Parashat & Current Events

Attribution: ארכיון הצילומים קקל, הצלם יעקב שיין

Sukkot 5782

Sukkot was different that year because Reb Yisrael had learned from his rabbi that one of the reasons for residing temporarily in a sukkah is in case one’s destiny was decided on Rosh HaShana to be expulsion into galut.

Ha’a’zienu 5782

Yom HaKipurim and Purim; is there an analogous feature between these two auspicious days, apart from the similarity of the letters “p-u-r-i-m”?

Nitzavim 5781

Every Jew – man and woman, is alluded to in the intricate texts of the Bible, as are the manifold episodes of every generation hidden behind some word or phrase in the Torah.

Where is our generation alluded to in the Torah?

Ki Tavo 5781

Moshe and the Jewish people have experienced unprecedented occurrences: the ten plagues, splitting of the Red Sea, receiving the Torah from the Almighty Himself at Mount Sinai, the Manna, Miriam’s Well, the defeat of the mighty Sichon and Og and other innumerable miracles.

Why then did Moshe say to the Jewish people: You have declared this day that the Lord is your God… And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people…?

Panic-Anxiety-Fear

Shoftim 5781

One of my guiding principles is to try and understand what the future holds and not what the daily headlines report that bring on anxiety, fret and paranoia. Here are my thoughts – based on rabbinic sources – regarding the true intentions of the ruthless Islamic State of Iran-Persia at this time in history.

Re’eh 5781

One of the great intellectual dilemmas facing the “healthy” religious segment of Am Yisrael is the phenomenon of seemingly important rabbis in the galut who would rejoice at the dissolution of Medinat Yisrael. Their joy would extend to praising and even visiting Iran, which is close to achieving weapons of mass destruction to be used against the Jewish State.

Eikev 5781

Last week’s message evoked negative reactions of shock from several corners, claiming that my vengeful tone is un-Jewish and certainly inappropriate for a rabbi. Un-Jewish Indeed?! Un-rabbinic? Indeed! Avenging Evil is a Holy Mitzva.

Va’et’chanan Shabbat Nachamu 5781

As I sat on the Haas Promenade in Talpiot overlooking the Temple Mount on the 9th of Av in the 73rd year of Medinat Yisrael, the morning news came to my mind regarding the Germans who died by the torrential rains; equal to about three minutes in Treblinka.

Masai and Devarim 5781

An unscrupulous lawyer was instructed by a secretly wealthy client that, only after his death, should his son be informed of the fortune that his father had accumulated and bequeathed to him as an inheritance. The father passed away, but the lawyer never informed the son of the vast treasure that was his.

Pinchas 5781

Last week I wrote about the devastating effects that fear can have on an individual, and on a nation; this week I will write about fear as a tool which HaShem utilizes at times to achieve His desired objectives.

Balak 5781

Over and over again Balak instructs Bil’am to curse the Jewish nation and each time Bil’am blesses them!

How bizarre that Balak repeats his disappointment three times.

Chukat 5781

Para Aduma: to understand that which the wisest of all men was incapable of is certainly beyond the reach of mortal man, but that is what makes the matter all the more enticing: to try and succeed where others have failed.

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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