Monarchy in Israel – 5776

Gabi Raiss Former Shaliach in Cape Town (2001-2002) Currently Tour Guide in The David’s Citadel Museum   Monachy In Israel A Commandment or Supreme Ideal On our week’s parsha we come across a very interesting law: “When thou art come unto the...

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

Our Parasha features the laws regarding the arrangement of the Jewish Judicial system; laws such as the requirement to appoint judges and the testimonial laws. The Midrash, on the opening verses of our Parasha, emphasizes that these verses are direct orders from Moshe...

The Essence of Humanity

“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them?...

The Birth of Prophecy

Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk Former Rosh Kollel (Melbourne, 1998-2001) Currently Head of the Beit Midrash in Netanya College   Maimonides (Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 7:7) discusses the two meanings behind the position of the prophet: The prophet may receive prophecy that...

The Murderer’s Admission

We all live a double life. There is our external world – our relationships with friends and family, our jobs, our place in society. And we have our inner world – our private thoughts and emotions, our introspections and contemplations. We are influenced by...

Parshat Shoftim – 5768

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   This week’s Parasha deals with a number of public policy issues that will guide the life of the Jewish People, as they are about to begin their life as a nation in Eretz Yisrael. One of these commandments is to...

Eglah Arufa: Public Accountability – 5767

Amitai Ben Nun Former Shaliach in Cape Town   The chapter of eglah arufa (literally, a decapitated calf) refers to a case where a corpse is found in a field and the murderer is not known. In response, the city elders and the kohanim participate in a unique...

Parshat Shoftim – 5766

Rabbi Eliad Skuri Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City   Since I live in Tirat ha-Karmel, close to Haifa in northern Israel, and since I am writing this as a ceasefire goes into effect following a very difficult month in the north of the country, I would like to...