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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The Kosher Spirit

There is no precept more fundamental to Judaism than the Kashrut laws, the phenomenon we refer to...

Ashes to Ashes; Dust to Dust

This week's Torah portion begins by presenting us with two rather peculiar commandments. The...

Golden Calf

An in-depth exploration of this baffling episode.

Having God in the Neighborhood

An overview of the Book of Exodus reveals that four out of the eleven portions deal with various...

Yours to Command

If you were asked to pick out a portion of the Torah that is above controversy, the Ten...

Spiritual Quality Time

"God spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 'This month for you shall be the...

My Country Right or Wrong

Examining separation of church and state.

Worlds Within Worlds

There are aspects of the Exodus story that are difficult to comprehend at first glance. God, who...

Footprints of the Soul

The most dramatic section of this week's Torah portion describes the deathbed scene at which Jacob...

Spiritual Sibling Rivalry

For 22 long years Jacob mourned Joseph. He was kidnapped at age 17 and rose to power in Egypt at...

Perchance to Dream

One of the best known and most moving prayers in the Yom Kippur liturgy is really a lamentation...

The Need to Make the Effort

God's promises will inevitably be fulfilled. But we have to become worthy of receiving them.

Who Shall Lead Us

Anyone who compares the story of Esau, Isaac's first born, to that of Ishmael, Abraham's, is bound...

Harry Potter and the War Between Good and Evil

As a Jew, I could not help but reflect on the contrasting attitudes between Judaism and the world of Harry Potter towards this epic struggle.

The Art of Giving: To Be or Not To Be the Jewish Way

On the third day following his circumcision at age 99, God pays Abraham a sickbed visit. The...

Torah Economics

The Torah is not a storybook. The Midrash tells us that the word Torah in Hebrew derives from the...

Love Conquers All

We read V'Zot HaBracha on the last day of the Succot holiday. Simchat Torah, the name by which we...

The Joy of Victory

The lulav and etrog are weapons of war and the fact that we hold them shows us to be the victors....

The Song That Rocks the Jewish Soul

A glimpse inot spiritual mathematics.

Rosh Hashana: Judgment Days

This Shabbat is Rosh Hashanah and we shall all be called to the Heavenly Court to stand trial for...

Choosing Choice

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the gift of free will.

Pounds of Flesh Into Pounds of Soul: A Conversion Scale

There are large sections in the Torah that are addressed to the Jewish body politic as a single,...

The Spiral Staircase

By the time we read Ki Tetzei, we are well into the month of Elul. The scent of Rosh Hashana is in...

Trees of Life

"When you besiege a city for many days to wage war against it and to seize it, do not destroy...

Of Human Sacrifice: The Suicide Bomber in Torah Perspective

"When Hashem, your God, will cut down the nations where you come to drive them away from...

Spiritual Economics

Expectation-driven systems are double-edged.

Torah Creature Comforts

The Shabbat following the 9th of Av is known as Shabbat Nachamu, the Shabbat of Comfort. Following...

Assigning Blame

An in-depth exploration of tragedy and the meaning of Tisha B'Av.

Cities of Refuge

"When you cross the Jordan to the land of Canaan, you shall designate cities for yourself,...

Preserving Your Legacy the Jewish Way

"The laws of inheritance would have been written in the Torah through Moses even if the...

Do We Want Mashiach Now?

Many people observe the custom of reciting the thirteen principles of faith following their...

To Know You Is To Love You

The story of Korach surely ranks as one of the stranger incidents reported in Chumash. To give...

Soil Power

As we have explained in two previous essays on Shlach, one of the important aspects of the story...

Torah Pride and Torah Prejudice

"Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses regarding the Cushite woman he had married, for he had...

Jewish Job Opportunities

Mayanot has two major objectives. The first objective is to teach Torah. The learning of Torah...

Living "Chosen"

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

Learn To Live Positively

We invariably read Parshat Bamidbar on the Shabbat before Shavuot, the anniversary of our meeting...

Believe It Or Not

In the eyes of many commentators, the Book of Vayikra, which we finish reading this Sabbath,...

Mind Over Matter

The period between the first day of Passover and Shavuot, a chunk of time totaling seven weeks,...

Growing Pains

We Jews subscribe to the belief that the world is run by Divine Providence. God obligated Himself...

Faith and the Mideast Problem

All leaders draw their power from faith. The only question is where that faith is directed. In times of national crisis, that decision is critically important.

Living With Jewish Joy

When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she shall be contaminated for a seven-day period...

Windows in Time

This Shabbat, the Shabbat that immediately precedes the Passover Holiday, is known as the Great...

Questions of Need

Shimon HaTzadik was among the remnants of the Great Assembly. He used to say: the world stands on...

So, What Else is New?

This Sabbath we complete the reading of the Book of Exodus, and we also read Parshat Hachodesh,...

Jewish Reality Checks

Why would anyone want to serve a Golden Calf?

Splendor in the Quest

This week, Mayanot focuses on the holiday of Purim. "You shall make vestments of sanctity...