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Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

News and updates about Rabbi Dr. Raymond Apple

Bill Gates and charity

What is the best way to give charity, who should it be given to and how much should be given?

Bill Gates and charity

Vengeance in Psalms

How is it that there are such vengeful verses in the Book of Psalms?

Vengeance in Psalms

Your parents' sins

History and generations. When family history lays questionable baggage on your back.

Your parents' sins

Why does Hebrew go from right to left?

Why do other languages go from left to right?

Why does Hebrew go from right to left?

Ask the Rabbi: What is Kabbalah? What are Yibbum and Chalitzah?

Jewish mysticism defined and a rarely evoked Torah law explained .

Ask the Rabbi:What is Kabbalah? What are Yibbum and Chalitzah?

What did God really want at the Binding of Isaac?

God is saying"Offer up Isaac" and "Don’t offer up Isaac". Which is the real voice of God? And how do we deal with fear of the year ahead?

What did God really want at the Binding of Isaac?

Nitzavim: All stand, please. And if necessary, stand alone

Often, the individual can hide behind the community. Sometimes it is essential for him to face personal scrutiny, to stand alone.

Nitzavim: All stand, please. And if necessary, stand alone

Rosh Hashanah insights - Is all well?

Ask yourfself: Is it well with you? with your family? with your community?

Rosh Hashanah insights - Is all well?

Circumcision - is it justified?

Jewish men and women have in all ages been ready to lay down their lives in its observance. Why?

Circumcision - is it justified?

Women's voices

Religious IDF soldiers have been vilified for refusing to attend performances in which women singers appear. What is the issue?

Women's voices

Where did Jewish surnames come from?

Ask the rabbi: Surnames, walking aftere G-d, .blessings and curses.

Where did Jewish surnames come from?

Changing the Ten Commandments

Why was the wording altered in Va'etchanan?

Changing the Ten Commandments

Was Yeshua a Christian?

What did Jews think of him? Most had never heard of him; but both his supporters and opponents were Jews.

Was Yeshua a Christian?

Unchaining the Agunah

In Judaism, husband and wife must sever the relationsihp, hence a recalcitrant husband can mean a 'chained' wife.

Unchaining the Agunah

What is "Jewish time?"

Insights into Judaism: Jewish time, flying fringes, where to pray and more.

What is "Jewish time?"

What should be said in a eulogy?

Insights into a Jewish rite of passage and more..

What should be said in a eulogy?

Chaos is back

The deep meaning of the world "midbar" - translated "desert", but whose root is the same as that of speech - and more insights in Judaism.

Chaos is back

How Judaism views pornography

Judaism isn’t prudish, nor does it think that sex is wicked or shameful.

How Judaism views pornography

Women and copy-cat feminism

This is the best-educated generation of women in human and Jewish history and that speaks for itself..

Women and copy-cat feminism

What sort of Jewish State?

The world knows quite well that we are a Jewish and democratic State. Arab deeds leave no doubt that they know the facts. Do we? Op-ed.

What sort of Jewish State?

Being nice to terrorists

Are Jews supposed to see everyone in a positive light?

Being nice to terrorists

The psalm against plagues

Religion and medicine have a very long association.

The psalm against plagues

Interfaith prayer

Why not? Surely we all believe in the same God...

Interfaith prayer

How Purim was saved

A Biblical Book that doesn’t mention God? Events that ignore Eretz Yisra’el? Preposterous, some said!

How Purim was saved

On entering a church or a mosque

It’s not just a matter of history but of ideology.

On entering a church or a mosque

Wars and weapons

Some wars have to be regarded as morally permitted. All wars have to be a last resort.

Wars and weapons

Fire on Shabbat - why not?

Vayakhel: Being ready for the day after includes learning the prohibitions mandated on Shabbat.

Why may we not light a fire on Shabbat?

Negativity and Islam

Judaism has never tried to eradicate Christianity or Islam. Maimonidean doctrine says other faiths are in error but must be given respect.

Negativity and Islam

Choose one mitzva

Become an expert in one mitzvah and gradually expand to a second, a third, a fourth one, and eventually the total mitzvah-life

Choose one mitzva

They saw the thunder

If anyone had asked the Israelites to articulate what took place they would not have been able to give a straight answer.

They saw the thunder

Homosexuality and the Synagogue

There is no reason for a synagogue to ask members about their sexuality.

Homosexuality and the Synagogue

Matchmakers

The shadchans had a high rate of success, despite the mockery to which they were subjected.

Matchmakers

Magic makers

Why was it worth God’s while to produce the effects which the sorcerers could duplicate?.

Magic makers

Did Peter the Apostle author the Nishmat prayer?

There is a medieval legend about the first part of the beautiful Sabbath prayer.

Did Peter the Apostle author the Nishmat prayer?

To life! Lechayim!

Some Hebrew words never come in the singular. One of them is "Chayyim" - life.

To life! Lechayim!

Eggs from a non-kosher bird

Birds of "unclean" species are out but what about the eggs of an allowed species that turns out to be non-kosherr?

Eggs from a non-kosher bird

Was Antiochus a red herring?

Did Greece really harm Judaism? Weren't there always idolators among the Jews? And what is the connection between Hannukah and Sukkot?

Was Antiochus a red herring?

The voluntary dying debate - not so easy

What are we talking about – shortening life, or shortening dying?

The voluntary dying debate - not so easy

Who keeps the children?

Ask the Rabbi: Custody in halakha, the duality of Jewish life and other topics.

Who keeps the children?

Why doesn't Judaism have monks and nuns?

Asking the Rabbi about Jewish monks and nuns, Hammurabi and the Hebrews, the roles of history and destiny., two brothers and two crowns.

Why doesn't Judaism have monks and nuns?