Parshat Shavua

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Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Avraham can't find room for Lot?

Talking Parsha - Lech Lecha: Avraham can't find room for Lot?

What exactly happened in the story of Avraham and Lot? And how did someone who grew up in Avraham's home end up in Sdom?Tuvia and Yitzi, 15/10/2021 08:17
The secret of Jewish survival

The secret of Jewish survival

Ultimately, Jewish history is fashioned and determined by those individuals who are motivated by passion and directed by faithfulness.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 14/10/2021 13:50
Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

Go, go, and keep going - you can be anything you want to be

G-d did not tell Abraham to "depart". He said "go". What message was G-d sending?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 14/10/2021 13:09
Abraham the innovator

Abraham the innovator

Abraham is the first human being recorded as having a normal conversation with his Creator.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/10/2021 20:23
The insular nature of the Covenant

The insular nature of the Covenant

Today's nations want Israel to go alone, in the hope that Iran will destroy the annoying Jewish state. Abraham too had to fight alone.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 13/10/2021 12:50
The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

The hidden conflict behind the Battle of the Kings

Why would a battle between ancient kingdoms get such prominence in the parasha? Was it all that it seems?Danny Ginsbourg, 13/10/2021 10:28
How responsible was Noah for the flood?

How responsible was Noah for the flood?

In Isaiah, the flood is called "the waters of Noah." What does that imply?Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 07/10/2021 05:56
The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

The Parsha and Current Events: Thoughts on the world today

It is 5782 years from the time humans appeared and began destroying the beautiful world that Hashem created for them.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 06/10/2021 11:42
Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

Talking Parsha - Bereshit: The real story of Adam and Chava

On the most basic level, we have to ask why, in the story of Adam and Eve, does the Torah repeat the word 'arumim?' What does it mean?Tuvia and Yitzi, 01/10/2021 07:58
Paradise lost

Paradise lost

Milton's epic poem describes the impossibility of returning to Paradise once lost. The Torah presents that return as a challenge..Rabbi Berel Wein, 30/09/2021 09:44
No more, no less: A powerful story

No more, no less: A powerful story

The first letter of the Torah is bet, the last is lamed. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson spoke of the letters before and after bet and lamed.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 30/09/2021 08:00
Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

There is a good reason to celebrate the end of the cycle of Torah readings, but why delay it until a month after the end of the year?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 27/09/2021 07:29
Talking Parsha - Sukkos: Why do we read THIS on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed?

Talking Parsha - Sukkos: Why do we read THIS on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed?

This Shabbat we read about the Sin of the Golden Calf and afterwards, the Second Tablets. What's the connection between that & the holiday?Tuvia and Yitzi, 24/09/2021 08:32
Weekly Torah Study:  Vezot Habracha

Weekly Torah Study: Vezot Habracha

Moshe blesses the tribes of Israel before his death, beginning his words with fiery imagery. Why?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 24/09/2021 06:42
Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

Moshe Rabbeinu - dead or alive

Did Moshe Rabbeinu transcend death? In this week's parasha, Vezot Habracha, his death is described, but the Talmud says something else.Torah MiTzion, 24/09/2021 06:27
The Torah - not just another app!

The Torah - not just another app!

We cannot just lounge around feet up swiping our devices or listening to Torah as we travel to workTorah MiTzion, 17/09/2021 09:58
Talking Parsha - Ha'azinu & Sukkot: Why is Moshe's last speech a song?

Talking Parsha - Ha'azinu & Sukkot: Why is Moshe's last speech a song?

This week's Torah portion is actually a song, a poem. But it's also unlike the song the People of Israel sang at the splitting of the Sea.Tuvia and Yitzi, 17/09/2021 09:30
Ultimate witnesses

Ultimate witnesses

Nature itself, with all its wonders, unpredictability, and beauty is the greatest testimony regarding the covenant between God and Israel.Rabbi Berel Wein, 13/09/2021 21:36
Talking Parsha - Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah: What makes the easiest mitzvah so hard?

Talking Parsha - Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah: What makes the easiest mitzvah so hard?

In one of his last speeches to the Jewish People, Moshe refers to 'this mitzvah.' Later he describes the opposite attitude. Why?Tuvia and Yitzi, 03/09/2021 08:16
The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

The Covenant with those who are not here with us today

In Nitzavim, the Covenant with Hashem is described as binding future generations. How could those present bind those who are not present?Danny Ginsbourg, 02/09/2021 12:18
A nation of storytellers

A nation of storytellers

To know who we are is, in large part, to understand the story or stories of which we are a part.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 26/08/2021 13:14
Talking Parsha - Ki Teitze: Did you have to say that?

Talking Parsha - Ki Teitze: Did you have to say that?

The Torah tells us not to be late fulfilling a vow & says a person who didn't vow, didn't sin. Why would we think of not vowing as a sin?Tuvia and Yitzi, 20/08/2021 11:00
Ki Tetze: The beautiful captive woman

Ki Tetze: The beautiful captive woman

The Netziv asks:’’What is this beautiful woman, adorned and dressed in her finery, doing in battle?’"Danny Ginsbourg‏, 19/08/2021 22:01
When a marriage fails

When a marriage fails

A plea for peace and understanding. Divorce, with all its hurt, uncertainty and loss should not lead to lifelong enmity.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 19/08/2021 21:46
Ki Teitsei: The real reason we love to give food

Ki Teitsei: The real reason we love to give food

Food: making it, sharing it, giving it. so deeply ingrained in Jewish culture. Why it's important to give, even where food isn't lacking!UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 19/08/2021 05:48
Shoftim: How Jews went to war

Shoftim: How Jews went to war

The Torah exempts three categories of men from going out to a voluntary war. And it explains why.Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 13/08/2021 07:36
Shoftim: We are separate but always together

Shoftim: We are separate but always together

We are individuals in our own right and at the same time we are part of our nation.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 12/08/2021 09:35
The weekly Torah portion as a medium for growth

The weekly Torah portion as a medium for growth

The Rabbis intended that the structure of each portion be studied to teach a message unto itself.Torah MiTzion, 09/08/2021 15:42
Talking Parsha - Re'eh: What makes it THE place?

Talking Parsha - Re'eh: What makes it THE place?

Moshe commands the nation to destroy idol worship upon entering the Land of Israel - but not do do the same to G-d. What does this mean?Tuvia and Yitzi, 06/08/2021 09:50
Re’eh: What we have always had is new every day!

Re’eh: What we have always had is new every day!

How we should relate to the mitzvot on every day of our lives - how lucky we are!Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 05/08/2021 09:42
Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

Eikev: Balancing Torah and Work

The amount of time devoted to a particular activity is not the sole factor in determining that this is our main pursuit in life.Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 30/07/2021 16:40
Un-Jewish? Un-Rabbinic?

Un-Jewish? Un-Rabbinic?

Is it "un-Jewish” and "un-rabbinic” to hope that Hashem, the God of justice, mercy and truth punish all who have wronged His people?Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 30/07/2021 06:24
Weekly Torah Study for Eikev: 'Not by bread alone'

Weekly Torah Study for Eikev: 'Not by bread alone'

What, then, does sustain man?Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 30/07/2021 06:16
The forty year-long Ulpan

The forty year-long Ulpan

During their forty years of desert wandering, the most crucial lessons of Israel's essence were tested and learned.Danny Ginsbourg, 29/07/2021 10:00
Reward and punishment

Reward and punishment

What are we to make of the obviously literal lesson that this week's Torah portion seemingly teaches us?Rabbi Berel Wein, 27/07/2021 06:05
Jealousy’s a hungry heart

Jealousy’s a hungry heart

How can we ensure our wants are not driven by envy?Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 25/07/2021 19:13
Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

Va'etchanan: In mind and heart

What is the difference between “knowing it” and “pondering it in our heart”?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 23/07/2021 17:00
Weekly Torah Study: Va'etchanan

Weekly Torah Study: Va'etchanan

The oneness and unity of G-d was a revolutionary revelation enunciated in this week's Torah reading.Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 23/07/2021 15:17
Talking Parsha - Va'etchanan: Shema Yisrael - Why is it so fundamental?

Talking Parsha - Va'etchanan: Shema Yisrael - Why is it so fundamental?

'Hear O Israel' wasn't said so dramatically as it seems. Why did it become such an important part of our life, and what makes it so special?Tuvia and Yitzi, 23/07/2021 08:54
Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

Va'etchanan: Climate Change and Moshe Rabbeinu

A very current message about climate change can be derived from the actions of Moshe Rabbeinu.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 23/07/2021 06:15
Bashert

Bashert

The aptitude to live and function within the limitations of one's own shortcomings is a great talent which many do not possess.Rabbi Berel Wein, 22/07/2021 09:08
The fewest of all peoples

The fewest of all peoples

We may be the fewest of all peoples, but when we heed God’s call, we have the ability,to mend and transform the world.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 22/07/2021 08:03
Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Devarim: Di Zahav - Too much gold

Do you know anyone who had enough money and refused to accept more?Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook, 16/07/2021 16:22
Devarim: Accountability

Devarim: Accountability

From Moses, we see that It is impossible for truths to be described without the personality and subjective view of the person doing so.Rabbi Berel Wein, 16/07/2021 10:00
Parshat Mattot-Masai: The legend of Billy the Neder

Parshat Mattot-Masai: The legend of Billy the Neder

The laws of vows are there for us to contemplate the awesome power contained in our speech.Rabbi Avroham Leventhal, 09/07/2021 12:20
Talking Parsha - Matot Masei: Moshe's final mission is revenge?!

Talking Parsha - Matot Masei: Moshe's final mission is revenge?!

The last mission given to Moses is to avenge what Midian did to the People of Israel. Why revenge, and why is this his final mission?Arutz Sheva Staff, 09/07/2021 11:11
Matot-Massei: Pack this in your bags – it doesn’t weigh anything

Matot-Massei: Pack this in your bags – it doesn’t weigh anything

When travelling, the most important thing to take with us doesn’t weight anything at all., 07/07/2021 23:15
Are Mattot and Maasei read together only for calendar convenience or is there more?

Are Mattot and Maasei read together only for calendar convenience or is there more?

There must be a connecting bond, a common denominator that unites these two apparently disparate and different sections of the Torah.Rabbi Berel Wein, 06/07/2021 22:00
Unique  and 'regular' everyday – Both powerful

Unique and 'regular' everyday – Both powerful

Moshe had saved the nation before with prayer, by reasoning and imploring. Pinchas saved them by acting, violently and definitively.Torah MiTzion, 04/07/2021 09:03
'Between the gates'

'Between the gates'

Being born between the gates empowered Yocheved to feel free. To not allow Egypt to invade her mind, her psyche, her sense of self. And you?Rabbi Lazer Gurkow, 02/07/2021 09:13
Pinchas and the best invitation ever

Pinchas and the best invitation ever

In this parasha, an invitation arrives from Hashem Himself in order to enable us to have a life changing experience. Be sure to RSVP.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 01/07/2021 08:00
Torah gives Balaam a bad press –   undeservedly, he thinks

Torah gives Balaam a bad press – undeservedly, he thinks

The Israelites are basically off stage. They are bystanders while he, Balaam, does things to them and for them.Steve Apfel, 24/06/2021 22:31
The Parsha and Current Events: The root of our fears

The Parsha and Current Events: The root of our fears

Hashem expects the Jewish nation to live with trust in Him, without fear of the gentiles.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 23/06/2021 22:45
Weekly Torah study: Chukat

Weekly Torah study: Chukat

Water plays a major role in this week's parasha.Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 19/06/2021 21:49
Chukat:Living waters

Chukat:Living waters

We need to stop, rest and drink deeply from living waters before continuing the arid wilderness we seem to have entered.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 18/06/2021 17:17
Watch: The Temple - a place of life

Watch: The Temple - a place of life

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu explains why, when Aaron is in the right place, and the Divine Presence is there, even a dry stick of wood can blossom.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/06/2021 09:45
Talking Parsha - Korach: A blossoming staff - that's what makes the difference?

Talking Parsha - Korach: A blossoming staff - that's what makes the difference?

After the earth swallows Korach and his followers, the Jews come to Moses angry - and only stop arguing after Aaron's staff blossoms. Why?Tuvia and Yitzi, 11/06/2021 09:22