I recently found myself doubting the existence of G-d. I started reading books about faith, proofs, and the like, but nothing really changed. I would really like to be a believing Jew, but I know it has to start with true faith. What should I do?
Why does the Religious-Zionist public view the establishment of the State of Israel as part of the Redemption process, and why does the Haredi public object to the State institutions and hold that the existence of the State is not part of the process? On what sources is each approach based?
The concept of a “false prophet” only applies to prophecy. The greatness of a Torah scholar does not depend on his ability to predict the future. It depends upon his greatness in Torah, his exemplary character traits, and his devotion to God.
The Tribe of Judah – and hence we, the entire people of Israel – were blessed that we should be a “lion cub” (Gen. 49:8). “Cub” signifies the potential of youth; “lion” betokens the force of maturity. We are capable of being at once a cub and a lion.
Tu Bishvat – Planting the Jewish People in Their Land
Israel's wilderness stage is necessary preperation for entering the land, but cognition of the fact that the wilderness is not an end in itself constitutes affliction. The Jewish People were created with the purpose of living in the land of Israel.
It appears that the media's positive aspects are easier to identify than its negative. The media provides a us with greater capacity to mold a cultural milieu. Has any generation merited the dissemination of so much Torah and religious faith as ours?
Preparations for Passover include a thorough search for every crumb of leaven in the house. But is this what instills in us a sense of freedom? Is this in tune with the spirit of spring, in which we free ourselves soak in the fresh spring fragrance?
When a person is called upon to be strong and to not weaken others, attempts to protect oneself on a personal level will be of no avail. God's anger demands a rendering of judgement upon the one who abandons his brothers in the face of the battle.
If one receives Torah without possessing humility there is a chance that after receiving it he will forget that a great yoke rests upon him to exert himself on behalf of the Torah, to grow and develop in Torah.
In prior generations, Yeshiva study placed greatest emphasis upon the study of Talmud. We, though, the students of Rabbi A.I. Kook, follow in the ways of our master who called for greater weight to be placed upon faith-oriented studies in our age.
We are in an hour of war. An hour in which the Almighty is very close to us. Those who reside in the Land of Israel, and who find themselves on the front line of the battle, are all messengers of God, faithfully carrying out His wishes.
The recipe for military success lies in understanding a truth which is not readily obvious: The confrontation is not between Israel and the nations, but between God and the nations. Victory will arise only as a result of our trusting in the Almighty.
One of the traits which characterize the generation of the Redemption is "Chutzpah," insolence. We must devote careful consideration to the question of how, in so an insolent generation as our own, the trait of displaying honor can be strengthened.
Our redemption comes via our own self-sacrifice. Still, all exertion on our part is repaid for generously through God's attribute of mercy, through an outpouring of divine assistance to forward our redemption.
Precisely a gradual redemption, a redemption which lacks splendor, which evolves slowly and is played out over an extended period of time - precisely this sort of redemption has the power to uplift all aspects of existence.
One who receives something for nothing does not always know how to appreciate it as he should. The more we sacrifice ourselves for the sake of possessing the Land the greater will our bond with the Land be.
In the long run, what appears to be a terrible desecration of God's name becomes an act of sanctification. The sanctification of God's name in the Redemption outweighs the desecration of His name in the Exile.
Parashiot Shema Israel and Vehaya im shamoa contain the indispensable principles of the special nature of living in the Land of Israel. Therefore, Moshe teaches the people of Israel these Parashiot at the threshold of The Promised Land.