"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

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The Tragedy of the Costa Concordia … Shades of the Titanic?

January 22, 2012

  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech I was a passenger on the Costa Concordia that just made headlines around the world as it sunk off the coast of Tuscany. No, thank God I wasn’t on this last harrowing voyage which resulted in horrible injuries and loss of lives. It was in the summer of 2008 that I had […]

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Cain and Abel – The World’s First Murder

January 8, 2012

Why does God reject Cain’s gift? Doesn’t He know that favoritism can lead to sibling rivalry?  Read Article by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   The Enigmatic Genius of Cain The World’s First Murder, Part 2 by Rabbi David FohrmanThe story of Cain and Abel is not a simple scenario of sibling rivalry.   Echoes of Eden […]

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Serpents of Desire – Garden of Eden

January 8, 2012

Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes. by Rabbi David Fohrman MORE ARTICLES   Adam, Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Serpents of Desire, Part 1 by Rabbi David FohrmanWhy would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us?   A Tale of Two Trees – Serpents of […]

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God’s Existence has Direct Bearing …

December 5, 2011

If there is an absolute standard of morality, then there must be a God. Disagree? Consider the alternative. by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith God’s existence has direct bearing on how we view morality. As Dostoyevsky so famously put it, “Without God, everything is permitted.” At first glance, this statement may not make sense. Everything is permitted? Can’t there […]

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What is the Root of Immortality and the Soul?

June 29, 2011

by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan  Look at your hand. What do you see? A part of your body, an appendage made of bone and sinew covered with flesh and skin. It is filled with nerves, blood vessels and lymph ducts which run through it and connect it to your body, making it part of you. You can […]

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More is Never Enough …

June 29, 2011

  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech I used to think that the main goal of American business was to make people happy. Create new products so consumers have a better quality of life. Add new bells and whistles to existing technologies to offer a more satisfying experience to the users. I thought happiness was the objective. But […]

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Overview of the Entire Torah

June 17, 2011

A big picture look at the books of the Bible and the Oral Law. by Rabbi Mordechai Becher Excerpted from Gateway to Judaism: The What, How and Why of Jewish Life. The word “Torah,” in its narrow sense, refers to the Five Books of Moses. In a broader sense, however, Torah includes the entire Written Law (Tanach), […]

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Process of Transmission – Talmud

June 17, 2011

Everyone knows that the Talmud is full of disagreements. Does this mean that the information is inaccurate? Actually it proves the opposite! by Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminar How do we know the Oral Torah has not been garbled throughout history? If you’ve ever looked at the Talmud (and there are good translations available), you’ll notice […]

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What is the Oral Torah?

June 17, 2011

The content of the Talmud, the accompanying oral part of the Torah, was actually transmitted before the written Bible. by Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminar It’s important to clarify a common misconception many have about the Oral Torah in Judaism. The Oral Torah is not an “after-thought” interpretation of the Written Torah. In fact, the giving […]

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Accuracy of the Torah Text

June 17, 2011

The great success of Jewish tradition is the meticulous transmission of the Torah text. But actually how accurate is it? by Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Seminar How do we know that the Torah we have today is the same text given on Mount Sinai? The Torah was originally dictated from God to Moses, letter for letter. […]

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Amalek – The Nation that Personified Evil …

June 15, 2011

  Amalek, the nation that personified evil, insisted that God was absent in the world and everything happened by chance. by Rabbi Shraga Simmons Remember what Amalek did to you as you were leaving Egypt. He happened upon you, and struck the weakest people trailing behind, when you were exhausted. And he did not fear God. […]

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Serpents of Desire: The Dark Side of Paradise – Part Three

June 12, 2011

The Mystery of the walking, talking snake. The Bible is laden with conflicts between characters who exemplify good and evil. And while our sympathies may lie with the character who aligns himself with the “good,” he or she is not always the center of the story. Consider, as an example, the narrative of Cain and […]

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Serpents of Desire: A Tale of Two Trees – Part Two

June 12, 2011

Mankind’s undetermined nature, perched precariously between mortality and immortality. by Rabbi David Fohrman Until now, we’ve concentrated on the mysterious “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.” But there was more than one special tree in the garden. For God also created a second, mysterious tree in Paradise — the Tree of Life:   God made […]

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Serpents of Desire: Adam and Eve and the Elephant in the Room – Part One

June 12, 2011

Why would God want to withhold a knowledge of good and evil from us? by Rabbi David Fohrman Okay, you’ve taken some time to re-read the story of Adam, Eve and the Snake. Hopefully, you’ve read it with fresh eyes, and asked yourself that very basic of questions: “What is strange about this picture?” Before getting to […]

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Serpents of Desire: Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.

June 12, 2011

An Introduction Beyond the Lullaby Effect: Reading the Bible with open eyes. by Rabbi David Fohrman Paradoxically enough, a big problem we have in studying the Bible is that the stories are so familiar to us. No matter where you grew up, no matter what level of education you’ve had, you’ve come across the story of […]

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Moshiach (Messiah) and the World Today.

June 10, 2011

by Rabbi Pinchas Winston We are living in very turbulent times, to say the least. Whereas only two years ago the world and the people of Israel were optimistic about a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict, today that optimism has been replaced by fear and depression. Fear of unbridled and senseless terrorism, and, […]

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Isaiah 53 – Suffering Servant: Cutting Through the Distortions and Mistranslations of this Enigmatic Text…

May 22, 2011

by Marshall Roth The 53rd chapter of Isaiah is a beautiful, poetic song, one of the four “Servant Songs” in which the prophet describes the climactic period of world history when the Messiah will arrive and the Jewish people assume the role as the spiritual leaders of humanity. Isaiah 53 is a prophecy foretelling how […]

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Why Don’t Jews Believe In Jesus?

May 11, 2011

Jewish Beliefs About Jesus And Jews For Jesus For 2,000 years, Jews have rejected the Christian idea of Jesus as messiah. Why? It is important to understand why Jews don’t believe in Jesus. The purpose is not to disparage other religions, but rather to clarify the Jewish position. The more data that’s available, the better-informed […]

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