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
What really made Abraham great?

What really made Abraham great?

In the portion of Lech Lecha we meet Abraham - the first Jew. He taught the world about G-d. But he also taught us a lesson on how to live.Rabbi Ari Enkin, 10/29/2020, 9:01 AM
What's the solution?

What's the solution?

After the Flood, it seems that humans have learned nothing. Until...Sivan Rahav-Meir, 10/24/2020, 7:56 PM
The lost generation

The lost generation

Noah was a survivor but he failed to reach the people of his time as Abraham did..Was that due to lack of faith in himself or in the people?Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 10/23/2020, 2:00 AM
Great potential

Great potential

A fundamental theological cornerstone of Judaism is found in this parasha: Man must continue the process of creating things anew.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 10/16/2020, 9:00 AM
Thorns and thistles

Thorns and thistles

The difference between the Hebrew letters Daled and Resh is almost indiscernable, but in two specific words, they make all the difference.Rabbi Moshe Kempinski, 10/16/2020, 8:00 AM
Correcting a sin from the days of creation

Correcting a sin from the days of creation

Was the real sin of Adam and Eve impatience?Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 10/15/2020, 7:00 PM
The power of permission

The power of permission

The Torah is not a joy-killing mechanism, but a system meant to refine the joys of life and elevate then to a spiritual dimension.Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 10/15/2020, 11:52 AM
Talking Parsha: Isn't Sukkot supposed to be happy?

Talking Parsha: Isn't Sukkot supposed to be happy?

If Sukkot is the Festival of Happiness, why do we read on Megilat Kohelet, which seems to be a very depressing book?Tuvia and Yitzi , 10/2/2020, 2:40 PM
The arc of the moral universe

The arc of the moral universe

Covenant & Conversation for Haazinu 5781.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 9/24/2020, 4:00 PM
Talking Parsha: This Will Be The Best Year!

Talking Parsha: This Will Be The Best Year!

Rosh Hashanah, the day of judgment, is followed by the 10 days of Tshuva (repentance). Shouldn't it be the other way around?Tuvia and Yitzi, 9/18/2020, 8:20 AM
The Daily Portion/ To bring every part of us

The Daily Portion/ To bring every part of us

Within our souls are different and varied parts. Collect them, compare them and see what should be changed in the New Year.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 9/12/2020, 10:34 PM
Finding the balance between Nitzavim and Vayelech

Finding the balance between Nitzavim and Vayelech

How quickly society changes acceptable human behavior! What was unthinkable and perverse is today admired and sometimes even enforced.Rabbi Berel Wein, 9/9/2020, 9:55 AM
Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

Ki Tavo: Bikkurim, the offering of our hands

The Torah stresses ‘the hands’ in the mitzva of Bikkurim, for a symbolic, moral and historic reason.Danny Ginsbourg, 9/4/2020, 5:30 PM
The whole picture

The whole picture

There is something illogical about the commandment of the firstborn. And why separate the first fruits from the rest?Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 9/4/2020, 10:06 AM
Why are stones so important in our tradition?

Why are stones so important in our tradition?

The Hebrew word "even" means "stone" but it also is a composite of the words for father and son.Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 9/4/2020, 9:55 AM
Talking Parsha - Ki Tavo: What's the one thing you need most?

Talking Parsha - Ki Tavo: What's the one thing you need most?

This week the Torah teaches us the key ingredient to living our lives and serving G-d, without it, everything else falls apartTuvia and Yitzi, 9/4/2020, 9:52 AM
The Daily Portion / Every day like new

The Daily Portion / Every day like new

It is a challenge to continue keeping the Torah with the same level of anticipation as at Mount Sinai.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 9/3/2020, 8:07 PM
Confession of good?

Confession of good?

​​​​​​​Many think that in order to repent one must look evil, the affair teaches us that the secret of success is actually in looking good.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 9/3/2020, 8:03 PM
Don’t Get Too Comfy in Diaspora (Ki Tavo 2020)

Don’t Get Too Comfy in Diaspora (Ki Tavo 2020)

Baruch Gordon quotes a commentary on the First Fruits offering which delivers a powerful message to Diaspora Jews today...Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/3/2020, 7:55 PM
Be silent and listen

Be silent and listen

The lockdown meant that we could listen to the poetry and passion of the prayers. And prayer is about listening, not just speaking.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 9/3/2020, 9:00 AM
A Torah reading with 76 different commandments!

A Torah reading with 76 different commandments!

Our Sages found a pattern in the commandments found in one reading that make up over 12% of all the 613 mitzvot in the Torah.Rabbi Gedalia Meyer, 8/30/2020, 8:42 AM
The Daily Portion / To do the obvious

The Daily Portion / To do the obvious

The simple and obvious things we must be sure to do can easily be forgotten or ignored. The Torah reminds us of them.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 8/29/2020, 10:25 PM
 Ki Teitzei: Remembering Miriam's punishment

Ki Teitzei: Remembering Miriam's punishment

Torah from Israel's first chief rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism.Rabbi A.Y. HaCohen Kook, 8/28/2020, 5:30 PM
Talking Parsha - Ki Teitzei: "You can't ignore this!"

Talking Parsha - Ki Teitzei: "You can't ignore this!"

Watch: This week Yitzi and Tuvia talk about the precept of Hashavat Aveida - returning lost objectsTuvia and Yitzi, 8/28/2020, 10:55 AM
It all begins and ends with trust

It all begins and ends with trust

The sages teach us that a rebellious son is condemned because of how he will turn out. But how is it possible to know he will be evil?Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 8/28/2020, 9:40 AM
 Parents should never be jealous of their children.

Parents should never be jealous of their children.

Only one fruit's blessing goes up a step on the ladder when it is made into juice. What does that have to do with marriage?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 8/28/2020, 4:16 AM
Ki Tetsei: The secret to defeating the enemy

Ki Tetsei: The secret to defeating the enemy

There are so many soldiers in Tzahal for whom fear of the enemy does not exist because in their hearts is the fear of Hashem.Rabbi Nachman Kahana, 8/28/2020, 4:00 AM
Heredity vs. environment

Heredity vs. environment

Why do we see that in the case of Ishmael, Abraham did not act as the Torah prescribes for a rebellious son?Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 8/27/2020, 11:59 PM
What we remember, what we forget

What we remember, what we forget

This week we read the commandment to remember Amalek. We remember Amalek because that is the memory that safeguards us.Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, 8/27/2020, 4:00 PM
Cause and effect in family situations

Cause and effect in family situations

Part of the reason for improper human behavior violating Jewish values, is the shortness of vision that our limited years impose upon us.Rabbi Berel Wein, 8/27/2020, 1:00 PM
Does love conquer all?

Does love conquer all?

A seemingly minor law about inheritance is in fact a major statement of Jewish values.Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 8/27/2020, 10:07 AM
The Daily Portion, Ki Teitzei / Our endless war

The Daily Portion, Ki Teitzei / Our endless war

In which war are we engaged all our lives?Sivan Rahav-Meir, 8/27/2020, 3:15 AM
Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Why can't an Ammonite or Moabite be allowed to enter Am Yisrael for eternity?

Just how basic is 'hakarat hatov,' refraining from being an ingrate, in Judaism - and why?Danny Ginsbourg, 8/26/2020, 8:31 AM
The Daily Portion/ And our eyes did not see

The Daily Portion/ And our eyes did not see

No one should be invisible, no one should live and die alone.Sivan Rahav-Meir , 8/25/2020, 8:12 AM
The Torah's Real Estate Advice (Shoftim)

The Torah's Real Estate Advice (Shoftim)

The Torah on Jewish property rights and real estate, and the laws as they apply in the Diaspora and in the Land of Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/23/2020, 9:17 PM
Parshat Shoftim tells of one true Torah, not two

Parshat Shoftim tells of one true Torah, not two

Vital parts of Torah and Jewish life are Jewish policemen, judges, kings, priestly tithes, cities of refuge, prophecy, an army - in Israel.Tzvi Fishman, 8/21/2020, 9:52 AM
Torah fit for a king

Torah fit for a king

King David's Torah study influenced his advice to the people. That is why he arose to learn at midnight.Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, 8/20/2020, 10:00 PM
Is it all or nothing?

Is it all or nothing?

Do we say we are still in exile if everything is not perfect in Israel, or as religious Zionism does, show gratitude for what we do have.Rabbi Shlomo Sobol, 8/20/2020, 5:10 PM
Shoftim: Choose a leader who can do the job

Shoftim: Choose a leader who can do the job

The Torah is in favor of law and order and of choosing leaders who can do the job.Rabbi Berel Wein, 8/20/2020, 10:00 AM
The Daily Portion, Shoftim / Warning: Border ahead

The Daily Portion, Shoftim / Warning: Border ahead

Self-control is a basic tenet of Judaism and a prescription for a worhwhile life.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 8/18/2020, 11:56 PM
Depending on faith

Depending on faith

The text in the Torah portion of Re’Eh begins with words that in their striking difference teaches us much of our journey in this worldRabbi Moshe Kempinski, 8/14/2020, 3:34 PM
What lesson can we learn from the sacrificial right in the parsha for our corona times?

What lesson can we learn from the sacrificial right in the parsha for our corona times?

A verse that tells us what to do, if, for some technical or practical reason, like distancing, those who are needy can’t get to our homes.UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 8/14/2020, 9:00 AM
Talking Parsha - Re'eh

Talking Parsha - Re'eh

This week we learn about the mitzvah to give tzedakah & the classic example is giving a loan & taking a collateral in return. Why is that?Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/14/2020, 8:11 AM
Transforming adversity into opportunity - The Lubavitcher Rebbe and Shirley Chisholm

Transforming adversity into opportunity - The Lubavitcher Rebbe and Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to Congress. How the Lubavitcher Rebbe set her on her way.Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, 8/14/2020, 8:02 AM
The good society

The good society

Moses states a proposition that is the most fundamental one in Dvarim and one that would be echoed endlessly by Israel’s Prophets:Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 8/13/2020, 8:44 AM
New inner vision glasses for Life – Reflections on Parshat Re’eh

New inner vision glasses for Life – Reflections on Parshat Re’eh

At Mount Sinai, we were given a chance to reacquire the spiritual sense of sight, lost in Eden, that enables us to see the internal reality:Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth, 8/12/2020, 2:33 PM
Choosing to act

Choosing to act

Torah reading: Re'eh: How is it that the principle of determinism and the principle of free will are both part of Judaism?Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple, 8/12/2020, 10:59 AM
The Daily Portion, Re'eh / A path that leads to happiness

The Daily Portion, Re'eh / A path that leads to happiness

Happiness is not always the result of our own acomplishments.Sivan Rahav-Meir, 8/11/2020, 10:45 PM
The myth of the self-made man

The myth of the self-made man

It is in the nature of man, to think that by his strength and acumen, he has prospered - but that is hubris.Danny Ginsbourg, 8/9/2020, 7:45 AM
A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

A change in the order provides a major lesson for all time!

The first paragraph of the Shema is in the singular. The second paragraph is in the plural, The order of the mitzvot is switched. Why?UK Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, 8/7/2020, 1:57 PM
Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Ekev - there is always a deep-seated cause behind any present situation

Human civilization needs a little less hubris, less arrogance, more minimal expectations, realization that it is not our will that prevails.Rabbi Berel Wein, 8/7/2020, 12:46 PM
Talking Parsha - Ekev

Talking Parsha - Ekev

We know the Mann was a Heavenly food with heavenly taste but this week Moshe Rabeinu describes the Mann as torture and even starvation. Why?Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/7/2020, 11:59 AM
Not because we are righteous

Not because we are righteous

Moshe rebukes the Israelites telling them they didn't merit the Land thanks to their righteousness. What's the blessing hidden in this?Rabbi Shomo Sobol, 8/6/2020, 8:55 PM
Bagels and Beverly Hills

Bagels and Beverly Hills

Sorry guys, the commandments of the Torah were given to be performed in the Land of Israel. Tzvi Fishman, 8/6/2020, 10:55 AM
The Covenant and the Love

The Covenant and the Love

Eikev 5780: What is the covenant, and what is the love that is distinct from the covenant?Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 8/6/2020, 8:00 AM
“Mitzvot” and “Mishpatim” - A program for national spiritual growth

“Mitzvot” and “Mishpatim” - A program for national spiritual growth

The transformation elicited by the mitzvot does not occur overnight.Torah MiTzion, 8/6/2020, 7:38 AM