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 Kei Teitzei: Kilai’im And Kedushah

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute “You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed, lest the crop from the seed you have sown and the yield...

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...

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...

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...

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 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,...

Challah: The Odd One Out?

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa'aretz Institute This week’s parashah should have been a party for all of those involved in the mitzvos tied to the Land of Israel. This is...

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...

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...

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