History Crash Course #35: Destruction of the Temple

Crash Course in Jewish History is “a comprehensive, thoughtful and highly educational survey of Jewish history.” – Sir Martin Gilbert. In one volume, Crash Course in Jewish History explores the 4,000 years of Jewish existence while answering the great questions: Why have the Jewish people been so unique, so impactful, yet so hated and so relentlessly persecuted?

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: Kedoshim 5769 – aish.com

Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah. He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.

Shabbat Checklist and Basic Laws – aish.com

Your handy guide to prepare and organize for a spectacular Shabbat. Preparing for Shabbat is a matter of learning and experience, which, in time, become as natural as breathing. Hang in there, and find the rhythm that’s best for you. As you go through this list, click on the links for more detailed …

Shabbat On-the-Go – aish.com

It’s bound to happen. There are going to be times when Shabbat must be spent by choice, or not by choice, away from your home environment. Examples include a hospital stay, hotel, camping, visiting family or friends, and traveling abroad.

Using a Moistened Cloth or Napkin on Shabbat

It is forbidden to dip a cloth into water on Shabbat, such as to clean a stain. Doing so violates the prohibition of Melaben – whitening a garment – and could likely also violate the prohibition of Sehita – squeezing – given the possibility that absorbed water will be squeezed out of the cloth.

Daily HALACHA by Rabbi Eli Mansour – Applying Ice to …

Rav Shlomo Miller (contemporary), in his work Shabbat Shlomo (p. 230; listen to audio recording for precise citation), addresses the question of whether one may apply ice to an injury in order to reduce swelling on Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: V’Zot HaBracha 5765

Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah. He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.

Shabbat as Social Action – aish.com

Shabbat is the day we stop doing our handiwork (melacha) and think of G-d’s handiwork: the beauty of Creation and all it contains, everything placed here for our enjoyment, because of His great love for us.

Challah – Breaking Bread on Shabbat – aish.com

Whenever I attend a Shabbat meal, the process of making the blessing (bracha) on the challah and cutting it seems detailed. Can you give me the rundown of how it’s done? There are actually quite a few details to blessing, cutting and handing out the challah on Shabbat. Here is the basic process …

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: Vayikra 5770 – aish.com

Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah. He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.

31. Tzad: Catch Me if You Can – aish.com

The tachash was a species of animal, now extinct, that had exceptionally beautiful fur. Talmud – Shabbat 28b; 39 Melochos, p. 851. For a lengthy description of opinions, see The Living Torah by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (Exodus 25:5).

Shabbat – Wearing Fine Clothes; Greeting the Shabbat When …

The Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 262:3) rules that before Shabbat begins one must put on his finest clothing in honor of Shabbat. The Mishna Berura (Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933; listen to audio recording for precise citation) notes that this Halacha applies even if one spends Shabbat alone in his home and will not be going out, or if he is traveling or spending Shabbat with only non …

The Soul

Understanding the source of our soul and its eternal essence. One of the foundations of our faith is the belief in the immortality of the soul, and in life after death. If one believes in God’s justice, one must also believe in the immortality of the soul. How can we otherwise reconcile the fact …

Shabbat Shalom Weekly: Shmot 5761 – aish.com

Since 1992, Rabbi Packouz is the author of Shabbat Shalom Weekly, with insights into life, personal growth and Torah. He transitioned from a Reform Judaism background to a fully Torah-observant life at age 22, via Aish HaTorah, where he was one of the founding five students.

Playing Ball on Shabbat – dailyhalacha.com

The question as to the permissibility of playing ball on Shabbat did not arise in recent years. It was raised and discussed in earlier generations, and was in fact addressed already by the Rishonim (Medieval Halachic scholars), and even in the Talmud Yerushalmi.