Parashat VaEtchanan: Glatt Kosher Bacon

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “It shall be that when Hashem, your G-d, brings you to the Land … to give to you great and good cities that you...

Other Side Of The Bench: No Noise Is Good News

There is news and there is noise. There are newsmakers and there are noisemakers. There are contrary opinions amongst individuals and groups, and then there are people who just...

From Where I Stand

Tzav: The Only One BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN A satisfying aroma to G-d” — Vayikra (6:14) Without going into the whole question of sacrifices, one difficult phrase that appears in this week’s...

Pinchas: What’s Your Bottom Line?

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman This is the parashah of Pinchas the Zealous. The courageous young priest stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a...

Bais Yaakovs, the Navi Test, and the Archbishop

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com The Navi Morah: “Girls, don’t forget that Thursday is a test on all of perek tes. Don’t forget to review the Malbims on the...

Ki-Seitzei: DIY Judaism

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman כי יפול הנופל ממנו Should any man fall from it. —Devarim 22:8 Where do I fit in with Destiny? This week we read, “Ki sivneh bayis chadash . . . ,” when you...

Ki Savo: G‑d In The Fast Lane

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you. —Devarim 28:2 Can we prepare for a blessing? Can one plan to be blessed? Obviously, we believe that...

Bamidbar: Every Jew Counts

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Nine of the holiest rabbis cannot make a minyan. Enter one little bar mitzvah boy, and suddenly the minyan is complete! When we count Jews, there...

From Where I Stand: Chukas Conduct Unbecoming

  By Rabbi Yossy Goldman A life sentence for jaywalking? Twenty years for chewing gum in public?! Singapore notwithstanding, surely that’s over the top. Was it so different for Moses, who, in...

Parashat Re’eh: The Importance Of The Journey

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Should the distance be too great for you, should you be unable to transport them, because the place where Hashem your G-d has chosen...

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