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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.

Jephthah in his Generation

Jephthah is not considered an especially outstanding man, not in Torah wisdom and not as a public leader. The sages list him as one of the “minor people” of the world, whose lack of seriousness cost him the life of his daughter. He collects empty people around him, and he is banned from his own family (Judges 11:3). However, when ... Read More »

“For we have Heard”

Rahab helps the two scouts that Joshua sent, even though she knows that they have come to conquer Jericho. At first glance this would seem to be an act of treason against her own people and an act supporting the invaders. However, she can justify her actions based on a number of significant claims. Rahab’s first claim is a realization ... Read More »

Exception to the Rule

There have been a number of prominent people in the history of Israel who lived as a nazir, an ascetic who refrains from drinking wine. The one whose laws are discussed in greatest detail is Samson, as appears in the Haftarah for this week: “The boy will be a nazir of G-d from the womb” [Judges 13:5]. Evidently the reason ... Read More »

Rav Cherki – Messages for Shavuot

Shavuot this year (5776, 2016) begins at the end of Shabbat June 11. In Israel it ends Sunday night, outside of Israel it ends Monday night. Shavuot as a Universal Holiday There are 620 letters in the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the 613 mitzvot of the Torah and the additional 7 mizvot of Bnei Noach. The Torah cannot be given to ... Read More »

“We have not Lost our Hope”

The complaint by Jeremiah the Prophet about the scourge of idol worship which was practiced by the Children of Israel takes on a special meaning in view of the spiritual revolution that took place during his lifetime. At the end of the era of the First Temple, those with the intuition of the Holy Spirit were able to sense that the ... Read More »

Before the Great Day Comes

Elijah the Prophet offered Olah Sacrifices outside the Temple, seemingly performing a sin, in order to cause the children of Israel to repent their ways. And this indeed corresponds to the ruling of the halacha: A prophet can cancel a mitzva on a temporary basis (“hora’at sha’ah”), as is written, “It is time to act for G-d, they have violated ... Read More »

Purity of Awareness

  While the special Torah reading of Parshat Parah involves the purification of a single individual who is ritually impure, the Haftarah discusses the purification of the entire community (Ezekiel 36:16-38). Personal impurity is a halachic matter which has practical implications for a person’s life. However, general impurity leads to removal of the Shechina as a result of the effects ... Read More »

“These are What I Want”

In the last chapter of Moreh Nevuchim the Rambam lists various opinions about the purpose of life. As far as he is concerned, the first three are not sufficient to justify life, since they are not uniquely relevant for a human being because of his innate essence. These goals are: (1) possessions, (2) a healthy body, and (3) proper behavior. ... Read More »

The Essence of the Temple

The Haftarah of the portion of Pekudai can be divided into two sections. In the first section, which is read by Sephardim and Yemenites (Kings I 7:40-50), the making of the vessels in the Temple is described as the work of two people: Hiram and Solomon. Even though they evidently did not perform the physical operation of making the vessels ... Read More »

Why perform Maintenance in the Temple?

The maintenance in the Temple which was carried out by Jehoash, the King of Judah, in the twenty-third year of his reign (Kings II 12:7-16) took place in the year that Jehu, King of Yisrael, died (as is clear from verse 13:1). Evidently this was not a mere coincidence. The reign of Jehu was a time of renovation such as ... Read More »