Song of Torah: Passing down teachings to the next generation

By Lawrence F. Layfer, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion:Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52) “My teaching shall drop as the rain…(Deuteronomy 32:2)” Six times Moses has gained the attention of the Israelites with a stern and familiar phrase: “Shema,…

Forgivenesses: Getting ready for the High Holidays

By Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Nitzavim – Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20, 31:1–30) Preparation is necessary for the accomplishment of any important project or challenge, whether it be an academic exam or an interview…

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….