• Modern Monarchy?

    Should observant Jews pray for a king to lead modern Israel? It seems anachronistic and out of place in modern times, but something that Jews pray for three times a day, every holiday and at every meal.
  • Agree to Disagree

    Why, in our days, do we disagree so badly? Perhaps it is more accurate to say we do not dare to disagree at all. To disagree means to take another perspective seriously, to accept its challenge to re-evaluate ourselves, and…
  • The Menorah as Symbol: Thoughts for Parashat Beha…

    Throughout history, the Menorah has been a source of spiritual, intellectual and emotional strength for the Jewish People. In our times, with the establishment of the State of Israel, the Menorah reminds us of the power of…
  • Love the Ger: A Biblical Perspective

    The Oral Law teaches that a core Jewish value is to love converts to Judaism. The Written Law teaches that same love and inclusion of the resident alien, complete with rights and responsibilities. The Torah teaches a…

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Should observant Jews pray for a king to lead modern Israel? It seems anachronistic and out of place in modern times, but something that Jews pray for three times a day, every holiday and at every meal.
Why, in our days, do we disagree so badly? Perhaps it is more accurate to say we do not dare to disagree at all. To disagree means to take another perspective seriously, to accept its challenge to re-evaluate ourselves, and yet, at the end of this intense process, decide to maintain our difference.
Throughout history, the Menorah has been a source of spiritual, intellectual and emotional strength for the Jewish People. In our times, with the establishment of the State of Israel, the Menorah reminds us of the power of faith, persistence, and courage. Its light should never be taken for granted.
The Oral Law teaches that a core Jewish value is to love converts to Judaism. The Written Law teaches that same love and inclusion of the resident alien, complete with rights and responsibilities. The Torah teaches a remarkable love, sensitivity, and fair treatment of all people living in the Land of Israel.
Over and over, the Torah lays it out for us. God, family, community, nation, world. Take as much responsibility for the relationships and institutions closest to you and work toward your goals. What is the responsibility the Torah wants us to take? Which step do we take first?
On Sunday, June 23, Rabbi Hayyim Angel will again participate in the annual Bible Study Days held at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York (503 West 259th Street, Bronx). Our Institute is a co-sponsor of this program.