In anticipation of the upcoming Shabbat Israelit, we have been asked by many people – especially those living in all-religious communities – about inviting guests for Shabbat dinner, if they know that those guests will drive home after the meal. This is a question that the Beit Hillel Beit Midrash Hilchati has dealt with in […]
Shabbat Israelit is Back!!! A year ago we turned the vision into reality. It all started a seemingly simple idea: to have a joint dinner on Shabbat of families from different backgrounds – religious, secular or traditional. We at Beit Hillel believe so strongly that this connection is indispensable, we decided to initiate the project […]
We are not the only ones going to have a Shabbat Israelit on Shabbat Parshat Noach – It is going to be a special Shabbat all around the world !! You Might Also Like: Did you enjoy this post? Please click on the buttons below to share with your friends!
Don’t miss our annual day of learning and awakening before Yom Kippur! Learn and be inspired by Halacha and Aggada from leading Rabbanim and Rabbaniyot – Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi David Stav, Rabbi Yehuda Gilad, Rabbanit Pnina Neuwirth, Rabbi Meir Nehorai, and many others. See the full details below: You Might Also Like: Did […]
As the new year draws closer, we enter into a period of personal and national Cheshbon Hanefesh (spiritual accounting) during an extraordinary time in Jewish history. In response to a traumatic summer of heightened international anti-Semitism and a war for Israel’s existence that seemed never ending, Israeli society experienced an unprecedented level of solidarity and […]
The best proof that religious legislation in Israel has failed so badly is what happens here on Yom Kippur, when the driving of cars and other public desecration of the holiday is generally not seen in cities and towns throughout the country. This is not due to a “Yom Kippur Rest Law,” and not due […]
This article appeared in Rabbi Evan Hoffman’s weekly Torah essay titled Thoughts on the Parashah and is posted here with his permission. Scripture places severe social restrictions on the mamzer. “No mamzer shall come into the Lord’s assembly. Even his tenth generation shall not come into the Lord’s assembly (Deuteronomy 23:3).” The meaning of […]
If you haven’t done so already, download a copy of Beit Hillel’s latest English Torah Journal. This edition includes the following articles: You Might Also Like: Did you enjoy this post? Please click on the buttons below to share with your friends!
Beit Hillel, together with Yeshivat Har Etzion, Matan, and communities in Beit Shemesh held an evening seminar on Halachic prenuptial agreements for prevention of agunot. The evening was held in the Ohel Yona Menachem synagogue in Beit Shemesh. The seminar was organized as part of Beit Hillel’s project to promote change in the public consciousness […]
The results of the comprehensive survey of Religious Zionism that we commissioned earlier this year have been tabulated, evaluated, and organized into a graphic format. The results are quite extensive – you can view the survey results or download the PDF file (right click on the link and choose “Save link as…”). You Might Also […]
The second annual Beit Hillel Public Council Conference was held last week at the Poriyah hostel near Tiberias. The conference was attended by about 80 rabbis, rabbaniyot, businessmen, public figures and spiritual partners of Beit Hillel’s public council. Throughout the day, in-depth discussions were held about the future directions of Beit Hillel in light of […]
As the new season of the reality show “The Big Brother” begins, the Beit Hillel Rabbinic organization speaks out against reality shows and against “The Big Brother” which has become popular among viewers. “Reality shows grind away at innocence and educate us to the world of cruel cynicism. The shallow approach taken by reality shows, […]
If you are interested in making the upcoming shmita year in Israeli more meaningful – beyond “struggling” with the basic halachot of the year, be sure to check out Shmita Israelit (Hebrew) which we just uploaded to our web site. There are lots of interesting ideas and inspiring articles. Please let us know what […]
Empowering local city Rabbis to process conversions, as proposed by the “Stern Law”, is a very important step that can significantly reduce the risk of assimilation of hundreds of thousands of Israelis who are not Jewish according to Jewish law, but who are in the process of integration into Israeli society. The proposed change in […]
The decision of the Tel Aviv municipality to allow opening of businesses on Shabbat is very disappointing – not only because of the value of keeping the Shabbat but also because of the status of Shabbat as a social, national, and Jewish component of Israeli society. This decision affects many families in which the provider […]