Question: Why do many people sway back and forth while praying? I’ve seen others who do not and this seems more respectful to me. Is either way the correct way or the better way? AskTheRabbi.org answered: Both are correct and [...]
Rabbi Mordechai Becher explains that the basic interpersonal laws of society which are mentioned in this week's parsha are the ultimate basis of Judaism. It isn't the putting on tefillin, keeping Shabbos or keeping Kosher, but instead having honest, fair [...]
This week’s parsha, Mishpatim, follows the description of the revelation at Mt. Sinai, the giving of the Torah, and the listing of the famous, Ten Statements (or, colloquially, Commandments). In our Torah reading there is an extensive focus on civil [...]
Harry Rothenberg asks "What was the most significant event in world history? Was it the release of the iPhone? Was it the first man on the moon?". Watch the video for the answer. View this video directly on VIMEO
Question: Hi Rabbi, a friend just had a baby and everyone keeps telling him “Mazel tov”. It sounds like they’re wishing the parents congratulations and good luck. But is that really what “Mazel tov” means? Thanks. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Although “Mazel [...]
This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, relates the events of the revelation on Mt. Sinai, at which G-d revealed and transmitted the Torah to the Jewish people. Maimonides, in his explication of the Thirteen basic fundamentals of Jewish belief, states the [...]
What is the difference between a Cohen and a pagan priest? A fascinating analysis of their roles and goals based on the ancient Aramaic translation of the Torah text by Onkelos View this video directly on Vimeo.
Why did the Israelites have to cross the sea before finally believing in G-d and Moses? Harry Rothenberg explains. View this video directly on VIMEO
Question: I saw an ad on campus about a Tu B’Shevat celebration, called “New Year’s Day for the Trees”. Is it like a Jewish Arbor Day? Thank you. AskTheRabbi.org answered: "I think that I shall never see A poem lovely [...]
G-d wants me to be a thinking person, not a minion or a drone. Rabbi Becher explains why this is one of the most important concepts in the Creation of the World. View this video directly on Vimeo.