Torah


Keeping our word: Connecting to Judaism, body and soul

By Rabbi Craig Marantz, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)  In the words of the great Rav Kook, the human soul is part-intellect and part-emotion. The mind and the heart, they work together….


Win-win: Caring for, not competing with, fellow Jews

By Rabbi Shlomo Tenenbaum, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22) This week we start the Book of Devarim (“words”) in which we hear the words of Moshe. The very same Moshe who proclaimed, “I…


First things first: Caring about what really matters most

By Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Torah Columnist Torah Portion:  Matot-Mas-ei (Numbers 30-36) “We will build sheepfolds for our flocks and settlements for our children” (Numbers 32.16). Commentators ancient and modern have found it necessary to provide…






Fringe element: The ties that bind Jewish people to G-d

By Rabbi Craig Marantz, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Shelach — Numbers 13:1-15:41  I find Shelach very inspiring. Among several significant lessons, the portion closes with G-d’s commandment to wear the tzitzit. And, as many of…