Question: I’ve heard reasons why we keep kosher, and therefore understand why kosher animals were created. But I have no idea how to explain to a 10 year old public school student, whom I tutor, why God created non-kosher animals as well. Please help! Thank you!! AskTheRabbi.org answered: I think that you should your student [...]
Harry Rothenberg wonders what was the real nature of Jacob's prayer concerning Korach. View this video directly on VIMEO
In this week’s Torah portion, Korach, the Torah relates the story of the rebellion of Korach against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. I think this is a good opportunity to present the seventh of Maimonides’ thirteen principles of faith, which is the belief in the superiority and authority of the prophecy of Moses. [...]
Rabbi Mordchai Becher explains how this parsha is the source for the concept of "agency" in Jewish law. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Question: Hi Rabbi, I’ve started saying “Birkat Hamazon” (Grace after Meals) after eating. I enjoy saying and singing it almost as much as I enjoy eating the meal. But there’s a part at the end that I don’t understand, where it says “I was young, I also aged, and I have not seen a righteous [...]
Rabbi Mordchai Becher gives us a brief history of Jewish espionage from the Torah to the Mossad. View this video directly on Vimeo.
With the recent withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Change Accords, people have been asking me what is the Jewish attitude towards global warming? I think that the question of human caused climate change is an empirical question and therefore Judaism doesn’t really have an opinion about it. In addition, I can’t give [...]
Once a year we get a chance to wipe the slate clean when we reaccept the Torah. View this video directly on VIMEO
Rabbi Mordchai Becher wonders why the Menorah is such an enduring symbol of Judaism. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Now that Memorial Day has passed and it is officially “summer” I feel obligated to mow the lawn so that my grandson can actually play there without stumbling over abandoned vehicles. As I was mowing I was thinking about the fact that we feel the need to cut the grass. By association, I also thought [...]