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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: Science and Religion

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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 »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Philosophy and Prophecy

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  It is true that the nation-state which the Chashmona’im established was destroyed long ago, and this is very likely the reason that “Megillat Ta’anit” was removed from the holy books, but the holiday of Chanukah has not been cancelled. The inner spiritual reason for this, which appears in the statement in the Talmud that the basis of the holiday ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Let the Temple be Rebuilt

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There has been much discussion about the way the Temple will be rebuilt – let it come quickly, in our time. At first glance the approaches appear to be diametrically opposed to each other, with no possible way to reconcile them. However, let us see if this is really true. We start by listing various approaches to this question. (1) ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: What is the Purpose of Time and Space?

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Philosophers and scientists have expended large efforts on the question of defining the concepts of time and space. This matter has concerned many people, because after all time and space define the limits of man’s world. Some of the philosophers toyed with the idea of whether time and space are subjective (Kant) or objective (Descartes), or perhaps an illusion (Berkeley). ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: What is Redemption?

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In the first chapter of his book “Netzach Yisrael” the Maharal of Prague defines the concept of redemption based on his view of the exile. By doing this he makes use of a common theme in his way of looking at things: The Unity of Opposites. An idea can often best be defined by understanding its opposite. Thus, black is ... Read More »

Basic Tenets of Jewish Philosophy: Is Judaism Racist?

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A few years ago I was invited to participate in a conference on the subject of Israel and the other nations of the world. As it happens, I sat on a panel between two eminent Torah scholars who were asked to define the attitude of Judaism towards non-Jews. One of them explained, with liberal use of sources to back him ... Read More »

Like Lebanon

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This week’s Haftarah begins with the call, “Return, Israel, to your G-d, for you have failed with your sin” [Hosea 14:2]. This is oriented towards the Kingdom of Israel, where Hosea prophesied. Therefore, he uses the names Israel and Ephraim which are pertinent for the tribes in the north. The main reason that it was difficult for the northern tribes ... Read More »

Darkness and Light

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The redemption of Israel has consequences not only for the nation of Israel, which returns to freedom and to its original identity, it is also important for all the nations of the world. And this is true not only in the political realm but also in the realm of theology. This is clear from this week’s Haftarah: “Rise up! Shine ... Read More »

“Not in Haste”

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The word “chipazon” – haste – appears only three times in the entire Bible. Two of the times are in the Torah: “Eat it in haste, it is Pesach for G-d” [Shemot 12:11], and “For you left Egypt in haste” [Deuteronomy 16:3]. The third time is in the Haftarah for this week’s Torah portion, “not in haste” [Isaiah 52:12]. The ... Read More »