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Author Archives: Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rabbi Oury Cherki
Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center.He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Torah from Heaven

Torah at Glockengasse Synagogue (reconstruction),                                                                                        Cologne - Horsch, Willy in Wikipedia

Two proofs are given to show that there is a Divine source for the Torah. But they must be understood in depth and not simply in accord with the folk approach – that millions of people would not lie about the description of an event, especially not to their children. This approach will not withstand objective criticism, and the only ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Mystic Secrets

Books by Rav Kook (Wikipedia)

“The work of creation should not be taught in the presence of two, or the work of the heavenly Chariot in the presence of one.” [Mishna Chagiga 2:1]. The terminology used by the sages to refer to the mystic parts of the Torah was explained in different ways in the study halls. The approach of the Rambam is well-known: The ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Statehood

King Solomon (Wikipedia)

Aristotle (in his essay “Politics”) defines mankind as a political animal (see the Kuzari, by Yehuda Halevi, 1:35). The need to live in a community is so essential to man that no serious philosopher ever proposed returning to the primordial state where man was completely alone without any links to some kind of society and therefore to its highest form ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Periods of Exile

Bird Nest by Dakota Lynch, from Wikipedia

Exile is an integral part of the history of the nation of Israel. More than half of the time that the nation has existed was spent in exile. This is clearly a very important fact. This reality sometimes leads people to make a mistake and attempt to idealize the exile, or at the very least to generate a feeling of ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Faith in the Sages

Rabbi Akiva - from  Mantua Haggadah

One of the forty-eight traits by which the Torah is acquired is “faith in the sages” [Avot 6:6]. This is usually taken to mean that one of our basic elements of faith is that the Jewish sages do not make mistakes. But it is eminently clear that this interpretation cannot be right, for there is no person on earth who ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: The Soul

Aristotle (Source: Wikipedia)

Just what is the soul of man? There have been many attempts to define it. There are some who try to constrict it into the tiny realm of biomolecules, what is called the “animal soul,” so that when a person dies his soul also disappears. Some even view it as an illusion, leading to the conclusion that man has no ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Real Freedom

1608-deborah

What do we mean when we say that all men are free? These words have a legal connotation which has found its way into the Bill of Rights, stating that all men are free as long as their actions do not impinge on the freedom of another person. The exact boundary between conflicting freedoms will be set by specific laws. ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: The Soul of a Gentile

Man lifting hands in worship during sunset.

It is often said that a Gentile has no soul. However, this statement is rooted in a misunderstanding of the sources which discuss the matter. The most widely publicized source is the Tanya, Chapters 1 and 2: “Every man from Israel has two souls. One soul is related to the mystical shell… and this is the source of all evil ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Science and Religion

Hubble Telescope image of new galaxies

Those who have discussed religion and science were mainly interested in two aspects of this matter: the age of the world and the origins of life. A common assumption, which we will use in spite of its superficial character, is that science has established that the world is about 16 billion years old and that man developed from an ape-like ... Read More »