Parashat Vayeilech: Standing At Har Sinai in The Beit HaMikdash

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “And Moses instructed them as follows: Every seventh year, the year set for remission, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to...

From Where I Stand

Bar Mitzvahs and Parshas Vayakhel By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “See G-d has appointed Betzalel, the son of Uri, the son of Chur of the tribe of Judah.” —Sh’mos 35:30. Chur, Betzalel’s grandfather,...

Lashon Ha’ra And The Two Types Of Healing

By Rabbi Tuvia Teldon It is well-known that medicine can treat the symptom or the source of the problem. Treating the symptom will hopefully alleviate the problem, but it may...

From The Chassidic Masters: Error Of The Spies

  The Torah portion Sh’lach relates how the men sent to spy out Eretz Yisrael returned and reported that the country was unconquerable. The Jewish people, they said, would be...

From Where I Stand: Vayigash, The Seventieth Soul

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman How many Jews came down to Egypt? Though at the time of the Exodus we left with 600,000 men of military age (and, according to all estimates,...

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...

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 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’...

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...

Bloom on Parashat Sh’mot: The Land Of Diversity

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land,...

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