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May 26, 2021, 8:14 PM
On the IDF’s Code of Ethics and Jewish Law
In recent weeks, Israel been defamed, delegitimized, and demonized by the media and the international community for the heinous crime of protecting her citizens from rocket attacks. Sadly, even Jews in Israel and abroad have criticized the IDF, claiming...
Dec 13, 2020, 7:38 AM
The Menorah as the Symbol of the State of Israel
The symbol of the State of Israel is a Menorah, flanked on each side by an olive branch. This familiar image was adopted as the country’s official emblem by the Provisional Council of the State of Israel on February...
Nov 25, 2020, 11:38 PM
Interdenominational Dialogue in an Age of Cancel Culture
Recently, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Beracha and author of the popular Peninei Halakha series, has come under fire for participating in an online panel discussion this Summer, where he appeared together with Delphine Horvilleur, a...
May 15, 2020, 12:03 PM
A spiritual exit strategy
Will things go back to normal? No. But I pray we emerge from this pandemic just a little softer, gentler, and kinder
Apr 20, 2020, 12:42 PM
Yom Hashoah in Halacha & History
The 27th of Nisan is observed in Israel as Yom Hashoah, a memorial day for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It also commemorates the strength and resistance shown during that period. But the very establishment of Yom...
Apr 12, 2018, 2:08 PM
Is the siren ‘Jewish’?
Every year on Yom ha-Shoah and Yom ha-Zikaron a siren is sounded, bringing life -- and traffic -- to a halt. The entire State of Israel pauses for a few moments to remember those who lost their lives in...
May 1, 2017, 11:20 PM
Celebrating a Time When the Whole Country Celebrated
For the Religious Zionist community, Yom Ha’atzmaut is a day of profound religious significance. The day is observed as a festival, instituted by the Chief Rabbinate, with special prayers of thanksgiving offered for the miraculous birth of the State...
May 11, 2016, 7:05 PM
God’s Smile: The Religious Meaning of Israel’s Independence Day
While most Israelis celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, sadly, the day has become a glorified July 4th. It's a day off from work, a day off from school, a day for hikes and the ubiquitous BBQ. A day...
May 4, 2016, 2:30 PM
Can we forgive the Nazis?
An Auschwitz guard's recent apology can't reach those he wronged, and nobody else has the right to accept it
Mar 24, 2013, 8:28 PM
The Taste of the Afikoman
Searching for the afikoman is a rite of passage, and a national pastime. It is one way we as parents have kept our young children awake and engaged for centuries of late night Sedarim. And it just may be...
Rabbi Shimshon HaKohen Nadel lives and teaches in Jerusalem, where he serves as rabbi of Har Nof's Kehilat Zichron Yosef.