The eclipse and the Shma

By Rabbi Benjamin Blech, The world will soon be witness to one of the most spectacular events in the universe. On August 21, the sky will suddenly go dark in the middle of the day….

What’s inside: Finding divinity within ourselves

By Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17) Menachem Mendel (1787-1859) received a thorough Torah education at an early age, mastered  the entire Talmud when he was 13, and then he began…

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…