Torah


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…



True wealth: Being happy with the blessings you get

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Naso (Numbers 4:21−7:89) My congregation is not filled with people who are physically wealthy, though I am blessed to be the rabbi of a synagogue that is…



Rabbi Doug Zelden

Who we are: Tzedakah is at the very heart of Judaism

By Rabbi Doug Zelden, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: B’har-B’chukotai – Leviticus 25:1-26:2/26:3-27:34.  We are in the midst of the Omer Period right now, in which we count 49 days from Passover to Shavuot in anticipation of…




Words matter: In order to be a mensch, be a mentor

By Lawrence F. Layfer, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Tazria-Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33  “Hillel said…in a place where there are no men, strive to be a man”…Pirke Avot 2:6 This week’s double Torah portion of Tazria/Metzorah…


True modesty: Feeling worthy of conversing with G-d

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Shmini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47 In the classical commentaries to this week’s Scripture, Parsha Shimini, the greatest of all scholars, Rashi, writes “which of our great leaders – Moses or…