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Askmoses scholars are carefully selected to bring the best of Jewish knowledge to you. Each scholar studied Judaism, Jewish History, Jewish Culture and is a recognized communicator and teacher in his or her community. Many are world-class authors and lecturers as well as practicing rabbis. The scholars live all over the world and express their knowledge to you from their point of view, 24/6. Get to know our scholars by reading their backgrounds.


Rabbi Adin (Steinsaltz) Even-Yisrael

Rabbi Adin Even-Yisrael (Steinsaltz) is a teacher, philosopher, social critic and prolific author who has been hailed by Time magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar." His lifelong work in Jewish education earned him the Israel Prize, his country's highest honor.


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A Return to Simplicity

Sophistication can make us forget the meaning of simple words such as “I love,” “I hate,” “I believe,” “I am afraid,” “I am a Jew.” It forces the most basic things not only out of the discussion, but even out of the very process of thinking. Instead, we get...

Friday Night Live

On entering a home on the eve of Shabbat, one may see how a dwelling place is made into a sanctuary. The table on which are set the white loaves of Shabbat bread and the burning candles recall the Holy Temple with its menorah and its shewbread. The table itself is a reminder of the altar in the Temple, for eating...

A Slavery Called Freedom

Woven through the magnificent tapestry of symbols, customs and ceremonies of the Passover Seder is the overriding theme of freedom. Although freedom can be expressed in simple ceremonies such as reclining as free men, drinking four cups of wine and repeating the mantra “we are free men,” the deeper...

Eyes to Earth, Hearts to Heaven

What is the proper STANCE for prayer? One verse suggests that we look heavenward, while another view teaches that we look downward. The Talmud resolves the issue by combining both: “one must direct his eyes below [to Earth] and his heart above [toward Heaven].” These three approaches have implications...

Jewish Demography: An Alarming Trend

The recent survey of American Jewry — at least, the parts that have been released thus far — contains demographic data that should alarm anyone who has an interest in the continuity of the Jewish people. The data describes a community that is slowly, but inexorably, dying out. Logic suggests that two...

The Shabbat

In the book of Exodus, 1 there is a verse: " See that the Lord hath given you the Shabbat. " The Rabbis in the Talmud expanded this, saying: “ The Lord said to Moses, 'I have a good gift in my treasury, and it is called the Shabbat. I want to give it to the Jews. Please go and tell them .'"...

Happy (11th of Tevet) New Year!

When the New Year comes, some celebrate in an uproarious fashion: some just change the calendar. What about American Jews? They do just what the others do. It is easy to ignore the fact that New Year’s is a commemoration of the beginning of another religion. Many ignore the religious connections, though the...

Truly Kaballistic!

KABBALAH. The mere mention of the word conjures up images of magical and mysterious otherworldly dimensions, of spiritual secrets that are profoundly miraculous and deeply inspiring. Nowadays it seems everyone—Jew or non-Jew, famous or nameless—is discovering and uncovering the divine truths of Kabbalah....

Angels 1: the True Story

The living creatures of the world of  Yetzirah are, in a general way, called "angels". They function on that plane as we function in the world of  Asiyah . The world of Yetzirah may be said to be, in its essence, a world of feeling. It is a world whose main substance, or type of experience,...

Angels 2: Wings on Fire

[Click here to read 'Angels 1: The True Story' ]  Immediately above the world of  Yetzirah is the world called  Beriyah , which, like the others, includes many different realms, levels, and chambers. And just as the world of Yetzirah is comprised of a multitude of spiritual beings whose...

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