Parashat & Current Events

aliyah on El Al

Mishpatim 5782

For years I have been warning the Jews in the galut that the gates to Eretz Yisrael will not be open forever for aliyah. Not all the Jews will hear the call to aliya, just as the 80% in Egypt did not hear or heed the call – and that is very sad.

Yitro 5782

What is the Significance of Mount Sinai for the Created World?

Parshat Yitro relates the most dramatic and significant episode for the existence of Am Yisrael and the world at large – the receiving of HaShem’s Torah. In fact, the parasha can be characterized as “to be or not to be”.

Beshalach 5782

“Who knows five?” (quote from the Pessach Hagadda).

From a Jewish perspective, how would one define “coincidence”? I suggest that it is HaShem’s way of directing the world while remaining anonymous. It’s an interesting coincidence (or perhaps not) that cities which brought us bad mazel and bad memories come in groups of five.

Jerusalem sun rising

Bo 5782

Vayikra 26:42 “I will remember My covenant with Ya’akov as well as My covenant with Yitzchak and My covenant with Avraham. And I will remember the land.”

Why are they stated in that order? Why is the Land mentioned? And why does this appear in the Tochacha, the terrible chapter of rebuke?

Shemot 5782

Has Am Israel reached the era of our redemption? Let’s examine our sources from the prophets regarding the signs of redemption vs. life in Israel today; from the current state of economy and spiritual wealth to the conditions that must exist for us to be blessed with the final geula.

Vayechi 5782

The “weeds” are the evil doers of the world. When God decrees that these “weeds” be destroyed, the free hand of the angel of death begins with the “wheat” — the righteous who happen to be there among the evil doers… When the inhibitions of hatred are released, then the ever-present hatred of Jews rises to the fore and Eisav seeks to put an end to Ya’akov.

Vayigash 5782

The days of Chanuka exhibit an extraordinary feature of the Jewish national character – the willingness to make a ‘leap of faith’ – but never give up. Have you taken, or are you ready to take, the greatest ‘leap of faith’?

Nuclear Iran

Mikeitz – Chanuka 5782

The JCPOA: learning from the past, the Prophets, and current events, what does the future hold for the world when Iran achieves nuclear capability?

Va’yaishev 5782

Today’s challenges between halacha and science & technology have resulted in some dead-ends. One example is the determination of a child’s status – Jew vs. gentile. Then the environment factors in – is it conducive to the child growing up in both fear and love of HaShem?

Vayishlach 5782

HaShem created out of nothing energy that concentrated into matter (according to latest scientific thought), which no man or angel can do. HaShem instilled into man the ability to change that which exists, but man cannot return existence into nothingness, nor can man turn nothingness into existence. Yet, HaShem’s deeds surpass even that, for HaShem causes good to emerge from evil.

Toldot 5782

This week’s topics are:

Israel Desert

Chayai Sarah 5782

Our paraha reveals that Avraham was a man of faith, courage, and Jewish pride. Is there a leader such as Avraham today?
Over the past 3,500 years, the Jews are the only people to have ruled over the land of Israel as a sovereign state. Let’s take a brief glimpse into history.

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…]

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