Parashat Lech-Lecha: The Two Sides Of The Co(i)nvert

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute Avraham: Father Of Jews And Converts “You shall be the father of a multitude of nations …” (Bereishit 17:4–6). We learn in the name of R’...

More Than Skin-Deep: The Deeper Meaning Of Tzara’as

  By Rabbi Jay Yaacov Schwartz There is the well-known homiletical observation that the three letters for the word nega (a wound or an affliction) — nun, gimmel, ayin — can...

Toldos: The Book Or The Blade?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman הקול קול יעקב והידים ידי עשו “The voice is the voice of Yaakov but the hands are the hands of Eisav.” —Bereishis 27:22 Who are we? Who were we?...

Tazria: The Eternal Covenant

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised. — Vayikra 12:3 The above verse comes from the opening lines...

Parashat Nitzavim: Rosh Hashanah For An Uplifted Nature

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “The four new years are: On 1 Nissan, the new year for kings and festivals; 1 Elul, the new year for tithing animals; …...

Bloom: Parashat Toldot, Yitzchak’s Gevurah In Gerar

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And the Philistines stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with...

From Where I Stand: Eikev, What Will The World Say?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman במדבר הגדול והנורא That great and awesome desert —Devarim 8:15 Much has been said and written about the “galut mentality,” the subservience felt by generations of Jews living in...

Parashat Devarim: Serving G-d After The Sin

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “As for you, turn about and march into the wilderness by the way of the Sea of Reeds. You replied to me … ‘We...

Sivan Rahav-Meir: Orthodox With a Hashtag

By: TOBY KLEIN GREENWALD The trendiest place to be every Wednesday night in Jerusalem is not a 1960s Anglo bar or a rock concert, but the packed hall of Hechal...

Parashat Matot-Masei: What Do Borders Mean to Us?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom There’s something intimidating about boundaries, something stifling and confining. Even if it’s not a high partition barrier covered by barbed wire, surrounded by intrusion-tracking dirt roads,...

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