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Moses Returns

There once was a public debate in Ottawa, Canada between the Israeli ambassador to Canada, the late Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Herzog, and the famous historian...

Why do Jews love Jerusalem?

The Jews' love of Jerusalem as Judaism's permanent capital stems from the Torah itself. The Holy City is referenced hundreds of times throughout...

Can gentiles pray at the Western Wall?

Yes they can and often do. The verse states, "My house is a house of prayer for all peoples..." (Isaiah 56:7).

What was the sin of the spies?

The spies’ reconnaissance mission to Canaan was intended to gather intelligence information about the enemy. They were told to scout the lay of the...

Would the Holocaust Have Occurred If Israel Were Around?

Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Weisel was once asked whether the world had learned anything from the Holocaust. Wiesel responded, "Yes - that you can get...

Which Mitzvahs are only observed in the Land of Israel?

– Practically all the Mitzvahs which pertain to agriculture are only practiced in Israel. Today, the laws of tithing produce are the most germane to...

Is it permitted to visit the inside of the Temple Mount?

Since the Divine Presence is still present on the Temple Mount and the Temple area, all the laws prohibiting the ritually impure from accessing the Temple...

Is there a Mitzvah to live in Israel?

“You shall clear out the Land and settle in it, for I have given you the Land to occupy it”.1 Nachmanides as well as other Biblical...

Any laws I should know before seeing the Kotel for the first time?

The following is an excerpt from the Code of Jewish Law, Orach Chayim ch. 561:"One who sees the [place of the] Holy Temple should say "Our holy...

Does the establishment of the State of Israel fulfill the Messianic Prophesies?

Jewish Law clearly indicates that the Messiah will be the one who will gather all the exiled Jews and rebuild the Temple, ushering in the Era of...