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Author Archives: 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.

The Fast of the 9th of Av


A recorded message from Rav Cherki about the fast of the 9th of Av. The fast of the Ninth of Av 5774 is on Tuesday August 5, 2014 (starting the night before). (If you do not see English subtitles, click “caption” button on the bottom of the screen.) We mark the ninth of the month of Av as the darkest ... Read More »

The Daily Olah Sacrifice


The list in this week’s Torah portion of sacrifices during the different times in the year is precise to the very last detail. We might well wonder why this is so. Two sheep are sacrificed every day in the Temple, one in the early morning and one in the evening. This teaches us about the eternal link between the Children ... Read More »

The Red Heifer and Logic


The Red Heifer is the instrument through which a person is purified. The impurity of contact with death is the result of an encounter between a living person and death. A stone cannot cause ritual impurity, since it never had any life. Death is the opposite of life, and the shock of contact with it upsets life. The severity of ... Read More »

Shavuot as a Universal Holiday

* * * Shavuot 5775 is celebrated for one day in Israel (Sunday May 24, 2015) and for two days outside of Israel (Sunday-Monday, May 24-25, 2015). A message from Rav Cherki about the universality of Shavuot: There are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the 613 mitzvot of the  Torah and the additional 7 mizvot of Bnei ... Read More »

Shavuot and Bikurim

* * * Shavuot 5775 is celebrated for one day in Israel (Sunday May 24, 2015) and for two days outside of Israel (Sunday-Monday, May 24-25, 2015). A message from Rav Cherki: The significance of Bikurim – giving away the first fruits: It is not explicitly written that the Torah was given on Shavuot, but the Torah does give the ... Read More »

Near and Far

The book of Numbers teaches us how to behave in the desert, when the regular order of things has been disturbed. This week’s Torah portion begins with the problems of an individual who sets aside his normal life. Even though usually the Torah first treats the general situation and then goes to particular cases, in times of crisis it is ... Read More »

Jerusalem Day and World Hisory

Rav Cherki explains the great significance of our history to the world as a whole. The world sees the Six Day War, which is marked by Jerusalem Day, as an event of Biblical proportions, and more and more people are turning to the Jews to learn from the prophecies as the Jews understand them. Many people instinctively feel that Jerusalem ... Read More »

At a TIme of Anger, Remember Mercy

(The title is a quote from Habakkuk 3:2.) In both the Torah portions of Behar and Bechukotai we see that history is organized in cycles that are related to the number seven. Every seventh day is Shabbat, every seventh year is Shemitta, and after seven cycles of Shemitta the Yovel (Jubilee) comes. We can also add that redemption will come ... Read More »

A Visitor or a Resident?

“The land cannot be sold permanently, for the land is Mine, for you are visitors and residents with me” [Leviticus 25:23]. The law that prevents permanent sale of the land draws its basis from the essence of the status of man in the world. On one hand, man is a resident of the world as a natural creation – “For ... Read More »

Sanctified for Praise

In an article for Kedoshim 5774, Rabbi Cherki compares the sanctity of nature with the higher level of sanctity that human beings can achieve by incorporating natural products into their own bodies.   Read More »