About the Author


Rabbi Avi Geller

Rabbi Avi Geller has been a senior lecturer at Aish Hatorah since 1980. He is an alumnus of Lakewood, Be'er Yaakov and Mir yeshivas, and gives a popular weekly parsha class in Jerusalem's Old City. His audio lectures are available at Aish audio center, including tapes on the entire Chumash, Mitzvah series, and Holiday series. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and 8 children.


Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

"But how can I go to study Torah?" cried Akiva. "I'm 40 years old and haven't even learned the...

The Special Reading for Simchat Torah Includes Moses' Blessing to Each Tribe

"My business is fine fabrics, and I intend to make a big profit from this trip," proclaimed...

The Shofar Helps Us Reclaim Our Citizenship

"When the cat's away, the mice will play." When the king was on a distant journey, Robert -- the...

Lively Parsha Yom Kippur

The silence in the desert shattered. Hagar's cries, as her child lay dying of thirst, reverberated...

Insights and Stories to Share on Seder Night

The sign proclaimed "International Holocaust Survivors Meeting." The hall was filled with elderly...

Lessons and Symbolism of the Sukkah and the Four Species

Mr. Jack finally arrived in the village of Radin, Poland. After a five-hour train ride from Warsaw...

Tales of the Talking Donkey!

"Mrs. Ed, you silly donkey!" cried Bilaam the Grand Wizard of Midian. "This is the third time you...

Tales of the Red Cow, and Moses Hits the Rock

Jacob rubbed his eyes. Every path he took was a dead end. He was hungry and tired, and now it...

Lively Overview of Tu B'Shvat

The tree as a metaphor for personal growth.

The Book of Ruth

For the Shabbat Torah Portion in Israel, please click...

Lively Megillah Overview

The Book of Esther, based on the Talmud, Midrash and commentary of the Malbim.

Lively Overview of Chanukah

Insights from the Midrash and contemporary sages.

Perilous predictions for the Jewish future.

Mike was nervous. The mikveh (ritual bath) was crowded and the floor was slippery. This was Mike's...

All about human honor, and the holidays.

Scene: The "International Committee of Bible Writers." Authors X, Y, and Z are debating suggested...

Lively Shabbat Overview

It's the glue that holds together the Jewish family and the Jewish nation.

Striving To Be On Our Best God-like Behavior

"Oh great Caesar, my noble uncle! As a man of the world with great knowledge and experience I...

High holiness on Yom Kippur and in personal relations

It was the confrontation of the millennia! A duel between one prophet of God and 400 priests of...

More Fascinating Aspects of the Temple Offerings.

"What a beautiful view," exclaimed Greg. "I'll hike down a little further so I can see the entire...

The Israelites Bring Donations to Build the Tabernacle

"Of all the nerve!" cried Yankel. "Every year, I give a donation from my hard-earned money to that...

Moses Makes an Accounting of the Tabernacle Donations

Dateline: The ninth of Av - Year 3338 from creation Place: Jerusalem Scene: The Holy Temple in...

Lively Overview: The Book of Ruth

The Book of Ruth is read in synagogue on Shavuot morning. A chapter-by- chapter explanation.

Overview: Book of Lamentations

Jeremiah describes the tragedy of the Temple's destruction. The lessons are true still today.

On his deathbed, Jacob blesses his 12 sons

Dateline: 1890 Place: Krakow, Poland The elegant carriage stood in front of the humble dwelling,...

Joseph Reunites With His Brothers, and the Whole Family Settles Down in Egypt

The tension was palpable. The confrontation, inevitable. Twelve brothers faced each other and the...

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream, Then Tries To Get His Own Dreams Fulfilled

It was the middle of the night. Joseph was sleeping in his prison chamber, regretting ever having...

Joseph Dreams, Gets Thrown Into a Pit, and Begins His Rise to Egyptian Power

As the scorpions lunged at his feet, Joseph again appealed to his brothers. "Have compassion! This...

Adventures of Jacob's Return to the Land of Israel

They told him he's on his way. "Now is my chance to get even with that despicable cheater,...

Jacob Goes to Yeshiva and Starts a Large Family

It was the morning after their wedding. Jacob looked into the eyes of his loving bride Rachel and...

Lively Overview of Sukkot

Lessons and symbolism of the Sukkah and the four species.

The Early Years of Twins Jacob and Esau

Dateline: 1880 Place: Czarist Russia, on the road to Moscow Speeding along the highway is a...

Abraham Buries Sarah, and Arranges a Wife for Isaac

A True Story: Rachel, the beautiful bride, peered nervously out the window. "When will he finally...

Abraham passes 10 tough tests

Over the mountains was a little cloud, unlike any cloud he had ever seen. "This must be the spot,"...

Abraham Promotes Monotheism, and Fights in the First World War

The sign proclaimed "Terach's Idol Store." Martha approached the young man behind the counter with...

The Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel

The sight was simply mind-boggling! Every species of land animal was lined up 2-by-2 in front of...

Creation of the World, and Adventures of the First Humans

Dateline: December 1968 From his window he could watch the blue orb of planet earth getting...

Lively Parsha Ha'azinu

The fishermen's nets were everywhere. The poor trout, bass, and whitefish were frantically...

Prophecy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and Moses' Final Day

"Excuse me sir, can you help me?" asked the girl as she stood at the entrance of the synagogue of...

Prophesy of the Jews' Return to Judaism, and Moses' Final Day

"Excuse me sir, can you help me?" asked the girl as she stood at the entrance of the synagogue of...

A Series of Terrific Blessings and Terrifying Curses

"Rabbi Elijah Kramer of Vilna", called out the bailiff, "You stand accused of assisting John the...

The Laws of Judges, Witnesses, Officers and Kings

"Please purchase a tin of snuff," Rabbi Weiss requested from his attendant. Meanwhile, Ralph and...

Lively Introduction to Blessings

Showing gratitude for all God's goodness.

More Mitzvot; Choose Life!

The situation in Israeli intelligence was very tense. The danger that loomed over the Jewish state...

Lively Introduction to Prayer

Tapping into one of the most potent forces in the universe.

Lively Parsha Ekev

"I can identify all the Jewish children in two minutes," proclaimed Rabbi Eliezer Silver. His long...

The Importance of National Revelation and the Shema

They had worked on it for over a year, putting all of their fictional writing talents into this...

Moses Reviews the Desert Experience

The boy was deathly ill. His father, the king, took him in the royal carriage to his doctor who...

Lively Parsha Matot-Masay

"But how can I go to study Torah?" cried Akiva. "I'm 40 years old and haven't even learned the...

Jewish Lineage and the Public Debacle

A true story: His shoulder-length ponytail, dangling at his neck, attracted the stares of many an...

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