Judaism (Page 1)


Torah Mitzion:

The key to winning a war

While the army must fight the enemy, it is ultimately Hashem who provides the victory if the Jewish people deserve it by prayer and good deeds.

The key to winning a war

Rabbi Berel Wein:

Behaalotcha: The complainers

We are bidden to deal with problems to the extent that we can and not to dwell on them and constantly complain about them.

Behaalotcha: The complainers

Why are people afraid of the truth?

The Anxiety Inside of You is Testimony to Your Search for Authenticity,

Why are people afraid of the truth?

Le’David Barchi Nafshi:

Behaalotcha: What was so bad about the Israelites' complaints?

The purpose of the Torah and mitzvot is to foster a connection between the people of Israel and God, They wanted the opposite.

Behaalotcha: What was so bad about the Israelites' complaints?

Eretz Yisrael in the parasha: Initiative in battle for the land

Young religious Zionist scholars find connections between the Torah reading and the Land of israel.

Eretz Yisrael in the parasha: Initiative in battle for the land

Burying Moshe’s trumpets & crafting our own

Why the trumpets, which represent our ingathering, our points of reflection in times of joy and challenge, can’t be reused.

Burying Moshe’s trumpets & crafting our own

Office of the UK Chief Rabbi

Behaalotcha: Two key features of outstanding Jewish leadership

A true leader is somebody who guarantees that the community doesn’t only feel the presence of Hashem in Shul, in the sanctuary, but wherever we are. And there is another key feature.

Behaalotcha: Two key features of outstanding Jewish leadership

Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch:

Behaalotcha: Patience is a virtue

Our ancestors didn’t know their arrival and departure dates.

Behaalotcha: Patience is a virtue

Behaalotcha: From Sinai to Paran to Israel to Babylon to Germany

We have already missed two opportunities to return home and to possess our Land, the first in Parashat Beha’alot’cha and the second in the Haftarah. The third opportunity is now, today.

Behaalotcha: From Sinai to Paran to Israel to Babylon to Germany

Clues unearthed in Jerusalem: Evidence of Divine intervention?

This discovey serves as a powerful reminder of the Divine promise and protection over the land and its chosen people.

Clues unearthed in Jerusalem: Evidence of Divine intervention?

An ideal Jewish army on a full stage

Today we have soldiers who embody the living proof of the integration of what Chazal referred to as the sifra (book) and saifa (sword).

An ideal Jewish army on a full stage

My Fellow Rabbis – To the Land of Israel!

The mitzvah of the moment is to awaken your congregations to take immediate steps to begin the process of Aliyah.

My Fellow Rabbis – To the Land of Israel!

Return to the Fundamentals

The current war compels us to return to the fundamental position that the Land of Israel was given to the People of Israel by God. We must clarify to the world that this is not merely a conflict between neighbors, but Islam’s war against the People of Israel, and its Torah .

Return to the Fundamentals

Diaspora Jews to the rescue!

When the State of Israel is hard-pressed to defend itself from savage enemies on two fronts, from the north and the south, where are the young Jews of America? Why don’t they come to the rescue?

Diaspora Jews to the rescue!

Infamous trials and immoral laws that failed against Jews

Travesties of justice from the auto-da-fé in Spain, Dreyfus in France, Beilis in Russia, to the Nuremberg Laws in Germany and the ICJ & ICC in The Hague against Israel

Infamous trials and immoral laws that failed against Jews

Watch: Tanya/ Iggeres Ha’Kodesh - The Holy Epistle

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life. It has revolutionized the way we think about G -d the human soul, the world and our place in it.

Watch: Tanya/ Iggeres Ha’Kodesh - The Holy Epistle

Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch:

Naso: Chinuch and chenek

Why are the Hebrew words for education and strangulation connected?

Naso: Chinuch and chenek

Le’David Barchi Nafshi:

God created His world for it to be used by us

Yearning for holiness should not come at the expense of participation in this world and in community life, with all that such implies.

God created His world for it to be used by us

Ethics of the Fathers:

True Freedom

Rebbe Yehoshua Ben Levi taught that only those involved in Torah study are truly free. How?

True Freedom

Torah Mitzion:

Fulfilling one’s mission in life

In the army, there are soldiers who are assigned to places where they do not want to serve. Sometimes these soldiers are disgruntled, and when students in a particular yeshiva asked the head of the yeshiva what they should do about the unwanted assignment, he quoted them the words of Maimonides regarding the Levites.

Fulfilling one’s mission in life

Eretz Yisrael Yomi:

The essence of G-d's Name

Religious Zionist Torah scholars find connections between the week's Torah reading and the Land of Israel: Where G-d's Name was pronounced.

The essence of G-d's Name

Monasticism in Judaism

The Torah describes for us quite clearly and vividly the necessity for some manifestation of monasticism, be it permanent or temporary, in Jewish life and social order.

Monasticism in Judaism

The day after - Happy Isru Chag!

Homecoming is complicated. So is the day after.

The day after - Happy Isru Chag!

The ladder to holiness

The Rav famously said, there's no kedusha without hachana - no holiness without preparation. And now, where do we find ourselves on the ladder to holiness once Shavuot is over?

The ladder to holiness

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi:

The Lesson of Mount Sinai

Where would one expect that God would reveal His Torah to the Jewish people?

The Lesson of Mount Sinai

Shavuot and Torah: The 'yetser hara' conundrum

At the end of days, the nations will claim that they are entitled to be rewarded, even though they did not keep the Torah.

Shavuot and Torah: The 'yetser hara' conundrum

The Torah Dןvision

An analysis of the haredi attitude towards the army.

The Torah Dןvision

Unpacking the truth:

The strange custom of eating dairy on Shavuot

'When the Written Torah will be translated into the secular tongues, and the nations of the world will claim that they received the Torah from G-d and are the chosen religion, the Jewish response to prove the veracity of our claim as the one true religion will be that we have the Oral Torah, which contains the deeper understandings of the written Torah.'

The strange custom of eating dairy on Shavuot

Shavuot:

Celebrate in spite of all

We might do well here to recall Shavuot 5708 (1948) - and compare it with Shavuot 1967.

Celebrate in spite of all

From the Book of Ruth to Swords of Iron: Malkhut in our time

Ruth is a story about two brave women who transcend tragic circumstances in order to make a lasting contribution to the Jewish people. The Book of Ruth is also a story of Malkhut.

From the Book of Ruth to Swords of Iron: Malkhut in our time

The Cinderella of the Festivals is the time of Revelation

It has no special mitzvot nor does it have a tractate. But it has a special theme like no other holiday.

The Cinderella of the Festivals is the time of Revelation

Shavuot Freedom

Shavuot is the festival when we celebrate the receiving of the Torah and, in the words of the late Chief Rabbi Sacks zt”l, we celebrate being “free to” live a Jewish life.

Shavuot Freedom

Shavuot: Beyond a holiday, The essence of our Jewish life

What is behind the fact that the Torah itself never specifically commands us to mark this day as a holiday?

Shavuot: Beyond a holiday, The essence of our Jewish life

The Ten Commandments v. Lord of the Flies

Today, the Lord of the Flies is no allegory. Hamas has shown us in graphic detail the face of descent into savage chaos. And the world's reaction shows that it can succeed. Opinion.

The Ten Commandments v. Lord of the Flies

Shavuot: Torah vs. Cheesecake

The everyday, the mundane - these are not the opposite of holiness, but simply the open space that invites holiness in at every moment.

Shavuot: Torah vs. Cheesecake

State of Israel, wake up!

The State of Israel must urgently develop a practical contingency plan for the absorption of European Jewry into Israel.

State of Israel, wake up!

Matan Rosh Hodesh Sivan Torah Essay:

“A great voice, and added no more”

The question which Torah was given at Sinai relates to an important controversy between Rabbi Yishmael and Rabbi Akiva.

“A great voice, and added no more”

Le’David Barchi Nafshi:

Bamidbar: The tent of meeting

On whatever path man may choose to go, he must place God’s Tent of Meeting in the center of his consciousness.

Bamidbar: The tent of meeting

The desert nourished by the waters of Torah

No matter how bleak and barren the desert landscape in which we currently find ourselves, we should always be cognizant of the ability of Torah to refresh and renew us.

The desert nourished by the waters of Torah

Did our parents brainwash us?

The corruption of universities Is a call to reinvigorate Jewish Education.

Did our parents brainwash us?

Bamidbar: We are not victims

The lesson to be learned from a group of young girls in Toronto.

Bamidbar: We are not victims

Bamidbar: We Jews may be tribal, but to survive, we must be “One”

No matter how you break it down, we are all part of those 603,550 that Moses counted in the desert.

Bamidbar: We Jews may be tribal, but to survive, we must be “One”

Why wasn't the Tribe of Levi counted with the others?

Various Torah commentaries' o;pinions on the reason the tribe of Levi had a different status.

Why wasn't the Tribe of Levi counted with the others?

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch:

Bamidbar: She’s family

In Jewish law, a maidservant isn’t a lowly slave.

Bamidbar: She’s family

Torah Mitzion:

Of Names and Numbers

Counting people, according to Rav Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the author of the Mei haShiloach, can be a two edged sword.

Of Names and Numbers

The City of One Gate: Rabbi Neria on Jerusalem Day

A close student of Rabbi Kook answers a troubling question about the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967.

The City of One Gate: Rabbi Neria on Jerusalem Day

Yom Herut Yerushalayim: Hidden and revealed miracles

At the Red Sea, in the Holy Temples, in the Six Day War and in Israel today with every missile intercepted by our side - we are witness to G-d's miracles.

Yom Herut Yerushalayim:  Hidden and revealed miracles

Eretz Yisrael Yomi:

Yerushalayim unites Am Yisrael

When we are united, victory can be achieved.

Yerushalayim unites Am Yisrael

To Rabbis in the Diaspora:

On the eve of Yom Yerushalayim...

I call upon all Guardians of Torah and Jewish educators in the Diaspora to teach, in addition to the mitzvot of keeping Shabbat, Taharat HaMishpachah, Kashrut, and the like, the exalted mitzvah of living in the land of Israel, equal to all the others put together.

On the eve of Yom Yerushalayim...

The wonderful rewards for toiling in Torah

"What is the meaning of:’if you follow My statutes’? It means that you toil in the study of Torah..".

The wonderful rewards for toiling in Torah

Astrology and Jewish Law

For thousands of years, the wisdom of astronomy and the wisdom of astrology were intertwined, and the sages of the nations of the world believed in both.

Astrology and Jewish Law

Tanya:

Watch: Tanya video/lecture on The Holy Epistle

The Tanya compacts four millennia of Jewish wisdom to answer the great personal and existential questions of life. It has revolutionized the way we think about G -d the human soul, the world and our place in it.

Watch: Tanya video/lecture on The Holy Epistle

Does God give free rein to the wicked in this world?

God invited Job to rule the world.

Does God give free rein to the wicked in this world?

Ask the Rabbi:

Mystical Judaism

Every seemingly banal religious act is a precious moment of communion with God in the midst of our daily affairs.

Mystical Judaism

Le’David Barchi Nafshi:

Not for any reward

The doctrine of reward and punishment at the opening of the parsha arouses our wonder. It is worthwhile to clarify the meaning of this important religious axiom.

Not for any reward

Behukotai: Rabbi Akiva's Parable

Israel's first Chief Rabbi died in 1935. His words here are absolutely prophetic.

Behukotai: Rabbi Akiva's Parable




























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