Torah

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?…



Fear itself: Torah is meant to be lived in the real world

By Lawrence F. Layfer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Shelach (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41) “Send men to scout the land of Canaan”…Numbers 13:2  Out from under Pharaoh’s iron fist, within weeks the Israelites find themselves camped by the…





First resort: Best way to deal with crisis is prevention

By Rabbi James Gordon, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: B’har – B’chukotai (Leviticus 25:1-26:2 / 26:3-27:34) This coming Motzaei Shabbat/Saturday night and Sunday (28 Iyar), Jews in Jerusalem and in all parts of the world will…