דרשה לכל נדרי – שערי תשובה שלום וכתיבה וחתימה טובה לכולכם, המשנה בסוף מסכת יומא מתארת את יום כיפור כמקווה, והלילה אנחנו מתחילים את הטבילה הארוכה שלנו לעשרים וחמש שעות של יום כיפור. כציבור וכיחידים תוך התפילות שנתפלל, החרטה שנתחרט והחמשה עינויים שנתקיים, אנו מקווים לטהר את עצמנו ולהשיג חתימה חיובית לשנה החדשה. עם זאת, … More Kol Nidrei Drasha: The Gates of Repentance (Hebrew & English)
By Yaacov David Shulman CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017 126 pages (nb. This review was featured in Jewish Action Fall 2018 and can be read here). Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), best known as the first chief rabbi of pre-state Israel, was a truly unique Talmudist, halachist, mystic, poet and Jewish thinker. As chief rabbi, … More Airport Lights
We live in a society where telling someone else what to do considered insulting and offensive – not only because it undermines the concepts of freedom and autonomy, but also because it challenges the postmodern belief that there is no single source for truth. The problem arises given that Judaism is rooted upon the principle … More Should Jews be promoting moral behaviour to non-Jews?
We are currently in the middle of the month of Ellul, which – as we know – was when Moshe went up Har Sinai to receive the Luchot Shniyot – the second set of luchot. By this point the Jewish people had served the Egel and Moshe had already been up Har Sinai to petition … More How the Torah is often used as a defense for things that the Torah finds indefensible
Over the past week thousands of young men and women have been arriving in Israel to begin their year or years of study in Yeshiva or Seminary, and upon collecting their baggage at Ben Gurion airport carrying their unique name or a unique label they will present their regular or biometric passport to the border … More A MESSAGE TO MY TEACHER FRIENDS
JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING by Rabbi Jason Weiner (Urim, 2017) It takes considerable skill to write a book about modern medicine, and even greater skill to explain how halakha (Jewish law) responds to the dilemmas generated by modern medicine. Still, even those with the requisite knowledge of medicine and Jewish law may struggle to … More JEWISH GUIDE TO PRACTICAL MEDICAL DECISION-MAKING
Below is a collection of insights for the Kriat HaTorah and Musaf prayers on Rosh Hashanah which I delivered at Machon Ma’ayan on Rosh Hashanah 5777. While the insights originate from a variety of sources, the core theme of the ideas shared on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah was ‘Self-Change’, while those which I … More INSIGHTS TO THE ROSH HASHANAH TEFILLOT