Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

Jewish life is not for the faint hearted

Moshe is the most humble and modest of all human-beings, but he is not allowed to be humble and self-effacing when meeting Pharaoh.Rabbi Berel Wein, 1/8/2021, 2:00 PM
Questioning – The essence of Jewish Faith

Questioning – The essence of Jewish Faith

Anyone who wants to get closer to G-d must first find the courage to question, even before any answer is available.Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 1/8/2021, 12:00 PM
Shemot: What does our name mean to others?

Shemot: What does our name mean to others?

The Chief Rabbi’s weekly insight for Parshat Shemot.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/8/2021, 8:24 AM
What Israel Does To Your Mind

What Israel Does To Your Mind

G-d made a specific promise to Moshe about the Land of Israel. What does it mean for us today?Sharona Cohen, 1/7/2021, 11:32 PM
Our father Jacob did not die?

Our father Jacob did not die?

Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of religious Zionism: Sometimes a goal is achieved via means that conflict with the objective.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 1/1/2021, 2:45 PM
Jacob's fishy blessing

Jacob's fishy blessing

A thought for Parshat Vayechi 5781 to share with youngsters.Rabbi Reuven Spolter, 1/1/2021, 2:26 PM
Our Covid-19 journey – how should we respond to its uncertainty?

Our Covid-19 journey – how should we respond to its uncertainty?

The Chief Rabbi’s weekly insight for Parshat Vayechi.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 1/1/2021, 3:00 AM
Our father Jacob did not die

Our father Jacob did not die

Rav Kook explains: “Our temporary existence is only one spark of the glory of everlasting life."Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 12/31/2020, 2:30 PM
A switch rooted in nature

A switch rooted in nature

There are many commandments in Judaism that are easy for us to fulfill, but there are also ones hard for us to understand and perform.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 12/31/2020, 2:20 PM
Diaspora Judaism

Diaspora Judaism

The greatest miracle of history is the survival of diaspora Judaism. The greatest question is where it is headed today.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 12/31/2020, 8:23 AM
Where Should Jews Call Home? (Parshat Vayigash)

Where Should Jews Call Home? (Parshat Vayigash)

When they went down to Egypt, the Jews didn't want to be there at all. But with time, they didn't want to go back to Israel. Where is home?Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/24/2020, 8:29 PM
The unexpected leader

The unexpected leader

Predictions are impossible in the affairs of living, breathing human beings and in this parasha, we see Judah rise to leadership - and why.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 12/24/2020, 7:18 AM
Seeing the light on the path

Seeing the light on the path

There is light ahead. We have just celebrated the only Jiewish holiday whose mitzva is done at night. And it is all about light.Torah MiTzion, 12/22/2020, 5:00 PM
By sharing, we receive more than we give

By sharing, we receive more than we give

How Pharaoh knoew that Joseph was someone who’s word he could rely on.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/20/2020, 7:18 AM
Mikeitz: Joseph and the Evil Eye

Mikeitz: Joseph and the Evil Eye

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: 'The Evil Eye is an example of how one soul may affect another..'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 12/18/2020, 3:00 PM
Miketz: Three approaches to dreams

Miketz: Three approaches to dreams

Joseph had three gifts that many have in isolation but few in combination.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 12/18/2020, 11:42 AM
Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

Meanngful parsha learning for youngsters around the globe. The meaning of Miketz - then and now.Rabbi Reuven Spolter, 12/17/2020, 2:51 PM
Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: G-d as the Master Director of history

Temple Institute Weekly Torah Study: G-d as the Master Director of history

The story of Joseph unfolding in this period's Torah readings is on two levels: Man's actions fulfill G-d's master plan behind the scenes.Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 12/13/2020, 4:00 PM
Jelly or Chocolate: What are we filled with?

Jelly or Chocolate: What are we filled with?

There is a very interesting connection between the holiday of Hanukkah and the Torah portion of the week. Joseph's pit is a parable.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 12/10/2020, 3:46 PM
Vayeshev: The power of praise; Hanukkah: Ceremony and Celebration for the family

Vayeshev: The power of praise; Hanukkah: Ceremony and Celebration for the family

There is a delicate balance between the neglect that leads to lack of confidence and excessive praise or favouritism..Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 12/10/2020, 8:30 AM
The Parasha and Current Events: Strength and conquest

The Parasha and Current Events: Strength and conquest

The Esaus of the world are impressed only by strength - with which Ya’akov is endowed when necessary and which the Maccabees evinced..Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/9/2020, 3:00 PM
Strengthening the connection between the Jewish People and the Holy Land

Strengthening the connection between the Jewish People and the Holy Land

Ove and above sustaining life, the air of the Holy Land uplifts the individual soul while its earth spurs our national development.Eretz Yisrael Yomi, 12/9/2020, 10:14 AM
Deciphering the demise of Devorah, Rivka's nurse

Deciphering the demise of Devorah, Rivka's nurse

Devorah was Rivkah Imenu’s tutor as well as her nursemaid, sent by Rivkah to instill what a grandmother can teach a grandchild.Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 12/6/2020, 5:31 PM
  VaYishlach: Reuben's Sin

VaYishlach: Reuben's Sin

Israel's first Ashkenazi Cheif Rabbi, leader of Religious Zionism:'Oral Torah adds insightful understanding through careful examination.'Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 12/4/2020, 3:28 PM
A winning combination

A winning combination

Jacob's fear at meeitng Esau shows the merit of living in Israel. Even today, we must show the world that the land belongs to the Jews.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 12/4/2020, 11:12 AM
The Parsha and Current Events: Surviving Evil

The Parsha and Current Events: Surviving Evil

Eventually evil devours itself, but there are times when it succeeds - and the time is not right to fight. Jacob knows that truth.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 12/3/2020, 2:05 PM
What did  Isaac see in Esau?

What did Isaac see in Esau?

Isaac rightly felt that Jacob's potential needed the help of Esau's activism, but that synergy can only happen at the end of time.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 12/2/2020, 9:50 AM
Cultivate patience, never give up

Cultivate patience, never give up

Many things require continued striving and much patience, as the story of Jacob so clearly teaches us.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 12/2/2020, 8:45 AM
What do we do when everything changes?

What do we do when everything changes?

Life occasionally compels us to leave our comfort zone and deal with crisis. A biblical and modern model.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 11/28/2020, 7:00 PM
Vayetze: Prayer before sleep‏

Vayetze: Prayer before sleep‏

Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: It is only the soul that experiences visions while dreaming.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 11/27/2020, 2:15 PM
Inconsolable and impoverished

Inconsolable and impoverished

Why did Yaakov cry when he met Rachel?Rabbanit Shira Smiles, 11/27/2020, 3:00 AM
To leave 'a place'

To leave 'a place'

There will be time where we all need the courage to exit and leave our safe and comfortable zones to do the work that needs to be done.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 11/27/2020, 12:38 AM
The power of thought

The power of thought

​​​​​​​A few words in the Zohar that seem to describe a geographical location provide insight into our entire.essence.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 11/26/2020, 8:00 PM
The inestimable worth of the individual

The inestimable worth of the individual

It was the Soviet Union and Communism that saw people as being mere cogs in a great machine, the state. Not so the Jews.Rabbi Berel Wein, 11/26/2020, 3:00 PM
Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Which is harder, the test of poverty or the test of wealth?

Jacob was faced with two diametrically opposed tests. He passed them both.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/26/2020, 2:00 PM
Light in dark times

Light in dark times

The ability to survive and to recover is part of what it takes to be a leader. Covenant & Conversation for Vayetse.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 11/26/2020, 11:40 AM
Finding God in unexpected places

Finding God in unexpected places

Life is truly a ladder set up on the ground, but its top reaches heaven.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 11/24/2020, 11:43 AM
Is an ultrasound during pregnancy permitted?

Is an ultrasound during pregnancy permitted?

Does the Torah permit an ultrasound to know the gender of a baby before it's born?Rabbi Ari Enkin, 11/21/2020, 10:26 PM
Esau's place in history

Esau's place in history

Esau's error is a foolish and sometimes tragic one that many of us make in our lives.Rabbi Avigdor Miller, 11/21/2020, 9:01 PM
Isaac, too, was tested - by G-d and man

Isaac, too, was tested - by G-d and man

The Sages said that Yitzchak represents 'gevura', courage and might, but it is Abraham, Moses and Joshua who waged wars. What do they mean?Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 11/20/2020, 2:00 PM
Prayer and choices

Prayer and choices

Praying is a process that moves in two directions.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 11/20/2020, 12:13 PM
Patience: not available on Amazon Prime

Patience: not available on Amazon Prime

I discovered two incredible details in this week's Torah portionSivan Rahav-Meir, 11/20/2020, 7:19 AM
Toldot: How can an Isaac and Rivkah raise a child who is wicked?

Toldot: How can an Isaac and Rivkah raise a child who is wicked?

Commentators give several reasons for this to have happened, as it has throughout history, but perhaps the simplest explanation is the best.Rabbi Berel Wein, 11/19/2020, 1:00 PM
Jacob and the Pandemic

Jacob and the Pandemic

Why are our voices today more powerful than ever before?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 11/19/2020, 10:58 AM
A message to Donald Trump from the Parasha

A message to Donald Trump from the Parasha

Perhaps, if Trump does not overturn the election results, it is so that his merits remain etched in the eternal memory of our nation.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 11/13/2020, 9:46 AM
Abraham's weapon against uncertainty

Abraham's weapon against uncertainty

The greatest victory over disappointment and failure is the courage to move forward. Abraham's message for today is in this week's parasha.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 11/13/2020, 9:10 AM
A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

A paean of praise to our Matriachs, Sarah and Rivkah.

This Torah portion tells us that Abraham was blessed "with everything" and some commentators say that means having a daughter.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/13/2020, 8:19 AM
Little things can make a big difference

Little things can make a big difference

Life is not made up of firework displays, but anyway, how much useful light do fireworks provide?Torah MiTzion, 11/12/2020, 10:00 AM
Did Sarah laugh?

Did Sarah laugh?

Sara laughed when G-d told her she was going to have a baby at age 90! Or did she? She denies it! And who's asking, anyway? IRabbi Gedalia Meyer, 11/9/2020, 10:50 AM
The final test

The final test

Why does G-d ask Abraham to do the tenth and final test, but command that he do the others?Rabbi Ari Enkin, 11/7/2020, 7:18 PM
Vayeira: 'Sanctity in Space' -  as synagogues begin to reopen

Vayeira: 'Sanctity in Space' - as synagogues begin to reopen

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: 'What is religious humility? Why have a set location for prayer?'Rabbi Avraham HaKohen Kook, 11/6/2020, 12:00 PM
How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

Rabbi Dessler: If they were allowed to remain alive, they would surely continue to transgress.Danny Ginsbourg, 11/6/2020, 11:00 AM
Don't look back!

Don't look back!

A blast of burning chemicals petrified Lot's wife, who still hankered for life in Sodom, it's where her heart was. A lesson from history.Rabbi Avigdor Miller, 11/6/2020, 7:35 AM
Did Avraham Avinu “love” G-d or “fear” Him?

Did Avraham Avinu “love” G-d or “fear” Him?

At Avraham's tenth and most difficult test, Akeidat Yitzchak, the Torah praises him as "G-d-fearing," and not as one who loves G-d.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 11/5/2020, 9:41 PM
Which mitzva is more important? Between man and man, or between man and G-d?

Which mitzva is more important? Between man and man, or between man and G-d?

Can a tzaddik be righteous but not good?Torah MiTzion, 11/5/2020, 3:30 PM
For the Shabbat Project: Lot, ancestor of Moav

For the Shabbat Project: Lot, ancestor of Moav

A study of a prosperoous and greedy society, of cruelty, perversion - and divine retribution, culled from Parshat Vayera and the Midrash.Steve Apfel, South Africa, 11/5/2020, 5:36 AM
The Torah's Position on Land Concessions for Peace (Vayeira)

The Torah's Position on Land Concessions for Peace (Vayeira)

What is the Torah's stand on swapping land for peace? A classic commentator lays down a principle based on the Abraham/Avimelech agreement.Sharona Cohen, 11/3/2020, 11:35 PM