Parashat & Current Events

Red Heifer

BS”D Parashat Chukat 5782

Our parasha opens with the mitzva of Para Aduma (red heifer). The mitzva is presented in the Torah as a chok – a decree by HaShem that has no rational explanation in our realm of thinking. Our survival can also be considered a chok.

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BS”D Parashat Korach 5782

Korach, the central figure in this week’s parasha, was one of the four Levites chosen to hold the Holy Ark each time the encampment moved on to a different site. So, let’s discuss the holy ark, other essential elements in the Mishkan, and a related project for our soldiers.

IDF soldiers pray at the Kotel

BS”D Parashat Shlach 5782

What the Jewish World Needs Now…
King David achieved greatness by being a man of the people. He sensed the needs and potential of the nation and saw the entire scope of the Jewish people. He was loved and admired.

Shavuot at the Kotel in Jerusalem

Parashat Naso – Shavu’ot 5782

Yerushalayim unites Jews of different opinions and inclinations into one brotherhood, but also unites & energizes the enemies of Israel in their determination to destroy the Jewish nation and seize the holy city.

BS”D Parashat Bamidbar 5782

In the preferential race between words and numbers, which is more essential? One would be prone to choose words. However, at the end of the day, it is numbers that will decide the fate of each individual, and mankind at large.

BS”D Behar-Bechukotai 5782

Near the center of Yerushalayim, situated in an area called the Russian Compound, is Police Headquarters. Among its other “interesting” features, the headquarters contains a jail that serves as a holding area for detainees until they are brought to trial. Whenever I pass the jail, my eyes are instinctively drawn to the window of a certain cell. This cell was my “home” for 30 hours about 40 years ago, when I, and several others, were arrested for demonstrating the unjustified arrest of a citizen of the Old City.

Nebuchadnezzars dream by Granger Meador

BS”D Parashat Kedoshim 5782

Flux, Confusion, War – where are we headed? Human society becomes ever more complex as we advance in uncovering the secrets of the physical world. Confusion reigns in most aspects of our lives, and the question “what’s going to be?” is dominant in the discourse of intelligent people. History is undergoing shifting relationships between nations and races, and the so-called absolute laws of human behavior are being re-written by the day.

BS”D Pesach 5782

May HaShem bless all Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael with good health, peace and prosperity. And bless our brothers and sisters in the galut with the need, desire, courage and vitality to be free from foreign physical and spiritual bonds and come home to fulfill the most inclusive and challenging mitzva – yishuv Eretz Yisrael.

British Mandate Palestine 1920 public domain

BS”D Parashat Tazria 5782

It is possible to explain the difference between Putin of Russia and Am Yisrael on the background of the conflict between our father Yitzchak and our mother Rivka regarding who should be the progenitor of the future Am Yisrael.

Jerusalem sun rising

BS”D Parashat Shmini 5782

King David envisioned the future redemption of Am Yisrael, likening it to the rushing, swirling waters in a wadi with each drop forging ahead dynamically to reach the end goal. This is a grand vision of millions of Jews returning home, magnificently dressed, with song and dance, each pressing ahead to step foot on the holy soil of the holy land. However, the same metaphor can be used for a far different scenario: Jews escaping from the hell of Russian bombs and rockets.

BS”D Parashat Tzav 5782

There are 5 elements in most dramatic stories and plays created by authors and playwrights – Exposition, Ascending Action, Conflict, Climax and Surprise Resolution. In fact, HaShem as the ultimate Playwright incorporates them in the major episodes of TaNaCh and history. Megillat Esther contains a 6th element!

BS”D Parashat Vayikra 5782

Anti-Semites, Bacon & Churches – The ABC of what is happening now. We are about to witness a mass invasion into our country by Ukrainian goyim who neither have Jewish parents or grandparents. Aren’t there more than enough goyim in the country?

Books by Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Reflections from Yerushalayim

Reflections from Yerushalayim by Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Thoughts on the Torah, the Land and the Nation of Israel

Described as an engaging and uplifting adventure of the spirit, bringing a vital message for the Jewish people, by Rabbi Dr. Sholom Gold, Reflections from Yerushalayim is a compilation of original philosophic and hashkafic perspectives, ideas and opinions that Rabbi Kahana has gleaned during his many years in Israel. [Read more…]

Mei Menuchot Series

Mei Menuchot

Explanations of the Tosefot Commentaries

Rabbi Nachman Kahana is the author of the Mei Menuchot series and in celebration of his 50th Aliyah Anniversary in 2009, and the blessings that life in Israel has brought him, Rabbi Kahana made available *free of charge* these electronic versions of Mei Menuchot, which represents 40 years of his Torah work. [Read more…]

With All Your Might Volume 1

With All Your Might Volume 1
Volumes 1A & 1B

Based on Rabbi Kahana’s weekly parasha and holiday messages of the past several years, the title is taken from the verse in the kriyat shema prayer (see introduction below for explanation). The major thrust is to show that the Torah was given to the Jewish people to be kept in Eretz Yisrael, and that the 2000-year-old punishment of exile has ended. [Read more…]

With All Your Might Volume 2

With All Your Might Volume 2

On the Torah

“For Rabbi Kahana, a chacham, a Kohein, and a navi, is kol ku’lo Eretz Yisrael, his entire essence is the Land of Israel, and the embodiment of our sages’ adage, “Whoever resides in the Land of Israel is likened to one who has a God” (Ketubot 110:b). Indeed, the reader will find that studying Rabbi Kahana’s Torah is truly to see the Torah through the pure, unadulterated eyes of Eretz Yisrael.” Rabbi Chaim Richman [Read more…]

Photos of Yerushalayim & Surrounding areas