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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.

Snakes and Calves

In the Haftarah of the Torah portion of Bo, the Prophet Jeremiah compares Egypt to two different living creatures: a calf and a snake. “Egypt is a beautiful calf… Its mercenaries are also like fatted lambs… Its voice will ring out like a snake.” [46:20-22]. The comparison of Egypt to a snake corresponds to the link between this nation and ... Read More »

Unconditional Love

There is a dispute about which Haftarah should be read for the Torah portion of Shemot. The Ashkenazim read the passage that starts with “In the time to come Jacob will take root” [Isaiah 27:6], while the Sephardim read, “These are the words of Jeremiah” [1:1]. The second Haftarah is read in the first week of the Three Weeks, between ... Read More »

Rabbi David Katz on his book, “The World of the Ger”

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Rav Cherki discusses the new book, “The World of the Ger,” with author Rav David Katz (written together with Rabbi Chaim Clorfene). Rabbi Katz is currently a lecturer in Tzfat while being a dedicated father and passionate Noahide influence to various worldwide communities. Rabbi Katz has lived in Tzfat for nearly 15 years after having made Aliyah from Cleveland Ohio where he began ... Read More »

The Nassi – the Leader after the Redemption

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The reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers is the foundation and serves as the model for the future reconciliation between the tribes of Israel in the north and the tribe of Judah in the south. This link is described in the Haftarah for this week, discussing the “wood” of Judah and the “wood” of Ephraim, as a political merger. “And ... Read More »

Lesson about Chanukka, Rabbi Oury Cherki

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Why do I need to have to fight with the Greeks??  And the question whether these events that we are celebrating today, these wars that we had with the Greeks were really necessary? Was the possibility of cooperation between the Jewish people and the Greek culture, without having to get involved in the war? Read More »

It’s not Easy to be Jew

“You are the only ones I knew intimately from among all the families of the world, I will therefore hold you to account for all your sins” [Amos 3:2]. This verse, which appears in the Haftarah for this week, leads us to understand that the status of the Chosen People is not a comfortable position. If we ask ourselves if ... Read More »

Chanukah 5775

Chanukah begins Tuesday night, Dec 16, and continues for 8 days, until Wednesday evening, Dec. 24. In a video message for Chanukah 5775, Rav Cherki discusses the encounter between the cultures of Greece and Israel. We usually say that the Greeks suppressed Judaism, but there was a very long period of good relations between the two cultures. The Greeks saw ... Read More »

Heaven and Earth

Different sectors within Judaism read different versions of the Haftarah for this week’s Torah portion. Ashkenazim read from the verse starting, “And Yaacov fled” [Hosea 12:13], until the end of the book (14:10). The Sephardim and the Yemenites read from “And My nation hesitate about returning to Me” [11:7], until “on the furrows of my field” [12:12]. And some Sephardi ... Read More »

What Did He Lack?

We read in the Haftorah this week, “And Adonijah Ben Haggith rose up and said, I will be king” [Kings I 1:5]. At first glance, Adonijah had all the proper credentials to take over the kingdom. He was the fifth son of David, after Avshalom, who was fourth, so that from the point of view of age he took precedence ... Read More »