Friday 13 December 2019

Torah

Cannibalism, Candles and Conversions

by Rabbi Raymond Apple  CANNIBALISM Q. Is cannibalism kosher? There was an incident in 1972 when survivors of a plane crash in the Andes ate the...

Vayeitei: The Value of a Work Ethic

By Rabbi Moshe Taragin Prior to fleeing his murderous brother, Ya’akov’s life was peaceful and serene. He reveled in the “tents” of study exploring God’s...

Psalm 121

We arrive at quite possibly the most famous psalm of the whole book of Tehillim. ‘Esah einai el heharim, meayin yavo ezri. Ezri ma’im Hashem...

Ask the Rabbi – Jewish view on Abortion

Dear Rabbi What is the Jewish view on abortion? My sister is pregnant and was recently informed that her baby will be severely disabled with...

Tehillim – Psalm 119

Two weeks ago we came across the shortest psalm in all of Tehillim with just two verses, and now we come across the longest...

Ask The Rabbi

A Catholic in Limbo Dear Rabbi I am a 41-year old South African, married with 7 children under age 16; we come from an intensely devout...

Ask The Rabbi – Is Richard Wagner Forboden?

Is Richard Wagner Forboden? Dear Rabbi I am a big fan of classical music. I recently went to an opera featuring Richard Wagner’s music. When I...

Emerging From the Waters Reborn

Imagine you wake up in a hospital bed with amnesia, and haven't the foggiest clue who you are. You try to recall your most...

Cyber-Towers of Modern Bavel

Sadly, an entire planet had suffered total moral collapse and was tragically annihilated by the violent waters of the flood. Noach’s world disappears and...

Sh’mini Atzeret & Simchat Torah features

IT ISN’T PURIM In popular thinking Simchat Torah is a sort of Purim, a day for carnival jollification. But the popular view is wrong. Simchat Torah...

Breishit: Repairing Humpty Dumpty

Around twenty five years ago, on Shabbat Breishit, I attended a Friday night talk of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l prior to Ma’ariv prayers. These...

Preserving National Identity

Parshat Ki Teitzei presents a seemingly harsh set of guidelines for inclusion within the Jewish people. Marriage is strictly limited to pedigreed Jews and,...

Torah reading: Ki Tetzei

WAYS & WARS This week's reading contains much of the Jewish ethic of warfare, as does last week's. It tells us how to wage a war...

Ask The Rabbi – How To Treat A Convert

HOW TO TREAT A CONVERT Q. How should we treat a convert – to Judaism, and away from Judaism? A. The convert to Judaism must be...

Re’eh- Kosher World

At the core of Jewish identity lies Kosher dietary laws and kosher eating. Almost every “identified” Jew maintains some minimal standard of a kosher...

Ask the Rabbi – Abortion

ABORTION Q. Does Judaism permit abortions? A. Judaism regards children as a blessing and procreation as a religious and moral obligation. Through children, a couple cements their...

Ask The Rabbi – Is Judaism Right For Me? 

Is Judaism Right For Me?  Dear Rabbi I am very interested in converting over to Judaism. I was raised Christian, but havefound it is not for...

Bilam’s Lessons of Jewish History

Bilam and Balak’s conspiracy to halt the Jewish advance dominates most of parshat Balak even though the story could easily have been summarized in a few brief verses. Bilam’s prophecies are included, in part, because...

Torah reading: Balak

MAY JACOB CRITICIZE THE TENTS OF OTHERS? Parashat Balak quotes Bilam's praise of Israel – "How goodly are your tents, O Jacob: your dwelling places,...

Ask The Rabbi – Recording Boris: Right or Wrong?

Dear Rabbi Is it ever right to listen in on someone else’s conversations? I have been having this debate with my wife – a die...