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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.

Rav Cherki Message to Noahide Conference in the Philippines

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Rabbi Oury Cherki sent a video message to the QCHU Noahide community during Pesach of 5775 for their General Noahide Assembly, in Cebu, Philistinnes. Summary: The redemption from Egypt was not complete in that it should have encompassed all of the world but it only included the Children of Israel. Shavuot, the holiday of receiving the Torah, is separated from ... Read More »

Rav Cherki: Eulogy for his son, Shalom Yochai

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Shalom Yochai, the son of Rav Oury Cherki, was murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem Wednesday night, April 15, 2015 – the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. Below is the text of the eulogy delivered by Rav Cherki at his son’s funeral. * * * * * * “Behold, the messengers cried out outside – angels of peace wept ... Read More »

Grain from the Land

What is the main characteristic of the holiday of Pesach? At first glance, the answer to this question is simple: It is the Exodus from Egypt! However, if this is so then we are celebrating an event that has not reached an end. It is true that we were released from slavery into freedom, but we did not make it ... Read More »

Rav Cherki: Letter of greetings for Pesach

To my brothers and sisters, Noahides wherever they may be: At this time of spring, when nature renews its appearance, The season when a new light of  freedom was spread out over the whole world – during the Exodus from Egypt – Let us all be blessed with an abundance of renewal from the Creator of the Universe, who shows His love for ... Read More »

A Perfect Passover

The special Haftarah reading for this week (Parshat Hachodesh) is a prophecy by Ezekiel which describes a unique set of sacrifices. The question of the differences between the prophet’s description and the laws of sacrifices in the Torah was already addressed in the days of the Tana’im, who wrote the Mishna, and the apparent contradictions were explained in an analysis ... Read More »

He Who Responded to Elijah

“The whole nation saw, and they fell on their faces and said: Hashem is Elohim! Hashem is Elohim! Hashem is Elohim!” [Kings I 18:39] – The end of this week’s Haftarah. What did the nation mean by this highly emotional declaration? At first glance it might seem that they were trying to show their decision with respect to the challenge ... Read More »

A message for Purim – No. 2

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NOTE: Purim 5775 starts Wednesday night, March 4, 2015, and continues until sundown on Thursday. The Book of Esther is the last book in history that is part of the Tanach (the Bible). It teaches us how to behave in a world where G-d is no longer revealed directly but where He continues to supervise His world even though He ... Read More »

A message for Purim – No. 1

NOTE: Purim 5775 starts Wednesday night, March 4, 2015, and continues until sundown on Thursday. Purim message by Rav Cherki: The Jews defied Haman by refusing to follow his dictatorial commands. At the time, many non-Jews took on Jewish customs and became Noahides. The wine of Purim symbolizes the fact that all of mankind receives their life from G-d.   – Purim ... Read More »

Transparency

Even though building a House for G-d is a Torah mitzva (Rambam, Hilchot Beit Habechirah) and the Torah will never change (Rambam, Thirteen Principles), there are some differences about the way the Temple was built at different times, in accordance with the words of G-d as handed down by the prophets. Therefore, the plan of the Tabernacle in the desert ... Read More »

A Question for Isaiah

This week’s Haftarah includes one of the most difficult verses in all of the books of the prophets: “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw G-d sitting on an exalted and lofty throne and the hems of His cloak filled the Sanctuary” [Isaiah 6:1]. How can anybody talk about “seeing” G-d, even if we assume that this is an ... Read More »