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Sefirah, Middot and instant decisions

A story shows how one's middot, literally 'measures', but alluding to values, are central to mitzvas, as is Counting the Omer.

Sefirah, Middot and instant decisions

Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day

“Thank you, G-d, Thank you for taking me out of America. Thank you for making me realize that George Washington isn’t my real forefather.."

Yom Hazikaron - Israel Memorial Day

Rosh Hodesh Iyar Torah essay: National and personal recuperation

Iyar as a month of healing is not merely a word play, but an essential time from Nissan to Sivan for national refinement and recuperation.

Rosh Hodesh Iyar Torah essay: National and personal recuperation

The healing powers of the month of Iyar

Iyar is the month when we shake off the dust and rise to greatness! Chodesh Tov!!

The healing powers of the month of Iyar

Kedoshim: Admonish your neighbor

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: Not remonstrating wtih someone doing something wrong shows that instrinsically, you do not really object..

Kedoshim: Admonish your neighbor

From priest to people

This parsha tells the story of one of the greatest, if rarely acknowledged, contributions of Judaism to the world.

From priest to people

Kedoshim: Honest competition

The Torah clearly indicates that the ends do not justify the means and that ethical dealings are more important than profits.

Kedoshim: Honest competition

Acharei Mot (Diaspora): The Torah’s travel insurance

When we represent another perrson while doing something, who bears ultimate responsibility for those deeds?

Acharei Mot (Diaspora): The Torah’s travel insurance

'If Not I' - we are responsible for ourselves

Others will not, cannot, and are not meant to be responsible in our place.

'If Not I' - we are responsible for ourselves

Parshat Kedoshim: All of Torah on one foot?

Why does Rabbi Akiva call it a "Big Rule", and not an "Important Mitzvah"...? What is 'Love your fellow as you love yourself' all about?

Parshat Kedoshim: All of Torah on one foot?player

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim (Israel)

What does it mean to be holy?

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim (Israel)

Are you an enemy of evil? A survivor's guide to conducting one's life

Six essential facts that make the Holocaust a unique event in history and ten messages from a survivor.

Are you an enemy of evil? A guide to conducting one's life

Flux, Confusion, War – where are we headed?

Relationships between nations and races are shifting, so-called absolute laws of human behavior are being re-written, the East is rising.

Flux, Confusion, War – where are we headed?

Memorializing the Holocaust in Israel in contrast to Europe

The two different dates indicate two different ways of looking at the Holocaust and the people the Nazis hoped to destroy.

Memorializing the Holocaust in Israel in contrast to Europe

Kedoshim: In Eretz Yisrael, the means are as worthy as the ends

Young Religious Zionist Torah scholars on the Parasha: In Eretz Yisrael we feel the joy and the sense that nothing is lacking in our lives.

Kedoshim:  In Eretz Yisrael, the means are as worthy as the endsplayer

Acharei Mot (Diaspora): Why we are needed

We often ask for the things we need, but life is much happier, satisfying, and meaningful, when we ask what we are needed for.

Acharei Mot (Diaspora): Why we are needed

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.

Weekly Tanya video/lecture: The Epistle on Repentanceplayer

Kedoshim (Israel): Watch out for bias when giving advice

This week Israel reads Kedoshim and the Diaspora reads Acharei Mot. Arutz Sheva will alternate articles on both readings.

Kedoshim (Israel): Watch out for bias when giving advice

Dawn of Redemption

Rabbi Kook: Be strong...concerning the holy ways that our sacred ancestors and rabbis taught us...add to this a connection to the Holy Land.

Dawn of Redemption

Being nice to terrorists

Are Jews supposed to see everyone in a positive light?

Being nice to terrorists

Don't lock the door - maybe someone will come

The real significance of the Mimouna holiday is the door open to all who wish to enter.

Don't lock the door - maybe someone will come

Yizkor, on the last day of Passover

This soulful prayer resonates acutely 4 times a year in Ashkenaz services, bringing even the non-observant to synagogue. A personal story.

Yizkor, on the last day of Passover

Truth is G-d’s Signature

This is the land promised to us. But we must believe it before we can tell the world. It is why we celebrate Passover!

Truth is G-d’s Signature

Matza of love

Israel's first chief rabbi: In the Torah, the Jews were told to eat matza two weeks before Pesach, so what is the real reason we eat matza?

Matza of love

Temple Mount, now and then

On the 4th day of Pesach 1,974 years ago a Roman soldier sparked a Jewish revolt. It took 7 years to defeat Jerusalem then. And now?

Temple Mount, now and then

Talking Parsha - Acharei Mot & Shvi'i Shel Pesach: Do we always have to be different??

This week's Torah portion instructs us not to imitate the nations around us. Why is that? What is behind this concept?

Talking Parsha - Acharei Mot: Do we always have to be different?player

Passover: Unity in the wake of controversy

Tzohar's Rabbi David Stav speaks to Arutz Sheva about the messages of Passover in the wake of current events and issues.

Passover: Unity in the wake of controversyplayer

The blessing for eating Chametz on Pesach

I always wondered what God was doing during the Seder at Bergen-Belsen when the Chief Rabbi of Rotterdam instructed Jews to eat chametz.

The blessing for eating Chametz on Pesach

Weekly Torah Study: Acharei Mot

What are we "moderns" to make of the scapegoat to Azazel?

Weekly Torah Study: Acharei Mot

The Secret of Pesach

*Rabbi Jonathan Sacks* reminds us of the great secret of the holiday of Pesach: It's all about the children.

The Secret of Pesach

The Mimouna provides us with hope - and that is its goal

We need to renew our inner strength in this period of terror attacks. That is exactly what the Mimouna's message of joy and hope will do.

The Mimouna provides us with hope - and that is its goal

Omer conundrums

All you have to do is count until Shavuot, but it is not as simple as it seems.

Omer conundrums

Rabbi Haggai Londin: 'Passover is a time of order - in soul and in spirit'

Rabbi Haggai Londin, of the Sderot Yeshiva, speaks to Arutz Sheva about the essence of the Festival of Passover.

'Passover is a time of order - in soul and in spirit'player

4 facts concerning Sefirat HaOmer (counting the Omer)

This is not just a technical counting. In order to receive the Torah, each year, we need to prepare.

 4 facts concerning Sefirat HaOmer (counting the Omer)

Now that Pesach has finished - yes, you read this correctly

Pesach on the 14th of Nissan and the Festival of Matzot which begins on the 15th and lasts for seven days are two separate Festivals

Now that Pesach has finished-yes you read this correctly

Easter and the Jews

Rabbi Kook blamed Christianity's teachings for the Great War and its appalling cruelty and death, but did not advocate combatting it.

Easter and the Jews

Parent Principles: An introduction

Moses received the Torah from Sinai, and gave it to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets.

Parent Principles: An introduction

A Tale of Two Cities – two worlds

Excerpt from the writer's book "With all your might." Two families, two Seders, one nation.

 A Tale of Two Cities – two worlds

In every generation: Insights from around the Seder table

There are two and only two places where the Haggadah uses the expression, “in every generation.” What is the connection between them?

In every generation:  Insights from around the Seder table

Why did God need a 'destroyer' in Egypt?

Who or what was the "destroyer" mentioned in the book of Exodus?

Why did God need a 'destroyer' in Egypt?

Passover: The Hillel Sandwich

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: If we know the significance of matza and maror, we will understand Hillel's way of eating them.

Passover: The Hillel Sandwich

An educational Passover Seder: Four problems Four solutions

What is this obsession with the number four at the Seder? It tells you how to deal with yourself and others.

An educational Passover Seder: Four problems Four solutions

Talking Parsha - Pesach: Should we question everything?

Seder Night is all about asking questions. But is it really that important to ask questions? Why do we ask so many questions?

Talking Parsha - Pesach: Should we question everything?player

One kid, two zuzim and much symbolism

Delving into interpretations of Chad Gadya, the last song in the Haggada, among them the Vilna Gaon's perspective.

One kid, two zuzim and much  symbolism

Advice for the Wise Son

Focus on the wise son's question and possible answers that point to the experiential aspects of Torah observance.

Advice for the Wise Son

Pesach and Eretz Yisrael

Young religious Zionist Torah scholars: Is there a substantive connection between the mitzva of Pesacḥ and Eretz Yisrael?

Pesach and Eretz Yisrael

Pesach: Are you thirsty without knowing it?

How do you enable a person to come and partake of the Pesach experience if they have no desire; if they feel no need, no thirst?

Pesach: Are you thirsty without knowing it?

Chametz as a symbol of arrogance

Turning our attention to the deeper and spiritual meaning of removing Chametz. It is not just ridding our homes of Cheerios and breadcrumbs.

Chametz as a symbol of arrogance

When the Seder is on Friday night

How to manage a Seder on Shabbat - and a primer for the holiday.

When the  Seder is on Friday night

'When one has matza and maror before them' – Halakhically mandated props of a great story

Seder night is reliving a great story, becoming part of the night it all started. Read here about its meaning and foundations of our faith.

'Matza and maror before them' – Halakhically mandated props

Practical Pesach pointers II: Shopping companion

All food needs a kosher for Passover certification, but there are things that do not. A helpful list.

Practical Pesach pointers II: Shopping companion

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.

Weekly Tanya video/lecture: The Epistle on Repentanceplayer

The 4 Sons—and the 4 big questions on Judaism

The rational child, the depressed child, the selfish child, and the apathetic child.

The 4 Sons—and the 4 big questions on Judaism

What Pesach mitzva did the Brisker Rav find the most difficult?

A wondrous midrash provides a clarification and way of looking at a difficult mitzva that we must observe on Pesach but all year as well.

What Pesach mitzva did the Brisker Rav find the most difficult?

Ceremony and Celebration: Inspiration for Pesach

Rabbi Sacks accompanies your Seder and the entire holiday in this choice of his unforgettable thoughts.

Ceremony and Celebration:  Inspiration for Pesach

The Ishmaelites are living up to their name: Are we?

When you think of man, what comes to mind? How would you frame man? How would you label the first human, Adam HaRishon?

The Ishmaelites are living up to their name: Are we?




























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