Torah


Special time: Preparing ourselves for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Craig Marantz, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17) “Time works both for us and against us depending upon how we use it.” These precious words uttered by the great David Ben Gurion…


Simple souls: Importance of valuing everyone

By Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25) This week’s Parsha starts out by telling us that, on the heels of listening to G-d’s rules, we will be blessed with several physical…





Eternal life: Putting the spiritual before the physical

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10−30:1) In last week’s Torah portion, members of the community of Israel profane themselves by engaging in licentious behavior with Moabite women and worshiping…



Mourning ritual: Need to always be prepared

By Rabbi James Gordon, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Chukat (Numbers 19:1−22:1) What do you get when you add three kippot s’rugot (crocheted), two velvet yarmulkes, two black hats and one purple Northwestern University baseball hat?…