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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…


Body and soul: real meaning of freedom

By Rabbi Doug Zelden, Guest Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Chol Hamoed Passover – Exodus 33:12-34:26 We are in the midst of one of the most auspicious times in the Jewish calendar, known as Z’man Cherutenu – The…


True service: No act too humble, no person too great

By Rabbi Herbert Bronstein, Torah Columnist Torah Portion: Tzav – Leviticus 6.1-8.36 “He (Moses) washed the innards and the feet {of the offering} (Leviticus 8.21).” Many Chicagoans are familiar with the name Zollie Frank, or, for short,…