Spirituality

Of Angels, Cheeseburgers & Cheesecake

An in-depth, philosophical look into the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot.

Jewish Heroes and Shavuot

The power of Torah is the influence of the giants of our past to shape the dreams and the aspirations of our future.

Is Judaism Concerned with Conservation?

Does it really matter when a species goes extinct?

Why Did God Create the World?

If God is perfect and has no needs, why create the world?

Is the Messiah a Christian Concept?

Why you should care about the Messiah.

Music in Judaism

What is the Jewish attitude to music?

Wonders in Jewish History

A quick analysis of Jewish history and how it was predicted by the Hebrew Bible.

Emunah: Your Greatest Power

An insightful video for children about belief in God.

What Is Kosher and Why?

A quick overview and 5 basic reasons.

Tu B’Shvat: The Beginning of Potential

Tu B’Shvat, Purim and Passover correspond to three phases of life.

The Messiah in Judaism

Why do Jews believe in the Messiah?

Why Judaism Should Matter to You

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the greatness of being Jewish.

Does Judaism Believe in Reincarnation?

Fulfilling the soul’s unique mission may take more than one lifetime.

Hanukkah: God Doesn't Shout, He Whispers

Why do we light candles for 8 days when the miracle only lasted for 7 days?

Hell: What Do Jews Believe?

What is the Jewish definition of heaven and hell and why isn't the afterlife mentioned the Torah?

Q&A: The Jewish Calendar

Why is it different and what is its significance?

Why the 4 Species on Sukkot?

Everything has its own part to play the Divine orchestra.

Q&A: Why Do We Fast on Yom Kippur?

For one day we single-mindedly focus on the soul.

The Truth about Religion: Using Evidence to Decide What to Believe

Religions tell stories about the world. We want to know if there is truth in those stories. How can we find this out?

Feeling the Love on Rosh Hashanah

God judges us only because He loves us and cares about what we do.

Why Did God Create Me?: A Jewish Response

It wasn’t because He was bored or lonely.

If There's a God, Why Is There Suffering?

Jewish approaches to the age old question.

Jewish “Fake News”

5 common misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.

Do We have Free Will? A Jewish Response

Do we have free will or are we biological robots?

Q&A: Why Judaism’s Attachment to the Land of Israel?

If Judaism is a religion, why does it need a country?

Deception

Living in a world where appearances mask reality.

Judaism and Individuality

With so many rules, doesn’t Judaism force everyone to be the same?

God’s Unusual Introduction to the Jewish People

Why did God introduce Himself as “God of Exodus” and not “God of creation”? Five short answers.

Mystery Men and Women in our Lives

How small moments make a huge difference.

Six Big Political Ideas the Torah Gave the World

One more reason why the Torah is so revolutionary.

Praying After the Death of My Son

An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Matzah: Running Out of Time

This is your chance. Don’t miss it!

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

Passover celebrates the concept of a personal God who cares about us and is the ultimate director of history.

Can God Make 2+2=5?

While God may do the impossible – even the paradoxical – He does not do the inconceivable, the irrational, or the just plain wrong.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

All for the Best?

When my late wife was first diagnosed with cancer I found it difficult to believe that everything God does is for the best.

How Judaism Defines God

How can finite beings talk about an infinite Creator?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

The details show we really care.

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.

Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot

Exploring the inner depth of the Talmudic tale about a King and his cup of wine.

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of this misunderstood holiday.

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