From Rav David Sperling – Machon Meir

Bungy jumping? Cliff diving? Hang gliding? What does halacha say about putting your life in danger for an adrenaline rush?

Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett said “This morning we embark on a revolution, to organize the kashrut of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Until now, the topic of kashrut has been been left to run wild, with no clear standards and today we embark on a process of change, to include legislation.”

“We must not be tempted by pressures, I do not know what the position of the Prime Minister is, but I hope he will be a good Zionist and resist the pressures. I’m not going to quarrel with him, I don’t want to be another Naftali Bennett, but I totally oppose dividing Jerusalem.”

Tens of thousands of religious school pupils gathered on Thursday for a mass prayer rally for the release of Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the US for 29 years. The prayer rally was attended by Israel’s chief rabbis

Last Sunday, Minister Naftali Bennett and Minister Tzipi Livni met each other by chance and Bennett asked Livni: “What do you think about the initiative to abolish the presidency?”

Livni smiled and commented that following their joint initiative to reduce the number of Chief Rabbis from two to one, the next stage is to reduce the number of Presidents from one to none.

How Can I Relate to Such a Lofty Concept? By Rabbi Moshe Kaplan of Machon Meir

Enjoy this audio shiur in which Rabbi Kaplan explores the Unity of Existence through the teaching of Rav Avraham Yitzchak haKohen Kook ztl

As the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for the delegitimization of Israel gains ground and becomes a strategic threat, it has become important to go back to those very basic principles: the basic values which the Jewish state represents.

In the last few years, there have been several cases of rabbis considered experts in various fields requesting money for their services, especiallymystical subjects. Rav Aviner has written an article in which he comes outstrongly against the practice and declares that “they are not true Sages of Israel”.

(by Yehuda HaKohen) “Speak to the Children of Israel and they shall take to Me a portion, from every man whose heart will motivate him you shall take My portion.” (SHEMOT 25:2) It is important to note that the above verse does not state “give Me a portion,” which would imply that property belongs to…

While the Haredi commnuity is suffering a crisis following the passing ofboth Rav Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia and have found themselves to be without “Gedolim” (great Torah sages), Rav Chaim Navon has come out strongly against this phenomenon which has permeated into the Religious Zionist community.

Words without actions? Actions without intent? What matters more – faith or action? Ari & Jeremy discuss spiritual discipline – it’s benefits, its challenges, and it’s primary role in our lives.

What, indeed, is the seemingly incomprehensible preoccupation we seem to have with land and can any piece of property ever be worth fighting, much less dying for?

This week’s portion, Terumah, introduces us to one of the most challenging concepts in Judaism.
“And they shall make for me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in their midst.” (Shemot 25:8)

Technically, one can find a distinction between the Sefardi school and the Ashkenazi equivalent. The former primarily relies on the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch which was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo (16th Century).

In a recent poll, Education Minister Rav Shai Piron was given the highest satisfaction rating of all current Ministers. The Religious-Zionist received a positive rating of 46%, beating the Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon into second place with only 32%. In third place…

Rabbi Mottle Wolfe –

The Month of Adar is the Hebrew month where we are told we experience the greatest joy. What is the essence of true joy? and how does the month of Adar differ from the month of Av?

Professor Eugene Kontorovich

International law is on Israel’s side. Watch the video to understand why!

This must be one of the best video presentations that very clearly explains international law and the legal case for Israel and for Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria. Definitely watch this to have a better understanding of international law so you can talk about Israel’s situation intelligently with others.

Rabbi Jesse Horn – Yeshivat haKotel – Why does the midrash assume that we would have thought to place the Menorah inside the Kodesh HaKodashim? And, secondly, why would placing the Menorah in the Kodesh HaKodashim have been so bad?

Seventy-two years ago this week one of the greatest revolutionaries in Jewish history was assassinated. His name was Avraham ‘Yair’ Stern. He was hiding in a small coat closet in a clandestine apartment in Tel Aviv when the British police found him. Alone and handcuffed surrounded by three armed policemen, he was shot dead at the age of 34.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – And so it has been throughout Jewish history. We carry with us all the fragments of our people’s past, the broken lives, the anguished deaths. For we refuse to let their deaths be in vain. They, our past, live on in us as we continue the Jewish journey to the future, to hope, and to life.

72 years after the assassination of Avraham “Yair” Stern, the leader of the Lehi movement and its first commander, about 350 people including Lehi fighters, second, third and fourth generations of fighters, members of the Betar and Bnei Akiva youth movements, Members of Knesset and ministers, came on Sunday to take part in the national memorial service held at the Nachalat Yitzchak cemetery in Givatayim.

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