What is the aim of the miraculous event narrated in our story? An explicit answer to this question is to be found in the story itself, twic

Song and music produce religious prophets; speech and words produce learned sages. Song and music can touch every individual deeply and profoundly. Speech and words can only move those with an intellectual background and innate ability.

Rabbi Allen Schwartz continues his indepth exploration of the “Prophetesses of Israel”, with Rivka, Rachel, and Leah

The Jewish calendar is confusing. The Hebrew months have names, but they are Persian in origin. Why do Hebrew months have Persian names? Another question: These names are not employed by the Five Books of Moses or the Books of the Prophets, when were they adopted into our culture?

Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying God’s name, specifically before a gentile all too often is not even about the gentile at all. We use it to hold ourselves to proper conduct, the gentile being a stand-in for our own conscience. We’ll tell our children to be on their best behavior in a mall to make a Kiddush Hashem when it is really good behavior that we want and not the Kiddush Hashem itself.

Why are 30% of Buddhist spiritual leaders in the US Jewish?
Why do Israeli’s swarm to the Far East after the army in such overwhelming numbers?
Does Judaism have anything to learn from Buddhism? What about Buddhism from Judaism?
On this weeks podcast Ari and Jeremy tackle the spiritual roots of the far east and compare and contrast the spiritual paths of India and Israel.

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Why does the author of the Haggada call the questioner in this sequence “the wicked child”? The reason that the Haggada itself emphasizes lies in the questioner’s exclusion of himself from the family ritual when he asks, “What is this service to you?” …

Every cellphone owner has experienced the depressing moment when their battery dies at the most inconvenient of times. Veteran Israeli entrepreneurs Victor Vaisleib and Ortal Alpert joined together to create a radical solution to charge a phone without a charger – using infrared light.

by Jeremy Gimpel

Did you know that Israel has more vegetarians per capita than any other Western Country in the world? Israel dwarfs Norway, Sweden and Switzerland and far surpasses the US and Canada. When an international survey was done in 2001, most countries ranged from 1%-4% while Israel was approaching 10%.

by Rav Ilan Goldman – of Bnei Akiva UK

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There are times in which we are faced with questions on Judaism which we, as observant Jews, are expected to deal with, whether it is for the sake of answering ourselves or answering others who question, doubt and challenge our faith.

In our ongoing series of the “Prophetesses of Israel”, Rabbi Allen Schwartz further examines the life and challenges of our Mother Rivka

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 download of listen [sc_embed_player fileurl=”″]  View part 1 of the series originally published on the Machon Meir website

Rabbi Kook reiterated over and over again that each and every Jew retains a holy spark within the soul and that the Jewish people as a whole, in beginning to revive their national aspirations and rebuilding the Land, were igniting this spark – which most assuredly would bring about the full and complete redemption.

The Gemara says that the most precious learning is ‘Girsa Deyankusa’. What does it mean that you learn like a child? It means that what you are learning is not really clear to you yet but something special is going on. I’m learning Gemara, I don’t really know it yet, I just know a little bit. But that little bit is so precious to me.

from YUTorah by , Rabbi Steven Pruzansky. Released: 2012. This is the fourth in a series of classes entitled “Great Decisions”. In this series Rav Pruzansky, the Mora D’Atra of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ, examines some of the most important decisions made by the Jewish People in the 20th Century. To see all…

Search the whole Torah – oral and written – and you will not find that the Master-of-the-Universe ever divided up the world into groups and streams, parties and sectors, sects and constituencies. Rather, the Jewish People are one.

research led by Doctor Udi Qimron of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine has discovered a protein that kills bacteria. The isolation of this protein, produced by a virus that attacks bacteria, is a major step toward developing a substitute for conventional antibiotics.

A Jew named Gary Yourofsky has been making headlines in Israel and around the world. Is he a hero or a villain? A prophet or a psychopath?
Ari & Jeremy take an entertaining, compelling and fundamentally challenging journey into both the physical and spiritual dimensions of eating meat in today’s world. An episode not to miss.

A: There is growing interest among the scientific community in what is known as the “Anthropic (meaning: man) Principle”. This principle states that the universe and certainly our planet Earth were specifically designed to support the existence of life. That not only are the principles of biology cogent to the existence of life , but…

New Audio Series “The Prophetesses of Israel” by Rabbi Allen Schwartz This material originally appeared on www.YUTorah.org Explore the life and prophecy of our Matriarch Rivka. Play [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://stuffjewsshouldknow.com/audio/prophetesses/rivka1.mp3″] download

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