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The dispute over Conversion and the Heter Mechira

Similarities can be drawn between the controversies over the heter mechira and conversion to what is called traditional Jewish observance.

The dispute over Conversion and the Heter Mechira

The Chief Rabbinate and Conversion: Two stories

Two stories showing the extent of religious observance demanded by the rabbinate for conversion.

The Chief Rabbinate and Conversion: Two stories

From Holocaust to Procreation - Let these Dry Bones live!

Demographically, the people of Israel have not yet recovered from the death blow inflicted upon them by the Nazi tyrant in the Holocaust

From Holocaust to Procreation - Let these Dry Bones live!

Continue the joy of Purim all year

Sending mishlo’ach manot is meant to be done all year, increasing love among Jews. 'Megillah' all year is seeing G-d's hand in everything.

Continue the joy of Purim through the entire year

The Fast of Esther - memory and repentance; on women's Megillah readings

The Fast of Esther falls on Wednesday March 16 this year.As we still have enemies who wish to destroy us, we still need to fast and repent.

The Fast of Esther - memory and repentance

The importance of the Shabbat Sermon - 'Assemble the entire community'

Every community should strive to hold an important Torah lesson every Shabbat

The role of the Shabbat Sermon - Assemble the entire community

The book Ve’zeh D’var HaShmita by Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines

After the entire manuscript was burned and only an abbreviated pamphlet remained, Rabbi Reines’ book was published by Har Bracha Institute

The book Ve’zeh D’var HaShmita by Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Reines

Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook – educator of generations

​​​​​​​The yeshivot, mechinot and midrashot for men and women were established through the power of Rav Tzvi Yehuda and his teachings.

Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook – educator of generations

The centrality of marital intimacy In the Jewish home

The mitzva of marital relations as central to the life of the home is well established in Judaism, while. Christianity minimizes its value.

The centrality of marital intimacy In the Jewish home

Sorcery, magic, and goddesses

The seal of Hashem is truth, and those who serve Him must refrain from any use of lies to strengthen faith.

Sorcery, magic, and goddesses

The Prophecy of Moses and the Revelation at Mount Sinai

Moshe Rabbeinu’s level of prophecy was distinct from all other prophets in his clear vision, and in his ability to prophesize at all times.

The Prophecy of Moses and the Revelation at Mount Sinai

Natural faith and the cause of idolatry

Faith is natural to man.Without it, he would be unable to act and create. Paganism was born out of his difficulty to reach an infinite God.

Natural faith and the cause of idolatry

Redemption from idolatry

As great as the destiny of the Jewish nation is, so is the intensity of its suffering from the exile in Egypt onwards to Divine Revelation..

Redemption from idolatry

Support for Minister Kahana’s Conversion Plan

it is a mitzvah to follow poskim who rule leniently, and accept a convert who intends to live as a traditional Jew.

Support for Minister Kahana’s Conversion Plan

In Memory of Rabbi Eliezer Waldman ztz”l

Rabbi Waldman’s awaiting the Prophets' vision to be fulfilled was tangible, it led him to initiate settlement in Judea and Samaria.

In Memory of Rabbi Eliezer Waldman ztz”l

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed backs government's conversion reform proposal

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed shares today his support for the new conversion outline, hoping it will bring more Jews closer to Torah and Mitzvot.

Top Religious Zionist rabbi backs conversion reform

The meaning of belief in the Oneness of God

The belief in the oneness of God has moral significances that need to be applied in practical life.

The meaning of belief in the Oneness of God

Prophecy in the Nation of Israel

Prophecy is a revelation of God’s love for those of His creatures who are devoted to Him.

Prophecy in the Nation of Israel

Methods of leadership regarding public issues

Barricading within their own camp caused some rabbis to forfeit Torah values such as settling the Land, natural sciences, and the IDF.

Leadership methods regarding public issues

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

There is a difference between indoor houseplants and those on a balcony; the halakha for those in hi-rise apartments sans a Shabbat elevator

Care of potted plants during Shmitta

The Mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem- the sanctification of G-d's Name

The difference between the three severe transgressions in the Torah for which one must give one's life and when they apply

The Mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem-sanctifying the Name of G-d

The story of the Heter Mechira

The question of keepomg Shmitta laws as farmers and consumers arose with the 1st Aliyah founding of agricultural colonies in Eretz Yisrael

The story of the Heter Mechira

The Blessing of Isaac, and the war on the wicked

​​​​​​​Isaac wanted to bless Esau because he feared Jacob would not be able to stand alone in the face of the forces of evil.

The Blessing of Isaac, and the war on the wicked

The vision of Shmitta in our times

Rabbi Kook ztz”l explains that the effect Shabbat has on each individual, Shmitta has for all of Israel. There is a way to maximize that.

The vision of Shmitta in our times

Self-sacrifice for Torah

Where a deviation from the path of halakha may lead to the founding of an error, the truth must be asserted even at cost of self-sacrifice.

Self-sacrifice for Torah

The Heter Mechira today

Despite Israel's flourishing economy, farmers cannot compete with growers who do not keep shmitta, thus for them it is a sha’at hadchak.

The Heter Mechira today

Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

​​​​​​​Idolatry serves man's animal instinct, leads to war and enslaving others. Monotheism advocates a common effort for good and justice.

Faith, Idols and the Generation of the Flood

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

Heter mechira fruits are preferable to those grown by non-Jewis. It fulfills the mitzvah of settling the Land by strengthening the farmers.

Heter mechira: The ideal way to keep Shmitta

The importance of Torah study on Shabbat and Holidays

The quality time the holidays and Shabbat afford us forTorah study lets us live an active life combined with Torah, without having to choose

The importance of Torah study on Shabbat and Holidays

Laws pertaining to the Jewish Festivals

The mitzva of simḥa requires that a man include his entire family in his enjoyment, and include the poor and despondent as well.

Laws pertaining to the Jewish Festivals

The Purification of Yom Kippur

The atonement promised to Israel on Yom Kippur expresses the special connection between God and Israel that does not depend on our actions.

The Purification of Yom Kippur

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashannah

Commandments that seemi superficial can express a deeper foundation of unconditional commitment to the covenant with God Op-ed.

Blowing the Shofar on Rosh Hashannah

Establishing the foundations of Faith

​​​​​​​Establishing faith passes through 3 foundations: revelation through Am Yisrael, observing creation, and putting talents to work.

Establishing the foundations of Faith

The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

From the harsh, condemning tone of some of the articles opposing Rabbi Melamed's opinions, you might think he was a serial murderer.

The Rabbi Eliezer Melamed controversy

Passing on the traditions of identifying little known Kosher Species

1. The religious moshavim in the north had a considerable environmental impact on their secular neighbors 2. The "Tradition meal" experience

Passing on the tradition of identfying less known Kosher Species

Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Rabbi Avraham Kook ztz”l proposed a unified concept that would contain all the customs, along with the Ingathering of the Exiles.

Rabbi Kook’s concept of unity

Answering claims about relating to Reform Jews

The aim of  the Reform movement is to preserve Jewish identity, and not the opposite, therefore they cannot be called heretics

Answering claims about relating to Reform Jews

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed: Reform Jews should not be labeled 'heretics'

"Reform Jews intend to maintain their Jewish identity and not the opposite, therefore they cannot be labeled 'heretics.'"

Rabbi Melamed: Reform Jews should not be labeled 'heretics'

The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

Alliance with Reform\Conservative Jews has limits, including not accepting conversions, marriages, and issues set out clearly in Halakha.

The limits of alliance with Reform Jews

The Reform Jews prayer in "Ezrat Yisrael" at the Western Wall

Specifically in the vicinity of the Temple Mount, the place that unites all of Israel, more care must be taken to keep the peace.

The Reform Jews prayer in "Ezrat Yisrael" at the Western Wall