Was Moses Mendelssohn the forerunner of Reform Judaism?Read More Mendelssohn and Reform
Causing an animal to suffer is a prohibition of the Torah.Read More Cruelty to Animals
The numerical value of “wisdom” equals the number of commandments in the Torah.Read More Wisdom is Torah
We constantly hear in the media and from left-leaning individuals and groups, as well as from the United Nations and the spokespeople of the various world nations, about the evils perpetrated by the State of Israel any time it takes defensive actions against the groups or individuals that have sworn to destroy it. The enemies of […]Read More Doomed to Repeat Them
As I heard Rabbi Berel Wein once say (though I’m sure he’s said it many times), “Tanach (Bible) is not a history book, it’s today’s newspaper.” I have been energized by Israeli MK’s Naftali Benet’s recent initiative to have as many Israelis (and Jews generally) learn one chapter of Tanach a day, in order to […]Read More When Will We Learn Our Lesson?
It is known that the soul of man is hewn from the four spiritual elements from which all the upper realms were formed, and they are the four letters of the Tetragrammaton (the four letter Name of G-d)… So too, the body of man is formed from the four elements of the lower realm, that […]Read More The Four Elements of Your Soul
So I recently was asked to start giving a weekly class on Jewish history to Jewish teens attending public schools in the Seattle area. I consider myself something of a history afficionado, particularly when it comes to Jewish history, but I never took pains to memorize all the details necessary to be an authority on […]Read More A Page Out of History: Early Chassidic Thought