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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.

An Eternal Covenant

This week’s Haftarah describes the stages of the consolation of Zion in a very clear way (Isaiah 54:11-55:5). Zion is depicted as a poor woman with a tempestuous soul who will not be consoled until all the goals of redemption have been achieved. The consolation takes place gradually, corresponding in a remarkable way to the events of our era: – ... Read More »

Don’t Be Afraid

What is the meaning of the double consolation in the opening verse of the Haftarah, “Be consoled, be consoled, My nation” [Isaiah 40:1]? It is true that Zion “has been given double for all her sins” [40:2], and therefore it is due for double consolation. But what does this mean? It would seem that the answer to this question can ... Read More »

“Hear the Word of G-d” [Jeremiah 2:4]

The Maharal explains that the destruction of the Temple cannot be blamed on sins of the people, because the destruction and the exile is a “momentous matter,” and such momentous occurrences do not depend on random events. (Netzach Yisrael, Chapter 2). Sin has a random quality as part of reality, since the very nature of mankind in general and of ... Read More »

The Ethics of the Prophets

Bible critics insist that the prophets guided the people of their generation about moral principles only and were not interested in religious rituals. Their proof, as is quoted by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi in the Kuzari (Volume 2, 47), is from a verse in this week’s Haftara: “Does G-d want to be appeased by thousands of rams, by tens of thousands ... Read More »

Is it Good to Have a King?

In the Haftorah for this week, Samuel tries to strengthen the status of the King. “And Samuel said to the people, Let us go to Gilgal, where we will renew the kingdom.” [Samuel I 11:14]. It seems that Samuel has resigned himself to accept the will of the nation to appoint a king as their head, in spite of his ... Read More »

Testimony for all of Humanity

This week’s Haftarah begins with the return of the Shechina – the holy Presence – to Zion and with the significance of this process for mankind: “Sing and be happy, daughter of Zion, for I am coming, and I will dwell within you – this is what G-d says. And many nations will join together with G-d on that day.” ... Read More »

Divine Names

In both religious and nonreligious circles, it is common to speak about the Holy One, Blessed be He, as the “Supreme Force” (“Koach Elyon“). However, this concept is entirely wrong, for several reasons. The simplest reason for this fact is that any attempt to define Divinity diminishes the concept and distorts the truth, in the manner of, “for You, silence ... Read More »

Jerusalem Day – 5775

Jerusalem Day, 5775, is celebrated on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Rav Oury Cherki, presents a video message for the holiday. On Jerusalem Day, we mark the return of Israel to Jerusalem after 2000 years of exile. Jerusalem is at the center of all the continents – Europe, Asia, and Africa. Here we can meet the entire world, and from here we can ... Read More »

The Bill of Sale

Before Jerusalem was conquered by the Chaldeans, G-d commanded Jeremiah to buy the field belonging to his cousin Hanamel, as we read in the Haftarah for this week. This symbolic act, which took place in the last moments before the city fell, is a sign to those about to leave in exile that they will return to Zion: “This is ... Read More »

What will the Other Nations Say?

G-d leads all of the nations of the world through a universal approach. Just as He took His nation out of slavery into freedom, so He brings the other nations into the light of the world. “You are for me like the sons of the Kushites, Children of Israel – that is the word of G-d. Did I not bring ... Read More »