ISRAEL AT 70 Special message from our Executive Director

Zeev Schwartz Executive Director, World Torah MiTzion   ISRAEL AT 70 Special message from our Executive Director The turning point in my life was at the age of nine. Together with all of Am Israel, I held my breath in suspense as to the outcome of the Entebbe...

What’s So Special About Living In Israel? – 5776

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah MiTzion   What’s So Special About Living In Israel When we think of redemption, Geulah, we normally have in mind the rebuilding of the Temple, the resurrection of the dead, the restoration of the kingdom of David, the...

The Day After – 5776

Zeev Schwartz Executive Director, Torah MiTzion   The Day After For 49 days we repeat the verse “and you shall count from the day after Shabbat …” (Emor 23:15) emphasizing the difference which exists, since creation, between the highlight of the...

Tazria Mesora

At the beginning of our parsha the Torah commands the woman who gave birth, to bring a sin offering. The commentators struggle with the following question: what is the sin that the woman who gave birth committed? What is the transgression that obligated her to bring a...

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...

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,...

Yom Haatzmaut

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   The halachik debate pertaining to Yom Ha’atzmaut stems from valid halachik questions but has become fierce and intense due to ideological considerations. Let us attempt to take an objective look at some of...

Barech Et Medinat Yisrael – 5769

Rabbi Yechiel Wasserman Director of the WZO’s Religious Services Department   Next week, we will celebrate the State of Israel’s 61st Yom HaAtzma’ut, a historic occasion which will be marked by ceremonies and festivities in Jewish communities throughout the...