Parashat & Current Events

If I forget Yerushalayim

BS”D Parashat Va’et’chanan 5782

The goal was to create an unprecedented God-fearing society, so that even the idolatrous nations of the world would be influenced by the wisdom and intelligence of the Creator and the greatness of His chosen people, Am Yisrael.

BS”D Parashat Devarim 5782

One cannot escape the centrality of living a life of Torah in Eretz Yisrael as HaShem’s reason for creating the world.

Whosoever wishes to be loved by our Father in Heaven has no choice but to be in His promised land, as Moshe Rabbeinu so much longed to be.

Devarim 6-5

BS”D Parashat Mas’ai 5782

Devarim Chapter 6, verse 5 instructs: “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” What does it mean?

BS”D Parashat Matot 5782

Events of the near future will create an environment of apprehension bordering on trepidation. All those who do not possess an irrational love for Eretz Yisrael will find reason to leave.

BS”D Parashat Pinchas 5782

What was the historic role of the kohanic family, and what is it today?

Are you prepared for the final crescendo of history?

What should we learn from President Biden’s arrival in the Holy Land?

Invisible Hand

BS”D Parashat Balak 5782

The “Invisible Hand” of HaShem sustains us today as it has done for over 3300 years. We share a common destiny; what happens to Medinat Yisrael affects every Jew in the world, regardless of their religious observance or non-observance.

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.

Scroll to Life

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.

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