Torah

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…



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…