When did Yerushalayim become core?

When we come to speak about Yerushalayim, we encounter a slight problem. Whenever we want to find out about a certain term, we look at the first place it appears in the Torah, and that is where we will be able to find the most accurate definition.  But the surprising...

The Recitation of Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim

The source for the obligation of the recitation of Hallel is in Pesachim 117a, “The Rabbis taught, ‘Who instituted this Hallel? The prophets legislated for the Jewish people that this Hallel should be recited at each designated season and on any trouble that should...

Parshat BaMidbar and Yom Yerushalayim

“And HaShem spoke to Moshe, in Midbar Sinai in the Ohel Moed…” – The Rashbam comments that the beginning of Sefer BaMidbar, from the aspect of its location and timing, belongs to Har Sinai before the Jewish people embarked on their journey to the Land of Israel!...

Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh

The book of Vayikra concludes with a description of the the covenant between am Yisrael and Hashem The covenant involves the blessings that am Yisrael receive when they follow the paths of the Torah and the curses that befall them if they fail to go on those ways....

Why Is Jerusalem Not Mentioned In The Torah?

Before we celebrate Yom Yerushalaim this week, I think it is important to address the question at the head of this page. A simplistic answer could be something in the line of: “Of course it’s not mentioned – it was only founded as a Jewish city by King David,...

The State Of Israel In Light Of Sefirat Ha’omer

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   After celebrating the Independence of the State of Israel, we fall back into the mourning period of the counting of the Omer...

Is The Land Of Israel Holy In Essence

Independence Day, Jerusalem, Israel. The scene is set and the celebrations are about to get underway. Thousands of people are present. I see Jews of many nationalities flocking here from many countries. Many will stay, and some will go. They are all here for one...

The Celebration of Our Independence

What exactly do we celebrate on Yom Ha’Atzmaut? The day does not celebrate the end of a war, in the same way as, for example, Purim. Neither does it recall any great miracle, such as the miracle of the oil on Chanukah. How, then, was it chosen to be a special day,...

Why Is Omer-counting relevant for our generation?

A= introduction: The concept of the counting of the Omer or Sfirat-HaOmer is the establishment of a connection and a link between Passover and Shavuot. The base of this Mitzvah came from the agricultural reality that was in Israel in past times. According to Halacha...

Shoemakers, Freedom, And Everything In Between

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev was renowned for being the Jews’ greatest advocate, and he would find the positive aspects of every event. During one of the days of Elul, a non-Jewish shoemaker arrived in his town. This shoemaker went from door to door peddling his...