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BS”D Parashat Balak 5784

HaShem began the Torah describing His act of creation out of nothing, thus establishing His “ownership”. It dawned on me that every parasha in Bereisheit has to do with Jewish possession of the holy land. For example, let’s consider two seemingly unrelated incidents: the first international war, and Akeidat Yitzchak.

BS”D Parashat Shlach 5784

Hardcore Torah-true Jews will never forsake the millions and millions of Jews who came before. From the time of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai through such time that we will have proven ourselves worthy of the honor of being the chosen nation, we remain steadfastly Am Israel.

Book of Daniel Chapter 2 by Distant Shores Media Sweet Publishing

BS”D Parashat Be’ha’alotcha 5784

We were caught unprepared due to the overconfidence of the IDF, and cycles of broken leadership – egocentric, ineffective communication, divisiveness, and out of touch with the average Israeli. How can we remedy the situation and restore our merits in the eyes of HaShem?

BS”D Bechukotai Parashat 5784

This week’s parasha begins with the gift and challenge of free-will that distinguishes us from all other species in HaShem’s creation – giving us the freedom to make choices that can lead to blessings or curses.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and British Maj. Gen. Gerald Strickland, CJTF-OIR

BS”D Parashat Behar 5784

The Writing on the Wall – Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 3:16: In the place of judgment (courts) wickedness (corrupt judges); in the place of justice, wickedness (personal interest).

aliyah on El Al

BS”D Parashat Emor – Yom Ha’atzmaut 5784

If and when it becomes apparent that the “time has come” it could be too late to attend to your personal interests. You will want to sell your home, but so too will many other Jews and the price you get will not cover the cost of 2 rooms in Yerushalayim.

Yom HaShoah

BS”D Parashat Kedoshim 5784

Remembrance of the Shoah, its atrocities and implication are never far from the Jewish national psyche. The Shoah was level 9.5 on the Jewish Richter scale. And like major earthquakes which are followed by unpleasant aftershocks, so too are all the anti-Jewish actions of the last 80 years aftershocks caused by the Shoah.

Passover Seder

BS”D Pesach 5784

Why will this coming Seder night be different than most other seder nights?

Angry Lion by John Carrel

BS”D Parashat Sh’mini 5784

When the time for retribution for the evils perpetrated on His nation Yisrael arrives, HaShem will wait for no man. This is the century of God’s measure for measure. Seek refuge in the correct place.

Am Yisrael Chai

BS”D Parashat Pekudai 5784

In the manner that is accepted by Kings, take into consideration that no one enters the holy land, nor leaves even temporarily on a voluntary basis. One is invited to ascend to it or to be expelled from it by name, which is called out in the Shamayim.

aliyah on El Al

BS”D Parashat Vayakhel 5784

Tensions in various areas of the world – each alone and exponentially greater together – are increasing. A major concern for the US is insufficient military manpower to meet its challenges. A draft and limits on the dollar flow out of the country could make aliyah impossible for American Jews. When a mitzvah presents itself, do not postpone its fulfillment.

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BS”D Parashat Ki Tisa 5784

Tikun Olam: to repair, correct the defects, deficiencies, and deviations that the first human beings brought upon us. To achieve Tikun Olam we must right the evils that exist in society, restore mankind to the holy principles of right and wrong, and cling to the ways of HaShem. Let’s begin with the American Indians.

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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