Torah

The Torah outlines the foundational narrative of Judaism. It consists of the first five of the 24 books that make up the Tanach. The five books are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It narrates the origins of Judaism- from God's creation of the world, to the descent of the people of Israel into Egypt and their salvation with the granting of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Torah ends with the death of Moses, prior to the people's crossing to the promised land. The books highlight civil laws, religious obligations, and teachings such as the 10 commandments.

Parshat Va’Ethanan: Innocent addition or destruction of a masterpiece?

Let us imagine someone taking a Rembrandt painting and adding a few of his own lines or drops of paint.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
02/08/2020
The word 'El' emerged from the first four words of the Torah
Digital images encoded in Torah revealed for the first time

Converting the gematria values of the Torah's text into binary reveals pixillated illustrations of the Biblical story.

Speak No Evil - a coronavirus message

The slogan “Lashon Hara: Speak No Evil” has caught on like wildfire in Israel and around the globe, in languages from Arabic to Chinese.

27/07/2020
Pray ahead of Yom Kippur
Global campaign launched to support yeshivot and seminaries during corona

The 'If I Forget You, Jerusalem' campaign aims to support more than 40 Torah institutions within Israel and their students through the coronavirus crisis.

Parashat Devarim: The values that give us the right to exist

The role of a judge is so sensitive and significant, there is no room for mediocrity.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
23/07/2020
Torah study org. to give yeshiva students NIS 12 m. for summer program

Ultra-Orthodox Dirshu group promoting global study program in reaction to disruption of yeshiva studies due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Tisha Be'av: Orthodox Union to discuss COVID-19 impact on Jewish community

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb's Torah study (shiur) titled “Reflections on Recovery, Resilience, and Redemption” - meant to be heard after mincha - will be available all day across all US time zones.

Parashat Matot-Masei: What anger does to us

The entrance to the Land of Israel was replete with wars, and this week we read about the war fought against the five kings of Midian.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
15/07/2020
Biblical site of Ziklag finally identified?

After King Saul was killed in battle with the Philistines, David left Ziklag and traveled to Hebron to be anointed king of Israel.

Parashat Pinhas: Psalm from within the earth

In this week’s portion, we read a long chapter that summarizes the census that took place in the Moab plains on the western side of the Jordan River.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
09/07/2020
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