About the Author

Rabbi Noson Weisz

While studying at the famed yeshivas of Chaim Berlin, Lakewood and the Mir in Jerusalem, Rabbi Noson Weisz also received a degree in Microbiology from the University of Toronto, MA in Political Science at the New School for Social Research and his LLB from the University of Toronto. Rabbi Weisz is currently a senior lecturer at Yeshiva Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem.

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Chumash Themes #6: The Binding of Isaac

A seminal event in Jewish national consciousness.

Chumash Themes #2: The Purpose of Creation

God created a world in need of perfecting.

The Names of God

Exploring the meaning of God's two most essentials names: An excerpt from R. Weisz's new book PrayerWorks.

Mind Over Matter

The mitzvah of counting the Omer holds the key to understanding the proper balance between thoughts and feelings.

The Honor of Torah

Profound lessons learned from Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students.

The Double Image

One would have thought that only a poor comedian desperate for a good line would attempt to...

Holy of Holies

It is the holiest space in the Jewish world. It is also the holiest space inside each one of us. The Holy of Holies. Plunge the depths...

Tablets for Living

Comparing the two tablets: one containing obligations toward God, the other obligations toward people.

Of Wounded Souls

You are children to the Lord, your God. You shall not cut yourselves and you shall not make a bald...

Torah Power

We always read Parshat V'etchanan on the Shabbat after the fast of the 9th of Av -- a Shabbat...

Israel, Where Are You?

We always read Parshat Devarim on the Sabbath immediately preceding the 9th of Av. This is due to...

Mind Over Matter

The mitzvah of counting the Omer holds the key to understanding the proper balance between thoughts and feelings.

Minding Your Own Business

Parshat Pinchas offers us the Torah's outlook on the problematic topic of the zealot. We all live...

Of Sheep and Shepherds

The children of Reuben and the children of Gad had abundant livestock, very great. They saw the...

We Will Do and We Will Hear

If the Jews gathered at Mount Sinai were eager to receive the Torah, why the need for Divine coercion?

The Looking-Glass War

At first glance, Parshat Balak seems difficult to relate to from the perspective of the modern...

The Tragedy of Tragedy

Parshat Chukat is full of death. First we read about the "red heifer" whose ashes are...

Blood, Sweat and Tears

More than faith, it's about making the personal effort.

Let Them Eat Meat

The strangest conversation recorded in the Torah takes place in our Torah portion. Moses said,...


One of the laws discussed in Parshat Naso is known as the law of the sotah, which describes how a...

Do I Really Need This?

God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of Meeting, on the first of the second...

The Parallel Universe

Abraham's world of Shabbat is personally piloted by God.

Dearly Beloved

A person should not say to himself: "I will observe the commandments of the Torah and engage...

The Heart of the Matter

You shall count for yourselves -- from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the...

The Holy Connection

God spoke to Moses saying: "Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to...

The Cutting Edge

On the eighth day you shall circumcise the foreskin. (Leviticus 12:3) Until very recently the...

Holy Physics

This week's Torah portion Shmini confronts us with the attribute of Divine justice in its harshest...

The Book of Ruth: A Mystery Unraveled

She was a Moabite princess who converted to Judaism in the 10th century BCE, but what does her story have to do with the events at Mount Sinai more than 300 years earlier?

Looking Glasses of the Soul

The Shabbat immediately preceding Passover has a special name. It is called Shabbat HaGadol,...

Right to Life vs. Right Life

This week we begin reading the Book of Leviticus, the book of the Torah to which the modern person...

His Soul's Fire

This week's Torah portion manages to symbolize conclusion and renewal at one and the same time. It...

Measure For Measure

Twice in its history, the world stood poised on the brink of perfection. The first occasion was...

Jewish Joy

Finding the joy in practicing Judaism.

Human Constructions and Constrictions

"They shall make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. According to what I will...

Clearing Up the Confusion

The strongest possible evidence of the importance that the Torah places on ethics is the...

Tablets for Living

Exploring the meaning of the covenant between God and the Jewish people.

Judgment Tempered With Mercy

Is Yom Kippur a day of atonement or a day of judgment?

Shattering the Hourglass of Time

So shall you eat it: your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You...

Mayanot on Prayer #5: Pouring Out Your Heart

Within the Afternoon Prayer lies the secret to our survival.

Open Heart Surgery

Introducing God to the Egyptians.

Mayanot on Prayer #4: Negotiating with God

God is interested in our plans for the world and He wants to hear from us.

Faith Among the Pyramids

The Jewish view of exile.

Mayanot on Prayer #3: Fixing the World through Prayer

Prayer pierces through God's concealment and reattaches the universe to the Divine.

The Soul #1 - Who Needs It?

What is the function of the soul in this world?

Mayanot on Prayer #2: Our Father, Our King

Prayer transforms the desire to satisfy our requests to the desire to satisfy God's requests.

The Soul #2 - What Do Souls Look Like?

Understanding the five levels of soul and how they relate to man and creation.

The Body and the Self

And the time drew nearer that Israel must die; and he called his son Joseph and said to him,...

Bracing For Exile

Exploring the nature of the Shechina, God’s Divine presence.

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