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...

Nachamu, Nachamu, Ami

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Being joyous and celebrating Shabbos Nachamu is a custom with deep historical roots.  The Maharil in his Minhagim (27) explains that the entire nation...

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...

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...

Haftarat Chazon and the Perpetuation of Memory

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman Devarim is the parashah associated with Tishah B’Av, the Jewish national day of mourning. On this Shabbos, we hear the famous haftarah of Chazon, the Vision...

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,...

Haftarat Parashat Pinchas: A True Lottery

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “Only through lots shall the Land be apportioned …” (Bamidbar 26:55). Our Rabbis taught: , said to , “Yehoshua, do you convict me...

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...

From Where I Stand: Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Tent

  מה טובו אהליך יעקב How goodly are your tents, O Jacob. —Bamidbar 24:5 “That’s some new kitchen Sandra just had done. State of the art!” “Psst . . . Did you see the new car...

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...

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Netanyahu’s UN Speech to Concentrate on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will concentrate on the Iranian issue in his upcoming speech to the UN General Assembly. At the same time,...

Chol HaMoed Trips and the Sukkah

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Most people didn’t discuss it before Sukkos, because they were busy preparing. They didn’t discuss it on Sukkos because...

Could Chinese Involvement in Israeli Ports Pose Security Risk?

A decision by the Israeli government to award Chinese companies contracts to manage and build key Israeli ports is drawing controversy in Israel. Haifa’s growing...

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