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...

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,...

My Jerusalem – 5765

During this season of the year we experience two “connecting” periods that each link two festivals – the period between Pesach and Shavuot, and the period between Yom Ha-Atzma’ut and Yom Yerushalayim (the day commemorating the liberation of Jerusalem during the...

Leprosy, Crusades and the State of Israel – 5764

Rabbi Emanuel Cohn Former Avrech in Montreal (2001-2003) Founder of “Torah MiCinema” – Teaching Film and Judaism   The fact that both Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim occur in the period between Pesach and Shavuoth, known as Sefirat HaOmer,...