About the Author


Rabbi Yehuda Appel

Born in New York City, Yehuda Appel was director for many years of Aish HaTorah’s Discovery Program in Jerusalem before founding Aish Cleveland in 1990. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities in Cleveland, his recent focus has been establishing Aish programs on college campuses throughout the Midwest. Yehuda is married to noted speaker Hannah Appel and they have eight children.


How Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray Kept One Man Alive

Nothing was going to keep Richard Wade from seeing Murray join the 3000 hit club. Not even cancer.

The Wandering Jew

Traveling through the journey of life.

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dreams

Understanding Joseph’s sudden rise to power.

Adam and Eve Eat the Apple

The story of Adam and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit, a major topic in this week's Torah...

Centrality of Shabbat

Several years ago, a distinguished theologian was honored by a prominent organization for his...

Serious Soul Searching

Some years ago, while I was visiting my rabbi at his home in Jerusalem, a group of elder scholars...

Sorting through Mitzvot

As a seminary student in Israel, my wife and her friends had to cook their own meals. One evening,...

Tell Your Children

Every Passover, in keeping with the theme of Divine intervention and redemption, my family has a...

Jewish Education

Judaism has always understood that a people's future is only as great as the values it manages to...

Asking Forgiveness

Some years ago, an organization asked me to collect stories for a book they hoped to publish....

Spiritual Passion

Do we run to Torah the way we run for pizza?

Crime and Punishment

Rabbi Paul Seiger, former chaplain at a Missouri prison, tells the tragic but true story of a...

King of Israel

Ronald Reagan once made an interesting observation about the Soviet constitution. He said that...

Logic Versus Faith

Many people are curious as to how Jewish tradition foresees "the end of days" -- the coming of the...

The Mezuzah

Some years ago, when my wife and I were living in Israel, we bought our apartment from a fellow...

Ban on Idolatry

At the end of World War Two, Winston Churchill was asked if he was concerned about how historians...

Fulfill Your Potential

In a popular film some years ago, the main character dies and goes to the "next dimension" where...

The Wandering Jew

Any botanist will tell you that the "Wandering Jew" is a unique species of plant which - when...

Dying a Good Death

Faced with the news of his imminent demise, Moses picks his successor.

Human Dignity

A recent study was undertaken to see how parents interact with their children. The study found...

To Give or Not to Give?

One of the most difficult dilemmas human beings face is weighing our own needs against the needs...

For the Sake of Peace

Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer was a great sage in Jerusalem 100 years ago. Once, during one of Rabbi...

Hope For the Future

In the years prior to World War Two, it was known that two Chassidic sects – the Belzer and...

Jacob's Elderly Appearance

Jacob's life was shortened as a result of his complaint.

Joining up with the Jewish people

A few years ago, Vitaly, a Russian Jew living in Minsk, faced the difficult decision of whether or...

Kohanim Priests

A prominent member of a congregation came to his rabbi and said, "I would like to become a Kohen."...

Unified Nation

The Talmud reports that the generation of Yehuda Bar Illai represented Torah study at its best....

Repairing the World

Judaism recognizes that everyone has a particular role to fulfill in this world. The mystical...

Sabbatical and trust in God

The story is told of a European Jew at the turn of the century who, tired of the constant grind of...

Counting the Omer

A famous parable describes how a poor man, desperate to find the means to support his family, sets...

Retirement

Judaism places enormous respect on the elderly.

All About the Mikveh

A few years ago, my wife was teaching about Taharat Hamishpacha, the laws of family purity, at the...

Kosher Ideas

Many people find dieting to be quite a challenge. Indeed, Jewish tradition found the entire...

Saving Others Embarrassment

The Torah emphasizes the importance of never causing another person the pain of embarrassment.

Humility of Moses

A wonderful passage in the Talmud describes the greatness of Sages of previous generations. In...

Proper Hygiene

During the Middle Ages, it was not uncommon for Jews to be accused of poisoning wells and...

Beauty and the Kohanim

The Talmud tells the following story: The great sage Rabbi Yehoshua was the epitome of wisdom and...

God Dwelling on Earth Below

Some years ago, while teaching Jewish Ethics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I gave my students...

All About Dogs

The role of dogs in Jewish lore.

Why is Adultery So Bad?

Some years ago a rabbinic colleague of mine in Chicago was giving a class on the Ten Commandments...

Balance in the Metaphysical Realm

In a fascinating essay, the Maharal (16th century Prague) discusses the importance of maintaining...

Taking Gold and Silver from Egyptians

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany offered to pay reparations to victims of the Nazi regime...

Miracles and Magic

Over the centuries, many religious adherents have tried to prove that they possess the "true"...

Moses at the Burning Bush

In her novel, "Briefing for a Descent into Hell," Dorris Lessing makes the point that perception...

Respect for the dead

It has been said that one can measure how civilized a culture is by the way its dead are treated....

Showing Favoritism to Children

Why there is no place for showing favoritism to one child.

Jacob returns to his roots

Some years ago, an elderly woman I know traveled with friends in a car across America. For this...

Employer-Employee Relations

Some years ago, while living in Jerusalem, I had a friend who worked as an official in the...

What Makes a Criminal?

I recently read a report which focused on the nature of evil. The report stated that, for the most...

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