Holy Land as seen in each week's Torah reading. Watch and learn.

Weekly Torah lessons on the Land of Israel

Vayeira: What will we become the parent of?

What do we mean when we refer to Avraham as being Avraham Avinu, Abraham our father?

Vayeira: What will we become the parent of?

A marriage forever young

Why would the angels need to further endear Sarai to her husband by pointing out how she remained modestly in her tent?

A marriage forever young

Alma deshikra - a world of falseness - and Abraham

God’s seal is truth. Truth is the gift that we ask God to grant to Yaakov. Sodom and Avimelech are the diametric opposite of that.

Alma deshikra -  a world of falseness - and Abraham

Vayeira: Unexpected source of Redemption

The incestuous union of Lot and his daughter, began the dynasty that would culminate in the Mashiach.

Vayeira: Unexpected source of Redemption

Which is more important: Bein Adam L’Chavero or Bein Adam L’Makom?

Commandements between God and man or between man and his fellow man? Which get priority when they clash?

Bein Adam L’Chavero or Bein Adam L’Makom?

Come unto Shabbat

The Sara Litton z”l Monthly Emunah Essay,Cheshvan has no holidays,and is therefore the time to appreciate Shabbat even more.

Come unto  Shabbat

Foreigners in South Africa: Selfless Rabbis and their wives who brave It out.

There are a number of famous “rabbinical couples” that moved to South Africa and made their mark. The Tanzers are a case in point.

Selfless Rabbis and the wives who braved It out in South Africa

It's really 67 seats for the faith-based parties

It is only by counting the ant-Zionist Arab votes that the ratio goes down. But we are well on the derekh to a rebirth of tradition.

It's really 67 seats for the faith-based parties

One moment in time

May we rise to the challenge at our moment in time. With Abraham and Isaac's faith in which the comprehensible and incomprehensible coexist.

One moment in time

The vision of the State of Israel

The vision God assigned to the Jews in their land is to bring blessing to all the nations through institutions and self-improvement.

The vision of the State of Israel

Be proud that you are Jewish

In times of despair, when the journey seems endless, Abraham and Sarah showed that we can hold our heads high- and put a mezuza on our door!

Be proud that you are Jewish

Our clash with civilizations

Our mission as Hashem’s proxies has been to clash with the world’s civilizations, shatter their essence and disclose the lies within them.

Our clash with civilizations

A deeper understanding of Mother Rachel

She died so young and yet women have gone to her tomb to pray for thousands of years, knowing that she understands their tears.

A deeper understanding of Mother Rachel

Lech Lecha: Malki-Tzedek and Abraham

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: "A cohen is not an intermediary but someone who purifies us and enables us to approach G-d directly."

Lech Lecha: Malki-Tzedek and Abraham

Lech Lecha: The conversation that never was

Had the words of G-d been said to Abraham today, what would the outcome be?

Lech Lecha: The conversation that never was

Covenant and Torah in the 'blessing of the land'

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars talk about the connection between Eretz Yisrael and the parsha.

Covenant and Torah in the 'blessing of the land'

Our first leader

The command of 'Lech lecha' is spoken constantly by God to everyone, but Avram, our leader, actually heard, internalized, and acted upon it.

Our first leader

Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Who told Avraham to go to Israel??

At the end of last week's parsha, we see that Avraham was already on his way to Israel. So why is Hashem telling him to go there?

Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Who told Avraham to go to Israel??player

Have you noticed the first thing G-d commanded Abram to do?

Rav Tzvi Yehuda: 'There is the complete emunah of Avraham Avinu, and the partial emunah of the Spies in the Wilderness.' Which are you?

Have you noticed the first thing G-d commanded Abram to do?

Lech Lecha: The children of Abraham have returned home

Abraham’s descendants, the Jewish people, have shared his test and challenge with him over our long history.

Lech Lecha: The children of Abraham have returned home




























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