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Halakhot for greeting the Mashiach if he comes this Sunday

We do not know exactly how the Redemption will come about and in what order things will occur, but let us be prepared!

Halakhot on greeting the Mashiach if he comes this Sunday

Unifying Israel, G-d, the Torah, and the Land

It is supremely appropriate that it is precisely during the Three Weeks that we meet up again and become re-united in our Torah-readings.

Unifying Israel, G-d, the Torah, and the Land

Mattot (Israel):Do you know what you’re fighting for?

Today in Israel religious soldiers prove to be dedicated fighters. Like the fighters in the parasha, they know what they are fighting for. .

Mattot (Israel):Do you know what you’re fighting for?

Did Balak know of the blessings granted Abraham?

\Israel’s enemies today are as disparate as the Amorites, Moab, Midian, Aram, Canaanites and Philistines -and will have the same fate.

Did Balak know of the blessings granted Abraham?

Korach: The rebellion of the tzaddikim

Korach's challenge to Moshe sounds almost like an anarchist’s protest against any form of authority, he was no common rabble rouser.:

Korach:  The rebellion of the tzaddikim

Shlach: Connected to the Land of Israel

Thirty years before the Exodus, a vast contingent of Ephraimites left Egypt because they had miscalculated the end-time for Egyptian exile.

Shlach:  Connected to the Land of  Israel

Behaalotcha: Towards Israel

The sequence of breaking camp and travelling is not random or capricious: there are reasons for the Tribes travelling in formation.

Behaalotcha: Towards Israel

Shavuot: A lesson from the Torah

Would we not have expected Shavuot, of all the Festivals in our calendar, to be replete with impressive rituals?

Shavuot:  A lesson from the Torah

Yes, the Jews secretly control the world

G-d promises us in His Torah that if we keep His mitzvot in His Land, then He will give peace throughout the world.

Bechukotai: Yes, the Jews secretly control the world

Behar:God has given us the power to restore Yovel!

We can be G-d’s partners in holiness.G-d has given us, His people, the power to restore a Torah-commandment.Shmitta and soon, Yovel.

Behar:God has given us the power to restore Yovel!

The soul of the Mishna

A book which brings inspiring and beautiful interpretation to Mishnayot which, at first, seem to be just legal disputes between the Sages.

The soul of the Mishna

Parashat Emor (Israel) and Yom Ha'atzmaut

Perhaps it is not coincidence that Parashat Emor almost always falls in the 23-day period between Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Herut Yerushalayim.

Parashat Emor (Israel)  and Yom Ha'atzmaut

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

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

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

Shabbat Ha-Gadol: Redemption then, redemption now

Shabbat ha-Gadol, “the Great Shabbat” before Pesach, commemorates our final Shabbat in Egypt, 3,334 years ago, five days before the Exodus.

Shabbat Ha-Gadol:  Redemption then, redemption now

Parashat Shmini/Shabbat Parah: So you think you understand?

The deaths of Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shmini coupled with reading about the Red Heifer - we can neither add to or fathom mitzvot..

Parashat Shmini/Shabbat Parah: So you think you understand?

Shushan Purim:: The sweetest victory

Can you hear us celebrating, Haman? Hear our children singing! In our own country, we defeat you year by year.

Shushan Purim:: The sweetest victory

Purim: The rule of law above all

Close Megillah reading is essential to understanding exile mentality, on the part of government, gentiles and Jews in their host country.

Purim: The rule of law above all

The great leveller: War - and Tehillim

It is said that war is a great leveller: on the battlefield, rich and poor are equally killed. For Jews, it is serving G-d and prayer.

The great leveller: War - and Tehillim

Shabbat Shekalim:Towards Redemption

The redemption from Egypt was completed with the Mishkan. The final redemption will be complete when we rebuild the third Holy Temple.

Shabbat Shekalim:Towards Redemption

Esther Pollard: A person's soul is the candle of Hashem

Esther Pollard’s physical body returned to the ground of the Land of Israel, her spirit has returned to the G-d Who gave it.

Esther Pollard: A person's soul is the candle of Hashem

From Rephidim to Colleyville - why do they hate us?:

As we were reading of Amalek’s attack on the Jews at Rephidim, another Jew-hater attacked Congregation Beth Israel. There is a message here.

From Rephidim to Colleyville:- why do they hate us?

Tu B'Shvat: Viewing the trees

The principle behind Hillel and Shammai’s dispute as to whether the New Year for Trees is on the 1st of Shvat(Shammai) or the 15th(Hillel).

Tu B'Shvat:  Viewing the trees

A preview of Mashiach

The blessing for the Tribe of Dan, the unifying tribe, has all the prerequisites for the Redemption.

A preview of Mashiach

"What do you see?"

The question “What do you see?” occurs only seven times throughout the Tanakh, and is addressed to only three men, all of them prophets.

"What do you see?"

The Jews and the Greeks

A miniscule point of Hebrew grammar, so esoteric that few people ever notice it or are even aware of it, teaches us a central lesson.

The Jews and the Greeks

Return to Shechem: What Joseph's brothers, the Maccabees, and the IDF all understood

Shechem controls the most crucial junction in northern Israel. Joseph's brothers, Judah Maccabee and the IDF knew and acted accordingly.

Return to Shechem: Joseph's brothers, the Maccabees, and the IDF

If Yaakov had been American...

Had he been an American Jew, how would Yaakov have reacted to hearing that Esau is on his way with 400 men?

If Yaakov had been American...

Making dreams come true

Jacob's dream came true when he, near the Holy Land, saw the angels of the Land of Israel. That is the power of coming to live in Israel.

Making dreams come true

Towards the downfall of the savage

The Torah tells us of Ishmael's propensity for bloodshed: "his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him.” Will it ever end?

Towards the downfall of the savage

The beginning of Jewish history

Abraham’s nation will be either like the stars shining in the darkness or else like the sand, down-trodden, and kicked aside by everyone.

The beginning of Jewish history

Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

Have Jews really found resting-places for the soles of their feet?

Noah, a raven, a dove, and the Democrats

From the beginning till the end of time

The opening word of the Torah “in the beginning” already encoded all of what was to come, the potential of everything which will ever be.

From the beginning till the end of time

Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

The sentences were carried out on the 21st of Tishrei, Hoshanah Rabbah – the day the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is sealed.

Hoshanah Rabbah 5782 (2021):75 years since the Nuremberg Trials

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.

The Prelude to Rosh Hashannah

Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Parashat Ki Tavo tells us just what defines an 'illegal settler' - providing food for thought.

Anti-Semitism? – Blame those illegal Jewish settlers

Those weapons brandished against us...

Defeating blood libels and the lie that we are colonizers in our land - depends on our choice of 'blessing or curse' in Re'eh and Isaiah.

Those weapons brandished against us...

A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

Every time a Jew eats, the blessings he recites both before and after infuse him with the centrality of the Land of Israel.

A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

9th of Av survival kit

The writer's ideas for getting into physical shape for fasting, starting today. Hopefully, our spiritual shape will make the fast obsolete.

9th of Av survival kit